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December 11, 2012

New Spanish Heritage Language Program

The Department of Romance Languages at the University of Oregon is proud to announce the launch of our new Spanish Heritage Language program (SHL).  This program is designed for students who grew up in a Spanish-speaking household or community in a country where Spanish is not the dominant language, such as the United States. SHL offers a variety of classes to meet students’ needs as heritage learners. Students with Spanish-language heritage will explore topics related to their cultural background, and coursework is designed to help them recover and/or develop their heritage linguistic abilities.  We are thrilled to offer several SHL classes starting in Fall 2012 term.  For more information about the SHL program please email:

SHL Promotional Video.
SHL Website. (

SHL courses at the U of O (2012-2013)- SPAN 218, 228, 308, 428, 438/538.

Claudia Holguín Mendoza
Assistant Professor of Spanish & Coordinator of the Spanish Heritage Language Program

September 14, 2012

UO students make Spanish Short Films

Check out these amazing student videos from Monica Fainzaig-Zylberberg’s Summer Spanish Screenplay course (SPAN 399).

Spanish Short Films:
La campeñra:   (
El Sonriente:   (
El Invisible:   (
Coffee Break: (

You can view find all of the videos above and much more on the Romance Languages Youtube Page!

October 18, 2011

Supernova presents: Valley Girls and Fresas in Mexico: Does everybody talk like Paris Hilton?

A presentation by Claudia Holguín Mendoza of Romance Languages.  Tuesday, October 25th at 7 pm in PLC 180.  Refreshments available.

This talk analyzes the construction of an emergent identity through language in a particular social network of bilingual Mexican youths on the U.S.-Mexico border of Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, and El Paso, Texas. The formation of these identities shows how current social stereotypes (i.e. ¨valley girls,¨ ¨fresas¨) in linguistic communities are expressed through their language use. The study also uncovers how these plural gendered ethnic identities are recreated by speakers through language within a particular ideological bilingual border setting that should no longer be seen as a periphery at the margins of two countries where locals “betray” their national identities, but rather as a socioeconomic and political center within neoliberalism and globalization.

April 18, 2011

Solo con guitarra: An Evening with Amancio Prada

It is a great pleasure to confirm that we will host Spanish guitarist, singer, and poet Amancio Prada next April 29th at 7pm at the Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art/Papé Reception Hall.

***UPDATED DESCRIPTION FROM THE EVENT***:  Prada In Concert at the University of Oregon!!!  Take a look at detailed description and photos of this wonderful event.

This will be a recital of classical Spanish poetry arranged for Spanish guitar by the vocalist, guitarist, composer, and contemporary troubadour Amancio Prada.  The program includes poetry spanning five centuries, including works by San Juan de la Cruz, Federico García Lorca, and Miguel Hernández.

Tickets for this unique concert have been priced at affordable rates thanks to all these important and generous collaborations and we hope to have you in the audience. Prices are $24.00 for Adults and $15.00 for Students with valid ID and Seniors 65+.  Tickets can be purchased online (, by phone (541- 346-4363), or in person at the UO Ticket Office during regular business hours.

Seating is limited so don’t miss this opportunity!!

This event is organized by the Department of Romance Languages, the Jordan Schnitzer Museum, and the Honorary Consulate of Spain in Seattle, with additional support from the UO Cultural Forum; the Oregon Humanities Center and the Endowment for Public Outreach in the Arts, Sciences, and Humanities; Instituto Cervantes; Spain Arts and Culture; and Eugene Arte Latino.

If you have questions, or for more information, please contact Pedro Garcia-Caro.

April 6, 2011

Crossing Borders: A Journey Across 100 Mountains- Reyna Grande

Reyna Grande Lecture: “Crossing Borders: A Journey Across 100 Mountains”
Wednesday, May 25th, 2011
6:00-7:20pm, 182 Lilis Hall

Reyna Grande is the author of Dancing With Butterflies and Across A Hundred Mountains. You can view the book’s website at:

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