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February 3, 2017 -- Dr. Scharm's class on Spanish Art and Culture presented at The Dalí Museum. Students researched and presented, in Spanish and for the general public, 10 paintings on display at the museum.

November 2016 -- Dr. Pablo Brescia participated in the panel “Borges: 30 years” at the Miami International Book Fair, the biggest book fair in the United States. He presented his most recent work Borges. Cinco especulaciones.

Haley Parsley graduated summa cum laude from USF in May 2016 with a Bachelor of Science in integrative animal biology and a minor in Spanish. She is currently pursuing a medical degree (MD) at FSU College of Medicine and intends to serve underprivileged, Spanish-speaking communities as a primary care physician both nationally and abroad.

Holly Hartlep graduated from USF in May of 2016 with a Bachelor of Arts in Spanish and International Studies and a Minor in Environmental Policy and will be starting a Master of Science program at Christian-Albrechts-Universit├Ąt zu Kiel in Sustainability, Society and the Environment in October. Spanish is increasingly important in the field of sustainability since Latin America includes five of the ten most biologically diverse countries in the world. 

9th Annual Spanish Fair

Upcoming Spanish Fair in the News!
Dr. Brescia and Dr. Arbesú were interviewed by the Spanish Newspaper Centro Tampa about the upcoming Spanish Fair. You can read the article here.

November 23, 2015 -- The Department of World Languages and the Department of English were pleased to welcome María Elena Llana for a bilingual reading "An Evening with María Elena Llana: An Address in Havana". María Elena Llana is one of Cuba's most important short story writers. Her visit was covered in the local newspaper Centro Tampa in "Cuba, como fuente de inspiración."

Cristhian Alfonso successfully presented his MA Thesis Defense (Spanish/ISLAC joint degree): Todo tiempo pasado fue peor: la representación literaria del nazismo en Vásquez, Pardo, Borges y Bayer on 10/28/2015. In the picture, Dr. Madeline Cámara (WLE), Dr. Heike Scharm (WLE), Cristhian, Dr. Pablo Brescia (WLE) and Dr. Bernd Reiter (ISLAC). Congratulations Cristhian!

October 2, 2015 -- Dr. Heike Scharm's Sex and Subversion in Spanish Art, Literature and Film class presented Dalì's paintings in Spanish to the public at the Dalì Museum in St. Petersburg.


Gonzalo Páez successfully defended his MA Thesis on the Relación del descubrimiento del Río de las Amazonas on April 10, 2015. The committee was formed by Dr. David Arbesú (chair), Dr. Pablo Brescia, and Dr. Carlos J. Cano. Congratulations Gonzalo!

Graduate and Undergraduate students in Spanish presented at the annual WLE Research Colloquium (April 2015).

Video is courtesy of Cuban Writer Ignacio Granados.

8th Annual Spanish Fair

Philip Allen, MA in Spanish candidate, successfully presented his paper at the USF Symposium "From Local to Global: Narratives of Inequality and Power (Provost's Postdoctoral Initiative in the Social Sciences and Humanities) " on Friday, March 30, 2015.

Philip presented a transatlantic analysis of fictional narratives on historical memory. His study focused on the use of the eyes and gazes as literary and socio-political devices in two contemporary novels dealing with the dictatorships of Franco (Spain) and Trujillo (Dominican Republic). Congratulations Philip!

On February 25th 2015, Philip Allen defended his MA Thesis on Montalbàn's La màs constante mujer. The committee was formed by Dr. David Arbesù (chair), Dr. Heike Scharm, Dr. Anne Latowsky, and Dr. Sonia Wohlmuth. Congratulations Philip!

7th Annual Spanish Fair