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In addition to forming strong oral and written communication skills in both Spanish and Portuguese, the department offers a rich undergraduate program that allows students to study the literature, language and cultures of the Hispanic/Latino and Lusophone worlds from a broad range of perspectives: film studies, gender studies, creative writing, history, and others. A variety of opportunities are available to students outside of the classroom as well, such as  faculty-led workshops in Latin America and Spain and service learning initiatives in the surrounding Hispanic communities. Whether in class, in one-on-one collaboration with the faculty, or in the larger community, our students develop the practical skills and cultural preparedness they need for their future as citizens and professionals in a world in which Hispanic/Latino and Lusophone cultures will play an increasingly important role.

Department News

Faculty Accepted into NEH Summer Institutes

Miami University associate professor of Spanish, Dr. Luis I. Prádanos, has been accepted into the 2017 NEH Summer Institute for College and University Faculty: City/Nature: Urban Environmental Humanities.  The program will take place from June 26-July 14 at University of Washington in Seattle. During the summer institute Dr. Prádanos will design a course syllabus on Urban Futures, the topic for next year Altman Program in the Humanities at Miami University.

Miami University associate professor of Spanish and incoming Director of Liberal Education, Dr. Shelly Jarrett Bromberg, has been accepted into the NEH Summer Institute for College and University Faculty: What is Gained in Translation? (http://www.kent.edu/neh-institute-translation) The program will take place from June 4-June 24 at Kent University in Kent, Ohio. Dr. Jarrett Bromberg will explore how Latin@ texts, such as Junot Díaz’s Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao, are transformed when translated from English to Spanish. She is especially interested in how using these translations in Spanish language literature courses impacts students’ understanding of the experiences and expressions at work for many Latin@ writers working in both English and Spanish.