Department of Spanish and Portuguese

College of Letters & Science


Roberto Sanchez, prolific and influential professor in our Department, passed away on August 15, 2016 Roberto Garza Sánchez was born in San Antonio, on September 24, 1922. He joined the UW faculty ranks in 1950. He was tenured in 1955 and promoted to Full Professor in 1963. His most lasting legacy in S&P was the culture of theatre and performance he actively fostered for over three decades.

The Department of Spanish and Portuguese recently has been honored with a generous donation from Marsha Gray Ehrlich, a former graduate student in our Department, and an inspirational teacher during her long professional career.

Alumni Meet Spanish Majors at the Residencia On Tuesday, October 25th, at the Residencia de Estudiantes, twenty five Spanish majors met three of the Department's alumni: Sarah A. Thomas, Carly Stingl and Marcel Colbert, who explained how having studied Spanish contributed to their post-graduation experience and opened new opportunities for them.

Emily Kuder, doctoral candidate in Spanish Linguistics, received the Ray Harris Hispanic Linguistics Award in May of this year.

On Friday, May 13, 2016, the Department of Spanish & Portuguese held a reception (jointly with Latin American, Caribbean, and Iberian Studies) to honor the Fall 2015 and Spring and Summer 2016 graduates with majors in Spanish, Portuguese, and LACIS.

Prof. Kata Beilin has been awarded prestigious Rachel Carson Center Writing Fellowship at the University Ludwig Maximilian of Munich.

Congratulations to Walter DeKock for being awarded a FLAS Fellowship to study Portuguese.

On April 27, 2016, Professor Steve Hutchinson was formally inducted into La Orden de Don Quijote, the highest honor bestowed by Sigma Delta Pi, the National Collegiate Hispanic Honor Society, which was founded at UC-Berkeley in 1919, and currently has over 600 chapters.

We are very happy to report that Professor Loredanda Comparone has been selected for a 2016 Distinguished Honors Faculty Award.

Department of Spanish & Portuguese undergraduates awarded Wisconsin Idea Fellowship and Hilldale Research Fellowships.

On Tuesday, February 23, 2016, our undergraduate advisor, Karen Thompson, won UW-Madison’s Outstanding Achievement in Undergraduate Advising Award. This award honors individuals who have made significant contributions to undergraduate advising and the advising community at UW-Madison.

Professor Luis Bernabé Pons of the Universidad de Alicante is currently in residence as a Visiting Scholar in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese.

On January 28, Cuba’s Casa de las Américas announced that an international jury has awarded this year’s Ezequiel Martínez Estrada essay prize for the most significant study of Latin American literature and culture to Associate Professor Víctor Goldgel Carballo for his book Cuando lo nuevo conquistó América: Prensa, moda y literatura en el siglo XIX .

Professor Steve Hutchinson has been awarded a four-year Senior Fellowship at the Institute for Research in the Humanities for four years beginning in Fall 2016.

Associate Professor Paola Hernández, a specialist in contemporary Latin American theater and performance, recently received a semester-long Resident Fellowship at the Institute for Research in the Humanities.

With the help of a 2015-2015 Public Humanities Exchange (HEX) grant, Spanish department graduate student Saylín Álvarez and Latin American and Iberian Studies Librarian Paloma Celis Carbajal have collaborated to introduce students at Madison’s Cherokee Heights Middle School to the art of cartonera bookmaking.

At the end of the Fall 2015 semester, Professor Mercedes Alcalá-Galán was promoted to the rank of Associate Professor.

The Wisconsin Historical Records Advisory Board has unanimously selected Biruté Ciplijauskaité, professor emerita of Spanish at the University of Wisconsin—Madison, as the winner of the 2015 Governor’s Archives Award for Archival Advocacy.

Peruvian writer Patricia de Souza visited campus as a Nave Visiting Scholar to talk about gender, body and literature as spaces of re/construction of the self.

Colleen Schmit was the only humanities recipient of 2015-2016 Wisconsin Sophomore Research fellowship. Click for more details!

On Friday, May 15, 2015, the Department of Spanish and Portuguese held a reception (jointly with Latin American, Caribbean, and Iberian Studies) to honor the Spring 2015 graduates with majors in Spanish, Portuguese, and LACIS.

On April 7th, 2014, Professor Russell P. Sebold, formerly a professor in our Department, passed away in West Chester, Pennsylvania.