Living/Learning Center Programs
La Casa Hispánica is a dynamic program designed for students in our
Spanish program or who have studied abroad and are interested in reinforcing
their knowledge of Hispanic language and cultures. Members of the program will
participate in a variety of events focusing on Hispanic themes, including
dinners, shows, movies and attending "Tertulia" (an informal hour of Spanish conversation).
We also sponsor a variety of activities including Lectures, Film Series and the
Annual Hispanic Forum that are open to the greater
The primary purpose of La Casa Hispánica is to facilitate the contact with Hispanic cultures and to practice and improve the Spanish language. In order to fulfill these goals there are three main sets of interrelated activities:
I. In‑House Activities: Students live in a suite at the Living/Learning Center, where they are encouraged to help plan and to participate in program events. During Fall semester, for which students receive one Language House academic credit, these events typically involve greater coordination with the Faculty Program Director, while the Casa Hispánica's Student Director becomes primary coordinator of Spring term events. These activities often include special dinners, discussion of movies, and pizza or ice‑cream meetings where members discuss new ways to achieve the learning experience of the Hispanic cultures. Members are encouraged to speak Spanish at all times. The student director is responsible for maintaining the use of the Spanish language in the suite.
II. Out‑of‑House‑Activities: One of the activities outside the dormitory is the "Tertulia," an informal hour of Spanish conversation that takes place at Billings Cafeteria, every Monday at "Tertulias" are open to everybody interested in speaking Spanish in an informal setting. This gives the opportunity to members of the community to come and participate, occasionally bringing "tapas" or appetizers to spice up the conversation. Other Out-of-House-Activities include the participation in current cultural and social events such as attending meetings and performances. Events in the past have included experiencing Spanish Flamenco culture at the Flynn, visiting Art exhibits, and attending recently released films related to Hispanic themes.
Additionally, Casa Hispánica has acted as a principal coordinator and sponsor of several activities such as lectures from prominent Hispanic authors, the presentation of Movie Series, and the very successful Annual Hispanic Forum which Casa Hispánica helped to establish back in 1993. Casa Hispánica plans to continue organizing events that create an atmosphere where Hispanic issues are introduced and discussed among the UVM community and beyond.
III. One-Credit-Course: Casa Hispánica residents receive one academic credit each Fall semester. The requirements to obtain this credit are worked out with the Faculty Program Director, and have included in the past the following criteria:
1. Attend all dinners taking place at Restaurant “The Marché” (L/L) every Tuesday at A number of guests are invited to share their knowledge with students of la Casa. The conversations are conducted in Spanish. It is expected lively participation in the target language.
2. Attend a minimum of two movies from the “Spanish/Latin/o American Film Series” (Mondays/Thursdays, 427 Waterman).
3. Attend a minimum of two Tertulias (Wednesdays, Billings Cafeteria).
4. Attend a minimum of two presentations from a series of lectures taking place over the semester.
5. Attend another activity related to Hispanic Culture during the semester, of free choice.
Dinners with invited guests in particular have proven
successful events. At these dinners
students are exposed to a variety of Hispanic themes given by experts in the
field willing to interact with students in an informal setting. A given topic
is presented in advance so students prepare the material prior to the meeting.
Topics that have been discussed in the past have included “Latin American Women
in Literature and the Arts;” “Globalization in