Summer Study Abroad Info Session: Southern France

Wednesday, February 21, 2018
4:00-5:00 p.m. - FREE
Waterman 457
Are you interested in studying abroad in France this summer? Join Professor Macias Aunave to find out more about improving your language skills in the Vercors region of southern France! For more information, check out the PDF icon program brochure or email Marielle Macias Aunave at

History of the Irish Language Lecture

Thursday, February 22nd, 2018
​1:15 - Stafford 101
A lecture by Prof. Aidan Doyle, visiting from the University of Cork.

Past Events

Spanish Minor Advising
Wednesday, November 8, 2017
6:00-8:00 p.m. - FREE
Davis Center 422 (Jost Foundation Room)
Are you minoring or thinking about minoring in Spanish? Are you interested in finding out how to deepen your knowledge of Spain and Latin America? Then this meeting is for you! Drop in anytime between 6-7 pm to chat with Professor Waldron over a slice of pizza.
Pizza with the Chair!
Wednesday, November 1st
​11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Waterman 517
​All Romance Languages & Linguistics majors and minors are welcome to our annual Pizza with the Chair event! Feel free to stop by for some free food and a chance to chat with the man in charge.
Pulp Culture Forum
Saturday, October 21, 2017
10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. - FREE
​Fleming Museum
An exhibition of the works of three Francophone cartoonists: Julie Delporte, François Vigneault, and Zviane. All three will also participate in a panel discussion, and their books will be available for sale.
El viaje más caro - Live Reading
Friday, October 20, 2017
7:00 pm - FREE
Fleming Museum Auditorium
As a part of the Pulp Culture Comic Arts Festival and Symposium at UVM this week, SPAN 111: Race, Identity and Migrant Labor students will be doing a live reading in Spanish of three comics from the El viaje más caro series.  This series was created as an ethnographic cartooning project that partners up Vermont Spanish-speaking migrant dairy farm workers with Vermont cartoonists.  The comics draw from the workers’ personal experiences on Vermont dairy farms.  Students will give introductions to each reading, connecting them to ideas of sustainability.  Issues of food sovereignty, community activism, community health, gender, race, globalization and environmental justice are brought forth.  There will be a student led panel discussion after the readings, open to questions from the audience.
John Elder: "Stay together,/learn the flowers,/go light": Reflections on Community and Sustainability
Wednesday, October 18, 2017
4:00-5:00 p.m. - FREE
Ira Allen Chapel
John Elder, environmental scholar, writer, literary critic, and Professor Emeritus of Middlebury College and the Bread Loaf School of English, will give a talk titled “’Stay together,/learn the flowers,/go light’: Reflections on Community and Sustainability.” Co-sponsored by UVM's Department of Romance Languages & Linguistics, Environmental Program, Honors College, and Steven Rubenstein Professorship for Environment and Natural Resources. This event is free and open to the public.
24th Annual Hispanic Forum: 525th Anniversary of the Hispanic Cultures in the Americas
October 13, 2017
Waterman Memorial Lounge - FREE
First Session:
10:00-10:40 a.m.: Keynote Speaker: Hugo Martínez Cazón, Environmental Engineer - "Ibero-Latinidad en los Montes Verdes: ¿importa ser latinoamericano en Vermont?"
10:45-11:15 a.m.: Carolina Rodríguez, Champlain Valley Union High School - "Recobrando la identidad enseñando
espanõl en Vermont."
11:15-11:30 a.m.: Joseph Acquisto, Department of Romance Languages & Linguistics - musical performance, "The Medieval Spanish 'Romance', 'El Conde Olinos' "
Second Session:
11:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.: Alex Ackert-Smith, UVM student - "Poesía hispano-hebrea de al-Ándalus"
12:00 - 12:30 p.m.: Round Table: "The Future of Spanish in Vermont," moderated by Karen Turner, Colchester High School
12:30 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.: Break
2:00 - 5:00 p.m.: "Pain, Pena, Snow" with the Ray Vega Latin Jazz Quintento; Poems by Tina Escaja; Translations by Kristin Dykstra
Gund Tea: Maria Woolson
Friday, September 15, 2017
12:00-1:00 p.m. - FREE
Johnson House 101
Global change is increasingly understood as systemic, eco-social and complex. This challenge require that institutions deepen the capacity to foster leadership and catalyze systemic responses to both local and regional problems. For such visions to be realized, students will need competencies for working across boundaries and differences ranging from diverse disciplines and methods, to identities and cultures; and many of those skills will come from humanistic perspectives that are often overlooked in favor of technical orientations. This talk will highlight ways in which the humanities and the arts contribute to a robust understanding of the sustainability paradigm while fostering a dialogue across disciplines, and discuss opportunities to create actionable pathways for engaging the 2015 United Nations SDGs (Sustainable Development Goals). 
Welcome Back to Campus Department Social
Wednesday, August 30, 2017
4:00-5:00 p.m. - FREE
Waterman Memorial Lounge (338 Waterman Building)
Department majors, minors and faculty are invited to stop in and enjoy some refreshments during the first week of classes. We hope to see you there!
French Conversation Group
Every Thursday beginning March 30
4:20-5:30 p.m. - FREE
Waterman 514
Ricardo Chávez Castañeda - ¿Nuevas convergencias? ¿Nuevas narrativas? El autor como protagonista entre la ficción y la realidad
Monday, April 17, 2017
4:30-6:00 p.m. - FREE
Waterman Memorial Lounge
Visiting Mexican writer Ricardo Chávez Castañeda will be giving a talk entitled "New convergences in 21st century narrative: The author as protagonist between fiction and reality." Is there a kind of literature where real narrative and autobiographical fiction converge? Spaces where authentic stories are told and where the auther is himself a protagonist? Mexican writer Ricardo Chávez Castañeda will speak of these spaces in contemporary literature and will discuss his recent novel Todo el mundo volverá. 
Academic Freedom, Freedom of Thought, and Freedom of Expression On Our Campuses and In Our Classrooms
Tuesday, April 11, 2017
4:00-5:30 p.m. - FREE
301 Williams Hall
A faculty roundtable discussion moderated by Dr. Helen Morgan Parmett with Q&A from the audience. Free and open to the public.
Spanish Minor Advising
Thursday, April 6, 2017
6:00-7:00 p.m. - FREE
Davis Center 422 (Jost Foundation Room)
Are you minoring or thinking about minoring in Spanish? Are you interested in finding out how to deepen your knowledge of Spain and Latin America? Then this meeting is for you! Drop in anytime between 6-7 pm to chat with Professor Waldron over a slice of pizza.
Megan Mahan: Little Pieces of History and Life - Making Mosaics in Rome
Tuesday, February 21, 2017
1:15-2:30 p.m.
Cook Building, A-142 (first floor)
Originally from Wellesley, Massachusetts, mosaicist Megan Mahan studied art history at Pomona College before moving to Rome to pursue a career in art conservation. While studying at Rome's Istituto Centrale per il Restauro, she met Vatican Mosaic Studio Master Roberto Anselmi, who taught her the 18th century Italian technique of micromosaic (mosaico filato).
Michael Palma, Poet and Translator
Wednesday, February 15, 2017
5:05 - 6:20 p.m. (ITAL 195)
Waterman 400
Local poet and translator Michael Palma will be visiting Professor Antonello Borra's Italian 195 course (Translating Cultures) to give a talk. Guests are welcome, but space is limited!
Lecture by Dr. Tracy Adams: The French Royal Mistress and the Politics of Representation
Thursday, January 19, 2017
5:00-6:30 p.m. - FREE
Waterman Memorial Lounge
Dr. Tracy Adams is Associate Professor of European Languages and Literatures at the University of Auckland. She is the author of Violent Passions: Managing Love in the Old French Verse Romance (Palgrave Macmillan, 2005), The Life and Afterlife of Isabeau of Bavaria (The Johns Hopkins University Press, 2010), and Christine de Pizan and the Fight for France (Penn State University Press, 2014). With Christine Adams, she edited Female Beauty Systems: Beauty as Social Capital in Western Europe and the US, Middle Ages to the Present (Cambridge: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2015). Also with Christine Adams, she is completing The French Royal Mistress and the Politics of Representation. Sponsored by the College of Arts and Sciences, the Department of History and the Department of Romance Languages and Linguistics.
Commedia dell'Arte Traditional Italian Theater Workshop
Monday, November 14, 2016
4:00-6:00 p.m. - FREE
North Lounge, Billings Library
You are invited to a hands-on workshop on Commedia dell'Arte Traditional Italian Theater, led by Chiara Durazzini of Pazzi Lazzi with live music by John Tyson! Dress comfortably and be ready to move! Refreshments will be provided. Everyone is welcome, but space is limited. Please register by emailing Professor Cristina Mazzoni.
Commedia dell'Arte is a form of improvisational theatre featuring the use of masks and unique gestures; it presents characters that can be recognized in cultures around the world. Commedia dell'Arte began in Italy in the 16th century and is considered by historians to be the first professional theatre. It was responsible for the introduction of female actresses and improvised performances based on sketches and scenarios.
Study Abroad Fair
Thursday, November 3, 2016
4:00-6:00 p.m. - FREE
John Dewey Lounge, Old Mill 325
Interested in studying abroad? Please come check out this information session if you are planning to study abroad in a French, Italian, or Spanish-speaking country! You will be able to meet with faculty and other students who have returned from a variety of study-abroad programs.
Cuban Poet: Marcelo Morales
Wednesday, November 2, 2016
6:00 p.m. - FREE
Waterman Memorial Lounge, Waterman Building
Marcelo Morales Cintero (b. Cuba, 1977) is a member of a generation who came of age during the island’s “Special Period” of severe post-Soviet economic crisis. He is the award-winning author of numerous collections of poetry and prose, and his most recent writings explore “changes” coming to everyday life in Havana. Morales lives and works in the city’s Vedado district, the backdrop for his new book of prose poetry, The World as Presence / El mundo como ser (U. of Alabama Press, 2016).  Readings from Morales' literature will be presented bilingually with his translator, while the Q & A will be primarily in English. Translator Kristin Dykstra has translated and introduced four bilingual editions of contemporary Cuban literature for the University of Alabama Press in 2014-2016.
23rd Annual Hispanic Forum: Hispanic Culture at UVM in the 400th Anniversary of Cervantes' Death
Thursday & Friday, October 27 - 28, 2016
John Dewey Lounge, Old Mill
This year's Hispanic Forum brochure is available online.
The New England Italian Film Festival
Tuesday, October 4, 2016: I vicerè (The Viceroys)
Tuesday, October 11, 2016: Noi credevamo (We Believed)
Tuesday, October 18, 2016: Corpo celeste (Heavenly Body)
6:30 p.m. - FREE
Waterman 427
All films are shown in the original Italian with English subtitles. Everyone is welcome!
Sponsored by the Department of Romance Languages and Linguistics and the Consulate General of Italy in Boston
Jorge Arce: Afro-Caribbean Workshop
Saturday, October 1, 2016
7:00 p.m. - FREE
Recital Hall, Music Building
A powerful, multi-media audience-involving performance with theater, music, dance, mime, and storytelling - over twenty percussion instruments from the Caribbean! Jorge Arce received his Master of Education Degree from Harvard University in 1994. His musical group Humano was awarded the Boston Music Award for Outstanding Latin Act, 1990. His cultural workshops and performances have been programmed at over two thousand schools, universities and educational centers. Jorge Arce is the former Director for Music Programming at the Puerto Rico Institute for Culture.




Professor Tina Escaja with robot poems

Each academic year, our department hosts a wide variety of events - from foreign film screenings and conversation groups to guest lectures and seminars by visiting scholars.