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16th Annual Samuel Armistead Colloquium Program

16th Annual Samuel Armistead Colloquium


Digital Landscapes: Paths to Reparative Justice in a Technological World


This year's colloquium will be a hybrid event held on April 6th (online) and 7th (in-person).

This event focuses on the relationship between humanities, technological resources and social justice.

Join us for a Series of Films by the Argentine Documentarian Andrés Di Tella

The Department of Spanish and Portuguese cordially invites the UC Davis community to a series of films by Argentine documentarian Andrés di Tella, offered in the context of Professor Lazzara’s graduate seminar on “Memory, Culture, and Human Rights.” The last film in the series (March 10th) will be followed by a live conversation with the filmmaker. His film 327 Cuadernos (327 Notebooks) (2015) is of special interest, since it is based on the diaries of Ricardo Piglia, who was a professor in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese during the 2000-2001 academic year.

Congratulations the Calaveritas Contest Winners!

This year's Calaveritas Contest had many fantastic entries, see the winning entries!

Las calaveras son poemas satíricos que forman parte de la
celebración del Día de Muertos. A manera de epitafio
burlesco, relatan la muerte de una persona.
Tradicionalmente suelen estar dedicadas a personas de
autoridad o figuras de la vida pública, y comúnmente
encierran críticas sociales o comentarios políticos.



Ankita Karthik

Donald Trump, eres único,

NEH Working Group Earns LULAC Recognition for Curricular Enhancement Project

A departmental working group for the project "Preparing Bilingual Spanish Speaking Students for Careers in Immigration Law" has been awarded a Certificate of Recognition by the League of United Latin American Citizens "for championing the needs of bilingual students and promoting bilingualism in the legal profession." The award was presented on October 10, 2022, at a meeting of the working group with five UC Davis alumni who returned to campus to offer feedback on the project.

Filmed Event - Careers in Law, Advocacy, and Social Services for Immigrant Communities

With support from the National Endowment from the Humanities, the Global Migration Center, and the Spanish and Portuguese department, Professors Robert Irwin and Emily Vázquez hosted the event "Careers in Law, Advocacy, and Social Services for Immigrant Communities." At this event, a panel of distinguished alumni from the Spanish and Portuguese department talked about their experiences following career paths that focus on helping Latinx communities, and about how their Spanish major has helped them accomplish their professional goals.

Professor Newcomb interviews Gibraltar writer Humbert Hernández

On Wednesday, October 5, 2022 from 9-10:30 am (Pacific), Professor Robert Patrick Newcomb will interview the writer Humbert Hernández. They will discuss Hernández's new book, Mis patios perdidos: memorias de una infancia gibraltareñaThe event is open to the public, will be bilingual (English/Spanish), and will take place over Zoom.

Professor Newcomb interviews Gibraltar author MG Sanchez on June 7, 2022

On Tuesday, June 7, 2022, Professor Robert Patrick Newcomb will interview author MG Sanchez, about his new novel Marlboro Man. The event is open to the public, and will take place over Zoom.   Sanchez is Gibraltar's most prominent English-language writer, and is the author of several novels, as well as short story collections, memoirs, and anthologies.

The Department of Spanish and Portuguese presents: an Interview with Bernardino Gabriel Hernandez

On May 23rd, the Department of Spanish and Portuguese hosted an interview with Bernardino Gabriel Hernández. 

Hernández graduated from UC Davis with a BA in Spanish in 2009. Being undocumented, he had difficulty entering the US workforce. He therefore returned to his native country of Mexico where he eventually managed to set up his own business. He is now a successful businessman, one of “the other DREAMers”.