Tag Archives: spanish

Film Series: Y Tu Mamá También

2001. Mexico. Dir: Alfonso Cuarón. With Gael García Bernal, Diego Luna. 106 min. 35mm print.


It’s the sexiest Spanish-language film about a summertime road trip ménage a? trois you’ll ever see! Two teen male friends and a mysterious older woman journey across the Mexican countryside in search of fun, freedom, and a better understanding of themselves and their place in the world.

Tonight / 8 p.m. / Goldsmith Family Cinema / Free

Screening and Conversation About Documentary Filmmaking in Cuba (in Spanish)

Severo secreto, a documentary about prominent Cuban exile writer and artist Severo Sarduy, will be screened on Tuesday, April 11, at 6pm at the Powell Family Center. The directors of the documentary will be available for a more general CONVERSATION IN SPANISH about documentary filmmaking in Cuba on Wednesday, April 12, from 1:20 to 2:40pm in the RL&L Common Room. Cuban desserts and light refreshments will be served.

Date of Screening: Tuesday, April 11 (today!)
Time: 6 PM
Place: Powell Family Cinema

Date of Discussion: Wednesday, April 12
Time: 1:20 – 2:40 PM
Place: Romance Languages and Literatures Department Common Room (300 High St.)

Romance Languages and Literatures Open House

2n21madFrom Elijah Jimenez ’18:

Increase your global potential! Study French, Italian, or Spanish, and open the door to life and work experiences on five continents.

Major in:
French studies: reach 250 million speakers worldwide (blue)
Italian studies: reach 65 million speakers worldwide (yellow)
Hispanic Literatures & Cultures: reach 420 million speakers worldwide (green)
Romance Studies: combine 2 languages!

If you are interested in our majors but cannot attend the information session on October 12, please contact Kristine Schiavi (kschiavi[at]wesleyan[dot]edu).

Date: Monday, October 12
Time: 12PM – 1:30 PM
Place: 300 High Street, the common room

Los Fantoches

Elijah Jimenez ’18 writes in with an exciting invitation to a play called Los Fantoches. The event poster speaks for itself:

Date: Friday, April 17th
Time: 4:30pm
Place: Common room, 300 High Street (Romance Languages & Literatures Department)

Romance Languages and Literatures Fall Open House

Scarlett Perry ’15 invites prospective majors to an RL&L Department Open House:

Would you like your undergraduate major to help you:

· Acquire familiarity with another culture on that culture’s terms?
· Acquire the kind of linguistic and cross-cultural proficiency required for 21st-c. life and careers?
· Put you into deep and meaningful contact with some of the most rewarding literary, cinematic, and visual texts ever created?
· Explore the past as it unfolds in France and the Francophone world, Italy, and Spain and the Hispanophone world, including Latin America?
· Incorporate study abroad as a key component of your studies at Wesleyan?

Pizza will be served. If you are contemplating a major in one of our programs but cannot attend the information session on October 28, please contact the appropriate major representative:

French Studies: Jeff Rider (jrider[at]wesleyan[dot]edu)

Italian Studies: Antonio González (agonzalez[at]wesleyan[dot]edu)

Hispanic Literature and Cultures: Octavio Flores (oflores[at]wesleyan[dot]edu)

Romance Studies: Michael Armstrong-Roche (marmstrong[at]wesleyan[dot]edu)

Date: Monday, October 28
Time: 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM
Place: 300 High Street

Participate in Psych Study on Bilingualism

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Do you speak better spanish than I do? Almost certainly. But are you bilingual? Carina Kurban ’14 wants to know:

Bilingual in English and Spanish?
Want $10 cash?
Participate in an online Psych study on bilingualism and get paid for procrastinating!
Find out your eligibility by completing this short survey.
Contact bilingualismstudy[at]wesleyan[dot]edu for details.

Deadline: Saturday April 27th
Click: Here
Make: $10

McMahon Lecture Series Presents: Elementos de Estetica Araboislamica

Femme fatale Scarlett Perry ’15 invites you to:

A talk in Spanish by Fatima Roldan, Professor of Arabic at the Universidad de Sevilla in Spain.

Professor Roldán is the author and editor of numerous books pertaining to the history and culture of Al-Andalus, with emphasis on aesthetics and landscape. Currently she is working on a project that looks into the Arab world as a source of inspiration. She has been the academic director of several international projects and symposia, most recently the Simposio Internacional de Almonaster la Real, 2011 and 2012. Prof. Roldán is also the Director of the Cursos Concertados con Universidades Extranjeras of the Facultad de Filología of Universidadde Sevilla, within which she also directs a Hispano Arabic Summer Program.

Reception will follow.

Date: Wednesday, October 24
Time: 4:30 – 5:30 p.m.
Place: Romance Languages and Literatures, The Common Room, 300 High Street, Middletown, CT

Creación Poética y Traducción with Francisco Deco

For the love of Romance languages, from Scarlett Perry ’15:

A talk in Spanish by FRANCISCO DECO
Professor of French, Universidad de Cádiz, Spain

Professor Deco has worked on different aspects of poetic production, focusing on 20th Century authors, such as André Breton, Paul Nougé, and Mario Luzi. He has translated into Spanish, among other authors, Ronsard, Breton, and John Cage. Prof. Deco is the author of 8 volumes of poems.

Reception will follow.

Date: Tomorrow, October 22, 2012
Time: 4:30 p.m.
Place: Romance Languages and Literatures Common Room (300 High St).

The Universe in a Nutshell: The Long Sentence in Borges’s ‘El Aleph’

On Thursday, September 22 at 4:15 PM, Daniel Balderston, Andrew Mellon Professor of Modern Languages at the University of Pittsburgh will be giving a speech at the Romance Languages and Literatures department at 300 High Street. Daniel Balderston is the director of the Borges Center at the University of Pittsburgh, as well as the editor of the journal Variaciones Borges. He is the author of Out of Context: Historical Reference and the Representation of Reality in BorgesBorges, realidades y simulacros; The Literary Universe of Jorge Luis Borges; Borges, una enciclopedia, and El deseo, enorme cicatriz luminosa. Daniel Balderston has also edited Approaches to Teaching Puig¹s Kiss of the Spider Woman, The Encyclopedia of Latin American and Caribbean Literature, and Voice Overs: Translation and Latin American Literature. This lecture is presented by the Wesleyan University Department of Romance Languages and Literatures and The Thomas and Catharine McMahon Lecture Series. A reception will follow.

  • Date: Thursday, September 22
  • Time: 4:15 PM – 5:30 PM
  • Place: The Common Room, 300 High Street
  • Cost: Free!

REALLY SOON: Amor Revolucionario: Documentary Screening

Statistically speaking, you probably haven’t made as many movies en español as Cara Tratner ’12 has. One of them is screening in Fisk in about half an hour:


Paulo Freire says that education is “an act of revolutionary love,” and for the students in a small group of alternative schools in Buenos Aires this becomes their reality. This short documentary tells the story of the escuelas de reingreso (“re-entry schools”) which reject the failing traditional model of secondary education by creating an inclusive institutional culture that helps former drop-outs return to finish high school and reintegrate themselves into society. Come see a humanizing vision of an education which fights to transform societal conditions instead of reproducing inequalities, and defends the right of every person to choose their own school, their own future, and their own happiness.

[Filmed in Spanish, with English subtitles]

Hit it up on the ‘book here.