Fall 2017

DSCN7859.jpgVisit to the Lyman Allyn Art Museum in New London (CT)

"As part of our class HISP222/PORT222, "Portuguese for Spanish Speakers", this October 2017 we made a field trip to the Lyman Allyn Art Museum in New London (CT) to see the Brazilian art exhibition "Bandits & Heroes, Poets and Saints: Popular Art of the Northeast of Brazil". Our tour served as an introduction to the vibrant culture of Brazilian, as well as a vehicle for language acquisition."

- Professor Luigi Patruno


Spring 2017

Distinquished Scholar Lecture: "ALGHREO: A Hidden Treasure of Catlan Language in Italy"

Joan-Elies Adell i Pitarch, Professor of Catalan Philology at the Open University of Catalonia and Director of the Office of the Catalan Government in Algherero, Sardinia

Thursday, March 23, 2017 at 4:15pm
Rittenburg Lounge, Mather Hall

Alghero, L’Alguer in the Catalan Language, is a small town of 43.831 inhabitants, situated in the northwest corner of the now Italian island Sardinia. Ever since King Pere el Cerimoniós of Aragon settled a number of Catalan families there six centuries ago, many of the the inhabitants of this place, often referred to as “Little Barcelona”, have spoken their own particular dialect of Catalan language. This small “linguistic miracle” provides insight into the larger issue of how, during the contemporary era, the homogenized and homogenizing narratives of the nation-state have obscured the extraordinary linguistic diversity and constant cultural interactivity of the Mediterranean basin.


Past Events


"TheWake of the Manila Galleon:  Mexico’s Transhistorical Presence in thePhilippines"

A talk by Paula Park (Wesleyan Univ.)
Thursday, March 2nd / Rittenberg Lounge / Common Hour

During World War II, the Mexican government launched a propaganda campaign that put particular emphasis on the nation’s shared cultural ties with the Philippines (then a U.S. territory occupied by Japan) in order to justify Mexico’s need to join the Allied forces in the Pacific theater. After completing extensive training in Texas, a Mexican combat unit, known as squadron 201, was sent to the Philippines in 1945. In this presentation, I will refer to various twentieth century Mexican and Filipino intellectuals who reflected on this and other Mexico-Philippines connections, focusing on the work of Mexican writer and diplomat Rafael Bernal. Through an analysis of Bernal’s writings, I will argue that Mexico’s participation in the liberation of the Philippines served as a prologue to the diplomatic relations between “Third-World” nations in the Cold War period and also as a way to recover the deeper historical and cultural connections between Mexico and the Philippines, which are rooted in the Manila-Acapulco galleon trade from 1565 to 1815.


Hispanic Studies Open House
October 28, 2016

“Samurai in the Land of Gaucho: Literary representations of Japan in Argentinean Literature and film"

A talk by Koichi Hagimoto (Wellesley College)
Thursday November 17 2017/ Common Hour at Rittenberg Lounge.
Koichi Hagimoto is professor of Spanish at Wellesley College; his research is centered on Trans-pacific exchanges and explores the nature of the historical and cultural intersection between Asian countries and the Hispanic world.


Hispanic Studies Open House,

November 13, 2015

"Brazil, tell me how it feels:” Soccer, Music, Narcissism and the State -or Mascherano’s Failure-

A talk by Pablo Alabarces (Universidad de Buenos Aires / CONICET)
Tuesday April 19 12:15
Alumni Lounge, Mather Hall

Co-sponsored by Hispanic Studies, History Department, International Studies Program and the Center for Urban and Global Studies @ Trinity College.
Pablo Alabarces is PhD in Sociology from the University of Brighton, UK. He is Professor at the Faculty of Social Sciences of the University of Buenos Aires (where he chaired the Doctorate from 2004 until 2010) and Principal Researcher at the National Council for Scientific Research (CONICET); he has created and coordinated the Popular Cultures Studies Group (UBA, 2003-…) and the Sport and Society Working Group (CLACSO, 1999-2002). His research in popular cultures (including studies about popular music, youth cultures, and football cultures) is widely recognized in Latin America. Among his books are Fútbol y Patria (2002), Hinchadas (2005, editor) Resistencias y mediaciones. Estudios sobre cultura popular(2008, editor), Peronistas, populistas y plebeyos. Crónicas de cultura y política (2011) and Héroes, machos y patriotas (2014).