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1. Teatro de la Luna presents:

17th International Festival of Hispanic Theater (Oct5- Nov 25), at Gunston Arts Center, 2700 S Lang St, Arlington,VA

Enjoy the most evocative theater from Uruguay, Ecuador, Spain, Honduras, Argentina, and Dominican Republic. (In Spanish with live English dubbing)

‘Gracias por todo’ Uruguay, Compañía Nidia Telles (Oct 17, 18, 8:00pmOct 19, 3:00pm)

A woman questions herself –and she questions, interrogates, entertains, thrills and surprises us.

‘La loca Juana’ Ecuador, Juana Estrella Producciones (Oct 24, 25, 8:00pm; and Oct 26, 3:00pm)

It was always thought - and still is - that there is no greater madness than to talk to oneself. In theater, this madness is called a "monologue."

‘Pasos al Azar’ (Random Steps’), Spain, Si Acaso Teatro (Oct 31-Nov 2Oct 31, 8:00pmNov 1, 8:00pm and Nov 2, 3:00pm)

It is a tragicomedy born from the research about women in the Spanish Golden Age.

‘Mea Culpa’ Honduras, Grupo Teatral Bambu (Nov 7, 8, 8:00pmNov 9, 3:00pm).

Telling the story of the lives of thousands of men and women who are struggling to get out of a well.

‘Vegetal’, Argentina, Claudio Pazos Producciones. (Nov 14, 15, 8:00pmNov 16, 3;00pm)

It seeks to provide a glimpse –humorously- at human beings, their use of time, and the links between them.

‘El Tsunami’ Dominican Rep., Teatro Guloya (Nov 21, 22, 8:pm, Nov 23, 3:00pm).

In this ‘terrible and naughty production, fiction and reality are turned and interesting allegory about the destiny of a Caribbean island.

*Students can learn about the popular culture from these Spanish speaking countries. (Particularly, for students of advanced courses)


2. The National Latino Heritage Celebration this month at GW (Sep 15-Oct 15)

The George Washington University Presents:

2014 Latino Heritage Celebration

-Diversifying Today’s Workplace (Sep 29, 6:00pm) TBD

Join us for an intriguing panel with Latino professionals in various industries and learn about their experiences in today's workforce.

-Café con Leche (Oct 1, 7:00pm) Marvin Center, Dorothy Betts Theatre

Witness the power of words and performance art in a display of the urban word poetry tradition in this open mic night with desserts and “café con leche.”

-Trans* Soy! (Oct 6, 7:00pm)  MSSC 209 (2127 G St, NW)

Be moved by Trans* performer, author, and advocate Dane Figueroa Edidi as she discusses her new book Yemaya's Daughters and themes of spirituality, colonization, and Trans* representation.

-Latino American Film Series (Oct 9, 6:00pm) MSSC 104 & 209 (2127 G St, NW)

Enjoy a film that will highlight issues that affect Latin American communities all over the United States, followed by an open discussion on those topics. Movie theatre refreshments will be served.

-The Mexican Identity (Oct 14, 6:00pm) at Marvin Center, Room 402-404 

Join the dialogue, share your perspective, listen to different ideas, develop greater understanding, and leave with a new insight on the different facets of Latino identity.

-DREAMERS (Oct 15, 6:00pm) Toro Toro, DC (1300 I Street, NW) 

Be a part of history and mix and mingle with panel of Dreamers! Discuss the DREAM Act and enjoy light refreshments.

-La Fiestasa (Oct 18, 8:00pm) at Marvin Center, Grand Ballroom

Celebrate with us as we close out the 2014 Latino Heritage Celebration with a night full of Latino American cuisine and rhythms.

Sponsored by the LGBT Resource Center, the Center for Civic Engagement and Public Service, Organization of Latino American Students, La Unidad Latina, Lambda Upsilon Lambda Fraternity, Inc., Sigma Lambda Upsilon/Senoritas Latinas Unidas Sorority, Inc., Latinas Promoviendo Comunidad/Lambda Pi Chi Sorority, Inc., Casa Blanca, GW Mexican Student Association, Multicultural Business Student Association, GW Latino Alumni Association and the GW Student Association.


3. Spain, Art & Culture presents:

-Visual Arts: El Greco: A 400th Anniversary Celebration (Nov 2Feb 16) at National Gallery of Art (West Building, Main Floor), Constitution Ave. at 6th St.

On the 400th anniversary of El Greco’s death, the National Gallery of Art and Washington-Area Collections presents a commemorative exhibition of El Greco’s paintings. (For students of all levels)

-Music: Rusian Red in Washington (Oct 30, 9:00pm) at DC9 Nightclub, 1940 9th St NW The

Agent Cooper.’ (For students of all levels) on tour (Oct 5, 7:30pm) at the Birchmere, Mt Vernon Ave, Alexandria, VA (For students of all levels)

-Film: 2014 AFI Latin American Film Festival (Sep 18-Oct 8) at AFI Silver Theatre and Cultural Center, 8633 Colesville Rd, Silver Spring, MA 20910. Celebrating its 25th edition, the AFI Latin American Film Festival showcases the best in cinema from Latin America with the inclusion of films from Spain. (For students of all levels)

-Serrat &Sabina: two for the road (Serrat y Sabina, El Símbolo y El Cuate) (Oct 4, 1:00pmOct 5, 5:45pmOct 6, 5:20pm; andOct 8, 5:20pm)

-The Secret of Your Eyes (El secreto de tus ojos) and The Orphanage (El Orfanato) (Oct 19, 7:15pmOct 20, 9:45pm; and Oct 21, 9:45pm

Mexican Films:

Paradise (Sep 29, 9:15pm)

We Are Mari Pepa (Oct 1, 9:30 pm & Thu Oct 2, 9:00 pm)
Güeros (Oct 6, 9:20 pm & Tue, Oct 7, 9:00 pm)

Heli (Oct 3, 9:40 pm)
*Students can explore the Latin American cinema and Spanish cinema from social topics. (For students of all levels)


4. Lisner presents:

Flamenco: Diego El Cigala (Nov. 18, 8:00pm).

He has a reputation for seamlessly melding the rhythms and melodies of his Spanish Gitano heritage with styles ranging from bolero to son, tango, and Afro-Caribbean jazz.

15% discount for Students/Alumni/Faculty/Staff with GWID and Seniors/Military with ID at the Lisner Box Office.

*Students have the opportunity to experience lively folksongs, and passionate ballads. (For students of all levels)


5. OAS/AMA presents:

-Exhibition: Small Guide to Homeownership, Photography by Alejandro Cartagena of Mexico (Apr 24-Oct 5) at AMA ׀ Art Museum of the Americas, 201 18th Street, NW  Small Guide to Homeownership is a selection from Cartagena’s Mexicana Suburbia series, which considers the interdependence of humans and landscape in the face of urban expansion. (For students of all levels)

-Museum Exhibition: Femininity Beyond Archetypes (Jul 17-Oct 5Photography by Natalia Arias of Colombia highlights themes closely connected with OAS values through AMA’s mission to promote social impact through the arts and the Inter-American Commission of Women’s (CIM) work towards gender equality and the participation and leadership of women. (For students of all levels)

6. Gala Hispanic Theatre presents:

Performing arts: “Cancun’by Jordi Gaceran (Sep- Oct 5, Thurs and Fri 8:00pm and Sat 2:00pm and 8:00pm, and Sun 2:00pm), at Gala Hispanic Theatre, 3333 14th St NW

By Jordi Galceran of Spain. Directed by Jose Zayas.

A story about what happens when a dream vacation turns into the life you could only imagine. Two vacationing couples reveal old secrets and … reality may not be as it appears. It is a hilarious and daring comedy about contemporary relationships. (In Spanish with English surtitles).

* Students can optimize of their preparation, feeding their knowledge and critical appreciation of cultural and social issues from a performance in Spanish. (Particularly, for students of advanced courses)


7. Mexican Cultural Institute presents:


The Pearl (Oct 15, 6:45pm). Feature Film 87 min. Emilio El Indio Fernández 1945

Los olvidados (The Young and the damned) (Oct 30, 6:45pm). Feature Film 85 min. Luis Buñuel, 1950

-Exhibition: Gabriel Figueroa, Cinematographer Great Moments in Mexico’s Golden Age of Cinema (Sep 9- Nov 3) at the Mexican Cultural Institute.

From the early 1930s through the early 1980s, the Mexican cinematographer Gabriel Figueroa (1907-1997) helped forge an evocative and enduring image of Mexico. His films are an essential part of the network of appropriations, exchanges and reinterpretations that formed Mexican visual identity and visual culture in the mid-twentieth century and beyond.

* Students can optimize of their preparation, feeding their knowledge and critical appreciation of Mexican literature and culture by being exposed to the recreation of a cultural and historical context. (Particularly, for students of advanced courses)

- Culinary: The 2014 season of Mexican Table (all sessions 6:45pm) at the Mexican Cultural Institute. For more information on Patricia Jinich log on to or follow her on twitter @PatriciaJinich

Pati's Mexican Table: Yucatán: Mexico's Culinary Outlier on Oct. 9th, featuring a guest chef from the Yucatán! The season will end on with the "AfroMexico: African Influences in the Mexican Table" session, highlighting the richly diverse heritage of Veracruz on Dec. 4th.

*Students can learn about the Mexican cuisine popular culture. (For students of all levels).


8. IberoAmerica Cultura DC presents:

-Food, Music $ Art: Noche Iberoamericana (Oct 2, 4:45pm) at Mexican Cultural Institute

Don't miss a night of food, music, art, and more as The Ibero-American Cultural Attache's Association (AACIA) presents Noche Iberoamericana!Featuring Peruvian Ceviche, Spanish Tapas, Salvadorean Cuisine, Chilean & Argentinian Wine, Peruvian Pisco, Spanish Cava, Dominican Rum, and Honduran Beer. With music by El Cuarteto del Amor from Uruguay, Grupo Etnia from Peru, and Brazilian guitar by Peter Richardson. The Mexican Cultural institute's exhibit 'Gabriel Figueroa Cinematographer' will also be on display. Including a raffle for Cuban Cigars and Amalia's Guatemalan Kitchen Cookbook (Buy tickets).


9. National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution presents:

“Portraiture Now,” a series of exhibitions that showcase some of the most creative twenty-first-century portrait artists (Aug 22through Apr 12), at the National Portrait Gallery, 8th and F Streets, NW.

It features the work of six contemporary U.S. Latino artists—David Antonio Cruz, Carlee Fernandez, María Martínez-Cañas, Rachelle Mozman, Karen Miranda Rivadeneira, and Michael Vasquez—who present identities theatrically, in order to rid portraiture of its reassuring tradition that fixes a person in space and time.(For students of all levels)



10. Flight of the Butterflies 3D, presented by MÉXICOThis film is now playing at the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History in Washington, IMAX THEATERS. (Runtime: 44, 10:50-2:10, MPAA Rating: G).

The monarch butterfly is a true marvel of nature. Weighing less than a penny, it makes one of the longest migrations on Earth across a continent to a place it has never known. Follow the monarchs' perilous journey and experience millions of them in the remote mountain peaks of Mexico.


11. Group for free Spanish conversation, cultural exchange, and fun: The Washington DC Spanish Language Meetup Group.

*Students benefit from continuous informal interactions in Spanish (which are available for learners of all levels in the DC area).


12. Web portal: Spain is the official tourism portal in the United States. It offers important information that students need to know before traveling to Spain.



Spanish Now: Meetup Group

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Spanish Contacts

Director of Spanish Literature
Professor Isabel Vergara

Director of Spanish Language Program
Professor María José de la Fuente

Coordinator of Spanish 1001, 1002
Professor Kristina Eisele

Coordinator of Spanish 1003, 1004
Professor Alicia Suárez-Touzón

Coordinator of Spanish 2005, 2006
Professor María José de la Fuente

Major and Minor Advising
Isabel Vergara (A-H)
Yvonne Captain-Hidalgo (I-O)
Heather Bamford (P-Z)

Study Abroad Advising Language Courses
Angeles Serrano Ripoll (A-M) 
Patricia Granja Falconi (N-Z)

Study Abroad Advising Literature Courses
Isabel Vergara (A-H)
Yvonne Captain-Hidalgo (I-O)
Heather Bamford (P-Z)
Zulima Alvarez-Menedez