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The Department of Romance Languages and Literatures is committed to an interdisciplinary, international, and collaborative vision of the study of language, literature, and culture. RLL is a diverse and dynamic academic unit offering undergraduate majors and minors in its core areas of French, Italian, and Spanish, and graduate concentrations in French, Spanish, and Romance Linguistics. In addition, we have emerging pedagogical and research interests in Catalan and Portuguese. RLL has cross-disciplinary strengths in Iberian and Latin American Studies, Francophone Canadian, Caribbean, and Sub-Saharan Studies, Early Modern Studies, Cultural Studies, (Post)Colonial Studies, Urban and Landscape Studies, Gender Studies, Disability Studies, Poetry, Theater and Performance, Film, and Romance Linguistics.

Abigail LaPlaca gives 2015 UB commencement speech

on Fri, 2015/07/03 - 11:12am

Congratulations to Abigail LaPlaca, Spanish major and Education minor, who gave this year's UB commencement speech.  She has kindly shared her motivational words with us.  Well done, Abby!  And congratulations, again, to the Class of 2015!

Welcome faculty, family, friends, and graduates of the University at Buffalo class of 2015!

For most of us, today is a day to celebrate 4 years of hard work.  Four years of homework, of exams, of all-nighters in Club Capen, of homesickness, and of fighting through the snow to get to class.  We also celebrate 4 years of incredible experiences, of research opportunities, of clubs and student activities, of study abroad trips, and of friends made. But I hope that through the whole process--the good, the bad and the beautiful--that you remembered why you

Molly Giblin, class of '03, completes PhD

on Mon, 2015/05/18 - 12:04pm

Molly Giblin, a native of South Buffalo, completed a BA degree with a double major in French and History and graduated in 2003 as the Dean's Medalist for Romance Languages & Literatures. She thereafter completed an MA in History in 2005 before heading to Hong Kong where she spent several years teaching English as a Second Language. Molly then entered the PhD program in History at Rutgers, where her research interests included gender and the construction of difference and likeness in imperial and transnational interactions. Her dissertation, entitled “Another Empire: The French in China, 1840-1870,” examines French attempts to foster meaningful personal bonds with historical actors in China and the Pacific as early, crucial facets of France's reconstruction as an imperial power.

Thank you Michelle and David

on Thu, 2015/05/07 - 9:37am

On May 6,  RLL payed tribute to Michelle Palmieri and David Castillo for their service and dedication to RLL.  Michelle is retiring at the end of the summer after 18 years of service to RLL and David is stepping down at the end of the summer as RLL Chair for the past 6 years.   Thank you both for all you have done for  RLL!


Students present scenes from Golden Age plays

on Tue, 2015/05/05 - 12:47pm

Students in Spanish 319, "Spanish Theatre of the Golden Age," will present scenes from El Retablo de las Maravillas (Cervantes) and La Tragicomedia de Peribanez y el Comendador de Ocana (Lope de Vega). The event will take place in Clemens Hall, room 120 at 2:05 pm (until 3:30) on Thursday, May 7.

Fulbright update - Samah Asfour wins grant

on Mon, 2015/05/04 - 1:56pm

Samah Asfour, RLL French minor pursuing a B.A. in Political Science and a B.A. in Global Gender Studies, received official confirmation that she's won a Fulbright grant for an English Teaching Assistantship in Jordan.  Congratulations, Samah!