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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.

Blake Cooper - Celebration of Academic Excellence poster presentation

on Fri, 2015/04/17 - 12:45pm

At this year's Celebration of Academic Excellence, Blake Cooper (BA Spanish, BA Linguistics) was accepted to present his research on a social-semiotic approach to Federico García Lorca's poetry as a way of exploring the relationship between text and context.   Congratulations, Blake!

Health Sciences Charter School visits RLL

on Fri, 2015/04/17 - 12:40pm


 On April 16,​24 Spanish students from the Health Sciences Charter School in Buffalo visited RLL with his Spanish teacher and RLL Spanish alumnus, Christopher Banas.   Students met with Nathaniel Sundholm,  Tanya Farnung, Carolina Hung, Alberto Monteagudo, Dr. Christian Flaugh, Dr. David Castillo, Dr. Jorge Guitart and Dr. Bárbara Ávila-Shah to talk about studying Spanish at the college level,  majoring and minoring in the language, study abroad opportunities.    RLL enjoyed their visit and we hope to see some of them in the future here at UB.     

RLL Global Lab 3/23/15 - photos

on Fri, 2015/04/17 - 12:32pm

On March 23, 2015, students from RLL's French, Italian, and Spanish programs discussed with Dr. Castillo and Dr. Chiesa the role of media and spectacle in cultural production of today's world.  Many thanks to all participants for invigorating conversation and the willingness to test your ideas!

Pictured above, students interacting with faculty presenters shown below, Professors Castillo and Chiesa.

Summer 2015 and Fall 2015 RLL undergraduate course descriptions

on Thu, 2015/04/02 - 10:50am

Descriptions for undergraduate course offerings can be found in HUB, except for the following special topic course descriptions:  

SUMMER 2015 

SPA 453 special topic:  Neoliberalism in Latin America

The past three decades in Latin America cannot be understood without also understanding neoliberalism. Although it is defined economically (e.g., deregulation, free trade, privatization, etc.), this course examines neoliberalism as a cultural phenomenon. How have Latin American cultures become more "global" since 1990? How have they both exported and imported culture? How have local communities struggled to resist neoliberalism? While providing a background in political-economics, we will study neoliberalism through film, TV, new media, literature, food, drugs, soccer, music and more.

"The Biggest Comebacks: Tenacious Resurgence of Cultural Topoi"

on Mon, 2015/03/16 - 3:16pm
Dear RLL Faculty Members, Dear RLL Students,
It is with great joy that we cordially invite you to our Graduate Student Symposium with this year's theme: "The Biggest Comebacks: Tenacious Resurgence of Cultural Topoi" with our Keynote Speaker Dr. Nelson from Concordia University.
*** The Keynote Address will be held on Friday, March 27th, at 6.30PM in Clemens 120 entitled "The Day After: Apocalyptic Accommodation In Early and Late Modernity"
*** The panels will run on SaturdayMarch 28th, from 8.30AM on until 4.30PM. *** Don't miss out on our Roundtable discussion from 4.30PM to