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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.

Laura Aguilera presents at "Science [or] Fiction" - First Annual Undergraduate Student Symposium of Popular Culture and Philosophy

on Thu, 2015/04/23 - 5:47pm

Laura Aguilera - Global Gender Studies & International Studies double major, Spanish minor - will present a paper during the First Annual Undergraduate Student Symposium of Popular Culture and Philosophy this Friday, May 24, 2015, in Clemens 120 (9am-4.30pm, full schedule below).  The title of her paper is, “Can Queer Subjectivity Exist in One’s Utopia?: Appearance, Aesthetic and the Suppression of Desires in Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic,” and she will present during the 10am panel.  The symposium topic is "Science [or] Fiction" and is hosted by UB's Department of Comparative Literature Graduate Student Association.  Congratulations, Laura!


“Science [or] Fiction?”

The First Annual Undergraduate Student Symposium of Popular Culture and Philosophy

Hosted by the SUNY at Buffalo

Fulbright recognition of RLL students

on Thu, 2015/04/23 - 10:04am

RLL students have made an excellent showing in this year's Fulbright Grant competition (application information is below). From all across UB, there were five student finalists for Fulbright awards, and three of them are affiliated with Romance Languages and Literatures.

Spanish major, Abigail LaPlaca, received a Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship to spend a year teaching English in Panama.

Spanish PhD candidate, Greg Przybyla, is an alternate for a year-long research grant in Argentina.

French Minor, Samah Asfour, is a finalist for an English Teaching Assistantship in Jordan (as of 4/21, her award decision is still pending).

Fulbright U.S. Student Programs ( provide funding for students to spend one year abroad teaching English or conducting research.

Second Annual Big Buffalo Quebec Film Festival

on Mon, 2015/04/20 - 8:38am

April 29th- May 2, 2015: Second Annual Big Buffalo Quebec Film Festival!

The Quebec Studies program at UB, in partnership with Buffalo State College and Canisius College, has the pleasure of presenting the second annual Big Buffalo Québec Film Festival which will take place Wednesday April 29th – Saturday May 2nd, 2015.

The highlight of the festival will be Dr. Germain Lacasse, a Quebec Film specialist from the Université de Montréal. He will be giving a talk on Orality and Quebec Cinema (in French) on Thursday, April 30th at 6pm in 904 Clemens Hall.

The festival will be held in the

Nathaniel Sundholm - SUNY Chancellor's Award for Student Excellence

on Sun, 2015/04/19 - 10:26am

Nathaniel Sundholm - major in Communicative Disorders and Sciences and a minor in Spanish - is one of UB's 15 nominees to receive this year's SUNY Chancellor's Award for Student Excellence.  The highest honor bestowed annually onto students across the SUNY system, the award recognizes outstanding students who have integrated academic excellence with other aspects of their lives, which may include leadership, campus involvement, community service, the arts, athletics, or career achievement.  Congratulations, Nathaniel!

Stephanie Kong wins Goldwater Scholarship

on Sun, 2015/04/19 - 10:17am

Stephanie Kong (BS Chemical Engineering, BA Spanish) is one of the 260 students nationwide to have received an award through the Barry Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Program.  Stephanie's research focuses on ways to, for example, create more eco-friendly dispersants for oil spill cleanups and assess the stability of drug-delivery systems.  She intends to earn a PhD in chemical engineering once she completes her studies at UB in Spring 2017 after studying abroad - including the Fall 2015 semester in Spain through SUNY-Albany's program at the International Institute of Madrid. Congratulations, Stephanie!  (the UB press release may be found at this link: