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Marissel Hernández-Romero

Vis Assistant Prof of Luso-Hispanic Studies

 work(802) 443-5392
 Spring 2020: Wednesday 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM, and by appointment
 Robert A. Jones '59 House 112

Marissel Hernández Romero holds a doctorate in Hispanic and Luso-Brazilian Studies from The Graduate Center, CUNY. At Middlebury College  she teaches courses in Portuguese, Spanish, and on Latin American and Caribbean culture. She is currently the advisor of studnet organization ALIANZA. Her research addresses various topics about black masculinities, social inequalities, and urban planning through contemporary literature and music from Brazil, Cuba and Puerto Rico. She has published in academic journals such as Veredas and independent journals such as La Pupila ( She is currently working a research on Afrofuturism in Latin America and the Caribbean. She has also collaborated as a translator of texts from Portuguese to Spanish by Brazilian authors, Machado de Assis, Roberto de Sousa Causo and Lu Ain Zaila.



Course List: 

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PGSE 0210 - Beginning Port/RomanceSpeakers      

Accelerated Beginning Portuguese
This course is an intensive and fast-paced introduction to Portuguese, covering all of the basic structures and vocabulary as well as important aspects of the cultures of Lusophone countries. Within a cultural context, emphasis will be placed on active communication aimed at the development of comprehension, speaking, reading, and writing. Students are expected to continue with PGSE 0215, after successful completion of PGSE 0210. Open to all students. 6 hrs. lect./disc. LNG

Fall 2017, Fall 2018

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PGSE 0215 - Advanced Portuguese      

Advanced Portuguese
This course is a continuation of PGSE 0210. It is designed to balance textual and cultural analysis with a thorough review of grammar at an intermediate/high level. Students will hone their critical thinking and linguistic skills through guided readings, oral discussions, and short written assignments on Lusophone cultural topics. (PGSE 0103 or PGSE 0210 or by waiver) 4 hrs. lect./disc. LNG

Fall 2017

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PGSE 0314 - Afrofuturism Lusophone World      

AfroFuturistic Aesthetics: Rethinking Blackness in the Lusophone World
In this course we will examine the theoretical science fiction framework to understand the history and the legacies of colonialism in Brazil, Angola, and Mozambique. Within an interdisciplinary approach, students will examine works of speculative fiction, science fiction, and futurism(s) from Africa (Angola and Mozambique) and the African diaspora (Brazil and US). We will study music, film, literature, and visual arts that communicate the concerns, experiences, and longings of black people in these countries. Some of the topics that will be studied include slavery and emancipation, decolonization, the making of the Third World, pan-Africanism, and neo-slavery. Intersections of identity, race, class, gender, and technology will be considered as well. At the end of the course, students will be able to recognize key themes, representations, and leitmotifs in black speculative literary works. (PGSE 0215 or by approval) CMP LIT LNG

Fall 2018

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SPAN 0102 - Beginning Spanish II      

Beginning Spanish II
This course is a continuation of SPAN 0101. (SPAN 0101) WTR

Winter 2019

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SPAN 0105 - Accelerated Basic Spanish      

Accelerated Basic Spanish
This accelerated course is designed to reinforce, in one semester, the basic linguistic structures that students need in order to reach the intermediate level of proficiency in Spanish. Strong emphasis will be given to reading and composition. SPAN 0105 is designed specifically for students with 2-3 years of high school Spanish, but who have not yet achieved intermediate proficiency. (Placement test required) 5 hrs. lect./disc.

Spring 2018, Spring 2019

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SPAN 0201 - Intermediate Spanish      

Intermediate Spanish
This accelerated course is designed to review, reinforce, and consolidate the linguistic structures that students need in order to reach the intermediate level of proficiency in Spanish. A grammar review will accompany intensive language acquisition, vocabulary expansion, readings, discussions, and compositions. (Placement test required) 3 hrs. lect., 1 hr. drill. LNG

Spring 2018, Fall 2019

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SPAN 0314 - Student Activism Latin America      

Long Live the Students! Student Activism in Latin America and the Caribbean
In this course we will study student activism in Puerto Rico, Chile, Mexico, and the U.S., focusing on Latin students’ activism in the early 20th century to the present. We will consider approaches to student movements and the role those movements have played in shifting social and political values, practices, and institutions. We will also consider what ideologies and strategies were implemented to shape each student movement. By the end of the course, students will be encouraged to relate these struggles to their lives as students. AMR CMP HIS SOC

Spring 2019, Fall 2019

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SPAN 0500 - Independent Study      

Independent Study
The department will consider requests by qualified juniors and senior majors to engage in independent work. (Approval only)

Winter 2018, Spring 2018, Winter 2019, Spring 2019, Winter 2020, Spring 2020, Winter 2021, Spring 2021

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SPAN 0705 - Senior Honors Thesis      

Senior Honors Thesis
The department will award honors, high honors, or highest honors on the basis of a student's work in the department and performance in SPAN 0705. (Approval only)

Winter 2018, Spring 2018, Winter 2019, Spring 2019, Winter 2020, Spring 2020, Winter 2021, Spring 2021

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SPAN 1352 - Socio-Culture of Salsa Music      

/Salsa/ Music and the Assembly of a Collective Self
In this course we will experience Salsa music as a socio-cultural phenomenon as well as an instrument for storytelling. We will discuss topics such as migration, race, gender and mourning as leitmotifs for a collective self that sought a space to narrate its shared experiences in Salsa. Likewise, the relationship between the diaspora in New York and Puerto Rico will be examined. Some of the most well known Salsa hits, along with films and documentaries, literary texts, and cultural theories will be read and examined to strengthen the discussion. By understanding Salsa as a melting pot and/or as a guiso, one of the goals of the course is for students to be able to use musical experiences as a social and cultural manifestation that allows us to understand historical and social events. (Two Spanish courses at the 0300 level or above or by permission) AMR CMP LIT LNG NOR WTR

Winter 2018

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Program in International and Global Studies

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