¡Bienvenidos! Bem-vindos! The Department of Luso-Hispanic Studies at Middlebury College is dedicated to providing the highest quality education to its students with respect to language learning, liberal arts training, and the understanding of cultural diversity.



Our department has the luxury of having faculty members from 8 different countries. We offer a rich curriculum with courses in language, literature, linguistics, and visual culture. Our students have the opportunity to study at any of our 21 sites in five different countries of the Middlebury C.V. Schools Abroad in Spain and Latin America. It is possible to begin Spanish at Middlebury and study abroad junior year. On campus, our students take advantage of the Spanish and Portuguese tables that bring faculty and students together at lunch every weekday. Students can further immerse themselves in their language of choice by living in the Spanish House or the Portuguese House, where the language of study is used exclusively and a variety of activities are organized throughout each semester.

Announcement:SPAN/LNGT 1304 Mayan Language Revitalization

This course is specifically designed for students accompanying Professor Baird to Guatemala in January 2020. Students will spend the first week of the term on campus where they will learn about language revitalization strategies, the social and historic context of contact between Spanish and Mayan languages and cultures, and receive a brief introduction to the Mayan language K’ichee’. Afterwards, students will travel to Guatemala in order to collaborate with locals in a language revitalization campaign. This collaboration will include the planning and production of national radio programs, visits to local schools, and the creation and dissemination of materials. Only students that have met all of the requirements may enroll in this class. Requirements include at least 1 previous course in Spanish (300 and above), a résumé/CV and statement of interest, the latter written in Spanish, provided to Professor Baird by September 13, 2019, and participation in all required meetings during the Fall 2019 semester. Note that participants will be staying in a hilly, Mayan community with several unpaved roads. Although every effort will be made to accommodate all ADA needs, certain requests involving mobility may not be able to be met.  (Approval only) Lecture.

Professors Luis Castañeda and Mario Higa discussed their recently released creative work February 21st for the first Juna Gamero de Coca Lecture titled, Uncharted Territories: Fiction as a Map of Chaos.

Department of Luso-Hispanic Studies

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303 College Street
Middlebury College
Middlebury, VT 05753