The Spanish department is proud to host a variety of events for our language students,
majors and minors. Students should contact their instructors for specific information
about participation in these events.
1. Tertulia (Spanish conversation and social group).
Tertulia is a social/conversation hour for advanced students, faculty, and staff
interested in Spanish. The Tertulia group meets on a regular basis throughout the
fall and spring semesters.
2. Spanish Movie Nights / Cine forum.
Our department shows contemporary movies in Spanish with English subtitles throughout
the academic year. Since the movies often accompany courses, movie titles will be
announced in class. Following the film screening, students and faculty engage in
discussions of the film to promote a better understanding of the Hispanic World.
3. The Spanish Club: Co-presidents Ashley Harper and Alex Zizzi (2012-2013).
The Spanish Club is comprised of a group of majors and minors along with other students
who may be interested in Spanish and the Hispanic World and its diverse cultures.
The club sponsors different events each year related to the Spanish speaking world,
and is in charge of spreading the passion for our language on campus. For additional
information, contact the club advisor, Prof. Patricia Reagan.
4. Sigma Delta Pi National Honor Society. (R-MC chapter: Sigma Theta)
Students in the major or minor may be eligible to become members of our chapter
Sigma Theta of the National honor society, Sigma Delta Pi. Our chapter works with
Spanish Club to promote the love for Spanish and the diverse cultures of the Hispanic
World (tertulias, Cineforums). Sigma Delta Pi / Sigma Theta also has sponsored cultural
events on campus like dancing master classes taught by the Latin Ballet of Virginia
(fall 2010). For additional information or membership eligibility inquiries, contact
our chapter advisor, Prof. María José Bordera and / or check the
national website, the national
Facebook page and / or our chapter’s
5. International Education Week (IEW).
Every year the department of Modern Languages participates in the IEW events in
order to celebrate diversity and cultural awareness. Past events have included library
displays, the Modern Language Forum (a panel of professionals who share with students
their language experiences in the professional world), and Study Abroad conversations
with International students and study abroad students. For additional information
on upcoming events, check with your instructor or the department’s bulletin board.