Movie Night!

Get ready for an evening of fun!!  This Thursday, wonderful Language Assistant Ivan will be showing the film También La Lluvia (Even the Rain), open to all.  The film takes place in Bolivia during the water riots, and provides an in-depth view into the politics and culture of Bolivia.  It is highly rated on the site Rotten Tomatoes–a full description can be viewed here.

The viewing will be held in Ford 102 Kremer Board Room, at 7pm.  We look forward to seeing you there!

Wednesday! Spanish Movie Night: Love in the Time of Cholera

Based on one of the most successful novels by Nobel Prize Winner Gabriel Garcia Marquez
How long would you wait for love?
The spanish Department presents…

“Love in the Time of Cholera”

Directed by Mike Newell
Starring Javier Barden, Giovanna Mezzogiorno & Benjamin Pratt
Music by Shakira & Antonio Pinto
Place: Kremer Board Room
Time: October 10th 7pm
Free pop corn and drinks

Check out the trailer below!

EVEN THE RAIN [También la lluvia]


EVEN THE RAIN [También la lluvia]

Icíar Bollaín / 104 min. / 2011

7:00 PM Ford Theater

Presented by Dr. Bill Smaldone, Professor of History and Chair of Latin American Studies

Filmmaker Sebastián (Gael García Bernal) and his cynical producer Costa (Luis Tosar) arrive in Cochabamba, Bolivia to make a film about Columbus’s voyage to the New World and the subjugation of the indigenous population. Just as filming begins, the natives face a crisis when the government privatizes the water company and prices skyrocket. Daily protests erupt, and the local man cast as a rebellious sixteenth-century Taino chief also becomes a leader in the water hike protests.

AMERIKANUAK: Spanish Film Festival Series



Nacho Reig / 92 min. / 2011

Ford Theater 7:00 PM

Presented by Dr. Bob H. Reinhardt, Visiting Assistant Professor of History and Environmental & Earth Sciences

More than half a century ago many Basques left Spain to look for a better life working as sheepherders in the American West. In Amerikanuak, Nacho Reig looks at the lives of some of the last remaining Basque sheepherders in the United States. The documentary takes place under the vast blue skies and bleak, but beautiful winter landscape of the small town of Elko, Nevada.




Fernando Trueba, Javier Mariscal and Tono Errando / 94 min. / 2012


Presented by Dr. Roy Pérez, Assistant Professor of English, American Ethnic Studies, and Women’s and Gender Studies

Oscar®-winning director Fernando Trueba (The Age of Beauty) and famous artist Javier Mariscal, have teamed up to make Chico & Rita, an animated love story starring the music, culture and people of Cuba. Chico is a dashing piano player and Rita is an enchanting and beautiful Havana nightclub singer. When they meet, the sparks fly and they fall madly in love. An epic romance unfolds as the pair travels the glamorous stages of 1940s/1950s Havana, New York City, Las Vegas, Hollywood and Paris.

La Yuma- Spanish Film Festival on Friday


Florence Jaugey / 91 min. / 2011


Presented by Dr. John Uggen, Professor of Spanish and Latin American Studies

Nicaragua’s first full-length feature in 20 years, La Yuma tells the story of a young woman who dreams of transcending her bleak life in the slums of Managua by becoming a boxer. Looking beyond the meager possibilities that seem available to her (and ignoring the advice of her gang-member friends), she finds solace and hope in her training and falls in love with a middle-class journalism student.

Greetings from the land of J. L. Borges, Eva Perón and Carlos Gardel: ARGENTINA!!

Hi everyone! I’m Gabriela from Argentina. I’m the teaching assistant for the Spanish Department. I arrived to the US a month ago because I received a grant from the Fulbright Exchange Program. In this first entry I’d like to introduce myself and my home country, I’ll tell you something about my family and friends, and finally I’ll explain my function at Willamette.

I’m from a little, but beautiful town in the northwest of the country called Salta. Salta’s nickname is “La Linda” which means “the beautiful”. I think it deserves its nickname not only because of the beauty of its landscapes, mountains and rivers, but also because of its people. Salteños are simple, nice and truly friendly. They are also hospitable and helpful. So if you have the chance to travel to South America you should definitely visit this province and, just in case you have never heard of it, this map can help you understand how far away I am from home… And just to give you an idea how the city looks like, this photo taken from the web shows one of Salta’s most amazing views.

All this reminds me of some reading I’m doing for my Native American Studies at Willamette. It talks about how places say something about people and are part of our identity. Well, my home town says a lot about me. Before coming I was so excited to live and work in a foreign country that I had never realized how important my country is for me and how proud I am of being Argentinian J

I grew up in a small family. I live with my brother, mom and dad. I also have a niece called Zoe, who is my favorite person in the world. She is like a magic fairy.  My second favorite person is my mom. She is the only person who can make me extremely happy and extremely mad at the same time haha  I also have some good friends who are always there on Facebook to tell me how much they miss me and to listen and support me when I feel home sick. I think I’m really lucky to have them, but so far I think I will also make awesome friends in the US too.

Last but not least, I would like to explain my role at Willamette. According to Fulbright I’m supposed to be Student, Teacher and Cultural Ambassador.  So, the reason why I am writing this blog is because I want to invite everyone to know more about me and my country’s culture and traditions and also learn about the American culture in turn.  Believe it or not I’ll try to do my best to help you and make the learning of Spanish more interesting and fun!

Who am I?

I grew up in a town that is fourteen thousand feet above sea level. The place is called, Potosi, located in Bolivia, South America. Somebody once said Potosi is “the Tibet of the Americas.” The city, which is cold all year round, is the opposite of the Amazon (temperature wise and altitude) – also in Bolivia. Potosi is the place were I started my academic career; from elementary to high school. As soon I finished high school, I moved to Cochabamba, to continue my education. The University of San Simon there become my Alma Matter, there I studied economics. In 1997 I moved to Germany where I studied the language (German) and experienced the culture for more than two years. In 2000 I arrived in the United States, at that time I did not know any English, so I took one semester of intensive English class at Parkland College in Champaign, Illinois and followed two years of general education classes at the same institution. By 2004, I transferred to Eastern Illinois University in Charleston, Illinois, where, in 2006, I graduated with Bachelor of Arts in Foreign Languages. In 2008 – 2009 I attended the Masters in Spanish Program at the University of Oregon, and currently I am an MBA student at Texas A&M University.
Growing up, studying economics, and working in Bolivia; traveling to some Latin American, Asian, and European countries, being in Germany for two years, and currently living and studying in the United States make me a walking example of cultural interaction who wants to share and transmit his experiences.