Department of Romance, German & Slavic Languages & Literatures
801 22nd Street, NW, Phillips Hall 513
Washington, DC 20052

Phone: (202) 994-6330
Fax: (202) 994-9126

Cultural Events and Activities: DC

1. Spain, Art & Culture presents:

-Films at Filmfest DC: ‘Family United/ La gran familia española’  (Apr 18, 8:45pm at Avalon Theatre; and Apr 25, 6:30pm AMC Mazza Gallerie) and ‘Bajari: Gypsy Barcelona’ (Apr 20, 5:15pm at Lankmark’s E Street; and Apr 24, 6:30pm at AMC Mazza Gallerie).

Filmfest DC is back for its 28th year with an exciting new program of features, documentaries, and shorts representing the best in new cinema from around the globe.

*Students can explore the Spanish cinema from social topics. (For students of all levels)

-Visual Arts: 'Hic et Nunc' - Here and Now: A Survey of New Video from Spain (Apr 10, 8:00pm), at Smithsonian’s Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Ring Auditorium, 700 Independence Avenue Southwest

A curatorial project presenting a selection of twelve video art pieces that show how art can function as a symbolic act of resistance to face the amends of our society. (For students of all levels)

-Music:  Julio Iglesias in concert (Apr 26, 9:00pm) at The Music Center at Strathmore, 5301 Tuckerman Lane, North Bethesda, MD

The bestselling Latin music artist in history will bring his signature style to Strathmore’s 2014 Gala.


2. Mexican Cultural Institute presents:

- Lecture: Mario Bellatin (Apr 16, 5:30pm-7:00pm), at the Letts Formal Lounge, American University, 4400 Massachusetts Ave NW
Mario Bellatin’s approach to an experimental consciousness marks the standard of convex writing in contemporary Latin American literature. Among his more well-know works is his book “Flowers”.

-Architecture Week: Lecture and book signing: James Oles (Apr 2, 12:00pm) at the District Architecture Center, 421 7th Street NW.

This lecture will explore questions in relation to Dr. Oles' new book Art and Architecture in Mexico, the first comprehensive survey covering the colonial through contemporary periods in almost fifty years.

-Heritage: 'From History to Science in the Early Modern Atlantic' (Apr 29, 9:00pm) at Mexican Culural Institute.

A one-day symposium about the Iberoamerican development of early modern science with Jorge Cañizares Esguerra, José Pardo Tomás , Carlos Viesca Treviño, María Portuondo, Marcy Norton, Ralph Bauer, and Jaime Marroquín Arredondo.  (For advanced students)

-Redes Festival: Conference: exploration of Mexico and Music (Apr 11, 6:00pm), at the Mcneir Hall Auditorium.  (For advanced of all students)

-Culinary: The 2014 season of Mexican Table (all sessions 6:45pm) at the Mexican Cultural Institute. For more information on Patricia Jinich log on to or follow her on twitter @PatriciaJinich

On Jun. 5th, Pati will present the engaging historical session True Fusion: Mexico of the 16th Century, followed by Yucatán: Mexico's Culinary Outlier on Oct. 9th, featuring a guest chef from the Yucatán! The season will end on with the "AfroMexico: African Influences in the Mexican Table" session, highlighting the richly diverse heritage of Veracruz on Dec. 4th.

*Students can learn about the Mexican cuisine popular culture. (For students of all levels)


3. Redes and Revolution:

Music, Film, and History in Mexico and Veracruz, 1910-1940 (Apr 11, 1:15pm-5:30pm), at Department of Performing Arts McNeir Hall, New North Building, 108 Davis Performing Arts Center, 3700 O St., NW.

(This event is part of the Mexico Festival produced cooperatively by the PostClassical Ensemble, Georgetown University, the Mexican Cultural Institute, and the Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center at the University of Maryland)

1:15 pm Music:

Son Jarocho_Traditional Folk Music of Coastal Veracruz.

Son Cosita Serie

(For students of all levels)

2:15pm Lecture: Rethinking Post Revolutionary Veracruz,

 Sarah Bowskill, Queen University.

“Revolutionary Conflicts, Contradictory Outcomes, 1910-1920”,

Rodolfo Fernandez, Georgetown.

“Can a Regime Be a Revolution? Mexico, 1920-1940”,

 John Tutino, Georgetown.

“Rethinking Post-Revolutionary Veracruz: Society and Politics, 1920-1940.”,

Heather Fowler-Salamini.

(For advanced students)

* Students can increase their knowledge and critical appreciation of Mexican literature and culture. (Particularly, for students of advanced courses)

3:45 p.m. Film and Filmmaking in Post-Revolutionary Mexico

Bernard Cook, Georgetown

“Dolores del Río and the Golden Age of Mexican Film,”

Bárbara Mujica, Georgetown

“Paul Strand, Redes, and Mexico in the 1930s,”

James Krippner, Haverford

*Students can explore socio-political issues from Mexican cinema. (For students of all levels)

5:15 p.m. Redes and Revueltas: Selections

Georgetown University Orchestra, by Angel Gil-Ordóñez

(For advanced students)


4. Lisner Auditorium presents:

Todo Tango (May 3, 8:00pm), at Lisner Auditorium 730 21st Street NW.

DC Tango Festival presents Pan American Symphony's Tango, DC's premier Tango music spectacular. The most talented Tango musicians accompanied by an international cast of dancers fill the stage with drama and passion.

* Students can enjoy and learn about tango, one of the aspects of Argentinean popular culture (For students of all levels)


5. OAS/AMA presents:

-Exhibition: Territories and Subjectivities, Contemporary Art from Argentina (Apr 3-Jun 7, Mon-Fri 10:00am-5:00pm), at Art Museum of the Americas, 1889 F Street, NW (For students of all levels)

-Exhibition:  Retrato en Voz alta/ Portraits of Contemporary Mexican Artists by Allan Fis (Mar 6-May 23, Mon-Fri 9:00am-5:00pm), at Art Museum of the Americas (For students of all levels)


6.  Gala Hispanic Theatre presents: 

-La señorita de Tacna/ The Young Lady from Tacna (Feb 6-May 9, Thurs and Sat 8:00 pm; Sun 2:00 pm), at Gala Theatre, 3333 14th Street, NW.

By the internationally acclaimed Peruvian writer Mario Vargas Llosa.

Directed by José Carrasquillo.

La senorita de Tacna is a moving and humorous portrait of a family and its secrets in which memories and the present are interwoven. (In Spanish with English surtitles)

* Students can optimize of their preparation, feeding their knowledge and critical appreciation of Latin American literature and culture by being exposed to the recreation of a cultural and historical context. (Particularly, for students of advanced courses)


7. Operación Impacto presents:

Documental and colloquium: “Niños de la memoria” (Apr 14, 6:00pm), at GWU Phillips 209. Kathryn Pyle, the producer, will be attending. This documental is about children who disappeared during the Salvadorian Civil War.  Food and refreshments will be served.


8. Flight of the Butterflies 3D, presented by MÉXICOThis film is now playing at the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History in Washington, IMAX THEATERS. (Runtime: 44, 10:50-2:10, MPAA Rating: G).

The monarch butterfly is a true marvel of nature. Weighing less than a penny, it makes one of the longest migrations on Earth across a continent to a place it has never known. Follow the monarchs' perilous journey and experience millions of them in the remote mountain peaks of Mexico.


9. Group for free Spanish conversation, cultural exchange, and fun: The Washington DC Spanish Language Meetup Group.

*Students benefit from continuous informal interactions in Spanish (which are available for learners of all levels in the DC area).


10. Web portal: Spain is the official tourism portal in the United States. It offers important information that students need to know before traveling to Spain.


Spanish Now: Meetup Group

Embassy of Argentina

Embassy of Bolivia

Embassy of Colombia

Embassy of Costa Rica

Embassy of Ecuador

Embassy of El Salvador

Embassy of Spain

Embassy of Honduras

Embassy of Mexico

Embassy of Panama

Embassy of Paraguay

Embassy of Peru

Embassy of the Dominican Republic

Embassy of Uruguay

Embassy of Venezuela

Centro Cultural del BID

Centro Cultural Mexicano

Embajada de España

Museo de las Americas

Smithsonian Latino Center

Teatro Gala

Teatro de la Luna

Kennedy Center

Verizon Center

Spanish Film Club

Nulu for Spanish!

Ibero-American Showcase 2012


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Spanish Contacts

Director of Spanish Literature
Professor Isabel Vergara
(202) 994-6339

Director of Spanish Language Program
Professor María José de la Fuente
(202) 994-1517

Coordinator of Spanish 1001, 1002
Professor Kristina Eisele
(202) 994-6330

Coordinator of Spanish 1003, 1004 
Professor Alicia Suárez-Touzón
(202) 994-6330

Coordinator of Spanish 2005, 2006
Professor Ariadna Pichs
(202) 994-6330

Major and Minor Advising
Christopher Britt (A-F)
Yvonne Captain-Hidalgo (G-M)
Jaime Marroquín (N-S)
Isabel Vergara (T-Z)

Study Abroad Advising Language Courses
Patricia Granja-Falconi

Study Abroad Advising Literature Courses
Zulima Álvarez-Menédez (A-M)
Catherine Osborne (N-Z)