Spanish Day

"Crossing Borders" "Cruzando Fronteras"

“Crossing Borders” (“Cruzando Fronteras”) is the theme of this year’s Spanish Day, which seeks to celebrate aspects of the Humanities and Arts — history, literature, art, music, communication, and global studies — through the lens of the Spanish language and Spanish-speaking cultures. The Hispanic world encompasses borders of many kinds, including physical boundaries between countries, cultural and ethnic differences, and linguistic variation. We cross borders literally through immigration but also figuratively by developing greater awareness of and respect for the rich variety that characterizes Spanish-speaking communities around the globe. All of the day's activities will be conducted in Spanish. This program is aimed toward students at the Spanish 3, 4, and AP levels, but students of all levels are welcome to attend.


"Crossing the Border from English to Spanish: Careers in Interpretation"
María J. Orgeira, Certified Spanish Interpreter and Translator

 Interpreters play a key role in facilitating communication across linguistic boundaries. This workshop explores the challenges of accurately communicating an oral message from Spanish to English and vice versa. Come participate in hands-on activities and try out our interpreting booths.

 "Don Quijote: Transcending the Boundaries of Time and Space"
Linda Gould Levine, Professor Emerita, MSU Spanish and Latino Studies  

 Don Quixote, the second most translated book ever written, continues to fascinate readers across the globe more than four hundred years after its publication. How does Miguel de Cervantes succeed in writing a novel that is rooted in 17th century Spanish history and yet has crossed the boundaries of time, anticipating many aspects of our contemporary reality and offering us a model for transcending differences?  Come explore excerpts from this timeless work.  

 "Crossing Borders within Borders: Poetry as a Voice for the Voiceless"
Antonella Calarota-Ninman, Instructional Specialist, MSU Spanish and
Latino Studies

This interactive workshop examines the changing status of indigenous communities in Ecuador and the role of their poets in giving them a voice at the national level.  We will trace the imprint of their languages and cultures on 20th century Ecuadorean poetry.  Participants in this session will explore excerpts of these unique poems and engage in small group discussion.

"Mixing Languages in Advertising: Vueling across Europe"
María José García Vizcaíno, Associate Professor, MSU Spanish and Latino Studies

 This interactive session explores the use of codeswitching (combining Spanish with other languages) in the context of advertising by analyzing the ad campaigns of one of Spain's low-cost airlines, Vueling.  These non-traditional ads break linguistic "rules" in order to attract customers.  Participants in this session will produce their own creative codeswitched phrases and try their hand at applying this unique advertising strategy to other products.

"Estrellas on the Small Screen: The Evolving Presence of Hispanics on U.S. Television"
Raul Galoppe, Chairperson, MSU Spanish and Latino Studies

 The presence of Hispanics as permanent residents and citizens of the United States is more recognized than ever. In this session we will use multi-media resources to examine and reflect on how the role and representation of Hispanics and Hispanic cultures on U.S. television has evolved over the past 70 years. Participants will have the opportunity to interact in small groups.

 "Spanish on Five Continents"
Anne Edstrom, Associate Professor, MSU Spanish and Latino Studies

 You may be surprised to know all the countries where Spanish is an official language! In this interactive session we will trace the historical and current influence of the Spanish language across the borders of 5 continents. We will also explore "Spanglish" as a legitimate linguistic concept, and you'll learn to identify some of its functions in real communication