Current Events

On a Journey: A Conversation with author Santiago Vaquero-Vásquez

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Santiago Vaquero-Vásquez is an unrepentant border crosser, ex-dj, writer, painter, and academic. He is an Assistant Professor of Creative Writing and Hispanic Southwest Literatures and Cultures in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese at the University of New Mexico with an academic focus on US Latino cultural expression and US/Mexico border cultures. Vaquero-Vásquez is the author of 3 collections of short stories and has been published in anthologies in Spain, Italy, Latin American and The United States. He has also presented at international conferences in countries including Norway, Peru and Colombia. Please join us for a literary conversation with Santiago Vaquero-Vásquez on Wednesday, October 14 at MLK Library (time and room TBD). 


Celebrating the 400th Anniversary of Don Quixote

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In honor of the 400th anniversary of the publication of the second part of Don Quixote by Miguel de Cervantes and Dean of Humanities and the Arts Lisa Vollendorf's recently published book, the Department of World Languages along with The Humanities Honors Program, The Humanities Department and The English Department at SJSU will host an event on Tuesday, October 20 at MLK Library room 225 from 5-7pm. Join us for light refreshments and readings from the text. Welcome by Provost Andy Feinstein.

Past Events


The 2015 World Languages and Literatures Graduation Ceremony


The ceremony will be held on Thursday, May 21st at 5pm in the University Theater. Majors, minors, graduate students and teaching credential candidates that graduated in Summer or Fall 2014 and Spring 2015 are all invited to participate. If you have any questions, please contact The RSVP deadline for this event has passed.


Foreign Language Week 2015

SJSU's Foreign Language Week takes place March 9 through March 13 and features interesting presentations from around the world provided by WLL faculty. Click here to view this year's flyer and check back often for updates on all of the events. This years events include: 


“Sumi-e (Japanese ink painting) Workshop” by Barbara Morita. 

CL 308 - 1:30-2:30
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“As Linhas de Willington” a film about the French invasion in

CL 206 12:00-2:00
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“Shut Up”, French film

CL 412 - 6:00-8:00
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“Brilliant Soil”

Thousands of artisans in México still use led based glazes in their pottery without knowing the damage that this toxic element causes to their health.
Documentary in Spanish with English subtitles.
CL 218 - 9:00-10:30 & 10:30-12:00
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“Zarzuelas, the Spanish operetta”

CL 206 - 12:00-2:00
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Roshan Lecture Series: “Through Different Eyes”

MLK Library, 2nd floor - 6:30-8:00
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International Education Week 2nd Annual Lunch Time Talk: Careers in World Languages

Our second annual Lunch Time Talk event will take place this year on Wednesday, November 19 from 12:00pm to 1:15pm. Boccardo Business Center room 103. For more information on this event, please click here.


Portuguese Studies at SJSU: Vindimas at the Mansion

The Portuguese Studies is program is holding a fundraising event on Friday, October 17 at the Willow Heights Mansion in Morgan Hill. For more information on this event, please click here

Nancy Morejón Visits SJSU

World-renowned Cuban Poet, Nancy Morejón will be presenting her newest book at the Martin Luther King, Jr. Library on Saturday, September 13 from 4:00-5:30 in room 225. 

Book Presentation by Dr. Anne Fountain

The Department of World Languages and Literature proudly presents Anne Fountain, Ph.D. and her newest book, José Martí, the United States and Race on Wednesday, September 17 in Clark Hall 412 2:00-3:00.