Recent News

Professor of Spanish Elizabeth Scarlett has accepted a three-year appointment to the MLA's  Katherine Singer Kovacs Prize Selection Committee. Since 1989 this prize has been awarded annually for an outstanding book in English or Spanish in the field of Latin American and Spanish literatures and cultures. The committee may review as many as thirty-five to forty-five books as part of the selection process.  We congratulate Professor Scarlett on her achievement!
Professor Jean-Jacques Thomas’ new book Oulipo: Chroniques des années héroïques was published in May 2019 by the New Orleans: Presses du Nouveau Monde (pp. 510). It is an in-depth historical study of the latest French avant-garde movement, Oulipo, from its modest origins in the early 1960s to its current controversial dominating intellectual status. It is available on line at Jean-Jacques Thomas’ author page at  or at
The department celebrated the achievements of the graduating class of 2019 with a ceremony and brunch on May 17, 2019. Alumna Abigail LaPlaca, 2015 summa cum laude Spanish BA graduate, was invited commencement speaker.
Fifteen undergraduate students and two graduate students were inducted into the National Collegiate Spanish Honor Society Sigma Delta Pi, Beta Nu Chapter, on May 10, 2019. Kayleigh Brandstetter, Michael Bullo, Elif Ersan, Diana Cortés-Evans, Aisling Cantillon, Lisa Marcellus, Cristina Mata, Elizabeth Napolitano, María Loren Pérez Hernández, Alexia Pezzino, Emma Reidell, Samantha Rock, Julia Scott, Alivia Smeltzer-Darling, Claudia Villanueva, Makayla Watson-Wales, and Spencer Woods were welcomed into the chapter with a short ceremony followed by a reception for friends and family. We congratulate them on their accomplishment! 
Associate Professor of Spanish Colleen Culleton has received this year's President Emeritus and Mrs. Meyerson Award for Distinguished Undergraduate Teaching and Mentoring.
The 8th Annual Romance Languages and Literatures Graduate Student Association Conference was held April 26-27, 2019, on UB's North Campus. Invited keynote speakers were Dr. John Lipski, Edwin Earl Sparks Professor of Spanish and Linguistics at Pennsylvania State University; and Dr. William Egginton, Decker Professor in the Humanities and Director of the Alexander Grass Humanities Institute at Johns Hopkins University .