Spanish and Latin American Studies

In addition to providing you with a fluent knowledge of the Spanish language, a degree in Spanish and Latin American Studies offers a multiplicity of practical applications ranging from business to broadcasting and from social work to diplomatic service. At the same time, it gives you a deep knowledge of and appreciation for Hispanic literatures and cultures.

Learning a language helps us to better understand the medium in which we form and express our ideas and feelings; its literature speaks of the diversity of the human experience and helps shape a sense of who we are. Through the study of literature you will learn to use language, but you will also learn how language is used to construct a text. This powerful knowledge transfers into other disciplines. It enhances the engineer’s problem-solving skills and the politician’s rhetoric; it makes the advertising agent a more effective seller and the business leader a better communicator. Ultimately, as citizens, it makes us more aware consumers and better participants in democratic society.

  1. Jan. 16, 2020Latin American Film Festival
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    Welcome to the 2020 Latin American Film Festival, a celebration of our cultural diversity through the great stories told in this selection of movies. Proudly presented by the Department of Spanish and Latin American Studies in collaboration with the Kitchener Public Library, the festival provides KW audiences with an opportunity to experience a dynamic selection of contemporary Latin American films that celebrate the rich and diverse cultures of the region.  Check out this year's exciting lineup.

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  1. Feb. 26, 2020Latin American Film Festival - Neruda
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    Join us for the screening of Neruda, the third film of the 2020 Latin American Film Festival, at the Kitchener Public Library's Main branch, 85 Queen St., Kitchener.

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  2. Mar. 9, 2020Latin American Film Festival - Post Mortem
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    Join us for the screening of Post Mortem, the fourth film of the 2020 Latin American Film Festival, at the Kitchener Public Library's Main branch, 85 Queen St., Kitchener.

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  3. Mar. 16, 2020Latin American Film Festival - Ruben Blades is not My Name
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    Join us for the screening of Ruben Blades is not My Name, the final film of the 2020 Latin American Film Festival, at the Kitchener Public Library's Main branch, 85 Queen St., Kitchener.

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María del Carmen Sillato

María del Carmen Sillato

Professor Emerita

Dr. María del Carmen Sillato joined the UW academic community in July 1992.  She retired in October 2017.