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Hispanic Studies

Study Abroad and Research Opportunities

Research takes a variety of forms in Hispanic studies, from laboratory work in language proficiency to literary scholarship in Hamilton's extensive Burke Library holdings to field work in Latino communities. Certainly one of the most important research fronts, however, is the Hamilton's Academic Year in Spain program. Established in 1974 to provide the highest academic standards — small classes, distinguished professors and total immersion in Spanish life and language — the Madrid-based program provides an intellectual, cultural and social experience that cannot be duplicated in any classroom.

 

Arthur Williams '16 at the Lend for America Summit in Berkeley, Calif., in Nov. 2014. It's the leading summit for student-led microfinance organizations.
Arthur Williams ’16 Studying Microfinance Impact on Cuban Entrepreneurship

Over the past seven years Cuba has seen many changes. Since Raúl Castro assumed the Cuban presidency in 2008, he has introduced a number of economic reforms that have removed many commercial restrictions and lessened government control. This has resulted in a growing private sector and a rise in Cuban self-employed entrepreneurs.  More ...

Elana Van Arnam '17
Was Spain's Queen Juana I Truly Mad?

Elana Van Arnam ’17 is pursuing research into one of Spain’s most commonly misunderstood monarchs: Juana I of Castile. Popularly known as “Juana la Loca,” or Juana the Mad, the Queen is one of the most iconic figures in early-modern Spanish history.  Van Arnam’s summer research is funded through an Emerson Summer Collaborative Research Award and is being directed by Assistant Professor of Hispanic Studies Xavier Tubau.  More ...

Matt Cartwright '83 and Max Flath '16 in Cartwright's Washington, D.C. office.
A Traffic Jam, A Bumper Sticker, An Internship

Max Flath ’16 is getting an inside look into the workings of our political system this summer as an intern in the office of Congressman Matt Cartwright ’83 (D-PA-17). Though internships on Capitol Hill are not uncommon, the manner by which Flath acquired his internship stands out as unique and reinforces the power of  Hamilton connections.  More ...

Njideka Ofoleta ’16 Sheds Light on Women Emigrating from Africa to Spain

When Njideka Ofoleta ’16 studied abroad in Spain last semester, she noticed something about the population in her neighborhood. She lived in an area with a high immigrant population, and although she saw many African men in public and in the media, she saw few African women. She realized that African women were rarely discussed, and she “wanted to delve deeper into that rarely-covered realm.” With a grant from the Emerson Foundation, Ofoleta has spent time in Morocco, Spain, and the United States to research African women immigrating into Spain.  More ...

Siri Cosper '16
Siri Cosper ’16 Immersed in Language Learning

In the U.S., having command of more than one language can only help one’s job prospects. However, in many countries this skill is simply a prerequisite for employment. Siri Cosper ’16 is spending the summer teaching English in Madrid interning with the language academy Languages 247.  More ...

Arthur Williams '16
Williams ’16 Interns at the Renaissance Entrepreneurship Center

This summer Arthur Williams ’16, with the support of the Joseph F. Anderson Fund, is interning at the Renaissance Entrepreneurship Center, a nonprofit that offers workshops, courses, support services and financial networks to individuals looking to begin or expand small businesses. The Center, located in San Francisco, aims to provide these services to individuals who traditionally lack the resources and information necessary to pursue entrepreneurship as a means of financial self-sufficiency.  More ...

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