First Italian Major at Sewanee

Read more to find out about Sewanee's first Italian major, Szonja Szurop.

Latinx Food Festival and Geography Contest

Join the Spanish House in Geographical Trivia for a chance to win a prize and to learn about and try out Hispanic cuisine! Friday, April 15 from 3-5

Carnaval at the Spanish House

Experience how Carnival is celebrated around the world by touring the Language Theme Houses on February 25.
-Try King Cake, make crafts with Mardi Gras beads, and play bead toss at the French House!
-The German House will offer Faschingskrapfen (jam-filled donuts) and face painting!
-Decorate masks at the Italian House!
-Enjoy bliny (thin pancakes), a  bonfire, tug-o-war and other games at the Russian House!
-Foam fight, piñatas, and other games at the Spanish House!
Whether it's Mardi Gras in the Francophone world, Fasching in Germany, Carnevale in Italy, Maslenitsa in Russia, or Carnaval in the Hispanic world, Europeans welcomed the return of the sun and the approach of the Spring Equinox with celebrations involving pancakes and other traditional foods, games, bonfires, costumes, parades, and role reversals.  With the arrival of Christianity, these celebrations evolved into one last indulgence before the austerity of the Lent.

Meet the Spanish Majors of 2022

Our Spanish majors have just taken their comprehensive exams and are set to graduate in May.  Get to know them!

Talk by Azareen Van der Vliet Oloomi

Azareen Van der Vliet Oloomi, winner of the PEN/Faulkner Award for Call me Zebra will speak on February 8 at Gailor Auditorium.

7th Annual International Karaoke Winners

The 7th Annual International Karaoke Night was held on October 27 and featured acts in all the modern languages that Sewanee offers: Chinese, French, German, Italian, Russian, and Spanish. There was fun, food, music, and incredible talent on display. Read more to find out which Spanish acts won.

El Coro

Students of Spanish are invited to join ‘El Coro’ for the Advent semester 2021. This is the ensemble (instruments and voices) that will be leading worship for the Spanish Eucharist every other week of the semester. If you are interested, please contact Yuri Rodriguez at for more information. All songs will be sung in Spanish, but no advanced Spanish required. Musical experience is appreciated but not necessary either.

Hispanic/Latinx & Religion

Leigh Preston and Sway Rosario lead a discussion bout Religion and Hispanic/Latinx culture on Sept 22.  Meet at the Bishop's Common Hearth Room or join through Zoom: 852 6985 6544.  There will be 4 $25 Amazon gift cards raffle off for all attendees.

Info Sessions for Sewanee in Spain 2022

There will be two opportunities to learn about Sewanee's excellent spring semester in Spain:
Tuesday, May 4 at 5:00pm in Gailor 225
Friday, May 7 at 1:00pm in Gailor 225

International Carnival Photo Contest

Post your best photo from Carnivals past on our Photo Contest Wall by March 20. We will vote and award prizes on March 24. Include a caption in both English and in the language you are studying.

6th Annual Karaoke Night

Students gathered at Cravens Hall for the The 6th Annual International Karaoke Night on Saturday, October 24.  It was a little different from past International Karaoke Nights when students sang live in front of a panel of judges and an audience.  Instead,  they submitted videos of themselves singing in the language that they are studying.  The videos representing Chinese, French, German, Latin, Russian, and Spanish were screened at the event, and students and faculty were able to view the videos and vote online in person or remotely.

El Pueblo Unido

Costa Rican singer Yuri Rodríguez, who recently moved to Sewanee, will be holding a virtual concert to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month on October 15 at 8:00 pm.

¡Fiestas y tradiciones!

You will have the chance to learn about traditions in different countries. Many students and professors are collaborating with this event representing their own countries and we encourage you to come and take part in this celebration of culture on Wednesday, March 4!

International Carnival Celebration

In many parts of the world, some form of Carnival is celebrated, combining Christian and pre-Christian traditions indigenous to the region. This celebration goes by many names: Maslenitsa Масленица in Russia; Mardi Gras in the Francophone world; Carnaval in Latin America, Carnevale in Italy, Fasching in Germany-to name a few. Common threads include celebrating the end of winter darkness, sometimes parades, often outrageous costumes, role reversal, consuming pancakes, or marking the beginning of Lent. On Sunday, February 16, various language houses hosted a progressive festival starting at the Russian House, continuing on to the Spanish House, the German House, the Italian House, and ending at the French House.

Conversation with Chilean Political Journalists

A group of students and faculty gathered in the Torian Room at Dupont Library on February 7 to hear about the critical effects that the War in Iraq had in Latin America. Gonzalo Montaner presented his book "Están con nosotros o con los terroristas. El efecto Al Qaeda y la Guerra de Iraq en América Latina" in which he discusses crucial issues in Latin America after the War on Terrorism. The group of students and faculty had also the opportunity to Chilean journalist Andrea Arístegui who along Montaner's presentation, reflected on the role of media in times of war and social crisis.

Spanish House Tertulia Schedule for the Spring Semester

Come to the Spanish House for the following events this semester: -Película: Thursday, Feb 6 at 6:00pm -Fiestas y Tradiciones Populares: Thursday, March 5 at 6:00pm -Noche de Karaoke: Friday, April 3 at 7:00pm -Hola Colaboración: Finals Week

5th Annual International Karaoke Night

The 5th Annual International Karaoke Night took place on November 7, 2019 at the Tiger Bay Pub. There were songs in 8 different languages: Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Italian, Latin, Russian, and Spanish.