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Department of Spanish, Portuguese & Latin American Studies

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Obra "Pintura" del pintor uruguayo Joaquín Torres García.   |   Credit: By Joaquín Torres García (1874-1949) (Museo Nacional de Artes Visuales de Uruguay) (Public domain)

Welcome Bienvenidos and Welcome! We encourage you to explore this website, and better yet, to come visit us when you can. The Department of Spanish, Portuguese, and Latin American Studies is dedicated to the research and teaching of the literatures, cultures and languages of the Spanish and Portuguese speaking worlds. We offer a full range of undergraduate courses in two majors: Spanish and Portuguese, and Latin American Studies. Our faculty are researchers and teachers with world-wide recognition and work directly with students to achieve their academic goals. In addition, the Spanish Resource Center calls our department home with a collection of Spanish literature, film, and music that is available to the Rice community. The SRC sponsors K-12 outreach programs on language instruction throughout the Houston area and co-sponsors cultural and academic events in partnership with us. Please note that we will regularly post events that you might find interesting. These events are always open to the public, so make us one of your bookmarks.




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Experts to present ‘midyear review’ of Mexico’s president at Rice’s...

HOUSTON – (May 13, 2019) – A group of academic and industry experts will gather at Rice University's Baker Institute for Public Policy May 21 to examine new Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador’s steps to reduce crime, improve public safety and reform the administration of justice in his country since he took office in December. They will also assess the long-term impact of his administration’s policies on these critical problems, which event organizers say have stifled Mexico’s economic and social development.