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Spanish Program field trip to the Instituto Cultural Mexicano

Day of the dead altar

Students from the Spanish Program, accompanied by Prof. Ruzza and Prof. Marin visited the Mexican Cultural Institute in Washington DC on November 4th to observe an authentic Ofrenda de dia de los Muertos. This year the altar was dedicated to William Spratling. 

William Spratling was an American adventurer, writer, collector, illustrator, architect, designer, and entrepreneur. In the 1920s he fell in love with Mexico and moved to Taxco with the intention of reviving its silver industry. He helped turn the small Mexican town into an international center of design and silver production. 

Students received a detail explanation in Spanish about the different elements in the altar and the origins of the celebration.

They also had the opportunity to walk through other exhibition: DE PEREGRINA A PEREGRINA..., a photography exhibit created by Mónica Guerrero Mouret that highlights the annual pilgrimage taken by thousands to the Basilica of the Virgin of Guadalupe in Mexico City.

Poetry in April: Festival Latino Americano
de Poesía

Festival Latino Americano de Poesía

April 9, 2015
2:30pm - 4:30pm
Batelle-Tompkins Atrium

World Languages and Cultures and Latino–American poets D.C. were proud to present the 2015 Festival Latino Americano de Poesía. This event brought together ten poets from eight countries, including WLC Department Chair Chip Gerfen and American University professor Consuelo Hernández.

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