Conferences, Colloquia and Speakers

Conference on Mexican Studies

Jean Franco

Every year the Spanish department at UCI holds the Juan Bruce Novoa Conference on Mexican Studies. Over its more than twenty editions, the conference has become a meeting point of scholars and graduate students devoted to the study of Mexican culture. The conference boasts an array of prominent keynote speakers, which in the recent years has included Juan Villoro, Jean Franco, Cristina Rivera Garza, Federico Campbell, Myriam Moscona, Graciela Iturbide y Margo Glantz among others. For more information about the conference, contact Jacobo Sefami ( and Viviane Mahieux (

Distinguished Speaker Series 

Eduardo Lao

The Distinguished Speaker Series brings to UCI the most prominent names in Spanish and Latin American scholarship and cultural life. Previous speakers includes Claudio Lomnitz (Anthropology, Columbia),  Angel Loureiro (Spanish, Princeton), Rafael Rojas (Cide-Mexico), Juan Ramón Resina (Iberian and Latin American Cultures, Stanford). In Fall 2015 we will receive the visit of Professor Jo Labanyi (Spanish-New York University) followed in Winter 2016 by the visit of art critic and Paraguayan cultural personality Ticio Escobar.  For information on the distinguished speaker series contact Horacio Legras (

Sponsored talks/Special events

Adriana Johnson, Vivian Mahieux

Francisco Goldman discussed the disappearance of 43 students in Mexico in his talk "Can Mexico Save Itself?" Photo: Adriana Johnson, Francisco Goldman and Viviane Mahieux

Every quarter the department invites two scholars to share their research with faculty and graduate students. Recent visitors include Robert Patrick Newcomb (UC Davis), María Lourdes Dávila (NYU), Bruno Bosteels (Cornell University), Carlos Pabón (Universidad de Puerto Rico, Río Piedras), Juan F. Egea (University of Wisconsin-Madison), Santiago Fernández Mosquera (Universidad de Santiago de Compostela, Spain), Jesús Torrecilla (UCLA), Luis Martín-Cabrera (UC-San Diego), Enrique García Santo-Tomás (University of Michigan), David Herzberger (UC-Riverside), Agnes Lugo-Ortiz (University of Chicago), Gloria Gervitz (Mexico), Arnaldo Cruz-Malavé (Fordham University), Maite Zubiarre (UCLA), and Steve Hutchinson (University of Madison-Wisconsin). Visits are announced via email and Facebook.

Graduate Student Colloquia 

Colloquium Poster / Eduado Lado

Graduate students present their research and work in progress at the Graduate Student Colloquium.

Scholars in residence

 A number of international scholars stay at UCI sponsored by our department. While a stay in Southern California facilitates their research, their presence at UCI is an important enrichment of our cultural life. Recent visitors include Lorena Amaro (Universidad Católica, Chile), Claudio Guerrero Valenzuela (Universidad Católica Valparaiso, Chile), Denise Leon (Conicet Argentina), Brigitte Adriaensen (Radboud University, Netherlands), and Miguel Gutiérrez Mate (Universidad Complutense, Madrid). The scholar in residence for Fall 2015 is Graciela Maglia Ferrari (Universidad Javeriana. Colombia).