Research Groups

Hebrew Aljamiado Research Group

Besides transcribing texts written in Hebrew Aljamiado into Romance languages, this research group studies the most important aspects of each work. They have developed a transcription system, and they are preparing a joint publication on the findings of their research.

Diversifying the Classics

Diversifying the Classics brings together academics, playwrights, translators, directors, and actors to translate and promote Hispanic classical theater, under the direction of Professor Barbara Fuchs. Since January 2014, the group has translated one play a year in a collaborative workshop setting, with additional plays translated by individual members. A publication series from Juan de la Cuesta makes the translations available in print; they are also available open-access on the DTC website.  DTC collaborates with theatermakers in Los Angeles and beyond on adaptations, outreach, K-12 initiatives, and more. Partners include Playwrights’ Arena, 24th St. Theater, Red Bull Theater (NYC), Repertorio Español (NYC), New York Classical Theatre, the Stratford Festival (Canada) and the Globe (UK). Since 2018, DTC has organized Los Angeles’ biennial festival of Hispanic classical theater, LA Escena.

S&P Linguistics Research Methods Group

The Linguistics Research Methods Group is a group of students and faculty dedicated to keeping abreast of current trends in Spanish and Portuguese linguistic research, particularly in the domains of phonetics, phonology, morphology, and syntax and in the areas of first and second language acquisition, bilingualism, and heritage languages. We meet for the purposes of learning and sharing research tools and methods, present work in progress, workshop conference abstracts, and practice talks, among other things. Once a quarter we also organize hikes and other outdoor activities!

Lido em LA/Read in LA

A series of informal and online encounters between Luso-Afro-Brazilian writers, poets, editors, and translators. The invited speakers will share with the larger audience their writing and reading experiences during this quarantine.