On Friday, May 16th, 2014 the UC Comparative Iberian Studies Working Group (UCCIS) celebrated its third annual symposium at UC Davis. The symposium brought together eight University of California and California State University faculty specialists, representing seven campuses, to discuss a variety of topics pertaining to Iberian literary and cultural studies. The event also featured a keynote address by John Slater (UC Davis) on the history of Iberian science, a special session dedicated to the Día das Letras Galegas (Day of Galician Letters), and a business meeting in which plans for the future were discussed.
The UC Comparative Iberian Studies Working Group was founded in 2011 by Robert Patrick Newcomb (UC Davis), with grant funding from the UC Humanities Research Institute. It is currently co-directed by Newcomb and Silvia Bermúdez (UC Santa Barbara). Its membership extends throughout the UC system, and brings together faculty specialists in Spanish/Castilian, Portuguese, Catalan, Galician, and Basque literary and cultural studies. Its prior two symposia were celebrated at UC Davis (May 2011) and UC Santa Barbara (May 2012). It plans to hold its fourth annual symposium in spring 2015 at UC Merced, and is currently seeking commitments to host subsequent symposia.
For more information on UCCIS, please consult our webpage (uciberianists.wordpress.com) and Twitter feed (@uciberianists).