As the year comes to a close, it’s not too late to brush up on Spanish before our next round of classes begins in January. Here are a few ideas for practicing Spanish now that go beyond the basics.
Every Friday at 8 PM, our neighbors at the Whitney Museum offer free tours (after paying the cost of admission) of selected exhibits in Spanish. Why not drop by one evening to learn more about art and Spanish in one beautiful setting? From now until the end of the year, the exhibition being shown in Spanish will be An Incomplete History of Protest: Selections from the Whitney’s Collection, 1940–2017.
I’ve been a longtime listener of the Slate Gabfest podcast series. Slate, best known for their articles about politics, culture, feminism have had podcasts that cover all of these topics for years. This month, they have finally launched El Gabfest en Español–the perfect way to practice Spanish if you, like me, are addicted to both podcasts and following the news. León Krauze, an award-winning Mexican journalist and news anchor, is joined by a rotating cast of Spanish-speaking journalists to talk about the topics of the day. You can subscribe now on iTunes, Spotify, or any other podcast platform!
The Film Society of Lincoln Center is beginning a 62-film series next month focusing on international melodrama. They’ll be showing some of our favorite Spanish language melodramas, including All About My Mother (Todo sobre mi madre), Beyond Oblivion (Más allá del olvido), The Castle of Purity (El castillo de la pureza) and The Kneeling Goddess (La diosa arrodillada). Consult the full schedule here!
On November 16 and 17, the King Juan Carlos I of Spain Center at NYU will host this conference, taking place in a combination of Spanish and English. Speakers will include scholars, poets, art historians, and artists. They will tackle the topic of the relationship between art and power, especially in dictatorships or under repressive governments. The focus will be on Spain under Franco, but speakers will also address many other historic and contemporary governments and countries. For the complete schedule, please click here.