Talk Series and Conferences

The Department of Hispanic and Italian Studies has a variety of graduate student-organized events. Every semester, students from the Hispanic Linguistics and Hispanic Literary and Cultural Studies sections each organize a talk series. Speakers include not only professors and students from the department but also invited speakers from around the country, and in some cases from around the world. In addition, the graduate students in each section also organize a biennial international conference. The next conference is the UIC Bilingualism Forum on October 4 and 5, 2012.

For additional details on each of the graduate student-organized events, see below.


UIC Talks in Linguistics (TiL) offers students, faculty, and invited-guests the opportunity to present ongoing work and get comments and ideas as well as the chance for critical and constructive discussion of their work.


UIC Talks in Literatures and Cultures (TiLC) is an effort to engage our own students, faculty and invited guests in academic development. Our sessions provide the opportunity to present research on different fields, creating a perfect environment for critical and constructive literary debate. Each semester TiLC brings a number of academic speakers from around the United States. TiLC also encourages MA and PhD students to submit abstracts for consideration in our series of talks – our Roundtable sessions (once per semester) are specifically designed for MA/PhD students to receive feedback from peers in their field.

UIC Bilingualism Forum

The 2012 UIC Bilingualism Forum  was held October 4 and 5, 2012 at the University of Illinois at Chicago. The UIC BilForum was dedicated to research in any area related to bilingualism, including theoretical linguistics, code-switching, second language acquisition, psycholinguistics, sociolinguistics, neurolinguistics, cognitive sciences, heritage languages and bilingual acquisition.


The second Biennial Graduate Conference in Hispanic Literary and Cultural Studies was held on April 13 and 14 and examined the theme “Transits/Transition/Revolution.” Presentations looked at the current era of transition in which anti-establishment sentiment has tumbled dictatorships and continues to question the status quo. While these cultural changes span the globe, the conference papers focused on moments of transition, transit and revolution in Peninsular, Latin American and Latino culture and literature.