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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.

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

Talks in Linguistics (TiL) Heading link

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.

Talks in Literatures and Cultures (TiLC) Heading link

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.

Bilingualism Forum Heading link

The Bilingualism Forum is 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.

Conferencia Graduada de Estudios Hispánicos y Luso-Brasileños en Chicago Heading link

The Chicago Graduate Conference is an annual event proudly organized by the graduate students of the Hispanic Literary and Cultural Studies program of the University of Illinois at Chicago, in conjunction with Northwestern University and the University of Chicago. This event is dedicated to promoting an academic, professional and cultural supportive environment for the intellectual exchanging of ideas, addressing of problems and critical thinking. Our Conference is of benefit to graduate students, our community in Chicago and academics around the world since the focus of study and thinking is Latino America, its cultures and literatures.

Ciudad ñ: Encuentro con escritores latinoamericanos de Chicago Heading link

Ciudad ñ: Encuentro con escritores latinoamericanos de Chicago is a project organized by graduate students from the Department of Hispanic Literary and Cultural Studies at UIC that seeks to promote a growing body of literature written in Spanish by Latin American authors living in Chicago.