Faculty Profile

Hector Reyes Zaga

Assistant Professor of Spanish (2009)

Contact Information

reyeszah@dickinson.edu

Bosler Hall Room 7M
717.245.1158

Bio

Hector earned his M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in Hispanic Literatures and Cultures from the University of Minnesota. He also received a degree in Law from Universidad Iberoamericana in Mexico City. His research interests include Mexican literature, Latino/a studies, law and literature, immigration studies, and human rights. His current projects focus on the representation of immigrants in literature produced on the Mexican border through the framework of human rights.

Education

  • Licenciatura en Derecho, Universidad Iberoamericana-Mexico, 1997
  • M.A., University of Minnesota, 2005
  • Ph.D., 2009

2014-2015 Academic Year

Fall 2014

SPAN 116 Intermediate Spanish
This course is a continuation of Spanish 104. The course focuses on all four langage skills: listening, reading, writing, speaking, with increasing emphasis on writing and speaking. Prerequisite: 104, 108, or placement by department.

SPAN 116 Intermediate Spanish
This course is a continuation of Spanish 104. The course focuses on all four langage skills: listening, reading, writing, speaking, with increasing emphasis on writing and speaking. Prerequisite: 104, 108, or placement by department.

SPAN 250 Sp for Acad Ctxts in Mendoza
This class analyzes a variety of texts designed for academic environments in order to aid students in the refinement of written and oral skills in Spanish. Specifically, the class discusses genres, specialized vocabulary, argumentation, and academic discourse. It also examines main types of oral academic texts and their specificities.prerequisites: Acceptance into the Dickinson in South America Program. Offered every semester.

SPAN 252 Ecuador & Andes: Cult/Hist/Soc
This interdisciplinary class examines the culture, history, philosophy, and literature of Ecuador and the Andes. Students will explore topics such as social and value systems, environmental diversity, and colonial encounters. Special emphasis will be placed on identities through the lens of gender, ethnicity, and race. This class also includes a Spanish language component. Class trips will be made to selected areas of Ecuador that are of archaeological, cultural, and historical significance. Prerequisites: 231 and acceptance into the Dickinson in South America program. This course fulfills the DIV II social sciences distribution requirement and Comparative Civilizations graduation requirement. This course is cross-listed as LALC 203. Offered every semester.

SPAN 362 Argentina in Latin Am Context
This class approaches Argentine reality from an interdisciplinary perspective, including culture, economic and social life, geography and history, and philosophical and social factors. It will examine the diversity of Argentine society in the context of Latin American political, social, and cultural developments. National and regional perspectives will be included as well. Class trips will be made to selected areas of the Mendoza region that are of cultural and historical significance. Prerequisites: 231 and acceptance into the Dickinson in South America program. This course fulfills the Comparative Civilizations graduation requirement. This course is cross-listed as LALC 204. Offered every semester.

LALC 390 Human Rights in Lat Am Lit
Cross-listed with SPAN 410-01. This seminar explores the aesthetic and ethical complexities of the relationship between human rights and literature, throughout the analysis of well-known cases of human rights abuses that occurred in Latin America during the twentieth and twenty first century. We will read a variety of literary, legal and visual texts such as novels, short stories, plays, testimonials, treaties, legal cases, songs, films etc.

SPAN 410 Human Rights in Lat Am Lit
Cross-listed with LALC 390-01. This seminar explores the aesthetic and ethical complexities of the relationship between human rights and literature, throughout the analysis of well-known cases of human rights abuses that occurred in Latin America during the twentieth and twenty first century. We will read a variety of literary, legal and visual texts such as novels, short stories, plays, testimonials, treaties, legal cases, songs, films etc.

Spring 2015

SPAN 230 Advanced Grammar
The primary goal of this course is to develop students' formal knowledge of Spanish by reviewing and studying the more challenging grammatical structures. The course will also work on development of skills in reading, oral expression, and vocabulary development. The purpose of the course is to equip students with the formal grammatical background necessary to be successful in courses on Hispanic literatures, linguistics and cultures. Prerequisite: 116, 120, or the equivalent.

LALC 350 Latino/Latina Literatures
Cross-listed with SPAN 350-01.

SPAN 350 Latino/Latina Literatures
Cross-listed with LALC 350-01.