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Faculty Profile

Mark Aldrich

Associate Professor of Spanish; Executive Director of the Clarke Forum for Contemporary Issues, 2019-22 (1991)

Contact Information

255 W Louther St 2nd Fl Room 5


He is particularly interested in 20th century Spanish poetry, although his publications include both Peninsular and Spanish American subjects. He has also published literary translations. Current scholarship is focused on poetry translation and the work of Rafael Pérez Estrada.


  • B.A., Hamilton College, 1981
  • M.A., Ph.D., University of Massachusetts, 1991

2022-2023 Academic Year

Fall 2022

SPAN 229 Spanish Conversation
The primary goal of this course is to continue to strengthen students' oral, aural, reading, and writing skills in Spanish while acquiring a broadened intercultural perspective. Course topics will consist of a focused cultural theme chosen by the professor. Examples of possible topics include: Current Events in Hispanic Societies, Chronicling Everyday Life, Geographical Explorations in the Spanish-Speaking World, and Gastronomy and Health in the Hispanic World.Prerequisite: 202, 203 or 205. NOTE: May be taken concurrently with 202, 231, 238 or 239. Students who have completed 231 or courses above 239 may not take this course.

SPAN 231 Spanish Composition
The primary goal of this course is to develop students' writing skills in Spanish. In this course students will learn about some of the major festivals and rituals that are central to Hispanic cultures. We will study different kinds of fiestas in Spain and Latin America from multiple perspectives, and will strive to understand many of their multiple roles in terms of community, religion, entertainment, and even tourism. Part of our learning will develop from representations of fiestas in visual arts, literature, first person accounts, and popular media.