A multidisciplinary group of Eastern Washington University faculty and staff members are hosting the “Segunda Semana de la Lengua Española / Second Week of the Spanish Language” conference in the United States and Canada. The bilingual conference is being held virtually via Zoom the week of Oct. 12-16. The entire Eastern community, parents and alumni are invited to attend.

Segunda Semana de la Lengua Española en Estados Unidos y Canadá / Second Week of the Spanish Language in the United States and Canada

El Presente y el Future de la Lengua Española en Estados Unidos y Canadá

The Present and Future of Spanish in the United States and Canada

Fechas / Dates: 12 de octubre a 16 de octubre, 2020 / October 12 – October 16, 2020
Horario / Schedule: 4p a 6p (Tiempo del Pacifico) / 4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. PST
Modo / Mode: Zoom


The conference will include EWU faculty and staff members from Modern Languages, History, Chicana/o/x Studies, and the Office of Diversity and Inclusion. By hosting this prestigious conference, Eastern, in collaboration with UNAM Internacional, will be at the head of a group of participating institutions in the U.S., Mexico, Spain, and Canada, including the National Autonomous University of Mexico, the Instituto Cervantes, the Mexican and Spanish Consulates in Seattle, and the Spanish National the Ministry of Education.

Art by Isabel Martínez. Read the artist’s full bio and see more of her work here.


Last year’s event, organized by the National Autonomous University of Mexico, was attended by hundreds of people and was hosted by the Seattle Public Library and SeaMar. This year’s virtual event is free and accessible to the public via Zoom. The majority of sessions will be conducted in Spanish, although some will be conducted in English. All sessions, however, will be recorded and available to view with English language captions after the conclusion of the conference so as to enable the participation of non-Spanish speakers. The goal of the conference is to raise awareness about the importance of Spanish in the U.S. and the cultural challenges Spanish speakers have historically faced—and still face today.

Registration is required to participate. Click the links below to see the full program, register for the conference and receive a personalized web link to participate in the sessions.