UAFS Spanish Teacher Symposium

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A chance to gather together, share ideas, and learn new pedagogical methods Saturday, Nov. 3rd, 2018.


The UAFS Symposium for Spanish Teachers is a public project organized by the World Languages Department at the University of Arkansas Fort Smith. The Symposium will take place in the Windgate Art and Design Building on the UAFS Campus in Fort Smith. The symposium will run from 9:30 am to 4 pm on Saturday, November 3, 2018. On-site registration begins at 8:30 a.m. in the lobby of the Windgate Art and Design Building. Free parking is availabe on the south side of the Windgate Art and Design Building (Lot F), right off of Waldron Road. 


We are delighted to welcome the Honorable Luis Guillermo Solís Rivera, 47th President of Costa Rica, to our beautiful campus as the Symposium Keynote Speaker. All Spanish teachers at the elementary, secondary and university level as well as undergraduate and graduate students are invited to attend. The symposium offers breakout workshop sessions on a variety of second and foreign language pedagogy topics. 


The Symposium Workshop Selection Committee is currently accepting proposals. Please email Dr. Ana María Romo Blas at if you would like to submit a presentation proposal for this event.  Early-bird registration runs from August 13 to October 1, 2018. Early bird fee for professors/teachers: $40. Early bird fee for students: $20.


Up to five (5) hours of continuing education units can be earned at the Spanish Teachers Symposium.


For more information regarding the Spanish Teachers Symposium, please contact Dr. Mary A. Sobhani at 479-788-7979 or


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This project is supported in part by a grant from the Arkansas Humanities Council and the National Endowment for the Humanities.

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President Luis Guillermo Solís Rivera


Luis Guillermo Solís Rivera

Luis Guillermo Solís Rivera served as the 47th president of Costa Rica from May 2014 to May 2018.  He graduated with honors from the Universidad de Costa Rica, was a Fulbright Visiting Professor at the University of Michigan, and received his Master’s degree in Latin American Studies (cum laude) from Tulane University.  His professional life has been dedicated to academic, diplomatic-political, and administrative endeavors. He was an official at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs between 1986 and 1990 and worked closely in the formulation and negotiation of the peace process for Central America. He also worked for Ibero-American Secretariat, and the Foundation of External Services for Peace and Democracy (Fundapem). From 1994 to 1998, he was Ambassador of Costa Rica for Central American Affairs and Director of Foreign Policy. In terms of his academic service, he served as a professor for almost 30 years both domestically and internationally, and has just returned to the academic world this past August with a guest professorship at Florida International University. His publications include The United States and Central America: Geopolitical Realities and Regional Fragility (with Mark, B. Rosenberg, New York: Routledge Press, 2007) and El Crimen Organizado en América Latina y el Caribe (with Francisco Rojas Aravena, Santiago de Chile, FLACSO-Catalonia, 2008).