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ROMS Supports the UNC Faculty Council’s Statement in regards to the Silent Sam monument

December 16, 2019

We, the faculty, graduate students and staff of the Department of Romance Studies condemn the recently-announced plan for the UNC system to provide $2.5 million dollars to the Sons of Confederate Veterans to preserve and display the Silent Sam monument.  We endorse the UNC Faculty Council’s statement and join in the call for an investment in resources to try to repair the economic and cultural harm done by that transfer of resources. As a department that embodies diversity and multiculturalism we commit to building an environment that is just, safe and inclusive for all members in our university community and beyond.

Congratulations to ROMS Associate Professor Bruno Estigarribia!

December 13, 2017

Congratulations to ROMS Associate Professor, Bruno Estigarribia, who has received a 2018 NEH Fellowship for his project titled “Language and Indigeneity in a Global World: Guarani Spaces and Linguistic Decolonization in Paraguay”.

He will be doing fieldwork in Argentina and Paraguay to document current Guarani language practices and create the first digital archive of contemporary Guarani. Transcripts, audio, and video from interactional observation and sociolinguistic interviews will be hosted (with consultants’ consent) in a database that will be the first publicly accessible, fully searchable archive of any of the Guarani languages.

ROMS ’85 alumnus Duke Buchan III nominated by White House as Ambassador to Spain

August 24, 2017

Duke Buchan III a North Carolina native who graduated from UNC Chapel Hill with a B.A. in Economics and Spanish, from Romance Studies (formally Romance Languages and Literature department) in 1985, was nominated by the White House on Aug. 3rd as Ambassador to the Kingdom of Spain and the Principality of Andorra. Buchan is the founder and CEO of Hunter Global Investors L.P., a private investment management firm with multiple funds investing in a range of assets globally, including real estate.

For information about Buchan and his recent nomination, please go to: