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Dr. Arturo Dávila-Sánchez            (510) 464-3199


Arturo Davila Sanchez is Chair of the Department of Modern Languages and Professor of Spanish and Mexican-Latin American Studies at Laney College, Oakland.

He received his Ph.D. in Romance Languages and Literature at UC-Berkeley; an M.A. in Spanish Literature at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor and a B.A. in Communications at the Universidad Iberoamericana in Mexico.

He is poet laureate in Mexico and Spain where he was awarded three international prizes for the following collections: La ciudad dormida (National Prize “Sor Juana Inės de la Cruz,” Mexico, 1995); Catulinarias (International Prize “Antonio Machado,” Baeza, Spain, 1998); and, Poemas para ser leíos en el Metro (International Prize “Juan Ramón Jimėnez,” Huelva, Spain, 2003).  He has recently published for the Mexican magazine nexos:


Poemas: Islas dislocadas

El invitado de RFI Podcast . Arturo Dávila, poesía urbana. Entrevistado por Jordi Batallé

La cuerda floja. Sátiras

Alejandro González Iñárritu: The Wild Wild North

A Tatik Francisco

Charles Bukowski: el campeón del humorismo negro

De (l)unas y otras joyas verbales

Los Beatles: Tiempo de deshora

Paco de Lucía (1947-2014): “Empieza el llanto/ de la guitarra”

Gravity: La soportable gravedad del ser





Jann Sweenie-Cort



Jann Sweenie Cort閟 received her BA in Spanish from Oberlin College in 1977  and her MA in Comparative Literature from UC Berkeley in 1980 (Spanish, English and French), concentrating on the 20th century novel. At UCB she taught Spanish as a Teaching Assistant and Associate until 1984 (receiving a Distinguished Teaching Award in 1983-84), when she joined the faculty at the Peralta Colleges. She has taught at Vista, Merritt, and Laney. She has also taught ESL to adult immigrants since 1980, at Adelante and at adult schools in Albany, Oakland, Piedmont and principally Berkeley, where she has worked for over 20 years.

In 1983 she completed a Certificate of Training in Immigration Law through the Oakland Diocese抯 Office for Hispanic Affairs and worked in the 1980抯 with the Diocese and with the Political Asylum Emergency Representation Program of the SF Lawyers?Committee for Urban Affairs doing interpreting and paralegal work with Central Americans applying for political asylum.


Dr. Juan Calvo

¡Hola! ¿Qué tal? Me llamo Juan Calvo.

I was born in south Spain (Córdoba). My family moved to Barcelona when I was nine, so I learned some Catalán. At twenty-six I moved to the states. I when to SFSU and  got my BA an MA in Spanish; then I went to UC Davis to do my Ph.D. I love Spanish language and literature and I would like to teach you as much as possible about Spain and Latin American culture, language, civilization, and literature. I always emphasize conversation in all my classes. ¿Listo? ¡Nos vemos en clase!

Mr. Calvo is involved in Professional Development Workshop. He also participates in Pacific Resources of SF, a not for profit organization promoting personal growth. In his leisure time, he enjoys: outdoors: camping, traveling, swimming, walking, nature, restaurants; indoors: meditation, music, reading, opera, movies, cooking.



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