Rho Rho strives to continue the long tradition of dedication to the goals of the Sociedad Nacional Honoraria Hispánica.
Our longstanding tradition of our Día de los Muertos presentation continues to be a highlight every fall semester, in which our members talk in Spanish about different elements of the holiday, as well as preparing traditional food to serve to those in attendance. In addition, we continue to offer cultural presentation series every semester exploring a variety of topics relating to Hispanic cultures, such as “El arte mudéjar”, a presentation looking at the history of Spanish architecture, and other presentations exploring ecological and cultural issues in Central America.
The University’s Classical and Modern Language Festival is an annual event in which we participate by offering a fun, yet educational session for high school students, such as ¿Qué dice la gente? and Matamoscas.
We have continued our love of the arts, by sponsoring Spanish-language theatrical productions, including Antonio Ballesteros Los Esclavos (2012), Gabriela Roepke’s Una mariposa blanca (2013), and Sergio Vodonovic’s El delantal blanco (2011). At our poetry slam, our members, other Spanish students, and Spanish faculty members enjoy getting together to share some of their favorite poems—including original poetry—as well as participating in Spanish-language karaoke.
While we maintain many traditions, we also look for new ways in which we can express our love for the Spanish language and Hispanic cultures, as well as sharing that passion and knowledge with the community.
One way we have shared our love for the Spanish language and Hispanic cultures is by offering screenings of critically acclaimed Spanish-language films free of admission to the University’s campus—made possible by the generous support of the University’s Funds Allotment Council (FAC). Screenings have included Pedro Almodóvar’s Volver (Spring 2013), Alejandro González’s Biutiful featuring Javier Bardem (Spring 2011) and Guillermo del Toro’s El espinazo del diablo (Fall 2010) and El laberinto del fauno (Pan’s Labyrinth) (Fall 2013).
In the fall of 2013, our members hosted a Spanish-language music program called Sonidos on KTRM 88.7. We also hosted our first book club for upper level Spanish students, for which we read Carlos Ruiz Zafón’s bestselling novel La sombra del viento to parallel our semester’s focus on the Spanish Civil War.
More recently, members have organized and hosted trivia nights that highlight various aspects of Hispanic culture, history, and geography so students of all majors can learn about the Hispanic world in an engaging way.
On a bittersweet note, our chapter’s founder, Dra. Lucy Lee, retired in 2019 after a fruitful academic career. We are thankful for the precedent she has set and everything she’s done for Rho Rho. However, our new advisor, Dra. Stacy Davis, is doing an amazing job following in her footsteps.