Department of Spanish and Portuguese

Festival Gabriel García Márquez 2016

Gabriel García Márquez is considered one of the best writers of our times. In 2014 The University of Texas bought his personal papers, now available at the Harry Ransom Center. As the legacy of his work and life, this archive can provide a vibrant learning experience for our current and future students. Come share with us and with others students and teachers from around central Texas the opportunity to celebrate García Márquez’s influential work and remarkable archive. See below for information on the Pre-Festival Teacher’s Workshop on March 5th.

When and where?

Saturday, April 16, 2016
9:00am – 12:00pm, followed by a light lunch
University of Texas at Austin

For more information and schedule, please see the program.


All teachers of Spanish are welcome to register their students (registration closes on March 18th). See the link below. Each participating school will be allowed 5-10 minutes of stage time during the Festival. 
Registration will close when we have a full program.

What and how?

This is a celebration! García Márquez wrote fascinating literature and we want all students to enjoy it.

  1. Select a passage from one of his works, (see the list of suggested works) to share with your students.
  2. Focus on comprehension of the text, its themes and images.
  3. Explore reader response—encourage your students to talk about what they think of the chosen piece, how they would react if they were in any of the described situations.
  4. Encourage your students to respond to the piece creatively—with a dramatic reading, a skit, a collage, a poem, a painting or a puppet show -- and share the results at the Festival.
  5. Send us photographs of your students’ artwork so we can include it in a slideshow. Do not bring visual art to the Festival. We will need to receive photos by April 1, please.
  6. Remember that stage time will be limited to 5-10 minutes per school, so guide your students to keep their performed responses brief

Do you need a little bit of help with ideas for your students? Here are some opportunities that we can offer you:

On March 5th, at 2pm, Professors Naomi Lindstrom, César Salgado, and Gabriela Polit will offer a workshop at UT for teachers who want to learn more about García Márquez. Please email Gabriela Polit to register for the workshop.

Additionally, all of García Márquez’s work is available on line. Here are some suggested works:

El ahogado mas hermoso del mundo - 


Un señor muy viejo con unas alas enormes

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Relato de un naúfrago