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María Luisa Ortega Hernández

  • Teaching Associate Professor, Spanish
  • PhD - University of Pennsylvania
    ATA Certified Translator

  • Modern Languages; Spanish
  • Faculty
  • 773-325-8565
  • 2320 N Kenmore Ave

    Schmitt Academic Center (SAC) #311, Department of Modern Languages

    Chicago, IL 60614

MARÍA LUISA ORTEGA HERNÁNDEZ is originally from Spain. Her life in Central America has given her a deeper understanding of the Spanish-speaking world. It is from this vantage point, enriched by her many years as a US Latina, that she passionately teaches the beauty of its language, the magical syncretism of its roots, and the shared responsibility we all have towards effective and peaceful communication at the service of others.

Prior to joining DePaul in 2014, she was associate professor of Spanish at the Community College of Philadelphia and lecturer at the University of Pennsylvania. 

Her Spanish for Health Care courses and her Spanish TV program, Entre Nosotros, are two of her main contributions to the Community College of Philadelphia. As a senior lecturer at Penn, she taught Spanish literature, language and communication for the Department of Romance Languages and the Wharton School of Business. She was responsible for conducting the Spanish proficiency interviews for the Penn Language Link Interpreters program, University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine.

Selected works

Summer 2017

Ortega Hernández, María Luisa. “Vox populi, vox Dei: Catalina de San Juan, ‘la niña santa’ de la Angelópolis (India, 1605? – Puebla de los Ángeles, México, 1688).” Colonial Latin American Review. 26.2 (2017): 219-54. Print. Taylor & Francis Online, 28 July 2017.

[Debate Forum on Medical Spanish]. Foro de debate sobre el español médico. Real Academia Nacional de Medicina, Instituto Cervantes y la Universidad de Harvard. Harvard University, Cambridge. 31 May – 2 June 2017. Address.

Winter 2017  

“Our Mother Language.” Saved by Language: An International Mother Language Day event. Guest speakers: Fanny Sampson, Illinois Holocaust Museum; Dr. Bryan Kirschen and Ms. Susanna Zaraysky, co-directors of documentary Saved by Language. DePaul University, Chicago. 23 Feb. 2017. Address.

Spring 2016

“Rubor y temor: la deshumanización del cuerpo femenino en aras de la belleza celestial.” Las prácticas corporales en la búsqueda de la belleza. La Cifra Editorial: Mexico, D.F., 2016.             

5 July 2012

El sueño de la espera / The Slumber of Hope. Poetry and photography in dialogue. Collaborative videoproduction. Fashion & Art México 2012, Mexico, D.F., Mexico.

  • NALAC: National Association of Latino Arts and Cultures
  • Instituto Cervantes Chicago, Chicago, IL
  • Illinois Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, Chicago, IL
  • NO – Chicago, IL
  • Women Against Abuse – Philadelphia, PA
  • Entre nosotros, CCPTV, Community College of Philadelphia, PA