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Black Holes. Latin American science fiction for a global era

A Dissertation Proposal by

María José Gutiérrez


February 1st, 5:00pm

McMahon Hall 202


Four professional translators will speak about their work and how they became translators/interpreters, followed by an opportunity to ask questions.


Vittorio Felaco, Ph.D (State Department)

Mary Lewis (Legal Translator)

Jennifer Maxwell (Medical Interpreter)

Maria Raquel McFadden (Legal Interpreter)

For more information, click here.


Amanda Sheffer, Clinical Assistant Professor of German, received the national FL-A-CH award on November 19 at the annual conference of the American Association of Teachers of German (AATG), held in conjunction with the annual American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages convention in Nashville, Tenn. This award honors excellence in the teaching of the language and cultures of Austria, the German-speaking areas of Switzerland, Liechtenstein, and Südtirol in the United States. The award was presented by Ms. Maria Woodliff from the Consulate of Switzerland and Mr. Christian Ebner from the Austrian Cultural Forum in New York.

Peace Corps Stories from Abroad


Come here returning volunteers from Peru, Senegal and Kyrgyzstan share their fascinating experiences and learn more about Peace Corps opportunities.


Wednesday, Nov. 29, 6pm

Aquinas 102

On October 20th, Prof. Hwang, Dr. Ortiz, the Associate Provost for International Affairs, and Claudia Bornholdt, the Chair of the Modern Languages Department, met with Director Chih and Mr. Lih from TECRO (Taiwanese Economic and Cultural Representative Office in Washington, DC) to discuss further collaboration and opportunities for our Chinese language students.



Past events


The Department of Modern Languages and Literatures presented the Inaugural Luis Alberto Ambroggio Address, “For Spanish, Press 9”, by Dr. David T. Gies, Commonwealth Professor of Spanish at the University of Virginia. We enjoyed a presentation about the importance of Spanish in the US, historically and today.

On Saturday, November 4, the Department of Modern Languages & Literatures hosted the GWATFL Fall Conference for Language Educators featuring sessions that focused on innovative programs, emerging trends and best practices. 

Germany 2017: The new political landscape

The German program hosted a roundtable discussion with three distinguished speakers: Dr. Konrad Jarausch (Historian at Duke University), Mr. Antoine Ripoll (Representative of the European Parliament to the US Congress) and Dr. Rasmus Rüffer (Permanent Representative of the European Central Bank Office at the International Monetary Fund). The guests discussed the political, economic, and cultural consequences of the recent German election.


The Chinese Club hosts the Mid-Autumn Moon Festival every year. They offer traditional Chinese moon cakes, make lanterns and have presentations and storytelling


If you are learning a new language, come to our event How to Succeed at Languages, held every semester by the Department of Modern Languages.

Come get some tips, tricks, and insights to help you be a more successful language learner. Instructors and students share their advice on how to optimize your study strategies and increase your confidence, fluency, and grades.


Amazing Race Modern Languages

There has been a suspicious mystery on campus and only YOU and your team can solve it, using your language skills!

PRIZES for the first team to finish and for the most creative pictures!




What Languages Can do for You!

Come learn more about our languages, speak with alumni, visit the faculty and students of the Department of Modern Languages & Literatures, and find out why it pays to learn a language!


Breaking Taboos: A Lecture by Eman Mohammed

Eman Mohammed is an award-winning photojournalist and TED fellow from the Gaza Strip, Palestine.  She is the first female journalist to come out of the Gaza Strip.  Her work focuses on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, as well as women’s rights in the Middle East.


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What is it? Fluency in a foreign language


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German in a Multicultural World
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