Modern Languages, Literatures & Cultures

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Fall 2022 Academic Assistant Introduction- Elizabeth T.

¡Hola todxs! My name is Elizabeth Tribbett and I am a senior Biology and Spanish double major. This fall I am excited to be the Academic Assistant for the Spanish section of the Department of Modern Languages, Literatures, and Cultures. Besides my involvement in the Spanish department I am also a Gustie Greeter, a chemistry […]

Spring 2022 Academic Assistant Introduction- Rachel K. Erickson

¡Hola Todxs! My name is Rachel Erickson and I am a Senior majoring in Financial Economics and Spanish with a minor in LALACS. I have the honor to be the Academic Assistant for the Spanish section in the Department of Modern Languages, Literatures, and Cultures this Spring semester 2022. In addition to this role, I […]

Lecture and Q&A with Professor Michael Minta

Several weeks ago, Gustavus had the honor of hosting Professor Michael Minta from the Political Science Department of the University of Minnesota! Dr. Minta, who is one of the nation’s leading experts in the study of political representation of African American, Latino, and women interests in the United States, gave a lecture and Q&A about […]

Fall 2021 Academic Assistant Introduction – Jasper Johnson

¡Hola! My name is Jasper Johnson and I’m currently a Senior majoring in Spanish and Computer Science. For the Fall 2021 semester, I have the enormous honor of being the Academic Assistant for the Spanish section in the Department of Modern Languages, Literatures, and Cultures. Besides this, I’m also a Spanish tutor, a member of […]

5th Gustavus Latinx Film Festival: Ema, a Woman on Fire

  The film “Ema” starts with a fire. Specifically, it begins with the visage of a burning stoplight, and the screen pans out to reveal a woman holding a blowtorch. This woman, Ema, is setting fire to the streets. The film, directed by Juan de Dios Larraín, tells the story of this fire-starter, a dancer […]

Guie’Dani’s Navel : 5th Gustavus Latinx Film Festival

The film, Guie’Dani’s Navel is a story quite different from others in its category with a strikingly intense main character. The movie is directed and written by Xavi Sala who portrays a story of a young girl rebelling her reality while yearning for more than servitude. The film uses long silences that may seem dull […]

Neither Hero Nor Traitor : 5th Gustavus Latinx Film Festival

  The film Ni Héroe ni Traidor, directed by Nicolas Savignone, is a powerful look into the pressures on a young Argentinian thrown into the conflict over the Falkland Islands with Great Britain in 1982. Initially, the audience is introduced to the protagonist, Matias, who is in the midst of a life typical to that […]

Perro Bomba: : 5th Gustavus Latinx Film Festival

Despite being the directorial debut of Juan Cáceres, Perro bomba manages to present an  extremely compelling and nuanced look at the vulnerabilities experienced by Haitian immigrants  in Chile. The film follows Steevens, an established Haitian immigrant who, at first glance, seems  to be leading a reasonably comfortable life. He has friends, a job, a roof […]

Spring 2021 – Academic Assistant Introduction: Jordan Oleson

¡Hola! My name is Jordan Oleson, and I am a Junior this year double majoring in Spanish and Biology with a minor in Religion. This Spring-2021 semester, I have the honor of being one of the Academic Assistants for the Spanish section in the Department of Modern Languages, Literatures, and Cultures. In addition to this […]

Birds of Passage: 5th Gustavus Latinx Film Festival

Pájaros de verano (Cristina Gallego and Ciro Guerra) is an indigenous narrative, detailing the corrosion of a native Wayuu family caught within the 1970s drug trade. This film is not meant to be an easy watch, but a slow digestion that leaves the audience craving more about Colombia’s economic and social situation. After viewing the […]