Modern Languages, Literatures & Cultures

Department Blog

This Month in the Spanish Department:

by Leah Mott From calavaras and papel picado to violence and gender, the Spanish department’s November was equal parts celebration of Latin American culture and critical examination of one of the region’s current challenges. Día de los Muertos, or Day of the Dead, is a well-known holiday that originated in Mexico and is celebrated each […]

Gustavus French Grads Teach English for TAPIF

by Laurent Dechery This year, four Gustavus students who graduated in May 2016 with minors or majors in French are participating in the Teaching Assistant Program in France, or TAPIF. The program gives the opportunity to work in France for 7 months, teaching English to French students of all ages. Each year, over 1,100 American […]

Guest Lecture: “Acupuncture: Science or Myth?”

by Professor Nan Li Acupuncture originated in China during the Neolithic period. Ancient Chinese people found that their pain could be greatly reduced or even eliminated by using a sharp-edged stone tool pressed hard on their body. Hence, the earliest needle used in the acupuncture was made of stone. Later on, copper, iron, gold, and […]

A Festive Oktober for the Gustavus German Club

by Professor Patricia Branstad Prost! One of the most common associations with Germany is the Oktoberfest. Contrary to popular belief, the Oktoberfest is not a nationwide celebration, but rather a 16-day folk festival that takes place in München (Munich), the capital of Bayern (Bavaria), the largest of Germany’s sixteen states. Touted as the “world’s largest […]

Bonjour From Visiting Assistant Professor Kate Droske!

Bonjour!  My name is Kate Droske and I am joining the department of Modern Languages Literatures and Cultures this year as a Visiting Assistant Professor of French.  I am coming to Gustavus Adolphus College from the University of Minnesota, where I recently completed my doctorate in French with a focus on the literature of Quebec. […]

La Mesa Español

Every Tuesday of the week we gather in Confer from 6pm to 7pm to chat and enjoy a wonderful afternoon with friends and classmates. La Mesa de Español is an excellent opportunity to practice Spanish, improve speaking skills and learn about others who travelled abroad or who are Spanish native speakers. La Mesa allows students […]

Русское чаепитие * Opening Russian Tea

The first Russian Tea of the new academic year was well attended, as always. Once again the Russian Club-sponsored event attracted students and faculty from the diverse College community. The event featured the usual Tsar Nikolai Tea, закуски (zakuski), and, of course, Professor Crnković’s designer coasters, the final in the seasonal birch tree series. The […]

Meet our Spanish Language Teaching Assistant, Cintia Rodríguez

¡Hola! Soy Cintia de Córdoba, Argentina. Soy Traductora Pública de Inglés y estudié Profesorado de Inglés en la UNC (Universidad Nacional de Córdoba). Me considero una persona motivada que se involucra en programas que me hacen crecer como persona y aportan a mi conocimiento académico. Trabajé en programas universitarios que ayudaban a las comunidades nativas […]

MEET OUR MAJOR NATE LONG

¡Hola a todos! My name is Nate Long, and I’m a senior Spanish and Political Science Honors major. I am back on campus after spending last spring in Alicante, Spain. Spending a semester in Spain was absolutely incredible. My host family was truly amazing and made me feel like a member of the family immediately. […]

Meet Ashley Eickhoff, our Spanish Student Assistant

Hi everyone! I’m Ashley Eickhoff, a senior Spanish major and LALACS minor. I was fortunate enough to study abroad last semester in Mexico in the beautiful city of Guanajuato, where I stayed with a host family—they were a blessing, and I couldn’t have asked for a better family of which I became a member. I […]