Modern Languages, Literatures & Cultures

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Prof. Carlos Mejía, Spanish

¡Bienvenidos a un año más! As a faculty member of Modern Languages, Literatures, and Cultures, I’d like to welcome everyone to another year here, up the hill. I graduated in 2010 from the University of Iowa with a PhD degree in Spanish (Spanish American Literature track). Since then I have devoted my professional career to […]

Sarah Jones-Boardman, New French Instructor

Bonjour! My name is Sarah Jones-Boardman. I completed my B.A. in French and Psychology and my M.A. in French at University of Minnesota where I am currently finishing my PhD on Francophone African literature. I am a Minnesota native, born and raised in St. Paul. In fact, my family has lived in Saint Paul since […]

Professor Kalbermatten and James Ramsburg (18) received the Presidential Faculty-Student Collaboration Grant 2017-2018

Professor María Isabel Kalbermatten and James Ramsburg (18) received the Presidential Faculty-Student Collaboration Grant 2017-2018 for their project titled “Manipulation and Representation of Reality in Cristina Kirchner’s Political Discourses from 2007 to 2015.” The main goal of the project is to show how audiences could be manipulated through the speeches of the former president of […]

Prof. Kyoore attended a seminar on immigration

Prof. Paschal Kyoore (French Section) attended an IES faculty seminar on immigration in Vienna (Austria) and Berlin (Germany) April 2-8, 2017. The theme of the seminar was: “Immigration in Europe: Past and Future”. In fall 2016, he had taught a 300 level Special Topics course on immigration in France, and plans to make it a […]

The Importance of Being Bilingual

By: Emily Syverud If you polled all seniors tomorrow, I’d like to think that we could all agree on one thing – the world has changed a lot since we started at Gustavus as first-years in 2013. Throughout the presidential election and up to today I have noticed an increase in anti-immigrant sentiments and a tense […]

Tertulias Culturales en Confer

On Tuesday, April 18th, the Department of Modern Languages, Literatures, and Cultures will be hosting its annual Spanish “Tertulias” in Confer 128 at 7:00 p.m. Tertulias are designed for Spanish students to come and learn about their peers’ study abroad experiences in Spanish-speaking countries. Prospective study abroad students will also have the chance to ask […]

3rd Gustavus Hispanic Film Fest – Coming Soon!!!

The Department of Modern, Languages, Literatures, and Cultures at Gustavus Adolphus College and the Spanish Section are excited to announce that it will be hosting it’s third Latino Film Festival throughout February and April. All five films fall under a central theme of “Life on the Edge” in many senses of the phrase. Screenings will take […]

The Chinese Winter Solstice

by Professor Nan Li The winter solstice is one of the most important twenty-four Chinese solar terms that were established as early as the Zhou Dynasty (1046-771 B.C.)  It is also the occasion for a traditional Chinese celebration called the Winter Festival (冬节), which falls between December 21 and December 23 of the Gregorian calendar. Ancient Chinese […]

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 Professor 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 […]