Modern Languages, Literatures & Cultures

Department Blog

Meet Spanish Academic Assistant for Spring 2020: Emma Nelson

¡Saludos a todos! My name is Emma Nelson, and I’m a sophomore Communication Studies and Spanish double major. In addition to working as the Spanish academic assistant, I’m a Spanish tutor and I work in the office of Alumni and Parent Engagement. I’m also involved in Sigma Delta Pi and the Kitchen Cabinet, and I […]

Cultural Event Reflection: The Honduran Exodus and Climate Crisis

This presentation was one of many given by representatives from multiple activist organizations, including Comunidades Organizado el Poder y La Acción Latina (COPAL) and La Vía Campesina, throughout Minnesota in order to inform Americans about the exodus and climate crisis in Honduras. Since the 2009 military coup, the new Honduran government has adopted neo-liberalist policies that have led […]

Eradicating Peace: The Other Side of the Colombian War on Drugs

At this event, representatives from Witness for Peace, a human rights organization, gave a presentation on human rights violations in Colombia. Leider Valencia, a representative from Coordinadora Nacional de Cultivadores de Coca, Amapola, y Marihuana (COCCAM), led the presentation. As a small farm owner in rural Colombia, he, along with many of his fellow farmers, were forced to cultivate […]

Crisis in Venezuela: Screening of La Soledad

La Soledad is an interesting and complex film of a personal narrative within the wider societal context of Venezuela. This film is not one that can simply be watched casually and then moved on from without further thought. Before the film, political science and history professors gave background on Venezuela’s economic and social situation, which […]

Lecture: Politics and History of the Inka Empire

Professor Steve Kosiba’s presentation on the Incan empire was incredibly detailed and timely, as it was on Indigenous People’s Day. It was a great opportunity to learn more about an ancient civilization and spark thoughts about the context in which it relates to how society perceives globalization and the cultural conflicts that exist today.  The […]

4th Gustavus Latinx Film Festival

This semester, several departments have come together to put on the 4th Gustavus Latinx Film Festival which is a screening five films ranging from documentaries to drama, each directed by a latina woman. For this event, students gather in Wallenberg Auditorium every Monday to watch and enjoy a new film for class or just for […]

Kwanzaa Interview with KEYC News 12

Prof. Paschal Kyoore was interviewed on December 17, 2018 along with three students on the celebration of Kwanzaa. The students are Ingrid Kubisa from the Democratic Republic of Congo who is the Academic Assistant for the African Studies program as well as a French tutor; Issiah Amla from Togo, and Brittney Johnson. Kwanzaa is an […]

Post from Prof. Paschal Kyoore- Faculty Scholarship Achievement Award

My research interests are very multifaceted, and that enables me to create a kind of dialogue among many disciplines, different regions of the world, and different cultures. I have published on the historical novel, the impact of colonial hegemony, female identity, and folklore among other topics. Because my publications are interdisciplinary by nature, they are […]

Spanish Majors Awarded

Two Gustavus Spanish majors, Megan Kallestad ’18 and Angie Ramírez ’19 have been awarded the President’s Community Engagement Award for their work in Big Partner Little Partner and Language Buddies.

Selim Toth, German TA

We applaud our German TA, Selim Toth, for his enthusiastic participation in a recent student organization event. He was co-MC for the Africa Night on March 16 organized by the Pan-Afrikan Student Organization.