Modern Languages, Literatures & Cultures

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Some History of the Japanese Writing System

If you are studying modern Japanese, you are familiar with the phonetic kana writing system. What you might not be aware of, is that the orthography used today was put into use as recently as 1946. Before then, kana spelling was much more irregular (think of English spelling versus pronunciation), since the same spelling had […]

Emily Odermatt, Senior, IES Abroad, Metropolitan Studies: Berlin, Germany

Studying in Berlin Germany was such an amazing experience that allowed me to grow in so many ways. Though I picked the program in Berlin, before I got there I really had no idea what to expect. But I was amazed as I pulled up in the train and I had my first glimpse of […]

Selim Toth, German TA

Hallo zusammen, I’m Selim Toth from Berlin, and am the German TA at Gustavus this year. I will help and support you throughout your studies of my interesting yet difficult native language. If you have any questions, feel free to email me or come by my office in Confer 124. I obtained my B.A. in […]

Chinese Mid-Autumn Festival

Mid-Autumn Festival is a traditional Chinese festival with a history of more than 2000 years. Mid-Autumn Festival falls on the 15 th of the eighth lunar month. This year’s Mid-Autumn Festival falls on October 4 th , 2017. Ancient Chinese believe that July, August, and September are Autumn months. Therefore, the 15 th of the […]

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 […]