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Languages and Cultures

Department News & Events

August 2017     Languages & Cultures and German Studies welcomes new German instructor

Dr. Kurt Hollender graduated from New York University’s Department of German with a PhD. in 2017. His academic interests include language pedagogy, German literature around 1800, literary theory, and drama. His dissertation, “Literary Potions and Poisons: Schiller, Goethe, Kleist,” focused on magic potions in German literature. Arriving at Saint John’s University and the College of Saint Benedict after a semester in Berlin, Germany, the graduate of Kenyon College and Ohioan is excited to return to the Midwest and to his liberal arts roots. Dr. Hollender previously taught at the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign, the Georg-August-Universität Göttingen, New York University, and the Universität Zürich.

Welcome to CSB|SJU, Kurt!

April 2017       Festival Lyrique

About 30 students, faculty and community members attended Festival Lyrique on April 27, 2017, and performed pieces in French to a "sold out" Alumnae Hall. It was also an opportunity for old friends to get together and papoter un peu. (Left to right: Emma Bonglack, Ruth Becker, Prof Chuck Villette, Kaitlin Heidelberger, Peter Dudziak)

March 2017     French Studies Program welcomes guest speakers from Québec

On Friday, March 31st, we welcomed two guests from Québec City! Marie Béïque, author and nutritionist, and Richard Joubert, actor and radio personality, spent an hour speaking about the culture (specifically food culture) of native populations of Northern Quebec as well as Québec history and traditional song. The presentation ended with a rousing rendition of La Fontaine’s fable “La Cigale et la fourmi.” Approximately 30 students, faculty and French-speaking members of the community attended.

March 2017     German Alum Accepted into Congress-Bundestag Youth Exchange for Young Professionals

Congratulations to German major, Mitchell Konkel '16, who has been accepted into the CBYX, a year-long fellowship program in Germany, for 2017-2018. Mitch graduated with German and Environmental Studies majors and will work in the area of sustainable agriculture and bio-farming while in Germany.

The Congress-Bundestag Youth Exchange provides an exciting opportunity for our German students and can lead to future careers related to the major.

March 2017     Phi Beta Kappa Nominees

Congratulations to French majors, Kaitlin Heidelberg '17 and Mary C. Steenberge '18, and Classics major, Olivia Busch '18, who are nominated for induction into Phi Beta Kappa!

March 2017     Language Scholarships Awarded

Congratulations to Danica Simonet '19 for receiving the Otmar Drekonja Cultural Scholarship for German and to Mary C. Steenberge '18 for receiving the Gaida Family Scholarship for French for the 2017-2018 academic year. More information is found here.

February 2017     Classical Studies Major Receives Research Grant

Aimee Hanson, a junior Classical Studies major, has been awarded a 2017 Summer Student-Faculty Collaborative Grant to conduct research on the ancient Near East. This will involve her continued participation in the Omrit Archeological Field School in Israel and pursuit of a new comparative study of women in ancient Roman and Jewish societies. She collaborated on the grant proposal with Jason Schlude, classics professor and co-director and educational director of the field school. Learn more here.

January 2017       CSB Alum Receives Prestigious Teaching Award

Languages and Cultures/German alum, Brooke Kreitinger '01, was recently awarded the prestigious German Embassy Teacher of Excellence Award for 2017. Kreitinger was one of only three educators nationwide to receive the annual award, which recognizes excellence in teaching, creativity, dedication and enthusiasm for the German language. We all extend our congratulations and best wishes to Brooke for continued success in her teaching career. Read more here.

January 2017       What's the best way to train your brain?

Learn a second language! Read more... 

January 2017      Book by Scott Richardson Nominated for Second Award

Prof. Scott Richardson's book, Dorothy Dunnett's Lymond Chronicles: The Enigma of Francis Crawford, has been nominated for a second book award: the Christian Gauss Book Award for works of literary scholarship or criticism. This is the second book award nomination since Scott's book was released last summer.

News and Events Archive

Overview of Program

Courses in the Languages and Cultures Department:

  • Include instruction in French, German, Greek, Latin, Chinese, Japanese, and English as a Second Language.
  • Fulfill one of the requirements for a liberal arts degree
  • Are easily combined with other majors and minors

Common Curriculum Learning Goals

Precise requirements as relates to languages differ by area. Click here for an overview.

Meet an alum

Elizabeth Baden '12 (French and Peace Studies) was in Indonesia during the 2014-2015 academic year for the Fulbright. Lizzy's experience was featured in a past issue of the College of Saint Benedict Magazine. Check it out here.

More alum profiles


These three graduating French majors are heading to France!

2017 Oscar nominations for French films!

Check out Jeff DuBois' Japan blog.

Omrit Archeological Field School in Israel -- Follow our students' blog.

Who is the "Man of Many Languages"?

Brain research shows the benefits of being multilingual.

Which language is most in demand by global development recruiters? Hint: It's not Spanish.

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