The study of another language is an adventure, an exploration into the workings of minds both like and unlike our own. When we learn a new language, we learn to see differently -- we acquire a new perspective from which to view both ourselves and the world.
Department News & Events
November 2015 Student Excursion to the MIA/Delacroix Exhibit
Sixteen CSB students and French faculty, Ana Conboy and Maureen McCarter, made a trip to the Minneapolis Institute of Art on Saturday, November 5, to tour the exhibition on the works of 19th century French artist, Eugène Delacroix. The trip was sponsored by the Department of Languages and Cultures and arranged by French Cultural Events Assistant, Meg Anderson '16.
Delacroix revolutionized painting by creating images that seethed with movement and eye-grabbing color. He influenced other great artists such as Monet, Renoir, Degas, and even Van Gogh whose works are also featured in the exhibit. This show is unique to the United States and travels only to London's National Gallery after it ends at the MIA on January 10.
Pictured L-R (front): Anna Nordin, My Tran, Laura Precourt, Caroline Desert, unidentified student, Shannon Elstad, Rachel Munter, Kanisha Howard; (back): Rachel Perri, unidentified student, Katelyn Nelson and Ariel Lusty.
October 2015 Third Annual "Stage Fright" Open Mic Night
The third annual "Stage Fright" multi-lingual open mic event was held on the eve of Halloween in the BAC Gorecki Gallery Lounge at CSB. MC for the event, sponsored by the Department of Languages and Cultures, was Prof. Scott Richardson (Classics). Well over 50 students, faculty and community members attended, most of them dressed in costume, and enjoyed treats, music and various forms of poetry, readings and song. Many languages were represented throughout the evening including French, German, Hmong, Chinese, Japanese, Spanish, Portuguese and even a popular song translated into American Sign Language.
The event included a best costume contest. Congratulations to winners: Jordyn Potter as a character from Harry Potter (first prize and a $20 gift card to the CSB/SJU Bookstore), Mary Catherine Steenberge as "Starbucks" (second prize and a $15 gift card to The Local Blend), and Rita Gangl as Rosie the Riveter (third prize and a $10 gift card to Sliced Pizza). Costume judges were Ana Fonseca Conboy (French), Emily Kuffner (Hispanic Studies) and Dean Karen Erickson. Many thanks to everyone who performed and who helped with the event, with special thanks to co-planners, Meg Anderson '16 and Lucy Dornbach '19!
Scott Richardson and Karen Erickson perform
French Cultural Events Assistant,
Meg Anderson, and friend at Stage Fright
October 2015 Languages & Cultures at Homecoming 2015
Sarah Pruett, Languages & Cultures Department chair and ESL director, and Ana Fonseca Conboy both represented the department at this year's Homecoming on Saturday, October 17 on the SJU Tundra. Sarah and Ana spoke with several alumni who were on campus for the game and other Homecoming activities.
September 2015 French faculty attend a conference on all things Quebec
Members of the French Studies Program attended a one-day conference on various topics relating to the Canadian province of Quebec. The conference took place at Macalester College in St. Paul, MN on Saturday, Sept. 26. Topics ranged from film to poetry to comics and Québécois culture from colleagues at Georgetown University, the University of Minnesota, Carleton College, Macalaster College and the University of North Dakota. A Canadian consulate and the Attachée aux affaires publiques et gouvernementales from the Quebec Delegation in Chicago also took part. The seminar concluded with dinner on the terrasse of French Meadow on Grand Avenue. Beaucoup de fun!
Pictured front center: Maureen McCarter (in blue), Ana Conboy, Camilla Krone (far right in peach)
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