Languages and Cultures

Department News & Events

November 2019    Chefs visit French cooking class

On November 7th, Chef Mateo Mackbee and Chef Erin Lucas visited Prof. Ana Conboy's FREN352: “Bon app! La Culture gastronomique francophone » and shared insights on Creole cuisine, their own background in cooking and… of course, shared a couple of treats with students ! Beignets and Jambalaya! As the French would say, “Miam miam!” (we thank Jayne Byrne and the Nutrition department for allowing us to use their Food Safety Lab).


Chef Mateo Mackbee and Chef Erin Lucas visit FREN 352.

November 2019
German major, Amanda Bjerke '20, receives Future Language Educator award

Congratulations to Amanda Bjerke for receiving the Future Language Educator award, given by the Minnesota Council on the Teaching of Languages and Cultures (MCTLC). The award was given based on merit and interest in teaching world languages. Those who were selected for the award have demonstrated in their respective world language field their passion and intent for becoming an educator of world language and further the teaching of language and culture to future generations.

Amanda is working to teach German and English as a second language in the secondary setting. She recently applied for a Fulbright to teach English in Germany within the next year. Regardless of the outcome, she plans to pursue a teaching position in Minnesota following graduation. She would like to also pursue graduate work in World Language Pedagogy, German, or Linguistics and eventually one day, a doctorate in the Philosophy of Education. Says Amanda, "It is my belief that our students should have the opportunity to learn about cultures that differ from their own and learning the language of that culture is one of the most authentic ways to do so, as language and culture are intensely intertwined."


October 2019
Follow Prof. Wendy Sterba's Salzburg study abroad blog here!


September 2019
German Studies Program receives grant for German Fußballfest 2019 at CSB/SJU

A group of CSBSJU students from Dr. Kurt Hollender's German classes visited Allianz Field, the new home of Minnesota United Football Club, on Sept. 7th. Students, Prof. Hollender, and Fulbright TA Matthias Milchrahm toured the stadium, the newest in Major League Soccer whose design includes elements from the stadiums of the German soccer clubs FC Bayern München and FC Saint Pauli. They went on to watch the soccer game between MN United and CF Pachuca (Mexico) and cheer on the United to victory! The visit was funded through the generous support of a Netzwerk Deutsch "Deutsch macht Spaß" grant funded by the German government and administered by the American Association of Teachers of German (AATG).


August 2019
Languages & Cultures welcomes new Classics faculty member, Morgan King, and Austrian Fulbright TA, Matthias Milchrahm

Dr. Morgan King earned a PhD in Classics from UC Berkeley in 2019. Her dissertation, "Social Navigation in Elegiac Worlds: Travel, Immobility, and Identity in Roman Love Poetry," explores how Roman love poets used spatial imagery to think about questions of identity and community. Her research interests include Roman poetry, genre and intertextuality, and Late Antique Christian reception of Augustan era poetry. As a graduate of Carleton College and a Chicagoan, she's excited to return to Minnesota and the Liberal Arts tradition.

Matthias Milchrahm is this year’s Austrian Fulbright Teaching Assistant at the German department. He assists mostly under the supervision of Prof. Hollender in the instruction of German but also teaches his own class as a trained educator and native speaker. What’s more, he represents Austria as a cultural ambassador and organizes events and extracurricular activities for students. Matthias majored in English and Geography/Economics at the University of Graz, Austria. He specialized in American literature and investigated the role of nature and man in two American short stories in his thesis. After his studies, he worked one year as a secondary school teacher at a public school in Eastern Austria before going to the United States, where he’s gained invaluable experience in teaching methodology and pedagogy. Matthias is known for his love of sports, especially skiing and weightlifting and he’s also very enthusiastic about reading and connecting with nature. You can reach Matthias at [email protected]


August 2019

The German Studies Program has been awarded a mini-grant from the American Association of Teachers of German (AATG)/Netzwerk Deutsch Mini Grant to host a German Football Festival on campus and to help towards a trip to see the MN United. Congratulations and many thanks to Kurt Hollender for receiving this award!


May 2019

Congratulations to German minor, Valerie Doze '21, for receiving a Jackson Fellowship for Summer 2019. The fellowship is one of three that funds the pursuit of summer internships – including leadership and professional development – working toward civic engagement and the common good in the non-profit and government sectors.


April 25, 2019

The French Studies Program held their annual Festival Lyrique on April 25 in the Haehn Campus Center Alum Hall. Students, faculty, staff and community members were invited to sing, recite or perform any piece in French.


Pictured left to right are CSB students: Ashley Dalbec '22, Sophia Modeas '20, and Steffi Tapsoba '21.


April 2019


French students and faculty from CSB/SJU attended the Guthrie Theater's production of Cyrano de Bergerac.


April 2019
German Students visit Paisley Park

Dr. Kurt Hollender and students from GERM 342, Poetry in the German Tradition, visited pop star Prince’s Paisley Park studio and museum in Chanhassen, MN on Saturday, April 13. The philosophers Philippe Lacoue-Labarthe and Jean-Luc Nancy argue that the theory and practice of avant-garde communal living and the collaborative creation of art stems from Jena, Germany and the practices of the Romantics from around 1800. They further argue that these practices and theories remain our form of the artistic avant-garde to this day, even, as the GERM 342 students found, right here in Minnesota through Prince's championing of the artist’s autonomy and his collaboration with others. 


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