Languages and Cultures

Department News & Events

Festival Lyrique Virtuel!

We couldn't be more proud of the wonderful production by our French Cultural Events Assistants--Jake Debes '21 and Olivia Solano '22--of this year's French Lyric Festival!

The annual event took place virtually this year on Sunday, April 19, as part of Celebrating Scholarship and Creativity Day. The Festival allows students and community members to share their love for the French language through art. 

Thank you to all our performers, and toutes nos félicitations, Olivia and Jake, on the fantastic job!

View the festival here and enjoy this series of poems and music performed by past and present CSB|SJU students and community members! 


Languages & Cultures Announces Language Scholarship Recipients

Congratulations to the following students on receiving language scholarships through the Department of Languages & Cultures:

Channa Kalsow '22 
S. Margretta Nathe German Scholarship for CSB Majors

Channa Kalsow '22 
Otmar Drekonja German Scholarship for CSB/SJU Majors

Celeste Dickson '23, Autumn Ayer '23, and Cate Luna '23
Gaida Family French Scholarship for CSB Majors

More information on these annual scholarships is found here


First-year German Minor Earns Second Place in Prestigious Essay Contest

The German Studies Program is proud to announce that an essay on Swiss artist and writer, Friedrich Dürrenmatt, has won Runner Up for German minor, Sara Hoppe '24, in a university-level essay contest organized by the Consulate General of Switzerland. Sara's essay was inspired by the French film, "Hyenas," which was shown earlier this semester as part of our Tourneés Film Festival. Her essay will be published on the Centre Dürrenmatt's website in coming weeks.

Congratulations and best wishes, Sara!


French Major, Olivia Solano '21, Inducted into DES

Congratulations to senior French major, Olivia Solano, for her induction into Delta Epsilon Sigma, a national Catholic honor society which recognizes persons "who have a record of outstanding academic accomplishment, who have shown dedication to intellectual activity, and who have accepted their responsibility of service to others." As French Cultural Events Assistant, along with FCEA senior, Jake Debes, Olivia plays a key role in bringing French culture to campus, such as the Tournée Film Festival and upcoming Festival Lyrique.  


Congratulations to Dr. Ana Conboy, Associate Professor of French, for Achieving Tenure!


French Film Festival at CSB/SJU for Fourth Time

film reel

Fridays just haven’t been the same since the COVID-19 pandemic took center stage. No large gatherings and limited, socially distanced interactions wipe out typical experiences to kick off a weekend. But now, the Tournées Film Festival is giving folks at the College of Saint Benedict and Saint John’s University and the general public something to do on a Friday night. Read more at the CSB/SJU Newsroom... And the St. Cloud Times.


Book Talk on Rome and Ancient Iran

Prof. Jason Schlude, Associate Professor of Classics, was recently invited to give a virtual talk on his recent book, Rome, Parthia, and the Politics of Peace: The Origins of War in the Ancient Middle East (Routledge, 2020) at the Pourdavoud Center for the Study of the Iranian World at UCLA. The book is a treatment of the foreign policies of ancient Rome and Iran (the Parthian Empire specifically) relative to one another. 


Congratulations to Associate Professor of Japanese, Jeffrey DuBois, for Receiving Tenure!


Five CSB/SJU Grads Accepted into TAPIF Program in France for 2020-2021

Read more here...

Live in France vicariously through the blog by French alum, Artie Pomerenke '20. Artie (they/them) is living in France for four months as an assistant English language teacher in Charleville-Mézières as a participant in the TAPIF program. "Artie in Charleville" can be found here.


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