Modern Languages & Literature Department Events

Events - Spring 2022

Middle Eastern and North African Cultures

With Alexander Porada (International Studies/French) and Dr. Isabelli
April 22, 3:00pm, Zoom: 

Alexander Porada, is hosting a forum for a conversation on Middle Eastern/North African culture and intercultural competency. An additional goal of the event to explore whether there might be sufficient interest in Arabic language to offer Arabic 101 again.

100 Years of… the Madrigal Family? Magical Realism in Disney’s Encanto

With Dr. Alec Schumacher
April 4, 4pm Pacific Zoom

The directors of Disney’s film Encanto looked for inspiration in various aspects of Colombian culture, especially the Magical Realist literary style made famous by Nobel prize winner Gabriel García Márquez. The film may leave spectators wondering how authentic the engagement is with Colombian literature. Is the film Magical Realism or just Disney magic? Attend this event to learn about Magical Realism, discuss the film, and decide for yourself.

Language Proficiency and Cultural Competence as Career Enhancers

With Dr. Ben Semple, Dr. Torunn Haaland, and Jonathan Byers
March 21, 2022, 12pm Pacific, Zoom

Join us for a joint panel with Gonzaga Alumni for Phi Sigma Iota and the International Studies Department with alumni participants John VerWey, Leah Fayal, Joseph Harshbarger and Patrick Spencer-Rios. Jonathan Byers will be speaking from his perspective as an expert in career counseling. 

Open House: Major/Minor, Study Abroad, Language Requirement

March 28, 4:30pm, Zoom

Study abroad, fall classes, language major or minor, advising, and more! Meet the professors of the department and asked about future classes in Chinese, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Spanish and Tagalog, completing the major/minor, and how to fulfill requirements during study abroad.

North American Language and Culture Assistants Program - info session

With Dr. Isabelli, Kelly Nisbet ('21), and Javier Montero Pozo (Education Advisor, Agregaduría de Educación en Los Ángeles)
January 31, 2022, 4:30pm, email for the recording of the session

Come hear about the North American Language and Culture Assistants Program (NALCAP)an educational outreach initiative of the Education Office of the Embassy of Spain along with the Ministry of Education of SpainNALCAP falls under the category of public diplomacy programs. Award recipients fulfill the role of a cultural ambassador through the promotion of their language and culture. As such, the role of NALCAP assistants is to encourage students in Spain to broaden their knowledge of the language and culture of the United States of America. Positions are offered all across Spain, running from October 1, 2022 to May 31, 2023. NALCAP recipients receive a monthly stipend to cover living expenses of 700 to 1000 euros and medical insurance. Hours of assistant teaching range from 12 to 16 hours per week


Fall 2021

Applying to Graduate School: What to Expect, How to Prepare

With Dr. Benjamin Semple and Dr. Torunn Haaland
December 7, 5 pm, virtual

The International Studies Program and Phi Sigma Iota of the Department of Modern Languages and Literature (MLL) are organizing a panel on applying to graduate school. Several faculty members and recent GU graduates will share their experiences and insight about the application process: how to research graduate programs, what to expect when you apply, how to choose a program, what to expect from graduate studies. The focus of the panel will be on applications to programs in Public Policy, International Affairs, International Studies, Languages and Literatures, and other INST-related or MLL-related areas.

If you have questions about the event, contact Dr. Semple ( or Dr. Haaland ( who are co-organizing the event.

The Filipino Identity and the Philippine English*

With Dr. Leo Rayon Jr., 2020-2021 Fulbright FLTA - Tagalog
November 16, 4:10 pm, Center for Global Engagement, 2nd floor

All-university presentation in English, all are welcome

In its nature, Philippine English is a result of the Filipinos’ linguistic curiosity and creativity, making it a legitimate nativized variety of English in the world. This talk outlines how the Filipino identity is shaped by Philippine English and vice-versa. As Philippine English strives on becoming a legitimate variety of English in the arena of World Englishes, this talk will also define the unique features of the Filipino linguistic and cultural identities and how Filipinos, as English-speaking people, develop and demonstrate their perceptions in speaking English as a second language. 

Career Ready session - Tips for Effectively Communicating your Professional Skills & Engagement with Recruiters

With Sam Cole of E & J Gallo Winery, lunch provided
November 12, 12-1pm, College Common, 1st floor of Humanities Building. RSVP for lunch count.

Open House: Major/Minor, Study Abroad, Language Requirement

November 3rd, 4:15pm, Zoom

Study abroad, spring classes, languagemajor or minor, advising, and more! Meet the professors of the department and asked about future classes in Chinese, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Spanish and Tagalog, completing the major/minor, and how to fulfill requirements during study abroad.

Career Ready session - Humanities in Translation: Expressing your Humanities Degree for Job-seeking and Professional Next Steps

With Jonathan Byers, Director of Career Education and Dr. Heather Easterling
October 29, 12-1pm, College Common, 1st floor of Humanities Building. Lunch provided. RSVP for lunch count.

Día de los Muertos activity - Spanish Language Club

With Nate Remcho ('22) and Arturo García
October 28, 5-7pm, hallway in front of College Hall 031

Come help us decorate the traditional Día de los Muertos 'altar', make sugar skulls and Ojo de Dios crafts. All are welcome.

Cultural Engagement Scavenger Hunt Bingo*

With Diane Birginal, Senior Lecturer - Spanish
October 27, 4:10pm, hallway in front of College Hall 031

All-university event in English, all are welcome

Explore the world without leaving College Hall! Join us for a scavenger hunt bingo game that will take you to different places as you learn about cultures around the world. Students will work in teams to figure out the clues on their cards. Prizes will be awarded! There will be candy! 

Mujeres en cómics

With Dr. Conrado Zepeda-Pallares
October 26, 12:30pm, Joann Jundt Lounge, Hemmingson Center

Join the Spanish 301 Advanced Spanish class to see and enjoy students' products. The purpose of this activity is to present comics that address the lives of women (historical or fictional) created by the students. This activity is part of the celebration of Domestic Violence Awareness Month activities. In class, we are firm believers that art overcomes violence. Even though the comics are made entirely in Spanish, the explanations will be both Spanish and English. Don’t miss it! Contact:

Algeria, The Undiscovered Treasure*

With Dr. Hafidha Ayat, 2019-2021 Fulbright FLTA - Arabic
October 7th, 4:10pm, all-university presentation in English

Join us to get to know more about one of the most underrated and hidden cultural gems in the world “Algeria”. It is a unique entity which is a result of the succession of several human civilizations; the Berber, Roman, Phoenician, Arabic and Islamic, Ottoman, even some mysterious prehistoric civilizations dating back to 30 thousand years.

*Intercultural Engagement Series events are designed to create a space for dialogue among students across our various language programs around a common theme. The dialogue allows the opportunity for students to develop the ability to demonstrate an insightful and complex understanding of the target language culture(s). See the Gonzaga Bulletin profile on this event by Georgia Cosola. 

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