Past Events

Past Events

2018 - 2019

Japanese Cultural Night: Nov. 8th, Hemmingson 314 - Met visiting students from Osaka Jikei College - dinner was provided!

International Education Week: Nov 12th - 15th, Hemmingson Rotunda
Met the Modern Languages and Literature faculty, tested our knowledge, and learned about our language programs.

Colombia Skype exchanges: Dr. Rebecca Stephanis coordinated an exchange with Gonzaga Spanish language students and Javeriana students in Colombia for ongoing Skype interaction.

Gonzaga-in-Florence Scholars lecture: October 31st, 2018 -"Che cosa sapete dell'Italia" with Dr. Torunn Haaland. 

Sierra Golden, informal Q&A: October 18th - Our Spanish major alum shared her experiences as a Spanish major, her study abroad experience in Granada, her fundraising/communications experiences for an immigrant and workers rights nonprofit in Seattle, and read poems from her new book that links directly to her experiences with Spanish and traveling. include attached pictures

Modern Languages and Literature at ZagFam weekend: October 6, 2018 - "Getting Global with Music" with Professors Ute Perz, Torunn Haaland, Ben Semple, Luis García-Torvisco and Christina Isabelli 

Gonzaga-in-Florence Scholars Social: Gelato!: October 6, 2018 - with Dr. Gabriella Brooke,

TESOL Program's First Friday Forum. October 5, 2018 - Dr. Barbara Boyer presented her new book "Rewriting Language Structures: French in a Flash"

Gonzaga-in-Florence Scholars extra-curricular event: Learning about and playing BOCCE! September 20, 2018 

Mardi Gras and Modern Languages and Literature Information Session: March 4th, Hemmingson Rotunda

Phi Sigma Iota Initiation Ceremony: March 31st, Hemmingson 314 - Language students were inducted into the international foreign language honor society 

Major/Minor Information Session: April 1st, 4 p.m., College Hall 028 - Study abroad, spring classes, language major or minor, advising, and more! Met the professors of the department and asked about future classes, completing the major/minor, & how to fulfill requirements during study abroad. Light refreshments were included.
Contact: Dr. Isabelli, Chair, Isabelli@gonzaga.edu

German Academic Exchange (DAAD) rep, Hanni Geist: April 8th, College Hall 036 - Information on scholarships, internships, or research opportunities in Germany. Both student information session and faculty information session.

The Venezuela Crisis...in slow Spanish,(Modern Languages tutoring center): April 5th, College Hall 028 - Informal presentation, in slow Spanish, on the Venezuelan Crisis. Our invited guest speaker was Carely Villanueva Cordova. Q&A in both Spanish and English.
Contact: Nate Remcho ('22), nremcho@zagmail.gonzaga.edu

Modern Languages and Literature Student Recognition Ceremony: May 6, Jundt Lounge & Hemmingson 

Association of Departments of Foreign Languages (ADFL) Summer Seminar West: May 22-25, 2019 - Davenport Grand, Spokane WA

Colombia, Identidades y diferencias - Alternativas policardinales a los diseños del mundo único...in slow Spanish: September 11, College Hall 028 - Alfredo Gutiérrez Borrero (School of Product Design, Jorge Tadeo Lozano University) talked about the dynamics in which he is immersed in today's Colombia: cities, education in social sciences, arts and design, social processes, post-conflict, indigenous and Afro-campesina communities, cultures of reparation, alternatives to tourism and ways to recover neighborhood’s life.

Ethnicity, Race, and Indigenous Peoples (ERIP) Conference: September 12-14, 2019 - The ERIP 2019 Conference, co-organized by Dr. Rebecca Stephanis, provided an opportunity for academics, graduate students, activists and practitioners in all the relevant disciplines to present panel, paper, and poster proposals on issues related to ERIP’s mission and areas of interest in the study of Latin America, the Caribbean, and the Americas. More information here.

Center for Global Engagement: September 26th - Bocce Ball Tournament with Florence Scholars

College of Arts and Sciences: October 9th, College Hall 048 - Come hear a brief presentation about the College of Arts and Sciences language requirement and about how you can fulfill that during your time at Gonzaga. For faculty advisors. 

Irish Gaelic and Culture Class: October 22nd, College Hall, Room 241 - Interested in learning some Irish language phrases and learning about the Irish culture? At this "Pop Up Gaeilge" class students learned some new words and facts. For more information, contact Deirdre Murphy, Fulbright Foreign Language Teacher. 

Hispanic, Latino, Latinx? Which one should I use?: October 23rd, Gonzaga School of Law, Room 143 - Want to know more about why the Hispanic Law Caucus changed its name? The Latina/o Law Student Association invited Arturo Garcia-Osorio, Lecturer of Modern Languages & Literature—Spanish, to present on the differences between "Hispanic" and "Latino". He also addressed the move towards the use of the word Latinx, a more inclusive and gender neutral term. They had tacos from Taqueria Guerrero.

Irish Gaelic and Culture Class: October 29th, College Hall, Room 241 - Those interested in learning some Irish language phrases and learning about the Irish culture came along to a "Pop Up Gaeilge" class and learned some new words and facts. For more information, contact Deirdre Murphy, Fulbright Foreign Language Teacher. 

Information Session: October 30th, College Hall, Room 028 - Study abroad, spring classes, language major or minor, advising, the language requirement, and more! Attendees met the professors of the department and asked about future classes, completing the major/minor, & how to fulfill requirements during study abroad. 

Book Presentation: November 12th, Humanities Building, Room 153 - Drs. Barbara Boyer ("French in a Flash: Grammar and Vocabulary Fundamentals", McFarland Press, 2018) and Alec Schumacher (Translation of "The Chilean Flag" by E. Hernández, Kenning Editions, 2019) presented their process/inspiration/content of their newly published books.

International Education Week:
 November 18th, The COG - Attendees met the Modern Languages and Literature faculty, tested their knowledge, and learned about our language programs.

Career Paths for Language Learners: November 20th, Crosby First Floor - Dr. Leslie Cornick, EWU Associate Dean, College of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics; Dr. Jennifer Kalisvaart, Pediatrician, Providence Sacred Heart; Scott McGrew, Senior Localization Specialist at Schweitzer Engineering Laboratories; Dr. James Hupp, Vice Dean for Student and Faculty Experience, Elson S Floyd College of Medicine, Washington State University.

First Friday Forum, TESOL Program with Modern Languages & Literature: November 2 - GU Writing Center in Foley. Language learning in context - variables that affect second language development - Dr. Christina Isabelli. Tech Time: Ali Asiri, Adjunct Faculty

Information Session: November 5th, College Hall, Room 028 - Study abroad, spring classes, language major or minor, advising, and more! Attendees met the professors of the department and asked about future classes, completing the major/minor, & how to fulfill requirements during study abroad. Light refreshments included.
Contact: Dr. Isabelli, Chair, Isabelli@gonzaga.edu

2017 - 2018

MDLA Spanish Study Abroad Information Session: May 3 2018, College Hall, Room 028 - Information about studying abroad in various Spanish-speaking countries from a student's perspective. Modern Languages and Literature's Spanish Program - Spanish study abroad information session.

MDLA Student Recognition Ceremony: May 7 2018, Jundt Lounge & Hemmingson          Center - Modern Languages and Literature graduating student recognition ceremony.

MDLA Honorary Society Initiation Ceremony: Modern Languages and Literature held an initiation ceremony for students being inducted into two honor societies associated with the department: Phi Sigma Iota, a national honorary society that recognizes outstanding accomplishment in the study (major/minor) of any of the academic fields related to foreign language, literature, or culture; Japanese National Honor Society recognizes and encourages achievement and excellence in the study of the Japanese language.

MDLA Career Paths for Language Learners:  April 25 2018, 4:00 p.m. Crosby Career Center  - Attendees learned about what they can do with their language skills after graduation. The Modern Languages and Literature Department's Career Paths for Language Learners led this panel! Made possible with a Faculty Career Programming Grant from the Career Center.

  • Katie Nollenberger - Center for Global Engagement Program Coordinator: post-baccalaureate research and teaching abroad.
  • Dr. Meagan Ciesla - Gonzaga Fulbright Advisor & Assistant Professor of English: Research and English Teaching Assistant opportunities abroad.
  • Scott McGrew - Localization Supervisor for Schweitzer Engineering Laboratories.
  • Dr. Jennifer Kalisvaart, MD - local pediatric doctor.

GEL weekend for prospective students: April 14 2018, - Modern Languages and Literature mini-introductory lessons in Arabic, French, and Japanese with Professors Ali Asiri, Barbara Boyer, and Seiko Katsushima.   

Department of Modern Languages and Literature Japan Day: April 10 2018, Hemmingson Rotunda - The attendees of Japanese Culture Day made origami and calligraphy. Sponsored by the Center for Global Engagement and the Department of Modern Languages and Literature's Japanese Program. 

College of Arts and Sciences, Language Requirement Information Session: April 5 2018, Jundt Auditorium - Attendees got all their language requirement questions answered at this informal information session. Diane Birginal, Senior Lecturer and Language Requirement Testing Coordinator, led the language requirement information session. Light refreshments provided. 

MDLA Spanish major/minor Information Session: April 5 2018, College Hall 028 - Department of Modern Languages and Literature's Spanish Program faculty held an informal major/minor information session on the requirements for the major and minor, courses offered next academic year, and how study abroad can help fulfill the requirements. 

"Heart of Sky, Heart of Earth": April 4 2018, 6:30 p.m. Wolff Auditorium - Dr. Rebecca Stephanis introduced the film "Heart of Sky, Heart of Earth" (2011, Frauke Sandig and Eric Black, Directors). The remote homelands of the present-day Maya in Mexico and Guatemala present a perfect microcosm to show how unhindered globalization is impacting the planet and indigenous peoples. The film was hosted by Laura Marck, part of the Good Food Gonzaga club, dedicated to sustainability and food.