Past Events

Past Events

2018 - 2019

First Friday Forum, TESOL Program with Modern Languages & Literature: November 2, 1:00 - 2:30 p.m. 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: Monday November 5th, 4:10 pm. College Hall, Room 028
Study abroad, spring classes, language major or minor, advising, and more! Come meet the professors of the department and ask about future classes, completing the major/minor, & how to fulfill requirements during study abroad. Light refreshments included.
Contact: Dr. Isabelli, Chair,

Japanese Cultural Night: Nov. 8th, 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. Hemmingson 314. Meet visiting students from Osaka Jikei College - dinner provided!

International Education Week: Nov 12th - 15th, 11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m., Hemmingson Rotunda
Meet the Modern Languages and Literature faculty, test your knowledge, and learn about our language programs.

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

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

Sierra Golden, informal Q&A - October 18th - 2:00 -3:00 p.m. 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! with Dr. Gabriella Brooke, October 6, 2018 

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 

March 4: Mardi Gras and Modern Languages and Literature information session 11-1pm, Hemmingson Rotunda

March 31: Phi Sigma Iota initiation ceremony, 12pm, Hemm 314
Language students will be inducted into the international foreign language honor society 

April 1: major/minor Information Session, 4pm, College Hall 028
Study abroad, spring classes, language major or minor, advising, and more! Come meet the professors of the department and ask about future classes, completing the major/minor, & how to fulfill requirements during study abroad. Light refreshments included.
Contact: Dr. Isabelli, Chair,

April 8: German Academic Exchange (DAAD) rep, Hanni Geist, College Hall 036
Join us if you are interested in scholarships, internships, or research opportunities in Germany.
3-4pm - student information session
4-5pm - faculty information session

April 15: The Venezuela slow Spanish, 6pm, College Hall 028 (Modern Languages tutoring center)
Come and listen to an informal presentation, in slow Spanish, on the Venezuelan Crisis. Our invited guest speaker is Carely Villanueva Cordova. Q&A will be in both Spanish and English.
Contact: Nate Remcho ('22),

May 6: Modern Languages and Literature Student Recognition Ceremony 4-6pm, Jundt Lounge, Hemmingson 

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


2017 - 2018

MDLA Spanish Study Abroad Information Session: Would you like to hear about studying abroad in various Spanish-speaking countries from a student's perspective? Join Modern Languages and Literature's Spanish Program for a Spanish study abroad information session.
May 3 2018, 7 p.m. College Hall, Room 028

MDLA Student Recognition Ceremony: Modern Languages and Literature graduating student recognition ceremony.
May 7 2018, 12 p.m.-1 p.m. Jundt Lounge, Hemmingson Center

MDLA Honorary Society Initiation Ceremony: Modern Languages and Literature will hold 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: Are you curious to hear what you can do with your language skills after graduation? Then come to the Modern Languages and Literature Department's Career Paths for Language Learners panel! Made possible with a Faculty Career Programming Grant from the Career Center. April 25 2018, 4:00 p.m. Crosby 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: Modern Languages and Literature mini-introductory lessons in Arabic, French, and Japanese with Professors Ali Asiri, Barbara Boyer, and Seiko Katsushima. April 14 2018, 3 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. 

Department of Modern Languages and Literature Japan Day: Come join us for Japanese Culture Day making origami and calligraphy. Sponsored by the Center for Global Engagement and the Department of Modern Languages and Literature's Japanese Program. April 10 2018, 11 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. Hemmingson Rotunda

College of Arts and Sciences, Language Requirement Information Session: Get all your language requirement questions answered at this informal information session. Diane Birginal, Senior Lecturer and Language Requirement Testing Coordinator, will lead the language requirement information session. Light refreshments provided. April 5 2018, 5 p.m. Jundt Auditorium

MDLA Spanish major/minor Information Session: Department of Modern Languages and Literature's Spanish Program faculty will hold 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. April 5 2018, 4 p.m. College Hall 028

Dr. Rebecca Stephanis will introduce 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 is being hosted by Laura Marck, part of the Good Food Gonzaga club, dedicated to sustainability and food. April 4 2018, 6:30 p.m. Wolff Auditorium