Modern Languages, Literatures & Cultures

The Department of Modern Languages, Literatures & Cultures is committed to leading students to intercultural competence by developing a deep understanding and appreciation for language, culture, and literature.

In this way, we prepare students to work collaboratively in an increasingly complex and interconnected world. And since studying another language — its culture, arts, history, and people — is an essential part of a liberal arts education, we also help students develop their powers of intellect and imagination. The Department offers instruction in six languages: Chinese, French, German, Japanese, Russian, and Spanish.


This Month in the Spanish Department:

Yesterday, by Jack Beahler

by Leah Mott From calavaras and papel picado to violence and gender, the Spanish department’s November was equal parts celebration of Latin American culture and critical examination of one of the region’s current challenges. Día de los Muertos, or Day of the Dead, is a well-known holiday that originated in Mexico and is celebrated each […]

Gustavus French Grads Teach English for TAPIF

2 days ago, by Jack Beahler

by Laurent Dechery This year, four Gustavus students who graduated in May 2016 with minors or majors in French are participating in the Teaching Assistant Program in France, or TAPIF. The program gives the opportunity to work in France for 7 months, teaching English to French students of all ages. Each year, over 1,100 American […]

Guest Lecture: “Acupuncture: Science or Myth?”

Last month, by Jack Beahler

by Professor Nan Li Acupuncture originated in China during the Neolithic period. Ancient Chinese people found that their pain could be greatly reduced or even eliminated by using a sharp-edged stone tool pressed hard on their body. Hence, the earliest needle used in the acupuncture was made of stone. Later on, copper, iron, gold, and […]

News from the MLC blog…

Name Title Phone Web
Maria Isabel Kalbermatten Chair 507-933-7386 web
Jenny Tollefson Administrative Assistant 507-933-7391
Ana Adams Associate Professor of Spanish 507-933-6079 web
Patricia Branstad Instructor of German 507-933-7390
Kathryn Droske Visiting Instructor 507-933-7388
Angelique Dwyer Assistant Professor 507-933-7419 web
Paschal KYOORE Professor of French, African, Caribbean Studies 507-933-6078 and 507-779-2514 web
Nan Li Visiting Assistant Professor 507-933-6080
Carlos Mejia Suarez Assistant Professor 507-933-7385
Jeremy Robinson Director of the Culpeper Language Learning Center 507-933-6248
Toshiyuki Sakuragi Professor 507-933-7384 web
Lianying Shan Associate Professor 507-933-7381
Darío Sánchez-González Assistant Professor 507-933-7387