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.


The Chinese Winter Solstice

2 months ago, by Jack Beahler

by Professor Nan Li The winter solstice is one of the most important twenty-four Chinese solar terms that were established as early as the Zhou Dynasty (1046-771 B.C.)  It is also the occasion for a traditional Chinese celebration called the Winter Festival (冬节), which falls between December 21 and December 23 of the Gregorian calendar. Ancient Chinese […]

This Month in the Spanish Department:

2 months ago, 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 months ago, by Jack Beahler

by Professor 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 […]

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
Laurent Dechery Professor 507-933-7383 web
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