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Modern Languages & Literatures

Cultural Events

Hanna Geldrich-Leffman Language, Literature, and Society Colloquium

The Pen as SwordPlease join us for the annual Hanna Geldrich-Leffman Language, Literature, and Society Colloquium at Loyola University Maryland on April 11, 2018. This year’s theme is “1968/2018: The Pen as Sword” to commemorate the momentous events of 1968 throughout the world. Presentations will be from 11am-4pm in the Andrew White Student Center Fourth Floor Program Room. All presentations are free and open to the public.


  • 11 a.m. Dr. Julian Bourg, Boston College, Associate Professor, History; Associate Dean of the Core. Title: “The Times and Spaces of 1968: Reflections on the Fiftieth Anniversary”
  • 2 p.m. Dr. Jaime Pensado, University of Notre Dame, Associate Professor, History; Director of the Mexico Working Group. Title: “Agents Provocateurs and Apocryphal Propaganda in 1968 Mexico”
  • 3 p.m. Dr. Xueping Zhong, Tufts University, Professor, International Literary and Cultural Studies; Director of the Chinese Program. Title: “Revolution and Women's Liberation in China 1968: A Cultural Perspective.”

Career Night

Career night will be held on October 18, 2017 in KH B03 at 7 p.m.  For more information, please contact Catherine Savell, csavell@loyola.edu.

Poetry Recitation Contest

The Poetry Recitation Contest will be held on Monday, October 30, 2017 from 6 -8 p.m. in the Reading Room. For more information and to apply, visit the Fall Poetry Contest webpage.

The Mrs. Regina Ann Haig International Film Series

The Mrs. Regina Ann Haig International Film Series presents six films representing the national cinematic traditions taught by the faculty in the department of Modern Languages and Literatures. Its primary purpose is to enrich the Loyola community's knowledge and understanding of international cinema. Each film is presented by an expert in the field and following each viewing there is a reception and forum discussion, led by the presenter. 

The study and analysis of international cinema allows participants to come into contact with cultural artifacts that broaden their knowledge and awareness of different cultures, languages, traditions, histories, and societies. The series also allows for participants to engage in critical inquiries regarding their own cultural formation and thereby creates a space wherein mutually enriching cultural dialogues can take place. The series is graciously funded by the Alexander Haig Endowment for Science, Faith, and Culture, and the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures and is named for the former Secretary of State's mother.

All films shown in the Loyola/Notre Dame Library Auditorium. Refreshments served at 6.30; screenings begin at 7.00. Films for the fall semester are as follows

  • October 10, 2017 - Das Boot, presented by Dr. Ursula Beitter
  • November 8, 2017 - Mediterraneo, presented by Mrs. Giuliana Risso Robberto
  • December 6, 2017 - Pan's Labyrinth, presented by Dr. Ramon Espejo-Saavedra.

Club Events

Arabic Language Club (Arabyola)

  • October 4, 2017 from 3 - 4:30 p.m. in MH 444Movie screening event,"Did you hear that - حد سامع حاجة?” An Egyptian comedy movie telling the story of a young man hears a strange voice.
  • October 25, 2017 from 2:30 - 4:30 p.m. in MH 444. The 5th Annual Henna/Mehndi Workshop! 
  • November 15, 2017 from 4:30 - 6 p.m, room TBD. “A Seat at the Table for Arab and Muslim Americans” lecture by Guest speaker Randa Fahmey J.D.  An internationally recognized expert in energy policy and Middle East/North Africa market access. She is also a former U.S. Associate Deputy Secretary of Energy in the President George W. Bush Administration.  www.fahmyhudome.com
  • February 16 at 3:30 p.m. - Movie screening of "Bahiya and Mahmoud,” about an aging Jorganian couple, received the Best of Festival Award at the 2011 Palm Springs International Shortfest and becomes eligible for submission for consideration in the Oscar short film category;
  • March 23 atp.m.– Photo session – students will learn about traditional Arab clothing and their names while having fun dressing up in sample Arab costumes for photos.
  • April 18 at 3:30 p.m. – The Art of the Mix – Arabic dried fruits and Moroccan mint tea. Learn about tea culture of the Arab world and get inspired by tasting this special combination of food and drink.

Chinese Club

Chinese New Year

  • January 23, 2018 at  6 p.m. in LLC – Movie, Xizao
  • February 11-18, 2018 – Chinese Week, full schedule of events (pdf)
  • February 23, 2018 at 5 p.m. in LLC – Movie, Ye Wen 2(IP Man 2)
  • March 16, 2018 from 4 - 6 p.m. in FAC– Ping Pong Tournament
  • March 23, 2018 at 5 p.m. in LLC – Movie Dayu Haitang (Big Fish and Begonia)
  • April 6, 2018 – Qingming Festival Commemoration
  • April 20, 2018 at 5 p.m. in LLC – Movie  Zhongguo hehuoren (American Dreams in China)

Italian Club

Italian Week - Florence, From Roman Camp to Modern City

  • February 22, 2018 at 5 p.m. in KHB01 – Lecture by Professor Paul Richard Blum, T.J. Higgins, S.J., Chair in Philosophy, “1438: The Magi come to Florence – How the Meeting of East and West Sparked Modern Secularism,”
  • February 25, 2018 at 3 p.m. in Alumni Chapel – Mass in Italian
  • February 26, 2018 at 6:30 p.m.in KH B03 – Film “Leopardi” introduced by Dr. Emma Cervone
  • February 28, 2018 from 3 - 4:30 p.m. in Lange Court Kitchen – Cooking demonstration, $10 fee. With Dr. Nicolino Applauso and the Italian Club. By reservation and prepayment only; contact Dr. Morgan at lmorgan@loyola.edu.
  • March 1, 2018 at 6 p.m. in KH B01– “Ghiberti’s Gates of Paradise: Sometimes the Answer is just staring You in the Face” by Dr. Sharon Dale, Professor of Art History, Penn State Erie, The Behrend College.
  • For the entire week, book exhibit: Florence through the Centuries, will be displayed in the Loyola/Notre Dame Library.

For more information, contact Natalie Rock, nrock@loyola.edu. Sponsored by the Center for the Humanities, Education for Life, Student Activities, Catholic Studies, Messina, Honors Program, Film Studies, Global Studies, Office of International Programs, Medieval Studies Minor, Communications, Fine Arts, and Modern Languages & Literatures.

French Club

French Week - The French Connection: A Story of Friendship

  • November 4, 6-7:15 p.m in the Alumni Chapel.: Concert with Pierre-Nicolas Colombat et Eva Aronian. Alumni Chapel. Followed by a reception.
  • November 5, 3 p.m. in Alumni Chapel - Mass
  • November 6, 7 p.m. in LNDL Auditorium: Film La Vie et rien d’autre presented by André Colombat
  • November 8, 6 p.m in AWSC 4th floor program room:. Keynote Speaker, Mr. Claude Porsella, correspondent with the French Broadcasting system, RFI (Radio France Internationale), “The French 2017 Presidential Election: What Does it Mean for Franco-American relations?”.
  • November 11, 12 -3 p.m.: Excursion: “France meets Baltimore” and picnic. Departure from Jenkins Lot. Limited to 15 students, priority for students in French classes.
  • Book Display about French-American relations all week in the LNDL.

Sponsored by: The Center for the Humanities, Education for Life, International Programs, Student Activities, Modern Languages and Literatures, Communication, the Honors Program, Global Studies, Catholic Studies, Communication, Film Studies