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Modern Languages & Literatures

Cultural Events

2021 Hanna Geldrich-Leffman Colloquium on Language, Literature and Society

This year's title is "Protecting Civil Rights: Activism Through Culture in the Americas," and the speakers include Dr. Michael Birenbaum Quintero, Dr. Brinton Lykes, and Dr. Brinton Lykes

Learn more at the 2021 Hanna Geldrich-Leffman Colloquium on Language, Literature and Society webpage.

Chinese Virtual Events: Spring 2021

(Chinese Week 2021 takes place Feb. 12-19.)

Friday, February 5, 5 p.m.

Video Viewing and Discussion “New Year in Guangxi”

Friday, Feb. 12, 5 p.m.

Chinese New Year Celebration (Arts and Crafts)

Wednesday, Feb. 17, 3 p.m.

Chinese Week Lecture - “The Bamboo in the Breast and in Belly: Thinking About Painting in 1079” by Prof. Stephen Owen (Harvard University). Sign up to register for the Chinese Week lecture. For more information, contact Professor Jinghua Wangling.

Wednesday, March 3, 5 p.m.

Video Viewing and Discussion “American Singer in Guangzhou”

Friday, March 19, 5 p.m.

Video Viewing and Discussion “Cities of Opportunities”

Friday, April 9, 5 p.m.

Video Viewing and Discussion “Teaching English in China”

Friday, April 23, 5 p.m.

Virtual Cooking Night

A Zoom link will be sent to current Chinese Club members before each event. If you are not a member but would like to attend a specific event, please contact thevans@loyola.edu or aegreene@loyola.edu to obtain the Zoom link.

French Club Events

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Monday, Feb. 8, 5 p.m.

Virtual: Visite aux Catacombes de Paris

Friday, Feb. 26, 5 p.m.

Hybrid: Bienvenue Chez les Ch'tis Film. In-person location: & KHB03

Friday, March 12, 5 p.m.

Virtual: Cuisine Virtuelle - Croque Monsieur

Friday, March 19, 5 p.m.

Virtual: Trivia Night

Friday, April 16, 5 p.m.

Virtual: Among Us en français

Italian Week: Spring 2021

"Little Italies": The impact and importance of Italian language, heritage, and culture in the U.S.

Italian Week graphic depicting the Colosseum in RomeSunday, Feb. 21, 11 a.m.

Online Mass in Italian at the church Our Lady of Pompei. More information at Our Lady of Pompei's Facebook page.

Monday, Feb. 22, 7 p.m.

Movie night: “Do the Right Thing” by Spike Lee, 1989. Spike Lee on Italian-American and African American community relations in Brooklyn in the 1980's and 1990's. Attend the "Do the Right Thing" screening via Zoom.

Wednesday, Feb. 24, 8 p.m.

Italian Club presents, Little Italies in the US: Family Feud Online Presentation and Game.

Thursday, Feb. 25, 7 p.m.

Round Table - Music in Little Italies: Baltimore, Philadelphia, San Francisco. The presenters are people who have been involved in the musical life of their “Little Italies” their entire lives: Sheri Mignano-Crawford from San Francisco, Calif., Norman Calapristi-Giorno from Philadelphia, Pa., and Marc DeSimone from Baltimore, Md. Moderator: Dr. Paul Oorts. Sign up to register for the Music in Little Italies Round Table.

The Arabic Club (Arabyola) Events: Spring 2021

The President's Visit movie poster of man wearing a suit and standing alone in an old living roomWednesday, Feb. 17, 6-7 p.m.

Arabyola Movie Screening of "The President's Visit" -  زيارة الرئيس

"When a small coastal town of fishermen learns about the secret visit of the President of the Republic to its local soap shop, they embark in an everlasting struggle at cleaning up and maintaining the perfect image of their town."

Decorative 'Arabic Proverbs' graphicWednesday, March 17, 6:30-7:30 p.m.

Arabyola Guest Speaker: Professor Manar Darwish, lecturer and coordinator of Bi-Co Arabic Program at Bryn Mawr College, Pa., "Arabic proverbs and Aphorisms: A Reflection on their applicability and relevance."

Ornate Arabic braceletTuesday, April 20, 5-6 p.m.

Exploring the Beauty and Value of Arabic Traditional Jewelry

Learn about what makes jewelry unique in the Arab world and its usage guidelines. Stay tuned for this event!! One lucky participant will receive a modest piece of Arabic Jewelry. Explore Arabic Jewelry on Pinterest

For more information and the Zoom link ID: Contact Dr. Inas Hassan (ihassan@loyola.edu)

Follow the Arabic club on @arabyolaMD

Language, Literature, and Society Colloquium

Wednesday, April 14, 2021

Protecting Civil Rights: Activism Through Culture in the Americas

  • 11:00 a.m.: Prof. Michael Birenbaum Quintero, "Black Death, Black Life, Black Culture, and Black Struggle in Southwestern Colombia”
  • 2:00 p.m.: Prof. Brinton Lykes, "Mayan Women's Creative Resistance and Protagonism: Redressing Gendered Racialized Violence"
  • 3:00 p.m.: Prof. Graciela Raquel Montaldo, “New Feminisms in Argentina: Gender, Activism, and Culture”

Sponsored by The Center for The Humanities, Modern Languages and Literatures, and Latin American and Latino Studies.

Latino American Film Presentation

'Las Desaparecidas' movie poster of a woman standing alone in a morgueThursday, April 22, 5-6:30 p.m.

Dr. Douglas Glynn, Spanish instructor in Modern Languages and Literatures, presents Astrid Dominguez's gripping short film, Las Desaparecidas/We Vanish, which focuses on the alarming increase of violence against women in Mexico and the role that corruption plays in allowing "feminicide" to continue. There will be a Q&A with director/screenwriter Astrid Dominguez and lead actress Patricia Meneses following the screening. Questions and comments may be in English or Spanish. Access the Latino American film screening via Zoom

Modern Languages & Literatures Career Night

Monday, October 12, 7-8 p.m. 

Do you wonder where your foreign language will take you? Curious about how foreign languages are useful in the work force? Learn about a variety of career options for foreign language-learners from a panel of experts.

Attend Modern Languages & Literatures Career Night via Zoom.   

2020 Events (Past)

French Week: 2020

  • Virtual Museum Treasure Hunt: all week long. Students can access the link to a treasure hunt that explores several virtual museums. Prizes will go to students who complete the activity!
  • Visages, Villages: all week long until Thursday! Watch the film Visages, Villages (Faces, Places - available on Kanopy) by Thursday at 6 p.m. to be able to participate in the Kahoot competition!
  • Monday, Nov. 2, 7 p.m.: Portrait discussion. French faculty will briefly present their favorite French or Francophone portrait. Students are invited to bring their favorite French or Francophone portrait. They should be ready to say the title of the work, the artist, and why they like it.
  • Thursday, Nov. 5, 6-6:20 p.m.0: Visages, Villages (Faces, Places)
  • Sunday, Nov. 8: French mass. Students will have the opportunity to watch a French mass online (TBD: Notre Dame à Québec, Lourdes, Amiens…)

Italian Events: 2020

  • Italian Rap Music and Diversity Forum: Race, Culture, and Immigration. The event will be held on Thursday, Oct. 29 at 6 p.m. EST via Zoom. This Italian music event will be a presentation featuring several modern Italian rappers. We will watch their music videos and discuss the meaning behind the songs. The songs encompass various topics such as race, culture, and immigration.

Spanish Events: 2020

  • Making the Case for Genocide in Peru: Coercive Sterilization of Indigenous Women. A Loyola University Maryland Zoom lecture in English offered by Ñusta Carranza Ko, School of Public and International Affairs, University of Baltimore. Peru’s national health program Programa de Salud Reproductiva y Planificación Familiar (PSRPF) aimed to uphold women’s reproductive rights addressing the scarcity of maternity-related services. However, while implementing its program, PSRPF undermined respect for human rights by forcibly sterilizing women predominantly of indigenous, poor, and rural backgrounds. Dr. Carranza Ko’s lecture considers the coercive sterilization of these women as a genocide, a term not previously applied to the Peruvian case. Using the normative markers of the Genocide Convention, she will categorically cast the targets of state-led forced-sterilization as victims of genocide because this health malpractice prevents indigenous communities from reproducing. The state’s genocidal intent worked toward destroying an ethnic minority group. Thursday, Oct. 1, 2020 at 5 p.m. Sponsored by the following entities at Loyola University Maryland: Center for the Humanities, Latin American and Latino Studies, Global Studies, Gender Studies, Modern Languages and Literatures, and Peace and Justice Studies. For information contact Thomas Ward (tward@loyola.edu) or Natalie Rock (nrock@loyola.edu).
  • Vulnerables. 2020. Fotografía de Adriana Peralta-Ojo Publico.

Arabic Club (Arabyola): Fall 2020

  • Arabic Club Movie Screening: Monday, Oct. 19, 7-8 p.m. Arabic Documentary: "Peace by Chocolate" بالشوكولا " "Peace by Chocolate" is a real story of new beginnings. A Syrian family came as refugees to Canada in early 2016. With local support, they started a chocolate company. They run their chocolate business into a symbol for international peace and hope.
  • Islamic Geometric Pattern and Arabesque Work: Wednesday, Nov. 11, 3-4 p.m. Students will watch a short tutorial about Islamic Geometric and Arabesque Design, and then will proceed to make their own design! We will vote for the best design and mail a gift to the winners.  Students may use coloring materials (colored pencils, markers, etc.), ruler, compass or protractor.
  • Virtual Visit to Dr. Hassan's Home Library: Wednesday, Dec. 2, 4-5 p.m. https://siblingsofilm.com/arabic-reading-list-for-students-of-knowledge. What types of books does Dr. Hassan have in her home library? What are her favorite books? What are her tips to start building your home library? Contact Dr. Inas Hassan for more information and the Zoom link.

Spring 2021 Newsletter

Fall 2021 Course List

Spring 2021 Office Hours

Due to the Corona Virus, we are working partly on campus.

Andrea Thomas, Ph.D.

Andrea Thomas, Ph.D.

This associate professor of French encourages students to draw connections between real-world experiences and learning a foreign language

Modern Languages & Literatures