Languages and Cultures
The study of another language is an adventure, an exploration into the workings of minds both like and unlike our own. When we learn a new language, we learn to see differently -- we acquire a new perspective from which to view both ourselves and the world.
Department News & Events
August 2015 Languages & Cultures and French Studies welcome new colleagues
Ana Fonseca Conboy, Assistant Professor of French, received her Ph.D. in French literature and language from Boston College this past spring. Academic interests include 17th-century French literature, Baroque and Classic literature and culture, Hagiographic theater, Metatheater and theater within theater, and language pedagogy and linguistics.
Though born in Iowa, Ana grew up in Portugal and is bilingual and bicultural. In addition to her love of French language, lit and culture, she has a passion for singing early and early modern music. She jogs, practices yoga and meditation and enjoys spending time at the beach, walking and swimming. She also likes to bake and try new recipes, especially those involving citrus fruits, spices or carob. And we hear she does a mean impersonation of the Wicked Witch of the West.
Ana will be teaching FREN 211 and FREN 311 this fall. Her office is at St. Ben's in Richarda Hall. Welcome, Ana!
Jason Kirsch, French adjunct instructor, comes to us from St. John's Prep School where he taught German. He received his B.A. in German and French from Valparaiso University. Jason will be teaching FREN 111 this fall and has his office in Richarda Hall at St. Ben's. (More info to follow.) Welcome, Jason!
June 2015 CSB/SJU's New Archeological Field School
Assistant Professor of Classics, Jason Schlude, is currently directing one of CSB/SJU's newest short-term study abroad programs: an archeological dig in northern Israel.
Pictured above: Jason (in red) with his 2015 student excavating team.
Jason recently sent an update on the new program:
"I write from northern Israel, where the 2015 season of our archaeological field school at Omrit is underway.
First, I would like to let you know that we are having an excellent season this year! We are pursuing a range of important research questions related to the Roman settlement we are excavating, and we have a great team of excavators this year. As for our Bennies and Johnnies on the team, they are doing a FANTASTIC job! And not only are they impressing me, but they also are impressing my co-directors. I can't say enough about the work they are doing and how adept they are at leading and being team players. We cannot do this kind of research without students like this! We are so lucky to work with them!
Secondly, we have a webpage for the CSB/SJU field school at Omrit. The webpage includes information about the project, our CSB/SJU 2015 team, and (MOST IMPORTANTLY) a blog written by our students that details some of their experiences in real-time! The address is: csbsjuomrit.org."
We invite you to learn more about Omrit and follow the Bennie-Johnnie Blog as our students make discoveries and help with this important research!
Overview of Program
Courses in the Languages and Cultures Department:
- Include instruction in French, German, Greek, Latin, Chinese, Japanese, and English as a Second Language.
- Fulfill one of the requirements for a liberal arts degree
- Are easily combined with other majors and minors
Elizabeth Baden '12 (French and Peace Studies) was in Indonesia during the 2014-2015 academic year for the Fulbright. Lizzy's experience was featured in the latest issue of the College of Saint Benedict Magazine. Check it out here.
The following CSB students have received the Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship for Fall 2015, the purpose of which is to assist with the cost of study abroad:
Kablia Lee '17 (Japanese minor) will be traveling to Japan; Myder Yang '17 (Chinese minor) will be traveling to China.
Omrit Archeological Field School in Israel
Instructions for taking the French and German placement exams are found here.
For information on placement exams for Latin, Greek, Japanese and Chinese, contact Mary at email@example.com.