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Department News & Events


Meet our new Fulbright Scholar, Jakob Illek


Jakob is this year's Fulbright German Language Teaching Assistant. He grew up in the southeastern part of Austria where he received his B.Ed. in Elementary Education from the University for Teacher Education Styria. He also participated in an extracurricular course on English in primary schools. During his year at CSB/SJU Jakob will be assisting in German classes, tutoring students, helping to organize events for the German club and generally passing on his native language and the Austrian culture to students at CSB/SJU.

His personal interests include sports, such as soccer, American football and volleyball, outdoor activities, international film and good food. He has also been working as a scout youth leader for several years and is still an active and proud scout.  Welcome, Jakob!


The German Studies Program and Department of Languages & Cultures welcomes new adjunct instructor.  

Mr. John Marble has been hired to teach two sections of GERM 112 and one section of GERM 111 this fall semester. John received his B.A. in German from Saint Cloud State University and his M.A. from the University of Minnesota. He is passionate about the German language and culture. He spent a year at the University of Konstanz in Germany, and a year at Karl Franzens University in Graz, Austria. His most recent teaching experience in the U.S. was at the College of Charleston in South Carolina.

We are delighted to welcome John to CSB/SJU this fall.

Two new faculty members will join the Department of Languages & Cultures in Fall 2014!

Jeffrey DuBois
Assistant Professor of Japanese

B.A. Comparative Literature and Japanese Studies, University of Rochester
M.A. East Asian Literature, Cornell University
Ph.D. Asian Literature, Religion, and Culture, Cornell University

Academic and Research Interests: Japanese Literature (modern), Japanese Intellectual History, Theories of Nationality, Japan's Constitution and Emperor, Comparative Literature, Postcolonial Studies, Cultural Studies, Visual Studies and Japanese Film, Nuclear issues in Japan

Jason Schlude
Assistant Professor of Classics

B.A. in Classics and Religious Studies, Macalester College
M.A. and Ph.D. in Ancient History and Mediterranean Archaeology, University of California, Berkeley

Academic and Research Interests: Greek, Latin, and the history and archaeology of the Greek, Roman, and Near Eastern worlds, connections between the ancient West and Middle East, the relationship between ancient Rome and Iran; he also is Associate Director of the Omrit Archaeological Excavations in northern Israel.  

Languages and Cultures is also pleased to announce that Melanie Bowman will continue teaching French at CSB/SJU in 2014-2015!

Melanie Bowman
Instructor of French

B.A. French Language and Literature, Miami University
M.A. French Literature, University of Minnesota
Ph.D., French Literature, University of Minnesota

Academic and Research Interests: Late Sixteenth/early Seventeenth-century French theater, and bio-politics of early modern gender and radical theater of the French Wars of Religion.




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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