Languages and Cultures

Department News & Events

Congratulations to Dr. Ana Conboy, Associate Professor of French, for achieving tenure!

French Film Festival at CSB/SJU for Fourth Time

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Fridays just haven’t been the same since the COVID-19 pandemic took center stage. No large gatherings and limited, socially distanced interactions wipe out typical experiences to kick off a weekend. But now, the Tournées Film Festival is giving folks at the College of Saint Benedict and Saint John’s University and the general public something to do on a Friday night. Read more at the CSBSJU Newsroom... And the St. Cloud Times.

Book Talk on Rome and Ancient Iran

Prof. Jason Schlude, Associate Professor of Classics, has been invited to give a virtual talk on his recent book, Rome, Parthia, and the Politics of Peace: The Origins of War in the Ancient Middle East (Routledge, 2020) on Friday, January 22 at 6:00-7:30 PM at the Pourdavoud Center for the Study of the Iranian World at UCLA. The book is a treatment of the foreign policies of ancient Rome and Iran (the Parthian Empire specifically) relative to one another. 

Adventures in Charleville-Mézières

Live in France vicariously through the new blog by French alum, Artie Pomerenke '20. Artie (they/them) is living in France for four months as an assistant English Language teacher in Charleville-Mézières as a participant in the TAPIF program. "Artie in Charleville" can be found here.

Languages and Cultures Welcomes Three New Department Members


Brooke Kreitinger '01
Krista Osmundson
Florian Bundschuh
(Fulbright Teaching Assistant for German)

Congratulations to Associate Professor of Japanese, Jeffrey DuBois, for Receiving Tenure!

Five CSB/SJU Grads Accepted into TAPIF Program in France for 2020-2021

Read more here...

Changing With the Times

With the pandemic, flexibility and change became our watchwords. Class projects had to be adapted to fit the new normal… in that spirit, FREN312 created publicity videos using Zoom, instead of conducting an in-person project, as originally planned. Here are the results! For our class, creativity and innovation also became watchwords! Qu’en pensez-vous?

Vitamines énergétiques:
Bic Bigoudi Miraculeux:
Bonnes Vues:

Language Scholarships Awarded

Congratulations to the following student recipients of our annual language scholarships:

Ashley Dalbec '21, Gaida Family Scholarship for French

Valerie Doze '21, S. Margretta Nathe Scholarship for German

Channa Kaslow '22 and Max Ditzler '21, Otmar Drekonja Scholarship for German

Recipients are chosen on the basis of scholarship, strength of academic purpose, and financial need. Learn more here.

German Major, Amanda Bjerke '20, Receives Future Language Educator Award

Congratulations to Amanda Bjerke for receiving the Future Language Educator award, given by the Minnesota Council on the Teaching of Languages and Cultures (MCTLC). The award was given based on merit and interest in teaching world languages. Those who were selected for the award have demonstrated in their respective world language field their passion and intent for becoming an educator of world language and further the teaching of language and culture to future generations.

Amanda is working to teach German and English as a second language in the secondary setting. She recently applied for a Fulbright to teach English in Germany within the next year. Regardless of the outcome, she plans to pursue a teaching position in Minnesota following graduation. She would like to also pursue graduate work in World Language Pedagogy, German, or Linguistics and eventually one day, a doctorate in the Philosophy of Education. Says Amanda, "It is my belief that our students should have the opportunity to learn about cultures that differ from their own and learning the language of that culture is one of the most authentic ways to do so, as language and culture are intensely intertwined."

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