Languages and Cultures

Department News & Events

May 2019    

Congratulations to German minor, Valerie Doze '21, for receiving a Jackson Fellowship for Summer 2019. The fellowship is one of three that funds the pursuit of summer internships – including leadership and professional development – working toward civic engagement and the common good in the non-profit and government sectors.


April 25, 2019     

The French Studies Program held their annual Festival Lyrique on April 25 in the Haehn Campus Center Alum Hall. Students, faculty, staff and community members were invited to sing, recite or perform any piece in French.

Pictured left to right are CSB students: Ashley Dalbec '22, Sophia Modeas '20, and Steffi Tapsoba '21.


April 2019

French students and faculty from CSB/SJU attended the Guthrie Theater's production of Cyrano de Bergerac.


April 2019     German Students visit Paisley Park

Dr. Kurt Hollender and students from GERM 342, Poetry in the German Tradition, visited pop star Prince’s Paisley Park studio and museum in Chanhassen, MN on Saturday, April 13. The philosophers Philippe Lacoue-Labarthe and Jean-Luc Nancy argue that the theory and practice of avant-garde communal living and the collaborative creation of art stems from Jena, Germany and the practices of the Romantics from around 1800. They further argue that these practices and theories remain our form of the artistic avant-garde to this day, even, as the GERM 342 students found, right here in Minnesota through Prince's championing of the artist’s autonomy and his collaboration with others. 


Spring 2019     Inclusion and German Studies at CSBSJU

Dr. Kurt Hollender has earned the Mellon Foundation Becoming Community Professional Development Workshop Practitioner Certificate. The Mellon Grant Becoming Community program at the College of Saint Benedict and Saint John's University, funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, aims to strengthen the ongoing process of creating an inclusive community and a space for all to be heard and in which all can thrive. Read more here...


April 2019     CSB/SJU German Students Are Winning Scholarships!

The German Studies Program is proud to announce that five CSB/SJU German learners have recieved Fulbright scholarships for 2019-2020. Click here for our list of current and past recipients.


March 2019     Language Scholarships for 2019-2020

Congratulations to the following students who applied for and received language scholarships for the 2019-2020 academic year:

S. Margretta Nathe Scholarship for CSB Majors
Amanda Bjerke '20

Otmar Drekonja German Cultural Scholarship
Julia Petron '20
Ilyse Putz '20

Gaida Family Scholarship for CSB French Majors
Ashley Dalbec '21
Maggie Pomerenke '20

Pictured: Maggie Pomerenke and Ashley Dalbec
(Photo by Elena Lozano '22)


March 2019     French Liturgy

On March 23rd, Saturday, at 4:30pm, we will celebrate a mass in the French language--please join us! Fr. William Skudlarek, OSB, will preside and students of French will use their gifts in liturgical and music ministries. All are welcome! Venez nombreux!


November 2018     German and French Students Attend "Silent Night" at the Ordway

Almost 50 CSB/SJU students from the French Studies and German Studies programs attended the MN Opera production of “Silent Night” on November 18.


November 2018     German Studies Joins National Honor Society 

The German Studies Program at CSB/SJU has been accepted as a new chapter in Delta Phi Alpha National German Honorary Society.

DPA’s goal is to seek “to recognize excellence in the study of German and to provide an incentive for higher scholarship. The Society aims to promote the study of the German language, literature and civilization and endeavors to emphasize those aspects of German life and culture which are of universal value and which contribute to humanity's eternal search for peace and truth.” It began with the founding of the Alpha chapter at Wofford College in Spartanburg, SC in 1929 and has constituent chapters at 273 colleges and universities throughout the United States including Georgetown, Columbia, Middlebury, Stanford, Brigham Young, Purdue, Notre Dame, George Washington, Cornell and Rutgers.


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