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Department News & Events

September 2015    French faculty attend a conference on all things Quebec

Members of the French Studies Program attended a one-day conference on various topics relating to the Canadian province of Quebec. The conference took place at Macalester College in St. Paul, MN on Saturday, Sept. 26. Topics ranged from film to poetry to comics and Québécois culture from colleagues at Georgetown University, the University of Minnesota, Carleton College, Macalaster College and the University of North Dakota. A Canadian consulate and the Attachée aux affaires publiques et gouvernementales from the Quebec Delegation in Chicago also took part. The seminar concluded with dinner on the terrasse of French Meadow on Grand Avenue. Beaucoup de fun!

Pictured front center: Maureen McCarter (in blue), Ana Conboy, Camilla Krone (far right in peach)

September 2015     We welcome our new Austrian Fulbright

The German Studies Program and faculty welcome new Austrian Fulbright scholar, Christoph Jakits. Christoph is from Vienna where he studied German and English at the University of Vienna. His hobbies include travel, movies, skiing, swimming and music. In addition to helping our German faculty with their classes and our students with their German studies, the Fulbright program allows Christoph to take classes at CSB/SJU during the 2015-2016 academic year. His office is in Quad 257.

Welcome, Chris!



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!


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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