Department of Modern Languages and Linguistics

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    Department of Modern Languages and Linguistics

    We prepare our students for success in a diverse and globalized world. Whether your interests include international business or linguistic and cultural enrichment, federal and foreign service, non-governmental work. Read more  

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    Modern Languages Events

    10.9.17 Une Autre Justice
    10.10-13 German Week at CGE
    09.27-11.29 Caribbean Studies Work Group
    10.24-25.17 Stars and Strife.

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OCT '17
10/10 - CGE Opening
10/12 - CGE Round Table
10/13 - Closing
Oct '17
9/27 - Discussion Group
10/18 - 5:15-6:30 Vincent Joos
11/29 - 5:15-6:30 Jennifer Baez
Oct '17
Writing America in Recent French & Francophone Literature

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Department News

Sultan Qaboos Scholarship Awarded to Two Modern Languages Students for Summer 2017

Two of our Arabic students, Kelly Baker (Middle Eastern Studies major) and Micah Friedman (Religion major) have been awarded the Sultan Qaboos scholarship (SALAM) for Summer 2017 to study Arabic in Manah, Oman.

The SQCC will cover international travel to and from Washington, D.C. and Muscat, Oman, program language classes, room, board, SALAM-sponsored travel for weekend excursions, and all entrance fees for program activities. Only 24 students nationwide were selected for this very competitive scholarship among them our 2 FSU students!


Florida State University Students (Daniela Castro, Jayda Craig and Hannah Dale) awarded the

U.S. Department of State’s Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship to study abroad.

Ms.Castro, Ms. Craig and Ms. Dale, all students in the Department of Modern Languages and Linguistics, were three of over 250 American undergraduate students from 154 colleges and universities across the U.S. selected to receive the prestigious Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship, sponsored by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs to study or intern abroad during the Summer 2017 Early Application cycle.  Ms. Castro will study abroad in France, Ms. Craig will study abroad in Morocco and Ms. Dale will study abroad in Spain.

Gilman scholars receive up to $5,000 to apply towards their study abroad or internship program costs.  The program offers grants for U.S. citizen undergraduate students of limited financial means to pursue academic studies or credit-bearing, career-oriented internships abroad. Such international exchange is intended to better prepare U.S. students to thrive in the global economy and interdependent world. Students receiving a Federal Pell Grant from two- and four-year institutions who will be studying abroad or participating in a career-oriented international internship for academic credit are eligible to apply.  Scholarship recipients have the opportunity to gain a better understanding of other cultures, countries, languages, and economies -- making them better prepared to assume leadership roles within government and the private sector. 

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FSU professor bridges cultures with art

Alejandra Gutierrez in a
production of
"The Stronger."

Alejandra Gutierrez cannot resist a good post-apocalyptic novel. One of her favorites is “Station Eleven” by Emily St. John Mandel which follows a theater group trying to keep the art alive in a world nearly wiped out by a virus. As an actress and FSU professor of Spanish language and literature, Gutierrez finds a kinship to this kind of story, as she strives to keep her culture alive through theater and teaching. It’s through literature that she is able to share customs, celebrations, and values with her students, connecting them and opening their eyes to a world not so different from their own.

The Hispanic Theater is excited to debut “Anna in the Tropics,” this February at Goodwood Museum and in March in Monticello. The play follows a family running their Cuban cigar factory at the turn of the century in Ybor City, Tampa. Gutierrez will play the part of Conchita who decides to turn her life around thanks to this book. Because of the play’s strong ties to Hispanic culture, Gutierrez finds ease into slipping into her role, which shares characteristics with people she’s known.

Read the full article here.

Cultural Ambassadors: North American Language and Culture Assistants in Spain

Monday, February 6, 2017, 5:00 PM
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Would you like to spend a full academic year in Spain as an English language assistant in a public school? The Spanish education Office of the Embassy of Spain in the US offers the Cultural Ambassadors program. This is a cultural exchange program in which U.S and Canadian senior students and college graduates work as English language teacher assistants supporting bilingual programs in K-12 public schools throughout Spain.

For more information, click here.



Professor Melissa Hyde, (Art History, University of Florida) will give a public lecture on “Becoming an Woman Artist in Eighteenth-Century France,”  February 17, 1:30pm, WJB G-40. (co-sponsored by the Winthrop-King Institute for Contemporary French and Francophone Studies).

Melissa Hyde, Professor of Art History at the University of Florida, has published widely on the subject of women artists in eighteenth-century France. Her talk will look at examples of how deftly, productively, and variously women artists navigated the cultural institutions and restraints of the world in which they lived.  The lecture draws on research for her book, Women in French Art, co-authored with the late Mary D. Sheriff, W.R. Kenan, Jr. Professor at UNC Chapel Hill.  It relates also to an exhibition they curated, entitled Becoming a Woman in the Age of Enlightenment. French Art from the Horvitz Collection, which will be at the Harn Museum of Art, October 3-December 31, 2017, before traveling to the Ackland Museum and beyond. 

The Department of Modern Languages and Linguistics is pleased to co-host Professor Michael Garval as an ACC Road Scholar

The Department of Modern Languages and Linguistics is pleased to co-host Professor Michael Garval as an ACC Road Scholar:
Friday, February 10, 2017
1:30 presentation, 2:30 reception
Robert Bradley Reading Room at Strozier Library