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News & Events

Each year the department hosts a number of events and activities--from regional conferences on modern language scholarship and international literatures, to theatrical and musical presentations, as well as the University's Annual Human Rights Film Series. Click the links below to learn more about past and upcoming events:

Fall 2015 Events:

"A reading and discussion with Cuban author María Elena Llana"

                      Thursday, October 29, 2015
                       2:00 - 3:00 p.m. 644 College Hall

                 Please see the attached flyer.

                  "The Day of the Dead Celebration"

The Day of the Dead is an ancient tradition celebrated in all of Latin America from October to November. Families remember their departed loved ones and celebrate their lives. Join us in celebrating this unique holiday. We will have craft-making workshops, discussions in Spanish and a communal altar installation.

                      "Spanish Conversation Hour "

The department hosts the conversational gatherings facilitated by Dr. Arlette DeJesus at the Spiritan Campus Ministry Center. We welcome everyone who speaks Spanish to join our informal conversation table.

                                      MESA DE CONVERSACIÓN EN ESPAÑOL


                      Place: Spiritan Campus Ministry Center, 2nd floor, Duquesne Towers

                      Dates:  11/10&11/17 @5:00 - 6:00                               12/03 @5:00 -6:00

                       "Living the Mission"

• Students in Spanish Conversation and Composition I completed their first community-engagement activity
• Dr. Lucía Osa-Melero guided her students, working cooperatively in pairs, to educate preschoolers on the
   value of a second language
• Duquesne students customized a lesson plan to teach colors, numbers, fruits and vegetables to the young preschoolers and created cultural lessons based on Hispanic popular culture
• Teachers, parents and preschoolers involved in the YMCA-Duquesne project highly valued the activity and have already requested more lessons
• In line with the Día de los Muertos event, students created lesson plans that compared the Halloween celebration in the USA to the Día de los Muertos festivities in Latin America and parts of the USA
• This project was supported by the YMCA Duquesne Early Development Center and the Community Engagement Teaching and Research Center (CETR)


   "Anual Pennsylvania Foreign Language Conference"

The Department of Modern Languages and Literatures was pleased to host the 28th annual Pennsylvania Foreign Language Conference (PAFLC) on September 25-27, 2015.

Spring 2015 Events:

Community Engaged Learning: "Reading to Play and Playing to Read"

In line with the mission of Duquesne University and the support and inspiration offered by the Community-Engaged Teaching and Research Center (CETR),, Dr. Vanessa Fernández and Dr. Lucia Osa-Melero initiated a community-engaged project entitled "Reading to Play and Playing to Read" during the Spring of 2015. This community-engaged project, forged through a partnership between the non-profit Pittsburgh organization Casa San José and the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures at Duquesne University, combined the learning goals of two upper division courses: Advanced Spanish Composition & Conversation and Spanish American Theatre of the Avant-Garde. Students from both courses worked cooperatively to develop a 3-week program on Mexican history and culture for Mexican children, ages 5 to 8, who had recently immigrated to the United States. College students wrote scripts, planned lessons, and taught children in an after school program once a week. The project culminated with creatively executed performances at Duquesne University. The Wimmer Family Foundation, the Department of Modern Languages&Literatures, Casa San José, and Beechwood Elementary in Beechview supported this collaborative effort from its inception. The project offered immeasurable benefits to both college students and our community partners. Photographs featured below better depict the profound impact that this experience had on children in Pittsburgh's Hispanic community and Duquesne's undergraduate students.





Salsa night - Feb.6, 2015



2015 Duquesne University Human Rights Film Series

The department is privileged to to serve as the organizer of the University's  annual Human Rights Film Series, which is held in January and February.  The series showcases award-winning documentaries and feature films dealing with the some of the most pressing human rights issues confronting the world today.

The schedule of films and speakers for our 2015 series will be announced in December.

Click here for information about the more than 40 films we have shown in recent years.

Day of the Dead/Dia de los Muertos Celebration

Pennsylvania Foreign Language Conference

Sponsored and organized by the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures, the Pennsylvania Foreign Languages Conference (PAFLC) on French, German, Italian and Hispanic Literatures is held in September of each year, attracting language and literature scholars from the US. and Europe. 


Cultural performances

In the fall of 2012, the department hosted Los Valientes (The Courageous Ones), a live music theatre work for singing actor and onstage music trio of cello, piano and percussion. Based on the lives of three heroic Latinos, the show celebrates Mexican painter Diego Rivera, martyred Salvadoran Archbishop Oscar Romero, and Mexican-American outlaw Joaquin Murrieta - some say the Zorro character was based on this historical figure. The music ranged from traditional Latino folk and popular songs sung in Spanish to instrumental works by Latin American composers.


2013 Majors/Minors Picnic & Senior Awards

Each year the department recognizes outstanding students and celebrates the graduation of majors and minors.  Here are a few pictures from this year's Major and Minors Picnic.