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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:

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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.