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:
Now in its six year, the department's annual Human Rights Film Series is held in January and February, and showcases award-winning documentaries and feature films dealing with the some of the most pressing human rights issues confronting the world today.
This year's series kicks off on Wednesday, January 16, at 7:00 pm, in 105 College Hall, with a showing of The Last Mountain, an award-winning documentary about the devastating impact of mountaintop mining on the people and environment of Appalachia.
Sponsored and organized by the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures, the Pennsylvania Foreign Languages Conference on French, German, Italian and Hispanic Literatures is held in September of each year, attracting language and literature scholars from the US. and Europe.
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.