David Darby receives prestigious Order of Merit
David Darby, Modern Languages and Literatures, was recently awarded the The Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany. Awarded for achievements in the political, economic, social or intellectual realm and for all kinds of outstanding services to the nation in the field of social, charitable or philanthropic work, this is the nation's highest honour.
David has contributed greatly to German-Canadian relations through various ways, most notably through his role as Academic Director of the partnership between Ontario and the State of Baden-Württemberg Learn more about Ontario/Baden-Württemberg Student Exchange (OBW)
May 10th, 2018
MLL's own Professor Alena Robin speaks with Western News about her research on Mexican painter Antonio Enríquez and her upcoming book. Read full article here. (Photo credit Aniruddho Chokroborty-Hoque/Western News).
May 10th, 2018
Congratulations to Professor Perpiñan, who has put the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures and Western in the headlines in Catalonia, Catalunya, Spain. Read more here.
April 13th, 2018
The end of year project for the Spanish 1030 students made Western News! Congratulations to the students, the TA's, and the instructors for this far reaching and impactful initiative. Read full article here (photo credit paul Mayne/Western News).
March 8th, 2018
Congratulations to the following MLL instructors who made the USC's Honor Roll for 2016-17: Mitsume Fukui, Maria Laura Mosco, Parastoo Nasrollahzadeh, Luca Pocci, Alena Robin, Rie Shirakawa, Kathryn Steinbock, Vladimir Tumanov, and William Turkel.
See full list here.
February 16th, 2018
MLL's Dr. de Looze draws upon his extensive background in linguistics to discuss the basic components of communication and what a conversation with alien life may look like. Read full interview.
February 8th, 2018
Professor Yasaman Rafat develops the Canadian Multilingual Speed Database, a site that collects and documents speech samples of multilingual immigrants who speak both in their native languages and English, as explored in Western News.
The University of Western Ontario and the University of Toronto present the Canadian Spanish Teaching Assistant Dailogues (CASTAD 2018) Friday, February 9th, 2018.
February 1st, 2018
MLL's very own Professor Constanza Burucua is making headlines: Documentary project celebrates legacy of Expo 67 (photo credit Paul Mayne//Western News)
Rondine, an Italy based NGO, has been working for peace for 20 years. Rondine's President, Franco Vaccari, and Dr. Blerina Duli will explain why and how. Click here for more information.
The Department of Modern Languages and Literatures is proud to present The Mind of Poetry: A Bilingual Conversation (English/Spanish) on Poetry, featuring Vladimir Hachinski (Professor of Neurology and Epistemology, UWO) and Teo A. Noriega (Emeritus Professor, Trent University), on Tuesday, Jan. 30th, 2018 at 2:45pm, in the Dr. David S.H. Chu International Centre (IGAB). All are welcome!
Professor Alena Robin captures the essence of an alumna's adventures from Mexico to Canada. Read article here.
Professor Yahya Kharrat's article 'Arabic has found historic home in London' published in Western News (page 4).
1967: Canada Welcomes the World - A new documentary project focused on the national pavilions of the sixty countries that participated in Montreal's 1967 World Exhibition by Prof. Constanza Burucúa (Modern Languages & Literatures) will soon be exhibited in multiple locations in conjunction with Canada 150.
Modern Languages Offering Two First-Year Seminars
July 6, 2016
Starting in September 2016 the Department of Modern Languages will be offering seminar courses for first-year students: CLC 1040: Ideas & Apps That Changed the World and CLC 1050E: World Cultures, Literatures and Arts Across the Ages. Read the Western Gazette article here or check out our course page for course content and syllabi.
MLL Professor Offers a Sentence to the Letter
June 23, 2016
In his forthcoming book, The Letters & The Cosmos, Comparative Literature and Culture professor Laurence de Looze seeks to restore meaning to letters and the alphabet. Read the full interview for Western News here.
Congratulations to Maria Laura Mosco and Pietro Pirani, awarded the 2016-17 Faculty CEL Award to develop ITA 1033
June 17, 2016
Pietro Pirani and Maria Laura Mosco, Assistant Professors of Italian in the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures, were awarded the 2016-17 Faculty Community Engaged Learning (CEL) Award to develop Italian 1033, a new course that combines in-class/online course work with a community based project. Students will also have the opportunity to contribute to the building of a digital archive of stories collected through interviews with the local Italian-Canadian community. Congratulations Pietro and Laura!
Congratulations to Angela Borchert, named Teaching Fellow 2015
April 12, 2016
Angela Borchert, Associate Professor and Undergraduate Chair in the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures, is among the 2015 cohort of Teaching Fellows. Named by the Teaching Support Centre, Angela will develop an e-portfolio-based curriculum in intercultural communication in the context of a community of practice in Modern Languages and Literatures. With e-portfolio templates, Arts & Humanities students will create individual learning plans, demonstrate learning outcomes and showcase creative critical thinking.
Congratulations To Alena Robin, recipient of the Graham and Gale Wright Distinguished Scholar Award!
March 31, 2016
Alena Robin, Associate Professor in the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures, was among the recipients for the Graham and Gale Wright Distinguished Scholar Award for 2016! This Faculty-based award recognizes Robin's prominent contributions as an internationally-recognized researcher in her field. Appointments to the Graham and Gale Wright Distinguished Scholar Fellowship are for a one-year period and will provide faculty members with one half-course teaching relief, allowing them to focus on research. See the list of current and past recipients here
Congratulations to our faculty members who received the 2014-15 USC Teaching Honour Roll Award of Excellence!
March 10, 2016
Congratulations to C. Caracchini, M. Ebrahimi Eshratabadi, M. Fukui, A. Garcia-Allen, A. Ishai, Y. Kharrat, Y. Kim, A. Lausch, R.M. Lopez Bajonero, J. L. Miller, A. Mioc, R. Montano, I. Moreno Villamar, M.L. Mosco, P. Pirani, L. Pocci, Y. Rafat, B. Reis, A. Robin, Y. Sangalli, R. Shirakawa, A. Soto-Corominas, K. Steinbock, and V. Tumanov - who all received the Teaching Honour Roll Award of Excellence for 2014-15! See the full Honour Roll for main campus Here
MLL Alumna and students create handmade children's books for preschool in Mexico
January 29, 2016
MLL alumna María Eugenia de Luna Villalón, Ph.D. Hispanic Studies, had her first year Spanish students at Wilfrid Laurier University create an illustrated children's book by the end of the year in Spanish. De Luna says the project makes students realize how they can make a big impact through their education. Read Laurier's press release here
Comparative Literature Professor interviewed by National Post about El Chapo and 17th Century Spanish Literature
January 25, 2016
Laurence de Looze, Professor of Comparative Literature with the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures, was interviewed by the National Post about Don Quixote, a 17th century Spanish epic, and El Chapo. Read the National Post article by clicking below:
Conectando el Ambiente Universitario con la Comunidad
December 28, 2015
Por primera vez en la historia del Departamento de Lenguas Modernas y Literaturas de la universidad, se ha desarrollado un curso de pregrado que congrega estudiantes de los programas de español, italiano y alemán.
CulturePlex Lab shows Paris attacks may be remembered by One Direction tweet
December 3, 2015
A CulturePlex Lab study led by Juan Luis Suárez charted approximately 4.3 million tweets in the wake of the Paris attacks on November 13 and found that one tweeted by Tomlinson at 6:47 a.m. on November 14 was the most active and widely shared Twitter message related to the event with more than 173,000 retweets and 208,000 likes
PhD candidate using video games to teach Italian Renaissance Epic poetry
November 11, 2015
Andrea Privitera, a PhD candidate in the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures, is using role-playing video games to teach Italian Renaissance Epic poetry
Cultureplex measures beauty in art using 'big data'June 29, 2015
A recent study by Western's Cultureplex lab, published in International Journal for Digital Art History, concludes that the representation of facial beauty has varied over time and that these variations can be measured and tracked throughout the history of painting.
2015 Pearl Seferian Award
April 21, 2015
The Pearl Seferian Award is given to a first year Comparative Literature and Culture 1020 student for their best essay. This year on April 21st, 2015, the award was given to first year student Leah Berson-Weinberg in a small reception held in the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures. Leah was enrolled in Professor Laurence De Looze's CLC 1020 course, From Homer to Picasso and Ramanpreet Kaur Grewal was her Teaching Assistant for this course. Congratulations to Leah on this academic achievement.
3M National Student Fellowship Award Recipient
April 1, 2015
Italian Language and Culture student, Nicola Paviglianiti, is named among 10 3M National Student Fellowship Award Recipients. Introduced in 2012, the 3M National Sudent Fellowship Award honours undergraduate students in Canada who have demonstrated qualities of outstanding leadership and who embrace a vision where the quality of their educational experience can be enhanced in academia and beyond.
Each winner receives a $5,000 award, registration at the STLHE conference, participation in a day-long retreat held in Vancouver, B.C., as well as accommodation and funds toward travel to the conference.
Snapshots of experience tapped as winners
March 19, 2015
Three Western students nabbed top honours in the 2014 Modern Languages and Literatures Photo Contest for snapshots of their varied international experiences.
Student takes Korean language prize
March 14, 2015
Modern Languages student Sana Nawab won the Grand Prize in the Korean Speech Contest recently held in Toronto. Nawab receives a trip to Korea, along with a summer language course. Another Modern Languages student, Michelle Alacron C. took second place in the beginners category. This annual competition features contestants from various other universities and colleges in the province.
Portrait pilferer returns to scene decades later
November 6, 2014
It was the perfect crime- until it became the perfect mystery.
"It was really surprising, like something out of a novel. Why would you steal this picture- of all pictures," laughed Joyce Bruhn de Garavito, professor and chair of Modern Languages and Literatures. "Think of this picture, and then think of it 'decorating' someone's dorm room.
The mystery began May 21, when a package arrived at the University College offices of Modern Languages and Literatures.
25 years after the fall of the Berlin wall
October 30, 2014
On Aug. 13, 1961, the Berlin Wall was erected, thereby dividing overnight a city, families, and dueling ideologies for the next 28 years. On Nov. 9, 1989, the world watched as jubilant crowds gathered on both sides of that Wall to celebrate the opening of its crossings. Germany's postwar division was over.
Next month, we mark the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall. To commemorate that event, Western News asked five scholars to reflect on its meaning a quarter century out.
Class opens eyes - and minds- to Guatemala
October 23, 2104
Community Service Learning in the Hispanic World: Guatemala- History, Culture and People in Context is an interdisciplinary community service learning (CSL) course on- and in- Guatemala taught by Modern Languages and Literatures professor Alena Robin. The course includes a three-week community-service trip to Guatemala, where students experience first-hand the lives of the people and communities studies. The class partners with Miguel Angel Asturias Academy, located in the city of Quetzaltenango. Western News asked two students from that class- Dilani Logan and Madison Price- to reflect on that trip.
Domina: Ukraine at War: When history becomes personal
September 24, 2014
Natalya Domina is a second-year PhD student in Comparative Literature at Western. Her research interests include utopian studies, Soviet experimental fiction and Ukrainian and Russian contemporary literature.
The Russian invasion into the eastern part of Ukraine was highly predictable. But the four months I spent at home in Mariupol, a densely populated city in southeastern Ukraine, was the time when this very history became personal and rather painful.
Grad students take second place in provincial competition
Congratulations goes out to two of our Hispanic Studies PhD Students, David Brown and Javier de la Rosa. They teamed up and entered the Communitech Data.Base Challenge. Out of a few hundred teams that applied, David and Javier's project was selected to be one of the five finalists to come to Waterloo last weekend and present their project to a panel of judges. Their project DATA.CARE: Data for a Healthier Ontario, won second place.