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New Program in Latin American Studies Debuts at WWU! Contact Program Director Luis Portugal to learn more about this program.
Congratulations to MCL Chair and German Associate Professor Shannon Dubenion-Smith on receiving the Goethe-Institut/AATG Certificate of Merit! This award honors those who have demonstrated achievement in furthering the teaching of German in the U.S. by being outstanding teachers, making significant contributions to the profession, and demonstrating successful interdisciplinary cooperation. Read the full story in Western Today.
Dr. Joan Hoffman, professor of Spanish, published a new article: "'Una señorita de Figueras' with a 'temple verdaderamente varonil': Ángel Guerra and the Tortured Marketing of Víctor Català." Espacios de encuentro e identidad: Actas del XXXV Congreso Internacional de ALDEEU (Spanish Professionals in America) [Selected Proceedings], 2019, pp. 241-55.
Dr. Sandra Alfers, professor of German in the Department of Modern and Classical Languages and director of the Ray Wolpow Institute for the Study of the Holocaust, Genocide, and Crimes Against Humanity has been named a recipient of the 2018 Rep. Timm Ormbsy Award for Faculty Citizenship. Read about it HERE
In October 2020, we lost a dear former colleague, Professor Emeritus Shaw Gynan. Prof. Gynan taught Spanish, linguistics, and world language pedagogy courses during his 32-year tenure at Western. We are deeply saddened by his passing and will remember him fondly for his intelligence, wit, and his convivial and generous spirit. You can read Prof. Gynan's obituary and share memories here.
In the photo above, Dr. Gynan poses with Dr. Ernesto Luis Lopez Almada of the Universidad Nacional de Itapua and the Universidad Catolica de Encarnacion after a talk they gave at Western in January 2019.
Gift in Prof. Gynan's honor may be made to the Shaw Gynan Memorial Scholarship.
Holocaust survivor Noémi Ban, community educator and outspoken fixture on Western’s campus for years, dies at age 96. Read more about Noémi's life and enduring message here >
The Department of Modern and Classical Languages is a meeting place for diversity and for critical thinking. Our faculty members represent fifteen countries and offer courses in eleven languages. We cherish the contributions that this diversity brings to our campus community and to the community at large. Learning a language is the primary gateway to understanding the cultures and values of those who speak it. Learning a language fosters empathy, respect, and appreciation of the richness found across diverse cultures. By embracing diversity we can find creative solutions to problems and challenges of both local and global scope. As world language educators, we believe these are values that make our communities, and ourselves, stronger.