The Department of Modern Languages and Literatures is committed to helping students become informed and liberally educated citizens of the world. Through the acquisition of language skills and cultural awareness, our students prepare for careers that have an international dimension. To that end, we strongly encourage them to spend their junior year abroad in order to immerse themselves in a foreign culture and perfect their language skills. We also run our own study abroad programs: two French programs (“The Paris Experience” and “The Montreal Experience”), one Spanish program (“The Cuban Experience) and one in Italy (“The Italian Experience”).

We work closely with other university departments and interdisciplinary programs as well as with the cultural institutions of University Circle to provide students with a broad understanding of the many opportunities that language and culture study offer. The department has strong interdisciplinary ties with the college’s programs in Asian studies, French and Francophone studies, German studies, international studies, women’s and gender studies, and world literature. Students also gain practical experience in different cultural and language environments through service learning in the Spanish, French, and Russian communities of Cleveland.


Professor Damaris Punales-Alpizar will offer a talk at UCLA this coming Thursday at 7 pm (EST)

Professor Damaris Punales-Alpizar will offer a talk at UCLA this coming Thursday at 7 pm (EST) about the transformation of revolutionary Cuban leaders into fictional characters.

Forthcoming Article from Professor Marie Lather

"Sleight of Hand: Signor Brunoni, Disappearing Acts, and Empire in Elizabeth Gaskell's 'Cranford'." Forthcoming in 'Studies in the Novel' Volume 53, No. 2, June 2021.

Power of Diversity Lecture Series: Professor Gilbert Doho

  3 p.m., Thursday, February 18, 2021 "Ethnicity and Nation-Building in Francophone Africa" Gilbert Doho, PhD, is associate professor of French and Francophone Studies and founding director of the Ethnics Studies Program in the CWRU Department of Modern Languages and Literatures. His research area includes drama, theater and cinema in Francophone Africa. His...


Interview for Women Astronauts Documentary

Marie Lathers was interviewed for a documentary to be produced in London about the history of women astronauts. Her interview will not be included in the documentary, but was for historical background purposes.  


Professor Marie Lathers will be on NPR this coming Friday, February 5, talking about “pandemic literature”

Professor Marie Lathers will be on NPR this coming Friday, February 5, talking about "pandemic literature" Friday, February 5, at 12noon CST (1 pm EST) and 7 pm CST (8 pm EST). Interview on St. Louis On the Air Show on the topic of "pandemic literature." 90.7 KWMU    

Spanish Trivia Night sponsored by Amistad

This event will entail a Trivia Night intended for any student or University member who is actively studying or just enjoys the Spanish Language and Spanish speaking cultures. The Trivia questions will range from grammar, culture, general history, and/or other themes related to Spanish language or Hispano-America. The trivia...

Jacqueline Nanfito presented “Marjorie Agosín: The Poetics of Memory and Identity”

My recent presentation at the International Conference (virtual) on Latinxs in the US organized by the prestigious cultural center in Cuba, Casa de las Americas. Download PDF for more details.

ASA Africa and COVID-19 Conference

African Students Association will be hosting the "Africa and COVID-19" virtual conference on November 14th. If you are interested, here is the schedule for the conference and the link to register.

Coloquio de Poesía Iberoamericana

Organized by Universidad Claustro de Sor Juana and Casa del Poeta Ramón López Velarde, this colloquium brings together scholars and poets form all over Latin America, Europe and the US in a discussion on current trends of research and creative writing in the Spanish language. Youtube: El Claustro TV

The American Dream: Photographs by Tom Kiefer

El Sueño Americano is a photographic essay of the discarded personal effects and belongings of migrants and smugglers apprehended by Border Patrol agents, discarded while being processed at a U.S. Customs and Border Patrol Facility near the U.S./Mexico border in southern Arizona. These personal effects and belongings represented their...