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Choose from 10 programs exploring foreign languages, literatures, and cultures.

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Study Abroad

Explore your study abroad options, including programs in Germany, Italy, Russia, and more.

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Upcoming Courses

How about these Fall 2018 courses? Take a look at various flyers professors have created for some of their upcoming courses.

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The Battles of History:
Representing African-Americans in the African and Caribbean Imagination

A lecture by Professor Romuald Fonkoua (University of Paris-Sorbonne)

Join us on
Wednesday, September 26th
Wilson Commons Stackel Conference Room


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Celebrate the Mid-Autumn Festival 

Join us
Wednesday, September 26th 
2:30-6:00 pm 
Douglass Community Kitchen

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Breaking News

French Culture Club: Movie Night

La Belle et La Bête 

Join us on
Thursday, September 27th
7:00-9:00 pm 
Morey 321

Come and watch the French movie (with subtitles) La Belle et La Bête
Professor will hold a discussion before the movie. 
Snacks will be provided. 

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Breaking News

French Photo Contest

Rennes-Rochester: Sister Cities

Enter the contest and sumbit your pictures
by September 30th 

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Feature Story

From Rochester to the world: Local student shares international focus

Lucy Farnham ’22 took her first Spanish class in seventh grade, and it was love at first syllable. The Rochester native joins the Class of 2022 as a Spanish major, is thinking of adding Japanese, and is considering a career in the US Foreign Service.

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Faculty Spotlight

Professor Joanne Bernardi collaborates on digital restoration of 1929 film by Japanese legend Yasuhiro Ozu

The Digital Scholarship Lab recently collaborated with Modern Languages and Cultures Professor Joanne Bernardi, The George Eastman Museum, and the Toy Film Museum (Kyoto, Japan) to create a Digital Cinema Package (DCP) of a partially lost 1929 film by Japanese legend Yasujiro Ozu titled Tokkan Kozo (A Straightforward Boy). DCP has become the standard for film distribution since the industry has moved away from 35mm film projection. The DSL worked to create subtitles for the film’s Japanese intertitles (translated by Bernardi), improve image stability and sharpness, and author / format the Digital Cinema Package (DCP). 

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Faculty Spotlight

Goethe was really an outlier in stressing that love was more important

When Johann Wolfgang von Goethe rewrote his 1776 play, Stella: A Play for Lovers, most scholars contented that the only major change was to the original’s polygamous ending. Now, in a new English translation—the first time the original has been translated in its entirety—Susan Gustafson, the Karl F. and Bertha A. Fuchs Professor of German Studies, and Kristina Becker Malett, an assistant professor of instruction in German, reveal there were greater differences in gender relations throughout the text.

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Faculty Spotlight

Professor David Holloway also teaching at Five Points Correctional Facility

This semester, Professor David Holloway is teaching at Five Points Correctional Facility a course on modern Japanese literature in translation. This course – “Fictions of Interiority: Modern Japanese Literature in Translation” – offers a chronological look at modern Japanese literature, beginning with the late 19th century and proceeding to present day. The course is a combination of lecture and discussion, and explores not only literary texts, but also issues of gender, race, psychology, morality, and history as they relate to the Japanese literary corpus. Class is held on Friday afternoons.

22Fulbright Grants

MLC students have earned 22 Fulbright grants since 2011!

Why MLC?

Our students attend small classes and meet with their instructors—many of whom are native speakers—regularly. With our interdisciplinary curriculum, we prepare students for careers that stress critical thinking and cross-cultural communication. Because our courses are frequently cross-listed with other departments, many MLC students can complete double or even triple majors.

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