We define culture broadly to include both the academic and the everyday. Guided by creative and enthusiastic faculty committed to language immersion, students explore topics ranging from literature and film to politics to cuisine.
Today, students may study francophone or latino literature; tomorrow, they may learn French or Spanish “business-speak”. Cultural immersion and potential internship experience complement the student’s program of study, through the Lake Forest Beijing, Granada and Paris Programs.
Because of our close ties to Chicago’s cultural institutions, students pursue internships with organizations like the Alliance Française and the Chicago Latino Film Festival. Academic excursions to immigrant neighborhoods like Chinatown and Pilsen, allow students to meet and learn from native speakers.
We offer coursework in Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Japanese, and Spanish as well as occasional courses in Italian and Portuguese and we strongly encourage language majors to study abroad.
In an email to Associate Professor of Spanish Gizella Meneses, the Spanish and education double-major said, “I remember transferring into the Lake Forest Spanish program my junior year not even knowing the future tense, conditional, past participles, or subjunctive. Now, three years later, I am a Peace Corps Volunteer teaching in a public school in Barranquilla, Colombia.”
Prof. Barr was one of twelve winners for the Poetry That Moves Contest for her piece, in Spanish and English, “Cézanne’s Beets/Las remolachas de Cézanne.” It will be on posters in Metra buses in the North Shore May. Her short story, “Transit City Authority of River City,” appears in the Winter 2014 issue of The Examined Life Journal of the University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine. Available only in print. In addition, a memoir, “Maggie’s Pearls,” appears in the “Short Take” section of The Persimmon Tree Literary Magazine, and two additional poems, “This and That” and “Charms,” appear in issue number 16 of the Journal of Modern Poetry.