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Modern Languages and Literatures

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. 

Language in Chicago
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.
A Wide Range of Courses
We offer coursework in Arabic, Chinese, French, Japanese, and Spanish as well as occasional courses in Italian and Portuguese. Most language majors and minors enhance their linguistic and cultural knowledge by taking advantage of the College’s numerous options to study and complete internships abroad.

 

Department News

  • Guillaume Lacroix
    Consul General of France in Chicago Guillaume Lacroix gave a very well-attended talk on “Redefining France: ‘Great’ National and International Debates” on Thursday, April 25, for French, International Relations and Politics students as well as community members.
  • Jennifer Valdes Del Valle

    The McGaw Scholarships are awarded annually to assist one junior and one senior with their tuition costs. Selected McGaw scholars have demonstrated superior leadership abilities and academic excellence. 
  • Poetry translator Katherine Hedeen
    A specialist in Latin American poetry, Prof. Hedeen has both written extensively on and translated contemporary authors from the region. Her translations include book-length collections by Juan Bañuelos, Juan Calzadilla, Juan Gelman, Fayad Jamís, Hugo Mujica, José Emilio Pacheco, Víctor Rodríguez Núñez, and Ida Vitale, among many others, as well as two anthologies of contemporary Cuban poetry. 
  • Olivarez reading
    Senor Olivarez gave an engaging reading on April 4, 2019 which was sponsored by the Latin American Studies Program.
  • 2019 Phi Sigma Inductees
    On April 2, 2019 at Glen Rowan the MLL honor society, Phi Sigma Iota, had their induction ceremony.
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  • <span class="lw_profiles_image"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/profiles/2399-tuyen-tran11"><img src="/live/image/gid/57/width/242/height/242/crop/1/src_region/0,0,854,1280/50767_Tuyen_Tran.rev.1555603850.jpg" alt="Tuyen Tran’11" title="Tuyen Tran’11" class="lw_image" width="242" height="242" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/57/width/242/height/242/crop/1/src_region/0,0,854,1280/50767_Tuyen_Tran.rev.1555603850.jpg 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/57/width/242/height/242/crop/1/src_region/0,0,854,1280/50767_Tuyen_Tran.rev.1555603850.jpg 3x" data-max-w="854" data-max-h="1280"/></a></span></span><div class="quote"><p> “Not sure where I would be without my connections to the Forester community. Use the Career Advancement Center – I think I’ve actually contacted them more times after I graduated than while I was a student…”</p></div><a class="recruit-link" href="/live/profiles/2399-tuyen-tran11">Tuyen studied International Relations, French, and Business at Lake Forest College. </a>
  • <span class="lw_profiles_image"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/profiles/616-abby-brand-10"><img src="/live/image/gid/57/width/242/height/242/crop/1/src_region/0,15,173,188/27746_unknown.rev.1441133368.jpeg" alt="Abby Brand ’10" title="Abby Brand ’10" class="lw_image" width="242" height="242" data-max-w="173" data-max-h="260"/></a></span></span><div class="quote"><p> “I believe any time spent abroad is incredibly important because it gives you a new frame of reference, which makes you more creative and gives you the ability to think outside of the box - skills valuable for any profession.”</p></div><a class="recruit-link" href="/live/profiles/616-abby-brand-10">Abby Brand ’10, an economics and French major, became an attorney.</a>
  • <span class="lw_profiles_image"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/profiles/1510-benedetta-borri-15"><img src="/live/image/gid/57/width/242/height/242/crop/1/src_region/0,0,897,1261/31844_sstory_rome.benedetta2.rev.1461699247.jpg" alt="Benedetta Borri ’15" title="Benedetta Borri ’15" class="lw_image" width="242" height="242" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/57/width/242/height/242/crop/1/src_region/0,0,897,1261/31844_sstory_rome.benedetta2.rev.1461699247.jpg 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/57/width/242/height/242/crop/1/src_region/0,0,897,1261/31844_sstory_rome.benedetta2.rev.1461699247.jpg 3x" data-max-w="897" data-max-h="1261"/></a></span></span><div class="quote"><p> “The College gave me not only a place to <em>cultivate my interests</em>, but the unique opportunity to <strong>travel abroad</strong>, to build n<strong>etworks of friendship overseas</strong>, and to <strong>develop a strong cultural sensitivity</strong>.”</p></div><a class="recruit-link" href="/live/profiles/1510-benedetta-borri-15">Benedetta works at the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs after studying Chinese. </a>
  • <span class="lw_profiles_image"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/profiles/601-alli-chase-11"><img src="/live/image/gid/64/width/242/height/242/crop/1/src_region/0,0,377,392/8007_alli_chase_cropped.rev.1386278780.jpg" alt="Alli Chase ’11" title="Alli Chase ’11" class="lw_image" width="242" height="242" data-max-w="377" data-max-h="392"/></a></span></span><div class="quote"><p> “Because of the support I had from my professors and advisors I was able to flourish to my absolute potential.”</p></div><a class="recruit-link" href="/live/profiles/601-alli-chase-11">Today, Alli Chase ’11 uses her Spanish skills as an emergency room nurse at a top hospital.</a>
  • <span class="lw_profiles_image"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/profiles/613-justin-lansing-07"><img src="/live/image/gid/57/width/242/height/242/crop/1/src_region/0,0,640,474/27696_jl_with_banjo.rev.1440704062.jpg" alt="Justin Lansing ’07" title="Justin Lansing ’07" class="lw_image" width="242" height="242" data-max-w="640" data-max-h="474"/></a></span></span><div class="quote"><p> “My time in Costa Rica was essential to gaining fluency in the language, and helped to open my worldview.”</p></div><a class="recruit-link" href="/live/profiles/613-justin-lansing-07">Learn more about Spanish and sociology major Justin Lansing ’07</a>
  • <span class="lw_profiles_image"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/profiles/1512-yipeng-hu-14"><img src="/live/image/gid/57/width/242/height/242/crop/1/src_region/0,0,720,540/31949_pic_yipeng_hu.rev.1462481051.jpg" alt="Yipeng Hu ’14" title="Yipeng Hu ’14" class="lw_image" width="242" height="242" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/57/width/242/height/242/crop/1/src_region/0,0,720,540/31949_pic_yipeng_hu.rev.1462481051.jpg 2x" data-max-w="720" data-max-h="540"/></a></span></span><div class="quote"><p> “The faculty have been amazingly helpful in academic aspects, life-coaching, and career preparation.”</p><p>  </p></div><a class="recruit-link" href="/live/profiles/1512-yipeng-hu-14">Today, Yipeng Hu ’14 is a financial analyst in China.</a>
  • <span class="lw_profiles_image"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/profiles/2302-"><img src="/live/image/gid/29/width/242/height/242/crop/1/src_region/0,0,450,450/34980_emily_capettini.rev.1481574718.jpg" alt="Emily Capettini ’09" title="Emily Capettini ’09" class="lw_image" width="242" height="242" data-max-w="450" data-max-h="450"/></a></span></span><div class="quote"><p> “The <strong>Writing Track at Lake Forest College</strong> invites you to smash the barriers of genre and <em>find your own voice</em> among contemporary writers.” </p></div><a class="recruit-link" href="/live/profiles/2302-">Emily is an award-winning author, editor, and professor of English.</a>
  • <span class="lw_profiles_image"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/profiles/2444-erin-kummer-11"><img src="/live/image/gid/57/width/242/height/242/crop/1/src_region/0,0,1278,1495/37845_erinkummer.rev.1497469117.jpg" alt="Erin Kummer ’11" title="Erin Kummer ’11" class="lw_image" width="242" height="242" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/57/width/242/height/242/crop/1/src_region/0,0,1278,1495/37845_erinkummer.rev.1497469117.jpg 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/57/width/242/height/242/crop/1/src_region/0,0,1278,1495/37845_erinkummer.rev.1497469117.jpg 3x" data-max-w="1278" data-max-h="1495"/></a></span></span><div class="quote"><p> “Having studied and interned in Paris was a boon to my application for graduate school in Germany. Also, it furthered my interests in history and, though I didn’t realize it at the time, was helpful in my studies of the ‘history of the book.’”</p></div><a class="recruit-link" href="/live/profiles/2444-erin-kummer-11">Learn more about Erin’s work and study around the globe</a>
  • <span class="lw_profiles_image"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/profiles/676-kevin-hsu-14"><img src="/live/image/gid/57/width/242/height/242/crop/1/src_region/0,0,600,600/29357_kevin_hsu.rev.1447957856.jpg" alt="Kevin Hsu ’14" title="Kevin Hsu ’14" class="lw_image" width="242" height="242" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/57/width/242/height/242/crop/1/src_region/0,0,600,600/29357_kevin_hsu.rev.1447957856.jpg 2x" data-max-w="600" data-max-h="600"/></a></span></span><div class="quote"><p> “As a future physician, I am certain that my time spent studying Chinese will prove valuable, allowing me to connect with a more diverse demographic.”</p></div><a class="recruit-link" href="/live/profiles/676-kevin-hsu-14">Kevin Hsu ’14 double majored in biology and Chinese.</a>
  • <span class="lw_profiles_image"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/profiles/2604-evelyn-s-bello-17"><img src="/live/image/gid/57/width/242/height/242/crop/1/src_region/0,0,265,400/39868_evelyn-bello.rev.1507820821.jpg" alt="Evelyn S. Bello ’17" title="Evelyn S. Bello ’17" class="lw_image" width="242" height="242" data-max-w="265" data-max-h="400"/></a></span></span><div class="quote"><p> “My professors at Lake Forest College were very approachable, so they made me comfortable talking to them whenever I wanted to.”</p></div><a class="recruit-link" href="/live/profiles/2604-evelyn-s-bello-17">Learn more about Evelyn’s experience at Lake Forest College.</a>
  • <span class="lw_profiles_image"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/profiles/612-ashley-gora-13"><img src="/live/image/gid/57/width/242/height/242/crop/1/src_region/0,0,356,355/27643_simultaneous_interpretation_for_the_international_conference_mabi.rev.1440515072.jpg" alt="Ashley Gora ’13" title="Ashley Gora ’13" class="lw_image" width="242" height="242" data-max-w="356" data-max-h="355"/></a></span></span><div class="quote"><p> “Faculty in the Modern Languages and Literatures department are professional and talented, yet also personable and truly care for their students.”</p></div><a class="recruit-link" href="/live/profiles/612-ashley-gora-13">Read more about Ashley Gora ’13</a>
  • <span class="lw_profiles_image"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/profiles/650-caroline-tibbetts-12"><img src="/live/image/gid/57/width/242/height/242/crop/1/src_region/0,0,200,200/28857_unknown.rev.1445454689.jpeg" alt="Caroline Tibbetts ’12" title="Caroline Tibbetts ’12" class="lw_image" width="242" height="242" data-max-w="200" data-max-h="200"/></a></span></span><div class="quote"><p> “I think nearly every professor I encountered was strong, inspiring, and impactful upon my life.”</p></div><a class="recruit-link" href="/live/profiles/650-caroline-tibbetts-12">Caroline Tibbetts ’12 double majored in French and communication.</a>
  • <span class="lw_profiles_image"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/profiles/1508-matthew-spehlmann-16"><img src="/live/image/gid/57/width/242/height/242/crop/1/src_region/0,0,1200,1203/31831_spanishstudent.rev.1461595258.jpg" alt="Matthew Spehlmann ’16" title="Matthew Spehlmann ’16" class="lw_image" width="242" height="242" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/57/width/242/height/242/crop/1/src_region/0,0,1200,1203/31831_spanishstudent.rev.1461595258.jpg 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/57/width/242/height/242/crop/1/src_region/0,0,1200,1203/31831_spanishstudent.rev.1461595258.jpg 3x" data-max-w="1200" data-max-h="1600"/></a></span></span><div class="quote"><p> “The Spanish professors imparted the friendliness and encouraging spirit that is so characteristic of Spanish-speaking people.” </p></div><a class="recruit-link" href="/live/profiles/1508-matthew-spehlmann-16">Matthew Spehlmann ’16 studied economics, Spanish, and computer science.</a>
  • <span class="lw_profiles_image"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/profiles/3126-michael-peters"><img src="/live/image/gid/57/width/242/height/242/crop/1/src_region/0,0,639,681/45244_michael_peters_crop.rev.1528383706.jpg" alt="Michael Peters" title="Michael Peters" class="lw_image" width="242" height="242" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/57/width/242/height/242/crop/1/src_region/0,0,639,681/45244_michael_peters_crop.rev.1528383706.jpg 2x" data-max-w="639" data-max-h="681"/></a></span></span><div class="quote"><p> “Languages are always good to learn, as they open up new doors….The Department of Modern Languages recommended the MSID Senegal study abroad program to me, which for me was the most impactful experience of college.”</p></div><a class="recruit-link" href="/live/profiles/3126-michael-peters">Learn more about Michael’s career path.</a>
  • <span class="lw_profiles_image"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/profiles/2262-yaritza-cambron"><img src="/live/image/gid/187/width/242/height/242/crop/1/src_region/532,503,1384,1355/34874_yaritza_cambron.rev.1480713732.jpg" alt="Yaritza Cambron" title="Yaritza Cambron" class="lw_image" width="242" height="242" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/187/width/242/height/242/crop/1/src_region/532,503,1384,1355/34874_yaritza_cambron.rev.1480713732.jpg 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/187/width/242/height/242/crop/1/src_region/532,503,1384,1355/34874_yaritza_cambron.rev.1480713732.jpg 3x" data-max-w="2048" data-max-h="1536"/></a></span></span><div class="quote"><p> “All of the departments at Lake Forest College offer so much help, from building resumes to letters of recommendation.”</p></div><a class="recruit-link" href="/live/profiles/2262-yaritza-cambron">Yaritza Cambron ’15 is now a GI Tech at Northshore University HealthSystem. </a>

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