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Courtney Fisher Alumni Spotlight- Courtney Fisher: Courtney graduated in 2007 with a BA in Spanish, completed a Master of Arts in Teaching, and is happy to be able to use her language skills to bridge the gap with families.  Click here for more.
Kaffestunde!: Tuesdays from 12 to 12:50 in the Living Room at the Student Center.  
French Club is Back!: The French Club is back every Monday (5:30-6:30 pm) with its French Conversation Hour! Click here to learn more!
Alumni Spotlight- Autumn Vowles: Autumn graduated in 2010 with a BA in French and is currently in a doctoral program at Johns Hopkins University.  Click here for more.
Puebla_Downtown Nuevos Horizontes en los estudios hispánicos: Sonoma Graduate Student Conference on Spanish Language Teaching: Click for more information.
Dr. Renaudin French Professor Dr. Christine Renaudin Retires: after 32 years of outstanding service to Arts & Humanities. Click here for more info.
Caroline Neyman Photo Alumni Spotlight- Caroline Neyman: Caroline Neyman graduated in 2010, with a B.A. in French. She is currently the Operations Director at the Green Music Center. Click here for more.
French 475 Senior Seminar Presentations: 5/17/22 at 2pm, GMC 1058 French 475 Senior Seminar Presentations: Please join the SSU French Program for our Senior Seminar Presentations this coming Tuesday, May 17, at 2pm in GMC 1058. 
SYRCE Symposium: May 17, 2022, 10:30 am - 12:30 pm, at GMC SYRCE Symposium: On Tuesday, 5/17, the SYRCE Symposium will be back in person in the Green Music Center between 10:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. Everybody is invited! 
MLL Class of 2022! Congratulations MLL Graduates! : We proudly celebrate the Class of 2022! Click here for information on Commencement 2022!
German Film Series Spring 2022: The German Club presents their Spring 2022 German Film Nights! All are welcome to join Yasemin, our Fulbright FLTA, and the German Club every other Wednesday at 7:15 p.m. in Darwin Hall 107!
Dr. Suzanne Toczyski Dr. Suzanne Toczyski invited to lecture at Pasadena City College: On Friday, March 25, Professor Suzanne Toczyski will give an invited lecture on the history of Haiti and the Haitian-American diaspora in the context of a symposium on "La Francophonie," to be held at Pasadena City College. 
Amanda Best Photo Alumni Spotlight- Amanda Best: Amanda graduated in 2019 with a double major, French and English.  She completed her MA at Trinity College in Dublin and aims to apply to the doctoral program for comparative literature at UC Berkeley.
Kaffeestunde_Spring 22 Kaffeestunde: SSU’s weekly informal German conversation hour facilitated by our Fulbright FLTA Yasemin Schünemann! Come and join us! We meet every Tuesday from noon to 12:50 p.m. in SIP/Student Center. Click here for more information!
Raymundo Lopez Alumni Spotlight- Ray Lopez: Ray graduated in 2020 with a double major in French and Political Science. He completed his MA at Stanford and is now at Michigan State University, doing a PhD in American politics, with a minor in political methodology. 
The Integration of Turkish Guest workers in Germany The Integration of Turkish Guest workers in Germany: Today is the day! Don't forget to join Yasemin, our German Fulbright FLTA(Foreign Language Teaching Assistant). She will be presenting on the integration of Turkish Guest workers in Germany and will be giving personal insights about the topic. 
International Education Week: What does it mean to be German?: Join our Fulbright FLTA, Yasemin Schünemann, and our two PLFs, Gamze can and Lydia Bobb, as they answer questions and discuss experiences growing up in Germany. Click here for info and zoom link. 
Alumni Spotlight- Kelsi Mundell: Kelsi graduated in 2015 with a BA in Psychology and a minor in German. She was accepted into the Master’s Program of International Affairs at City University of New York Baruch College. Click here to read the full interview. 
Alumni Spotlight- Jenna Riggan: Jenna Riggan graduated from SSU in 2012 with a BA in French and a BS in Business Administration with a concentration in Wine Business Strategies. Click here to see her full interview.
German Club Upcoming Events!: Do you like coffee, movies, trivia, or board games? If you answered yes to any, then be sure to check out the German Club’s upcoming events!
Alumni Spotlight- Josephine Ockrassa: Josephine graduated from SSU in 2019 with a BA in German Cultural Studies, and a minor in Music. She is currently completing her Master’s Degree at SSU in History. Click here to see her full interview. 
French Club Movie Night! 10/07/21: Bonjour Tout le Monde! Today @ 7:30pm, the French Club will be having a hybrid meeting where you can zoom in or you can go to Salazar Hall 2024 to watch "Il a déjà tes yeux" a heartwarming film about an adoptive mixed-race family facing the challenges of parenthood. See you there!
German Film Screening & Discussion TODAY 9/29, 7:15 p.m. in 2020 Salazar: Hallo and Welcome to our third film screening of the German Klub!
Fall 2021 German Film Series Fall 2021 German Film Series: The German Club presents their Fall 2021 German Film Nights! All are welcome to join Yasemin, our Fulbright FLTA, and the German Club every other Wednesday at 7:15 p.m. in Salazar 2020!
Sarah Heyward An interview with French alum Sarah Heyward: Sarah Heyward interview. I was a double major in French and Studio Art.
elise Alumni Spotlight-Elise Manzanillo: Elise graduated in 2018 with a special major in German Cultural Studies from SSU. She is currently enrolled in the Master’s Direct Entry Nursing program at Columbia University
Alessa Alumni Spotlight-Alessa Rigal: Alessa graduated in 2008 with a double major in French and Global Studies, and a minor in Spanish.
holly Alumni Spotlight-Holly Blevins: Holly Blevins (Lyon), a 2018 graduate with a special major in German Cultural Studies, is working on an MSc at the University of Potsdam.
erica Alumni Spotlight-Erica Forster: Erica Forster, a 2013 graduate of the BA program in French, lives in Paris, France, and is the Operations Manager for The Tour Guy guided tours company. French Professor Suzanne Toczyski interviewed Erica via Zoom.
shani langford Alumni Spotlight-Shani Langford: Shani Langford is a 2012 graduate of the BA program in Spanish who lives in Washington, D.C. and works for the US Department of Agriculture.

Welcome! ¡Bienvenidos! Willkommen! Bienvenue!

The programs and courses of the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures make accessible to students the languages, literatures, and cultures of France and the Francophone world, Germany and other German-speaking countries, and Spain and Latin America. Studying a foreign language also provides a multitude of benefits that impact many aspects of life and enhance your career opportunities.

On behalf of the faculty of the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures, I welcome our students to the 2022-2023 academic year!  My colleagues and I look forward to working with you! All of us are committed to creating a diverse, equitable, and inclusive community in which everyone can strive for success. We are committed to acts of kindness to create a supportive learning community in which kindness is a guiding principle. For more information see the United in Kindness-resolution.

We welcome our Fulbright Foreign Language Assistant, Annabelle Alibert, from the Sorbonne Université in Paris! We are thrilled to participate in the prestigious Fulbright Program once again this year. We are privileged to host one of these select students at SSU, which is the only campus in the CSU and in California participating in the Fulbright FLTA Program. Annabelle will assist our French language learners and serve as cultural ambassador for all students on campus. Annabelle will be busy teaching French 300, tutoring French students, hosting the weekly French Film Series, and coordinating the French Club's French Conversation Hour.

-Dr. Michaela Grobbel
 Chair, Department of Modern Languages