Modern Languages, Literatures & Cultures

The Department of Modern Languages, Literatures & Cultures is committed to leading students to intercultural competence by developing a deep understanding and appreciation for language, culture, and literature.

In this way, we prepare students to work collaboratively in an increasingly complex and interconnected world. And since studying another language — its culture, arts, history, and people — is an essential part of a liberal arts education, we also help students develop their powers of intellect and imagination. The Department offers instruction in five languages: French, German, Spanish, Japanese and Russian.


Emily Odermatt, Senior, IES Abroad, Metropolitan Studies: Berlin, Germany

5 days ago, by Seth Wilson

Studying in Berlin Germany was such an amazing experience that allowed me to grow in so many ways. Though I picked the program in Berlin, before I got there I really had no idea what to expect. But I was amazed as I pulled up in the train and I had my first glimpse of […]

Selim Toth, German TA

2 weeks ago, by Seth Wilson

Hallo zusammen, I’m Selim Toth from Berlin, and am the German TA at Gustavus this year. I will help and support you throughout your studies of my interesting yet difficult native language. If you have any questions, feel free to email me or come by my office in Confer 124. I obtained my B.A. in […]

Chinese Mid-Autumn Festival

3 weeks ago, by Seth Wilson

Mid-Autumn Festival is a traditional Chinese festival with a history of more than 2000 years. Mid-Autumn Festival falls on the 15 th of the eighth lunar month. This year’s Mid-Autumn Festival falls on October 4 th , 2017. Ancient Chinese believe that July, August, and September are Autumn months. Therefore, the 15 th of the […]

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Name Title Phone Web
Maria Isabel Kalbermatten Associate Professor 507-933-7386 web
Jenny Tollefson Administrative Assistant 507-933-7391
Ana Adams Associate Professor of Spanish 507-933-6079 web
Patricia Branstad Instructor of German 507-933-7390
Laurent Dechery Professor 507-933-7383 web
Angelique Dwyer Associate Professor 507-933-7419 web
Paschal Kyoore Co-Chair & Professor of French, African, Caribbean Studies 507-933-6078 web
Nan Li Visiting Assistant Professor 507-933-6080
Carlos Mejia Suarez Assistant Professor 507-933-7385
Jeremy Robinson Director of the Culpeper Language Learning Center 507-933-6248
Toshiyuki Sakuragi Professor 507-933-7384 web
Lianying Shan Associate Professor and Department Co-chair 507-933-7381
Darío Sánchez-González Assistant Professor 507-933-7387