News & Events


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Events are organized by semester and run with the newest events at the top and the oldest events at the botom. Past semester events are achived at the bottom as well.

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Spring 2023

JANUARY 2023 Calendar


January 26th, 2022 (Fri)
TBA | USF Tampa Campus

2023 NACLO Open Round

Fall 2022

Linguistics Majors: How to Grad School workshop & Employing Linguistics workshop

How to Grad School: November 4th, 2022 (Fri) from 12pm - 1pm EDT
CPR 487 | USF Tampa Campus  or  Teams link 

Employing Linguistics: November 18th, 2022 (Fri) from 11:30am - 12:30pm EDT
CPR 487 | USF Tampa Campus  or  Zoom link

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Kaffeestunde w/ the USF German Culture Club

November 18th, 2022 (Fri) @ 5pm
MSC 2703 | USF Tampa Campus

german club coffee day

Come enjoy some coffee & pastries while practicing your German conversational skills!
Dr. Grieb will be providing tutoring aid for ANY level of German.

Día de Muertos (Day of the Dead) w/ El Club de Español

November 1st, 2022 (Tues) from 5:30pm - 6pm
MSC 2706 | USF Tampa Campus OR virtual: Teams link

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Come join the USF Club de Español for our Día de Muertos event!

  • We will talk about the history, meaning, reach, and cultural permutations of Día de Muertos
  • Project a demonstration of how to paint your face as a calavera (skull)
  • Paint our faces like calaveras- we ask that you please bring face paint if you can!

Everyone is invited- bring your friends!

Charting Uncharted Territory- Affect and Effect

NEW DATE: October 28th, 2022 (Fri) from 12pm - 1pm
(Virtual) Zoom link

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Dr. Blitvich will be delivering the inaugural presentations of our annual “Behind the Screen” speaker series, sponsored by the Digital Discourse, Media & Writing Lab in WLE. In her talk, "Charting uncharted territory – Affect and effect," Blitvich will discuss her ground-breaking work which examines the role of language in online cancel culture. Blitvich will share how she navigated methodological challenges and how her research on this topic has changed her own thinking about online aggression. 

Dr. Blitvich is an expert on language in social media.  Much of her work focuses on pragmatics and linguistic im/politeness and the role of language in conflict and aggression.  She is a prolific scholar whose research has appeared in the major journals in our field as well as in numerous edited volumes. Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Language, Aggression & Conflict, Dr. Blitvich is dedicated to supporting the work of early career researchers.  

We look forward to seeing you there!

Dr. Blitvich Bio and Summary

Oktoberkfest 2022

October 27th, 2022 (Thurs) @ 5pm
MSC 2702 | USF Tampa Campus

oktoberfest 2022

The USF German Culture Club and USF Department of World Languages invite you to our Oktoberfest at USF event! Food and refresments will be provided!

Find out about:

  • Studying in Germany as a USF student or after graduation
  • Scholarships and internships in Germany and Austria
  • Other opportunities for students studying German
  • The German Culture Club at USF!

For questions or more information, please email Christine Tran ( or Dr. Margit Grieb (

Hispanic Writers in the United States: V

October 14th, 2022 (Fri) from 5:30pm - 7:00pm
Cooper Hall 487 | USF Tampa Campus

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We (The Spanish/Latino section of WLE and the Spanish Graduate Student Association) will hold our Fifth Installment of the Hispanic Writers in the United States series face-to-face for the first time in two years! On this occasion, Dr. Elguera and Dr. Brescia will be reading fiction and talking about the “aesthetics of displacement in the United States”.

Bridging the Gap: Research and Writing Strategies for Multilingual Scholars

October 13th, 2022 (Thurs) from 4pm - 5pm
SRB Murphy | Moffitt USF Tampa

sean farrell workshop

International and other multilingual scholars may encounter unique challenges in the academic writing process, especially when it comes to publishing empirical research. In this workshop, attendees will be guided through key strategies for navigating these challenges, including developing an awareness of reader expectations, drawing on available resources and networks, and editing for grammatical clarity. By the end of this workshop, attendees will have learned about and practiced valuable skills for writing and revising research articles.

Sean Farrell is a doctoral student in the Linguistics and Applied Language Studies program. His research interests include second language writing, academic discourse socialization, and graduate student revision strategies. He currently heads the Multilingual Writing Center.

Cine Foro "También la Lluvia"

October 10th, 2022 (Mon) from 5:30pm - 8pm
CPR 126 | USF Tampa Campus

Cine Foro "También la lluvia"- Movie and discussion. Christian Elguera from St. Mary's University/Pablo Brescia from USF/Heike Scharm from USF

On the day that appears in the calendar alternatively as “Columbus Day” and Indigenous Peoples’ Day” , we will watch a movie about representation of the conquest and of indigenous people in Latin American cinema.

A film that has been described by Mick Lasalle (San Francisco Chronicle) as an "irresistible thing - a movie about the making of a movie - combined with a bit of a history and a political message." 

The Racialized Future in "O Presidente Negro" by José Monteiro Lobato: Science Fiction and Race in Brazil and USA

NEW DATE: October 11th, 2022 (Tues) from 2pm - 3:30pm
IBL Conference Room, FAO Building | USF Tampa Campuselguera event

USF ISLAC (Institute for the Study of Latin America and the Caribbean), the USF Library, and the Spanish section of the USF Department of World Languages invite you to this lecture in celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month. Featuring Dr. Christian Elguera, who is this year’s recipient of the Latin American Science Fiction Travel Grant.

Translation Workshop with Daniele Pantano

September 14th, 2022 (Wed) from 12:30pm - 1:45pm
EDU 105, Teco Room | USF Tampa Campus

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Daniele Pantano will be conducting a Workshop on Translation for the USF Department of World Languages. Pantano, who is a Reader (Associate Professor) and Leader of Creative Writing at the University of Lincoln in the UK is a prolific poet, critic, artist, and translator.

He has published over twenty volumes of poetry, essays, and translations, and his work has been translated into a dozen languages. Students, Faculty, and Staff are invited to attend. Part of his presentation will involve interactive activity that should be both instructive and stimulating.

The event is free and open to the public. Lunch will be provided. Everyone planning to attend must RSVP by emailing Dr. Peppard (

Summer 2022

Creative Horizons: Q&A with the director and dancers of "But the Sun Came Up and We Were Here"

June 16th, 2022 (Thurs) @ 2:30pm


Hosted by the Barnard College Department of Dance, Reid Hall, and the USF School of Theatre and Dance. (Link to register).

In 2019, a dance by choreographer Colleen Thomas delved into the embodied experience of self, perception and connection in a climate of heightened political and social unrest. With its international cast – including dancers from Poland, Ukraine, Belarus and the U.S. – but the sun came up and we were here asked if the expression of our individual essence, intuition and power could be the antidote to division in a fractured world.

Now, three years later we come together, 10 dancers, in a world that has become, more unsteady, filled with fear, anger, creativity, and resilience. On June 16th, join Thomas and the international cast as they reflect on the themes of their artistic work - then and now.

Spring 2022

Screening of 98 segundos sin sombra followed by Q&A with Giovanna Rivero (author) and Juan Pablo Richter (director)

Monday, April 25th, 2022 from 5pm - 8pm in CPR 103.

The film will be played in Spanish with English subtitles. The Q&A after the screening will be in English. 

98-segundos-sin-sol Screening and Q&A event

The event “Screening of 98 segundos sin sombra followed by Q & A with Giovanna Rivero and Juan Pablo Richter” will take place on April 25th from 5 pm to 8 pm in CPR 103. 

98 segundos sin sombra is a Bolivian novel written by Giovanna Rivero. It was published in 2014. A film adaptation of this novel by the Bolivian director Juan Pablo Richter saw the light in 2021.

This is an event open to students taking Spanish at the graduate and undergraduate levels at USF and to any students or faculty interested in Latin American culture. There will be an introduction, then the film will be screened, and finally there will be a Q & A session with the author and the director. The author will be at the event in person and the director will join us through Microsoft Teams. 

The film is in Spanish with English subtitles. The Q & A will be in English.

The following is a synopsis of the film: “Bolivia, the 80’s. Drug dealing burst into a small town. 16 year-old Genoveva tries to survive the nuns at school, her hostile classmates, her hopeless parents and men with guns. Everything changes when she meets her mother’s spiritual leader.”

Guest Speaker: Dr. Jeff Kuhn

Friday, April 22nd, 2022 from 1:30 - 2:30pm (virtual)

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Guest Speaker Dr. Jeff Kuhn gives a virtual lecture on how language teachers may integrate games and virtual reality into their curriculum. Open to WLE faculty and Graduate students. Email Dr. Kessler ( for more info.

Guest Speaker: Daniel Trego

Friday, April 1st, 2022 from 1:30 - 2:30pm (virtual)

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Guest Speaker Mr. Daniel Trego gives a virtual lecture on how language teachers can integrate podcasting their their teaching methods. Open to WLE faculty and Graduate students. Email Dr. Kessler ( for more info.

Literature Voyage inspired by the “Tenth Muse”

Wednesday, March 30th at 5:00PM in the OMA backspace (MSC 3300)

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Literature Voyage inspired by the “Tenth Muse” is an on-campus event hosted by the Spanish Graduate Student Association in partnership with OMA and the Institute on the Study of Latin America and the Caribbean (ISLAC).

Acompáñanos por un viaje literario con una de las mujeres Méxicanas más influyentes en la historia y la cultura latinoamericanas, Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz.

Approaches to Digital Discourse Analysis Conference - (ADDA 3)

Early bird registration deadline: February 28th, 2022
Conference dates: May 13th through May 15th, 2022

The 3rd Approaches to Digital Discourse Analysis Conference (ADDA 3) will be held at the St. Petersburg campus of the University of South Florida (USF). This conference aims to bring together researchers interested in the analysis of digital discourse from different disciplines, approaches and traditions. Thus, it seeks to foster state-of-the-art debates and discussions on this burgeoning field of research and provide opportunities for multidisciplinary and critical reflection. This is the first time the ADDA conference will be held in the US, following the ADDA 1 (Valencia, 2015) and ADDA 2 (Turku, 2019) conferences.


Hispanic Writers in the United States IV

Friday, February 25th, 2022 from 1:30 - 2:30pm (virtual)

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“Hispanic Writers in the United States IV" 👩‍💻Honoring Women’s Month! (via Teams)

All are invited! Many thanks to the Spanish Graduate Student Association for their hard work on this.

Here is the Teams link for the event!

Guest Speaker: Paula Winke

Friday, February 25th, 2022 from 1:30 - 2:30pm (virtual)

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Guest Speaker Dr. Paula Winke gives a virtual lecture on online assessment options for language teachers. Open to WLE faculty and Graduate students. Email Dr. Kessler ( for more info.

Conversando Con Estudiantes de USF

Thursday, February 24th, 2022 at 4:30pm (virtual)

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Virtual event to as Dr. Bárbara Abadia-Rexach any questions!

Buscando Fecha en el Calendario

Wednesday, February 23rd, 2022 at 5pm (virtual)

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Virtual event with Dr. Bárbara Abadia-Rexach to celebrate Black Heritage Month with AfroLatinidades. Click image for the full flyer, which contains a link to the Teams meeting.


Renoir, Lang, and Murnau: European Film Directors in the Hollywood Studio System

Thursday, December 2nd, 2021 (Virtual)

A special virtual event presentation on European Film Directors (from the 40’s) with Janet Bergstrom! 🎥🎬

European Film Directors in the Hollywood System

Aula Abierta: Carl Jung y Su Influencia en la Vanguardia- Con Alexander Torres, PhD.

29 de Noviembre a las 2:00pm, en CPR 254

Invita: Clase de Poesía Latinoamericana Contemporánea.
(Carl Jung and his influence on the Avante-Guarde).

Carl Jung Influence on the Avante-Guard

 To The Ends of the World: Werner Herzog's Ice Capades (w/ GermanyinUSA).

 Tuesday, November 23rd, 2021 @ 3:30pm. Location: BSN 1100

German Movie Lecture Event

“To the Ends of the World: Werner Herzog’s Ice Capades” Lecture by Dr. Will Lehman, Western Carolina University. Open to all USF students, faculty, and staff as well as the greater Tampa community.

Will Lehman is Professor of German, Spanish, and International Studies and the head of the Department of World Languages at Western Carolina University. He has authored several articles and book chapters on the German filmmaker Werner Herzog. He is also the lead developer of several language-related web applications.

This lecture is part of the 2021 Campus Weeks Campaign sponsored by the Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany

 Hispanic Writers in the United States pt. III (w/ the USF SPANISH GRADUATE STUDENT ASSOCIATION)

Friday, October 15th, 2021 from 6:00pm - 7:30pm via Microsoft Teams (Virtual).

Virtual Event! Come meet & greet three prominent, amazing Hispanic Writers this Friday evening! Topics that will be discussed include: the Miami literary scene, Immigration, Diaspora and Identity in Literature, and Writing in Spanish in the U.S.

Hispanic Writers in the U.S. pt 3

Tampa Bay Latin International FILM FESITVAL

Saturday, October 2nd, 2021.
Location: Warehouse Arts District St. Pete
Time: 6pm music, 8pm movies

2021 Latin Film Festival

Here's the full flyer!


Southeast Conderence for Languages, Literatures, and Film (SCFLLF) 2020

March 6th, through March 7th, 2020

USF and USF-SP hosted the 24th biennial Southeast Conference for Languages, Literatures, and Film ( For almost forty years, the conference has been a venue that brings together scholars from a variety of fields in the Humanities. This year the conference again attracted national and international scholars who shared their research on topics dealing with non-English languages, literatures, and film. Dr. Barbara Mennel (University of Florida) presented the keynote address “Women at Work in 21st Century European Film.”

The main organizers of SCFLLF 2020: Dr. Will Lehman, Dr. Margit Grieb, and Dr. Yves Clemmen (from left).

The main organizers of SCFLLF 2020: Dr. Will Lehman, Dr. Margit Grieb, and Dr. Yves Clemmen (from left).


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 MIND HER WORDS / PIDO LA PALABRA: A Reading of Hispanic and Latino Fiction and Poetry

A group of students and professors attending Pido La Palabra
A group of students and professors attending Pido La Palabra







Faculty and students performed bilingual readings of poems and fiction by Hispanic/Latina writers. More than 40 people were in attendance! 

 Russian Traditional End of Winter Festival Maslenitsa

Poster for the Maslenitsa event

March 8, 2020
3pm - 6pm
USF Riverfront Park

USF's Russian Club and Department of World Languages hosted the Russian traditional end of winter festival, Maslenitsa. All were welcome to come and try Russian foods including Russian Bliny, they listened to Russian songs, watched a puppet show in Russian Language, and participated in various competitions.

Get to Know the Arabic Language

Wednesday, February 19th 2020
MSC 2709 - 5:15pm - 7:00pm

Salam, dear friends! This event observed the history of the Arabic Language, its impart in the world, and transcendence into the realm of religion, literature, and arts. There were presentations of beautiful Arabic Poetry of the great Andalusian poet Ibn Zaydun and the princess Wallada, that narrated their amazing love story. Amazing Mediterranean food was served and all USF students were welcome!

Golden Gates: Russian Folk Culture Presentations

Poster for the Golden Gates:Russian Folk Culture Presentations

February 12, 2020
11:00-12:15 (MSC 3707) & 2:30-3:20 (MSC 3709) 

Golden Gates, a cultural youth exchange program, offered audiences an entertaining and authentic glimpse into Russian folklore through music, song, and dance. The group performed with traditional Russian instruments and the repertoire represented the rich cultural diversity, ranging from humorous couplets, to sophisticated lyrical suites, and dynamic dance numbers.

  Guest Speaker: Professor Ellen Nerenberg

Wednesday, January 22nd, 2020 - 3:30pm at Marshall Center 3709

Professor Nerenberg is Hollis Professor of Romance Languages and Literatures, as well as Professor of Italian at Wesleyan University. She is the president of the American Association for Italian Studies. Her lecture was titled "For Personal Reasons: Pathways of Nostalgia in Paolo Sorrentino's Television and Cinema". Refreshments were provided by the Italian Club from Mazarro's Italian Market.

Introduction to Court Interpreting Workshop

November 14, 2019
CPR 459 1:00-2:00pm

 In collaboration with the Thirteenth Judicial Circuit, we hosted a workshop Introduction to Court Interpreting. Students learned about new opportunities in the field and how to navigate the certification process. All the WLE students were welcome. 

 Deutschland - Wunderbar Together

Six military officers from several military branches are gathered together for the Wunderbar together event. They are standing outside under a tree while smiling at the camera.

This year, Germany is celebrating "Deutschland -- Wunderbar together" to highlight its historic and ongoing transatlantic relationship with the US. On April 1, 2019, Dr. Margit Grieb and Dr. Stephan K. Schindler, in cooperation with Lt. Col. Benjamin Schleider from the German Embassy, organized an event welcoming a contingency of young officers from several military branches who gave short presentations on Germany, NATO, and the European Union and engaged in dialogues with some sixty USF students in the audience.


More old archived events can also be found here and here.


November 15, 2018

The German Section at USF and the German Culture Club welcomed students, faculty, and staff to join in a day of activities showcasing the talents and interests of students studying German at USF and area High Schools. All activities were generously sponsored by the German Embassy in Washington, DC, as part of their annual “Campus Weeks” campaign.


October 20, 2017 @ 11am in CWY 206

The German Section of USF hosted another sucessful German day at USF, this years theme was "Germany Making Choices". Pictured above are winners of the poetry, poster, and video contest -- along with volunteers Dr. Grieb, Dr. Huber, Dr. Schindler, and Honorary Consul Norma Henning. The event is sponsored by the Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany in Washington, DC.To learn more check out the annual campaign Campus Weeks.


October 28, 2016, 11am in CWY 206

German Day will feature activities showcasing the talents of students studying German at USF. All activities are generously sponsored by the German Embassy in Washington, DC, as part of their annual “Campus Weeks” campaign. This year, the theme and focus is “Germany meets the US,” a celebration of centuries of German/US relations.

 Public Lecture by Dr. Rosamond Mitchell (University of Southampton, UK)

November 12, 2015

The Department of World Languages was pleased to welcome Dr. Mitchell, who presented "Multilingualism in Study Abroad: Language Practices and Communities". She discussed how tradtional views of study abroad as a mono-cultural 'immersion' experience are outdated, arguing for a reconceptualization of study abroad as a multilingual arena with its own distinctive hybrid cultural practices.

Zoominations at Lowry Park Zoo- Collaboration with Chinese section

The WLE Chinese section is conducting cultural training for the Lowry Park Zoo to help them prepare for a major Chinese performance display, called Zoominations, in collaboration with Chinese partners. We are working with them to train employees of the zoo how to better interact with and host their Chinese partners. The lantern festival begins February 28, 2015 and continues for 3 months. 

 German Post-War Film Discussion Fall 2015

Dr. Will Lehman presented "Werner Herzog Since the Fall of the Wall: A Filmic Evolution" on Thursday, November 12, 2015 in the Grace Allen Room. This lecture was sponsored by the Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany and the Department of World Languages.


Friday, October 23, 2015 12:30pm in CWY 206

The German section and the German Culture Club invites students, faculty and staff to join us in a day of activities showcasing the talents and interests of students studying German at Tampa Bay area high schools, as well as USF students. All activities are generously sponsored by the German Embassy in Washington, DC, as part of their annual "Campus Weeks" campaign.

This year the theme and focus is "25 Years of German Unity."
German Day will feature a poetry slam, poster contest, free refreshments, T-shirt give-away for the first 50 students, and free raffle with prizes.

Kaffeestunde Fall 2015

The German section has been hosting monthly informal gatherings of German students and instructors to discuss all things German in German and English.

Lehrerfortbildungstag -Workshop für High School und College DaF-Lehrer

Samstag, 25 April, 2015
10—16 Uhr
487 Cooper Hall

Materialien, Strategien und aktuelle Themen für den DaF-Unterricht inklusive “Certificate of Completion”, Getränke und Mittagessen für alle Teilnehmer. Anmeldungen bitte an Margit Grieb ( bis zum 13. April schicken. Teilnahmebeitrag $10 (Anweisung zum Zahlungsweg in E-mail-Bestätigung).


The German Section of the Department of World Languages celebrated another German Day on Nov. 14, 2014. The special theme of this year’s event was the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall. Over 150 students studying German at Tampa Bay area high schools and at USF showcased their poster projects and performed in a poetry jam.

The Consul General of the Federal Republic of Germany, Jürgen Borsch, and Honorary Consul Norma Henning participated in the festivities, as did the faculty of the German section and several volunteers. Two other events were held in remembrance of this special anniversary: On Nov. 13, 2014 Dr. Will Lehman presented a lecture entitled “The Wall in Film” and on Sept. 23, 2014, there was a film screening of The Lives of Others. All events were sponsored by the Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany in Washington, DC.