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All events related to our department (not including student clubs) are for current USF students only unless stated otherwise.

2019-2020 Events

Southeast Conderence for Languages, Literatures, and Film (SCFLLF) 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.”

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

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