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The faculty and staff of W&M’s Department of Modern Languages & Literatures expresses our concern and condolences to the victims of the September 8, 2023 earthquake in Morocco, and send a message of solidarity to the people of Morocco.

 بالنيابة عن قسم الدراسات العربية، نود أن نعبر عن حزننا وأخلص تعازينا للشعب المغربي العظيم جراء الزلزال المدمر الذي راح ضحيته الآلاف من المغاربة الأسبوع الماضي. صحيح أن هذا الزلزال خلف خسائر بشرية ومادية كبيرة، ولكنه لم يدمر روح الالتحام والتآزر عند الشعب المغربي الذي سوف يتجاوز هاته المحنة كسابقاتها من المحن. وفي مثل هاته الأوقات العصيبة، لا يسعنا إلا أن نقول: إنا لله وإنا إليه راجعون.


 Nous tenons à exprimer notre tristesse et toute notre solidarité avec le peuple marocain

 Enviamos un abrazo solidario al pueblo marroquí a raíz del terremoto devastador. Estamos con vosotros. 


Мы выражаем наши соболезнования и солидарность с народом Мoрокко.

For those of you who would like to make a contribution towards relief efforts:

World Central Kitchen – Donations here provide fresh meals to those in need.

CARE and Global Citizen - Visit here to donate to CARE.

UNICEF - To donate: donations page.

The world is diverse and speaks many languages, each of which represents distinct spheres of knowledge and life experiences. The William & Mary mission states: “We cultivate creative thinkers, principled leaders, and compassionate global citizens equipped for lives of meaning and distinction ... We create a welcoming and caring community that embraces diverse people and perspectives. ... We engage diverse perspectives and seek wisdom in bridging differences. Together, we are unceasing in our efforts to make a meaningful difference in our communities, the state, the nation, and the world.” In fulfillment of this mission, students today more than ever before must be prepared to thrive in a linguistically and culturally diverse world. Through its eight intensive language and culture programs, the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures serves as the central site at William & Mary for implementing the university’s global reach, commitment to diversity, and training in intercultural understanding and expertise. Affirmation of linguistic diversity and the fundamental indivisibility of linguistic and cultural knowledge is central to MLL’s dual mission of teaching and research. Read more.  

The Department of Modern Languages traces its beginnings to a professorship established by Thomas Jefferson in 1779. Today that single professorship has grown to nearly 50 faculty members offering programs in: