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Department of Modern Languages and Literatures News


A Sweet Celebration of Global Diversity

Marking the commencement of the new academic year, the International Fellows, under the supervision of Blanca Tyler, organized the much-anticipated International Desserts Night. Hailing from Argentina, Germany, France, Morocco, China, Russia, Japan, and Italy, the fellows not only animate the Language Houses throughout the year, but they also transformed the Landrum Hall with vibrant colors, tantalizing aromas, and diverse flavors representing cultures from across the globe.

Diversity, Inclusion, Global Citizenship, and Intercultural Communication: Baylee Easterday (HISP, Winter '21) Builds Bridges

Baylee manages to multiply herself and teach English to immigrants and refugees at the Washington English Center, and to both professionals and K-12 students at a Korea-based startup. Her main activity, however, consists of implementing the State Department’s International Visitor Leadership Program, and developing programs and opportunities to bring foreign leaders to the US in support of US foreign policy goals. At the IVLP, Baylee was recently promoted to Senior Program Associate.

William & Mary Hispanic Studies graduate Tom Plant
Researching Mis/Disinformation Globally: Tom Plant (HISP '22) Receives Fulbright Research Award

Estonia is the next destination of PBK inductee Tom J. Plant (HISP & IR ’22).  Thanks to a most prestigious and extremely competitive Fulbright Research Award, Tom, currently an analyst at Valens Global, will spend 9 months designing and analyzing wargames as media literacy for national defense that can serve address the dangers of mis/disinformation as a national security threat.

Undergraduate Research Showcase

On Friday, April 7, the Department of Modern Languages & Literatures hosted our annual spring event, the Undergraduate Research Showcase, in Blow 332. We were excited to have seven presenters and five wonderful presentations from the Chinese, French/Francophone, and Russian studies programs.

Kaleidophonic Modernity

Prof. Brehm's new book Kaleidophonic Modernity (Fordham UP, 2023) explores the development of mechanical sound recording technology in the nineteenth century by charting the orbits of writers, scientists, and artists in France and the United States.

Meet Álvaro Garrote Pascual, Assistant Professor of Hispanic Studies

The Hispanic Studies program caught up with Dr. Álvaro Garrote Pascual, the newest tenure hire in Hispanic Studies, after his first full semester teaching at William & Mary. Dr. Garrote Pascual is an Assistant Professor of Hispanic Studies. Here is what he has shared about his work and first months at W&M, during the Fall 2022 semester.

Did Someone Say Karaoke?!

More than twenty-five students participated in a lively Karaoke Night hosted by Japanese House on Thursday, November 30.

Starring New Faculty

Dr. Deborah Lee-Ferrand is now a Lecturer in French & Francophone Studies

Exciting Faculty Research

Our faculty are constantly engaging in new research, pushing the boundaries of knowledge on issues of pressing importance to the contemporary world.

MLL Graduation Ceremony 2022

The Department of Modern Languages & Literatures honored its 2022 graduates at a ceremony on May 21st.

New Book Publication by Lu Ann Homza

Please join me in congratulating Lu Ann Homza on the publication of her book: Village Infernos and Witches’ Advocates: Witch-Hunting in Navarre, 1608-1614, published January 19, 2022 by Pennsylvania State University Press.