Foreign Languages and Literatures

Professor Ed McDonald

May 7, 2012

Professor of German Ed McDonald Lives to Learn

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At the end of each semester, Ed McDonald usually poses the same question to his students: “Who learned the most in this course?”  He finds it amusing how students tend to look at him somewhat bewildered until they hear him exclaim, “That’s me!” McDonald has received satisfaction over the years from researching the ever-changing course [...]

skillman

May 1, 2012

Lafayette Honors Students for Academic Excellence

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Lafayette honored more than 120 students for academic excellence at the annual All-College Honors Convocation April 29 in Colton Chapel. Awards and prizes recognized outstanding academic success in all four of Lafayette’s academic divisions—engineering, humanities, natural sciences, and social sciences. This spring, 47 students will join Phi Beta Kappa, the oldest and most respected undergraduate [...]

Professor Li Yang teaches a class in Pardee Hall.

April 9, 2012

Chinese Professor Li Yang Opens World of Possibility for Students

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Li Yang believes in setting a high bar for her students. And apparently her teaching style pays off. Students in her introductory Chinese course begin class not knowing a single word and end the semester narrating self-portrait videos in the language. As Yang emphasizes to her students, Chinese isn’t impossible to learn. Yang, assistant professor [...]

Professor Margarete Lamb-Faffelberger teaches a class in Max Kade Center for German Studies.

March 21, 2012

Lafayette Will Host Second Annual Undergraduate Research Conference in German Studies

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Lafayette will host the second annual Undergraduate Research Conference in German Studies Saturday, March 24, in Pardee Hall room 429. Organized by Lafayette’s Max Kade Center for German Studies and Moravian College, the conference will feature presentations by 22 students from Lafayette, Allegheny, Bryn Mawr, Franklin & Marshall, Haverford, Lehigh, Old Dominion, and University of [...]

Alison Finn '14, who received a Foreign Language and Area Studies Fellowship from the U.S. Department of Education, also studied in Turkey.

December 6, 2011

A Focus on Global Education: Lafayette Is Expanding Its Language Offerings in Chinese, Japanese, and Arabic

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Earlier this year, Mikhail Gorbachev’s visit to campus celebrated the “groundbreaking” of Lafayette’s planned Oechsle Center for Global Education. His visit and the new center are two of many steps the College is taking to integrate global education throughout the curriculum, including a significantly revised major in international affairs and more opportunities to study abroad. [...]

Laura Goldberg ’12 in Würzburg, Germany

November 8, 2011

As a DAAD Young Ambassador, Laura Goldberg ’12 Combines Her Passions for German and Biology

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By Michele Tallarita ’12 Laura Goldberg ’12 (Skillman, N.J.) is passionate about German and biology, and she can trace both of those passions back to her roots. “First of all, my mom is originally from Germany (near Hanover), and my aunt still lives in Düsseldorf,” says Goldberg.  “Therefore, growing up I attended German school every [...]

Rachel Davidson ’13, Diane Ahl, and Rado Pribic have organized the International Conference on Nazi-Looted Art.

October 17, 2011

College Will Host International Conference on Nazi-Looted Art Oct. 26-28

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Lafayette will host an international conference Oct. 26-28 exploring the global, historical, ethical, and legal issues surrounding Nazi-looted art during World War II. The conference is organized by Diane Cole Ahl, Rothkopf Professor of Art History, Rado Pribic, Williams Professor of Languages and chair of international affairs, and EXCEL Scholar Rachel Davidson ’13 (Bethesda, Md.), [...]

The Colosseum

August 11, 2011

Students Immerse Themselves in Italian Language and Culture by Living in Rome

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This summer, 18 Lafayette students took advantage of a six-week, faculty-led immersion program in Rome to improve their Italian language skills and learn about Italy’s rich culture. Students lived in small groups in apartments spread throughout the city. Each student spent five hours per day, four days per week, studying Italian from beginner to advanced [...]

Michelle Geoffrion-Vinci

June 7, 2011

Professor Michelle Geoffrion-Vinci Named Spanish Teacher of the Year

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Michelle Geoffrion-Vinci did not always want to be a teacher. “When I started college, I majored in economics and Spanish with the idea of becoming some sort of international financier,” says the associate professor of foreign languages and literatures. It was not until Geoffrion-Vinci served as a teaching assistant for a Spanish class that she [...]

Rachel Davidson ’13, Diane Ahl, and Rado Pribic have organized the International Conference on Nazi-Looted Art.

June 3, 2011

Rachel Davidson ’13 Helps Organize International Conference on Nazi-Looted Art

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Ever since elementary school, Rachel Davidson ’13 (Bethesda, Md.) has been interested in the Holocaust. Her maternal grandfather, Erwin Schwager, escaped his hometown of Munich, Germany, the day before Kristallnacht, the infamous Nazi-instigated “Night of Broken Glass” in 1938 when Jewish businesses, synagogues, and homes were destroyed. Schwager’s brother escaped to Israel, but their parents [...]