The Department of European Languages, Literatures, and Cultures fosters research and teaching in modern and classical European languages, literatures, and cultures at the undergraduate and graduate levels, in native languages and in translation.

The Department prepares students for professional training, graduate study, and for a global market in which knowledge of other languages and cultures is increasingly essential.

The Department offers programs in Classical Civilization, European Studies, French, German, Italian, Italian American, Medieval Studies, and Russian Studies.

News & Announcements
Thursday 25th February 2016, 4:00 – 5:00 p.m.
The Humanities Institute, Humanities Rm. 1008
Visions of “La grande Somalia”: Fashioning Culture and History in Italian East Africa
Lee Cassanelli (University of Pennsylvania)

Thursday 3rd March 2016, 4:00 – 5:00 p.m.
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The Blackening of East Africans in Italian Ethnographic Discourse, 1890-1940
David Forgacs (New York University)

Thursday 24th March 2016, 4:00 – 5:00 p.m.
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Colonialism and Coloniality in the Political Thought of Amharic-speaking Intellectuals, 1900s-1960s
Sara Marzagora (SOAS, University of London) 
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Why Study European Cultures and Languages?


There are many motivations to learn a new language. It might be an interest in international travel and a desire to connect with the culture of the country on a deeper level, or it might be to improve their career prospects and employability.

In an increasingly competitive and international job market, European languages are increasingly valuable to employers. From an employer's perspective, to build and deliver sustainable growth in the world of international business, multilingual graduates are a key asset to capitalise on opportunities for growth in overseas markets. (adapted from The March 5, 2015)


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