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Opening Chapel and Pizza Lunch!!!

0 Commentsby   |  08.28.13  |  Announcement

Hello all Language/Literature majors!!  Thursday, Aug. 29th, is our opening departmental chapel with FREE PIZZA lunch thereafter in the Core classroom.  Make sure to tell all your departmental friends and come to the feast!

Culp Professor Reading This Tuesday Nite!

0 Commentsby   |  03.02.13  |  Announcement, Events and Readings


Join Dr. Chris Willerton for the 5h Annual Culp Professor Reading. It is now a tradition in our department that each year the current Culp Professor shares some of his or her research. The Culp Professor, who is appointed for a 3-year term, spends time researching and writing a project with the aim of publishing. The reading  becomes a venue to demonstrate over the course of 60 minutes that learning can be both illuminating and fun.

At last year’s event English faculty played a live game of Clue to complement Dr. Willerton’s research into the art of the detective novel. This year different faculty members will perform a radio script murder mystery.

Come on out for what is sure to be a fun evening!


“Amazing” Poet Reads Thursday Night

0 Commentsby   |  02.20.13  |  Announcement

Poet Greg Brownderville, author of the 2011 poetry collection Gust, will read from his work Thursday, Feb. 21, at 8 p.m. in the Core Classroom.

In his lush like kudzu lines Brownderville narrates stories of Ozark holy rollers, backwood voodoo rituals, tornadoes touching down, gigging for frogs on the brown river and more, stirred to a boil by the voice of a young man coming of age and trying to figure out what it all means.

The write-up at summarizes the sweep and modus operandi of these poems well:

Brownderville commands the complex eloquence of Southerners who love not only local color but also high-flown rhetoric. Instead of reinforcing stereotypes about rural folks’ thought and speech, he challenges our assumptions by presenting real life as a festival of mixed diction.

Highlights include a press conference with a bizarrely poetic rural sheriff, a Zimbabwean meter never before employed in English, a rock and roll song interrupted by a Walmart intercom, and poems about the exploitation of Italians in Arkansas cotton fields.

A native of Pumpkin Bend, Arkansas, Brownderville is an Assistant Professor of English at Southern Methodist University. He will be on campus on Friday as well and will speak to sections of American Lit classes taught by Prof. Jeremy Elliot. On Saturday the poet will give a noon reading at the CCTE conference being hosted by our department in the Hunter Welcome Center.

Announcing the ACU Undergraduate Research Festival

0 Commentsby   |  12.05.12  |  Advising Information, Announcement

The 5th Annual ACU Undergraduate Research Festival will be Thursday and Friday, April 4 and 5, 2013. We hope several of our majors can participate in the festival this year.Applications are due by February 8th. Submissions will be accepted beginning January 14th.   If you are interested in participating, please contact Paul Varner at
Find updated info at:,
or visit their website:

Master of Arts Program in International Relations and Cultural Diplomacy

0 Commentsby   |  09.19.11  |  Announcement, French, International Studies Major, Programs, Spanish Majors, Spanish Minors, Study Abroad

The Institute for Cultural Diplomacy in Cooperation with Dubrovnik International University

(Berlin and Dubrovnik, October 11th, 2011) 

(www.icd-masterprogram.orgApplication Form>


The Institute for Cultural Diplomacy and Dubrovnik International University (DIU) are pleased to announce the graduate Master of Arts program in International Relations and Cultural Diplomacy. Offered by DIU in partnership with the ICD, the program will combine the traditional academic components of international relations with a new focus on the role of soft power and cultural diplomacy in contemporary global affairs.


The Degree
While the study of political science has been a cherished tradition of academia, the developments outlined above demand the identification of entirely new theories and models. An understanding of the challenges faced by the contemporary world requires an interdisciplinary approach; International Relations and Diplomacy should not be understood only as disciplines of Political Science or Political Theory, but also be interpreted from the perspective of art and culture, economics, law, and other social sciences.


Further information about the program curriculum is found under:


The Online Degree

In order to provide access to this MA degree to those applicants who are not able to travel to Berlin and Dubrovnik for the MA degree (such as professionals or diplomats with full time jobs) we have developed  an online version of the MA in International Relations and Cultural Diplomacy. This degree would follow the same structure and curriculum of the on-site Masters Degree offered through the two institutions; however would be completely administered online and offered to those who could not physically come to Berlin or Dubrovnik. This program, like the on-site program, will be facilitated in English. For more information about this online degree, please contact us at:



DIU and the ICD do not consider any one element of an application exclusively. Rather, our admissions panel considers academic achievement as well as personal qualities such as strength of character, motivation and the ability and willingness to take on new academic challenges. Additional factors, such as essays, letters of recommendation, and interviews are also a vital part of the admissions process. Our aim is to attract students from a variety of backgrounds and countries that will foster a unique and diverse learning environment.


Further information is found under:


For further information please contact us under



The Institute for Cultural Diplomacy


The Institute for Cultural Diplomacy is an international, not-for-profit, non-governmental organization with headquarters in Berlin, Germany. The goal of the ICD is to promote global peace and stability by strengthening and supporting intercultural relations at all levels. Over the past decade the ICD has grown to become one of Europe’s largest independent cultural exchange organizations, hosting programs that facilitate interaction among individuals of all cultural, academic, and professional backgrounds, from across the world.


Please address any additional queries to


With warm regards and gratitude,


Mark Donfried

Director & Founder


Institute for Cultural Diplomacy (ICD)

Ku´damm Karree (3rd Floor/Hochhaus)

Kurfürstendamm 207-8 Berlin, Germany-10719

Phone: 00.49.(0)30.2360-7680

Fax: 00.49.(0)30.2360-76811


Spanish Labs


0 Commentsby   |  08.22.11  |  Announcement, Spanish Majors, Spanish Minors

We are tentatively looking for three to four people to assist us in FLSP 111 labs. The lab is for Beginning Spanish, and your duties would consist of assisting students with grammar and vocabulary questions, completing online homework, proctoring exams and fulfilling “I Can Do…” speaking activities.

Lab times are tentatively scheduled for TR 3-6pm, but that may change, depending on student’s ability to come at least once a week during these times. Your hours are also negotiable: you don’t have to be able to work the entire time. Also, our budget is not yet set, so we don’t know how many people we can hire, nor for how many hours a week. We hope to get a budget by Friday and be able to sort all this out then.
Email for more information.


0 Commentsby   |  03.29.11  |  Announcement, Chapel, French, International Studies Major, Spanish Majors, Spanish Minors, Study Abroad

The North American Christian Foreign Language Association is holding its annual conference here at ACU. It will be held mostly in the Hunter Welcome Center, from Thursday 4/7 through Saturday 4/9. Things of general interest include:

  • Dr. Susan Felch, from Calvin College, will be the plenary speaker on Thursday evening.
  • Multi-lingual devotionals on Friday and Saturday morning, possibly may get additional Chapel credit (still looking into it).
  • Two sessions devoted to Study Abroad on Saturday morning. Would be of great value for those remotely interested in study abroad.
  • For students in a foreign language class, possible additional credit or replacement of low scores on an assignment for attending a session and completing an activity associated with it (check with your instructor).

See the entire program at

Spanish Studies Program @ Instituto Franklin

0 Commentsby   |  02.15.11  |  Announcement, Programs, Spanish Majors, Spanish Minors, Study Abroad


FALL 2011


PROGRAM DATES: Sep. 1 – Dec. 16, 2011

LOCATION: Alcalá de Henares, Madrid (SPAIN)

The University of Alcalá was founded in 1499 by Cardinal Cisneros. It is one of the oldest universities in Europe. UNESCO granted the University the distinction of World Heritage Site in 1998.


  • Academic registration: 12-15 credits to choose from the Spanish Studies Program offer and/or regular courses at the University of Alcalá
  • Credits issued by the University of Alcalá
  • Cultural activities in all courses, such as visits to museums, corporate visits, governmental institutions, etc, which provide students with a challenging learning environment
  • University of Alcalá student ID
  • We offer medical, travel and third party damages insurance to requesting students
  • Orientation sessions
  • Guided tour of Alcalá
  • Guided tour of Madrid
  • Transportation to and from the airport
  • University services: computer room, libraries, sport complex and all university services
  • On site coordinator which supervises students´ stay and helps them with any issues which may arise during the program
  • 24h emergency on-call service
  • Homestay with families (including three meals/day and laundry service once a week). Our families have much experience working with students and helping them integrate into Spanish culture
  • Spanish tutor who meets individually with students to help them with language acquisition and questions
  • Volunteering opportunities for interested students throughout the semester


  • Spanish courses for all levels: from beginners to near-native fluency
  • Courses in the areas of international relations, history, culture and civilization, business, literature, and courses for bilingual students
  • The Spanish Studies Program is accredited by the University of Alcalá, and evaluated externally every semester by ICE (Instituto de Ciencias de la Educación) as well as by internal evaluations

For more information:

Enter the ACTFL Video Podcast Contest and shine during Discover Languages Month

0 Commentsby   |  11.02.10  |  Announcement, Dialektos, French, International Studies Major, Programs, Spanish Majors, Spanish Minors

$500 prize for contest winner!

This year’s theme of the ACTFL National Video Podcast Contest is “Why I am a 21st Century Learner.” Open to currently enrolled world language students in grades K-16. All entries will be displayed for the world to see. Selected winners can win up to $500 and will be featured on ACTFL’s website and in the February issue of “The Language Educator.” The deadline is Dec. 20. Find out more and check out last year’s winners.

Joint Nov 16 Dept Chapel w/ Fred Asare and POLS

0 Commentsby   |  11.01.10  |  Announcement, Chapel, French, International Studies Major, Spanish Majors, Spanish Minors

Memo:  All majors, minors and professors

We have combined our Dept chapel with POLS in order to host Professor Fred Asare from the Village of Hope.  Don’t miss this faith-challenging opportunity.  His topic focus:  Psalm 2.  Meeting location to follow…probably Admin 103.