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International Experiences Inspire Student's Passion for Languages



Annie Rhodes ’14 had her first study abroad experience at age eight—in a village elementary school in Ancient Corinth when her family moved to Greece. While she remembers being apprehensive in a classroom where she could not speak or understand the language, she said she quickly made friends, learned passing Greek, and discovered a passion for travel and language.

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Alumnus Finds Inspiration in Spanish Major

Author: Carrie Gates

Thomas Mann

As a Notre Dame undergraduate, Thomas Mann ’14 was not always sure what career path he wanted to follow. That’s why his liberal arts education was so valuable, he said, because it gave him the freedom to explore different disciplines and find his niche. Mann, who was a scholar in the Glynn Family Honors Program, majored in Spanish, Arts and Letters Pre-Health, and sociology. It was in his Spanish coursework, he said, that he found his passion.

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Working with Latino Communities Leads to Fulfilling Career

Author: Mary Kate Martin

Liz Young ’11

“Everyone has a story, and some people aren’t given the opportunity to share theirs—whether it’s because they don’t have the language ability or because social circumstances don’t give them a chance,” said Liz Young ’11. Young came to Notre Dame knowing she wanted to major in Spanish, but also wanting to explore and better understand human behavior. Through community-based learning coursework, she found her calling in a career in service.

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Department of Romance Languages and Literatures Offers Computer-Enhanced and Online Italian Courses

Author: Carrie Gates

Alessia Blad

Notre Dame undergraduate students interested in studying Italian now have more flexibility than ever before. The Department of Romance Languages and Literatures successfully launched a series of computer-enhanced Italian courses over the last year, combining a traditional classroom environment with online instruction. The department also offered an online-only beginning Italian class during the summer of 2014.

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Creole, Quechua, Catalan Courses Provide Foundation for Research, Service

Author: Aaron Smith


The University of Notre Dame’s Department of Romance Languages and Literatures offers majors in French, Italian, and Spanish, and a minor in Portuguese, but students also have access to the less widely studied languages of Creole, Quechua, and Catalan. The ability to communicate in these languages is crucial to understanding the cultures, histories, and modern-day complexities of the societies in which they are spoken, said Thomas Anderson, department chair and professor of Spanish.

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Haitian Studies Association 26th Annual Conference Migration, Crossing Boundaries, Paths Forward

Author: Sara Nunley

Haitian Studies Association 26th Annual Conference
Migration, Crossing Boundaries, Paths Forward

November 6-8, 2014

Professor Marisel Moreno, Professor Alison Rice, and Professor Elena Mangione-Lora will present on several topics listed here:

November 7, 2014, 10:55am - 12:10pm

Session 1-A: Transnational Haitian Identities: The Exotic and the Erotic in the Work of Dany Laferrière

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Kellogg Institute Photo Contest

Author: Sara Nunley

The Kellogg Institute for International Studies held a University-wide photo contest to discover compelling photographs of contemporary Haiti. Open to University of Notre Dame students, alumni, faculty, and staff, the contest focused on the HSA conference theme: “Migration, Crossing Boundaries, Paths Forward.”

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