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The Language & Culture Department offers many events to demonstrate the importance of language in today’s world.

In the events archive at the bottom of the page, you can see past events and study trips the department has hosted and you can also see all the fun and exciting events the department has planned.

National Foreign Language Creative Writing Contest, Spring 2017

The Department of Language & Culture is hosting a creative writing contest for undergraduate and high school students. The topic is "Life Through Languages"; entries in the following languages will be accepted: Spanish, Japanese, Chinese, French, Korean, Arabic, and American Sign Language. Stories, essays, and plays may be up to 1000 words or less. Poems may be up to 50 lines or less. ASL entries may be submitted in video form, 3 minutes or less

The contest deadline is March 31, 2017. Submissions can be sent to Please include your name, school, email address, phone number, and title of work(s) submitted in your submission email.

Please download the official flyer for the 2017 National Foreign Language Writing Contest here.

Experiencing Language and Culture First-Hand

Class field trips help students to immerse themselves in new cultural experiences.

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Annual International Language and Culture Festival

MSMU and the students of the Language & Culture Department host an annual International Language Festival. Participants include members of the community.

International Language and Culture Festival Gallery

Mount Saint Mary's University Women in China Lecture Series

A series of six free public lectures with noted Chinese scholars occurred during the course of 2012-2013. The lectures were made possible by a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities.

These lectures included:

"What Can Chinese Film Tell Us About Modern Chinese History?" By Zhiwei Xiao, Associate Professor of History, California State University, San Marcos.

This lecture examined how some of the most important issues in 20th century China, such as nationalism, tensions between tradition and modernity, and gender equality, are addressed in popular films. 

"The Way of Ways: Understanding Chinese Yinyang Thinking," by Robin Wang, Professor of Philosophy, Director of Asian and Pacific Studies, Loyola Marymount University.

The seminar offered a comprehensive account of the concept of Yin and Yang, including how it relates to our contemporary life.

"Women in Chinese History," by Ping Yao, Professor, Department of History, and Director, Asian and Asian American Studies, California State University, Los Angeles.

An overview of women's life and their domestic and societal roles from antiquity to 1912, including the practice of courtesanship, the practice of foot binding and women in Chinese religious tradition.

"Women of Classical Chinese Poetry," by Hu Ying, Associate Professor of Chinese Literature, Department of East Asian Languages and Literatures, University of California, Irvine.

Included the works of Li Qingzhao (12th century) and Qiu Jin (early 20th century), and the formation of the Chinese poetic canon.

"Empresses, Art and Agency," by Hui-shu Lee, Associate Professor of Art History, UCLA.

This lecture featured a comparison of historical depictions of women in Chinese art with those of women by modern and contemporary Chinese visual artists.

"Women in 20th Century Chinese Literature," by Shu-mei Shih, Professor, Comparative Literature/Asian Languages and Cultures/Asian American Studies, UCLA.

The lecture focused on the representation of women in 20th century Chinese literature in the context of major historical upheavals throughout history, including the Republican revolution, the Communist Revolution, the Cultural Revolution and Postsocialism.