Modern Languages and Literatures Events



Tuesday, February 20: Carnival Music and Dance Event




Wednesday, December 6: Dr. Saree Makdisi 

Dr. Saree Makdisi is a distinguished critic and professor of English literature at UCLA. 

The Meaning of Gaza Flyer Dr Saree Makdisi Professor of English Literature, Chair, English Department UCLA


Tuesday, April 13: Pelé Memorial Event 




Tuesday, February 19: Netflix Movie Screening: Roma




Thursday, November 10: Brazilian Music Event

brazilian music



Tuesday, May 1, 5 p.m. at Mary Pickford Auditorium Comedy in Spanish with English super-titles: "Dear Spectator"

A theater company is about to lose its venue: the audience no longer attends the theater as they used to. What to do? desperate times call for desperate measures... 



November 13 - Performing Foucault in the 21st Century.

Performing Foucault in the 21st Century



November 13 - The CMC Department of Modern Languages and Literatures and The Latin American Studies Draper Fund at Pomona College presents...

Our Lady of the Clouds


October 30 - Book publication presentation for Associate Professor Fazia Aitel, Assistant Professor Ghenwa Hayek and Visiting Associate Professor Mona Prince on Thursday, October 30, 2014, in Kravis 321, from 4:00 - 6:00 p.m.

Aitel, Hayek and Prince Book Covers

May 7 – Visiting Instructor Ester Hernandez is directing a theater performance in Spanish with supertitles in English. The play is the final performance of the SPAN 148 class, entitled Melodrama My Love, at Pitzer College, in Broad Performance Space, on May 7, 2014 at 7:00 pm. Please come by to support Ester and our students.

May 5, at 4:15 – Asst. Prof. Norman Valencia and Hillary Kaplan, Scripps College English Department, Poet and Translator of Brazilian poetry and fiction has invited Angelica Freitas to give a reading from her poetry book on Monday, May 5, at 4:15, in Kravis 164.

April 30 - Annual Dinner for Majors, see invitation below.

2014 Honors Invitation

Let's Go to Guantanamo!

April 21 - Lisa Hajjar, professor of sociology at the University of California - Santa Barbara, will be giving a lecture entitled "Let's Go to Guantanamo! An On-the-Ground Perspective of the 9/11 Trial on Monday, April 21 from 4:30 - 5:30 pm in Humanities 119, Scripps College. This event is cosponsored by Scripps College: Department of Anthropology and the Intercollegiate Department of Africana Studies, Pomona College: Department of History and the Department of Anthropology and Claremont McKenna College: Department of Modern Languages and Literatures and the Program in International Relations.

April 3 - There was a book publishing celebration and reception for Norman Valencia, assistant professor Portuguese and Spanish and Andrea Reyes, visiting assistant professor of Spanish on Thursday, April 3, in Kravis Center.

images from book publishing celebration

Left: Poster for Book Publishing Celebration. Top Right: Andrea Reyes, visiting assistant professor of Spanish and Norman Valencia, assistant professor of Portuguese and Spanish standing with their published books. Bottom Right: Attendees at event.



Fulbright winners in Modern Languages

The Department of Modern Languages and Literatures congratulates Carlos Rivas, Heather Siegel, Olivia Uranga, and Anna Cho, Fulbright Award winners for 2012-13. Nation-wide, over 7000 students applied for 1500 Fulbrights in teaching and research this year, and we are delighted that our students have been successful in winning this prestigious and highly competitive award.

Carlos Rivas, (CMC) a dual major in Spanish and Government, will be teaching English in Argentina. He took classes at CMC and also studied in Buenos Aires for a semester.

Heather Siegel, (CMC) Class of 2012 valedictorian and a double major in French and Government, will teach English in Belgium. She took upper-division courses in French every semester during her four years at CMC, and during her Junior year, studied at the Sorbonne in Paris. Heather wrote an honors thesis in French titled "Les ambitions de Sarkozy et le leadership français dans l’intervention en Libye de 2011". (Sarkozy's ambitions and French leadership in the 2011 intervention in Libya)

Olivia Uranga, (CMC) will teach English in Bahrain. She took the full complement of Arabic courses offered at CMC. Olivia studied abroad in Oman during the Spring 2011 semester and participated in the CMC Summer Program in Jordan in 2011.

Anna Cho (Scripps) will teach English in South Korea. She took the full complement of courses offered in Korean at CMC.

Cody Klock (Pitzer) will teach English in South Korea. She took Korean 33 at CMC.

Susie Lee (CMC), a double major in International Relations and Psychology, will teach English in South Korea. She took Korean 44 at CMC.



April 27 - Prof. Pablo Baler will speak at Pomona College, Oldenborg Luncheon Colloquium. His topic is "Identity Crisis: The Future of Art/The Art of the Future", Friday, April 27, 2012, 12:00-1:00 pm, in Oldenborg Dining Hall, south side

April 25 - A conversation with Javier Sicilia, Remembering the Nameless, Mexico's Failed War on Drugs, Rose Hills Theater, Smith Campus Center, Pomona College, at 7:00 pm



November 17, – Ross King, Colonial Korea and the Pleasures of Vicarious Book Collecting, The Secret Story of the Frederic McCormick Korean Collection, at the Athenaeum, 6:00 pm

November 15, – The Mexican Revolution through Music and Images, 7:00 pm in the Founders Room, revolutionary ballads (corridos) sung by Dr. Arjona and Fernando Losada (guitar)

October 31 - November 2, – Dia de los Muertos, altar decoration and dedication 11:00 am - 4:30 pm, organized by Spanish 33 students

October 4, – Maestro Soler, Homage to Federico Garcia Lorca (1898 - 1936), at the Marian Miner Cook Athenaeum

April 21, – Kebir Ammi's writings often deal with cross-cultural connections, shifting identities, exile, and migrations. The Moroccan born, Algerian writer lectures on Le Voyageur Malgre Lui, 6p.m. in the Parents' Room, at the Athenaeum. He will also visit Prof. Aitel’s French 132 class from 12:00 – 1:10 pm

April 21, – Argentinean cultural food, ‘Empanadas’. Come practice your Spanish and try chicken and beef empanadas from 5:00 – 6:00 pm

April 26, – Modern Languages & Literatures Department Books and Publications Salon, 4:30 - 5:45 pm, at the Athenaeum, in the Freeberg Lounge.

April 13, – Spanish movie night, “El hijo de la Novia”, directed by Juan Jose Campanella in Bauer Center 36, 7:30 - 9:30

March 31, – Come enjoy drinking ‘Mate’ and eating pastries with ‘Dulce de Leche’ in I-Place, 5:00 - 6:00 pm

March 9, – Spanish movie night – “La Mirada Invisible”, Argentinian film written and directed by Diego Lerman, in Bauer Center 36, 7:30 - 9:30

February – "Asado argentino" (Argentine barbecue)



December 1 – Sigma Delta Pi informational lunch meeting of the 5C Spanish students of all levels, at noon in the Collins dining hall (west dining room)

October 13 – Abdourahman Waberi, Visiting Professor hosts, “Lumumba” a film by Raoul Peck 6:30 – 8:30 pm, Office of Black Student Affairs, 139 East 7th St., Pomona College

October 8 – Bruce Begout, writer, will lecture at Pomona College on his book “Culture Crisis”, followed by a Q&A and a reception in Mason Hall Fireside Lounge

Thursday Lunch and Conversation Series:
September 16, – The Making of a Nation; a Work in Progress: The Centennial of the Mexican Revolution” - Maria Martinez, Visiting Professor of Modern Languages, Claremont McKenna College



November 3, 2009 – Anna Moi, writer of Francophone literature will lecture in the Freeberg Lounge, in the Athenaeum at 4:15 p.m.

Thursday Lunch and Conversation Series at International Place:
February 9, – Raquel Vega-Durán presentation entitled “Journeys of Identity: Emigrant Memories and Immigration in Contemporary Spanish Culture" on.

Thursday Lunch and Conversation Series at International Place:
February 5, – Megan Saltzman presentation entitled "Post-Francoist Barcelona: Spatial Tactics Make History”



Thursday Lunch and Conversation Series at International Place:
October 30, – Arabs and Poetry: Life and Art Interconnected”- Bassam Frangieh, Professor of Arabic, Claremont McKenna College

Thursday Lunch and Conversation Series at International Place:
March 26 – "Haitian Writers and the American Occupation (1915-1934)"- Marie-Denise Shelton, Professor of Modern Languages, Claremont McKenna College


Academic Year 2007 – 2008

November 2 ¬ Adrian Buono, guitar; Santiago Lee, guitar; Jose Agote, guitar; Juan Manzur, guitar; Juan Manuel Leguizamon, percussion; artists on albums Live in Los Angeles (2005) and Peripecias (2006); "Los Pinguos: A Musical Celebration for the Pacific Coast Council on Latin American Studies Conference" (12:30 p.m.)

Thursday Lunch and Conversation Series at International Place:
September 20 – “Mexican Arts and Identity” - Carrie Chorba, Professor of Modern Languages, Claremont McKenna College



April 5 – Sung-Joo Han, President, Seoul Forum of International Affairs; former South Korean Minister of Foreign Affairs, former South Korean Ambassador to the United States; author, Korea in a Changing World (1995) and Korea Diplomacy in an Era of Globalization (1995); "Revisiting the Korea-U.S. Alliance

March 30 – Sal Castro, political activist, former Lincoln High School history teacher; "Mexican Americans and Their Contributions to the United States" (12:15 p.m.)

March 23 – Charles Smith, professor of near eastern studies, University of Arizona; author, Palestine and the Arab-Israeli Conflict (1988) and Islam and the Search for Social Order in Modern Egypt (1983); "Chaos and the Illusion that Peace is Attainable: What is Really Going On in Israel/Palestine"

February 23 – Rashid Khalidi, Edward Said professor of Arab Studies, Middle East Institute, Columbia University; author, Resurrecting Empire: Western Footprints and America's Perilous Path in the Middle East (2004) and Palestinian Identity (1998); "Iraq and American Empire"

February 9 – John Demos, Samuel Knight professor of history, Yale University; author, The Unredeemed Captive: A Family Story from Early America (1994) and Entertaining Satan: Witchcraft and the Culture of Early New England (1982); "In the Shadow of the Founders: The Meaning and Significance of "Generations" in American History"