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The Mitzvah Project

 You are invited to the "The Mitzvah Project" on Monday, November 9, 2020, at 1 p.m.! Hear about the fate of “Mischlinge” (half Jewish/non-Jewish people) during the Nazi Era through theater and a brief lecture. Let's learn from the past and make connections between racial persecution in German history and disturbing racially driven acts of violence in this country today. The Mitzvah Project: video trailer

Email Prof. Michaela Grobbel for the link at  grobbel@sonoma.edu.

Afro-German Film Screening

Screening of "At Second Glance" will be followed by discussion with director Sheri Hagen from Berlin. Thursday, October 8, 10-12 via Zoom. A movie about love and the search for closeness and connection, it features three sight-impaired couples in Berlin, and asks thought-provoking questions about racial diversity, including different forms of dis/abilities, and about seeing and not seeing. Email Prof. Michaela Grobbel for the link at grobbel@sonoma.edu and join us!

French/Spanish student earns prestigious award for Outstanding EOP Sophomore

Congratulations to French and Spanish major Victoria Sevilla, winner of the award for most Outstanding EOP Sophomore! The award is given to honor our first-generation and economically disadvantaged students who are acheiving academic excellence. Go Victoria!

French Major receives 2020-2021 APSA Minority Fellowship Program Award

McNair Scholar, Raymundo Lopez has received the significant American Political Science Association Fellowship Program award for 2020-2021. Raymundo is a double major in French and Political Science at Sonoma State University.

International Honor Society inducts new members during International Education Week

On November 20th, Phi Beta Delta, SSU’s Honor Society for International Scholars, celebrated new members during the International Education Week.

Welcome to our Fulbright Foreign Language Teaching Assistants for 2019-2020

We welcome our two Fulbright FLTAs for the coming year. Our German FLTA, Elena, will help teach and tutor German, work with the German club to organize the German movie nights, and lead our weekly Kaffeestunde in Charlie Brown's Cafe. Eloise, from France, will be assisting in French classes, tutoring French, and working with the French Club to organize a French movie night series. Each will also host various presentations on campus to be announced shortly.

2019 Sonoma Graduate Student Conference on Spanish Language Teaching

Faculty and graduate students of the Spanish Master's program at Sonoma State University present the second annual Sonoma Graduate Student Conference on Spanish Language Teaching. The goal of this conference is to bring together instructors of Spanish at all levels to share their techniques and practical ideas about teaching a second language.

Dr. Christine Renaudin awarded Faculty Innovation and Leadership Award

Department Chair and French faculty member Christine Renaudin has been awarded a CSU Faculty Innovation and Leadership Award. One of only 26 recipients across the CSU, Dr. Renaudin was recognized for her design and implementation of the Second Year Research and Creative Experience curriculum offered through the School of Arts & Humanities each semester.

French Fulbright Language Teaching Assistant for 2018-2019

We welcome Inari Kante, our new Fulbright Language Teaching Assistant (FLTA) from France! Inari will be assisting in French classes, tutoring French, working with the French Club, organizing a French movie night series, and delivering various presentations on campus to be announced shortly.

2018 Graduate Student Conference on Spanish Language Teaching

La meta de esta conferencia es reunir a los docentes que estan ensenando el espanol para compartir sus tecnicas e ideas practicas en la ensenanza de un segundo idioma.
Questions? Contact gomezno@sonoma.edu


Check out our new bilingual Newsletter: "Lobo Welt"

In German and

In English!


4th Annual Sustainability Days & Earth Week
with Dr. Sabine Blankenship

Wednesday, April 18, 2018 • 1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. Sonoma State University • Student Center Ballrooms

Special guest, Sabine Blankenship from the German Consulate in San Francisco speaking about "Germany's Commitment to a Sustainable Future"

Défilée La Folle: The Mistaken Madwoman of the Haitian Revolution

TUESDAY APRIL 3rd 2018, 10-11:30AM, SCHULZ 3001
Ella Turenne of Occidental College pays homage to DéfiléeLa Folle, a freedom fighter in the Haitian Revolution considered to be one of the great symbolic heroines of the independence of Haiti in 1804.

FRENCH LECTURE SERIES: Français en Californie (French in California)

All presentations are in Carson Hall 14, 3:30 p.m.


Spanish 201 Writing Partners/Mentors Event


Come by and say "hi"

Freshman Learning Community (FLC)

Our department offers MLL 161 "Behind the Scenes: Global Perspectives Through Film," a humanities learning community that combines your interest in studying global perspectives through film analysis with the study of a second language.

Masters in Spanish

A Master of Arts in Spanish is offered as a summer program through The School of Extended Education. The Priority Application deadline is in March.

Special Major: German Cultural Studies

A new Special Major in German Cultural Studies is being offered through the Interdisciplinary Studies program at SSU.
For more information contact Professor Michaela Grobbel at 664-2637, or michaela.grobbel@sonoma.edu.

The programs and courses of the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures make accessible to students the languages, literatures, and cultures of France and the Francophone world, Germany and other German-speaking countries, and Spain and Latin America.



Alessa Rigal

Alessa graduated in 2008 with a double major in French and Global Studies. She is currently  the Head of Human Rights and Ethics for the global food company, AM FRESH Group. Suzanne Toczyski interviewed Alessa via Zoom.





Class of 2020 Memory Book


Welcome! ¡Bienvenidos! Willkommen! Bienvenue!

On behalf of the faculty of the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures, I would like to welcome our students to the 2020-2021 academic year! We look forward to working with you as you progress in your studies.
- Jeffrey Reeder, Chair, Modern Languages & Literatures