Welcome to the Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures (LLAC) at Marquette University! 

Events and News



Drs. Enaya Othman (Arabic) and Tara Daly (Spanish) will participate on the panel "Black Bodies, Brown Bodies, White Bodies: Thinking the Colonial Present through Palestine" on Wednesday, November 15th, 2023. 

  • Advising is upon us! Students: Make sure to meet with your advisors for Spring 2024 registration. 

Questions? Contact eugenia.afinoguenova@marquette.edu

Startalk Chinese Summer Camp 2024: Learn Chinese language and culture, take virtual trips to China, create culturally relevant websites, explore the uses of Natural Language Processing, and tour Marquette Visualization Lab (MarVL lab) and Haggerty Museum of Art. This Summer Camp is Tuition FREE and funded by National Security Agency. Camp runs from June 10-28th, 2024, M-F, from 8am-12pm. Apply now, we still have a few seats available.

Learn about our summer 2024 study abroad opportunity to Buenos Aires! Click here for information

The Future is Now

By learning languages, literatures, and cultures, you will:
• Empower yourself, expand your community, explore the world.
• Consider how identities are forged and negotiated through language & representation.
• Analyze how societies create otherness to reflect their own values.
• Examine power structures to question them.
• Uncover linguistic and cultural hierarchies to promote justice.
• Challenge class, gender, and racial inequities to foster inclusivity.


Languages Offered at Marquette

We offer courses in American Sign Language, Arabic, Classical Greek, French, German, Italian, Latin, Mandarin Chinese, and Spanish through which students can meet the foreign language curriculum requirement in Arts and Sciences and other colleges. Learn more

Our Interdisciplinary Programs

Interdisciplinary programs utilize the skills from a variety of disciplines to understand and resolve complex issues. Learn more

Why Languages? We Respond

In this video, LLAC Faculty explain why studying languages is important and necessary.

Learn about Middle East and North Africa Studies (MENA), our new major/minor program!

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Requirements and courses

Faculty News

Congratulations to Dr. Dinorah Cortés-Vélez, a newly-minted Full Professor of Spanish, for being awarded the 2022 National Poetry Award from the PEN Club Internacional de Puerto Rico for her book Suma de los adioses: cementerio poético [Summation of the Goodbyes: Poetic Cemetery] (San Sebastián, Puerto Rico: Espejitos de Papel, 2021).

Cortez-Velez PEN

Congratulations to Dr. Anne Pasero, Professor of Spanish, on publishing To Keep the House and Shut One’s Mouth: Of Women and Literature. This is an annotated literary edition and translation of the work of Spanish writer Clara Janés (Stockcero, 2021).

Pasero book

Congratulations to Dr. Tara Daly, Associate Professor of Spanish, on being awarded the Way-Klingler Humanities/Social Sciences Fellowship—one of the University’s highest research awards supported with up to $10,000 each year for FY24 and FY25. Dr. Daly is working on a new monograph, Back to the Future: The Archival Afterlives of Bartolina Sisa. She will be honored at the annual Distinguished Scholars Reception on April 4, 2023, 3 – 5 pm in the AMU Ballrooms.


Congratulations to Dr. Dinorah Cortés-Vélez for being promoted to Full Professor of Spanish

Congratulations to Dr. Michelle Medeiros for being promoted to Associate Professor of Spanish with Tenure

Congratulations to Dr. Giorgana Poggioli-Kaftan for being promoted to Teaching Associate Professor of Italian

Congratulations for Ms. Ana Escudero for being promoted to Teaching Assistant Professor

Congratulations for Ms. Teresa Krejcarek for being promoted to Teaching Assistant Professor

Congratulations for Ms. LK Pinhancos for being promoted to Teaching Assistant Professor

The Department is fortunate to have you on board.Thank you to all students and faculty member who contributed letters for the dossiers.

Congratulations to Dr. Jen-Li Ko, Teaching Assistant Professor of Chinese, for being honored as an "All-Star Faculty Member" at Marquette vs. Xavier Basketball game on February 15, 2023. The Department is proud of Jen-Li's work, creativity, and initiatives that make our Chinese program shine.

Jen-Li with Lovell

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Jen-Li and colleagues

Find out more about our faculty's recent publications and accomplishments!  


Rev. Joseph G. Mueller, S.J., in memoriam

Drs. Stephen Beall and Dinorah Cortés-Vélez sharing their memories and poetry as the University is mourning the loss of Rev. Joseph G. Mueller, S.J.

Congratulations to Dr. Sergio Gonzalez for being named the UMOS 2022 Hispanic Man of the Year!

Congratulations to Dr. Barry Velleman, Professor of Spanish (Emeritus), who has coathored with Karina Belletti (Pehuajó, Argentina) a study on the Argentine writer, teacher, actress, feminist (etc.) Juana Manso (1819-1875). The article appeared in Cuarenta naipes (Universidad Nacional de Mar del Plata, Argentina), and is also on the Juana Manso webpage. We think the piece may be of interest to students of Latin American culture and world feminism, nineteenth-century. It refers to a fascinating, bizarre pro-feminist, pro-republican novel called Dolores (New York and Montevideo, 1846) by the Danish-German writer and revolutionary, Paul Harro Harring (1798-1870). The protagonist of the novel was based on the figure of Juana herself.

Congratulations to Dr. Tara Daly, who was interviewed by Radio San Gabriel in El Alto, Bolivia. Radio San Gabriel was started in 1955 and has a long history of broadcasting in the Aymara indigenous language, both for educational and political purposes. Don Clemente Mamani, who runs a weekly program on Aymara culture, interviewed Dr. Daly and an Aymara colleague, Doña Rosemery, about literature, oral traditions, and collective authorship. 

Congrats to Dr. Sergio González, whose new edited collection just came out from NYU Press: Faith and Power Latino Religious Politics Since 1945 Edited by Felipe Hinojosa, Maggie Elmore and Sergio M. González https://nyupress.org/9781479804528/faith-and-power/

Dr. Tara Daly was awarded the National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Stipend and the American Philosophical Society Franklin Research Grant for her project, Back to the Future: Bartolina Sisa (d. 1782) and Living Indigenous Archives in Modern Day Bolivia. 

Congratulations to Dr. Eugenia Afinoguenova for receiving the 2022 Lawrence G. Haggerty Faculty Award for Excellence in Research--the University's highest research recognition. Dr. Afinoguénova is only the third woman and one of the very few humanists receiving this award at Marquette. https://www.marquette.edu/innovation/haggerty-research-excellence-award.php 

Dr. Scott Dale was invited to participate in the Center for the Advancement of the Humanities Showcasing the Humanities lecture series which aims to present the work of humanities experts from Marquette University. Dr. Dale’s lecture was entitled “The Innovative Spanish Enlightenment” and centered on promoting the understanding of the innovative literary and cultural contributions of 18th-century Spain.