Monmouth College will celebrate Modern Foreign Language Week and Cultural Awareness Week, March 17-23, with a variety of events, which are free and open to the public.
Modern Foreign Language Week will open with a presentation by “heritage speakers” on March 17 at 5 p.m. in Room 303 of McMichael Academic Hall. Heritage speakers are students raised in a home where a non-English language is spoken, who are bilingual to some degree in English and the heritage language. Titled “Heritage Speakers Speak,” the presentation will focus on Spanish.
The college’s MFL students will also be featured during an open house on March 18 at 4:30 p.m. on the lower level of Stockdale Center; during an off-campus study fair on March 19 at 6 p.m. in the Morgan Room of Poling Hall; and during a showcase on March 21, at 3 p.m. in the Barnes Electronic Classroom of Hewes Library.
Modern Foreign Language Week will conclude with screenings of two foreign films on March 23 in Dahl Chapel and Auditorium. “Aqui y Alla,” a film by Antonio Mendez Esparza, will be shown at 3 p.m., followed by the French film “Ne quelque part” by Mohamed Hamidi at 5:30 p.m.
The first film centers on a young law student who has lived in France his entire life. When his father falls ill and sends him to Algeria to save the family home from demolition, he discovers a country he neither understands nor cares for. “Ne quelque part” is about a Mexican immigrant who returns home to a small mountain village in Guerrero, Mexico, after years of working in the U.S. and struggles to rebuild his family and follow his dream of starting a band.
“Crossed,” a play by Teatro Luna, Chicago’s first and only all-Latina theatre, will be presented March 20 at 7 p.m. in Wells Theater. All tickets for Teatro Luna’s performance have been allotted.
With a theme of “So We May Know Each Other Better,” Cultural Awareness Week will open March 18 with a performance by MPAACT, an Afrikan-Ameican theatre troupe founded at the University of Illinois in 1990. Titled “Without Trace,” the play will begin at 8 p.m. at Wells Theater.
On March 20, the Rev. Dr. Bruce LeBlanc will return to campus to speak about “Understanding LGBT Linguistic Constructs: Your Words Matter.” The talk by LeBlanc, who is a professor of sociology and psychology at Black Hawk College, will begin at 7 p.m. in the Whiteman-McMillan Highlander Room of Stockdale Center.
“Diversity in the Work Place” is the title of a Scots Connection Conference on March 22. Monmouth College alumni will return to campus to speak to students about their professional experiences and engage in discussion on the featured topic.