The incomparable beauty of medieval France: the chateau at Gien evokes the solemn grandeur of an earlier age.

The remote solemnity of this Portuguese church evokes through its simple architecture an enduring natural beauty.

Toledo, the city where Spain’s three great religions (Christian, Jewish, Muslim) intermingled to produce an abundant richness of culture.

A great river flows through it: the Tiber juxtaposes monuments from Rome’s imperial past with its Catholic present.

One of Latin America’s storied cities, Havana, Cuba bears the marks of Caribbean culture from colonial times to the present.

Overview of Programs

RLL offers vibrant programs in French, Italian, Portuguese, and Spanish. Our language classes have long been popular with undergraduates, including those interested in international travel and those who anticipate a global dimension to their future careers. All of our classes focus on culture writ large: we study great texts, and we do so with an eye to gender roles, traditions, communities, individual freedom, social obligations, and many other topics of critical importance today. We offer concentrations in French, Italian, and Spanish, as well as a composite major in Romance Languages, and courses in introductory Portuguese. Our Ph.D. programs in French and Spanish are comprehensive and designed to prepare careers in academia, with a focus on research and teaching. more


Our faculty members are authors, co-authors, editors, and co-editors of a variety of published works, and as the fall semester begins, we would like to highlight our faculty's most recent publications!

Professor of Spanish, International and Area Studies, and Comparative Literature Tabea Linhard co-edited Mapping Migration, Identity, and Space, which was published by Palgrave MacMillan.

Ignacio M. Sánchez Prado, professor of Spanish and Latin American Studies, published Strategic Occidentalism: On Mexican Fiction, the Neoliberal Book Market, and the Question of World Literature this year with Northwestern University Press.

Julie Singer, associate professor of French, has also published a new book entitled Representing Mental Illness in Late Medieval France. Machines, Madness, Metaphorwith Boydell & Brewer.

Professor of Spanish and Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies (Affiliate) Akiko Tsuchiya co-edited a book entitled, Unsettling Colonialism: Gender and Race in the Global Nineteenth-century Hispanic World, which will be forthcoming from SUNY Press.

Emily Maguire, Dept. of Spanish & Portuguese, Northwestern University
Danforth University Center Room 276 @ 2:30pm
Dr. Lima is the E. Claiborne Robins Distinguished Chair in the Liberal Arts at the University of Richmond
Women's Building Formal Lounge @ 3:00pm
Julia Chang is Assistant Professor of Spanish in the Department of Romance Studies, a member of the core faculty in Feminist, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, and affiliated faculty in the Southeast Asia Program. Cornell University
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