Language & Culture
Mount Saint Mary's College

Language & Culture


The Language & Culture Department offers many events to demonstrate the importance of language in today’s world.

In the events archive you can see past events and study trips the department has hosted and you can also see all the fun and exciting events the department has planned.


Annual International Language and Culture Festival

MSMC and the students of the Language & Culture Department host an annual International Language Festival. Participants include members of the community.

MSMC President Ann McElaney-Johnson Interviewed by the Korean press

MSMC President Ann McElaney-Johnson

Tasting International Cuisine

Language and Culture Department Chair Dr. Montserrat Reguant with Provost Dr. Eleanor Dantzler Siebert

Language and Culture Department Chair Dr. Montserrat Reguant with Hak Soon

Provost Dr. Eleanor Dantzler Siebert playing the Caminito tango

Korean Poet Shirley Kwak signing books


Mount St. Mary's College Women in China Lecture Series

A series of six free public lectures with noted Chinese scholars occurred during the course of 2012-2013. The lectures were made possible by a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities.

These lectures included:

"What Can Chinese Film Tell Us About Modern Chinese History?" By Zhiwei Xiao, Associate Professor of History, California State University, San Marcos.

This lecture examined how some of the most important issues in 20th century China, such as nationalism, tensions between tradition and modernity, and gender equality, are addressed in popular films. 

"The Way of Ways: Understanding Chinese Yinyang Thinking," by Robin Wang, Professor of Philosophy, Director of Asian and Pacific Studies, Loyola Marymount University.

The seminar offered a comprehensive account of the concept of Yin and Yang, including how it relates to our contemporary life.

"Women in Chinese History," by Ping Yao, Professor, Department of History, and Director, Asian and Asian American Studies, California State University, Los Angeles.

An overview of women's life and their domestic and societal roles from antiquity to 1912, including the practice of courtesanship, the practice of footbinding and women in Chinese religious tradition.

"Women of Classical Chinese Poetry," by Hu Ying, Associate Professor of Chinese Literature, Department of East Asian Languages and Literatures, University of California, Irvine.

Included the works of Li Qingzhao (12th century) and Qiu Jin (early 20th century), and the formation of the Chinese poetic canon.

"Empresses, Art and Agency," by Hui-shu Lee, Associate Professor of Art History, UCLA.

This lecture featured a comparison of historical depictions of women in Chinese art with those of women by modern and contemporary Chinese visual artists.

"Women in 20th Century Chinese Literature," by Shu-mei Shih, Professor, Comparative Literature/Asian Languages and Cultures/Asian American Studies, UCLA.

The lecture focused on the representation of women in 20th century Chinese literature in the context of major historical upheavals throughout history, including the Republican revolution, the Communist Revolution, the Cultural Revolution and Postsocialism.