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(unless otherwise noted, all are invited--for older events see "Archives," linked above):

  • Commencement is May 19-21, 2017. The College of Arts and Sciences #3 Arts & Humanities ceremony (undergradaute only, including LLC majors) will be Saturday 5/20/17 2pm in the Physical Education Building. For more information, see the UAlbany commencement site. Congratulations to all graduates!
  • Enroll in summer and fall classes now! See course offerings and descriptions here. Not in a degree program? No problem--students wanting to study languages may enroll "non-degree" through the Office of General Studies and take individual courses (high school seniors who excel in their coursework are also eligible).
  • Don't miss out on our Language Clubs and Tables when they resume with the fall semester-- everyone is welcome! For more information see vsiit our tables and clubs page or the flier.
  • Spanish Day, an immersion experience for high school students enrolled in University in the High School Spanish classes, will be rescheduled to Fall 2017. More information will be coming to Spanish teachers in the UHS high schools.



  • Congratulations to Dr. Elise Bouhet (FRE) who has received the UAlbany Distringuished Doctoral Dissertation Award for her exceptional academic work and to Professor Jean François Brière, her dissertation director!
  • Congratulations to our newest Spanish PhD graduate, Dr. Jordan Lavender, who successfully defended 5/8/17!
  • Congratulations to our newest Spanish PhD graduate, Dr. Leonardo Correa, who successfully defended 4/26/17!
  • Congratualtions to Spanish graduate student Jordan Lavender who accepted a Visiting Assistant Professor position at Colby College for the coming year!
  • Congratulations to our newest Spanish PhD graduate, Dr. Cecily Corbett, who successfully defended 4/17/17!

  • During summer break Charlie Giglio is headed to Italy with students from his Latin classes at UAlbany and a local high school. A true immersion adventure!
  • Matheson (Matt) Curry, a junior History major and Russian & East European Studies minor, is presenting research adapted from his work in ARUS252 at the SUNY Undergraduate Research Conference at SUNY Suffolk Friday, 4/21/17, and at the 14th Annual University at Albany Undergraduate Research Conference in the Lecture Center Concourse Friday, 4/28/17. His presentation title is ““Let Our Noble Wrath Boil Over Like a Wave!”: Connections between Soviet Propaganda and Red Army War Crimes during World War II.”” Two of his current professors served as his research advisors, H. Peter Krosby (History) and Timothy Sergay (LLC).

  • Students:  Interested in deepening your knowledge of Russian culture and/or the Russian language?  LLC’s Russian professor, Timothy Sergay, shares these opportunities:  Fall 2017 Stony Brook will offer HUR 249 "Russia Today," a three-credit synchronous, distance-learning course (Mondays and Wednesdays 2:30-3:50pm), taught by Professor John Bailyn via teleconferencing. There are also two options for study in St. Petersburg, Russia, July 1–July 30, 2017:  the Advanced Critical Language Institute (ACLI) 6-7 credits of Russian language depending on placement level (open to students at all levels, info:, brochure and a cultural studies program with language study and internship components called “Explore St. Petersburg!” (no previous knowledge of Russian needed, info: —4/1/17 deadline was extended--must have passport in hand). Questions to:

  • Congratulations to Patricia Keyes for her election to the Part-Time Faculty at-Large Senate seat!

  • Ray Ortali, French Professor Emerius, was featured 4/11/17 in the Times Union . (
  • Alejandra Aguilar's essay "Heroismo y conciencia racial en la obra de la poeta afrocubana Cristina Ayala" (in Meridional. Revista Chilena de Estudios Latinoamericanos, 2016) was awarded this year's Ibero-American Prize for an Academic Article on the Nineteenth Century by the Latin American Studies Association (LASA is the largest professional association for those engaged in the study of Latin America).

  • Latin instructor and University in the High School Latin Liaison, Charles Giglio (who is also a NY State Teacher of the Year and NEA Foundation Global Fellowship Scholarship awardee), recently recorded a TedTalk on teaching. See it here:

  • The Spanish Program is accepting Sigma Delta Pi Hispanic Honor Society applications until 4/14/17 (applications/questions to Leonardo Correa Requirements for nomination include: the equivalent of 3 years of college level Spanish (may include courses taken in high school), including at least one college course in Hispanic linguistics, literature or civilization at the junior or senior level, a minimum GPA of3.00 in Spanish courses, 3 semesters of college work with an overall GPA of at least 2.75. Graduate students must have completed 1 semester of graduate studies with a minimum GPA of 3.00. The initiation ceremony will be Friday, 5/12/17 at 4:30pm in the Standish Room (Science Library). 
  • The French Program is accepting membership applications to Pi Delta Phi, the French National Honor Society. Requirements for undergraduates: completion of 2 courses at the 300-level or above, 3.0 GPA in French, 3.0 GPA overall, Sophomore standing or above.  Undergraduates do not need to be a French major or minor to be nominated for regular membership. Graduate students who are candidates for an advanced degree in French are eligible for regular membership.  If interested, complete an application, include a $35 check made payable to University Auxiliary Services for the membership fee (include an additional $10 for a graduation honor cord—$15 for those previously inducted) and drop this off in the LLC Office, HU235. Applications due by noon, Monday, 4/10/17.  Questions to Professor Cynthia Fox (

  • One of the very last representatives of Russian culture’s rebellious and principled “people of the 60s” (shestidesiatniki), the poet, novelist, screenwriter, memoirist, director and sometime actor Yevgeny Aleksandrovich Yevtushenko, died at the age of 84 on April 1, 2017 in Tulsa, OK. More.
  • Congratulations to our newest French PhD graduate, Dr. Olivia Barone Amzallag, who successfully defended 3/31/17!
  • UAlbany faculty and staff were recently honored for 25 or more years of service at the U, including some of our own long-time faculty (Mary Beth Winn, Maria Keyes, Cynthia Fox. Maurice Westmoreland, and Olimpia Pelosi). LLC thanks each of you for your commitment to our students, our department, our colleagues, our university and the profession! More details and pictures.
  • We're saddened to report the news that Professor Albeto Carlos who taught with UAlbany 1962-1996 has passed away (obituary).
  • Fall 2017 courses are now online! Advanced registration begins 3/20/17. Find courses offered and course descriptions here. Not a student enrolled in a program? Not a problem. Students not enrolled in a degree program but wanting to study languages may enroll "non-degree" through the Office of General Studies and take individual courses (high school seniors who excel in their coursework are also eligible).
  • Congratulations to Nicholas Figueroa, our newst SPN PhD, whose doctoral dissertation defense, "Variation in /ɾ/ Outcomes in the Speech of U.S.-Born Puerto Rican and Dominican Heritage Spanish Speakers," was on 2/2/17!
  • Congratulation to Elise Bouhet, our newest FRE PhD, whose doctoral disseration defense, "L'espace du jeu dans les emeutes de 2005 en France," was 1/17/17!

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