Fall 2019

elcome to the Fall 2019 Issue of Global Voices, William & Mary’s Modern Languages and Literatures newsletter. We have many interesting stories for you from Washington Hall and big news from our Language Houses! Of course, you can also read up on what our students have been doing this past summer.

We had a busy fall this year, with the Language Houses participating in the Homecoming Parade for the first time. Several of our programs held Homecoming Events – if you couldn’t make it this year, we hope to welcome you in 2021! French and Francophone Studies students organized a Fête de la Recherche, and German Studies celebrated the 30th anniversary of the Fall of the Wall with a weekend of activities. (By the way, if you were a young W&M student in the fall of 1989 and found yourself on the Berlin Wall as it was coming down, you might be interested in this discovery!)

MLL also welcomed new faculty this fall. We spoke with Paul Vierthaler, Assistant Professor of Chinese Studies, and Robin Ellis, Assistant Professor of German Studies. You can read up on their research and teaching interests below!

Over the decades, many of you have lived in, or participated in the numerous events held at W&M’s Language Houses in Randolph Complex. The time has come for us to say farewell to the houses, as they do not meet our needs for accessibility for educational activities anymore. While we have become attached to our houses (the murals!) and feel some sadness about leaving the floors in Randolph Complex, we are excited to move into our new and newly renovated lodgings in Hardy and Landrum Halls! Interviews for applicants begin in February, and Fall 2020 will mark this new phase in the history of W&M’s Language Houses! Stay tuned for updates on the move.

Many MLL programs have an Instagram/Tumblr presence. Connect with us here:

Hispanic Studies

Italian Studies

Japanese Studies

German Studies

With best wishes for 2020,

Jennifer Gully

Senior Lecturer of German Studies

Chair, Web Committee

Thank you to the Web Committee for gathering all our stories!

As usual, we would love to know how you are doing! Send us your news, stories, and updates here !

Fall 2019 Stories:

  • Meet Six Hispanic Studies Majors Initiated into Phi Beta Kappa Honor Society
  • Megan Rouch ‘19 and Jordan Wyner ‘19 on their Fulbright Year in Vienna
  • Grace Kier wins 2019 Foreign Policy Essay Contest!
  • Evening at the Italian Embassy
  • Italian House: Plant-based Eating for a College Lifestyle
  • A New Mural for the Italian House
  • MLL Welcomes Professor Paul Vierthaler to the Chinese Studies Program
  • Studying and Working in Munich
  • Caroline Cox Studies Neuroscience in Munich and Berlin
  • A Taste of Japan by Evie Tso, Class of 2021
  • Picture Perfect Moments Abroad by Peng Lan, Class of 2021
  • The Business of Japan by Kexin Zha, Class of 2020
  • Samantha Smith: An Amazing Summer Study Abroad Trip to Russia
  • Georgiana Reece: My Unforgettable Visit to Peterhof
  • RPSS Homecoming Reception 2019
  • International Fellows Create Community in the Dorms
  • Language Houses March in the 2019 Homecoming Parade!
  • Tepper Lecture Series: Stalin’s Master Narrative
  • Donor Generosity Helps Get the Word Out about Hispanic Studies: Meet Hayes!
  • Rising Seniors with Highest GPAs Win J. Worth Banner Award
  • Fall 2019 Features:


  • W&M Graduate and student of Spanish pays it forward
  • Welcome Dr. Julia de Leon Hernandez!
  • Welcome to Dr. Andrea Gaytán Cuesta!
  • Italian Faculty-Student Research Project at ACTFL
  • MLL Welcomes Professor Paul Vierthaler to the Chinese Studies Program
  • Prof. Leventhal Makes the Case!
  • MLL Welcomes Professor Robin Ellis to the German Studies Program!
  • French and Francophone Studies Program Celebrates Student Research
  • Welcome New International Fellows!
  • You should finish pay to write research paper up your depiction with a clarification of the relationship of your point to the topic.
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