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Department of World Languages and Cultures News

With its emphasis on linguistic, cultural and critical skills, the foreign language curriculum provides students the essential skills needed to understand other cultures and to pursue careers in an increasingly global environment.

Current World Languages and Cultures News

Graduates seated in red caps and gown during a previous UNLV commencement
People | May 10, 2021

An enduring commencement tradition continues this spring as UNLV president honors seven outstanding students who exemplify the academic, research, and community impact of the graduating class.

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People | May 28, 2020

Professor Elena Gandía García created a service-learning class to address the need for medical interpretation services for the Lied Pediatric Clinic and served as a mentor to colleagues.

People | May 28, 2020

UNLV Spanish professor Deborah Arteaga volunteers to provide valuable medical interpretation services to under-served patients.

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Business and Community | May 27, 2020
The university recognizes faculty and student for their work to improve the wellbeing of Southern Nevadans.
UNLV graduate seated with decorated cap
Campus News | May 14, 2020

An enduring UNLV end-of-semester tradition is to highlight exceptional students who embody the academic, research, and community impact of the graduating class.

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Arts and Culture | March 6, 2020

UNLV Honors College student Nathalie Martinez reflects on the stories and impact of Latinex artists.

World Languages and Cultures In The News

El Tiempo
June 1, 2021

José Iván Cervantes came to Las Vegas as a freshman in high school, amazed to be in “one of the most important cities in the United States,” and he hardly speaks English. Now ready to graduate, he also advocates for his school, which has faced uncertainty as the Clark County School District considers changes to the way English Learners are taught.

Las Vegas Review Journal
May 21, 2021

Jose Ivan Cervantes arrived in Las Vegas as a high school freshman, speaking almost no English. Now poised to graduate, he’s also advocating for his school, which has faced uncertainty as the Clark County School District considers changes to how English learner students are taught.

Las Vegas Sun
May 18, 2021

Last week, readers of the Sun got a treat in being introduced to Adugna “Adu” Siweya, one of the Las Vegas Valley’s outstanding college graduates this spring. Inspirational stories Siweya's make college graduation season a special time in Las Vegas, an annual reminder of the remarkable minds in our community, and the commitment of students to academic achievement.

College of Liberal Arts Newsletter
May 14, 2019

A handful of UNLV master's students in Hispanic Studies have been accepted to top doctoral programs over the past two years, including the University of Virginia, UCLA, University of Alabama, University of Chicago, and the University of Kansas.

Las Vegas Review Journal
July 20, 2016

Nevada isn’t a majority-minority state quite yet. But it is projected to be in 2022 or 2023, according to the state demographer.

Las Vegas Sun
May 23, 2016

UNLV linguist Deborah Arteaga, a 24-year professor at UNLV, speaks six languages fluently and is regarded by her peers as a leading linguist in the Western United States.

Recent World Languages and Cultures Accomplishments

May 28, 2021
Marina Garber-Colacicchi (World Languages and Cultures) has had a selection of poetry, "The Rest is Silence," published in The Text magazine, Germany. The poetry is written in Russian.
May 19, 2021
A number of undergraduate students were recognized during the office of undergraduate research (OUR) spring 2021 Virtual Undergraduate Research Symposium. They include: Elia Del Carmen Solano-Patricio (Public Policy and Leadership), who was awarded Best Podium Presentation Award in Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences. Her presentation was Police...
May 13, 2021
Nathalie Martinez (Anthropology and World Languages and Cultures) has been awarded first place for the XLVI Lambda Alpha National Senior Scholarship Award. The undergraduate scholarship of $5,000 is awarded annually to the top applicant and selected by the National Executive Council members of the Lambda Alpha National Anthropology Honor Society. 
April 29, 2021
Susan Byrne (World Languages and Cultures) is featured as author of an article for podcast publication on the website of the Fundación Juan March (Spain). She was invited to give a talk on Spanish author Miguel de Cervantes, as episode 6 of the Fundación's series Major Figures in Spanish Culture. The podcast was recorded at KUNV, with the expert...
April 27, 2021
Arpine Mkrtchyan (World Languages and Cultures) has successfully completed the online training "Parcours évaluation (DELF-DALF)'' organized by University CLE Training/ Université CLE Formation / Paris. Mkrtchyan has attended 12 hours (one week) of the training and was awarded a certificate of success earlier this month.
April 22, 2021
Nathalie Martinez (Anthropology, World Languages and Cultures, Honors College) is the recipient of the Vista Group Outstanding Senior Award. Carrying a $1,000 scholarship, this is a distinguished award given to a UNLV College of Liberal Arts senior displaying exceptional achievement, leadership, and service. A member of the Honors College, she is...