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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.

portrait of woman
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.

view of UNLV building with city in background
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.

gallery reception
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

Las Vegas Review Journal
November 1, 2021

It’s a celebration that involves wearing costumes, visiting cemeteries, honoring departed loved ones and thinking about death on an occasion when, some believe, the boundary that separates our world from the next weakens.

Las Vegas Sun
September 8, 2021

Las Vegas is now the fastest-warming city in the United States.

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.

Recent World Languages and Cultures Accomplishments

April 20, 2022
Margarita Jara (World Languages and Cultures) gave the keynote talk "Spanishes of Peru: Diversity and educational challenges" as part of the events of the Spanish language week organized by the Professional School of Translation and Interpreting of the Women's University of the Sacred Heart (UNIFE) in Lima, Peru.
March 30, 2022
Susan Byrne (World Languages and Cultures) has been appointed a visiting fellow at Yale University's MacMillan Center for the 2022-23 academic year. 
March 26, 2022
Susan Byrne (World Languages and Cultures) has authored a chapter titled "Ambiguity" in the collected volume Research Handbook on Law and Literature, edited by Cardozo Law School's Peter Goodrich, and published by the UK's Edward Elgar Press. In her chapter, Byrne offers a study of Spanish author Miguel de Cervantes' stylizing of ambiguity related…
March 17, 2022
Congratulations to the recipients of these 2022 UNLV teaching awards: Outstanding Teaching by Part-Time Faculty Award Xiaoling Hays - Chinese/World Languages and Cultures, College of Liberal Arts Elizabeth "Hope" Hinchman - School of Nursing Yousif Muradian - Finance, Lee School of Business Hiroko Tadano - Japanese/World Languages and…
March 4, 2022
Arpine Mkrtchyan (World Languages and Cultures) published the article ‘Les particularités de l’Image hugolienne dans le poème « Le Hibou » : analyse imagologique [The particularities of Hugolian image in the poem: ‘The Owl’ : imagological analysis’] in  scientific journal 'Synergie Greece/3rd Congress Acts 2022. The objective of this study is to…
February 14, 2022
Arpine Mkrtchyan (World Languages and Cultures) took part in an online international forum called Innovation, Technology, and Multilingualism earlier this month. She presented a webinar, ‘’Multilingualism and Translation into a Europe of Culture and Knowledge in the Face of the Digital Challenge’’. The conference was organised by the…