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Past events

Language Resource Center Open House, March 9th, 2016: Student panel: Language connections: at the interface of disciplines and languages. 


Dr. Roger Haro, 2015 Biology Professor of the year, and seven students shared their personal stories and cultural experience with a large number of students and faculty members. Student panel members had majors including biology, history, economics and finance. Each spoke with passion and conviction about how languages, cultures and their field of study interact and enrich each other. 

Panel members gave numerous personal examples that showed how the study of languages and cultures enriched their other major area of study and provided them skills and insights to broaden their understanding of the world and of people in unique ways. All of them emphasized the role of languages in making them better thinkers, communicators and well-rounded educated adults. They also mentioned that they feel much more adaptable and prepared to professional situations in which they might be outside their comfort-zone. They clearly stated that knowing one or two languages will definitely open them additional doors when they start looking for a job in the United States or internationally. 

Student panel: Language connections: at the interface of disciplines and languages. 

Please, take a look at our event's photos  

You may listen to the panel's presentation:  Language connections: at the interface of disciplines and languages

The Festival of Languages is a yearly event organized by the Global Cultures & Languages Department to celebrate diversity, community, languages, and to discover interdisciplinary connections. This year’s Festival featured special guest, Lynn Sessler Neitzel, 1990 UWL graduate, who was recognized as Wisconsin’s 2015 Distinguished Language Educator. Lynn Sessler Neitzel is currently the Director of Curriculum and Assessment at Blackhawk Technical College. In her talk “World Languages: All Our Futures Depend On Them”, she shared numerous professional and personal opportunities that result from being able to communicate in another language. The Festival of Languages offered a variety of cultural workshops and presentations, and counted five hundred participants. 


2016 Festival of Languages schedule
Hall of Nations Workshops and presentations

Opening: 9:00 am - 9:15am CLS Dean Julia Johnson’s opening statement 
UW-L vocal jazz band
9:20am-9:45am Chinese calligraphy
9:50am-10:10am Chinese lesson 
10:15am-10:40am Presentation: “Languages Open Doors: Journeys of Political Science and Anthropology Professors (through graduate school and professional research)” by Dr. Liz Peacock, Dr. Regina Goodnow 
10:45am-11:10am Russian lesson 
11:15am-11:55am Student culture poster presentations 
12:00pm-12:55pm Presentation: “World Languages: All our Futures Depend on Them” by Lynn Sessler Neitzel 
1:00pm-1:25pm Hmong lesson 
1:30pm-1:55pm Papel Picado workshop 
2:00pm-2:30pm Waltz lesson 
2:40pm-3:00pm Chinese movements (Baduanjin Qigong) 
Closing: 3:00pm- 3:10pm UW-L vocal jazz band 
Room 1200, Cent. Hall
Student study abroad panels by International Education and Engagement (IEE)

All day activities in the Hall of Nations 
Discover cultures through poster presentations and participate in the trivia game and raffle (prizes to win)
Meet students involved in Language Clubs (Chinese, German, Spanish, French clubs) and experience languages
Talk with experts on professions and internships:
Career Services, Karolyn Bald, (12:00pm-3:00pm) information on professions/internships and languages
International Education and Engagement , Kabee Vue (12:00pm-3:00pm), information on study abroad programs 
Enjoy ethnic refreshments made/prepared by MLG department member


Read News release and discover photos and videos on the Festival of Languages:
Campus News Connections (March 28): article on the LRC Open House and the Festival of Languages:

More than English 

Celebrating Languages (video included)

Festival of Languages on WMCM News video

Festival of Languages photo album

Watch the keynote speaker's presentation: “World Languages: All our Futures Depend on Them” by Lynn Sessler Neitzel

Watch the presentation: “Languages Open Doors: Journeys of Political Science and Anthropology Professors (through graduate school and professional research)” by Dr. Liz Peacock, Dr. Regina Goodnow

Global Cultures & Languages Advising Day, March 4, 2016


Advising Day: Spanish, study abroad programs and TESOL program

November 2nd, 9:00am-3:00pm, Cartwrignt Center, Port'O Call

Traveling Film Festival


This year's United Nations' Association traveling film festival will be held on the UWL campus on Friday and Saturday November 6 and 7, 2015. This year's theme is: "The Human Spirit: Resiliency and responsibilities”. The selected films span the globe and prompt us to reflect upon problems facing societies here and elsewhere. Splendidly filmed, engaging, poignant, uplifting at times, these documentaries develop students' awareness of a world beyond their immediate borders and our shared responsibility to do what we can to make the world a better place for all of us.

Friday, November 6, 2:00pm - 9:00p.m. and Saturday, November 7, 2015, 10:00 am - 9:00 pm 

Schedule of films
Introduction to the Film Festival
No Strangers
I Am A Girl
The Migrant Trap
Growing Home
Call Me Ehsan
Pakistan’s Hidden Shame
Shady Chocolate
Sewing Hope


No Strangers
Fire In The Blood
Blessed Fruit Of The Womb
A Civil RemedyThe Pad Piper
Saving Face
Freedom Summer
Story Of An Egg
Bitter Seeds
Marshland Dreams
Dry Season
The Wild Years
The Box
Juche Strong
The Last Battle

Language Resource Center Open House

October 20th, 3:30pm-5:30pm, Graff/Main Hall 321

"Find out how UW-L graduates are doing in the world of language teaching"


Campus News: 
Festival of Languages, April 9th, 2015
Congratulations to the three Trivia question winners!
Lizzy Granley
Chelsea Prater
Andrew Treu 


Festival of Languages in the local news:

Language Resource Center Open House, March 10th, 2015
Presentation "Languages and Professions"  by Maria Fisher, Sales Consultant, and Ytcher Locher, Project Lead - Business Operations Support - Finance,  The Trane Company, La Crosse
Left to right: Dr. Virginie Cassidy (French Faculty) , Ytcher Locher (Trane), Maria Fisher (Trane) and Laurence Couturier (LRC)
Spanish Film Club by PRAGDA,  February 2015
SPAFilmClubHall of Nations, Centennial Hall


Festival of Languages,  April 3rd, 2014

Congratulations to the Trivia question winners!

  • First place: Bianca Dooley; Heaven Elliot; Brianna Stultz-Kozik
  • Second place: Alexis Hess
  • Third place: Amy Bye; Maddie Mottaz


Watch the Festival of Languages' video


Read the News Release that describes the program of the event:

UWL festival to promote languages

 La Crosse, Wis. 

Faculty, students and others will have the chance to learn more about languages and cultures during the Festival of Languages at UW-La Crosse.

“Our goal is to celebrate languages,” says Laurence Couturier who manages the university’s Language Resource Center. “We’re hoping students and others come to find out about the many offerings in the Global Cultures & Languages Department.”

Couturier, who teaches French, says it is important for students to know about other languages and cultures. "The study of languages represents a crucial link in the global world that students are preparing to enter," Couturier explains.

Couturier is coordinating the event with Shelley Hay, Assistant Professor of German in the Department of Modern Languages.  They hope the festival will expand and become an annual event.

The Festival of Languages runs from 9 a.m.- 2 p.m. Thursday, April 3rd,  in the Hall of Nations in Centennial Hall. Admission is free.

          The festival aims to be social, fun and informative. Among the events scheduled:

  • Merengue and Tango lessons
  • Zumba dancing in French
  • Poster presentations on French culture
  • Chinese calligraphy and paper cutting
  • Round table discussion on "Russia-Ukraine relations" (10:30-11 a.m.)
  • Food tasting
  • Unique artifacts from China, Russia, Europe and South America
  • Language programs information
  • Language Resource Center information
  • Language Clubs options 

The Department of Global Cultures & Languages currently offers courses in Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Hmong, Japanese, Russian, Spanish,  and TESOL (Teaching English for Speakers of Other Languages).

Approximately 1,000 students are enrolled in classes that range from beginning to advanced language levels.

Festival of Languages.  View the photo album of our event.


Festival of languages poster

Language Resource Center open house

Language Resource Center open house - View the photo album of our event which took place on March 10, 2014

LRC open house March 10th, 2014
Infused Cultures and Languages across Majors: Students' Perspectives
When: Tuesday, March 28, 2017
Where: 321 Graff Main Hall

The Language Resource Center (Modern Languages department) is pleased to invite you to meet and connect with UW-L students who will present how languages and cultures represent an asset in their current and future professional life.  Student presenters across Majors* will share examples and stories on how cultures infuse and enrich their daily life through their personal experience and class projects (poster session format).   Faculty members from a variety of disciplines will be participating.  Majors represented*: Archeology/Anthropology; Communication; Computer Science; Economics; German; Sociology; Spanish

To request disability accommodations (accessible seating, interpreting, closed captioning, FM systems, etc.), contact Laurence Couturier at or 608.785.8325.

Language Resource Center Open House
When: 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 10, 2015
Where: 321 Graff Main Hall
The Language Resource Center is pleased to invite you at its Open House and a unique presentation/discussion "Languages and Professional Applications" by a well known local company.  Questions and answers will follow the presentation.  The presentation starts at 4:00pm - 5:00pm.

To request disability accommodations (accessible seating, interpreting, closed captioning, FM systems, etc.), contact Laurence Couturier at or 608.785.8325.