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The Department of Romance Languages and Literatures is committed to an interdisciplinary, international, and collaborative vision of the study of language, literature, and culture. RLL is a diverse and dynamic academic unit offering undergraduate majors and minors in its core areas of French, Italian, and Spanish, and graduate concentrations in French, Spanish, and Romance Linguistics. In addition, we have emerging pedagogical and research interests in Catalan and Portuguese. RLL has cross-disciplinary strengths in Iberian and Latin American Studies, Francophone Canadian, Caribbean, and Sub-Saharan Studies, Early Modern Studies, Cultural Studies, (Post)Colonial Studies, Urban and Landscape Studies, Gender Studies, Disability Studies, Poetry, Theater and Performance, Film, and Romance Linguistics.

TFC presents: Fall Feast Dinner

on Thu, 2014/10/30 - 1:27pm

The French Connection pesents: The Fall Feast Dinner

featuring: la Ratatouille, la Quiche Lorraine, and le Boeuf Bourguignon!

This event is RSVP only !

Please RSVP to :

by November 1st. Spots are limited.

TFC presents: Coco Before Chanel (2009)

on Thu, 2014/10/30 - 1:24pm

Coco Before Chanel (2009) : Gabrielle Bonheur Chanel; orphan who will build a fashion empire and be known universally by her nickname, Coco. She journeys from a mundane seamstress job to boisterous cabarets to the opulent French countryside, possessing little more than her unwavering determination, unique style and visionary talent. Also starring Benoît Poelvoorde (In His Hands) and Alessandro Nivola (Junebug). Featuring lush settings and stunning costume design, Coco Before Chanel is the gripping and dramatic story of an icon who defied convention and defined the modern woman.

RLL Global Lab for Undergraduates 11/3/14

on Wed, 2014/10/29 - 7:33am

What is “global”? Is it abroad?  Is it local?  Can you think, interact, or create globally?

Hear the thoughts of RLL faculty members and test out your own ideas in an interactive learning environment.  And discover more about Romance language world cultures of Africa, the Caribbean, Europe, and the Americas – including the United States.

930 Clemens
2pm, Monday, November 3, 2014

Free refreshments

Part 1:  Information Session on the Global Perspectives Academy and the Global Scholar transcript notation (Global Scholars Program)

Part 2: “Truth and Love, Then and Now” – a conversation with

CFP 2015 The Biggest Comebacks

on Tue, 2014/10/28 - 9:38pm

We, the Romance Language and Literatures students,
are having a conference in Spring 2015.
In this post we are attaching our Call for Papers.
Spread the word and apply.

Thank you,
UB RLL graduate students

Reflection on the 20th Commemoration of the Rwandan Genocide Against Tutsi

on Mon, 2014/10/27 - 1:48pm

This blog post was submitted by UB alumna Jessica (Lane) Cyamatare (French and International Studies, 2006) in June 2014. After graduation, Jessica became a member of AmeriCorps*VISTA at the International Institute of Erie, a refugee resettlement agency in Erie PA, and was then hired by the organization as their Community Outreach Coordinator. In 2008, she decided to pursue a Master of Arts in Sustainable Development at the School for International Training Graduate Institute in Brattleboro, Vermont. She completed the practical phase of her degree in Hyderabad, India and conducted research for her Masters thesis concerning leadership and women's empowerment in the slums of the Old City, Hyderabad. She completed my degree in Sustainable Development in February, 2011.

As a French and