Department of International Languages, Literatures, and Cultures

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Bringing the International World In

Support students who are learning foreign languages by “Bringing the International World In.” Your gift will help support conversation hours, special guests, and cross-cultural experiences.

Students will have the opportunity to interact with a range of special guests who will give talks, visit classes, and be one of us during conversation hours and receptions in their honor. These events allow students to apply their skills and reach their language goals in a real-world setting.

Your gift of any amount will help support conversation hours, bring special guests to campus, and support cross-cultural outreach. $14,400 is our goal to fund events and activities for a whole academic year.

Conversation Hours:

$2000 will support students learning German and cultural actives

$400 will support the Latin American Studies and the Spanish Program’s Annual Reception and Information Session, which is open to all students


Special Guests:

A gift of $8,000 will support bringing an artist, scholar or cultural expert to campus for a student-oriented event and classes for an entire year for the following programs:

  • Latin American Studies and Spanish Program
  • Japanese and Chinese, Asian Studies
  • Italian Studies
  • Russian Studies

A gift $2,000 will support special guests for one of the above areas of study.


Cross-Cultural Outreach: 

$1,000 will support outreach and advising for students interested in the Hispanic World

$1,000 will buy films for a Film series through student supported organizations, where Kimihiko Nomura is advisor, as well as for programmatic purposes. 

$2,000 will support Portuguese outreach to central valley high schools and community colleges (which teach Portuguese language) to encourage continuing language studies.

Who We Are

The Department of International Languages, Literatures, and Cultures offers classes in ten different languages, as well as numerous special events that enhance students’ cross-cultural awareness, and turn them into global citizens. Each week, students gather for conversation hours that help them hone their language skills and connect with their peers and native speakers. ILLC’s language and area studies programs host international scholars, writers, artists, musicians, politicians, and more to enrich the lives of students, open their eyes to other cultures, and give them a more profound understanding of their own culture. This year students were visited by dignitaries from Japan’s Office of the Prime Minister, and ILLC hosted two Cuban authors, a Vietnamese American author, an Italy-oriented visual artist, and a scholar of Latin American literature, among others. The “Bringing the International World In” campaign will provide students with ongoing opportunities to further their language skills and interact with accomplished representatives of other cultures.

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