Modern Languages and Literatures

Study in the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures aims to deepen the understanding of other languages and cultures and is characterized by its immersive approach. Students may major or minor in ArabicChineseFrench, German, ItalianJapaneseRussian and Spanish. An innovative curriculum of introductory courses in American Sign Language (ASL) is also offered.

Student Spotlight: Hayden Toftner '22

Toftner is the most recent recipient of the Gutekunst Translation Prize, awarded by the Goethe Institute New York, for his translation of an excerpt from the novel "Betrachtungen einer Barbarin" by Asal Dardan.

Award-Winning Translation

A translation of Venezuelan poet Juan Calzadilla's "Roof of the Whale Poems" by Professor of Spanish Katherine Hedeen and with Olivia Lott '15 has received the Wisconsin Poetry Series' Inaugural Translation Prize. The prize includes $1500 and the publication of the book in fall 2023.

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Kenyon College
Gambier, Ohio 43022