Recent and Upcoming events

World Languages and Literatures


Professional Development Workshop"How can librarians help with Digital Literacy and Student Research?"

Join us for a faculty professional development workshop on developing undergraduate research skills in World Languages

11:00 am, Wednesday, November 8

WLL Tech Center (Clements Hall 234)

SMU Librarians will discuss common challenges students face  in finding and assessing online resources for research assignments, and how librarians can work with faculty to improve student research strategies and outcomes.  

Presenters: Rafia Mirza, Humanities Research Librarian, liaison to World Language and Literature and Jonathan  McMichael, User Experience Librarian.




Cubans for Trump


"Cubans 4 Trump: Why do recent Cuban arrivals support Trump?" 


Dr. Ariana Hernández-Reguant
Wednesday, October 25, 5:30-7:30 pm
137 McElvaney Residential Commons (entrance is located at the back of the building, by Mac's Place)

Miami Cubans were twice as likely to vote for Trump as non-Cuban Latinos. Come hear Dr. Hernández-Reguant explore different factors that account for this trend among Cuban refugees. Talk will be followed by Cuban coffee and pastries.

This event is free and open to the public. It is co-sponsored by the Spanish Area of the Department of World Languages, the Dedman College Interdisciplinary Institute, and the Embrey Family Foundation.

 For more information, contact Elizabeth Russ (





Saturday, October 14 at 4:00-7:00 pm. Mary Hay/Peyton/Shuttles Residential Commons and Faculty in Residence Dr. Liljana Elverskog hosted their signature "Taste of Diversity" event. The annual event campus-wide offers food and fun from all parts of the world for faculty, families and students.









International Food Festival

Wednesday, October 25 at 4:30 PM - 7 PM

Take a taste of free food from around the world, right on our front lawn! McElvaney hosts the annual International Food Festival in theMcQuad, sponsored by the World Languages Department and Faculty in Residence Miroslava Detcheva. Each year McElvaney's Faculty in Residence (FiR) and Lecturer of Spanish, Mira Detcheva, hosts a food festival featuring the many cultural organizations from around campus. This festival has given many students the opportunity to learn about a variety of cultures while tasting their native cuisine. 


The Department of World Languages and Literatures gathered in May to thank Rosemary Sanchez for her 34 years of dedication to the department as administrative assistant. Rosemary answered the phone for World Languages all 34 years at SMU although she did transition from using a typewriter and making copies with a mimeograph machine to programming the department’s copy machine and  composing spreadsheets on her desktop computer. Rosemary impacted countless lives of staff, faculty and students and her cheerful smile is missed.