Language & Cultures CollegeLearn how different cultures can communicate with each other. Understand how language shapes our perceptions of the world. Get introduced to the cultures of non-English-speaking countries. Discuss topics like daily life, the arts, society, politics, religion, pop culture and commerce.

RESC 098 18 CRN: 17746
Writes of Passage: Reading the Intercultural Place in Travel Literature

Prof. Slava Yastremski, Comparative Humanities/Languages, Cultures & Linguistics

Fulfills the Following Requirements:
Writing Level 1

This foundation seminar taught in the Languages and Cultures Residential College will take students on a fascinating journey to different continents and different times, which will be "linked to an understanding of historical forms of social space" (Cultural Encounters, 25). It will explore the perception of the East (including the notion of the Orient) in writings of the European and American travelers to Africa and Asia and that of the West (Europe and Americas) in writings of Asian and African travelers. A special attention will be given to travelers from and to Russia and Spain because these two countries represent an exception in the clear delineation of West-East. The course will start with a discussion of students" own experience of traveling to different cultures and places. On the basis of what they perceive as the most important things in their own experience of foreign cultures and places, we will move to an investigation of key philosophical concepts of travel literature: crossing of boundaries, the relationship between the traveled and home spaces, invention of place, language barriers, food as definition of culture, etc. The additional questions that students will explore in this course include: Orient and Orientalism, exoticism, post-colonialism, globalization, etc. The discussions of these questions will lead to the exploration of travel literature as a cross-cultural translation of the traveled space into terms of the traveler's home space.

RESC 098 19 CRN: 17745
The French-Speaking World

Prof. Elaine Hopkins, Languages, Cultures, & Linguistics

Fulfills the Following Requirements:
Writing Level 1

The French-speaking world is a very large world: the language is spoken by more than 220 million people and is used by 59 governing bodies on five continents. French is also the principle language of diplomacy in the world and one of the official languages of important organizations like the United Nations, the International Red Cross, and NATO. How did the influence of French spread this far? And why "it is still the official language of the Olympic Games? In this course we will study the history of French colonization in North America (Quebec, Louisiana, Acadia); West, Sub-Saharan and North Africa; the Caribbean (Guadeloupe, Martinique, Haiti, French Guyana), the Middle East (Lebanon, Syria), Asia (Vietnam), and the Pacific --and its important role in the cultural life of some eastern European countries such as Romania." Largely through literature (in English translation) and film (with English subtitles), we will" take a closer look at particular modern-day Francophone societies and examine the role of French culture and language in the development of these cultures as well as the underlying tensions between France and its former colonies." We will also examine how these colonies have shaped France/French culture."

RESC 098 20 CRN: 15903
How We do Things with Words

Prof. Katherine Faull, Comparative Humanities/Languages, Cultures, & Linguistics

Fulfills the Following Requirements:
Engineering Humanities, Writing Level 1

This seminar explores the relationship between language and culture in both English and other cultures. A knowledge of a language is not only a skill and an instrument for communicating thought and information, but language itself is an essential part of our thought processes, perceptions and self-expression. The seminar will explore how language is a complex phenomenon that brings us together with other humans in global societies. For example, to what extent does our language affect the way we live in the world? How does the way we describe our world with language affect the ways we perceive, think, and act? Do speakers of different languages have different perceptions of the world? How do the figures of speech and the types of sentences we use affect the assumptions we have about fundamental concepts of living in a cultural and linguistic community? What makes a promise something we should keep? What makes the words "I do" different from the words "I think"? Can we rely on language to say what we mean? Through this foundation seminar students will investigate and discuss these central issues of language, discourse and culture as we grapple with the question of how we do things with words.

Languages & Cultures College Student Staff

Victoria Frazier, Junior Fellow

Victoria Frazier

Hometown: Philadelphia, PA
Major: Chemical Engineering

"Ever since I was little I've loved learning about different culture so joining the Language and Cultures Res College was an easy decision for me. The Res College gave me an opportunity to learn new things about others and even myself while living with people who had this in common with me and has given me some of my best friends at Bucknell. Language and Cultures has allowed me to go on some amazing trips too, like canoeing through the Susquehanna. It helped make my freshman year as fun as it was and I cannot wait to be a part of it again next year!"

Amber Le, Resident Fellow

Amber Le

Hometown: Beltsville, MD
Major: Biology & East Asian Studies

"Being part of the Languages and Cultures Residential College has given me a whole new perspective about the world and even influenced me to major in East Asian Studies. It was great to live with people that had the similar interests as me and common hour allowed me to experience different cultures and learn new things that I would not expect to get if I was not part of the residential college. In the end, I am really glad that I was able to be part of the residential college."

Marisa Little, Junior Fellow

Marisa Little

Hometown: Naples, FL
Major: Civil Engineering

"As a half Puerto Rican student with a diverse background at Bucknell, I wanted somewhere I would find students of diverse backgrounds, that's why I chose Languages and Cultures. Yet it is so much more than just diversity, the Languages and Cultures Res gave me my best friends, a family at Bucknell, and a new way to look at things. There's never a dull moment, especially with the Professors and the Res college is completely worth joining if not to step outside your comfort zone, but to meet people outside your major and people with different experiences than you."


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