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Department of Modern Languages and Cultures

  • June 16, 2021

    portrait of new liberal arts dean Anna Westerstahl Stenport.

    RIT names Anna Westerstahl Stenport new dean of College of Liberal Arts

    Stenport is currently a professor of global studies and chair of the School of Modern Languages at Georgia Institute of Technology’s Ivan Allen College of Liberal Arts. She was selected as the RIT dean following a nationwide search and will begin her new leadership role Sept. 1.

  • April 26, 2021

    screenshot of a video game with a floating city.

    Cultural exchange goes virtual for international game prototyping course

    As part of a gameplay and prototyping class at RIT this spring, 25 game design and development students got to participate in a virtual cultural exchange with 30 students at a Japanese college. The teams learned about each other’s cultures and overcame language barriers and time zone differences to create projects for a global game jam.

  • May 18, 2020

    LaVerne McQuiller Williams, interim dean, College of Liberal Arts.

    LaVerne McQuiller Williams named COLA interim dean

    LaVerne McQuiller Williams, senior associate dean of RIT’s College of Liberal Arts, has been named interim COLA dean effective June 1. McQuiller Williams succeeds Dean James Winebrake, who is leaving RIT on June 30 to become provost and vice chancellor of Academic Affairs at the University of North Carolina Wilmington. 

  • April 22, 2020

    person writing in spiral-bound notebook.

    College of Liberal Arts honors students for writing excellence

    RIT’s College of Liberal Arts honored student achievement in writing with more than a dozen writing awards for essays varying from wasteful energy, maternal mortality, eyewitness testimony policies and seeking worth in a liberal arts degree. Each department within the college selected student awardees whose work embodies the ideals and standards of excellence, creative endeavor and scholarship.

  • April 8, 2020

    Dean James Winebrake.

    COLA Dean James Winebrake accepts UNCW provost post

    Dean James Winebrake will be leaving RIT’s College of Liberal Arts to become provost and vice chancellor of Academic Affairs at the University of North Carolina Wilmington. Winebrake, who came to RIT in 2002 as chair of the Department of Public Policy and became dean in 2011, will leave RIT effective June 30.

  • January 28, 2020

    two men baking bread.

    Faculty member wins award at film festival

    Elisabetta D'Amanda, principal lecturer of Italian in the College of Liberal Arts' Modern Languages and Cultures Department, had her 2008 film, "As Good As Bread," given an Award of Exceptional Merit in the Depth of Focus International Film Festival in January.

  • October 31, 2019

    Student speaks with woman in Italy though videoconferencing equipment.

    RIT brings more technology into new language lab

    A new classroom lab, complete with wireless headphones, large touch-screen monitors and retractable computers that can be lowered into desks to improve visibility, has opened in RIT’s Department of Modern Languages and Cultures.