Modern Language Club
The Modern Language Club unites students in the French, German, Spanish, and ESL concentrations to undertake philanthropic endeavors, education of the community, and activities of cultural interest.
Semimonthly meetings are held over an international dinner at the Edwards home. Club business is conducted, and students returning from their study abroad are able to request a specific meal, then present photos and information from their trip.
The Club’s signature event, an annual International Dinner and Iron Chef Competition, takes place in the fall semester. Nearly 100 students, faculty and staff enjoy an evening of excellent international food, lively music, and comfortable camaraderie in the Dorrill Dining Hall Nance Room. They are entertained, as well, by Modern Language students’ presentations (in both English and the target language) of international dishes to a panel of judges – which typically include the University President, the Dean of the Cook-Cole College of Arts and Sciences, and a professor chosen by students. All proceeds from the dinner and a silent auction are donated to Doctors without Borders and their humanitarian relief efforts around the globe.
Other recent activities of the Club include a bocce ball tournament and bonfire, the presentation of an exploratory modern language unit to students at the local public middle school, and an international spring film festival.
Sponsored in part by funding from the Student Government Association, the competition element of these events is all in good fun; activities and service events run all year, and the friendly competition among concentrations culminates in the awarding of the coveted “Grainger Cup” at the department’s spring awards ceremony.
The German Club takes trips to German restaurants, participates in German events and Longwood events such as Spring Weekend, and holds regular meetings. Undergraduates with an interest in German are encouraged to join. Find us on Facebook under Longwood Groups!
English & Modern Languages National Honor Societies
Modern Language National Honor Societies
Modern language majors may be eligible for involvement in one of our national honorary societies:
Lamba Iota Tau
The purpose of Lambda Iota Tau is to recognize and promote excellence in the study of literature of all languages. Founded at Michigan State University on December 3, 1953, LIT has approximately 50 active chapters and over 40,000 members. These chapters are encouraged to hold regular meetings, to promote collegial support among the members in their literary studies, and to sponsor events and activities which will bring the study of literature to the campus at large. On a national level, LIT publishes its annual journal Lambda Iota Tau as a showcase of some of the best creative and critical writing by our members. In addition, the national organization awards several publication prizes and scholarships each year.
The organization's colors are purple--for the magnificence of literature--and gold--for the "realms of gold" where, as Keats said, it leads us. The official flower is the pansy--"That's for thought," as Ophelia explained in Hamlet . LIT is a member of the Association of College Honor Societies . It is governed by a Board of Moderators and has named the poet Robert Pinsky as its Honorary President.
Requirements for Membership
Members of LIT are majors or minors in literature, no matter what language that literature may be written in. Undergraduates must be in the upper thirty-five percent of their class in cumulative grade average and have attained at least a full B average in at least twelve semester credit hours or eighteen term hours of literature and all prerequisites thereto. Graduate students must have completed one semester or term with an A- average. All members must present an initiation paper on a literary topic or of a creative nature.