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Master a language. Live in that language and its culture and learn to think differently. Study complex global social and ethical issues through literature and film. This is what the faculty of LLC offers you in Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Italian, Japanese, and Russian.

Language of Covid Symposium

For two years now, the global pandemic of Covid-19 has been lived as a global phenomenon that has drawn in not only international institutions such as WHO, the UN, the EU, but also has necessitated the application of both general and local interventions. This conference explores the debates and discussions on the ways the Covid-19 pandemic was lived, dealt with, and mitigated by various cultures and languages.

The Language of Covid Symposium will consist of addresses, expert panels, and artistic screenings and a performance.


All events are free-of-charge and offered in-person or remote.

Celebrating Our 2020 Graduates!

African Film Weekend

The African Film Weekend screens new and original African films each fall to celebrate African culture on the continent and the Diaspora through cinema. The 2019 African Film Weekend, presented September 20-22, will be themed "Where is Home After Migrating?" Visit the event's website for a listing of films and accompanying lectures.

Feature Stories

Illustration by Katie McBride
Rays of LifeAn except from Dr. Yvonne Howell's recently edited collection of Russian and Soviet science fiction, Red Star Tales. Read More
Matt DiCintio, '00When Matt DiCintio, ’00, began researching early American tavern performances, he expected to find advertisements for short plays. Instead, he found a strongwoman. And then a lion. Similar characters and animals kept appearing. That’s when DiCintio, a history buff with “a taste for the bizarre and offbeat,” knew he’d found the subject of his doctoral dissertation. Read More

Faculty Highlights

  • Gao Published

    Gengsong Gao, associate professor of Chinese studies, published the book A Novel Approach to China What China Debaters Can Learn from Contemporary Chinese Novelists.

  • Gao Published

    Gengsong Gao, associate professor of Chinese studies, published "Post-Tiananmen Chinese Liberal Intellectuals' Political Uses of Confucian Tradition and Chinese History" in the Journal of Contemporary China.

  • Gao Published

    Gengsong Gao, assistant professor of Chinese studies, and Dan Chen, assistant professor of political science, published an article titled "The transgressive rhetoric of standup comedy in China" in Critical Discourse Studies.

  • Weist Awarded

    Caroline Weist, Assistant Professor of German Studies, was named one of four ASTR Research Fellowship winners this year for her book project, "Refiguring Volkskörper: Disability and Critical Corporeality on the Twentieth-Century German Stage."

  • Lookingbill Awarded for Habitat Ecology Dr. Todd Lookingbill has received the 2019 Distinguished Service Award by the U.S. Regional Association of the International Association for Landscape Ecology.
  • Skromne Publishes on Spinal Cord Development Dr. Isaac Skromne: Cdx4 regulates the progression of neural maturation in the spinal cord. Developmental Biology, 2019, vol 499, pages 132-142 Co-authors: Piyush Joshi and Andrew J. Darr.
  • Barney Awarded Ecroyd Teaching Excellence Award Dr. Timothy Barney was awarded the prestigious Ecroyd Teaching Excellence Award by the Eastern Communication Association at their recent convention in Providence.
  • Winiarski awarded NEH Stipend
    Dr. Douglas Winiarski has been awarded a National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Stipend of $6,000 for Shakers & the Shawnee Prophet: A Microhistory of Religious Violence on the Early American Frontier, 1805–1815.
  • Spera Wins Climate Change Fellowship
    Dr. Stephanie Spera has been awarded the Second Century Stewardship Research Fellowship at Acadia National Park for Climate Change, Fall Foliage and Leaf-Peepers: Effects of Precipitation and Temperature on Senescence and Visitation in Acadia National Park
  • Barney Receive Rockefeller Funding Dr. Timothy Barney has received a grant from the Rockefeller Archive Center for Mapping the Foundations: US Philanthropy in a Cold War World, 1947-1991, in partnership with Dr. Nicole Sackley. This project also recently received $10,000 in start up funds from the Provost's CIE initiative.

Upcoming Events

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Scholarship Repository Readership

The University of Richmond's Scholarship Repository shares faculty publications with a world-wide audience. The map below shows where articles from LLC faculty are being read around the globe.

Contact Us

Mailing Address
Department of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures
Carole Weinstein International Center
211 Richmond Way
University of Richmond, VA 23173

Phone: (804) 289-8096
(804) 287-6446

Department Chair: Dr. Kasongo Kapanga
Academic Administrative Coordinator: June Wise