Foreign Language Week returns to Notre Dame from Feb. 11–19, celebrating language learning and cultural engagement

Author: Luke Van de Walle

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The LaFortune Ballroom came alive last year during Foreign Language Week 2022 with the smell of food, the beating of drums, the sound of music, and the grace of the dancers from different cultures. Events transported attendees  to different parts of the world, from graceful and elegant classical Chinese dance to the energetic and lively Irish jig performance.

Foreign Language Week (FLW) is making a return this year, starting on Saturday, Feb. 11, with a special Chinese New Year celebration, and more than 90 other events across campus celebrating different languages and cultures from around the globe. 

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Featured during the week will be a variety of activities and events, including cultural demonstrations, language masses, discussion panels, language tables, cooking events, games, film screenings, dance performances, and more.

Hands-on workshops will offer a chance to learn about the customs, traditions, and history of different countries and cultures. Academic presentations will provide in-depth inquiry into aspects of careers, intercultural development, and international politics. Performances will include traditional music, dance, singers, and storytelling from around the world. Guest speakers include interdisciplinary scholars, film directors, Notre Dame graduate students, and faculty from other universities. Events will be held across campus.

The highlight of the week will be the Culture Fair on Wednesday, Feb. 15 in the Dahnke Ballroom on the 7th floor of Duncan Student Center. The culture fair will feature opportunities to learn traditional crafts from around the world, music and dance performances (some of which are interactive), games from a variety of cultures, and food from around the globe.

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The events during FLW were coordinated by the CSLC’s Eva Hoeckner, program manager of language initiatives, who also serves as faculty in the German program at Notre Dame.

Events were planned in conjunction with the Program in Arabic and Middle Eastern Studies, the Department of Irish Language and Literature, East Asian Languages and Cultures, German and Russian Languages and Literatures, Romance Languages, and Literatures, a variety of student clubs on campus, Kellogg Institute for International Studies, the Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies, Career Services, the Alliance for Catholic Education, the Liu Institute for Asia and Asian Studies, the Department of Music, Sacred Music at Notre Dame, DeBartolo Performing Arts Center, and the Notre Dame Alumni Association, the Nanovic Institute for European Studies, Institute for Latino Studies, Campus Ministry, Residential Life, and Notre Dame’s Dining Services. 

All events aim to promote the importance of learning foreign languages and fostering a greater understanding of other cultures. The Culture Fair, and the entirety of FLW events, are open to all students, faculty, and staff. All events are open to the public. Some events require registration or free ticket reservation, so check the calendar events linked below for more information.

Foreign Language Week 2023

February 11-19, 2023

Complete list of FLW Events


Originally published by Luke Van de Walle at on February 01, 2023.