Giving

We invite your participation in the activities of the Department of World Languages and Literatures at Western Michigan University, whether as attendees of department-sponsored events, creators of the events themselves (presentations by alumni and other friends of the department), visitors to campus or financial donors.

Donations

Donate online using a credit card to fund department projects and activities:

Student scholarships

We are working to fund seven $3,000 grants, one for each of our language areas, and five $2,000 scholarships for participants in our Summer Translation Program.

Student emergency fund

This fund provides immediate help to worthy students who find themselves unable to cover the cost of books and other academic materials.

Academic and community activities

The department supports a variety of activities:

  • The annual Francophone Film Festival is a four-day competitive event bringing to Kalamazoo recent movies from French-speaking countries around the world, with the movie subtitles in English.
  • The department hosts conferences, including a conference on Arabic linguistics co-sponsored by WMU and the American University of Cairo and the Symposium on Gender Studies Across Languages and Disciplines.
  • Our speaker series invites experts in our fields of language, linguistics, translation, teaching, literature and culture to talk with students, faculty and members of the community.
  • During foreign language days, area high school students are invited to visit our department.
  • We support the Southwest Michigan Roundtable on French and Francophone Studies for high school and university teachers in the region.

Visiting professorship

This position rotates among the disciplines and languages in the department. Perhaps the greatest need of our department is to have a larger number of full-time teachers, in order to make our programs more stable and assure their continued excellence. Because the popularity of individual languages can change within a single decade, a rotating professorship would enable us to respond to changing student interests and needs in the area of languages and connected disciplines.

Faculty Research Travel Fund

Our faculty members need to attend conferences in order to remain well informed for their students, to pursue research and stay current in the languages and cultures that are our specialties. These conferences are often held out of state or abroad.