Loyola University Chicago

Modern Languages and Literatures


  • The Altenheim: A German “Old People’s Home” Through the Ages

    On Friday, June 22nd, at 7:30pm a talk will be given by Dr. Reinhard Andress at Dank Haus German American Cultural Center. The topic is the Altenheim, a German "Old People’s Home" in Forest Park. For decades the Altenheim served the aged German-American community before becoming a senior residency open to other ethnic groups as well. It is still in operation today.
  • Symposium of the North American Society for Exile Studies

    On May 18-19, 2018, the Dept. of Modern Languages and Literatures and the College of Arts and Sciences is hosting a meeting of the North American Society for Exile Studies (NASES) on the Lakeshore Campus of Loyola University with papers and other events surrounding the topic of the“Early Stages of Exile: Somewhere Between Home and Arrival” within the context of German Exile Studies.
  • Feature

    Life Begins Anew—Rediscovering the Austrian Writer and Exile Fred Heller

    Reinhard Andress, PhD (Professor of German), has spearheaded the reedition of a volume of short stories by Fred Heller, Das Leben beginnt noch einmal (Life Begins Anew). Heller himself was an Austrian Jew, well established in Viennese journalistic and theatrical circles, when he had to flee the city after Hitler annexed the country in 1938.
  • Retiring Modern Languages Professor Volunteers Time to Teach Prisoners

    Loyola Professor Andrew McKenna is taking his teaching to a new classroom – one in Stateville Correctional Center to be specific. The French professor in the Department of Modern Languages & Literatures will retire from Loyola after teaching at the University for over 40 years, but will continue to volunteer his time at the correctional center teaching English and literature.
  • German Studies

    An ordinary artifact, until its significance was uncovered

    Dr. Reinhard Andress, professor of German and director of the German Studies Program in the Department of Modern Languages & Literatures of Loyola’s College of Arts and Sciences, discovered an important document while researching the German explorer, geographer, scientist, romantic philosopher and author of Kosmos, Alexander von Humboldt (1769–1859).