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Oldenborg "The Borg" Center

Oldenborg Center for Modern Languages

The Oldenborg Center for Modern Languages and International Relations—better known on campus as “the Borg”—is an international center and residence that helps assimilate students into various aspects of international life on campus.

And if that word “assimilate” rings a bell, it may be worth noting the unsubstantiated rumor that Pomona's well-documented connection with Star Trek and later Trek sequels may have included the naming of a certain cyborg nemesis after a certain labyrinthine residence hall that will, of course, go unnamed.

What we know for sure is that each year, more than three-fourths of all Pomona students participate in one or more of Oldenborg's programs, which include guest speakers in the International Relations Colloquia, a foreign film series, and daily language tables in 18 languages ranging from Russian, Swedish and Cantonese to Hebrew, Hungarian and Arabic.

Oldenborg also includes a residence for 140 students who choose to live in wings dedicated to six cultures and languages--Chinese, French, German, Japanese, Russian, and Spanish. When built in 1966, Oldenborg Center was believed to be the first facility of its kind to combine a language center, international house and coeducational residence in a single building.