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UAlbany Capoeira gave a demonstration of the art of capoeira followed by a film: The Assailant. "Based on the life of a legendary capoeira fighter from Bahia, "Besouro" spins a fantastic tale of a young Brazilian man of African descent in search of his mission." (from IMDB), 11/20/15, 2:00-4:00 pm, HU 354. Co-sponsored by the Brazilian Study Group.

LLC Seminar: Luis Cuesta (University at Albany): “The Sport Body in the Quest for Regaining Lost Youth in Wenceslao Fernandez Florez’s ‘El ladrón de glándulas¨ , 11/18/15, 1:00 pm, HU 354.

La Dolce Vita showed the film Cinema Paradiso, 11/17/15, 8:00 pm in HU 290.

Screening and Discussion of the Documentary Un Rêve Américan, Franco-Ontarian musician Damien Robitaille seeks the French Canadian heritage in the US. 11/7/15, 2:00 pm, Guilderaland Public Library. Co-sponsored by LLC and the Fédération Franco-Américaine du New York.

Deutscher Stammtisch showed the film Das Leben der Anderen- In 1984 East Berlin, an agent of the secret police, conducting surveillance on a writer and his lover, finds himself becoming increasingly absorbed by their lives. In German with English subtitles. 11/3/15, 7:30 pm in HU 354.

LLC Open House- 10/21/15, 12:00-2:00 pm in HU 354. Students came to learn about the courses, clubs and tables, majors and minors, the 9 languages LLC has to offer and more!

The Portuguese Language Club had it's first meeting on 10/21/15t at 8:00 pm in HU 354. All were welcome and food was served.

Film: Latinos Beyond Reel, presented by El Club de Español. 10/20/15, 7:00 pm, HU 354.They discussed the portrayal of Latinos in American media. Food was be served.

LLC Seminar: Andrès Enrique Arias (Univeristat de les Illes Balears, Spain): “Testing contact-induced change in Spanish of Mallorca. Insights from a historical perspective” , 10/14/15, 1:00 pm, HU 354. Co-sponsored by the Judaic Studies Program.

Film: Once Upon a Time at 55th and Hoover, 10/14/15, 6:00 pm, HU 354. Q&A followed with director, Andrès Enrique Arias (Univeristat de les Illes Balears, Spain Institution). "Once Upon a Time at 55th and Hoover is a short documentary film that tells the story of the Sephardic Jews from the island of Rhodes who arrived in Los Angeles in the first half of the 20th century and established a community in the area around 55th Street and Hoover, what is today South Central Los Angeles." (from

La Dolce Vita showed the film Goodfellas and discussed stereotypes of the mafia and the impact it has on Italian Americans in today's society. 7:00 pm, HU 290.

Deutscher Stammtisch showed the film Der Untergang (Downfall), The film depicts Hitler's final 10 days in his Berlin bunker at the end of WWII. 10/13/15, 8:00 pm in HU 354.

Deutsche Stammtisch showed the film Im Juli on 9/15 in HU 354, 8:00 pm.

LLC Seminar: Francisco Moreno-Fernández (Instituto Cervantes at Harvard University): “El español en los Estados Unidos”, 9/16/15 at 1:00 pm in HU 354. This lecture was in Spanish.

PhD student, Jaime Mundo (Spn), had an abstract accepted for the Hostos Scholar Colloquium sponsored by Hostos Community College, CUNY as part of the activities celebrating 175 years of the birth of the Puerto Rican educator and writer, Eugenio María de Hostos. The title of the presentation is "La función del juego imaginativo y la fantasía 'En barco de papel'".

The LLC Commencement Ceremony was held 5/16/15 at 4:00 pm in the Performing Arts Recital Hall. Details here (near bottom of pg).

End of Year Celebration, LLC Language Clubs and Tables, 5/7/15, 2:00-4:00 pm, HU 109. All students & faculty interested in languages welcome!

The induction ceremony for the French Honor Society, Pi Delta Phi, was held on 5/6/15 at 5:00 pm in HU 354.

Santiago Vizcaino, a leading poet of Ecuador, and Alexis Levitin, award-winning translator of Latin American literature, presented a bilingual reading of their new book of poetry in English translation, Destruction in the Afternoon (2015), 5/4/15 at 4:15 p.m. in Science Library 340 on the University at Albany uptown campus. Free and open to the public, the event iwas sponsored by the New York State Writers Institute.

Spring Latin Dance, UAlbany’s Salsa and Tango Club hosted a dance event in the Black Box Theatre (PAC) on 5/3/15 from 4:00-7:00 pm.There was a teaching component to the day’s event: ½ hour of Salsa and ½ hour of Tango.

The induction ceremony for the Spanish Honor Society, Sigma Delta Pi, was held on 5/1/15 at 4:15 pm in The Standish Room (located on the 3rd floor of the Science Library). Welcome to the new members!

LLC Seminar: Mary Ellen Scullen (Associate Director, Languages, Literatures and Culture, University of Maryland), "Flipping and Blending the Language Course: Case Studies from Maryland," 4/10/15 at 1:00 pm in HU 354.

LLC Seminar: Ernesto Quiñonez (Associate Professor of English Cornell University), "Bodega Dreams: Q & A with Ernesto Quiñonez", 3/12/15 at 1:30 pm in HU 354.

Francophone Day- 3/11/15, LLC will host over a hundred high school students for a variety of events with Francophone connections! A music and dance workshop, scavenger hunt, dessert contest and more! Contact Veronique Martin:

3/11/15- "A Reading with Ernesto Quiñonez"- Ernesto Quiñonez, associate professor of English at Cornell University and celebrated author of Bodega Dreams and Chango’s Fire, will read from his  latest work. Co-sponsored by the Center for Latino, Latin American and Caribbean Studies, Department of Latin and Caribbean Studies and Fuerza Latina. 6:30 pm in HU 354.

"Conflict in Ukraine: Civil War or Russian Invasion?" - Adrian Karatnycky, Senior Fellow, Atlantic Council & Co-Director, Ukrainina-Jewish Encounter, 3/11/15 from 4:30-6:30 pm in University Hall 110. Sponsored by Office of International Education, Department of History, Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures, the Judaic Studies Program, & the Department of Political Science.

Taste of Haiti- 3/10/15 12:45-2:00pm, In honor of Francophone Week the Patroon Room menu will feature Haitian inspired dishes and LLC will have tables reserved for French conversation. To save your space at the table contact Cynthia Fox:

Languages, Literatures & Cultures and the University in the High School Program sponsored Spanish Heritage Day on 3/9/15. High school students had the opportunity to interact with UAlbany faculty members and students, practicing language skills and testing their knowledge of the Hispanic culture in a full day of language and cultural activities. The schedule included a scavenger hunt, games, and a music performance. The music performance was open to the public. Contact: Leonardo Correa:

Deutscher Stammtisch presented: Deutschland bleiche Mutter, 3/5/15 at 8:00 pm in HU 311 (CLIC).

2/27/15- LLC Seminar: Diana Aldrete (Visiting Assistant Professor, University at Albany) “Modes of Dissidence in Contemporary Mexico: Social Media and the New Narrative.” 2:30 pm in HU 354.

1/29/15- LLC Seminar: Graduate Presentations, “Sociolinguistic Variation in Cuba: Variants of /r/ in Guantanamo City” - Yaima Centeno (SPN);  “Phonetic accommodation in native and second-generation speech: a case study” - Cecily Corbett(SPN); "Social factors affecting variation in the realization of word-final /d/ in Valencia” - Jordan Lavender(SPN) at 1:00 pm in HU 354.


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10-28-14 -Najla Said, memoirist, actress, and playwright - Seminar, 4:15 pm, Standish Room, Science Library; Reading — 8:00 pm, Recital Hall, Performing Arts Center- "Najla Said is the author of the new memoir Looking for Palestine: Growing Up Confused in an Arab-American Family (2013). The daughter of major Palestinian-American intellectual and political activist Edward Said, Najla spent her formative years in the largely Jewish milieu of Manhattan’s Upper West Side. A witty exploration of post-modern, hyphenated American identity, the book opens with the playful statement, “I am a Palestinian-Lebanese-American Christian woman, but I grew up as a Jew in New York City.” Kirkus Reviews called it, “an enlightening, warm, timely coming-of-age story.” Said also wrote and starred in the hit Off-Broadway play, Palestine (2009)." (from NYS Writiers Institute)


2-13-15 - Cyrille Aimée - "French jazz singer, Cyrille Aimée winner of the Montreaux Jazz Festival and Sarah Vaughn Vocal Competitions, performs an evening of classic and contemporary standards for an unforgettably romantic Valentine’s Day eve concert. (from The Egg) 8:00 pm at The Egg, Center for the Performing Arts Empire State Plaza, Albany.

10-26-14 - Art Song Festival - " performances at 1:00pm & 4:30pm, Jointly sponsored by the Department of Music and Theater and ENY/NATS, this festival champions the study and performance of the classical art song repertoire with a particular focus on French art song." (from PAC) in the UAlbany Performing Arts Center.

8-16-14 - Ajkun Ballet Theatre – La Fille Mal Gardée - " of the oldest ballets still regularly performed, La Fille Mal Gardée (The Wayward Daughter) – a blissful evocation of rural living in a comedy depicting feelings of innocence and eternal spring. The dimwitted, umbrella-obsessed Alain will entertain you, while the sweet, innocent love of Lisa and Colin will move your heart." (from The Egg)The ballet was first presented at the Grand Théâtre de Bordeaux in Bordeaux, France on 1 July 1789. Empire State Plaza, Albany NY. Box Office: 518.473.1845

8-1-14 to 8-10-14 - Cirque Éloize is a Quebec-based nouveau cirque (contemporary circus) troupe. "Amazing Cirque Éloize returns to its summer home at Proctors for two spectacular weekends of the international hit, iD. For 20 years now, Cirque Éloize has been taking the public and critics by storm in more than 440 cities around the world. This August, Cirque Éloize’s dazzling and energetic iD comes to the Capital Region for the very first time.This astonishing modern circus transports audiences to a vibrant urban streetscape. The stage comes alive with the boundless energy of acrobats, break dancers and contortionists, who perform against a kaleidoscope of eye-popping projections, building to a stunning finale on a one-of-a-kind video trampowall." (from Proctor's Theater) Schenectady NY, Box Office - (518) 346-6204.

2-2-14 Hubbard Hall Opera Theatre in Carmen - Don José’s life was just fine – nice girlfriend, stable military career – until he arrested Carmen, stunningly beautiful and terrifying all at once. There aren’t many woman who will make you throw it all away, but Carmen’s motto is “live free and die free” – and she proves it. Fully costumed and staged, this condensed piano production, featuring mezzo-soprano Kara Cornell and pianist Michael Clement, is sung in French with supertitles. 3pm in the UAlbany Recital Hall


11-3-13 - UAlbany/ENY-NATS Art Song Festival - Free performances at 1pm & 4:30. This festival champions the study and performance of the classical art repertoire with this year’s particular focus on German lieder. The event is for non-professional singers giving them the opportunity to explore, coach and perform new repertoire and be evaluated by ENY/NATS members. Performing Arts Center, UAlbany.



2-27-15 through 3-7-15 - Eurydice, "The classic story is electrifyingly updated for modern audiences by famed contemporary playwright Sarah Ruhl. In this immersive theatrical production, a young girl is ripped from her world on her wedding day and sent down a raining elevator to the underworld where she must fight for the love in her heart." (from PAC) 2-27-15 at 7:00 pm, 2-28-15 at 2:00 pm, 3-4-15 through 3-6-15 at 7:00 pm, 3-7-15 at 2:00 pm in the UAlbany Performing Arts Center.

10-26-14 - Festival of Nations - "Attractions: Parade of Nations, Crowning of Miss Festival of Nations, Native Dance and Music, Ethnic Foods, Unique Crafts, and much more." 11:30-5:00pm at the Empire State Plaza Convention Center. (from Festival of Nations)



11-22-14 - The Touré-Raichel Collective- "features Malian guitar virtuoso Vieux Farka Touré and Israeli superstar pianist Idan Raichel who have created an inspirational collaboration and artistic kinship that defies all borders with intercultural free-form acoustic masterpieces.The ensemble’s natural spontaneity and free-form creativity results in the invention of sublime and transcendent music that crosses boundaries of country, culture and tradition." (from The Egg) 8:00 pm at The Egg, Center for the Performing Arts Empire State Plaza, Albany.


9-12-14- The Trip To Italy- "Two of Britain’s best-loved comic actors, Steve Coogan (Philomena) and Rob Brydon (Tristram Shandy: A Cock And Bull Story), unite on a road trip across Italy, as they ponder life and jibe each other in this semi-fictional improvised film from director Michael Winterbottom. In the long awaited follow-up to the smash hit comedy The Trip, Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon embark on a new culinary road trip around Italy in the summer, where they enjoy mouth watering meals in the gorgeous surroundings of Liguria, Tuscany, Rome, Amalfi and Capri. They riff on subjects as varied as Batman’s vocal register, Pompeii, the artistic merits of “Jagged Little Pill”, and, of course, compete on who can do the best Michael Caine impersonation." (from Spectrum 8 Theatre) 290 Delaware Ave. Albany.

4-11-14 - Francesca Marciano, novelist, short story writer, and screenwriter, Reading — 4:15 pm, University Hall Room 110, Uptown Campus; Film screening of MIELE [HONEY] and discussion with screenwriter Francesca Marciano, acclaimed Italian novelist and short story writer who writes her fiction in English, and an Oscar-nominated screenwriter who writes her scripts in Italian. — 7:00 pm, Page Hall, 135 Western Avenue, Downtown Campus, Directed by Valeria Golino (Italy, 2013, 96 minutes, color, in Italian with English subtitles)

2-13-14 - Channeling Puccini - "Hubbard Hall Opera Theatre offers an evening of romance, drama and passion celebrating the sumptuous music of Giacomo Puccini including works from Madame Butterfly, La Bohème, Tosca, Turandot and other masterpieces as well as lesser known songs that never made it into an opera score." (from PAC) 7:30 pm in the UAlbany Performing Arts Center.


2-11-14 - Carnival/Carnaval - "Music from the Americas. Pianist Max Lifschitz marks Carnival celebrations performing dance inspired piano music by composers from the Caribbean, Brazil and US." (from PAC) 7::00 pm, UAlbany Performing Arts Center, 442-3997


3/26/15- Novelist Yelena Akhtiorskaya, Yelena Akhtiorskaya is the author of a brilliant debut novel, Panic in a Suitcase (2014), the story of two decades in the life of a Ukrainian immigrant family in Brighton Beach, Brooklyn. Hailed by the critics as “ingenious” (NPR), “marvelous” (Library Journal) and “hilarious” (Publishers Weekly), Panic in a Suitcase was named a “Notable Book of 2014” by the New York Times and Washington Post. Seminar, 4:15 pm, Standish Room, Science Library; Reading, 8:00 pm, Campus Center 375. (from NYS Writers Institute)

12-6-14 to 12-7-14 - Northeast Ballet's Annual Nutcracker - "Join the Sugarplum Fairy, the heroic Nutcracker Prince and the evil Rat King in the Capital Region’s premier celebration of the season. Starring Lauren Lovette and Gonzalo Garcia of New York City Ballet fame." (from Proctor's Theater) Schenectady NY, Box Office - (518) 346-6204.

11-29-14 - Moscow Ballet's "Great Russian Nutcracker" - "40 star-studded Russian dancers perform Olympic-worthy leaps and lunges, astonishing lifts and magnificent partnering throughout Moscow Ballet's Great Russian Nutcracker. Performed to Tchaikovsky's timeless score for over twenty years in the U.S., the Great Russian Nutcracker tells the traditional story of a young girl meeting her Prince and includes a tribute to world peace and harmony. The Stahlbaum's Christmas party is lively and includes magical toys from the family's beloved Uncle Drosselmeyer. Masha is enchanted with her strange Nutcracker Doll and enters a dream world with him...a "Dove of Peace" escorts Masha and her Nutcracker Prince to the "Land of Peace and Harmony" (in contrast to the traditional "Land of Sweets"). In Act II dancers from the world's ethnic heritages; Hispanic, African, Slavic-Russian, Asian and European, entertain the young couple bestowing symbolic gifts in the form of playful, 10-foot tall silk puppets." 3:00pm (from Palace Theater) 19 Clinton Ave., Albany NY 12207 - (518) 465-3334.

11-13-14 - Moscow Symphony Orchestra - "For over 70 years the Moscow State Symphony Orchestra has been acclaimed as one of the world’s finest musical ensembles.From its home base at the Great Hall of the Moscow Conservatory to the music centers of Vienna, Munich, Rome, Helsinki, Hong Kong and beyond, the MSSO has brought the grand Russian style to enthusiastic audiences all over the globe." 8:00 pm (from Procor's Theater) Schenectady NY, Box Office - (518) 346-6204.

11-1-14 - Heritage Dinner - New Russia Cultural Center is sponsoring a dinner to celebrate and pay homage to those who have enriched the community and established a legacy in the Russian-speaking community. Mohawk Golf Club,1850 Union St., Schenectady NY. Cocktails begin at 6:00pm. Guest speaker: Neil Golub. For more information go here.

10-22-14 - Sung Poetry - The Latham-based Russian cultural organization SPUTNIK announces a concert of sung Russian poetry in a cozy home studio setting by composer and singer Elmira Galeyeva, accompanied on the acoustic bass by her husband, Oleg Kovalyov. The couple will present a program of mostly twentieth-century Russian poetry that they call “Предчувствие” (“Presentiment” or “Premonition”). 7:00 pm at 61 Mill Rd., Latham, NY, 12110. Tickets are $20 at the door, $15 for students and retirees. Questions, call Yan and Marina Babichenko at 518-785-5990.



12-12-14 to 12-21-14 - The Gringo Who Stole Christmas - "Hispanic take on the classic Dickens tale A Christmas Carol. Kevin, aka, Diego, has determined that the only way for immigrants to “make it” in America is to completely assimilate, beginning by losing their accents. In the process, though, he has lost more than just his accent. Three fantasmas visit Kevin and show him the value of embracing who he really is, appreciating his heritage and living in the now." (from Proctor's Theater) Schenectady NY, Box Office - (518) 346-6204.

11-10-14- Latin America in Song- "Cuban-American soprano Susana Diaz joins UAlbany pianist Max Lifchitz for a recital featuring art songs from the Caribbean and the Americas including works by Ernesto Lecuona, Aurelio de la Vega, Manuel M. Ponce and Heitor Villa-Lobos.  $8 general public / $4 students, seniors and UAlbany faculty-staff." (from PAC) 7:00 pm in the UAlbany Performing Arts Center arcía Márquez and Mario Vargas Llosa. Her 2003 translation of Don Quixote is widely hailed as a masterpiece." (from NYS Writiers Intsitute) Co-sponsored by UAlbany’s Department of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures

10-17-14- Habana Sax- "Featuring four saxophones and a percussionist, Habana Sax synthesizes Afro-Cuban, Salsa, Latin and American jazz, venturing from mystical chant to rhythmic dance music to improvisational jazz." (from The Egg) 7:30 pm at The Egg, Center for the Performing Arts Empire State Plaza, Albany.

9-23-14- Edith Grossman, celebrated translator of Spanish literature Seminar on translation, 4:15 pm., Assembly Hall, Campus Center Reading, 8:00 pm., Assembly Hall, Campus Center:"Edith Grossman is one of the world’s most celebrated translators of Spanish literature into English. Her newest work is Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz (2014), a collection of poems by 17th century nun, poet, and feminist, Sister Juana, known to posterity as the “Phoenix of Mexico” and the “Tenth Muse.”

9-13-14 -Hannaford Hispanic Heritage Celebration At The Plaza - "...celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month at the Hannaford Hispanic Heritage Celebration on September 13th, 2014. This exciting family-friendly, Latin festival, held in the Empire State Plaza will have performances by local dance troupes, musical entertainment, Latin arts and crafts and food vendors." (from 5:00-10:00pm, Convention Center, Empire State Plaza, Albany, NY.

9-19-14 - I, THE WORST OF ALL [YO, LA PEOR DE TODAS] Film screening- "Directed by María Luisa Bemberg, Argentina, 1990, 105 minutes, color, Starring Assumpta Serna, Dominique Sanda, Héctor Alterio Based on a biography by Nobel laureate Octavio Paz, this film tells the story of the embattled 17th century nun, Sor Juana, who would come to be regarded as the mother of Mexican literature. Screened in conjunction with an appearance by translator Edith Grossman (9-23-14)" in Spanish with English subtitles (from NYS Writiers Institute)7:30 pm, Page Hall, 135 Western Avenue, Downtown Campus.




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