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4/3/14- Deutsche Stammtisch (German Club) presented the film "Nirgendwo in Afrika," 7:30pm in HU 354.

4/1/14 - LLC Seminar Series: Timothy Sergay (University at Albany) and Carmen Serrano (University at Albany), "Translation: the Practice, the Reality," 1:00pm, HU 354

3/26/14 - For the 18th consecutive year, LLC hosted the Olympiada of Spoken Russian. Students from 5 area High Schools enjoyed a day of Russian immersion and competition showcasing their Russian skills.

3/6/14 - LLC Seminar Series: Eva Woods Peiro (Vassar College),“Surveillant Filmmaking and the Carceral in Spanish Transnational Films: The Case of Celda 211,” 1:00pm, HU 354

3/6/14 - For National Foreign Language Week (March 3-7), Le Cercle Français will have a Movie and Crêpe party. They showed the film The Intouchables at 7:00pm in HU 354. "After he becomes a quadraplegic from a paragliding accident, an aristocrat hires a young man from the projects to be his caretaker. In French with English subtitles. The movie was free. Crêpes were for sale in honor of Mardis Gras.

3/7/14 - For National Foreign Language Week (March 3-7), Russian Learners Club presented the Russian social satire film, Watch out for the Car at 4:30pm in HU 354. "The hero of the film is an insurance agent who is also a car thief. He steals cars only from various crooks and never from the good people. Then he sells those stolen cars and gives all the money to charity. His best friend is a cop who is working on this case." (IMDB) In Russian with English subtitles

3/5/14 - For National Foreign Language Week (March 3-7), Spanish Club will show the film Celda 211 at 7:15 in HU 354. "The story of two men on different sides of a prison riot -- the inmate leading the rebellion and the young guard trapped in the revolt, who poses as a prisoner in a desperate attempt to survive the ordeal." (from IMDB) In Spanish with English subtitles.

3/5/14 - La fête de la francophonie, Traditional Dance and Music of Québec & France Workshop with Homespun Occasions (band) 10:30-12:00 pm in the Campus Center Ballroom.

3/5/14 -  Meet Pierre Joris, poet, translator, and scholar who taught at UAlbany 1992-2013 and whose work bridges North American, European, and North African literary traditions and cultures.Cosponsored by the Writers Institute and UAlbany’s English Department with support from University Auxiliary Services; Languages, Literatures, and Cultures; Fence; and Barzakh.  Panel discussion — 2:00 pm, Standish Room, Science Library, Uptown Campus; Conversation with Pierre Joris — 4:15 pm, Standish Room, Science Library, Uptown Campus; Reading byPierre Joris — 8:00 pm, Standish Room, Science Library, UptownCampus.  

3/4/14 - For National Foreign Language Week (March 3-7), La Dolce Vita presented the film Johnny Stecchino at 7:00 pm in HU 354. "A kindhearted but bumbling idiot who likes to steal bananas, is passed off for a snitch hiding from the mob." (IMDB) Free Pizza with the movie!

3/4/14 - Mardi Gras en français - Join French Program faculty and students from 12:45- 2:00 in the Patroon Room (2nd floor Campus Center) for French conversation and Louisiana Cajun-style food.
To reserve a seat at the French speaking tables, contact
Professor Cynthia Fox -

3/3/14 - For National Foreign Language Week (March 3-7), Deutsche Kaffestunde showed the film Lola Rennt at 7:30 pm in HU B39, "A young woman in Germany has twenty minutes to find and bring 100,000 Deutschmarks to her boyfriend before he robs a supermarket. In German with English subtitles.

LLC Seminar Series: John Lipski (Pennsylvania State University) “Languages without borders: Spanish and Portuguese at the Crossroads” 2/6/14, 1:00pm, HU 354

1/30/14 Meet Carolyn Forché, poet, human rights activist, and translator who translated work by Salvadorian poet Claribel Alegría and co-edited Poetry of Witness: The Tradition in English, 1500 – 2001 (2014) featuring 300 poems “composed at an extreme of human endurance—while their authors awaited execution, endured imprisonment, fought on the battlefield, or labored on the brink of breakdown or death.”  Seminar — 4:15 pm Standish Room, Science Library, Uptown Campus; Reading — 8:00 pm Recital Hall, Performing Arts Center, Uptown Campus (LLC’s Ilka Kressner gave the introduction).

The Spanish, Russian, French, Italian and German clubs/tables had an end of the year get together on 12/6/13, 3-4pm in HU 354 with tea and snacks. If you wish, you can bring a snack that fits the language/cultures of our clubs and tables.

LLC Seminar- Beatriz Lado (Program Director, Languages and Literatures, Graduate Center, CUNY) "L3 Acquisition: The Role of Language Aptitude and Type of Feedback in Language Processing" 12/5/13, 11:00am, HU 354.

Deutsche Kaffestunde and LLC presented the film "Die fetten Jahre sind vorbei (The Edukators)" on 11/21/13 at 8:00pm in HU 290. In German with English subtitles.

The Spanish Club hosted a cookie decorating party 11/20/13 from 6:30pm to 8:00pm in HU 354. They baked sugar cookies and gluten-free gingerbread cookies.

The Spanish Club showed the film El Orfanato (Guillermo del Toro) in HU 354 on 11/6/13, 6:30-8:00pm.

Aprroximately 100 LLC faculty and students attended LLC’s student OPEN HOUSE 11/1/13 from 2-4pm in HU 354.  FREE pizza and Tshirts were available and students got to meet with the faculty, chat with advisors, learn about the languages, current clubs, upcoming events, honors, and more.

Professor Emeritus Jean-François Brière (Fre) was a guest speaker at Rice University (Texas) on 11/13/13. His presentation dealt with French-Haitian relations in the aftermath of the Haitian Revolution (1791-1804). photo: I Kressner bookcover

Congratulations to Professor Ilka Kressner (Spn), whose book, Sites of Disquiet, has been published by Purdue University Press.

LLC Seminar- Audrey Sartiaux (Language Center Director, Union College) "Integrating Technology into the Language Classroom" 10/10/13, 11:00am, HU 354.

Professor Julio Torres (Spn) published the article ¡Ay bendito! ¿En serio? You’re Boricua and don’t speak Spanish? in the online magazine LaRespuesta.

PhD student (Spn), Arnaldo Robles, had his abstract accepted to a major peer-reviewed conference, “American Association for Applied Linguistics.” The paper is entitled, “Partnering Heritage and Second Language Learners of Spanish: Learning Opportunities for L2 Pronunciation.”

Dr. Julio Torres presented a paper, "The Effects of Task Complexity on L2 and Heritage Spanish Development" at the 2013 International Conference on Task-Based Language Teaching in Banff, Canada (10/3-10/5). 

Film- 9/26/13, Lola Rennt - A young woman in Germany has twenty minutes to find and bring 100,000 Deutschmarks to her boyfriend before he robs a supermarket. Presented in German with English subtitles. 8:00pm in HU 354. Presented by Deutsche Stammtisch and  the LLC Department.

Film- 9/26/13, Il Mostro - "A vicious serial sex killer is on the loose, and landscape gardener and shop-window outfitter Loris is the prime suspect, thanks to his unfortunate habit of getting caught in compromising situations (for which there is always a totally innocent explanation that the police fail to spot). Undercover policewoman Jessica is assigned by eccentric police psychologist Taccone to follow Loris and provide evidence for his arrest - but things don't quite go according to plan." (from IMDB). Presented by La Doce Vita. 7:30pm in HU B39.

The Fall 2013 LLC Seminar series began with a talk by Michel DeGraff (Associate Professor of Linguistics at Massachusetts Institute of Technology) "Some Notes on Family Values (or lack thereof) in Creole Studies" on 9/12/13, 11:00am, HU 345.

The Arab Spring: Q&A on Journalism in Tunisia- 9/3/13 at 1:15 in HU 354. How do journalists cover these revolutionary events? How are they trained to do this kind of reporting? What legal protections do they have? What ethical dilemmas? How do they protect themselves? Three experts from Tunisa discussed and answers questions on these issues.

NEW for Fall 2013!  Sample language and cultures in a new 1 credit survey course, “World of Languages and Culture” (UFSP100 #7833 Wednesdays 1235-130pm in ED21).  Specially designed for freshmen currently studying French, German, Italian, Russian and Spanish, this seminar will help students understand the cultures and backgrounds of these languages.  Students will interact with a variety of language faculty, connect with other freshmen interested in language acquisition and cultural studies, and learn the value of language study and opportunities abroad.  Includes co-curricular opportunities to practice language skills and learn about the cultures outside the classroom. 

2013 Summer Study Trip to Senegal – “Culture and Customs of Senegal.  Drs. Eloise Brière (UAlbany), Cheikh Ndiaye (Union College), and Kevin Hickey (Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences) hosted a joint 3-week learning experience for their 3 schools’ students in Senegal, West Africa, which began in the US with two information sessions to discuss Senegalese culture and prepare students for the trip, a visit to Little Senegal in New York City, and an exploration of west African art. More information available.  View photos and a short blog from the previous Senegal trip

The Center for Language and International Communication (CLIC) is now in its fourth year of an ongoing telecollaborative venture with the Université de Haute Alsace where students at both institutions regularly reinforce newly acquired language skills through real-time web interactions. UAlbany students bolster their French skills for half the class and Alsace students their English skills for the other half, while each learns of the other's culture and daily activities interacting via the CLIC computers' webcams. Students benefit greatly from the one-on-one interactions and the resulting laughter says volumes about how seeing their counterparts in the other country makes language learning even more enjoyable. To learn about opportunities the CLIC may have for you, visit, stop by the CLIC in the Fall (HU 311), call 442-4113 or email


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2/22/13 - The Future of Film Series: FLIGHT OF THE RED BALLOON [LE VOYAGE DU BALLON ROUGE], Film screening - This intercultural homage by a Taiwanese director to the beloved children’s film, THE RED BALLOON (1956), by French director Albert Lamorisse, made numerous top ten lists of the year. Writing in the Village Voice, J. Hoberman called it, “explicitly an outsider’s movie, full of odd perspectives and founded on dislocation,” and said, “In its unexpected rhythms and visual surprises, its structural innovations and experimental performances, its creative misunderstandings and its outré syntheses, this is a movie of genius.” 7:30 pm, Page Hall, 135 Western Avenue, Downtown Campus, Directed by Hsiao-hsien Hou (France/Taiwan, 2007, 115 minutes, color, in French and Mandarin with English subtitles) (from The Writers Institute)


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.

9-27-13 - PEOPLE ON SUNDAY [MENSCHEN AM SONNTAG] - Film screening "Directed by Robert Siodmak (Germany, 1930, 74 minutes, b/w, silent with live piano accompaniment by Mike Schiffer) The flirtations of a summer Sunday at the beach in Weimar Germany provide the principal content of a film that helped launch the careers of some of 20th century Hollywood’s most influential filmmakers, including Robert Siodmak (THE KILLERS), Billy Wilder (SUNSET BOULEVARD), Fred Zinnemann (FROM HERE TO ETERNITY), horror movie screenwriter Curt Siodmak (THE WOLFMAN), and B-movie king Edgar G. Ulmer (DETOUR). Blending documentary footage and fictional storytelling, the film features the camera work of Eugen Schüfftan, better known for Fritz Lang’s spectacular METROPOLIS (1927)." (from Writers Institute) 7:30 pm Page Hall, 135 Western Avenue, Downtown Campus.


9-20-13 - Hubbard Hall Opera Theatre in Serenata Italiana Baritone Patrick McNally, tenor Chris Lucier, mezzo-soprano Brooke Larimer and soprano Rachel Schmiege provide a taste of Italy performing popular Neapolitan arts songs and arias. 7:30pm UAlbany Recital Hall.

7-17-13 to 7-21-13 - Zoppé Circus
"Everyone’s favorite clowns Nino and Pepino return with a full cast of careening canines, hilarious horses, terrific trapeze artists and more daring feats than you’d ever think possible, under a real big-top tent. Bring your whole family downtown to the circus this summer! On Friday, July 19, enjoy Schenectady Summer Night before and after the circus. This downtown Schenectady block party features live music and performers, fun games for kids, food stands and so much more!" (from Proctor's Theater) Schenectady NY, Box Office - (518) 346-6204.


12-2-13 - Spiral Tango - Guitarist William Simcoe and flutist Elisabeth Williams perform Arentine tango music. Bethlehem Public Library 2:00 pm

10-29-13 - Art Songs from Latin America - Mezzo-soprano Anna Tonna and pianist Max Lifchitz join forces to explore the vast and diverse art song repertoire from throughout Latin America performing works by composers from Argentina, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Mexico, Puerto Rico and Venezuela.7pm UAlbany Recital Hall.

10/18/13- Luis Gutierrez, U. S. Congressman and author  Luis Gutierrez Luis Gutierrez (D-IL-4), eleven-term U. S. Congressman from Illinois, and one of America’s preeminent champions of immigration reform and Latino civil rights, spent part of his formative years as a student at UAlbany. A 2010 Pew Hispanic Center survey ranked Gutierrez as the second-most-important Latino leader in the country, after Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor.  In a profile of Gutierrez that appeared in the November 29, 2010 issue of Newsweek, Frank Sharry, founder of the pro-immigrant group America’s Voice, said, “He’s as close as the Latino community has to a Martin Luther King figure.”  Gutierrez is the author of a new autobiography, Still Dreaming: My Journey from the Barrio to Capitol Hill (2013). Honest and often hilarious, the book recounts his rise from teacher, social worker, cab driver, and community activist to one of the most influential members of Congress. A leader of the Hispanic Caucus, Gutierrez serves currently on the House Judiciary Committee’s Subcommittees on Immigration and Border Security; and Crime, Terrorism and Homeland Security. Reading — 7:00 p.m.[Note early start time], Main Theatre, Performing Arts Center, Uptown Campus, 1400 Washington Ave., Albany, NY 12222


10/22/13 - NO ONE KNOWS ABOUT PERSIAN CATS [KASI AZ GORBEHAYE IRANI KHABAR NADAREH] Film screening —Iranian musician Rana Farhan will provide film commentary and answer questions immediately following the screening. This quasi-documentary offers a glimpse into Iran’s forbidden underground music scene. Recently imprisoned Iranian musicians attempt to put together a band and secure travel documents to play some concerts in Europe, all the while trying to avoid police detection for their illegal activity. The film won the Cannes Film Festival Un Certain Regard Jury Prize and the Miami Film Festival Audience Award. Directed by Bahman Ghobadi.  7:00 p.m., Recital Hall, Performing Arts Center, Uptown Campus (Iran, 2009, 106 minutes, color, in Persian with English subtitles). For more information, call the Writers Institute at 442-5620.

10-21-13 - Tara Kamangar - "This pianist has been praised as a “huge talent” [London Evening Standard] and a “world-class musician who excels at blending the best of Western and Middle-Eastern compositions.”[Gulf News] With a diverse repertoire ranging from Bach to Behzad Ranjbaran, she brings audiences rarely heard works by Iranian composers of the past century."
.(from PAC) 6:00 pm, UAlbany Performing Arts Center, 442-3997.

10-2-13 to 10-5-13 - White Rabbit, Red Rabbit -" Written by Nassim Soleimanpour, the work, in his own words, “is not so much a play, as an experiment.” It distills the experience of an entire generation in an utterly original play about contemporary Iran and those born amidst the hardship of the Iran-Iraq war. Requiring no director, no set, no rehearsal and a different actor for each performance, featured performers will include Chad Larabee (Oct. 2), Benita Zahn (Oct. 3), Yvonne Perry (Oct. 4) and Ward Dales (Oct. 5)."Using a menagerie of allegorical animals, the show plays with ideas of power and manipulation in society. Through rich metaphorical content, the work explores control, violence and trust. .. Written in 2010 and premiered at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, the play has been performed around the world and translated into 15 languages." (from PAC) 7:30 pm, UAlbany Performing Arts Center, 442-3997.


12-7-13 and 12-8-13 - Northeast Ballet's Annual Nutcracker "Making its annual return to the Mainstage is everyone’s favorite holiday ballet. Enter a world of Christmas dreams to the joyous music of Tchaikovsky in this annual year-end favorite. Join the Sugar Plum Fairy, the heroic Nutcracker Prince and the evil Rat King in this whimsical celebration of the season.This year’s spectacular performance features soloist Lauren Lovette and principal dancer Chase Finlay of the New York City Ballet." (from Proctor's Theater) Schenectady NY, Box Office - (518) 346-6204

12-5-13 - Moscow Ballet's Great Russian Nutcracker " It is the holiday performance for families with magical toys, falling snow, growing Christmas trees, and astounding ballet moves. The Moscow Ballet dancers are world- class and a delight to experience. Celebrate Russian ballet and the beauty of the holidays in Moscow Ballet's grand production of the Great Russian Nutcracker!" (from Palace Theater) 7:30pm, 19 Clinton Ave., Albany NY 12207 - (518) 465-3334

11-8-13 - Russian Ark (Russkiy Kovcheg) - Film screening "Directed by Aleksandr Sokurov (Russia, 2002, 99 minutes, color, in Russian with English subtitles) Widely acclaimed as both a technical masterpiece and a captivating spectacle, this tour of three hundred years of Russian history represents, in its entirety, the single longest continuous shot in motion picture history. Featuring two thousand actors and three live orchestras, the film follows an invisible narrator and a group of dead souls as they cavort through thirty-three rooms of the Hermitage museum in St. Petersburg. Writing in the Village Voice, J. Hoberman called it, “Sublime…. blithely anachronistic and slyly achronological…. [a] dazzling dance to the music of time.” (from Writers Institute) 7:30 pm Page Hall, 135 Western Avenue, Downtown Campus


12-4-13 -El Camino de Santiago - "T. Brendan Mooney, Delmar resident, shares his extraordinary experiences hiking the El Camino de Santiago trail which runs from Germany through France and Spain." (from Bethlehem Public Library) Bethlehem Public Library, 7:00 pm

"Film screening and discussion with novelist and screenwriter William Kennedy and Writers Institute Director Donald Faulkner —Directed by Luis Buñuel
(Mexico, 1962, 95 minutes, b/w, in Spanish with English subtitles)
The guests at a lavish dinner party find that they are psychologically unable to leave the host’s mansion in this surrealistic masterpiece by director Luis Buñuel. As the days pass, the “trapped” guests become increasingly belligerent and bizarre in their behaviors, ultimately reverting to various forms of savagery. Nominated for the Palme d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival, the film received the FIPRESCI international critics’ prize." (from Writers Institute) 7:00 pm [Note early start time], Page Hall, 135 Western Avenue, Downtown Campus.

9-14-13 - Hannaford Hispanic Heritage Celebration Festival featuring Tono Rosario, 3:00 - 8:00 pm at Empire State Plaza, Albany, for more information call 1-877-659-4ESP.

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