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June 2014 - Congratulations to PhD candidate Gabriel Guadalupe who has accepted a position as Assistant Professor of Spanish (tenure-track) at Westfield State University in Massachusetts.

5/17/14 - LLC held its departmental recognition ceremony for graduating students on Saturday, May 17, 2014 from 330-430pm in the PAC Recital Hall. A reception followed from 430-530 in the Futterer Lounge.  The department ceremony is a complement to the University-wide commencement ceremonies offering graduates an opportunity to participate in a smaller, more intimate commencement event where each LLC graduate receives individual recognition (diplomas arrive by mail at a later date).

5/9/14 - End of Semester Event- Language Clubs and Tables and LLC faculty and students were invited to get together in the Terrace Lounge from 3:30-5:00 to celebrate the end of the semester and plan future events.

5/2/14 - The induction ceremony for Sigma Delta Pi (Spanish Honor Society) was held at 6:00pm in HU 354. -Contact Professor Julio Torres -

5/1/14 - LLC Seminar Series: John Singler (New York University),"Sociolinguistics in the Digital Age: Data As Never Before," 1:00pm, HU 354

5/1/14 - The induction ceremony for Pi Delta Phi (French Honor Society) was held at 5:00pm in HU 354. Contact Professor Cynthia Fox -

5/1/14 - Deutsche Kaffeestunde (German Table) presented "Im Juli" (In July), a film by Faith Aikin. 8:00pm in HU 354. In German with English subtitles.

5/1/14 - La Dolce Vita showed the film "Big Night" 7:30pm in HU 39. In Italian with English subtitles.

4/17/14 - Ukraine Crisis Forum 3:00-5:00pm, Campus Center 375, The Ukraine Crisis, with Russia’s absorption of Crimea and Sevastopol, has dominated headlines since late November and by most accounts constitutes the most serious challenge to the post-Cold War international order the world has yet seen. Over 70 people came to hear various views of the roots and implications of this crisis in a forum organized by the Department of Languages, Literatures & Cultures. The forum included brief presentations by five faculty members from LLC and the Departments of History and Political Science and a WHO consultant from Ukraine followed by a question and answer periond.

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 - LLC hosted the Olympiada of Spoken Russian for the 18th consecutive year. Congratulations to the finalists: Simran Rostogi (Shaker HS) and Thomas Melvin (Staten Island Technical HS), the Runner Up: Katherine Zaniewska (Staten Island Technical HS) and in the Heritage category to finalist: Gary Dreyer (Staten Island Technical HS) and Runner Up: Eric Makarov (Staten Island Technical HS). Well done!

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

3/6/14 -
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 had 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.

3/5/14 - For National Foreign Language Week (March 3-7), Spanish Club showed 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 - Pierre Joris, poet, translator, and scholar who taught at UAlbany 1992-2013. His 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 12:45- 2:00 in the Patroon Room (2nd floor Campus Center)- French Program faculty and studentsmet forFrench conversation and Louisiana Cajun-style food.

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.

2/6/14 - LLC Seminar Series: John Lipski (Pennsylvania State University) “Languages without borders: Spanish and Portuguese at the Crossroads”, 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).

Ilka Kressner (Spn) received a Visiting Scholarship from Harvard University's Department of Comparative Literature for her Research Project: Portable Poetry in Spanish America - Paradigms of an Aesthetic of Interaction" June-Dec 2013.

Professor Emerita Sophia Lubensky (Rus) had her Russian-EnglishDictionary of Idioms, Revised Edition published by Yale Press.


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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.


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)


2-11-14 - 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


3-28-14 - Moscow Festival Ballet:Giselle " tells the story of a beautiful young peasant girl and a deceitful man who lures her into a deceptive engagement. When the truth comes out, Giselle goes mad and dies of a broken heart. Her spirit returns to haunt him, but her love eventually saves him in a battle between the mortal and immortal worlds. Moscow Festival Ballet was founded in 1989 when legendary principal dancer of the Bolshoi Ballet Sergei Radchenko sought to realize his vision of a company which would bring together the highest classical elements of the great Bolshoi and Kirov Ballet companies in an independent new company within the framework of Russian classic ballet." 8:00 pm (from Proctor's Theater) Schenectady NY, Box Office - (518) 346-6204


8-18-14 - Pablo- "Pablo tells the story of the legendary times and work of title designer Pablo Ferro. Using a blend of character animation, motion design and documentary footage, Pablo tracks Pablo Ferro's rise as a poor Cuban immigrant to the heights of the Madison Avenue commercial industry and then becoming one of the most celebrated designers of movie history. The film centers Pablo's presence in the New York counter culture scene of the 1960's until the mystery that changed his life forever… " (from Proctor's Theater) Schenectady NY, Box Office - (518) 346-6204.

7-8-14 - Havana Havana! - Film, "The soul and energy of African-Cuban drummers, guajira guitarists and the pulsing melodies of Cuban music. Raul Paz brings together fellow musical stars for a concert in Havana. Their decision to return has injected a new spirit into Cuban music. Mirroring Cuba's growing relationship with the world, "Havana, Havana!" highlights how the country's musical expression is evolving in the 21st century. Directed by David Grubin, who introduces the film." (from ) at PS21 - The Tent at PS21: 2980 Route 66, one mile north of Chatham Village. For More Information Call: 518.392.6121

3-8-14 - Man of LaMancha DREAM THE IMPOSSIBLE DREAM! Enter the mind and the world of Don Quixote as he pursues his quest for the impossible dream. Against all odds, a man sees good and innocence in a world filled with darkness and despair. This lyrical and amusing adventure is a classic tale of the triumph of man over his own follies. “MUSICAL THEATRE AT ITS FINEST ANYWHERE! A TRIUMPH. “ - United Press International - “THE MUSICAL THAT’S SET ABOVE AND APART FROM ALL THE OTHERS BY TOUCHING THE HEART! AN EXQUISITE MUSICAL PLAY...” - The New York Daily News - “CHARM, GALLANTRY AND DELICACY OF SPIRIT.” - The New York Times (from Proctor's Theater) Schenectady NY, Box Office - (518) 346-6204



2013 - The Year in Pictures



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