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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.
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.
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 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.
LLC Seminar- Audrey Sartiaux (Language Center Director, Union College) "Integrating Technology into the Language Classroom" 10/10/13, 11:00am, HU 354.
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.
Kudos to grad Danielle Jouët-Pastré (PhD Fre) who has published an article in Quebec Studies, "Entre l'attrait et l'aversion des origines: Le Mangeur de Ying Chen" Québec Studies Special Issue: New Voices on Québec (Fall 2012/Winter 2013): 21-35.
Undergraduates Krislin Cherian
and Stephanie Erev
have been awarded $4,000 scholarships by the Société des professeurs français et francophones d’Amérique. Ms. Cherian will study French at Laval University in Quebec City in summer 2013 and Ms. Erev, a French minor will be going to graduate school in political theory at Johns Hopkins in the Fall.
Doctoral candidates in French Studies, Abeer Aloush
and Elise Bouhet,
have been selected by the “Banlieue Network
” research group at Oxford Brooks University, Oxford, to participate in a 5-day seminar on culture in French suburbs in Paris (7/8/13-7/12/13
). 17 participants (faculty, researchers, doctoral candidates) from around the world were selected. Both students are working on doctoral dissertations under the direction of Professor Jean-François Brière.
LLC's commencement ceremony was held on Saturday, May 18, 2013 at 4:30pm in the Performing Arts Center, Recital Hall. Photos here and on Facebook
Congratulations to Benjamin Mielenz (BA 2012, Spn), who was just awarded a Fulbright Scholarship to teach literature in Colombia later this year.
Congratulations to LLC graduate Megan Ollendyke
(Fre MA), who is now an Editorial Assistant of the Air and Space Power Journal
and has just written the editorial for the "Africa and Francophonie" issue
of the journal.
Congratulations to Spanish PhD students, Kathryn Ringer-Hilfinger
and Zahir Mumin
who have both had Book Notes published recently in the Journal of Studies in Second Language Acquisition (SSLA issue 34:4). Ms. Ringer-Hilfinger's note on Mapping Applied Linguistics: A Guide for Students and Practitioners
can be found here
and Mr. Mumin's note on Bilingualism in the USA: The Case of the Chicano
can be found here
LLC Seminar: "Shepherds Redressed: Amory's Song of the Loon and the Reinvigoration of the Spanish Pastoral Novel" - Beth Bouloukos, Visiting Assistant Professor, University at Albany- 5/2/13 in HU 354 at 1:00pm.
Congratulations to French doctoral student, Elise Bouhet. Her paper, Les émeutes de 2005 ou lire la marge comme un espace de jeu, which she presented at Louisiana State University, has been published online at Mondesfrancophones.com, here.
5-2-13 - Italian Club presented "Johnny Stecchino" in HU 19.
Congratulations to two of our students who presented papers at the 10th Annual Undergraduate Research Conference at the University at Albany, April 26-27, 2013. Nikoleta Papa: “Language Contact and Variation in the Spanish of Catalonia.” (Project Advisor: Lotfi Sayahi, LLC) and Sebastian Agosti: “The ‘Dirty War’ in Argentina.” (Project Advisor: David Lisenby, LLC).
4-22-13 - Spanish Club presented "Voces Inocentes (Innocent Voices)" in HU 290. More information
Spanish MA students, Cecily Corbett, Jordan Lavender and Victor Lucio, presented at the Masters Level Graduate Research Conference on 4-20-13 at The College at Brockport.
LLC Seminar: "The Phonetics and Phonology of the Latin Iuppiter Rule" - Michael Weiss, Professor of Classics and Linguistics, Cornell University- 4/4/13 in HU 354 at 1:00pm.
Lecture: "Artistic and Political Protests in Quebec: from the Quiet Revolution to the Maple Spring" by Frédéric Rondeau,
PhD Research Associate, Centre de recherche interuniversitaire sur la littérature et la culture québécoises (CRILCQ) and
Lecturer, McGill University on 3/25/13 at 2:30 in HU 354.
Harriet Tubman: A Legacy of Resistance- 100th Anniversary Symposium & Celebration 3/8/13 and 3/9/13. Featured Performance from: Harriet Tubman: When I Crossed That Line to Freedom. Organized by: The Department of Women's Studies with support of co-sponsors at the University at Albany, including the following: College of Arts and Sciences - School of Education - School of Criminal Justice - School of Social Welfare - Office for Student Success - Office for Diversity and Inclusion - Institute for Research on Women - Institute for Teaching, Learning, and Academic Leadership - Department of Africana Studies - Department of Communications - Department of English - Department of History - Department of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures - Department of Music - Department of Sociology - Program in Journalism - National Pan-Hellenic Council - University Auxiliary Services.
3/7/13 - Nowhere in Africa - "A Jewish family in Germany emigrate short before the Second World War. They move to Kenya to start running a farm, but not all members of the family come to an arrangement with their new life. Shortly after their departure, things are changing in Germany very quickly, and a turning back seems impossible. So everyone has to arrange himself with the new life in a new continent." (from IMDB) in HU 354 at 8:10pm
LLC Seminar: "Get Up, Stand Up, Stand Up for your Rights: Transnational Belonging and Rights of Citizenship in Dominican Theater"- Camilla Stevens, Associate Professor, Department of Spanish and PortugueseLatino and Hispanic Caribbean Studies, Rutgers University - 3/5/13 in HU 354 at 1:00pm.
LLC Seminar: Graduate Student Presentations-
"The Pirate Triumphs: Spanish Romance After the Fall of the Armada"– Andrew Hamilton (SPN); "I'd Pursue More, but...: Linguistic Attitudes of Beginning Language Students” – Victor Lucio (SPN);
“Attributive Possession in Creoles: A Comparative Study” – Ashley LaBoda (SPN);
“The Violence and the Writing in the Work of Malika Mokeddem” – Nabila El Guennouni (FRE) - 2/7/13, in HU 354 at 1:00pm.
Kudos to Betsaida Reyes (Spn BA, MA and Library Science MA) who took the position of Ibero-American Studies Librarian at the
University of Kansas.
Kudos to graduate April Schmidt (Spn PhD) on her lecturer position in Spanish at Keene State College, New Hampshire.
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 www.albany.edu/CLIC, stop by the CLIC in the Fall (HU 311), call 442-4113 or email email@example.com.
PAST AREA EVENTS
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.
4/12/13 - DESTINY [DER MÜDE TOD], Film screening — A dark fairy tale, DESTINY tells the story of a young woman’s bargain with the Angel of Death after he slays her lover. Death agrees to revive him if she can save at least one of three lives in peril in three different settings: medieval Persia, Renaissance Venice, and imperial China. The film influenced a succeeding generation of filmmakers, including Luis Buñuel, who said in his autobiography, “When I saw DESTINY, I suddenly knew that I wanted to make movies,” and Alfred Hitchcock, who cited it as a film that deeply impressed him as a young man 7:30 pm, Page Hall, 135 Western Avenue, Downtown Campus Directed by Fritz Lang (Germany, 1921, 105 minutes, b/w) SILENT with live accompaniment by Mike Schiffer. (from The Writers Institute)
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)
Box Office - (518) 346-6204
2/7/13-2/17/13- GE Theatre at Proctors -
La Traviata music by Guiseppe Verdi, libretto by Francesco Piave Fully costumed and staged, sung in Italian with supertitles and a 22 piece orchestra!
Verdi’s poignantly tragic La Traviata chronicles the ill-fated romance of Violetta Valéry and Alfredo Germont. Forced to decide between a tenuous independence and her true love, Violetta aims for the fairy tales. However, Alfredo’s father, Giorgio, brings a dose of sobering reality to the party which puts the faith of both lovers to the ultimate test. A new Hubbard Hall Opera Theatre production by Heidi Lauren Duke Conducted by Maria Sensi Sellner (from Proctor's Theater)
Box Office - (518) 346-6204
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.
3/24/13 - Śląsk Polish Song and Dance Ensemble Śląsk Polish Song and Dance Ensemble was formed in 1953 by renowned composer, educator and writer Stanisław Hadyna. Slask’s debut performance in Warsaw in 1954 profoundly impacted the country, and as a touring show the ensemble still delights and amazes audiences all over the world. Śląsk specializes in presenting the secular Silesian folklore, whose characteristic rhythms, expressions, melodic phrases and texts culminate in a unique spectacular performance. The group has earned worldwide recognition and has performed in all of Europe’s capitals as well as major cities throughout Africa, United States, Australia, China and Japan. Running Time 120 min including intermission, 4:00 pm(from Proctor's Theater)
Box Office - (518) 346-6204
3/2/13 - The 5th Annual Russian Winter Festival 2013
The events slated for the nonth long festival included the Fine Art Show, Tchaikovsky Piano and Nadezhda Obukhova Voice Competitions, Russian Poetry Recital Competition, and Grand Finale - final day of the Festival on March 2nd 2013 at the Polish Community Center
, located at 225 Washington Ave Ext, Albany, NY. 11:00 am - 4:00 pm
- Admission: Adult: $7, Children: $3 from 5 to 12, children < 5 - Free - More information on all events available here
The New Russia Cultural Center's fifth annual Russian Winter Festival Grand Finale celebration is 3/2/13 at the Italian Community Center of Albany, 257 Washington Ave Extension, 11:00 AM to 4:30 PM. The final day of the Festival is a day of traditional food, music, costumes, exhibits, films, performances and competitions. For full description of the Festival events with schedule, go here
11-1-13 - EXTERMINATING ANGEL [EL ÁNGEL EXTERMINADOR]
"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.
2/8/13-The Future of Film Series: RUSSIAN ARK, Film screening - 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 the annals of cinema. 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.” 7:30 p.m., Page Hall, 135 Western Avenue, Downtown Campus Directed by Aleksandr Sokurov (Russia, 2002, 99 minutes, color) In Russian with English subtitles(from The Writer's Institute)
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.
1/10/13 - Il Postino Simple Italian postman learns to love poetry while delivering mail to a famous poet; he uses this to woo local beauty Beatrice. In Spanish and Italian. Rated PG. Light refreshments will be served. 6:30 to 8:30pm, Clifton Park-Halfmoon Public Library. FREE ADMISSION. More information.
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