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Come join the Italian Club April 3, 2018 7:15-8:15pm in BB227 to learn and practice the Italian card game Scopa in preparation for the upcoming tournament.

All are welcome to German Film Night, Tuesday 4/3/2018 at 8PM in Humanities 290, showing "The Edge of Heaven" by Fatih Akin.

Conversation with Portuguese poet Rosa Alice Branco 4/3/18 4:15pm in the Stadish Room, Science Library, co-sponsored with the New York State Writer's Institute.

What’s Wrong With José? Traditional Storytelling In Brazilian Classrooms by Dr. Alandeom Oliveira.  April 2, 2018 at 4:15pm in Humanities 354. Dr. Alandeom Oliveira will talk about his research in which he investigates the power of narrative stories in the learning of science by children in rural areas of Brazil. Come and join us! Contact:

La Dolce VIta, the Italian-American Club, presents: TUTORING NIGHT March 27, 2018. 7:15-8:15pm in Humanities 354.  

Spanish Club is hosting a midterm review session for Spanish students Tuesday March 27, 2018 at 7:15pm in A&S B015.  

Campus Conversations in Standish: Dr. Ilka Kressner will present "Photographic Contact Zones: The Mexican Travel Photographs by Fritz Neugrass" March 28, 12:35pm to 1:30pm.

A Year in Brazil: an Unconventional Study Abroad Experience by Virginia Chu. March 22, 2018 - 5:00pm in Humanities 354. Free event & open to the public. Contact:

Francophone Day, an immersion experiece for high school students enrolled in University in the High School French classes, will take place 3/21/18 at UAlbany's Campus Center. More information will be provided to French teachers in the UHS high schools by UHS Liaison Veronique Martin.

Join the Italian-American Club March 20, 2018 in BB217 at 7:15p for Scopa! Learn to play this popular Italian card game in anticipation of the Scopa Tournament coming up (more info to follow)! Contact for more info.

The French Program sponsored a Dictée March 3, 2018 11am in HU109 with 5 levels of students competing for perfection of transcribed dictation.

Join La Dolce Vita February 27th for a Movie Night.  Showing Big Night at 7:15pm in Humanities 354.

Brazilian Dance The power of dance transforming lives of communities in Brazil by Bárbara Carvalho. February 26, 2018 at 4:15pm in Humanities 354. Presented by the Portugese Program. Bárbara Carvalho will talk about her experience applying dance and movement to help people with mental issues and homeless people in São Paulo (Brazil). Contact:

Italian Tutoring Night hosted by La Dolce Vita February 20, 2018 7:15pm in BB217. Contact:

Join Spanish Club for Movie Night on February 20, 2018 at 7pm in HU354 for the film, La Isla Minima.

The Portuguese Program presents: Soccer in Brazil by Dr. Luis Cuesta, February 19, 2018 at 4:15pm in Humanities 354. Dr. Luis Cuesta will talk about the intricacies of soccer and race in Brazil. Come and join us! Contact:

LLC Seminar Wednesday 2/14/18 1-2pm in HU311 with Mathew Ingram, JD, PhD, Associate Professor, UAlbany Department of Political Science: "R for SPSS Users: An Introduction to Workflow in R with Examples from Linguistics" in HU311.

The Man from the Future, February 13, 2018 in Humanities 354 at 7:00pm. Portuguese Movie Night. Pizza and refreshments will be served! Contact:

Der Ganz Grosse Traum February 13, 2018 in HU290 at 8pm. German Movie Night. An English teacher brings soccer from England to Germany by teaching it to his class at a strictly-run German all-boys' school in the late 19th Century. Contact:

Brazilian Music by Tarcísio Ramos, lecture & performance, February 5, 2018 at 4:30pm in Humanities 354. Presented by the Portugese Program. This is a FREE event. Tarcísio is a Brazilian performer, musician and poet. He will talk about Brazilian popular music and give a live performance. Contact: 

Congratulations to Dr. Lotfi Sayahi whose contribution in the Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Linguistics, “Diaglossia in North Africa, ” is now the feature article on its website: Article:…

LLC seeks a full-time Instructional Support Technician to serve as the Coordinator of our Center for Language and International Communication, starting in June 2018.  For more information or to apply:

Congratulations to John R Teevan III (BA & MA in French, 2012) who just published a book now on Amazon’s best-sellers list for new releases in the genre, A Mysterious Evening in Vienna, a collection of short stories – most in English, some in French.

Congratulations to our newest Spanish PhD graduate, Dr. Karina Walker, who successfully defended 8/23/17!

Congratulations to our newest Spanish PhD graduate, Dr. Zahir Mumin, who successfully defended 7/17/17! 

CONGRATULATIONS TO ALL OUR GRADUATES and very best wishes from LLC! UAlbany 2017 Commencement videos and photos are available at

Congratulations to this year's scholarship awardees: Eleanor Bazzoni Award: Danielle Fico and Luis Ramirez, Frank G. Carrino Award: Niamh O’Sullivan, Guy Enfanto Memorial Award: Richard Opoku, Anthony M. Gisolfi Award: Katrina Abad (more inormation on awards). And many thanks to our alunni and friends who make these awards possible with their generous contributions!

Congratulations to our 2107 Excellence in Teaching TA awardees, Pamela Alvarado-McNamara and Tara Feeney!

Read LLC's latest newsletter at:

Congratulations to Dr. Elise Bouhet (FRE) who received the UAlbany Distringuished Doctoral Dissertation Award for her exceptional academic work and to Professor Jean François Brière, her dissertation director!

Congratulations to our newest Spanish PhD graduate, Dr. Jordan Lavender, who successfully defended 5/8/17!

Congratulations to our newest Spanish PhD graduate, Dr. Leonardo Correa, who successfully defended 4/26/17!

Congratualtions to Spanish graduate student Jordan Lavender who accepted a Visiting Assistant Professor position at Colby College for the coming year!

Congratulations to our newest Spanish PhD graduate, Dr. Cecily Corbett, who successfully defended 4/17/17!

During summer break Charlie Giglio is headed to Italy with students from his Latin classes at UAlbany and a local high school. A true immersion adventure!

Matheson (Matt) Curry, a junior History major and Russian & East European Studies minor, is presenting research adapted from his work in ARUS252 at the SUNY Undergraduate Research Conference at SUNY Suffolk Friday, 4/21/17, and at the 14th Annual University at Albany Undergraduate Research Conference in the Lecture Center Concourse Friday, 4/28/17. His presentation title is ““Let Our Noble Wrath Boil Over Like a Wave!”: Connections between Soviet Propaganda and Red Army War Crimes during World War II.”” Two of his current professors served as his research advisors, H. Peter Krosby (History) and Timothy Sergay (LLC).

Students:  Interested in deepening your knowledge of Russian culture and/or the Russian language?  LLC’s Russian professor, Timothy Sergay, shares these opportunities:  Fall 2017 Stony Brook will offer HUR 249 "Russia Today," a three-credit synchronous, distance-learning course (Mondays and Wednesdays 2:30-3:50pm), taught by Professor John Bailyn via teleconferencing. There are also two options for study in St. Petersburg, Russia, July 1–July 30, 2017:  the Advanced Critical Language Institute (ACLI) 6-7 credits of Russian language depending on placement level (open to students at all levels, info:, brochure and a cultural studies program with language study and internship components called “Explore St. Petersburg!” (no previous knowledge of Russian needed, info: —4/1/17 deadline was extended--must have passport in hand). Questions to:

Congratulations to Patricia Keyes for her election to the Part-Time Faculty at-Large Senate seat!

Ray Ortali, French Professor Emerius, was featured 4/11/17 in the Times Union . (

Alejandra Aguilar's essay "Heroismo y conciencia racial en la obra de la poeta afrocubana Cristina Ayala" (in Meridional. Revista Chilena de Estudios Latinoamericanos, 2016) was awarded this year's Ibero-American Prize for an Academic Article on the Nineteenth Century by the Latin American Studies Association (LASA is the largest professional association for those engaged in the study of Latin America).

Latin instructor and University in the High School Latin Liaison, Charles Giglio (who is also a NY State Teacher of the Year and NEA Foundation Global Fellowship Scholarship awardee), recently recorded a TedTalk on teaching. See it here:

Congratulations to all our 2017 Sigma Delta Pi Hispanic Honor Society inductees!

Congratulations to all our Pi Delta Phi French National Honor Society inductees!

One of the very last representatives of Russian culture’s rebellious and principled “people of the 60s” (shestidesiatniki), the poet, novelist, screenwriter, memoirist, director and sometime actor Yevgeny Aleksandrovich Yevtushenko, died at the age of 84 on April 1, 2017 in Tulsa, OK. More.

Congratulations to our newest French PhD graduate, Dr. Olivia Barone Amzallag, who successfully defended 3/31/17!

UAlbany faculty and staff were recently honored for 25 or more years of service at the U, including some of our own long-time faculty (Mary Beth Winn, Maria Keyes, Cynthia Fox. Maurice Westmoreland, and Olimpia Pelosi). LLC thanks each of you for your commitment to our students, our department, our colleagues, our university and the profession! More details and pictures.

Congratulations to Henryk Baran, Eloise Briere and Mary Beth Winn who have received grants from the UAlbany Emeritus Center to support their ongoing research endeavors.

We're saddened to report the news that Professor Albeto Carlos who taught with UAlbany 1962-1996 has passed away (obituary).

Fall 2017 courses are now online! Advanced registration begins 3/20/17. Find courses offered and course descriptions here. Not a student enrolled in a program? Not a problem. Students not enrolled in a degree program but wanting to study languages may enroll "non-degree" through the Office of General Studies and take individual courses (high school seniors who excel in their coursework are also eligible).

Spanish graduate student Joshua DeCleck recently reviewed "“The Multilingual City: Vitality, Conflict and Change,” in the Linguist List (read the review at:

Congratulations to Nicholas Figueroa, our newst SPN PhD, whose doctoral dissertation defense, "Variation in /ɾ/ Outcomes in the Speech of U.S.-Born Puerto Rican and Dominican Heritage Spanish Speakers," was on 2/2/17!

Congratulation to Elise Bouhet, our newest FRE PhD, whose doctoral disseration defense, "L'espace du jeu dans les emeutes de 2005 en France," was 1/17/17!

Graduate student Lindsay Wiginton was interviewed for a UAlbany story about her interest in Spanish. To read the story:

LLC Seminar Wednesday 12/6/17 1-2pm in HU354 - Beth M. Bouloukos, Senior Acquisition Editor, The Amherst College Press, “From Proposal to Bookshelf (and the Cloud)."

The German Program invites everyone to its film,"Joyeux Noel" Tuesday 12/5/17 8pm in HU354. 

Komla Amegashie's Doctoral Dissertation Defense will be 11/29/2017 in Science Library SL 330, the Standish Room, at 9:00am. Open to faculty and graduate students. "LA PROBLÉMATIQUE DU DICTIONNAIRE ÉWÉ-LANGUE(S) INDO-EUROPÉENNE(S): ÉTUDE MÉTALEXICOGRAPHIQUE ET ÉTAT DES LIEUX"

Current events talk: Russia's RT International TV News (or Propaganda?) Network: Are Comparisons to America's Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty Fair? Co-sponsored by LLC's Russian Program and the Departments of Communication, History, and Political Science. 11/17/17 in HU354 3-5pm. Free and open to the public. Refreshments served.

LLC Movie Night: The Wave (2008) Die Welle (original title) A high school teacher's experiment to demonstrate to his students what life is like under a dictatorship spins horribly out of control when he forms a social unit with a life of its own. Director: Dennis Gansel 11/7/17 HU354 8pm. Presented by the German Program.

University in the High School Teacher Workshops for UHS French, Italian and Spanish high school teachers will be Friday 11/3/17 in the UAlbany Science Libary Standish Room and the Alumni House. For more information contact UHS liaisons in those languages (FRE-Veronique Martin, ITA-Maria Keyes, SPN-.Leonardo Correa or Dora Ramirez).

Evens Domond's Doctoral Dissertation Defense will be 11/10/2017 in HU290 at 4:00pm. Open to faculty and graduate students.

LLC's Fall 2017 Open House will be Tuesday 10/24/17 in HU354 12-2pm. All students are invited to come, bring friends, meet the faculty, talk to advisors, and learn about clubs, activities, study abroad, and more.

Join us Wednesday 10/25/2017 1-2pm in HU354 for a talk with Megan Saltzman, Associate Professor of Spanish, West Chester University     “Everyday Forms of Control and Resistance in the Battle for Public Space in Barcelona.” All are welcome.

Spanish Day, an immersion experience for high school students enrolled in University in the High School Spanish classes, will be 10/25/17. More information will be provided to Spanish teachers in UHS high schools. Contact: Professor Dora Ramirez.

LLC's International Film Festival will be held evenings in October, 6pm in Humanities 354, as follows. Please join us for films from a variety of countires and languages.

Portuguese 10/3/17
: “The Way He Looks” A Brazilian dramatic film released in 2014. A touching story of love and self-discovery - a blind teenager on his way to independence and sexual identity.

German 10/10/17:
“Almanya, Welcome to Germany” is a 2011 comedy film by the German-Turkish filmmaker Yasemin Samdereli. Focusing on the experiences of selected characters, the film explores topics arising in a multicultural society. It describes the story of three generations of a Turkish immigrant family in Germany and revolves around questions such as identity, belonging, prejudice and cultural immersion.

Spanish 10/12/17: “Gente de bien” 2014 French-Colombian film written and directed by Franco Lolli. A naturalistic drama that explores Colombia’s class differences.

French 10/13/17: “Where Do We Go Now?”  The second feature film of Nadine Labaki is set in a remote Lebanese village where the church and the mosque stand side by side, "Where Do We Go Now?" follows the antics of town’s women to keep their blowhard men from starting a religious war. Women, heartsick over sons, husbands and fathers lost to previous flare-ups unite to distract their men with clever ruses, from faking a miracle to hiring a troupe of Ukrainian dancers.

German 10/16/17: "The Maid" A 2009 Chilean comedy-drama directed by
Sebastian Silva focusing on identity, social class and solitude form the perspective of a maid in an upper class household.

Italian 10/17/17: “La Leggenda del Pianista sull'Oceano” (The Legend of 1900) Famed Italian director Giuseppe Tornatore (Cinema Paradiso) gives us the fable of a child born on board an ocean liner who never puts his feet on dry land. The ship travels back and forth between Europe and America. It is a story about taking risks, living life and finding ones place in this world.

Join us Wednesday 10/11/17 1-2pm in HU290 for a talk with LLC's Olimpia Pelosi, “Italian-Born Filmmakers in Latin America between Modernity and Postmodernity: an Overview." All are welcome.

All are welcome to attend LLC's Conference, "Views from Below: The Underdog in Contemporary Latin American and Spanish Film," Friday 10/6/17.

Join us for our next LLC Seminar Thursday 10/5/17 1-2pm in HU354 for a talk with Gonzalo Aguiar Malosetti, SUNY-Oswego, Department of Modern Languages, “Matter and Memory: Reasserting the (Political) Present in Eduardo Coutinho’s Edifício Master (2002) and Kleber Mendonça Filho’s Aquarius (2016)." All are welcome.

The German Program invites all to its last film of the semeseter, "The Harmonists" Tuesday 9/19/17 8pm in HU354.

The Sigma Delta Pi Hispanic Honor Society initiation ceremony will be Friday, 5/12/17 at 4:30pm in the Standish Room (Science Library). Contact Leonardo Correa (

Pi Delta Phi, the French National Honor Society, will hold its induction ceremony Tuesday 5/9/17 4pm in HU354. Contact: Cynthia Fox (cfox@albanyedu).

The German Program invites all to its last film of the semeseter, Im Juli Monday 5/8/17 730pm in HU354.

Jordan Lavender's Doctoral Dissertation Defense will be Monday 5/8/17 in HU354 10am. Open to faculty and graduate students.

LLC Seminar 5/3/17 1pm in HU354 “¿Él es arquitecto, o él es un arquitecto?: Acquisition of articles in Spanish” with Dora Ramírez (UAlbany) and Alice Krause (SUNY Delhi). All are invited.

Join LLC Hebrew students and others Tuesday 5/2/17, 12-4pm by the small fountain in front of the Campus Center. There will be Israeli food and snacks, a virtual reality tour of Israel, arts and crafts like Hebrew letters and bead making, and a lot of Hebrew speaking! Come learn about Israel and learn some Hebrew!

Please join LLC and Patricia Keyes (ITA) for The Language of Music, a piano duet concert 4/28/17 7PM in the Performing Arts Center (PAC) Recital Hall. Enjoy a cultural feast for the ears across multiple countries.

Cultural no Sul do Brasil (lecture in Portuguese) 4/27/17 6pm in HU354. All are welcome. Questions to Denise Osborne (

Leonardo Correa's Doctoral Dissertation Defense will be WEDNESDAY 4/26/17 in HU354 830am. Open to faculty and graduate students.

Meet Vladimir Vysotsky (1938-1980), Russia’s greatest bard, poet, cultural icon, and the voice of freedom for his generation, in the performance of singer/translator Vadim Astrakhan, who brings Vysotsky's passion to UAlbany in English translation.. LLC Seminar 4/26/17 3PM in the Performing Arts Center (PAC) Recital Hall (room 223). This instructional concert is free and open to the public. Co-sponsored by the Department of Music & Theatre.

Join the Spanish Program for its Hispanic Film Festival 3 nights in April: 4/12/17 Vivir es Facil, 4/19/17 The Girl, and 4/26/17 Juan de los Muertos -- all at 6:30pm in HU354. Come and enjoy and participate in academic discussions led by Spanish faculty following each film.

Conversation on Literature and Human Rights: Student Presentations 4/25/17 1:15-2:35pm in HU354. Coordinated by Professor Alejandra Aguilar (

Cecily Corbett's Doctoral Dissertation Defense will be MONDAY 4/17/17 in HU354 3-5pm. Open to faculty and graduate students.

The Spanish Program is accepting Sigma Delta Pi Hispanic Honor Society applications until 4/14/17 (applications/questions to Leonardo Correa Requirements for nomination include: the equivalent of 3 years of college level Spanish (may include courses taken in high school), including at least one college course in Hispanic linguistics, literature or civilization at the junior or senior level, a minimum GPA of3.00 in Spanish courses, 3 semesters of college work with an overall GPA of at least 2.75. Graduate students must have completed 1 semester of graduate studies with a minimum GPA of 3.00. The initiation ceremony will be Friday, 5/12/17 at 4:30pm in the Standish Room (Science Library). 

The French Program is accepting membership applications to Pi Delta Phi, the French National Honor Society. Requirements for undergraduates: completion of 2 courses at the 300-level or above, 3.0 GPA in French, 3.0 GPA overall, Sophomore standing or above.  Undergraduates do not need to be a French major or minor to be nominated for regular membership. Graduate students who are candidates for an advanced degree in French are eligible for regular membership.  If interested, complete an application, include a $35 check made payable to University Auxiliary Services for the membership fee (include an additional $10 for a graduation honor cord—$15 for those previously inducted) and drop this off in the LLC Office, HU235. Applications due by noon, Monday, 4/10/17.  Questions to Professor Cynthia Fox (

The next Brown Bag Series in Spanish Linguistics is Friday 4/14/17 1-2pm in HU113. Prof Megan Solon will present “The L2 acquisition of sociophonetic competence: Exploring contexts of acceptance of and preference for /d/ deletion.”

The Portuguese Program invites everyone to come enjoy the Portuguese Film “Estilo Hip Hop”and Q&A with Loira Limbal 4/12/17 at 2:45pm in HU354. 

The annual Russian Olympiada for high schools students will be 4/4/17 in the Campus Center. Questions? Contact Professor Sergay (

Olivia (Barone) Amzallag's Doctoral Dissertation Defense will be 3/31/17 in HU290 930-1130am. Open to faculty and graduate students. Discussion in Englsh.

The Portuguese Language Club invites everyone to Trivia Night 3/30/17 at 6:30pm in HU290 (was moved from HU354).

The Portuguese Program presents “What’s wrong with JoséTraditional Storytelling in Brazilian classrooms” with Dr. Alandeom Oliveira on 3/29/17 at 2:45pm in HU354.  All are welcome.

German Club invites everyone to its film screening of Barbara(2012) "A doctor working in 1980s East Germany finds herself banished to a small country hospital." per IMDb, 3/29/17 730pm in HU354. Questions? Contact Professor Giguere

Come enjoy the U Symphony Orchestra 3/26/17 3pm in the PAC Main Theater (Mendelssohn Symphony #5/Grieg Peer Gynt Suite #1), with our own Emeritus Profesor Charles Rouge performing. More info here.

Era Uma Vez (Once Upon a Time), a project to encourage children to appreciate the Portuguese language and Luso-Brazilian culture, continues this spring, Satrudays 2pm on 2/18/17, 3/4/17, 3/25/17 & 4/8/17, in HU354 except 3/25/17 in HU290.. Learn more here.

All are welcome to the first Spanish Linguistics Brown Bag talk of the semester, Friday, 3/24/17 1-2pm in HU113. Jordan Lavender will give a talk on his research "The restructuring of clitic pronouns in Ecuadorian Spanish: An analysis based in data collected in Facebook Messenger."

This year's Spanish Day, an immersion event for high school students in University in the High School Spanish classes, will be 3/24/17 in the Campus Center Ballroom. POSTPONED TO FALL 2017.

LLC Seminar 3/20/17 1pm in HU354 with José del Valle (CUNY), "A glottopolitical reading of Spanish´s pluricentric norm."

La Fête de la Francophonie (Francophone Day), an annual immersion experience for University in the High School French students from all across NY State, will be 3/22/17 in the Campus Center Ballroom. The event, showcasing all things related to French and Francophone cultures, will include a French-Canadian square dance open to the campus community 10:30a-12p in the CC Ballroom. Co-sponsored by UHS.

Join the Portuguese Language Club for the showing of the Brazilian sci-fi film “3%” 2/23/17 6:30pm in HU354.  All are welcome.

“The Power of Dance Transforming Lives of Communities in Brazil” with Bárbara Carvalho on 2/22/17 at 2:45pm in HU354.  The Portuguese Programs invites everyone to attend.

German Club invites all to a film screening of The Edukators 2/15/17 7:30pm in HU354.

Come learn about Soccer in Brazil with our own Luis Cuesta 2/15/17 2:45pm in HU354. All are welcome to this Portuguese Program event.

LLC Seminar 1/25/17 1pm in HU354.

LLC congratulates all December graduates on their achievements and many accomplishments while at UAlbany and wishes each student great success and happiness. Students, don't forget to keep in touch! The faculty enjoy hearing from you and all about your new adventures.

Congratulations to Arnaldo Robles who successfully defended his dissertation “Examining the Role of Corrective Feedback on Learners' Modified Output of the Spanish Past Tense in Face-To-Face and Telecollaboration Contexts" this fall and graduated with his Spanish PhD this December.

LLC Seminar Tuesday 12/13/2016 1pm in HU354, Daniel Erker (Boston University) "Islands of dialectal persistence in a sea of structural convergence: mapping contact outcomes in Spanish in Boston."

Join the Spanish Club Thursday 12/8/16 in HU354 6-7pm for the Finals Study Session for Spanish. Spanish grad students will be available to help with any questions.

The German Program invites all to a film showing of "Almanya Welcome to Germany," a film about multicultural issues Wednesday, 11/30/16 8pm in HU354.

LLC Seminar Wednesday 11/16/2016 1pm in HU354, Juanamaría Cordones-Cook (University of Missouri) "Nancy Morejón and Her Havana.

The Spanish Program invites all Tuesday evening 11/15/16 at 6pm in HU354 to a documentary screening and discussion with guest speaker Juanamaria Cordones-Cook (University of MIssouri) of Diago: artista apalencado A Maroon Artist. Diago is a contemporary Cuban artist.

Italian Club hosts Scopa game night Tuesday 11/15/16 7pm in HU109.

Interested in playing soccer with the LLC Football Club? New players at all skill levels are welcome!  Email for more information and to get on the email list.

Lotfi Sayahi has been promoted to the rank of Professor.

Ilka Kressner has been promoted to the rank of Associate Professor.

Spanish doctoral candidate, Cecily Corbett, was granted a Dissertation Research Fellowship Award to assist with completion of her dissertation and program.

Try some of LLC’s great variety of language clubs and tables including:  Deutscher Stammtisch, El Club de Español, La Pause Café, La Dolce Vita, Portuguese Club, Português com café, Tavola Italiana and related clubs, UAlbany Tango Club and UAlbany Capoeira Club. For meeting times and more information, see this page. With the exception of the Tango Club, clubs and tables do not meet over breaks.

The Era Uma Vez (Once Upon a Time) project to encourage children to appreciate the Portuguese language and Luso-Brazilian culture began in February 2016 and continues this fall. More about the project here.

Commencement 2016: LLC hosted a recognition ceremony for its graduates on 5/14/16 at 4:00 pm in the Performing Arts Center Recital Hall. RSVP form for individual ceremony.

Italian Film and Conversation Night: Big Night: "A failing Italian restaurant run by two brothers gambles on one special night to try to save the business." (IMDB) 5/2/16, 6:00 pm, BA 233. In English.

La Dolce Vita sponsored a KAN-JAM tournament on 4/30/16 from 1:00-5:00 pm on Dutch Quad. contact:

LLC Football (Soccer) Club, Join LLC faculty and students for a low -key soccer game, 4/30/16, 10:30am, in the field behind tennis courts. Contact:, or

Spanish major, Katrina Abad, will presented a paper in the 13th Annual University at Albany Undergraduate Research Conference, 4/29/16, 4:30 pm, LC 3B. Ms. Abad is doing her research this spring in Professor Lotfi Sayahi's Bilingualism and Spanish in the US class.

Hispanic Movie Night: 7:00 pm in HU 354 Relatos savajes 4/27/16. In Spanish with English subtitles.

LLC Seminar: Carol Klee, “Migration and its Linguistic Consequences: Quechua-Spanish Language Contact in Lima, Peru” 4/27/16, 1:00 pm, HU 354.

Hispanic Movie Nights: 7:00 pm in HU 354.Ocho apellidos vascos 4/20/16, In Spanish with English subtitles.

Portugese Club presented a panel discussion on curent events in Brazil. 4/14/16, 5:00 pm, HU 124

Hispanic Movie Nights: 7:00 pm in HU 354. Altiplano 4/13/16. In Spanish with English subtitles.

Deutscher Stammtisch (German Table) showed Almanya: Wilkommen in Deutschland (Almanya: Welcome to Germany) at 8:00 pm in HU 354 on 3/30/16.The film shows the story of three generations of Turkish immigrants in Germany. In German with English subtitles.

LLC Seminar: Graduate Student Presentations, Jaime Mundo- “Reading the Cyborg: Experiments in Subjectivity in El exilio según Nicolás” ; Arnaldo Robles- "Corrective Feedback: The Effects of Elicitations and Prompts on Modified Output" ; Komla Amegashie- “What do Ewe Dictionaries Contain?", 3/30/16, 1:00 pm, HU 290

As part of Francophone week, the French Studies Program had a screening and discussion of "Un Rêve Américain" a documentary with Franco-Ontarian musician Damien Robitaille that seeks the French Canadian heritage in the US. 3/24/16, 7:00 pm, HU 354.

Francophone Day, 3/23/16, is a University in the High School sponsored event bringing participating high school students from across NY State to campus for a day of immersion in Francophone cultures, including music, dancing, food, and games in French. 

Traditional Dance and Music of Quebéc & France, 3/23/16, 10:30-12:00, Campus Center Ballroom. Part of Francophone Week

Students, faculty and staff enjoyed Déjeuner français (en français) ! French cuisine at the Patroon Room. 3/22/16, 12:30-2:00 pm.with reserved seating at the tables where French was spoken! Part of the celebration of Francophone Week.

Italian Film and Conversation NIghts: Cinema Paradiso: "A filmmaker recalls his childhood, when he fell in love with the movies at his village's theater and formed a deep friendship with the theater's projectionist." (IMDB) 3/7/16, 6:00 pm , BA 233. In Italian with English subtitles.

Deutscher Stammtisch (German Table) showed the film The Promise (Das Versprechen) on 3/2/16, 8:00 pm, HU 354. East-Berlin, 1961, Konrad and Sophie plan a daring escape to Western Germany. Sophie is successful but Konrad remains behind. From then on, and for the next 28 years, Konrad and Sophie will attempt to meet again, in spite of the Iron Curtain.

Yuri and Natalia Shcherbakov, acclaimed Russian Folk Duo,performed folk songs including traditional Cossack tunes. They have a high-energy stage presence and songs that reveal how the traditions are being passed on to new generations. 2-23-16, 4:15 pm, HU 354 Free and Open to the Public

LLC Seminar: Marcy Schwartz, "Publishing from the Ground Up: Urban Reading in Contemporary Latin America," 2/24/16, 1:00 pm, HU 290

Deutscher Stammtisch (German Table) will showed the film "The Comedian Harmonists", 2-16-16, 8:00 pm in HU 290. The film tells the story of the rise and fall of a vocal group that was wildly popular in Germany before it was disbanded in 1934 by the upcoming Nazis, because three of them are Jewish.

Internationally acclaimed conductor, Dr. Isaac Chueke (Escola de Música e Belas Artes do Paraná, Brazil) presented "Brazilian Rhythms-Traits of a Rich Culture," 2/10/16, PAC 213, 5:00pm. Co-sponsored by: Department of Languages, Literatures & Cultures - Center for International Education and Global Strategy - Department of Latin American, Caribbean, and US. Latino Studies - Department of Music and Theater.

Italian Film and Conversation Nights: La Vita è Bella: "When an open-minded Jewish librarian and his son become victims of the Holocaust, he uses a perfect mixture of will, humor and imagination to protect his son from the dangers around their camp."(IMDB) 2/8/16, 6:00 pm, BA 233. In Italian with English subtitles.

LLC Seminar: Cynthia Fox, "Lost and Found: French in Western Ohio," 1/27/16, 1:00 pm, HU 354.

La Dolce Vita (Italian Club) had a Scopa Night! Scopa is an Italian card game and all were welcome to learn and play. Free pizza too! 12/8/15, 8:00 pm

LLC Seminar: Olimpia Pelosi (University at Albany): "Under Arachne's Sign. Weaving the Texture of Feminine Writing: Autobiography, Space, and Construction of the Literary Self in Gaspara Stampa (1523-1554) and Louise Labé (1524-1566)" , 12/2/15, 1:00 pm, HU 354.

German Club showed the film Joyeux Noel 12/1/15, HU 354, 7:30 pm. In English, French, German and Latin.

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.

Carmen Serrano gave the Keynote Address at a Romance Languages Symposium graduate student conference, Outbreak!/Breakout, at the University of Oregon, 11/14/15.

French PhD, Komla Amegashie, had his review of "Sens et signification dans les espaces francophones" published on Linguistlist.

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. 10/13/15 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.

.It is with a heavy heart that LLC shares the loss of Russian Emerita Professor Sophia Lubensky. In Memoriam

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'".

Doctoral student, Victor Lucio (Spn), recently published a book review of “Women, Men and Everyday Talk” on Linguistlist.

Spanish PhD student, Jordan Lavender, published his book review of "The Acquisition of Sociolinguistic Competence in a Lingua Franca Context" on Linguistlist.

Spanish PhD student, Cecily Corbett (Spn), has published a review of the book "Research Methods in Sociolinguistics" on Linguistlist.

Doctoral student Arnaldo Robles (Spn) published his review of the book "Translation in Language Teaching and Assessment" on Linguistlist.

Doctoral student, Benjamin Mielenz (Spn) spent the summer of 2015 in Turkey studying on a full Critical Language Scholarship from the U.S. Department of State. See the UAlbany article here.

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2/16/17 - Balé Folclórico Da Bahia: Bahia of All Colors - This 32-member dance company is the only professional folk dance company in Brazil and represents the culture, traditions, music, and movements of the people of Bahia. 8:00 pm, Proctor’s Theater, Schenectady, NY. Box Office (518) 346-6204 (from Proctor’s Theater)


3/20- 3/23 My Life as a Zucchini (2016) Spectrum 8 Theater Boasting colorful stop-motion animation and an emotional story reminiscent of Truffaut, My Life as a Zucchini is uniquely appealing. Big-eyed, blue-haired nine-year-old Icare, who prefers the nickname Zucchini, is left alone after the sudden death of his mother. Taken by a friendly policeman to his new foster home, filled with other orphans his age, he at first struggles in the strange and sometimes hostile environment. But Zucchini discovers he can make new friends, eventually learning to trust and love, as he searches for a new family of his own. From its debut in Director’s Fortnight at Cannes to winning audience awards at Annecy, Melbourne and Angoulême, this accomplished debut feature from director Claude Barras, based on a script from acclaimed filmmaker Céline Sciamma (Girlhood, Tomboy), has received an overwhelming response from audiences worldwide. Brought to life through memorable character designs and expressive stop-motion animation, the story soars with laughter, sorrow and joy. In the original French with English subtitles. Academy Award nominee for Best Animated Feature! Preceded by Claude Barras’ 8-minute short, “The Genie in the Ravioli Can.”

3/24/17 Lacombe, Lucien (1974) Page Hall A young man in Nazi-occupied France, whose father is a prisoner of war in Germany, attempts to join the French Resistance. Turned downed because of his age he becomes a member of the Gestapo. His life becomes more complicated when he falls in love with the daughter of a Jewish tailor. New York State Writers Institute Classic Film Series. Directed by Louis Malle (France, 1974, 138 min, in French with English subtitles) (Free)

3/25/17 1PM Bon Cop, Bad Cop Troy Public Library & La Fédération franco-américaine du New York “This thriller-comedy-action film brings together two male police officers with very different styles – one from Québec and the other from Ontario – to solve a murder that occurs on the border of the two provinces” (source: IMDb). Filmed in various Canadian locations, the dialogue is a mixture of English and French. This film is rated R for adult content and some violence. (English subtitles. 1hr 56 min) (Free)

3/29/17 LES 7 DOIGTS DE LA MAIN: CUISINE & CONFESSIONS Proctors Theater A mix of contemporary dance and acrobatics, these elaborately choreographed family meals are where lessons are learned, secrets exchanged, bonds forged, and reinforced by our most visceral of senses. Accompanying the usual eye-popping flight of acrobatic choreography and pulsating music are the other three senses--the touch of hands in batter, the smell of cookies baking, the taste of roasted oregano--leading us through a span of times and countries. Feast on the newest creation by the Montreal-based circus company.

3/29/17 SAINT JOAN Proctors Theater Joan: daughter, farm girl, visionary, patriot, king-whisperer, soldier, leader, victor, icon, radical, witch, heretic, saint, martyr, woman. From the torment of the Hundred Years' War, the charismatic Joan of Arc carved a victory that defined France. Bernard Shaw's classic play depicts a woman with all the instinct, zeal and transforming power of a revolutionary

5/1/17 THE UMBRELLAS OF CHERBOURG (1964) Proctor's Theater Catherine Deneuve portrays Geneviève, a beautiful young Frenchwoman who works at a small-town boutique selling umbrellas.  She falls for Guy, a dashing mechanic, but their brief romance is interrupted when he gets drafted and sent to war. Letters from Guy are few and far between, so - though pregnant with his child - Geneviève follows her mother’s advice and marries an older businessman in order to move on with her life. Guy eventually returns from war, but he is a changed man when the two finally meet again.  Throughout the musical film, all the characters' dialogue is conveyed through song.  French w/ English subtitles.  91 minutes'

5/14/17 2pm Franco-American singer-songwriter Josée Vachon performs at the Guilderland Public Library. The Franco-American Federation of New York and the Guilderland Public Library are providing this free concert. Born in Québec and raised in Maine, Vachon has shared her Franco-American upbringing for 25+ years through traditional and contemporary folksongs from Québec and Acadia and through her own compositions. She has recorded 12 solo albums in French, two more with Franco-American folk group Chanterelle, and has performed throughout the US, Canada and France.

5/20/17 11am French Formed Cookie Different Drummer's If you've ever been to a Parisian cafe, you'll have seen plates of delicate cakes and cookies. This class will teach us to make Madelines, Financiers and Tartlettes.

4-23-16 - Yves Lambert Trio - "Yves Lambert figures among the most influential players in the roots Quebecer revival. He is known for his unique ability to translate anecdotal, poetic, or political texts into songs. His work as a songwriter and his capacity to create unique musical moods make him a key figure in folk music production." (from Old Songs Music) 7:30 pm, Old Songs Community Art Center, 37 South Main Street, Voorheesville, NY 12186, 518-765-2815.


3/24/-3/29/17-Land of Mine 2015) Spectrum 8 Theater Few films detail the immediate aftermath of conflict and occupation from the Second World War. Land of Mine, an Academy Award nominee for Best Foreign Language Film, exposes the previously hidden story of Denmark’s darkest hour. In the days following the surrender of Nazi Germany in May 1945, German POWs held in Denmark were put to work by the Allied Forces. With minimal or no training in defusing explosives, they were sent to remove in excess of two million of their own landmines from the Danish west coast. During this process, more than half of them were killed or severely wounded. Writer/director Martin Zandvliet sheds light on this historical tragedy as the entry point to a story that involves love, hate, revenge and reconciliation. (Fully subtitled)

4/2-4/17 Amadeus Spectrum 8 Theater Lucian Msamati (National Theatre Live: The Comedy of Errors) plays Salieri in Peter Shaffer’s iconic play, recorded live in 2017 by the National Theatre, and with live orchestral accompaniment by Southbank Sinfonia. Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (Adam Gillen), a rowdy young prodigy, arrives in Vienna, the music capital of the world—and he’s determined to make a splash. Awestruck by his genius, court composer Antonio Salieri has the power to promote his talent or destroy his name. Seized by obsessive jealousy he begins a war with Mozart, with music, and ultimately, with God.

5/5/17 7pm THE DANISH GIRL (2015) Page Hall Based on David Ebershoff’s novel, the film follows the lives of husband and wife Danish artists Einar Wegener/Lili Elbe and Gerda Wegener as they struggle with Lili’s groundbreaking gender transformation from a man to a woman. The film received four Academy Award nominations, winning for Best Supporting Actress (Alicia Vikander). Rex Reed of the New York Observer called Eddie Redmayne’s portrayal of the transgender protagonist, “an act of heroism…. the performance of the year.”Directed by Tom Hooper (UK/US/Belgium/Denmark/Germany, 2015, 119 minutes, color)


4/14-15/17 11am Annual Italian Easter Bake Sale American Italian Heritag Museum
Italian Easter breads, Ricotta, Wheat, Ham & Ricotta pies, Guanti, Babka, cookies and more.

4/20/17 7pm My Italian Secret: The Forgotten Heros Proctors Theater Reveals a clandestine Italian resistance movement that helped save many Jews during the Shoah. Among the figures spotlighted is Tour de France cycling champion Gino Bartali (voiced by Oscar nominee Robert Loggia). The film tells the story of brave Italians who defied the Nazis and Fascists to hide, rescue, and protect thousands of innocents during the Holocaust. Also featured is Dr. Giovanni Borromeo, who invented a fictitious disease to defend the Rome hospital where he was hiding Jews as well as other courageous Italians who carried out ingenious schemes to rescue Jews,  artisans and refugees from Nazi-occupied Italy. These inspiring acts are recounted by descendants of rescuers and survivors, as well as those who escaped the concentration camps as children.

5/2/17 Madama Butterfly Spectrum 8 Theater Puccini’s Madama Butterfly is one of the most popular of all operas, with ravishing music and a heartbreaking story of a loving geisha deserted by a callous American husband. Much-loved soprano Ermonela Jaho sings the title role for the first time at Covent Garden, in Moshe Leiser and Patrice Caurier's stunningly beautiful production, to be recorded live in 2017. The exotic imagery of the Nagasaki setting is drawn from 19th-century Western artists' romanticized views of Japan. Puccini's music brings alive the birdsong of the morning, the ritual of a wedding and the seduction by naval officer B.F. Pinkerton (sung by exciting young tenor Marcelo Puente) of his young, innocent bride. Well known moments include the impassioned aria “Un bel dì” (One fine day) as the abandoned Cio-Cio-San (Jaho) clings vainly to her dreams.

5/31/17 Tristan and Isolde Opera Spectrum 8 Theater The Teatro dell’Opera di Roma’s 2016/2017 season will open with Richard Wagner’s Tristan and Isolde, conducted by Daniele Gatti and directed by Pierre Audi. The work is a co-production of the Teatro dell’Opera di Roma, the Théâtre des Champs-Élysées in Paris and the De Nationale Opera in Amsterdam and the Municipal Theater in Sao Paulo. “I am overjoyed that Maestro Gatti—one of the most popular and acclaimed conductors in major theatres around the world—has agreed to mount the podium at the Costanzi, his very first time in Rome,” says Superintendent Charles Fuortes. “Daniele Gatti is one of the few directors who can truly claim to follow in the great Italian tradition of Toscanini. I’m also pleased that his debut at the Teatro dell’Opera in Rome will be with Wagner’s Tristan. I have no doubt that it will be an unforgettable encounter.” Daniele Gatti has conducted in all of the world’s most important theatres. Sung in Italian and presented with English subtitles.


4/22-23/17 6th Annual Festival Cinema Invisible Internaional Film Festival Proctors Contemporary Films from the Middle East and North Africa. FCI is the only film festival in upstate New York that showcases films from Persian-speaking communities and beyond.  FCI’s annual celebration brings together cinema enthusiasts and filmmakers to discover the best “invisible cinema” from around the globe. FCI 2017 will present feature length documentaries, animated and short films  selected from over 1,000 entries submitted by more than 80 different countries.  Last year they brought 4 world premiers, 7 US premiers and 16 regional premiers to the Electric City and we hope to bring even more this year!


4/21/17 7:30pm TABU (2012) Page Hall A retired woman helps find a man who has a secret connection with her recently deceased neighbor.  Richard Brody, in a The New Yorker review called the film “…one of the most original and inventive—as well as trenchantly political and painfully romantic—movies of recent years.” A love story and an exploration of Portugal’s colonial past, TABU received numerous awards including the Alfred Bauer Award and FIPRESCI Prize at the Berlin International Film Festival.Directed by Miguel Gomes (Portugal, 2012, 118 minutes, b/w, in Portuguese with English subtitles)


4/11/17 The Sleeping Beaufy OperaThe Spectrum Theater Enter an enchanted world of princesses, fairy godmothers and magical spells! A perennial delight and a much-loved classic, The Royal Ballet's The Sleeping Beauty combines the best of classical ballet, with all its charms and virtuosity, splendid music and talented dancers. First choreographed to Tchaikovsky's great musical score by Marius Petipa in Russia in 1890, The Sleeping Beauty has wonderful ensembles, solos including the Rose Adage as Princess Aurora meets her suitors, and of course the concluding celebratory dances for the happy union of prince and princess. The designs by Oliver Messell, one of the greatest stage designers of the 20th century, were restored and updated for this production by Peter Farmer, to be recorded live in 2017. The rich evocations of the baroque opulence of a royal court, the panoramic journey of the prince to the overgrown castle and the colorful characters in this famous fairytale make this Sleeping Beauty a spectacle like no other.


3/30/17  7:00 pm Enjoy the Area’s Best Ballroom and Latin Music for Your Dancing Enjoyment. Dinner is Included with Admission. Ukrainian American Citizens Club, 1 Pulaski Street, Cohoes, New York ($12.00 (includes complimentary dance lesson)

Opens 4/7/17 Truman (2015) Fandango Julián receives an unexpected visit from his friend Tomás, who lives in Canada. The two men, accompanied by Julián's faithful dog, Truman, will share emotional and surprising moments prompted by Julián's complicated situation.

5/3/17 6:00pm Easy Spanish Tapas Different Drummer's Kitchen Co., Stuyvesant Plaza
5/5/17 Cinco de Mayo Different Drummer's Kitchen Co., Stuyvesant Plaza
5/6/17 Cinco de Mayo Different Drummer's Kitchen Co., Stuyvesant Plaza

5/4/17 7pm H2O MX (2014) Madison Theater With over 20 million residents, can Mexico City avert disaster and become water sustainable? Part of a new series called "Planet Talk." This series won't just be about the environment, but about the delicate relationship us humans have with one another, and with the planet. The films in this series are made possible by collaborations with area organizations, including graduate student groups at UAlbany and the Agricultural Stewardship Association. Each screening will begin with a special introduction, and be followed by a Q&A.

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