Wed-Thu, Apr 6-7: Life in Extremis: The Documentary Films of Werner Herzog
5:30 pm Apr 6, 4:40 pm Apr 7, GIOS 101 both days
"Life in Extremis" will examine life lived at the extremes of nature and the edges of human existence through the screening of two documentary films by renowned German filmmaker Werner Herzog, along with a guest lecture by Eric Ames. On April 6, Encounters at the End of the World will be shown, in which Herzog follows a group of unusual people who live and work at the South Pole, one of the most extreme environments on the planet. On April 7, Grizzly Man will examine the life, work and death of Timothy Treadwell, amateur grizzly bear expert and wildlife preservationist who was ultimately killed and devoured by a grizzly bear. The film will be followed by a guest lecture, "Ferocious Reality: Werner Herzog's Grizzly Man and the Autobiographical Act" by Eric Ames, Associate Professor of German at the University of Washington. These screenings are free and open to the public; they are sponsored by the School of International Letters & Cultures, ASU Origins Project, Institute for Humanities Research, Department of English, Film and Media Studies, School of Sustainability, and Project Humanities. For complete details, visit the event website. [download flyer]
Thu, Apr 7: Across Generations: Women and the Concept of Taboo in Arabic Literature
10:30 - 11:30 a.m., LL 241
From one generation to the next, Arab women's literature has successively challenged traditional taboos. Miral El-Tahawy will discuss these changes by examining the works of two different generations of women belonging to different historical phases and forms of expression. Dr. El-Tahawy is a candidate for the School of International Letters & Cultures position of Assistant Professor of Arabic Literature. [download flyer]
Fri, Apr 8: Benefit Dinner for Japan Earthquake and Tsunami Relief Effort
5:30 - 8:30 pm, Memorial Union Turquoise Room 220
The cost of this benefit dinner is $50/person, of which $33 will go to the American Red Cross for Japan earthquake and tsunami relief. This event is being sponsored by the School of International Letters & Cultures, the Herberger Institute School of Art, the Japanese Graduate Student Association, and the Office of the Senior Vice-President & Secretary of the University. Entertainment will be provided by students from the Herberger Institute School of Music. For more information, please contact Miko Foard, senior lecturer of Japanese. [download flyer]
Thu, Apr 14: Metaphors as the spring of innovation & as our vital resource to combat silence
3:00 - 5:00 pm, LL 102
The School of International Letters & Cultures Italian language program presents guest speaker Enrico Palandri, a reader in Italian Literature and writer in residence at University College London. Palandri has translated into Italian the works of Eudora Welty, George Grossmith and McLiam Wilson. He has written for the cinema, contributes regularly on Italian and English radio and television, and he writes for various Italian newspapers. Palandri will also do a reading at an informal conversation on April 14th at 7:00 p.m. at the Barnes and Noble bookstore on the SE corner of Shea Blvd. and the Loop 101 in Scottsdale. For more information, contact Enrico Minardi. [download flyer]
Thu, Apr 21: The Campaign to Vindicate Li Qingzhao in Ming-Qing Times – A Chapter in Chinese Women's History
4:00 pm, Coor Hall
A talk by Ronald Egan, Professor of Chinese, University of California, Santa Barbara, sponsored by the School of International Letters & Cultures, the ASU Confucius Institute, and the ASU Chinese Language Flagship Program. The reception history of Li Qingzhao, China's most celebrated woman poet during the Ming-Qing period, is largely the story of collision between two cultural imperatives: the growing acceptance of women's writing and the growing intolerance for widow's remarriage (i.e., the demand for "widow's chastity"). This presentation examines how these two values came into conflict with each other in treatments of Li Qingzhao, and how that conflict necessitated a reconstruction of Li Qingzhao's life and reputation, with repercussions that are still with us today. For more information, contact Fannie Tam. [download flyer]
Fri, Apr 22: The Aims of Qian Zhongshu in Guanzhui bian (This talk will be presented in Mandarin Chinese)
4:00 pm, LL 103
Hailed for its erudite discussions of ideas and motifs in Chinese classics and European literatures, Qian Zhongshu's Guanzhui bian (1979) has nevertheless left many readers wondering about its author's purposes in compiling this momentous and random collection of reading notes. This presentation explores Qian's motives by looking both internally at the contents and externally at statements the author made about the work, which are sometimes as revealing for what they do not say as for what they say. This talk by Ronald Egan is sponsored by the School of International Letters & Cultures, the ASU Confucius Institute, and the ASU Chinese Language Flagship Program. For more information, contact Fannie Tam. [download flyer]
Wed, Apr 27: From Collective Amnesia to National Festival: The Celebration of Birthdays and Buddhism in China (This talk will be presented in Mandarin Chinese)
3:00 pm, Coor 5536
This talk will be presented by Hou Xudong, professor of history in the School of Humanities and Social Sciences, Tsinghua University, and a former research fellow at the Institute of History, Chinese Academy of Social Sciences. He also serves as vice director of Academic Committee for the Research Center on Chinese Ancient History, Peking University, and adjunct professor at the School of Chinese Classics, Renmin University of China. This event is co-sponsored by the the SHPRS Faculty of Religious Studies, the School of International Letters & Cultures, and the ASU Confucius Institute. For more information, visit the event website.
Thu, Apr 28: How did the non-Han people become the Han Chinese in early medieval China? (This talk will be presented in Mandarin Chinese)
4:00 pm, Coor 5536
This talk will be presented by Hou Xudong, professor of history in the School of Humanities and Social Sciences, Tsinghua University. The event is sponsored by the the SHPRS Faculty of Religious Studies. For more information, visit the event website.
Fri, Apr 29: Ve hijita – Address forms and discriminatory practices in interethnic communication
2:00 - 4:00 pm, LL 103 (Please note, this is a date change from Apr 1)
The School of International Letters & Cultures is sponsoring this linguistics talk by María Elena Placencia, reader in Spanish and Linguistics, Department of Iberian and Latin American Studies at Birkbeck University of London, England. For more information, contact Carmen Garcia Fernandez.
Fri, Apr 19: Italian picnic
5:00 - 9:00 p.m., Tempe Daley Park
The School of International Letters and Cultures Italian language program invites anyone interested in Italian language and culture to an informal evening of Italian food, games and fun. Special thanks go to Club Italiano for their generosity in sponsoring this event. If you would like to take advantage of our perfect evening weather for some outdoor recreation, contact any of the Italian faculty to purchase a ticket for this event. Tickets are only $1.00. For more information, including a map with directions to Tempe Daley Park, download the event flyer.
Sun, May 15: The Welcome to America Project cultural dinner to highlight Afghan culture
3:00 - 6:00 pm, Phoenix Country Day School, Hormel Arts Center, 3901 E. Stanford Drive, Paradise Valley, AZ
The Welcome to America Project (WTAP) serves refugees relocating to Arizona from war-torn and oppressed countries worldwide. To date the WTAP has delivered furniture donations used to furnish the apartments for over 1,000 refugee families; the group also has raised over $1M in in-kind donations. Every year the WTAP hosts a cultural dinner series to educate people on different cultures and to raise money for the organization. Their next dinner will be on May 15 and will highlight the Afghan culture. If you would like to attend this event, please visit the WTAP website for ticket information. [download flyer]
Summer 2011 Study Abroad in Romania and Central Europe still available!
The annual summer program in Romania and Central Europe is still accepting applications until May 1st. Don't miss your chance to get a comprehensive view of the rich and unique cultural history of pre/post communist Central Europe. For complete details about the program, visit the Study Abroad website.
May 31 - Jul 22: Critical Language Institute Summer Classes
ASU's Critical Languages Institute offers summer intensive classes and study abroad programs in Albanian, Armenian, Bosnian/Croatian/Serbian, Farsi, Macedonian, Polish, Tajik and Uzbek. It also offers Hebrew and Yiddish without study abroad options. CLI classes run 4 hours a day, May 31 to July 22, and provide 8 credit hours (one year's worth) of coursework. Study Abroad programs run July 25 - August 12 and provide 2 credit hours. Scholarships are available for intermediate Macedonian. For more information, visit the CLI website.