SILC Biblical Hebrew Professor Awarded Fellowship from Harvard's Center for Hellenic Studies
Assistant Professor of Biblical Hebrew Francoise Mirguet has been awarded a fellowship from Harvard University's Center for Hellenic Studies (CHS) for a four-month residence in the spring of 2013. Located in Washington D.C., the CHS was founded in 1962 "exclusively for the establishment of an educational center in the field of Hellenic Studies designed to re-discover the humanism of the Hellenic Greeks." This past year, Mirguet has been part of ASU's Institute for Humanities Research Fellow's Program on Immigration, Migration and Movement. Her research has focused on the Jewish Diaspora during the Hellenistic period; Mirguet proposes that the expression of Jewish identity in embodied terms does not date from the Rabbinic times, as is usually held, but well before, when the Jewish Diaspora encountered Greek culture during the Hellenistic period.
Romanian Professor Ileana Orlich Awarded Premiul Diallog
The School of International Letters and Cultures is proud to announce that Professor of Romanian Studies Ileana Orlich has been awarded the prestigious Premiul Diallog by Romania's Asociatia Culturala Diallog. This award recognizes academic excellence and evidence of promoting a continued cultural dialogue between the United States and Romania. Orlich's accomplishments in this regard include creating and building the Romanian Studies program at ASU into the largest of its kind in the United States, developing a strong annual study abroad program in Romania, Central and Eastern Europe, and facilitating a dialogue with the Romanian community in Arizona that led to the formation of the Central and Eastern European Cultural Collaborative (CEECC). The CEECC has hosted numerous cultural visits to ASU of actors, musicians, playwrights, writers and academics from Romania and France. In January 2010, Orlich was appointed Romania's Honorary Consul General in Arizona, and in 2011 she was awarded a Fulbright Specialist grant to offer workshops to students and faculty at the Academy of Economic Sciences in Bucharest.
Chinese Professor Stephen H. West to be Clusius Foundation Main Guest Lecturer
Foundation Professor of Chinese Stephen H. West has been invited by the Clusius Foundation to deliver the main lecture at the foundation's annual Clusius Lectures at Leiden University in the Netherlands. The Clusius Foundation supports and promotes the interests of the Hortus Botanicus of Leiden University; its spring lecture series addresses a growing public interest in gardens and landscape architecture as an interface between nature and culture. This year the theme of the lecture series focuses on herbs and gardens of China, one of West's research interests. West formerly served as a Senior Fellow of Garden and Landscape Studies at Dumbarton Oaks, and he has recently published on the topic of Song gardens of China.
SILC Undergraduate Danica Harvey and Other ASU Students Help Local Small Businesses
SILC would like to share the ASU News story that features one of its undergraduate Chinese Flagship students, Danica Harvey. Harvey volunteers at a nonprofit organization with 10 other ASU students to help local small business owners. The organization, Arizona Microcredit Initiative (AMI), offers a four-week course on the basics of running a business and will provide individual counseling, small-scale loans and other financial services to entrepreneurs who do not have access to traditional sources of credit. Harvey, a senior in Chinese and economics, believes AMI helps strengthen the culture of individual Phoenix neighborhoods, a population that is often overlooked. Read the complete ASU News story here. Visit the AMI website here.
Mar 26, 2012: Hors Concours: Rosa Bonheur, Animalier
2:00-3:15 p.m., LL 14
Please join the School of International Letters and Cultures French language program for guest speaker Betsy Fahlman's lecture on Rosa Bonheur, widely considered to be the most famous female artist of the nineteenth century. Bonheur's specialty was the painting of animals, and her most notable canvas was "The Horse Fair" (1853-1855). Speaker Betsy Fahlman is a professor of art history in ASU's School of Art in the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts. Her research interests include women and gender, the history of professional art training, the New Deal, and the relationship between art and industry. This lecture is free and open to the public. For more information, visit the event webpage. [download flyer]
Mar 28, 2012: SILC Arabic Professor Miral al-Tahawy's novel Brooklyn Heights to be discussed at next ASU Book Club Meeting
Noon-1:00 p.m., Piper Writers House
At its next meeting, the ASU Book Club will discuss a book by School of International Letters & Cultures Assistant Professor of Arabic and Middle-East/Islamic Studies Miral al-Tahawy. Brooklyn Heights is about an Egyptian emigrant and her eight-year-old son who escape their native country and end up in Brooklyn amidst a mass of displaced and diverse ethnic people. The story is based on al-Tahawy's own experiences living in Brooklyn with her son while she was a post-doctoral fellow at New York University. The book was short listed for the 2011 International Prize for Arabic Fiction—the Arabic Booker Prize—and won the 2010 Naguib Mahfouz Medal for Literature. The story was recently translated into English and was named "best novel" for 2011 by the Arabic Literature website. Al-Tahawy, who grew up in a Bedouin society in Egypt, has been profiled by The Washington Post, Frontline magazine, and most recently by The New York Times. For more information, contact Judith Smith.
Mar 28, 2012: The Widow, the Prince and the Book: How Christine de Pizan Rewrote History
7:00 p.m., University Club Heritage Room, ASU Tempe campus
School of International Letters & Cultures Associate Professor of French Mark Cruse will present this talk as part of the Arizona Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies (ACMRS) Public Programs Series, "Fearless Females: Audacious and Uppity Women of the Middle Ages and Renaissance." Christine de Pizan was a Venetian-born author who challenged the misogyny and stereotypes prevalent in late medieval culture. This event is free and open to the public. Because seating is limited, please RSVP to the ACMRS. For more information, visit the event webpage. [download flyer]
Mar 29, 2012: Preserving Maya Heritage: Examples from the Ancient and Historic Past
6 p.m., Business Administration Building C-wing, Room 116
The Maya past is looked upon with much interest as the evidence and remains of a once great civilization lost in the jungles of Central America. Both Mexican and American cultures have tied themselves back to this ancient culture, as have contemporary Maya people such as the Zapatista movement of Chiapas. These continuities and changes in the representation of the Maya past are the focal point of this talk by Richard Leventhal, Curator of the American section of the Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology at the University of Pennsylvania. This special Wilke Lecture of Archaeological Heritage is presented by the Central Arizona Society of the Archaeological Institute of America. It is free and open to the public. For more information, visit the Central Arizona AIA event webpage.
Mar 30, 2012: MyLanguageLabs Workshop
2-4 p.m., LL 2
The School of International Letters & Cultures Linguistics and Language Program invites all interested language instructors to this workshop, presented by Bob Hemmer from Pearson Publishing House. MyLanguageLabs provide engaging experiences that personalize, stimulate and measure learning for each student. The labs are available for Spanish, French, Italian, Chinese, Latin and Russian. Portuguese and German will be available for Fall, 2012 courses. If you are interested in attending this workshop, please RSVP your attendance with either Carmen García Fernandez or Carmen Scales. Refreshments and snacks will be offered. For more information about MyLanguageLabs, visit the event website. [download flyer]
SWCOLT/AZLA Conference Scholarships Available for Language Educators
SWCOLT Conference is April 12-14, 2012 at the Sheraton Crescent Hotel, Phoenix, AZ
The American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL), in collaboration with the Southwest Council on Language Teaching (SWCOLT), is offering scholarships for two Arizona world language educators to attend the upcoming SWCOLT/AZLA Conference in Phoenix. The awards cover the $150 conference registration fee as well as the $140 fee for an OPI Familiarization Workshop on April 15th. To attend OPI, you must register separately for OPI with ACTFL, and you must register for SWCOLT before March 15th. Candidates for the scholarship must not have attended a SWCOLT conference in the last three years, must be a member of SWCOLT 2012 as well as a current member of his/her state world language association. For more information, visit the conference website or contact Kathleen Backalukas.
Oct 4-6, 2012: Ventura Pons - The Unconventional Gaze of Catalan Cinema"
University of Colorado, Denver
The University of Colorado is now accepting abstracts in English, Catalan or Spanish for the upcoming international conference on Catalan film director Ventura Pons. Papers are welcome from any theoretical perspective and may examine any aspect of Ventura Pons' films. In addition to the distinguished presence of Pons himself, the conference will include the participation of Esteve Riambau, director of Catalonian film archives, and Joan Roman Resina, director of the Stanford Iberian Studies program. Deadline for submission of abstracts is April 15, 2012. Email your proposal to firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information, visit the conference website. [Download Call for Papers]
Study Abroad has Extended Deadlines!
Still thinking about studying abroad this summer? The ASU Study Abroad Office has extended application deadlines for many programs this summer. Take a look at where you could spend the summer earning ASU credit! A full list of these programs can be found here.
Summer 2012 Study Abroad in Romania and Central Europe
Program runs July 5 - August 5, 2012; Applications due by April 26, 2012
The fourteenth annual summer program in Romania and Central Europe is a four-week session at Babes-Bolyai University in Cluj-Napoca, designed to give participants a comprehensive view of the rich and unique cultural history of Pre/Post Communist Central Europe. It combines features of a traditional study abroad program and excursions, with emphasis on language, history, politics, cultural studies, and cultural geography, among other academic disciplines. The classroom work is supplemented by an intensive program of guided visits to museums, historical sites, and other outstanding centers of European cultural heritage and by a one week cultural trip to the capitals and important cities of the former Austro-Hungarian Empire: Budapest, Vienna, Prague and Bratislava. For more information about this program, visit the Study Abroad website. [download flyer]
Spanish language and Mayan culture in Merida, Mexico
May 9-June 14, 2012; NEW application deadline is March 22, 2012
The time is right to start planning your 2012 Study Abroad program! The School of International Letters & Cultures' Mexico program consists of a 5-week stay in the safe colonial city of Merida, where students reside with local families. The program also features extensive cultural travel to legendary Mayan ruins such as Chichén-Itzá and Uxmal, nature preserves, colonial monasteries and the exuberant nature seen in the underground cenotes, beaches, and a weekend trip to the international resort of Playa del Carmen. For more information, including eligibility requirements and deadline for applying to the program, visit the Study Abroad website.
Spanish Language, Literature & Culture in Sevilla, Spain
May 18-June 25, 2012; Application deadline is March 1
The Spanish Language, Literature & Culture program in Sevilla, Spain is a wonderful opportunity to learn Spanish culture in one of the most charming and romantic of Spain's great cities. Places to visit will include Sevilla, Madrid, Granada, Córdoba, Segovia and more. For more information, including eligibility requirements and deadline for applying to the program, visit the Study Abroad website or the program Facebook page. [download flyer]
Culture and Text in Contemporary León, Spain
June 24-July 21, 2012; Application deadline is March 1, 2012
The León, Spain program is four-weeks long, focusing on Spanish language, literature and culture. The four weeks are spent in the city of León, with a weekend field trip to Barcelona to discover some of the city's most admired architecture, painting, and cultural achievements by figures such as Gaudi and Picasso. For more information, including eligibility requirements and deadline for applying to the program, visit the Study Abroad website. [download flyer]
ASU Critical Languages Institute offers funding for summer courses and study-abroad programs
ASU offers funding for undergraduate and graduate students to study selected languages in intensive summer courses and study-abroad programs organized by the ASU Critical Languages Institute (CLI). Undergraduates may apply for Melikian Scholar Awards, which cover tuition, academic fees, and up to $3,000 toward CLI study-abroad programs. Melikian Scholars Awards are available for students of Armenian, Tajik, Tatar, or Uzbek, or advanced Russian. Graduate students may apply for Title VIII Fellowships, which cover tuition, academic fees and stipends ranging from $325 to $2775. Title VIII Fellowships are available to students of Tatar, Tajik, Armenian, Macedonian, Uzbek, Albanian, Bosnian/Croatian/Serbian, and advanced levels of Russian. For eligibility information, competition guidelines, and application forms, visit the Critical Languages Institute website.