Mon, Feb 20: Film screening: Nur noch ein Gott kann uns retten (Only a God can Save Us)
6:30-9:30 pm, LL 02
Martin Heidegger is considered to be one of the most influential philosophers of the 20th century, yet much of his philosophy is shrouded in confusion and controversy. His appalling and enthusiastic support for National Socialism poses some serious questions about Heidegger's thought in particular and philosophy in general. We he, as many believe, the most profound thinker of the 20th century? Or, was he a petty bourgeois from the province whose thought sprung from the Blut und Boden (blood and soil) of the humble origins of his conservative Catholic youth? Or both? The School of International Letters and Cultures is one of the co-sponsors for this event, presented by the Center for Jewish Studies. For more information, see the event webpage. [Download flyer]
Wed, Feb 22: Italian Reception
2:30-4:00 pm, LL 165
Would you like to become proficient in Italian? Live in Italy? Study or work in Italy? Then join the School of International Letters & Cultures Italian program for a good cup of espresso, dolci (sweets) and information about SILC's Italian language and culture program, ASU's summer Study Abroad program in Florence, Italy, the Italian Club and Cineclub activities, and much more! [event webpage] [download flyer]
Wed, Feb 22: 2012 Arabic Culture and Literature in Kuwait Information Session
3:30-4:30 pm, LL 103
Interested in learning more about Arab culture and literature while in a fast evolving and dynamic setting in the Middle East? Then join the School of International Letters & Cultures Arabic Studies faculty for an information session about the 2012 Summer Study Abroad program in Kuwait. Students from any major with an interest in the culture and people of the Middle East are welcome, especially students with an Arabic minor or those enrolled in the Arabic Studies certificate program, the Islam track in Religious Studies, the Islamic Studies certificate program, and the certificate program in Religion and Conflict. For more information, visit the Study Abroad website or contact Angie Abdelmonem in the Study Abroad Office.
Wed, Feb 22: Bicentennials and Biopolitics - Diamela Eltit's Impuesto a la carne
4:40-5:40 pm, LL 105
Guest presenter Dianna Niebylski is is a professor of Latin American and Comparative Literature in the Department of Hispanic and Italian Studies at the University of Illinois-Chicago. Her current research and publications explore the biopolitics of global trades and migration in Latin American literature and film. She has served as president of the MMLA and as guest editor of the MMLA journal. Please join this special lecture presented by the School of International Letters & Cultures Spanish and Portuguese language and culture program. For more information, see the event web page. [download flyer]
Wed, Feb 22: Quebec summer program information meeting
5:00 p.m., LL 230
This information meeting will tell you all you need to know about the School of International Letters & Cultures' July, 2012 Study Abroad program in Quebec City, Canada. Snacks will be provided, bien sûr, and Nikki Davis from the Study Abroad Office will be in attendance to help answer questions. Come meet the director of the program and learn how you can earn 6-8 French credits while staying cool in this charming European-North American French-speaking locale. For more information, visit the Study Abroad program website.
Thu, Feb 23: School of International Letters & Cultures Language Fair
9:00 am-3:00 pm, Memorial Union, second floor
That buzz coming from the Memorial Union will undoubtedly be the 2,000 Arizona high school foreign language students attending the School of International Letters & Cultures' Annual High School Language Fair! The fair offers high school students an opportunity to visit the ASU campus for a lively day of language competitions, readings, games, dances, films, exhibits, entertainment and even a cross-cultural scavenger hunt. For complete information about the day's activities, visit the Language Fair website.
Fri-Sat, Feb 24-25: 2012 Women in French Conference, "Crossing Boundaries - French and Francophone Women in Literature & Science, Culture & the Arts
8 a.m.-6 p.m., Memorial Union, 2nd floor
The School of International Letters & Cultures French language program is hosting the 2012 Women in French conference. The conference theme is intended to showcase the influence, representation, presence and achievement of French and Francophone women from the Middle Ages through the 21st Century. The keynote speaker will be Martine Reid, Professor of French at the Université de Lille 3. For complete conference information, please visit the 2012 Women in French conference website.
Mar 23-24, 2012: 2012 Southwest Association for Language Learning & Technology Conference
Arizona State University Tempe campus, Languages & Literatures Building
Register today for the 2012 SWALLT Conference, this year hosted by the School of International Letters & Cultures' Learning Support Services. The conference theme is "Language Learning Centers and Internationalization: Supporting Global Connections." Fitting the theme, presenters are coming from Hong Kong, Japan and Canada in addition to institutions on the East Coast and in the Midwest. The keynote presentation, "Language Instruction in Liminal Spaces," will be given by Barbara Sawhill, Director of the Cooper International Learning Center at Oberlin College and past president of the International Association for Language Learning Technology. Sawhill will discuss the need to create language courses that break with the longstanding vertical, literature-based curricular paradigm and explore new types of learning outcomes, determiners of student success, and the metrics by which language proficiency is gauged. Please check the conference website for details of the conference schedule, or for conference registration. If you have questions, contact conference organizer Andrew Ross.
Annual AZLA Award Nominations
Deadline for nominations is March 1st, 2012
Valentine's Day was just last week, and you know what that means: It's time to nominate your amazing students, colleagues and yourself for the Arizona Language Association's annual awards! AZLA is pleased to offer one $500 post-secondary student scholarship, an award to honor a college/university language teacher, an award for an educator at any level in the first three years, and a self-nominating fellowship of $500. For more information, including downloads of the nomination forms, visit the AZLA website.
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. To be considered for a scholarship, submit a brief letter of application, stating why attending the the conference is an important opportunity for you, to Jocelyn Raught by February 25th, 2012. For more information, visit the conference website or contact Kathleen Backalukas.
Japan in Global Contexts: Writing, Translating and Print Culture in Japan and East Asia
Postponed to the Fall semester
Please note, this professional development workshop has been postponed to the fall.
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 email@example.com. For more information, visit the conference website. [Download Call for Papers]
Wed, Feb 29: Blaxploitation Italian Style: Exhuming and Consuming the Colonial Black Venus in 1970s Cinema in Italy
3 p.m., WGHL 201
Guest speaker Rosetta Giuliani Caponetto will discuss how director Luigi Scattini's 1970s Blaxploitation trilogy - which established model Zeudi Araya as an erotic icon in Italian culture - taps into the social and political crises of 1970s Italy. Caponetto will also explore how the notion of cannibalism applies to the movie trilogy in terms of the associations between black femininity and anthropophagy, as well as the scopophilic relationship between Italian male spectators and the female black body. Caponetto is an assistant professor of Italian at Auburn University. This talk is sponsored by the School of International Letters & Cultures Italian language program, African and African American Studies, Women and Gender Studies, and Film and Media Studies.
[event webpage] [download flyer]
Culture and Text in Contemporary León, Spain
June 24-July 21, 2012; Application deadline is March 1, 2012
Summer is around the corner, so it's time to start planning your 2012 Study Abroad program! The León, Spain program is four-weeks, 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.