Fri, Sep 30: Spanish Film Series - Pan Negro (Black Bread) (with English subtitles)
7:00 pm, LL 104
Join the Fall kickoff of the School of International Letters & Cultures Spanish & Portuguese program Film Series. Pan Negro is a 2010 movie directed by Agustí Villaronga. In Catalonia's grim post-war years, 11-year-old Andreu witnesses the last few seconds of the lives of a little boy and his father in the forest. The authorities want to make Andreu's father responsible for the deaths, but Andreu decides to help his father by finding the real killer. In his search, Andreu develops a moral consciousness against an adult world fed by lies. For more information, contact Carlos Javier García-Fernández.
Sat, Oct 1: Arizona Language Association Fall Conference, Survivor: Arizona - New Ideas for Tough Times
Sandra Day O'Connor High School, 25250 N. 35th Ave., Phoenix, AZ
School of International Letters & Cultures faculty members Hélène Ossipov, Miko Foard and Xia Zhang will be session presenters at the 2011 AZLA fall conference. The featured guest will be Dr. Gregory H. Wolf, Department of Modern and Classical Languages, North Central College, Naperville, IL. His workshop, "Meeting the Challenges of the 21st Century: Language Program Building through Advocacy, Articulation and Outreach," will be presented in the morning and repeated in the afternoon. For more information, please see the conference website.
Mon, Oct 3: Minimalism and the Familial Spider Web: Cinematic Portraiture in Edward Yang's A One and a Two
5:00 pm, LL 165
The School of International Letters & Cultures Chinese language program is sponsoring this special presentation by guest speaker Christopher Lupke, associate professor of Chinese and film studies at Washington State University. Lupke specializes in modern Chinese literature and cultural studies. His research delves into the uneasy career of "filiality" in modern China, how it has undergone critique and change and yet remains resilient in some ways, and how its presence is virtually ubiquitous in modern Chinese cultural production. For more information, please contact Yu Zou. [download flyer]
Thu, Oct 6 : Digital Modeling of Roman Cities
6:00 pm, Neeb Hall 105, Arizona State University Tempe campus
To understand the architectural and urban complexities of the ancient Roman empire, one must study the cities in the Roman provinces. This lecture will examine the "individuality within regularity" of Roman cities using Roman Africa as a test case from the end of the Roman Republic through the end of the late Roman empire. Speaker Thomas Morton, an assistant professor of architecture in the Herberger Institute Design School at ASU, will try to answer a deceptively simple question: what determines the urban fabric of these cities? This lecture is sponsored by the Central Arizona Archaeological Institute of America and is free and open to the public.
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Fri, Oct 7 : The Color Scheme of Three Revolutionary Epics in Socialist China (1964-2009): Red Legend, Grey Performance, or Black Restoration to Capitalism?
5-6:30 p.m., LL 104
Guest speaker Xiaomei Chen is professor of Chinese literature and chair of East Asian Languages and Cultures at the University of California, Davis. She is the editor of Reading the Right Texts: An Anthology of Contemporary Chinese Drama (2003), and The Columbia Anthology of Modern Chinese Drama (2010). With Claire Sponsler, she co-edited East of West: Cross-Cultural Performances and the Staging of Difference (2000). This talk is sponsored by the School of International Letters & Cultures Chinese language program. For more information, please contact Yu Zou. [download flyer]
Sat, Oct 8: AnDa Union - Arizona Premier
7:00 pm, ASU Gammage, Tempe campus
You can hear the vastness of Mongolia, feel the rhythm of a horse in full gallop across the plains as the sense of adventure, tradition, and possibility encompass you at AnDa Union. This talented ensemble of young musicians take you on a musical voyage into traditions dating back to Genghis Kahn and fuse them with a youthful vigor of modern China. Integrated with an award-winning film of the artists in their homeland, the evening with AnDa Union will be a one-of-a-kind experience. For more information, including ticket prices, visit the Gammage website.
Wed, Oct 12: French-Italian Reception
3-5 p.m., Memorial Union Pima Room 230
Drop by and join the School of International Letters & Cultures French and Italian faculty for a good cup of espresso and some terrific food (it doesn't get much better than French & Italian!), and learn about the school's French and Italian language programs. Information on hand will include summer Study Abroad programs in Italy, France and Quebec, how to declare a French or Italian major/minor, upper-division courses, student clubs, and more! For more information, contact Enrico Minardi. [download flyer]
Fri, Oct 14: Korean Language Learning Smart Phone Applications Workshop
2 p.m., LL 165
Is there a smart way to use smart phones for learning a foreign language? How can new technology tools such as the iPad, a smart phone, or computer help a student learn another language? Come hear a panel of technologically-savvy student experts who will present how they have utilized the iPhone, iPod, Android phone, iPad and laptop computer to help them learn Korean. After the panel presentation, the audience will have an opportunity to share their favorite apps, as well. For more information, contact Chanyoung Park. [download flyer]
Sat, Oct 15: Arizona Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies 30th Anniversary Gala!
6 pm, 6533 N. 41st Street, Paradise Valley, AZ
Drop by this free and open celebration being held at the home of School of International Languages & Cultures Romanian Professor Ileana Orlich, and hear Solis Camerata (Choir of the Sun), a company of singers, instrumentalists, scholars, dancers, thespians and historians dedicated to the study and performance of ancient music. The ACMRS anniversary celebration is generously sponsored by the School of Historical, Philosophical & Religious Studies–Faculty of Religious Studies, the English Department, the Center for Jewish Studies, and the Udinotti Museum of Figurative Art. For more information, visit the ACMRS website.
Wed, Oct 19: German/Austrian/Swiss Day!
12-3 pm, Location TBD
Save the date! If you would like to become proficient in German, live in Germany, study in Germany or work in Germany, then drop by for some snacks and learn about the School of International Letters & Cultures German program. Faculty will be on hand to talk about ASU's Study Abroad programs in Germany, academic year programs in Germany, upper-division German courses, student German activities, and more!
Spanish Language, Literature & Culture in Sevilla, Spain
May 18-June 25, 2012; Application deadline is March 1
It's never too early to start planning your next Study Abroad program! 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. [download flyer]
Share Your Passion About Your Language and Win $500!
Video entries must be received by October 31, 2011
Vista Higher Learning has announced a video contest for higher education students on the theme, Languages: My Future. The contest is open to any student currently enrolled in a world language course in a higher education institute. Videos are limited to no more than one minute in length, and entries should creatively convey the student's unique vision of how language study will impact his/her future. Video entries will be accepted until October 31, 2011, and winners will be announced by November 18. Six videos will be selected for display on Vista's website, and $500 will be awarded to the person who submitted each winning entry. For complete details about the contest, please visit the Vista Higher Learning website.
Changes to the application process for students planning to study in Japan 2012-13
Application deadline is January 20, 2012 for the 2012-13 Academic Year
If you are interested in applying for studying abroad in Japan for the 2012-13 academic year, please be aware of the changes made to the application process, which now consists of two steps:
For Japanese faculty members, this may mean that a student will request two forms of reference at two different times (once for the ASU application and once for the university-specific application); faculty may therefore want to save their first recommendation file so that they can reuse its text for the university-specific application. If you have any questions, please contact Jenny Fisher in the Study Abroad Office.
- ASU Application (due January 20, 2012)
This application will require transcripts, personal statement, a meeting with SILC Japanese professor John Creamer or Tony Chambers, an online letter of recommendation from an academic reference, and selection of 2nd- and 3rd-choice program options.
- University-Specific Application
After applicants have been nominated for specific universities, the Study Abroad Office will provide them with the university-specific application and a new deadline for returning all materials. These university applications are typically quite extensive and require multiple recommendations, essays, medical clearances, etc.