SILC awarded NSLI grant to sponsor summer 2011 StarTalk Language Camp
The School of International Letters and Cultures has once again been awarded a grant under the National Security Language Initiative (NSLI) to run StarTalk, a 15-day intensive
residential Chinese language program for 10th-12th grade Arizona students. The NSLI seeks to expand and improve the teaching and learning of strategically important world languages that are not widely taught in the US. The StarTalk component of the initiative offers students (K–16) and teachers of these languages summer experiences that strive to exemplify best practices in language education and in language teacher development. SILC's StarTalk 2011 will be held from June 5-19 at the Tempe campus. PIs for the program are Madeline Spring, Professor of East & Southeast Asian Languages and Xia Zhang, a lecturer in the same faculty. For more information, contact Xia Zhang, the 2011 StarTalk program director.
Tue, Feb 1: Spring 2011 Study Abroad Fair
10:00 am - 3:00 pm, Memorial Union, Arizona and Ventana Ballrooms
With nearly 100 booths, this ASU-wide fair will feature international coordinators, faculty directors of summer programs, ASU-approved providers who offer semester and year-long programs, former study abroad students who will share their stories, prizes, a "virtual visit" photo booth, and even an appearance by Sparky! Be sure to visit the 20+ summer programs offered through the School of International Letters and Cultures. For more information, visit the Study Abroad website.
Wed, Feb 2: Aesthetics and politics in Céline's Bagatelles pour un massacre
1:30 pm, LL 165
In 1937, Louis-Ferdinand Céline wrote his infamous Bagatelles pour un massacre. Bagatelles is a virulently anti-Semitic work written in the style that secured Céline's place in the modernist canon. Bagatelles has mostly been read as a political work, but presenter Annie-Catherine Dutoit will argue that it can also be regarded as Céline's aesthetic manifesto of the 1930s. She will consider Bagatelles as a work anchored in the aesthetic debates of the times, debates that were unavoidably bound to the turbulent political climate of the 1930s. Dutoit is a candidate for a position in the School of International Letters and Cultures French program. For more information, contact Helene Ossipov.
Fri, Feb 4: La transferencia léxica en distintos registros en bilingu: es espanol-inglés
2:00 - 4:00 pm, LL 103
The School of International Letters & Cultures is sponsoring this linguistics talk by Dr. Ana Sánchez-Muñoz, Assistant Professor of Linguistics in the Department of Chicana/o Studies at California State University, Northridge. Incluido el estudio de code-switching, borrowings (incluyendo loans and calques) y creaciones léxicas.
For more information, contact Carmen Garcia Fernandez.
Mon, Feb 7: The Nazir and Manzur ilayh in classical Arabic poetry: Ibn al-Qattan al-Fasi and Nazar
1:00-2:00 pm, LL 165
Many scholars make use of Western theory to look at literature from the Arab world. The presenter, Doouja Mamelouk of the Department of Arabic and Islamic Studies at Georgetown University, will propose that Ibn al-Qattanal-Fasi's ideas of al-Nazar offer us interesting perspectives on the power structure established between the Nazir (the one who looks) and the Manzur ilayh (the one who is looked at) in some classical Arabic love poetry. By highlighting and defining the concept of al-Nazar, one is able to unravel the potency of the gaze in certain classical love poems. Mamelouk will argue that it is the Mazir (male lover) who loses power to the Manzur (female beloved), depleting himself of his own potency through his poetic words. Dr. Mamelouk is a candidate for the School of International Letters & Cultures position of Assistant Professor of Arabic Literature. [download flyer]
Mon, Feb 7: Italian Film Series - Il più bel giorno della mia vita (The Best Day of My Life)
5:00-7:00 pm, GIOS 101
Join the kickoff of the spring 2011 School of International Letters & Cultures Italian program Film Series. All movies will be shown in Italian with English subtitles. Il più bel giorno della mia vita concerns the lively goings-on of a modern family as seen through the eyes of a young girl just about to receive her first Communion. The movie is directed by Cristina Comencini (2002). The Italian film series will be held on the first Monday of each month at 5 pm in GIOS 101. [download flyer]
Tue, Feb 8: Florence, Italy Summer Program Information Meeting
3:00-4:00 pm, LL 102
There will be an information meeting for anyone interested in attending the School of International Letters & Cultures summer program in Florence, Italy from May 14 to June 25, 2011. The meeting will provide information about the summer program and the scholarships available. Faculty who will be teaching in Florence will be on hand to answer questions. [more information about the summer program, including an application for the program]
Wed, Feb 9: Coffee and Conversation with Rosemary Feal, Executive Director of MLA
9:30-10:30 am, LL 316
The Department of English hosts this kick-off event for ASU CLAS's "Project Humanities." Rosemary Feal is a professor at SUNY, Buffalo, with areas of specialization in Spanish-American Literature, Feminist Studies, Latin American and Latina women writers, contemporary novel and Latin America Theories of Autobiography. [more information at event website]
Fri, Feb 11: 《咏剧诗歌：明清戏曲接受史的生动记录》(Poems on Theater: A Vivid Record of the Reception of Drama in the Ming and Qing (in Chinese)
4:00 pm, LL 104
This talk is sponsored by the ASU Confucius Institute, the School of International Letters & Cultures, and the Council for East Asian Studies. It will be presented by Shanlin Zhao, professor emeritus of the Chinese Department of East China Normal University. The talk will be given in Mandarin Chinese. [See Dr. Zhao's biography] [download flyer]
Wed, Feb 16: East & Southeast Asian Languages Reception
1:00-4:00 pm, Memorial Union, Alumni Lounge Room 202
The School of International Letters & Cultures faculty of East & Southeast Asian languages is hosting a reception for anyone interested in learning about Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Vietnamese or Indonesian languages and cultures. The reception will feature outstanding food, colorful displays, posters and multimedia presentations, and faculty will be on hand to talk about the different language programs offered (major, minor, certificate, Flagship), study abroad opportunities, student activities and much more.
Fri, Feb 18: Contactos y conflictos lingüísticos: el castellano en los Andes
2:00-4:00 pm, LL 103
The School of International Letters & Cultures presents this linguistics talk by Rodolfo Cerrón-Palomino, Profesor Principal del Departamento de Humanidades de la Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú. For more information, contact Carmen Garcia Fernandez.
Fri, Feb 18: Spanish Film Series - Pagafantas (Friend Zone)
2:00 pm, LL 104
Join the kickoff of the spring 2011 School of International Letters & Cultures Spanish Program Film Series. Some—but not all—movies will be shown in Spanish with English subtitles. Pagafantas is about the timeless theme of unrequited love. She is the girl of his dreams, the one he has been waiting for. She even loves him very much, except... as a friend. Directed by Borja Cobeaga (2009), this movie has English subtitles. [download flyer]
Tue, Feb 22: School of International Letters & Cultures Language Fair
9:00 am-3:00 pm, Memorial Union, second floor
It's huge, and it's right around the corner! With 2,600 high school language students currently registered, this year's School of International Letters & Cultures Language Fair promises to be BIGGER and better than ever! The fair offers high schoolers 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.
Wed, Feb 23: Caffè, Dolci ed Informazioni (Coffee, Sweets and Information)
3:00-4:30 pm, LL 165
Join the School of International Letters & Cultures Italian program for a good cup of espresso (provided by Charlie's Café), dolci (sweets) and information about: the ASU summer program in Florence, Italy; academic-year programs in Italy; upper-division Italian courses; declaring an Italian major or minor; the Italian Club and Cineclub activities. [download flyer]
Tue, Mar 1: Japanese Gothic
1:30-2:45 pm, Coor Hall, L1-74
Save the date! This talk, sponsored by The School of International Letters & Cultures, will be presented by Charles Inouye, professor of Japanese at Tufts University and translator of Japanese Gothic Tales, by Izumi Kyoka. This event is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Tony Chambers.
Mon, Mar 7: The Japanese Pluralizer -tachi as a Window into the Cognitive World
3:30-4:45 pm, Memorial Union, Alumni Lounge MU 202
The School of International Letters & Cultures is sponsoring this lecture by Seiichi Makino, professor of Japanese and Linguistics at Princeton University. Dr. Makino currently researches linguistic inquiry into the human brain through analysis of non-creative metaphors and other cognitive linguistic analyses. This lecture is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Tony Chambers.
Wed, Mar 9: Born Again – Evangelicalism in Korea
4:00 pm, Coor 4403
This lecture is co-sponsored by the SHPRS Faculty of Religious Studies and by the School of International Letters & Cultures Korean Studies Faculty . Known as Asia’s "evangelical superpower," South Korea today has some of the largest and most dynamic churches in the world and is second only to the United States in the number of missionaries it dispatches abroad. Understanding its evangelicalism is crucial to grasping the course of its modernization, the rise of nationalism and anticommunism, and the relationship between Christians and other religionists within the country. Speaker Timothy S. Lee is an associate professor of the History of Christianity and director of Asian Church Studies at Brite Divinity School, Texas Christianity University. [more information at event website]
Fri, Apr 1: Ve hijita – Address forms and discriminatory practices in interethnic communication
2:00 - 4:00 pm, Location TBD
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.
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 Language Institute website.