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Upcoming Events

3/2 (Thu) 4-7pm at Sturm Hall 454
Keynote Speech: The HeArt of Teaching - Please register here
    Visiting Italian Anna Maglione-Sie Scholar Flavia Laviosa is Senior Lecturer in the Department of Italian Studies and in the Cinema and Media Studies Program at Wellesley College. She is the Editor in Chief of the Journal of Italian Cinema and Media Studies. As a foreign language educator, she is active as a certified ACTFL OPI and WPT trainer and tester. She also serves as the Director of the Foreign Language Faculty Seminar at Wellesley College and runs professional development programs for language instructors in the United States and Europe. The purpose of this keynote is to illustrate and discuss the pedagogical principles of communication and interaction in teaching fostering successful language learning. Free and open to the public. Refreshments will be provided.
3/3 (Fri) 9am - 4pm at Maglione Hall (5th Floor) Sie International Relations Complex 
Language Teaching Workshops - Please register here
    Visiting Italian Anna Maglione-Sie Scholar Flavia Laviosa is providing six (1 hour each) language teaching workshops. Free and open to the public.Refreshments and lunch will be provided.
3/6 (Mon) 4 - 6pm at Sturm Hall 251
Learning to Speak Lingerie: Chinese Migrants in Egypt
    Marsico Visiting Scholar Peter Hessler is a New Yorker staff writer, where he served as the Beijing correspondent from 2000 to 2007, and a contributing writer for National Geographic since 2006. He lived in China from 1996 to 2008, first as Peace Corps volunteer and then as an independent writer. Hessler lived in China during the most exciting decade of its economic takeoff and described the ensuing social and cultural changes in his trilogy of books on contemporary China. His first book River Town: Two Years on the Yangtze (2001) won the Kiriyama Prize; the second one Oracle Bones: A Journey Between China’s Past and Present (2006) was a finalist for National Book Award; and the last one Country Driving: A Journey Through China from Farm to Factory (2010) won 2008 National Magazine Award for excellence in reporting. He was named a MacArthur Fellow in 2011. After leaving China, Hessler moved to southwestern Colorado. His collection of essays, “Strange Stones: Dispatches from East and West,” was published by Harper in 2013. In the fall of 2011, Hessler moved to Cairo, Egypt, where he has covered the ongoing revolution.
3/9 (Thu) 4:30 - 6pm at Sturm Hall 451
Minor Literature and Islands of Protest: Japanese Literature from Okinawa
    The University of Denver's Committee for Comparative Literature welcomes Dr. Davinder Bhowmik from University of Washington for a public presentation. How might Deleuze & Guarttari's concept of 'Minor Literature' be deployed in the case of Japanese literature from Okinawa, and especially with literature that views itself as having a mandate of protest or mission to foster activism for social change? What political, ethical, and ideological aspects of the work of translation, editing and compiling go into the creating of an athology? Can we deploy a sense of activism elucidated by 'Minor Literature' to the scholarly work of selecting and editing texts in translation for anthologies? Bhowmik will consider these questions as she discusses Okinawan Literature and the process of creating her newly published collection.