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Japanese 'Kakizome' workshop

Join the Department of Languages & Literatures' Japanese Program with the Japanese Bunka Kai (JBK) Language & Culture Club in a  Kakizome workshop.

When? Friday, January 11, 2018 from 4:30-6:00 PM. 

Where? Driscoll Student Center, Room 135 (Suite 1880)

What is Kakizome? Otherwise known as the "First Calligraphy of the New Year," Kakizome is a Japanese tradition to welcome in the New Year. Using brush and ink on Japanese calligraphy paper, we write words that will inspire us throughout 2018. 

This is a FREE event. Also, no experience is required! Come join us and learn Kakizome!


Past Events

Hands-On Traditional Chinese Painting Workshop

Join L&L's Chinese Language Program for a hands-on Traditional Chinese Painting workshop under the direction of Master Zhang Xin. Master Xin worked as an art designer at the Beijing Interior Decorating and Design Research Institute prior to his departure from China.

The event is on Tuesday, October 31st from 3–4:30 PM at Sturm Hall Room 286. All students and faculty are welcome to attend. 


Poetry Reading w/ Sergei Gandlevsky

Join us for a poetry reading with Russian poet Sergei Gandlevsky. The readings will be accompanied by an  English translator. 

The event will take place on Friday, October 27th at 1:30 PM in Sturm Hall room 286. 

poetry reading 

Italy Study Abroad Info.  Session

Interested in studying abroad in Italy? Come to our information session to learn about DU partner programs and gain information from DU students who have actually studied in Italy! No matter what your major, language background or interests, you will find the right program for your Italian adventure at this session!

There will also be free pizza!

When? October 24th, 5 PM

Where? Sturm Hall Room 333

For additional information, contact Rachel Walsh (

 study abroad session Italy


DU's Center for Judaic Studies with support from the Marisco Visiting Scholar program gladly presents In Between, a one-man show written and performed by Ibrahim Miari.

in between flyer

In Between is a semi-autobiographical one-man show that portrays the complexities and contradictions inherited in Palestinian-Israeli identity. On the precipice between two cultures stands Ibrihim Miari, son of a Palestinian Muslim father and Jewish Israeli mother. During an interrogation by Israeli airport security, he recalls his childhood in Akko, memories of his Jewish and Palestinian grandmothers, and of the war. Questions surrounding his identity become even further complicated by his imminent marriage to a Jewish American woman.

This event will take place on Monday, October 23rd, 2017 from 6:00 - 8:00 PM at Reiman Theater in Margery Reed Hall Room #113 (2306 E. Evans Ave., Denver, 80208).

There will be a reception at 6 o'clock and the performance will begin at 6:30 PM.

Reservations to is required. Performance is free & open to the public!


Come join this free Rakugo performance* hosted by the Department of Language's & Literature's Japanese program.

When? Tuesday, October 17th at 5:30PM

Where? Sturm Hall Room 281, Lindsay Auditorium

What is Rakugo? Rakugo is a form of Japanese verbal entertainment. A lone storyteller (a rakugoka) sits on the stage and recounts a comical story using a paper fan and hand towel as props.

*Performance will be in English.

Rakugo Performance


The Committee for Comparative Literature, English & Literary Arts, and Languages & Literatures proudly presents:

The 7th Annual Fall Forum, featuring Álvaro Enrigue. The award-winning author will discuss his latest novel Muerte súbita (Sudden Death).

This 2-day forum begins on October 16, 2017:

Reception at 4 PM and Lecture at 4:30 PM, in Sturm Hall Room 286 (Humanities Institute). The public lecture is themed, "On Writing Dangerously.

Event is open to all faculty, students, and guests.

On October 17, 2017 there will be a Wine Reception at 4:30 and Roundtable discussion on Muerte súbita at 5 PM.

The first 20 DU faculty members to RSVP (to for the Roundtable will receive a complementary copy of Muerte súbita (or Sudden Death.

For more information, contact Alison Krögel (

fall forum


spanish Film screening "clever"

The Department of Languages & Literature is proud to announce the screening of Spanish-major graduate and DU alumnus Alan Domínguez's film CLEVER.


CLEVER is a short documentary details the life and work of Gerardo Lopez (a.k.a. Clever), a Denver-based gang interventionist. Formerly of the notorious MS13 from Los Angeles, Clever details his way out of gang life, his work in keeping youth from making the same mistakes, and his extraordinary tale of survival once he made the courageous decision to move his young family away from the negative influences of his youth.

Student Thesis Celebration & Poster Session

The end of the academic year is here and with it comes the undergraduate student theses! Come join us to celebrate the student's thesis from different language sections presenting their capstone course projects. All presentations will be in English.

The session will take place on Friday, May 12th from 11AM - 12 PM in Sturm Hall room 480.


Workshop with Dr. Bruce Uhrmacher

Dr. Bruce Uhrmacher

When: Friday, April 21, 2017
Time: 9:30am - 12:00pm
Where: The International House (2200 S. Josephine St.)

Dr. Bruce Uhrmacher has served as President of the American Association for Teaching and Curriculum and was honored with the University of Denver Distinguished Teaching Award. He has been the department chair of Educational Research, Policy, and Practice and the Coordinator of Curriculum and Instruction. In addition, Bruce currently serves as the faculty advisor for the Creativity Institute for Teachers. His research interests include arts-based research, qualitative research, alternative school settings, and curriculum theory and practice.

The Department of Languages and Literatures, the English Language Center and the Center for World Languages and Cultures would like to invite you to join Dr. Bruce Uhrmacher along with Paula Adamo to a hands-on workshop based on the arts-oriented approach to teaching and learning, CRISPA.

Enhancing L2 teaching and learning:
Based on John Dewey's ideas on aesthetics as well as our own empirical research, we suggest that classroom teaching can be enhanced to turn ordinary classroom experiences into extraordinary ones. Instructors do not need to completely revolutionize their teaching; lectures as well as experiential learning activities can be taught in notable ways in any classroom. In this workshop, we will share what can be done to amplify and transform classroom teaching and we will guide participants to work on enhancing their own lesson plans. With this purpose, we would like to ask each instructor to bring a lesson plan that teaches his or her least favorite topic. We invite you to think about what you do not like to teach and bring that lesson, topic or set of ideas to the workshop so we can work on that.

Minor Literature and Islands of Protest: Japanese Literature from Okinawa

3/9 (Thu) 4:30 - 6pm at Sturm Hall 451
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.

Learning to Speak Lingerie: Chinese Migrants in Egypt

3/6 (Mon) 4 - 6pm at Sturm Hall 251
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.

Visiting Italian Anna Maglione-Sie Scholar
Flavia Laviosa

Flavia Laviosa

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. 

Thursday March 2, 2017 4:00PM
Keynote Speech: The HeArt of Teaching
Sturm Hall 454  *Followed by reception

The purpose of this keynote is to illustrate and discuss the pedagogical principles of communication and interaction in teaching fostering successful language learning.

Friday March 3, 2017 9:00AM - 4:00PM
Language Teaching Workshops
*Lunch will be provided
Maglione Hall (5th Floor) Sie International Relations Complex



09:00am - 10:00am I. Speaking: From Silent to Loud
The goal of this workshop is explore ways to promote communication starting from silent interaction and gradually moving to loud speaking:
• Intra- and inter-personal speaking
• The emotional, experiential and situational elements of communication
• Bringing the inner out versus using the outer as a stimulus for oral production

Speaking is a language skill strongly connected with one’s body as much as it is with one’s intellect. In this workshop participants will explore activities that foster speaking both ‘inwardly’ and ‘outwardly’.

10:00am - 11:00am II. The Jazz of Teaching
Teaching is a profession where skills, talents, experience and intuition produce moments of unique creativity. Spontaneity and awareness can generate opportunities for collateral learning beyond the textbook. In this workshop participants will familiarize with activities that foster adaptive and interactive language production through the use of images and objects.
11:00am - 12:00pm III. Teaching Songs: Listening in Action and Interactive Exploration of Culture
Songs are extraordinary teaching tools, rich forms of art, and exceptional expressions of culture. Participants to this workshop will be involved in the exploration of in-action and inter-action approaches to the teaching of songs, and in the implementation of a dynamic and multi-skill use of songs in the classroom.

• Songs as stories set to music
• A multimodal use of songs
• Collaborative listening, group writing, collaborative reading, and collective singing of songs
• How culture is intermeshed with song narrative.
12:00pm - 1:00pm Lunch
1:00pm - 2:00pm
IV. Writing: Motion and Emotion Set to Text
The goal of this workshop is to examine dynamic and participatory forms of writing:

• The human body as a creative pen
• The inter-relational nature of writing
• Action as the inspiring force of writing

Knowing the steps is not enough to perform like a professional dancer. What drives a ballerina is not technical perfection, rather, self-expression through dance so that she can convey not only a story, but also communicate something deeper. In a similar way, participants to this workshop will explore and discuss ways to practice the steps to perform the dance of writing. In this workshop participants will explore activities that help students engage with experiences, and develop writing confidence.
2:00pm - 3:00pm
V. When Reading Comprehension Questions are Really Useful
The goal of this workshop is to explore:

• The meaning of interactive, participatory, and dynamic reading
• A re-definition of the concepts of reading comprehension and reading fluency
• The effectiveness and usefulness of alternative and more realistic questions

To check what students of a foreign language have understood after reading a story or an article is a very common teaching practice. Comprehension questions are part of a foreign language teacher’s arsenal that few people would regard as controversial. However, in real life situations, we ask a ‘comprehension’ question only if we are unsure about what we have read. Similarly, in a language classroom it should be the students’ task to ask a question when they need some clarification, not the instructor’s responsibility to check their comprehension. In this workshop participants will explore alternative ideas to pre- and post- reading questions, and will experiment with activities that help interact more creatively with the reading text.
3:00pm - 4:00pm
VI: Film Viewing Comprehension
Film is often used as a foreign language teaching tool, but this instructional practice ignores the multiple educational functions of film as an art form. Participants will be introduced to viewing comprehension of the narrative languages of cinema through the following activities:

• The multimodal performative texts of a film
• The seamless interweaving of the visual with the aural in films
• How soundtrack is intermeshed with film narrative and filmmaking practices
• Films as stories set to music and to action
• Synaesthetic perception of cinematographic narratives
• Visual listening and auditory viewing to understand artistic film meanings


Special thanks to Sie



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The Italian Gaze (Lo Sguardo Italiano)
2016 – film presentation

On Thursday, November 10, 2016 Sturm Hall 454 will be the film presentation of Lo Sguardo Italiano, or The Italian Gaze. The film portrays the intoxicating natural, historical and artistic beauty of Italy, as well as, denounces the profound disillusionment, moral, and cultural decay in contemporary Italian life.

The film presentation will be followed by a Q&A with the film maker and artist himself, Sandro del Rosario! 

Contact Asuka Morley ( to register and for more information.

Sandro Del Rosario



DU's Committee for Comparative Literature presents, Rethinking 'Minor Literatures': Past, Present, and Future

Join us as  we explore notions of 'minor literatures' through discussions on writings in Quechua and Kichwa, Hebrew, Old Irish, Middle Welsh, and Sranan Tongo. 

Event will take place on Friday, November 4, 2016 at Sturm Hall 480. 


Rethinking 'Minor Literatures'


Student poetry reading

Join us for the annual Student Poetry Reading on Tuesday, November 8, 2016 at Sturm Hall room 286. Students will read poems for this year's theme of politics

Admission is free and there will also be free pizza & drinks.

Student Poetry Reading