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February 18, 2014

Carnevale 2014, February 17th-21st

French, Italian, and Portuguese faculty from the Romance Languages Department will lead a week long series of events to celebrate Carnevale 2014.  All events will be held in the Global Scholars Hall on the University of Oregon campus.  Learn to cook French Liege Waffles!  Learn to dance the Capoeira! Watch a movie!

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February 13, 2014

Matvei Yanelevich- Theorizing Translation

“The Desk Drawer and the Window: The Private Writing of Daniil Kharms as a
Basis for Theorizing Translation”

Monday March 3rd, 2014
4:00pm
Erb Memorial Union- Gumwood Room*
*this is a location change, updated on 2/28/14

To write for the desk drawer is the Russian expression for a kind of manuscript production not meant for publication because of its content (political, private, pornographic), its lack of quality (un-professional, amateur, pseudo-literary), or the writer’s attitude of apathy or active concealment. The desk-drawer manuscripts of Russian surrealist/absurdist writer Daniil Kharms (1905-1942) exhibit this fugitive position in respect to print: not conceived of as preliminary to publication, they are hidden, private, or meant only for a dedicatee’s individual reading. Kharms’s fragmentary style, developed under the conditions of private writing, resulted in poems, stories, plays, and incantations that foreground the surface and gesture of writing. The focus of this talk will be the special problems for the translator and current translation theory arising from this peculiar situation where the source text- unfinished, unstable, evading standard typographic setting–is not just a text, but a graphic performance.

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February 12, 2014

Armchair Travel from Italy to the “New World”

Dr. Nathalie Hester presents Armchair Travel from Italy to the “New World”

This unique event brought to you by the Oregon Rare Books Initiative (ORBI).  The talk will be held on Wednesday March 5th at 4:45 in the Paulson Reading Room in the Knight Library.

ORBI is a new research and interest group promoting the study of the history of the book at UO. For more information visit blogs.uoregon.edu/orbi/.

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February 11, 2014

1st Annual Eugene Salsa Festival

From February 21st to 23rd, Salseros Dance Company will host the 1st Annual Eugene Salsa Festival, a weekend-long event featuring live music, workshops, and performances. The first event of its kind in Eugene, the festival will bring to Eugene master musicians, instructors, and performers who represent countries from Colombia to Cuba. This event is open to everyone, including those who have never done salsa before. More information and tickets can be found at: WWW.EUGENESALSAFESTIVAL.COM

Contact michelle@salseros.com with any questions or for more information.

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January 14, 2014

Sykes on Digital Games and Language Learning: An Empirical Overview

Julie Sykes

GLOSS and the Department of Linguistics presents the first linguistics
colloquium of 2014 with Julie Sykes of the at the University of Oregon, who will present on Friday, January 17th at 3pm in 202 Agate Hall.

Julie M. Sykes, Assistant Professor of Spanish

Recently, digital games have been on the forefront of innovation in a variety of educational contexts, including second language learning. Digital games are highlighted as being representative of transformative educational practice with individualized feedback, intense problem solving, and meaningful collaboration. But what does this really mean for second language acquisition? What is the role of digital games in L2 learning and teaching? What should the role of digital games be in the future? In this talk, I will examine these questions through a synthesis of three studies addressing different aspects of digital gaming. The first highlights findings from research in a synthetic immersive environment (i.e., a 3-D, collaborative immersive space specifically for learning language). The second examines data from place-based mobile games, and the third explores the world of vernacular (i.e., commercial) games and their associated attendant discourse(s). The talk will conclude with a discussion of future directions for game-informed research and pedagogy.

November 19, 2013

Nortec Collective Concert

Nortec Collective a Grammy-nominated musical group from Tijuana, Mexico, will be in Eugene Nov. 22-23 to perform and screen their documentary film. The full band’s first visit to the Pacific Northwest is sponsored by the College of Education’s Department of Education Studies and numerous other organizations at the University of Oregon, among them Romance Languages.

The concert will take place at 8 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 23, at the historic McDonald Theatre in downtown Eugene. Tickets to the concert are $10 in advance or $15 at the door. For more information, visit any TicketsWest outlet or http://www.mcdonaldtheatre.com/tickets.html.

Edward M. Olivos, a professor in the Department of Education Studies at the College of Education, was instrumental in bringing the group to Oregon. Although cultural sensitivity and appreciation is a key part of his program’s curriculum and a focus of many other organizations on campus, Olivos thought it was important to provide an authentic and fun event to promote these ideas.

“Misperceptions about Latin music often mirror those about Latino culture in general – narrow or old-fashioned at best, stereotypical at worst,” said Olivos. “Hosting Nortec Collective is a great way for us to show the community how modern, vital and relevant Latino culture is. Music can help shift perceptions through the shared cultural experience, particularly the music that is created along the U.S./Mexico border.”

About Nortec Collective

Nortec Collective Presents: Bostich + Fussible mixes electronica with musical elements and instrumentation from regional Mexican music (tambora and norteño), resulting in the nortec (“norteño” + “techno”) style. Nortec Collective has been nominated for two Latin Grammys and the 2008 album by Nortec Collective Presents: Bostich + Fussible, “Tijuana Sound Machine,” was nominated for best Latin rock/alternative album at the 51st annual Grammy Awards. They have been featured in four books, most notably, “Paso del Nortec: This is Tijuana” and “Nor-tec Rifa!: Electronic Dance Music from Tijuana to the World.” They have toured Latin America, Japan, Europe and the U.S., including shows at Rockefeller Center in New York City; the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C.; Royal Festival Hall in London; and Elysée Montmarte in Paris. They have also performed on college campuses such as UC Davis and Cal State Los Angeles.

MEDIA CONTACT: Cody Pinkston, UO College of Education communications, 541-346-1392, cpinksto@uoregon.edu

Nortec Collective Documentary

A free public screening of the documentary “Tijuana: Sonidos del Nortec” will be held at 6 p.m. Friday, Nov. 22, in the Great Room, room 123, of the Global Scholars Hall on the UO campus, followed by a Q&A with Ramón Amezcua (Bostich) and Pepe Mogt (Fussible).

The full band’s first visit to the Pacific Northwest is sponsored by the College of Education’s Department of Education Studies and numerous other organizations at the University of Oregon, including the Department of Romance Languages.

Edward M. Olivos, a professor in the Department of Education Studies at the College of Education, was instrumental in bringing the group to Oregon. Although cultural sensitivity and appreciation is a key part of his program’s curriculum and a focus of many other organizations on campus, Olivos thought it was important to provide an authentic and fun event to promote these ideas.

“Misperceptions about Latin music often mirror those about Latino culture in general – narrow or old-fashioned at best, stereotypical at worst,” said Olivos. “Hosting Nortec Collective is a great way for us to show the community how modern, vital and relevant Latino culture is. Music can help shift perceptions through the shared cultural experience, particularly the music that is created along the U.S./Mexico border.”

Spanish Prof. Pedro García-Caro and Music Prof. Juan Eduardo “Ed” Wolf will offer some opening remarks at the start of the show on Friday.

October 30, 2013

Iberian and Latin American Transatlantic Studies Symposium Nov 1st & 2nd

Please join us on Friday Nov. 1 (9:30am-5:15pm at the Knight Browsing Rm) and Saturday Nov. 2 (10am-5pm Jaqua Auditorium) for the Iberian and Latin American Transatlantic Studies symposium.  The symposium will feature 16 scholars, from all over the US and the UK, who will present their work on topics ranging from Transatlantic Memories and Displacements to Methodologies and Postcolonial Relations. The event is free and open to students, faculty, and members of the community.

You can view the abstracts and bios of all of the speakers on the Transatlantic Symposium Website: jsma.uoregon.edu/TransatlanticismSymposium

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


The symposium is sponsored by the Department of Romance Languages; the Center for the Study of Women in Society; the Women of Color Project; the Center for Latino, Latina & Latin American Studies; the Latin American Studies Program; the European Studies Program; a Hispanex Grant from the Spanish Ministry of Education, Culture, and Sports; and the Idea Award from the Office of Research, Innovation, and Graduate Education at the University of Oregon. I also want to add a special thanks to the Oregon Humanities Center for their support of the event. The Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art Academic Support Grant also sponsored our symposium and related exhibition called Transatlanticisms.

October 25, 2013

Quebec Poet Louise Warren hosts a Book Launch and Bilingual Reading.

Book launch and reading will take place on Monday, November 4th, 4:30 p.m. in the Knight Library Browsing Room with poet Louise Warren and translator Karen McPherson. This event is free and open to the public! It will feature book signings and light refreshments. Sponsored by Romance Languages and Global Oregon Translation Studies Working Group.

“One of Quebec’s most delicate and subtle poets” – Michael Bishop

“The most luminous book may arise from a place of darkest melancholy. I take great pleasure in being with Louise Warren. In her work there is both the darkness and the light.” –Dany Laferrière

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Photo by Richard Gravel, 2006

Poet and essayist Louise Warren has published more than twenty-five books, among these the collection Anthologie du présent and the essay Apparitions. Inventaire de l’atelier, which both appeared in 2012. Her essays offer a reflection on the arts and the creative process, and her body of work includes many artists’ books. She participates regularly in international conferences and festivals and has been the recipient of numerous prizes and honors. A special issue of Cahiers littéraires: Contre-jour (number 28) is devoted to her work.

 

 

October 18, 2013

Opportunities Fair for Language Students

Thursday, October 24, 1:30-3:30pm, EMU Fir Room

Please join us for refreshments and conversation to help you gather information on all the following opportunities in one place:

* Major/Minor Requirements & Declaration in French, Italian, Spanish, and Romance Languages
* European Studies Progam
* Latin American Studies Program
* Spanish Language Heritage Program
* Second Language Acquisition in Teaching Program (SLAT)
* Study abroad opportunities (Office of International Affairs)
* Internships Abroad & in Lane County (Int’l Affairs, Participatory Learning Experience)
* National Student Exchange (includes options in Canada & Puerto Rico)
* Teach in France (Lycée Program), Italy (Internships in Lombardy or Piemonte), or Spain (Cultural Ambassadors Program)
* Teach for America
* Peace Corps
* Graduate Study (Dept of Romance Languages)
* Teaching Certification Programs (College of Education)
* Careers (Career Center)
* Global Scholars Hall
* Teaching and Learning Center (tutoring & academic support)

Questions?: Please contact rladvise@uoregon.edu.

All Language Students Welcome!!!!

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