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Presentation & Panel

Discussing Secret Jews in Spain & Mexico

Marie Theresa Hernández Presents her book: The Virgin of Guadalupe & the Conversos: Uncovering Hidden Influences from Spain to Mexico

Date: Monday, November 17, 2 pm Location: Honors College Commons

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Milatary Intervention and Human Rights in Iraq: A UH Perspective

Join a panel of distinguished UH faculty as they offer their perspectives on the conflicts in Iraq. Who exactly is ISIS? What human rights vi-olations are occurring? And what is the inter-national community doing to address these issues?

November 14th from 3-5 pm in the Honors Commons

  • Dr. Mient Jan Faber, mathematician and human rights activist
  • Dr. Cyrus Contractor, Assistant Director of the Center of International and Comparative studies and professor of International
  • Dr. Emran El-Badawi, Director of the UH Arabic Studies Program
  • Dr. Johanna Lutrell, Post-Doctoral Phronesis Fellow and professor of Political Philosophy

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El Paso Corporation Lecture Series

Poster for the lecture: Give until it hurts: Jesse Jones, Houston, & WWI

Give Until it Hurts: Jesse Jones, Houston, & WWI

Wednesday, October 29th, 4 pm
Honors College Commons

Steven Fenberg, Emmy Award Winner
Author of Unprecedented Power

Donors:

  • The Honors College
  • Center for Public History
  • Department of Health and Human Performance
  • College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences
  • The German and Italian Programs of Modern and Classical Languages
  • The Ugo Di Portanova Lecture Series

Shell Shock & the Emotional History of WWI

Poster for the lecture: Shell Shock & the Emotional History of WWI

Jay Winter, Yale University,
Author of Sites of Memory, Sites of Mourning

Friday, November 7th, 1 pm
Cemo Hall 100D

Donors:

  • University of Houston
  • The Honors College
  • Center for Public History
  • The German and Italian Programs of Modern and Classical Languges
  • The Ugo Di Portanova Lecture Series
  • Department of Health and Human Performance
  • College of Liberal Arts and Social Science

American Music & the Great War

Poster for the lecture: Shell Shock & the Emotional History of WWI

with Michael Lasser
host of "Fascinatin' Rhythm" public radio show

Wednesday, November 19th, 4pm
Honors College Commons

Donors:

  • University of Houston
  • Center for Public History
  • The German and Italian Programs of Modern and Classical Languages
  • The Ugo Di Portanova Lecture Series
  • Department of Health and Human Performance
  • College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences


Alain Mabanckou

Award-winning French novelist and professor at UCLA

Poster for the lecture: Alain Mabanckou, award winning French novelist and professor at UCLA

In Conversation with Julie Tolliver, MCL
November 4, 2014 at 4:00pm
Honors Commons (M.D. Anderson Library)

The Department of Modern and Classical Languages welcomes Alain Mabanckou, the much-decorated French poet, novelist, and essayist. Mabanckou, born in the Republic of the Congo, is currently Professor in French and Francophone Studies at the University of California (Los Angeles). His 2006 novel Memoirs of a Porcupine won him the distinguished Prix Renaudot, and in 2012 the Académie française awarded him the Grand Prix de Littérature Henri Gal for his body of works.



Film Screening – Global Cinema Series

The World Cultures and Literatures program in the Department of Modern and Classical Languages presents:

The Pipeline

Photo of pipe line

Director: Vitali Mansky, Russia-Germany-Czeck Republic (2013)
Date: October 31, 2014 | Time:2-4:30 PM | Location:SW 101 | Free Admission

This award winning documentary follows the Urengoy-Pomary-Uzhhorod pipeline from Siberia to Western Europe. In what has been described as a “different sort of road movie,” the acclaimed Russian filmmaker takes a look at the people and communities  along the route: "PIPELINE is a film about modern Europe, about two of its edges, or to put it more precisely – two of its extremes. This is a film about Europe, which spans from the barren land of eternal winters of Siberia to the complaisant Bay of Biscay, where even the laws of nature form fundamentally different paradigms of human existence.” (Deckert Distribution)

Introduction: Dr. Elena McGee

Director Vitali Mansky will attend the screening and will be available for a discussion of the film following the screening.

Event co-sponsored bythe Russian Cultural Center Houston


Film Screening

Bent Familia -

The Department of Modern and Classical Languages presents:

Bent Familia
Director: Nouri Bouzid, Tunisia 1997
Date: October 14, 2014 | Time: 6-9 PM | Location: UC Theater | Free Admission

In late 20th-century Tunis, three women - Amina, Aïda, and Fetiha - are haunted in different ways by their relative powerlessness in a world dominated by men. But the friendship and solidarity that unite them help them find ways to resist and to define their independence.

Introduction: Dr. Julie Tolliver, MCL French Program

Event co-sponsored by the: Council of Ethnic Organizations


Faculty News - Dr. Wen

Dr. Xiaohong Wen, Professor of Chinese and Chinese program director in MCL, is the invited keynote speaker at the upcoming conference on “Educating Teachers of Chinese Language – Creating a Coherent Approach” which will be held at the University of Melbourne Graduate School of Education. Her talk is titled: "Constructing Meaning through Interactive Activities: Teaching Chinese as a Constructivist Process." While in Australia, she will also be visiting a Chinese immersion school and other Chinese programs in the Melbourne area.


Study Abroad and Research Opportunities in Germany

Thursday, October 2, 2-3 PM, Room 210 Agnes Arnold Hall

Study abroad flyer

Info session for Undergraduate and Graduate Students of all disciplines

Representatives from DAAD and Cultural Vistas will present on their programs

(DAAD) / German Academic Exchange Service is the German national agency for the support of international academic cooperation. It offers funded programs for students (undergraduate and graduate) and faculty from a wide range of disciplines to study or research at Germany.

Cultural Vistas annually serves more than 5,000 students, professionals, and emerging leaders through career-focused international internships, language immersion and cultural exchange programs in the United States and around the world. Knowledge of German not required for all programs.


Lecture Dizionario delle collocazioni

WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 1ST, 2014 – 3:30PM AGNES ARNOLD HALL, ROOM 444

Paola Tiberii
Author of Dizionario delle collocazioni. Le combinazioni delle parole in italiano

In linguistics, “collocation” means a combination of lexical items that regularly occur together and sound natural in speech and writing. The way words combine in a language is not determined by rules of syntax or grammar but instead is established through repeated context-dependent use within the language community.

This Dizionario delle collocazioni is specifically designed to help choose the right words to express ideas in an effective way. The dictionary’s selection of approximately 200,000 collocations makes it a useful tool to develop an increased range of vocabulary and facility of expression in idiomatic Italian.

200,000 collocations - 6,000 entries - 640 pages - Includes a DVD Rom with the complete dictionary and Assistente Linguistico. Exclusive USA-CAN distributor: Edizioni Farinelli

Paola Tiberii has studied musicology and linguistics at the University of Bologna. Her Dizionario delle collocazioni is the result of ten years of work.

Event sponsored by:
The Department of Modern and Classical Languages
The Italian Cultural and Community Center
The Ugo Di Portanova Lecture Series
The Italian Studies Program in the Department of Modern and Classical Languages

This event has been made possible by the generosity of Ugo Di Portanova

Refreshments will be available


Remembering World War I

Postcards from the Trenches

Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division Washington, D.C. 20540 USA
Library of Congress Prints and PhotographsDivision
Washington, D.C. 20540 USA

An exhibit commemorating the 100th anniversary of the First World War through the art created by ordinary soldiers in the trenches.

Exhibit runs from October 23, 2014 – February 14, 2015 at the

The Printing Museum
1324 W. Clay St.
Houston, TX 77019
713-522-4652

Co-sponsored by The German and Italian Programs of the Department of Modern and Classical Languages


book cover

Dr. Marie-Theresa Hernández’s new book

Dr. Marie-Theresa Hernández’s new book on The Virgin of Guadalupe and the Conversos. Uncovering Hidden Influences from Spain to Mexico has been recently published with Rutgers UP in the “Latrinidat: Transnational Cultures in the United States” series.


Fall 2014 Exhibit:

Postcards from the Trenches

An exhibit commemorating the 100th anniversary of the First World War through the art created by ordinary soldiers in the trenches.


Author David Laskin at Brazos Bookstore

“The Family: A Journey into the Heart of the Twentieth Century"

DATE: Sep 4 2014 7:00 pm

Location: Brazos Bookstore
2421 Bissonnet St
Houston, TX 77005

"In tracing the roots of this family—his own family—Laskin captures the epic sweep of the twentieth century. A modern-day scribe, Laskin honors the traditions, the lives, and the choices of his ancestors: revolutionaries and entrepreneurs, scholars and farmers, tycoons and truck drivers. THE FAMILY is a deeply personal, dramatic, and emotional account of people caught in a cataclysmic time in world history.

A century and a half ago, a Torah scribe and his wife raised six children in a yeshivatown at the western fringe of the Russian empire. Bound by their customs and ancient faith, the pious couple expected their sons and daughter to carry family traditions into future generations. But the social and political crises of our time decreed otherwise.

The torrent of history took the scribe’s family down three very different roads. One branch immigrated to America and founded the fabulously successful Maidenform Bra Company; another went to Palestine as pioneers and participated in the contentious birth of the state of Israel; the third branch remained in Europe and suffered the onslaught of the Nazi occupation.

With cinematic power and beauty, bestselling author David Laskin brings to life the upheavals of the twentieth century through the story of one family, three continents, two world wars, and the rise and fall of nations."


Defending Their Own in the Cold

Defending Their Own in the Cold

Marc Zimmerman, Professor Emeritus in the World Cultures and Literatures program of MCL and Director of Global CASA/LACASA Books

Defending Their Own in the Cold. The Culturan Turns of U.S. Puerto Ricans (Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 2011) by Marc Zimmerman was very positively reviewed in CENTRO Journal (Vol. 26:1, 2014) by Richard Perez. The review essay concludes:

"In Zimmerman’s learned text the “everyday and remarkable” inter-animate each other in order to reveal the unremitting cultural production of Puerto Ricans over the last century. Defending Their Own in the Cold, in short, awards the reader with novel hermeneutic understandings of the aesthetic forms and vocabularies created by Puerto Rican artists. The result is the story of a people who have resorted to their imaginations as an enabling mechanism through which to gain political empowerment and social recognition. Zimmerman, in beautifully rendered prose, captures the largesse of this tradition with the empathy of an insider and the expertise of an accomplished theoretician. His text is more than a defense, as the title may imply, but literary, artistic, and social analysis at its very best.” (202)


Poets of the Italian Diaspora

Poets of the Italian Diaspora

Alessandro Carrera, Director of Italian Studies and Graduate Director of WCL, is one of the 80 Italian poets included in the recently published anthology, "Poets of the Italian Diaspora" (Fordham University Press, 2014). For the anthology, the editors have selected 80 Italian poets living and writing outside of Italy, in eleven different countries. Alessandro Carrera is one of the poets representing the United States. A selection of his poems appears with a critical introduction and facing English translation.


Congratulations Dr. Julie Tolliver

Dr. Julie Tolliver, who joins us this year as assistant professor of French and Francophone Studies, has guest-edited, together with Monica Popescu and Cedric Tolliver, a special issue of the Journal of Postcolonial Writing (Volume 50, Number 4, August 2014). The special issue, titled Alternative Solidarities: Black Diasporas and Cultural Alliances During the Cold War, explores the intersection between diaspora studies, postcolonial literary criticism, and Cold War theory.


Congratulations Dr. Bernice Heilbrunn

Bernice Heilbrunn

Jewish Studies lecturer Dr. Bernice Heilbrunn was one of only two foreign scholars invited to lecture at Goethe University in Frankfurt, Germany in May 2014. Marking the one hundredth anniversary of Goethe University, the symposium focused on Jews' critical role as the university's founders, funders, and distinguished scholars. Heilbrunn's address focused on Jacob H. Schiff, the American Jewish philanthropist and community leader who funded the Chair in Semitic Philology which became the core of Goethe University's Near Eastern and Jewish Studies programs. The well-publicized symposium attracted people in the greater Frankfurt community as well as the community of scholars at the university and received media attention.


New Faculty for Fall 2014

Julie-Françoise Tolliver, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of French and Francophone Studies

Tolliver

Julie-Françoise Tolliver earned her PhD in Comparative Literature from the University of Pennsylvania. She has worked as a visiting professor in French and Comparative Literature at Hamilton College and as an instructional assistant professor of French right here at the University of Houston. She spent last year as visiting scholar at McGill University (Montreal), and she re-joins the faculty in MCL as assistant professor of francophone studies. Her current research project reads independence-era francophone literature as constructing a transnational French-language literary solidarity. Related to this work is her co-editing of a special issue of the Journal of Postcolonial Writing (forthcoming fall 2014) entitled Alternative Solidarities: Black Cultural Alliances during the Cold War. Her teaching interests include twentieth- and twenty-first-century francophone literature, culture, and film.

Nelly Noury-Ossia, Ph.D., Instructional Assistant Professor of French

Noury-Ossia

A French native from Paris, Nelly Noury-Ossia earned her Ph.D. in French Studies at Rice University. Prior to her journey to Houston, she also completed a B.S (‘’Maîtrise’’) in British civilization at Paris-Sorbonne University. Her research focus is on twenty-first century Francophone postcolonial studies with a special interest in the Maghreb. She is particularly interested in examining the various ways in which Francophone-Arab women writers and visual artists have expressed their opposition to the manufacturing of an orientalized ‘’Other.’’

Dr. Noury will be editing a special issue on the Algerian woman writer: Assia Djebar, for the CELAAN (Center for the Studies of the Literatures and Arts of North Africa) review in January 2015. At the University of Houston, she is joining the French and Francophone Studies programs in the Department of Modern and Classical Languages.

Duy Lap Nguyen, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of World Cultures and Literatures

Duy Lap Nguyen

After completing a one-year Carol G. Lederer Postdoctoral Fellowship at the Pembroke Center at Brown University, Duy Lap Nguyen is starting his appointment as Assistant Professor of World Cultures and Literatures in Fall 2014. Dr. Nguyen earned his Ph.D. in comparative literature at the University of California, Irvine. His current book project explores works by the Vietnamese philosopher, Tran Duc Thao, and develops a reading of Thao's materialist critique of Edmund Husserl's phenomenology. His second project, entitled, The Postcolonial Present: Redemption and Revolution in Twentieth Century Vietnamese Culture and History, examines Vietnamese cinema, literature and mass culture from period of the Vietnam War. Nguyen's publications include, "The Universal Province: A Critique of Provincializing Europe" (Interventions, 2013), "The Commodity Fetish and the Angel of History: Walter Benjamin's Philosophy of History and the Marxian Critique of Political Economy" (Telos, forthcoming), and "Le Capital Amoureux : Imaginary Wealth and Revolution in Jean Genet's Prisoner of Love" (Historical Materialism, 2010).