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Gladys E Vásquez participated in the Latin America Learns Conference at Harvard University on April 17, 2015. She was a speaker on the panel "Vision for Latin American Education in the 21st Century" alongside the Minister of Education of Guatemala and the Vice-Minister of education of Honduras. More information about the conference and speakers can be found at LAEFconference.com
The next and last film of the 7th Catalan Film Festival is "Barcelona, abans que el temps ho esborri" ('Barcelona Before', 2011) by Mireia Ros, on Tuesday, April 21. It will be in Catalan with English subtitles, and pizza and sodas will be served. It will be presented by Carmen Santamaría and Albert Asunción. Don't miss it!
April 21st. Integrative Learning Center S404 @ 6:30pm.
This is the private life of a high society family, the Baladias, showcasing the golden years of a cosmopolitan and cultivated bourgeoisie. A personal and ironic portrait of Twentieth Century Barcelona through the memories of one of its heirs, Javier Baladía. Remarkable families, prolific entrepreneurs, exquisite, fearful and wasteful individuals. We will discover with all of them their passion and indifference. We will discover the Barcelona which attracted Nijinsky, Barbara Hutton, Richard Strauss, Gardel. And we will revisit the city in which architects such as Gaudí or Puig i Cadafalch competed to design buildings for the wealthiest and managed to dazzle the world.
Carlos Molina-Vital's current interests are language typology and universals, Usage-Based approaches to Linguistic Theory (Cognitive and Functional Linguistics), and Language Education (Spanish and Quechua). He has also done Linguistic Fieldwork in the Andes in Peru in 2009, 2011, and 2012. His dissertation provides a functional and cognitive account of voice alternations (active, passive, spontaneous, causatives) and their relationship with verb semantics and verbal aspect in two Quechua varieties (Cuzco and Ancash, in Peru).
May 8th, 2015 @ 7pm Salsarengue Restaurant - Holyoke, MA
"Cena y conversación" is an opportunity for those from colleges and universities in the Knowledge Corridor (especially those working with areas where Spanish is spoken) as well as community partners to get together to eat, converse, dance and just generally have fun celebrating this academic year's accomplishments! We hope this will be the first of many annual celebrations for this community.
Tuesday, April 14 (6.30pm in ILC S404). It will be in Catalan with English subtitles. Pizza and sodas will be served!
One year after suffering a horrible traffic accident, Geni is ready to resume her life… or at least that's what her family wants to see. The truth is that despite trying to please everyone, Geni feels unable to live up to expectations: her life before the accident no longer interests her. Why resume it then? The confusion that this creates causes her behaviour to become increasingly more erratic and leads to a single idea that begins to grow within her: escape.
Luiz Amaral offered a four-day workshop on writing pedagogical grammars for revitalization programs in native Brazilian languages during the ABRALIN (Brazilian Linguistics Association) conference in Belem-PA. The workshop focused on the ProDoclin (Museu do Indio) project coordinated by Prof. Amaral that is currently producing pedagogical grammars for five languages: Ikpeng, Karaja, Kawaiwete, Paresi and Wapichana.
Sévignè dir. Marta Balletbò-Coll TUESDAY March 24th @ 6:30pm Integrative Learning Center S404, UMASS AMHERST
Presented by Irene Melé-Ballesteros
Q&A after the movie moderated by Irene Melé-Ballesteros
Julia, a young director of the Public Theatre in Barcelona, decides to take on an ambitious project: a play about Madame de Sevigne (1626-96). The Parisian marchioness was famous for a collection of 1700 letters to her daughter, which were later published and provided a remarkable portrait of her life and times. But, as soon as Julia starts working on the play, the director finds herself identifying with Madame de Sevigne's own words: "Sometimes I feel as if embarked on life without my own consent."
Dolores Juan Moreno, Guillem Molla and Susana Antunes organized the panel _Arts in Literature_ for the NEMLA Conference. Their papers addressed the topic of intertextuality in lusohispanic literatures.
From: The Gazette_ By LAURIE LOISEL @LaurieLoisel Tuesday, April 28, 2015
(Published in print: Wednesday, April 29, 2015) "The ICE program at UMass is completing its second year, funded by a $100,000 state grant from the Executive Office of Education the first year, and a $110,000 state grant this year, according to Rachael Hougen, the program coordinator. She said there were five students in the program the first year, seven enrolled for the second year and she expect there will be 10 students enrolled in the fall. Hougen said she hopes the program will grow larger to meet the need, but that will take more money. Among the things the program gives students is an age-appropriate peer group. “They should be with their same-age peers, disability or no disability,” Hougen said. While the program is new to UMass, there are similar programs at other schools including Holyoke Community College and UMass Boston, according to Hougen. The idea is to give the students an increasing sense of independence on a college campus in a way that is sensitive to their needs and limitations. For example, she said, ICE students initially might be accompanied to class by an educational coach, often a professional who may have worked with them in high school. But as students feel more comfortable, coaches might hang back, trailing behind students to make sure they don’t get lost, and at some point, making arrangements to meet one another at an appointed time and location. “They get what all college students get when they go to college, just a greater insight into their self, interacting with same-age peers and I think they’re also learning,” Hougen said. “They learn about the world and how the world works and how they can advocate for change themselves.” Typically students are on campus five days a week, taking one academic course each semester but also working at an internship or a paid job that will prepare them to enter the working world. The ICE students also take a lifestyles course teaching them about boundaries and relationships that is taught by the Hadley-based Whole Children. That course is open to the entire UMass campus".
HCC professors of Spanish, Monica Torregrosa and Raul Gutierrez coordinated the three-year grant and are organizing a series of summer workshops for HCC humanities faculty where they will learn how to add Latino Studies content to existing HCC courses. The Center for Latin American, Caribbean and Latino Studies at the University of Massachusetts, Professors Meghan Armstrong and Luis Marentes from Spanish and Portuguese, among others, were actively involved in the preparation of the proposal and will participate in the activities for the creation of curriculum for the program which will focus on Latinos living in the United States. Please click here to read more:
Professor Meghan Armstrong will give a TEDx talk at Holyoke Community College on Wednesday, April 29th at 12pm entitled "Why everyone should care about language variation". The TEDx event at HCC will take place from 10am until 4pm at the Leslie Phillips Theater at HCC. Please contact Jeffrey Anderson-Burgos - email@example.com for the full schedule.
Pau Cañigueral is currently pursuing a PhD in the Program of Hispanic Literatures and Cultures. His research focuses on Late Medieval Iberian Literature; in particular, the influence of Dante an other Italian authors in the Iberian Literature of the fifteenth century. He holds a Bachelor's degree in Catalan Literatures and Cultures by the University of Girona (2012) and a Master's degree in Literary Theory and Comparative Literature by the University of Barcelona (2013). He translated two essays by Oscar Wilde into Catalan: The Decay of Lying (Quaderns Crema, 2014) and The Critic as Artist (Quaderns Crema, soon). Apart from his academic life, he has a lot of hobbies. He practices yoga, climbing and hiking, he is a big fan of FC Barcelona, and he enjoys cooking. After teaching three semesters of Elementary Spanish and a class in Comparative Literature class, he looks forward to teach Elementary Catalan next Fall.
Keynote talk: «Voices from the Spectrum: Autism, Neurodiversity and Representation»
Integrative Learning Center, 3rd Floor Hub
Friday April 24 at 12:00 noon
Graduate Students Lunch Colloquium
Integrative Learning Center N345
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Marsha Kinder published over one hundred essays and ten books. She is best known for her work on Spanish film, in particular _Blood Cinema_ (1993). In 1997 she founded The Labyrinth Project, a USC research initiative on database narrative, producing award-winning database documentaries and new models of digital scholarships
Santiago Vidales and Pilar Osorio attended the "21st Annual Carolina Conference on Romance Literatures” at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Santiago presented a paper entitled "Hearing Voices Where There is Silence: Sycorax and Caliban in The Tempest” for the panel "Voicing the Marginalized: Violence and Resistance in Early Modern Literature". Pilar gave a talk on "Algunas aproximaciones al problema de la propiedad en Doña Bárbara de Rómulo Gallegos" for the panel "Textual Geographies: Interactions of Text, Setting, and Genre." Both talks were very well received by the public.
Jordi Puntí, Catalan writer, translator, journalist and current Cullman Fellow at the New York Public Library, will talk about the intersections of translation and creative and journalist writing. He will join us to celebrate Sant Jordi, the Day of the Book and the Rose.
4:00 pm (Herter 601): “On Novels, Translations, and Journalism”. A talk in English by Jordi Puntí.
5:00 pm (Herter 601): Sant Jordi Translation Contest: Award Ceremony and Reading. “Avui sóc orgullosa del meu temps” by Catalan poet Montserrat Abelló (1918-2014). Roses for everyone. Followed by a reception with refreshments.
Nedar Carla Subirana April 7th Integrative Learning Center S404 @ 6:30pm In her first full-length film, the director reflects on the loss of family and collective memory. The film maker succeeds in giving her personal quest a moving universal meaning. Subirana grew up in a world of women. Her anti-Franco grandfather was executed in 1940 after the Spanish Civil War for committing three armed raids. When Subirana embarks on her quest for truth in this issue that has always been surrounded by silence, her grandmother already has Alzheimer's disease and her mother is suffering from the same ailment. In her film, Subirana compares the creative process, that lasts for years, with swimming underwater in danger of drowning.
On Tuesday, March 24th, Jill Thorson (Northeastern University) will give a talk entitled "The development of intonation and information structure in early speech perception and production". The talk is at 5:30pm in 217 Herter Hall.
Infants are born with sensitivities to their native language?s melody and rhythm. This attunement to prosody affects language development over the first years of life, and impacts early attentional processing, word learning, and speech production. The motivation for the first line of research is to investigate how American English-acquiring toddlers are guided by the mapping between intonation and information structure during on-line reference resolution and novel word learning. Specifically, I ask how specific pitch movements (deaccented/H*/L+H*) systematically predict patterns of attention and subsequent novel word learning abilities depending on the referring or learning condition (new/given/contrastive). Results show that the presence of either newness or a pitch accent facilitates attention, and that toddlers learn better from more prominent learning conditions. A second line of research examines the phonological and phonetic realizations of information categories as produced by toddler and adult speakers of English. During a spontaneous speech task designed as an interactive game, a set of target nouns are labeled and analyzed as new, given, or contrastive. Results reveal that toddlers reflect adult phonological patterns for new and contrastive information, as well as demonstrate a sophisticated usage of the acoustic correlates of intonation. Together, this set of studies demonstrates how higher-level components combine to direct attention to a referent in discourse and how this process helps explain mechanisms that are important for novel word learning and early speech production.
Jill Thorson is a postdoctoral research associate in the Communication Analysis and Design Laboratory at Northeastern University. After receiving a Masters degree in Linguistics, she was awarded a Fulbright Research Fellowship to Spain in 2007 to work on the acquisition of Spanish and Catalan intonation. She completed her PhD in Cognitive Science at Brown University in the summer of 2014 with a focus on early child language acquisition and prosodic development.
Ever thought about working in television production? Dave Satlin, a bureau producer for ESPN International/ESPN Deportes will share his insights as someone working for a Spanish-language production on April 14th at 2:30pm, in 301 Herter Hall. Dave currently focuses on soccer, boxing and baseball, and produces news stories, interviews, live shorts and other news gathering elements for all ESPN platforms. He has traveled around the world telling stories at events such as the World Series, Super Bowl, Wimbledon and the FIFA World Cup. He has been the lead researcher for ABC/ESPN for four World Cups and three Women's World Cups. In 2010, Dave won a Sports Emmy Award for coverage of the 2010 FIFA World Cup Final in South Africa.
If you're interested in a career in television production or broadcast journalism, be sure to join us to hear more about what's necessary for this type of career, and to ask Dave your questions about careers in this area!
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