The UMass Amherst...
Follow
Find
9.9K views | +5 today
Your new post is loading...
Your new post is loading...
Scooped by UMass Spanish and Portuguese
Scoop.it!

Barbara Zecchi's new monograph: _Desenfocadas_ (Icaria Editorial: Barcelona, 2014)

Barbara Zecchi's new monograph: _Desenfocadas_  (Icaria Editorial: Barcelona, 2014) | The UMass Amherst Spanish & Portuguese Program Newsletter | Scoop.it

 

Barbara Zecchi (UMass Amherst) is the author of Desenfocadas. Cineastas españolas y discursos de género, published in the Mujeres y culturas series (Icaria, 2014). This volume proposes an analysis of about a hundred Spanish films which have in common having been directed by women, a corpus which Zecchi designates as "gynocine". With the notion of authorship as a guiding principle, Desenfocadas analyzes four generations of female film-makers: the pioneers in film direction during the times of silent cinema, the women directors during the first stages of sound, the "mothers" during the Transition period and their "heiresses", the film directors of today. From the forerunners such as Carmen Pisano, Anaïs Napoleón and Rosario Pi Brujas, to Isabel Coixet and Icíar Bollaín, Zecchi aims at rescuing female film directors from the shadows and oblivion of the masculine world which constitutes the film industry.

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by UMass Spanish and Portuguese
Scoop.it!

Director Ramon Térmens (Catalunya Über Alles) was interviewed by Elisabet Pallàs for the Catalan Film Festival

Entrevista al director Ramon Térmens sobre la pel·lícula "Catalunya Über Alles". Realitzada per Elisabet Pallàs i subtitulada a l'anglès per Danielle Bovee.

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by UMass Spanish and Portuguese
Scoop.it!

Professor Francisco Cota Fagundes wins the College Outstanding Teaching Award

Professor Francisco Cota Fagundes wins the College Outstanding Teaching Award | The UMass Amherst Spanish & Portuguese Program Newsletter | Scoop.it

Professor Frank Fagundes has been chosen to jointly receive the 2013-2014 CHFA Outstanding Teacher Award based on the recommendation of the  College's teaching award committee. 

The Outstanding Teacher Award is presented in partnership with the Center for Teaching and Faculty Development. The purpose of this award is to recognize excellence in teaching and  
to honor individual faculty members for their teaching accomplishments.

According to the Dean and the Interim Associate Dean, the members of the College's teaching award committee were impressed by  Prof. Fagundes's passion for teaching, his dedication to his students, and his skillful ability to draw students into the numerous and challenging topics covered in his classes.

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by UMass Spanish and Portuguese
Scoop.it!

Professor Marentes participates in the launching of the Latino Rebels's radio program

Professor Marentes participates in the launching of the  Latino Rebels's radio program | The UMass Amherst Spanish & Portuguese Program Newsletter | Scoop.it

 

Welcome to the DRY RUN of Latino Rebels Radio. Expect mistakes, tech issues, audio issues, etc. but we are going to do this and we will refine it for our launch. Recapping our top moments from our community this week, including: What did the East Harlem explosion really tell us? The Houston principal who lost her job because she wanted to ban students from speaking Spanish. The best comments of the week. Even some surprise guests Follow us @latinorebels. Visit us at LatinoRebels.com. Like us on Facebook too. 

 

Click here  to listen:

http://www.blogtalkradio.com/latinorebels/2014/03/21/latino-rebels-the-dry-run

more...
No comment yet.
Rescooped by UMass Spanish and Portuguese from Modern European Studies Program at the University of Massachusetts Amherst
Scoop.it!

Adam Hochschild at UMASS

Adam Hochschild at UMASS | The UMass Amherst Spanish & Portuguese Program Newsletter | Scoop.it

Via Modern Europe
more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by UMass Spanish and Portuguese
Scoop.it!

Catalan Film Festival: "Catalunya Über Alles" (dir. by Ramon Térmens)

Catalan Film Festival: "Catalunya Über Alles" (dir. by Ramon Térmens) | The UMass Amherst Spanish & Portuguese Program Newsletter | Scoop.it

Tuesday, March 25t Herter 301 @ 6:30p

 Director Ramon Térmens teams with screenwriter Daniel Faraldo to craft three stories centered on the topic of immigration in contemporary Catalunya. In the first tale, a traumatized ex-convict (Gonzalo Cunill) returns home after serving time for rape, but discovers that his sentence when he is shunned by neighbors, and the local gangs endeavors to destroy any chance for reconciliation with his former girlfriend. The second tale follows the experiences of a Senegalese immigrant (Babou Cham) who lands a job as a debt collector based solely on the color of his skin, and receives order to humiliate a staunchly right wing, anti-immigrant politician into paying up. In the final story, a businessman (Joel Joan) becomes a media celebrity after killing an immigrant caught burglarizing his home, finds his celebrated public image irreparably damaged following a scandalous revelation.The abandonment and demolition of an old house, with all its furniture, its plentiful library and its full load of personal memories, becomes the starting point for this film, which tries to portray some of the aspects of the new world. The camera peeps into the real state furore, turned into a showroom and promise of financial gain or of the paradise; into financial investment brokers, gurus and preachers of success and mythology. Personal and collective memory, dreams and desires will be ultimately transformed into pure merchandising.

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by UMass Spanish and Portuguese
Scoop.it!

April's talks organized by Spanport:

April 8 at 4:00, Herter 301: Brazilian ethnomusicologist Rafael Bemvindo Figueiredo Galante will give the talk "Fernando Trueba's film El milagro de Candeal" (event sponsored by Smith College)

 

April 10 at 6:30, Herter 301: Alessandra Lorini, Universita degli Studi di Firenze, "Losing and Gaining Empires: Spain & Cuba at North American International Expositions (1893-1901)" (event organized by Margara Russotto)

 

April 14 at 5:00: Simone Pinet, Cornell Univ. "Orienting the Cleric: Plots and Plans in Iberia" (event organized by Albert Lloret)

 

April 15 at 1:00: Alex Jacky, Trinity College, "The Hispanic Hartford Project" http://www.hispanichartford.org (event organized by Meghan Armstrong)

 

April 15 at 4:00: Almodóvar's academic consultant Fran Zurian, Univ.Complutense Madrid "Almodóvar's _La piel que habito_" (via Skype) (event organized by Barbara Zecchi)

 

April 22 at 4:00: Film director and President of the Spanish Film Academy Judith Colell will give a talk on her short film _Elisa K_; at 6:30 she will introduce her film _53 dies d'hivern_ for the Catalan Film Festival (event organized by Guillem Molla and Barbara Zecchi)

 

April 24 at 4 pm: POESIA DESENCADENADA - Lectura publica de los trabajos finales de los inscritos en el curso de Escritura Creativa en Espanol - Lunes, 28 de abril, 4 pm., Herter 301.

 

April 29-30 (TBA): Talk by Spanish playwright Diana de Paco on her most recent works (event organized by Barbara Zecchi)

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by UMass Spanish and Portuguese
Scoop.it!

"Reflecting On The Reflection: A Personal Reaction To Student Experience And Writing" by Luis Marentes

"Reflecting On The Reflection: A Personal Reaction To Student Experience And Writing" by Luis Marentes | The UMass Amherst Spanish & Portuguese Program Newsletter | Scoop.it
THE ASSIGNMENT WAS SIMPLE–a reflection about our seniors’ changing relationship with the Spanish major–which made for one of my best weeks as a teacher. Not necessarily because of my own classroom performance, but because of what the students’ writing revealed about their development. I spent a couple of days checking my computer every ten minutes, expecting to receive their texts. I assigned the reflection in a class we have been developing for the last couple of years–our program’s Integrative Experience. As mandated by the University’s General Education Council, it should provide “a structured context for students to reflect on their own learning and explore the connections between the broad exposure provided by General Education and the more focused exposure of their major.” At first this seemed like one more unfunded mandate from the administration–yet one more requirement to teach and assess–but developing and teaching the course has become one of my most rewarding experiences as a teacher. Assuming that one of the best ways for students to integrate their studies in Spanish was to put them in real-life situations, the Spanish faculty determined that all our majors should either study abroad, or do an internship or service-learning in a Spanish-speaking environment. [If you wish to continue reading, please click here: http://www.nicholasbelardes.com/reflecting-on-the-reflection-a-personal-reaction-to-student-experience-and-writing/]]
more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by UMass Spanish and Portuguese
Scoop.it!

"Herois" (2010), by Pau Freixas. Tuesday 03/04 at 6:30pm in Herter 301

"Herois" (2010), by Pau Freixas. Tuesday 03/04 at 6:30pm in Herter 301 | The UMass Amherst Spanish & Portuguese Program Newsletter | Scoop.it

6th Catalan Film Festival -Second movie:

 "Herois" (2010), by Pau Freixas. Tuesday 03/04 at 6:30pm in Herter 301


"Herois" (‘Heroes’, 2010). A young publicist with a successful career but empty personal life, finds himself in a race against time trying to get to an important business meeting. Along the way, he meets a girl, and although they are opposites with very different lifestyles, they click when recalling their mythical and emotional childhood memory: the last summer with their gang. A two-time award winner at the Malaga Festival, Pau Freixas makes the most of nostalgia for a bygone era and composes an exercise in adoration of the eighties, achieving the closest thing to the Catalan version of "Stand by Me", with touches from the magic of "The Goonies" and references to popular series like "Verano Azul". Albert Espinosa's screenplay perfectly measure out humor, adventure and excitement, complemented by excellent directing from Freixas who masterfully conducts a group of actors into a state of grace. "Herois" is meant to pay homage to thirty-somethings with an enormously moving and deeply sincere journey to the past.

Trailer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XVmIu6rz54o

 

In Catalan with English subtitles and presented by graduate students Aida Roldan and Santiago Vidales. Pizza and sodas will be served.

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by UMass Spanish and Portuguese
Scoop.it!

CAFÉ LUSÓFONO: Queres tomar um café?

CAFÉ LUSÓFONO:  Queres tomar um café? | The UMass Amherst Spanish & Portuguese Program Newsletter | Scoop.it
more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by UMass Spanish and Portuguese
Scoop.it!

Santiago Vidales on David Aniñir, a Mapuche poet from Santiago de Chile

Santiago Vidales on David Aniñir, a Mapuche poet from Santiago de Chile | The UMass Amherst Spanish & Portuguese Program Newsletter | Scoop.it

On February 22, Santiago Vidales presented at the Indiana University Spanish and Portuguese department graduate student conference called Dialogos 11.

His paper sought to present the contemporary urban poetry of David Aniñir, a Mapuche poet from Santiago de Chile. His book of poems Mapurbe venganza a raíz, has been very well received by critics. In Santiago Vidales's words: "What I find important in Mapurbe is its ability to dialogue with multiple traditions both within the indigenous literary tradition and the Latin American poetic tradition as a whole. I received good feedback on Aniñir's avantgarde style of writing and his postmodern discourse. My main aim in presenting his work was to promulgate these wonderful poems in the US."

 

In the photo: the poet David Aniñir

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by UMass Spanish and Portuguese
Scoop.it!

SPANISH AND PORTUGUESE OPEN HOUSE AND STUDY ABROAD MINI-FAIR

SPANISH AND PORTUGUESE OPEN HOUSE AND STUDY ABROAD MINI-FAIR | The UMass Amherst Spanish & Portuguese Program Newsletter | Scoop.it
UMass Spanish and Portuguese's insight:

  THURSDAY, MARCH 6 at 6:00 in Herter 301

 

LEARN MORE ABOUT:
-Spanish and Portuguese MAJORS

-Honors Program
- Honors Program

-Thatcher House
-Oviedo Program,

-Buenos Aires Program 
-Granada Program
-Salamanca Summer Program
-Integrative Experience

-URPRO@Spanport
THIS IS YOUR CHANCE TO TALK TO: faculty members, advisors and to undergraduates who studied in Spain (Oviedo, Salamanca, Granada) and in Argentina (Buenos Aires)

PIZZA WILL BE SERVED 

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by UMass Spanish and Portuguese
Scoop.it!

Dr. Marcos Rohena-Madrazo (Middlebury College) to give sociophonetics talk on Buenos Aires Spanish

Dr. Marcos Rohena-Madrazo (Middlebury College) to give sociophonetics talk on Buenos Aires Spanish | The UMass Amherst Spanish & Portuguese Program Newsletter | Scoop.it

 

On Friday, February 21st, Dr. Marcos Rohena-Madrazo will give a talk entitled "Diagnoses of a completed sound change: phonetic and phonological evidence for /ʃ/ in Buenos Aires Spanish". The talk will take place at 4pm in Herter 301. Dr. Rohena-Madrazo, a native of San Juan Puerto Rico, will also visit Professor Armstrong's "Caribbean Spanishes and Creoles" class on February 20th! We're all looking forward to his visit!

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by UMass Spanish and Portuguese
Scoop.it!

Prof. Luis Marentes was interviewed for the Daily Caller on the Immigration debate

Advocates for increased immigration are spraying rhetorical gasoline into the immigration debate, partly because Democrats want to raise Latino turnout in the November elections.

One top advocate says President Barack Obama should invite previously deported people back into the United States, where they can compete for the low-wage jobs now being sought by low-skilled American natives and legal immigrants. [...]


President Barack Obama and White House officials are staging high-profile events to talk about deportation reductions, and are directing lower-level agents to release captured border-crossers, to ignore illegal-immigrants recently convicted of crimes, and to help transport border-crossing children to their parents in New Jersey and other northern states. They’re encouraging House Democrats to vote for an amnesty bill and denouncing GOP politicians who reject the push for immigration reform.

“Some would see in the outrage of the Latino population a mobilizing tool for the 2014 election,” Luis Marentes, an immigration activist and an associate professor of Spanish at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, told The Daily Caller. “This is part of the strategy of some of the immigration reform groups. Politics is data, facts, emotions, persuasion… [and] strategies of public performance bring attention.”



Read more: http://dailycaller.com/2014/03/27/democrats-dump-rhetorical-gasoline-on-immigration-dispute-for-2014-elections/#ixzz2xHbsoDfT

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by UMass Spanish and Portuguese
Scoop.it!

Spanish Major Ariel Stickles's speech presented to incoming freshmen at a Spring Open House

Spanish Major Ariel Stickles's speech presented to incoming freshmen at a Spring Open House | The UMass Amherst Spanish & Portuguese Program Newsletter | Scoop.it

” Good Morning everyone! My name is Ariel! I am excited to welcome you to the University of Massachusetts, and want to first congratulate you on your acceptance to this prestigious University! Today is a special day for both of us, and we are sharing important moments in our lives. You are all deciding if UMASS Amherst is the perfect fit for you, and I am celebrating my 22nd birthday today! I want to share some stories about my journey at this University, so please step onboard and keep hands and feet inside at all times.

 

I am a Senior at this University and hail from a small town in upstate New York named Copake. There are actually more cows in my town than humans, so coming to UMass Amherst was a big change. I am both a Spanish and BDIC major.  [...] 

 

I took a class through the Latin American Studies department that allowed me to go on an Alternative Spring Break to Peru. The class met weekly to discuss the issues facing the country and the people, and in March my class and I boarded a plane to Peru. The trip itself taught me so much and because of the people I met during my time there I added my second BDIC major. [...]

 

During my Junior year I made the decision to study abroad in Seville, Spain. I can honestly say those were the fastest 5 months of life! With the support the the International Programs Office on campus I set up my financial aid, my classes and sorted all the odds and ends before my departure. By studying abroad I lived my dreams and had a once in a lifetime experience. A year ago, on this exact day I was celebrating my 21st birthday in Chefchaouen, Morocco. Because I went to UMass, looking back I can see how all the dots connected to get me there and to get me here today with you. Which reaffirms that picking up that sweatshirt was the best decision I have made so far in my life.

 

Click here to read the entire speech:

http://blogs.umass.edu/spanportie/2014/03/25/reflections-of-a-spanish-major/

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by UMass Spanish and Portuguese
Scoop.it!

Birth of a Writer: Josep Pla's The Gray Notebook

Monday, March 24
5:00 pm
Herter 301

The Gray Notebook will be published in early April 2014 by the New   York Review of Books Classics Series.

The NYRB says...
"Josep Pla's masterpiece, The Gray Notebook, is one of the most   colorful and unusual works in modern literature. In 1918, when Pla was   in Barcelona studying law, the Spanish flu broke out, the university   shut down, and he went home to his parents in coastal Palafrugell.   Aspiring to be a writer, not a lawyer, he resolved to hone his style   by keeping a journal. In it he wrote about his family, local   characters, visits to cafés; the quips, quarrels, ambitions, and   amours of his friends; writers he liked and writers he didn't; and the   long contemplative walks he would take in the countryside under   magnificent skies. Returning to Barcelona to complete his studies, Pla   kept up his diary, scrutinizing life in the big city with the same   unflagging zest and humor.
Pla, one of the great Catalan writers, held on to this youthful   journal for close to fifty years, reworking and adding to it, until he   finally published The Gray Notebook as both the first volume and the   capstone of his collected works. It is a beautiful, entrancing,   delightful book?at once a distillation of the spirit of youth and the   work of a lifetime."

PETER BUSH is an award-winning translator who lives in Barcelona.   Among his recent translations are Ramón del Valle-Inclan's Tyrant   Banderas (for NYRB Classics), Teresa Solana's Crazy Tales of Blood and   Guts, Mercè Rodoreda's In Diamond Square and Najat El Hachmi's The   Body Hunter.

Form The Paris Review:

http://www.theparisreview.org/blog/2014/03/24/a-vitreous-vault/!

Organized by Professor Regina Galasso (rgalasso@complit.umass.edu). Sponsored by the Department of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures;   The Center for Teaching and Faculty Development; Comparative   Literature Program; The Massachusetts Review; The Translation Center.

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by UMass Spanish and Portuguese
Scoop.it!

From the Catalan newspaper ARA: "El cinema català viatja fins a Massachusetts"

From the Catalan newspaper ARA: "El cinema català viatja fins a Massachusetts" | The UMass Amherst Spanish & Portuguese Program Newsletter | Scoop.it
Durant set dimarts –a partir del 25 de febrer– es projectaran pel·lícules catalanes subtitulades en anglès a la ciutat nord-americana. Tancarà el cicle Judith Colell

 

Judith Colell, que va rebre el Premi Ciutat de Barcelona a la millor direcció el 2010 i que actualment imparteix classes de guió en universitats catalanes, tancarà el cicle el 22 d'abril amb la projecció del seu film '53 dies d'hivern' i amb una classe magistral sobre l'adaptació cinematogràfica. Les set projeccions del cicle –'El bosc', 'Herois', 'Mercat de futurs', 'Catalunya Über Alles', 'El millor de mi', 'Una pistola a cada mà' i '53 dies d'hivern'– seran gratis i obertes al públic, i els mateixos estudiants de la universitat introduiran les pel·lícules i moderaran el debat posterior de cada sessió.

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by UMass Spanish and Portuguese
Scoop.it!

Liberal arts grads fare better in job market than most think | School of International Letters and Cultures

Liberal arts grads fare better in job market than most think | School of International Letters and Cultures | The UMass Amherst Spanish & Portuguese Program Newsletter | Scoop.it
more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by UMass Spanish and Portuguese
Scoop.it!

Catalan Film Festival: "Mercado de futuros" (2011), by Mercedes Álvarez

Catalan Film Festival: "Mercado de futuros" (2011), by Mercedes Álvarez | The UMass Amherst Spanish & Portuguese Program Newsletter | Scoop.it

Tuesday 03/11 at 6:30pm in Herter 301
"Mercado de Futuros" (‘Futures Market’, 2011). The abandonment and demolition of an old house, with all its furniture, plentiful library and replete with personal memories, serves as the starting point for this film, which tries to portray aspects of the new world. The camera peers into real state furor turned showroom and promise of financial gain (or paradise). In the hands of financial investment brokers, gurus and other preachers of success and mythology, personal and collective memories, dreams and desires are ultimately transformed into merchandising. Beginning with the Greek poet Simonides’ invention of the “memory palace” – in which memories are arranged in an imagined physical space – the film suggests that the recent flurry of credit-fueled property development has depleted not only national treasuries, but also the distinctive character of these nation’s cities and therefore their cultural memory too.

Mercedes Álvarez (Aldealseñor, 1966) is a director who infuses her documentaries with a poetic and emotional style. She completed a Master's degree in Creative Documentary at the University Pompeu Fabra of Barcelona in 1998, and three years later she worked as an editor on José Luís Guerín’s film "En construcción". In 2004 she directed her first film, "El cielo gira", which won critical acclaim at numerous renowned film festivals including the Tiger Award at the Rotterdam Film Festival, the Audience Award at the Paris Film Festival, and the Premio Unosguardo for Best Film. Álvarez settled in Catalonia in 2007 where she began her work on the feature film "Mercado de futuros", co-produced by TV3 (Television of Catalonia) and TVE (Spanish Television). The film premiered in 2011, and, like her first film, won prizes at the world’s most important film festivals, including: the Prix Regard Neuf de l’Etat de Vaud at Visions du Réel, the Special Mention at the BAFICI, or the Premio Navaja de Buñuel of RTVE’s Versión Española.

 

In Spanish and Catalan with English subtitles and presented by Marta del Pozo. Pizza and sodas will be served.

 

Trailer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0fyPea1XSAk

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by UMass Spanish and Portuguese
Scoop.it!

Faculty Profile: Luis A. Marentes

Faculty Profile: Luis A. Marentes | The UMass Amherst Spanish & Portuguese Program Newsletter | Scoop.it

By Christina Freitas
English & History major, Class of ‘14
 In our digital age, cultural conversations spread with ease across geographic boundaries, and global community, through social media, develops an entirely new meaning. In his latest research, Professor Luis Marentes explores the links between social media and Hispanic culture, identifying ways in which this medium contributes to stronger cultural immersion on all sides.


Born in Mexico, Marentes always believed he would become an engineer like his father. While his grandmother and mother both worked as teachers, Marentes remembered his affinity for math and science as a boy. “I was fascinated by the way in which these sciences explained our world,” he said.

While pursuing Industrial Engineering in college, Marentes soon discovered that this path did not match his desire to explore the whys behind his major, and other areas as well. “I was interested in the reason for the sciences, not just their application,” Marentes said. “I was also very interested in the arts and social sciences.”

After switching to and from Economics, Marentes finally settled in the University of Texas. While his studies there focused on Latin American literature, he also pursued Russian, adding a third language to his bilingual heritage. “In the midst of the Cold War I also figured that we were either going to speak with the Russians and understand each other, or we were going to blow each other off the planet,” he said.

This persistence led Marentes to complete a Russian major and later receive a PhD in Comparative Literature, for Latin American and Russian studies. Shortly after, he was hired within the Spanish Department at UMass.

Reflecting upon his roles as professor and advisor, Marentes has admired the same intellectual curiosity in his students. “I believe that education is a right, not a privilege,” he said. “It is also a great feeling to see students mature, in both their personality and professional ambitions.” In addition, Marentes coordinates two Study-Abroad programs for travel to Cuernavaca, Mexico and Granada, Spain.

Currently, Marentes is researching how mass media now shapes cultural community. Through online discussions concerning issues like immigration reform, Marentes has engaged in social media to discover how this space fosters cultural conversations. He hopes his research will further impact the way his students view modern debates. “I love to show my students how these central concerns of our contemporary society aren’t necessarily new, but have been part of world civilization for centuries,” he said.

This semester, he is teaching an IE course (Span 494RI) and “Spanish Translation for Community Health Services” (Span 497TC).

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by UMass Spanish and Portuguese
Scoop.it!

Professor Armstrong gives talk on Puerto Rican Spanish at Holyoke Community College

The Marieb Center at Holyoke Community College welcomed Professor Armstrong today for a talk on Puerto Rican Spanish. The talk was entitled "El habla de Puerto Rico: The sounds of Puerto Rican Spanish". The Elaine Marieb New Pathways Center is a lounge and study space serving the New Directions and Pathways programs at Holyoke Community College.


http://www.hcc.edu/student-services/support-at-hcc/new-directions


http://www.hcc.edu/student-services/support-at-hcc/pathways

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by UMass Spanish and Portuguese
Scoop.it!

UMass Colloquium on “Classical Monsters and Their Afterlife”

Saturday, November 8, 2014,
Campus Center 8:30-9:30 a.m., Marriott Center– continental breakfast

9:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m., Amherst Room—
Session I I

ntroduction The Importance of Monsters Debbie Felton, University of Massachusetts Amherst
1. Monsters and Apotropaism in Iron Age Cyprus Derek Counts, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
2. The Etruscan Monstrous Anthony Tuck, University of Massachusetts Amherst
3. Typhoean and Olympian Poetics in Hesiod and Pindar William Brockliss, University of Wisconsin-Madison
4. Cheiron, the Gentle Monster Justina Gregory, Smith College

12:00-1:00 p.m., Marriott Center—buffet lunch

 

1:00-3:30 p.m., Amherst Room—

Session II

5. Sympathy for the Devil: Defending Pliny the Elder's Animal Monsters Kenneth F. Kitchell, Jr., University of Massachusetts Amherst (emeritus)

6. The Immanence of Monsters: Iberia and the Ancients Persephone Braham, University of Delaware

7. Are the Monstrous 'Races' Races? Asa Mittman, California State University Chico

8. Monsters in the Dark . . . Ages Jan Ziolkowski, Harvard University/Dumbarton Oaks

 

3:00-4:00 p.m. Marriott Center—reception

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by UMass Spanish and Portuguese
Scoop.it!

Thatcher Spanish Fall 2014, Apply Now !!!!

Thatcher Spanish Fall 2014, Apply Now  !!!! | The UMass Amherst Spanish & Portuguese Program Newsletter | Scoop.it

The deadline to apply for Thatcher Spanish, Fall 2014 has been moved to Wednesday, March 5th  http://ualc.umass.edu/rap/thatcherlanguagehouse/spanishlanguageprogram


[In the photo: Spanish Thatcher Students attend Holyoke Bound 2/22/14]

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by UMass Spanish and Portuguese
Scoop.it!

Catalan Film Festival: Inauguration on Tuesday 02/25 at 6:30 (Herter 227)

Catalan Film Festival: Inauguration on Tuesday 02/25 at 6:30 (Herter 227) | The UMass Amherst Spanish & Portuguese Program Newsletter | Scoop.it

Feb 25 El bosc (2012, 98') by Óscar Aibar

Introduction by Eva París --HERTER 227

 

Mar 04 Herois (2010, 105’) by Pau Freixas

Introduction by Santiago Vidales and Aida Roldán

 

Mar 11 Mercado de futuros (2011, 110’) by Mercedes Álvarez

Introduction by Marta del Pozo

 

Mar 15 - 24 Spring recess

 

 Mar 25 Catalunya ÜberAlles (2011, 100’) by Ramon Térmens

Introduction by Albert Asunción and  Elisabet Pallàs

 

Apr 01 Lo mejor de mí (2007, 85’) by Roser Aguilar

 Introduction by Irene Melé

 

Apr 08 Una pistola en cada mano (2012, 91’) by Cesc Gay

Introduction by Delia Martínez

 

Apr 22   53 dies d’hivern (2006, 91’) by Judith Colell

 with the participation of the director, Judith Colell

 

For more information, please see

 http://www.umass.edu/spanport/programs/catalan_film_festival.html

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by UMass Spanish and Portuguese
Scoop.it!

Puerto Rican linguists visit Professor Armstrong's Caribbean Spanishes and Creoles class

Puerto Rican linguists visit Professor Armstrong's Caribbean Spanishes and Creoles class | The UMass Amherst Spanish & Portuguese Program Newsletter | Scoop.it

Professors Marcos Rohena-Madrazo (Middlebury College) and Michelle Ramos Pellicia (California State University - San Marcos) talked to Professor Armstrong's Caribbean Spanishes and Creoles class on Thursday. They discussed phonological phenomena in Puerto Rican Spanish spoken in the U.S. Midwest, as well as Puerto Rico. Dr. Rohena-Madrazo made the trip from Vermont, while Dr. Ramos Pellicia joined us virtually!

more...
No comment yet.