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AUGUST 2012

Absurd Celebration: The First International Festival of Virigilio Pinera's Theatre /strong>
www.as.miami.edu/mll/VirgilioPinerasTheater.html

Thursday, August 30, 2012
7:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Varies Locations
 
University of Miami Ring Theatre and the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures in Association with FUNDarte Present ABSURD CELEBRATION: The First International Festival of Virgilio Piñera’s Theatre Tribute Includes Five Productions from Cuba’s Most Important Playwright Coral Gables, FL- July 16, 2012 – In celebration of the centenary of the birth of controversial Cuban playwright Virgilio Piñera, the University of Miami (UM) Jerry Herman Ring Theatre will present five of his brilliant plays under the title of Absurd Celebration: The First International Festival of Virgilio Piñera’s Theatre. The plays are produced by a combination of national and international companies and UM Department of Theatre Arts. ABSURD CELEBRATION has been chosen as the kick-off event for Taking Flight: The Year of the Humanities and the Arts at the University of Miami. The five plays and their associated production companies are as follows: Cuba · Aire Frío (Cold Air) by Argos Teatro, Aug. 17-19; Spain · El juego de Electra (Electra’s Play ) by Mephisto Teatro - Artes y Producciones Artísticas, Aug. 24-26; Cuba · Los siervos (The Serfs) by Teatro de la Luna, Aug. 31- Sept. 2; USA · Una caja de zapatos vacía (An Empty Shoebox) by E. G. Production, Sept. 7 - 9; USA · Carrying Water in a Sieve, an evening of two one-act plays: You Always Forget Something and False Alarm by UM Department of Theatre Arts, Sept. 14 – 22, 2012. Aire Frío, El juego de Electra, Los siervos and Una caja de zapatos vacía will be performed in Spanish with English supertitles. Carrying Water in a Sieve will be performed in English with Spanish supertitles . All performances are at UM’s Jerry Herman Ring Theatre, 1312 Miller Drive, Coral Gables, FL 33124; Friday and Saturday shows are at 8 p.m.; Sunday shows are at 5 p.m. Tickets are $20 for general admission and $15 for students and seniors. There is also a discounted Festival Package that includes admission to all five plays. Festival Packages are $75 for general admission and $60 for students and seniors. To buy tickets, or for more information, call the box office at 305-284-3355 or purchase online at www.miami.edu/ring. In addition to the performances, there will be a three-day international symposium called “Sexual and Cultural Politics in Virgilio’s Theater” at the University of Miami Wesley Gallery, August 30 to September 1st, and an exhibit of Piñera’s materials at the University of Miami’s Cuban Heritage Collection at the Otto G. Richter Library from August 30 – December 15, 2012. About Virgilio Piñera Virgilio Piñera Llera (1912-1979) is one of Latin America’s most important playwrights. He is credited for having brought modernism to Latin American theatre and for having written the first theatre of the absurd play. He lived in Argentina for 12 years, where he befriended writers such as Jorge Luis Borges and Witold Gombrowicz, and collaborated with the literary magazines Sur (Buenos Aires) and Orígenes (La Habana). He died in Cuba, ostracized for his misunderstood creativity, his homosexuality, and his unprejudiced and irreverent personality. As the consummate artist and rebel, Virgilio has become a symbol for the quest of artistic freedom and renovation of styles in literature, the visual arts, and mass media. Additional support for ABSURD CELEBRATION comes from The Joseph Carter Memorial Fund, The City of Coral Gables, Centro Cultural Español, ABC Charters, Xael Charters, and from the following University of Miami entities: The Cuban Theater Digital Archive, Program in Women and Gender Studies, Center for Latin American Studies, Center for the Humanities and the Otto G. Richter Library’s Cuban Heritage Collection. High-resolution images are available upon request. ### The University of Miami’s mission is to educate and nurture students, to create knowledge, and to provide service to our community and beyond. Committed to excellence and proud of the diversity of our University family, we strive to develop future leaders of our nation and the world. www.miami.edu SUMMARY OF VIRGILIO’S PLAYS August 17-19: Aire Frío / Cold Air. Argos Teatro (Cuba). Director: Carlos Celdrán Internationally renowned director, Carlos Celdrán, comes to the U.S. for the first time with his version of Virgilio Piñera’s masterpiece. We see the Romaguera family for a dazzling period of twenty years obsessed with their frustrations and dreams. The protagonist, Luz Marina, is struggling to make ends meet due to their family’s dire economic condition. Art, filial relationships, marital conflicts, and the heat, always the heat, are some elements of this play that, although written 50 years ago, continues to be relevant nowadays. August 24-26: El juego de Electra / Electra’s Play. Mephisto Teatro and Artes y Producciones Artísticas (Spain). Director – Liuba Cid Based on Virgilio Piñera’s classic Electra Garrigó, the play that marks Cuba’s entrance to Modernism, Liuba Cid’s version brings to Miami a Cuban-Spanish cast of stars which includes Yolanda Ruíz as Clytemnestra and Strawberry and Chocolate’s Vladimir Cruz as Agamemnon. Centered on the play’s classic myth, this version underscores seduction and the psychological, sociological and human depth of its main characters. The non-realist staging, however, is stylized by the avant-garde theatrical languages of Virgilio’s times. August 31-Sept. 2: Los Siervos / The Serfs. Teatro de la Luna (Cuba). Director – Raúl Martín After three sold-out performances of Delirio Habanero last October at the Miami Dade County Auditorium, Teatro de la Luna returns to Miami with Los siervos / The Serfs. Written in 1955 as a mockery of the false ideology of Soviet Communism, it is an anti-bourgeois farce that derides hierarchies, dictatorships, and the many uses and abuses of power that determine human conduct. Its director takes advantage of absurdist techniques, singing and dancing to bring us a brilliant and funny play that from stage design to acting techniques is far from the realism we are used to seeing in the contemporary American stage. September 7-9: Una caja de zapatos vacía / An Empty Shoe Box. E. G. Productions (Miami). Director – Eloy Ganuza Twenty-five years after the world premiere in Miami, Eloy Ganuza brings to the stage a new version of Piñera’s classic about power relationships. Three characters rehearse the transfer of power to the mightiest. This new production highlights the interconnections between gender, sexuality and politics through the use of black humor, music and dance. September 14-22: Carrying Water in a Sieve: an evening of two one acts: You Always Forget Something and False Alarm. UM Jerry Herman Ring Theatre (Miami). Director - Henry Fonte Translation by Kate Eaton Produced by the University of Miami’s Department of Theatre Arts and Jerry Herman Ring Theatre, these two delightful one-act comedies highlight Piñera’s playful sense of humor. The first, You Always Forget Something, is a fanciful comedy about four eccentric women who try to make order out of a capricious society, but by doing so they create chaos, disorder, and mayhem. The other, False Alarm, hilariously portrays the predicament of a man charged with murder who struggles to save his crumbling sanity in the face of a demented widow and an irrational judge. Both short plays exemplify Piñera’s unique writing style and his wonderfully absurd sense of humor. MEDIA CONTACTS (English): University of Miami Elizabeth Amore or 305-284-5500 FUNDarte (Spanish): Ever Chavez ever@fundarte.us 305-316-6165.
 
 
SEPTEMBER 2012

UM's Italian Film Festival - 2nd Annual Event
FILM TITLE: "Benvenuti al nord" (Welcome to the North") dir. Miniero, 2012

Wednesday, September 19, 2012
7:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Learning Center (LC) 140
 
UM's 2nd Annual Italian Film Festival / Il film festival italiano di UM - All Films in Italian with English Subtitles
 
 
OCTOBER 2012

UM's Italian Film Festival - 2nd Annual Event
FILM TITLE: "E nata una star?" ("A Star was Born?") dir. Pellegrini, 2012

Wednesday, October 3, 2012
7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Learning Center (LC) 140
 
UM's 2nd Annual Italian Film Festival / Il film festival italiano di UM -  Supported in part by funds from the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs in support of the Italian Language and culture. All Films in Italian with English Subtitles
 

Guest Lecture: Dr. Deborah Jenson
READING AFRICAN MIGRATIONAL IDENTITIES IN FUGITIVE SLAVE ADS FROM THE HAITIAN REVOLUTIONARY ERA

Thursday, October 4, 2012
5:00 pm - 7:30 pm
School of Communication, 3053 Shoma Hall


UNIVERSITY OF MIAMI DEPARTMENT OF MODERN LANGUAGES AND LITERATURES CENTER FOR LATIN AMERICAN STUDIES AFRICANA STUDIES Invites you to a Lecture by Dr. Deborah Jenson Duke University READING AFRICAN MIGRATIONAL IDENTITIES IN FUGITIVE SLAVE ADS FROM THE HAITIAN REVOLUTIONARY ERA DEBORAH JENSON, PROFESSOR OF ROMANCE STUDIES AND FACULTY AFFILIATE IN GLOBAL HEALTH, CO-DIRECTS THE HAITI HUMANITIES LABORATORY AND DIRECTS THE CENTER FOR LATIN AMERICAN AND CARIBBEAN STUDIES AT DUKE UNIVERSITY. HER MOST RECENT BOOKS ARE BEYOND THE SLAVE NARRATIVE: MANUSCRIPTS, SEX, AND POLITICS IN THE HAITIAN REVOLUTION (LIVERPOOL UP, 2011) AND THE CO-EDITED VOLUME UNCONSCIOUS DOMINIONS: PSYCHOANALYSIS, COLONIAL TRAUMA, AND GLOBAL SOVEREIGNTY (DUKE UP, 2011). THIS TALK PRESENTS THE HAITI LAB "SLAVE NATIONS" PROJECT AND RESEARCH ON THE "AFRICAN CHARACTER OF THE HAITIAN REVOLUTION." Refreshments will be served.
 

Why Italy? Why now? & Sacred Music and Sacred Spaces in Italy
Guest Talk: Dr. Maestro Roberto Andreoni (IES-Milan and Conservatorio di Musica N. Piccinni, Bari)

Monday, October 8, 2012
1:30 pm - 7:00 pm
Merrick Building, Room 210-02 (MLL Library) & Società Dante Alighieri
 
The University of Miami International Education and Exchange Programs Department of Modern Languages and Literatures and the Società Dante Alighieri, Miami invite you to a talk by: Dr. Maestro Roberto Andreoni (IES-Milan and Conservatorio di Musica N. Piccinni, Bari) entitled: Why Italy? Why now? to take place from 1:30 to 3PM on Monday October 8, 2012 MLL Library, Merrick 210-02 This event celebrates the return of the Società Dante Alighieri to the City of Coral Gables as well as many years of fruitful collaboration between UM and the SDA. It is also intended to welcome back those students who studied abroad in Italy and to allow them to share their experience with students who might be interested in going in the future. Società Dante Alighieri, Miami The University of Miami, International Education and Exchange Programs and The Department of Modern Languages and Literatures invite you to a talk by Dr. Maestro Roberto Andreoni (IES-Milan and Conservatorio di Musica N. Piccinni, Bari) entitled Sacred Music and Sacred Spaces in Italyto take place at 6PM on Monday October 8, 2012 Società Dante Alighieri 300 Aragon Avenue, Coral Gables, FL 33134 This event celebrates the return of the Società Dante Alighieri to the City of Coral Gables as well as many years of fruitful collaboration between UM and the SDA. It is also intended to welcome back those students who studied abroad in Italy and to allow them to share their experience with students who might be interested in going in the future.
 

ICinema from the Maghreb: MAROCK

Thursday, October 11, 2012
5:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Merrick Building, Room 210-01 (MLL Conference Room)


Organized by the French and Arabic Studies Programs Sponsored by the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures and The Africana Studies Program College of Arts and Sciences, University of Miami Refreshments will be served This series will also run in Spring 2013 All Films shown with English Subtitles ***** Marock (2005) Directed by Laïla Marrakchi presented by Dr. Charlie Michael and Dr. Ralph Heyndels Thursday, October 11, 5:00 PM Inch'Allah Dimanche (2001) Directed by Yamina Benguigui presented by Dr. Christina Civantos Monday, October 29, 5:00 PM Ali Zaoua Prince de la rue (2001) Directed by Nabil Ayouch presented by Dr. Charlie Michael and Dr. Ralph Heyndels Thursday, November 15, 5:00 PM
 

ACCLAIMED SALVADORAN WRITERS MIGUEL HUEZO MIXCO & HORACIO CASTELLANOS MOYA
SESSION ON REVOLUTIONARY POET ROQUE DALTON & READINGS FROM HUEZO’S POETRY AND CASTELLANOS MOYA’S NOVEL SENSLESSNESS

Friday, October 12, 2012
5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Merrick Building, Room 210-01 (MLL Conference Room)
 
UNIVERSITY OF MIAMI DEPARTMENT OF MODERN LANGUAGES AND LITERATURES CENTER FOR LATIN AMERICAN STUDIES Invites you to a seminar by ACCLAIMED SALVADORAN WRITERS MIGUEL HUEZO MIXCO & HORACIO CASTELLANOS MOYA The first part of the event will consist of new revelations in the life and art of legendary Salvadoran revolutionary poet Roque Dalton. Both Huezo Mixco and Castellanos Moya have researched and written on Dalton. Miguel Huezo Mixco (San Salvador, El Salvador, December 21, 1954), is a Salvadoran poet, essayist, editor and journalist. He is the author of thirteen books, poems, essays and biography. He has been a columnist for the main Salvadoran daily, La Prensa Gráfica since 1999. He has published essays and poems in magazines and newspapers such as "Letras Libres", "La Jornada" (Mexico), "The Malpensante" and "Babelia" among others. In the 1970s, he directed the literary magazine La Golondrina and published the magazine Papo with Horacio Castellanos Moya and Roger Lindo. Huezo Mixco was in the “Farabundo Martí” Popular Liberation Forces, one of 5 left-wing armed organizations of the Liberation Front (FMLN), from 1979 to 1993. In the latter year he received was awarded a writers residency at Yaddo (New York). In 1999 he was awarded a fellowship from the Maison des Ecrivains Etrangers et des Traducterus (Saint-Nazaire, France), where he finished his book Comarcas, and a Rockefeller Humanities Fellowship to conduct research into the changes in the postwar Salvadoran culture. His poems have been translated into English, French and Portuguese. His poems “Si la muerte” was included in Diamanda Galás’ Maledictions and Prayers (CD, Mute Records, 1997). He received the "Rogelio Sinan" Central American Book Award (Panama) in 1999. Huezo Mixco is Research Manager and Director of the Salvadoran UNDP Report. His research focuses on migration. Horacio Castellanos Moya, Salvadoran writer and journalist, born in 1957, is the author of ten novels, five collections of short stories and two essays. His first novel, The Diaspora, won the National Award given by the Central American University "José Simeon Cañas" of El Salvador in 1989. His novella Disgust. Thomas Bernhard in San Salvador (1997) generated controversy and threats that forced him to leave his country. His work has been translated into a dozen languages. As a journalist, he has been editor of newspapers, magazines and news agencies, mainly in Mexico City, where he lived for thirteen years. He was director of the first newspaper in post-civil war El Salvador, the weekly Primera Plana. He has also lived in Costa Rica, Guatemala, Canada, Spain, Germany and Japan. He was writer in residence for two years in a program of the International Book Fair in Frankfurt. In 2006 he settled in the United States, where he teaches at the University of Iowa. His most recent novels are Folly (2004), Decline (2006), Tyrannical memory (2008) and The maid and the fighter (2011). Wine and cheese Reception to follow.
 

UM's Italian Film Festival - 2nd Annual Event
FILM TITLE: "La kryptonite nell a borsa" ("Kryptonite!") dir. Cotroneo, 2011

Wednesday, October 17, 2012
7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Learning Center (LC) 140


UM's 2nd Annual Italian Film Festival / Il film festival italiano di UM - Supported in part by funds from the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs in support of the Italian Language and culture. All Films in Italian with English Subtitles ***** September 19th "Benvenuti al nord" ("Welcome to the North") Dir. Miniero, 2012 October 3rd "È nata una star?" ("A Star was Born?") Dir. Pellegrini, 2012 October 17th "La kryptonite nella borsa" ("Kryptonite!") Dir. Cotroneo, 2011 October 31st "Magnifica presenza" ("Magnificent Presence") Dir. Ozpetek, 2012 November 7th Ti stimo fratello Dirs. Uzzi, Vernia, 2012
 

11th Annual Graduate Student Conference: CYBERAESTHETICS AND NARRATIVE
Keynote Speaker: Giselle Beiguelman

Friday, October 19 & Saturday, October 20, 2012
5:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Merrick Building, Room 210-01
 
UNIVERSITY OF MIAMI DEPARTMENT OF MODERN LANGUAGES AND LITERATURES AND THE JOSEPH CARTER MEMORIAL FUND Invite you to The 11th Annual Graduate Student Conference CYBERAESTHETICS AND NARRATIVE October 19th: Keynote Speaker Giselle Beiguelman will present, followed by reception. October 20th: Various Presentations Breakfast, lunch and reception will be provided. No RSVP required for those not presenting. Sponsored by: The Department of Modern Languages and Literatures and The Joseph Carter Memorial Fund ***** PROGRAM: Friday, October 19, 2012 4:00 P.M. Registration Modern Languages Conference Room, Merrick 210 -01 4:45 P.M. Welcoming Remarks by the Organizing Graduate Student Committee 5:00 P.M. Keynote Address Dr. Giselle Beiguelman Universidade de São Paulo Professor of Art History and Design From Mediascapes to Datasphere Emergence: Narratives of the Digital Age Modern Languages Conference Room, Merrick 210 -01 Introduction by Dr. George Yúdice, Department of Modern Languages and Literatures 6:00 P.M. Reception The Scharlin Family Patio, Merrick Building First Floor * Saturday, October 20, 2012 8:30-9 A.M. Breakfast Merrick Building Breezeway (outside of MLL Conference Room) 9-10:30 A.M. Panel I "Narrative, Discourses and Virtual Realities" Chair: Catalina Ramirez Todd Jurgess "Experiences of the Ether: The Sociological Turn and Abstraction in the 21st Century Fiction Film" Morella Ortiz "Nuevos espacios de la literatura y la cultura: interrelaciones entre discurso narrativo y realidad virtual en Veo Veo de Gabriela Bustelo" Daniela Tomescu "Cyberspace et livre clos: la stylistique du lobbying chez Ben Jelloun" 10:30-10:45 A.M. Coffee Break Merrick Building Breezeway 10:45 A.M.-12:00 P.M. Panel II "Subjectivities, Agency and Digital Texts" Chair: Alexandra Gonzenbach Kevin M. Anzzolin "New Technologies, Old Nationalities: The Persistence of Labyrinthine Readings of Mexico in an Information Age" Valeria Rivera "El caso de las elecciones presidenciales en Mexico: Los medios de comunicación tradicionales vs las redes sociales y la irrupción de '#Yo soy 132'" Julia Tomasini Maciel "Textos digitales y traducción: literatura entre lenguas y soportes" 12:00-2:00 P.M. Lunch break The Scharlin Family Patio, Merrick Building First Floor 2:00-3:30 P.M. Panel III "Gender, Biopower and Rebellion in the Social Media" Chair: Monica Duran Zainab Cheema “The Cyborg in Internet-Age Arabic Literature: Examining Technological Subjectivity and Lebanon’s Crisis of Nationhood in Rachid al-Daif’s Novels” Susana Galán "'D is for Divorce not for Dead': Narratives of Divorce and the Emergence of Discursive Heterotopias in Egyptian Female Personal Blogs" Hanna Samir Kassab “Examining Diffusion: Suicide, Emotion and the Arab Revolution 3:30-3:45 P.M. Coffee Break Merrick Building Breezeway 3:45-5:00 P.M. Panel IV "Virtual Gaming and Re-imagining the Self" Chair: Mary Bartsh Rachel Aparicio “‘Because We’re a Family’: Care (Inter)networks and the Fictive Kinship of Online Fandom” Cody Mejeur “Kafkaesque and the Survival Horror Game Genre” Connie Viamonte Junko “You Crit Like a Girl: The Performance of Female Identity in the Virtual Gaming Community of World of Warcraft” 5:15 P.M. Closing Ceremony Scharlin Family Patio, Merrick Building 1st Floor
 

Guest Lecture: Dr. Ridha Boulaâbi
L'amour au masculin dans L'Immeuble Yacoubian: de la literature au cinema

Thursday, October 25, 2012
5:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Merrick Building, Room 210-01 (MLL Conference Room)


UNIVERSITY OF MIAMI DEPARTMENT OF MODERN LANGUAGES AND LITERATURES Invites you to a Lecture by Dr. Ridha Boulaâbi L'amour au masculin dans L'Immeuble Yacoubian: de la littérature au cinéma Before embarking in the research and writing of his groundbreaking doctoral dissertation entitled Un détour par l'Orient: la fascination pour les langues orientales dans la littérature française contemporaine, Ridha Boulaâbi (M.A., DEA and Ph.D., Université de Picardie Jules Verne; M.A., Institut Supérieur des Langues Vivantes, Tunis) wrote his French M.A. thesis on the problematic of identity and language in the work of Tunisian writer Suzanne Guelouz, and his DEA thesis on the linguistic, intertextual and cultural dialectics involved in the rewriting by French 20th century author Louis Aragon of Madjnoûn Layla – a legend pertaining to classical Arabic literature – into Le Fou d’Elsa. Dr. Boulaâbi, who is currently Associate Professor of French and Francophone Literatures at the Université Stendhal Grenoble 3, has been a Research Fellow at Jules Verne University, a Visiting Assistant Professor at the University of Poitiers (where he taught on Mouloud Feraoun and Abdelwahab Meddeb) and an invited Professor in Residence at Moulay Ismael University of Meknes (where he taught on Khatibi, Chraïbi and Djebar), among other academic appointments. He is a member of the scientific committee of the Europe-Maghreb University Exchange that unites the Universities of Leeds and Amsterdam along with Hassan II University (Casablanca). The co-organizing in 2010 of an important international conference on La créolisation Maghreb/Europe: influences, interférences, résistances, the publishing of an impressive book entitled L’Orient des langues aux 20ème siècle: Aragon, Ollier, Barthes, Macé(Paris: Geuthner, 2011, 542 p.), followed by an edited book entitled Les Orientaux face aux «orientalismes», dialogue avec Edward Said (Paris: Geuthner, 2012), in addition to numerous scholarly articles on French, Francophone and Arabic writers and thinkers, on post-colonial theory (Spivak, Bhabha, Said), and on translation and inter-lingual issues (between Arabic, French and English) have already propelled Ridha Boulaâbi at the forefront of the French “New Orientalist” academic trend. Forthcoming are an edited book on Roland Barthes au Maroc, an essay on 19th century Egyptian erudite Rifaâ Rafaâ At-Tahtawi’s travel to France, and the critical co-editing for the Editions du Seuil (Paris) of Barthes’s seminars taught in Morocco. Refreshments will be served.
 

Cinema from the Maghreb: Inch'Allah Dimanche
Conference around Internationally Acclaimed Author Abdellah Taia

Monday, October 29, 2012
5:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Merrick Building, Room 210-01 (MLL Conference Room)
 
Organized by the French and Arabic Studies Programs Sponsored by the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures and The Africana Studies Program College of Arts and Sciences, University of Miami Refreshments will be served This series will also run in Spring 2013 All Films shown with English Subtitles ***** Inch'Allah Dimanche (2001) Directed by Yamina Benguigui presented by Dr. Christina Civantos Monday, October 29, 5:00 PM Free Men / Les Hommes librespresented by Dr. Ralph Heyndels Thursday, November 15, 5:00 PM
 

UM's Italian Film Festival - 2nd Annual Event
FILM TITLE: "Magnifica presenza" ("Magnificent Presence") Dir. Ozpetek, 2012

Wednesday, October 31, 2012
7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Learning Center (LC) 140


UM's 2nd Annual Italian Film Festival / Il film festival italiano di UM Supported in part by funds from the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs in support of the Italian Language and culture. All Films in Italian with English Subtitles ***** October 31st "Magnifica presenza" ("Magnificent Presence") Dir. Ozpetek, 2012 November 7th Ti stimo fratello Dirs. Uzzi, Vernia, 2012
 
 
NOVEMBER 2012

Guest Lecture: Rafael Figueroa - University of Veracruz
TOÑA LA NEGRA AND THE DISCOVERY OF MÉXICO'S AFROCARIBBEAN CONNECTION

Thursday, November 1, 2012
4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Merrick Building, Room 210-01 (MLL Conference Room)
 
UNIVERSITY OF MIAMI Africana Studies Center for Latin American Studies & The Department of Modern Languages and Literatures Invites you to a Lecture by Rafael Figueroa University of Veracruz TOÑA LA NEGRA AND THE DISCOVERY OF MÉXICO'S AFROCARIBBEAN CONNECTION Rafael Figueroa Hernández is a researcher at the Center of Cultural and Communication Studies at the University of Veracruz, Mexico. He has studied in the national School of Music at the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM). He has a B.A. and Masters in Latin American studies and is currently a Fullbright scholar researching the globalization of the Afro-Mexican musical genre “Son Jarocho.” He is the author of more than twenty books on music; particularly, popular music from Veracruz, Mexico. He has written on Toña la Negra, Celio González, Ismael Rivera, Julio del Razo, Luis Ángel SilvaMelón and has written short histories on son jarocho and the Afro-Antillian musical tradition in México. He has received support for his research from diverse institutions such as el Instituto Veracruzano de Cultura, the National Foundation for Culture and Arts, el Instituto de Cultura Puertorriqueña and the Rockefeller Foundation among others. He is also a radio commentator, in addition to working as a producer and screenwriter for TV shows about Caribbean music and son jarocho.
 

UM's Italian Film Festival - 2nd Annual Event
FILM TITLE: "Ti stimo fratello" Dirs. Uzzi, Vernia, 2012

Wednesday, November 7, 2012
7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Learning Center (LC) 140


UM's 2nd Annual Italian Film Festival / Il film festival italiano di UM - Supported in part by funds from the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs in support of the Italian Language and culture. All Films in Italian with English Subtitles ***** November 7th Ti stimo fratello Dirs. Uzzi, Vernia, 2012
 

Outside the Frame: Female Voices and Testimonies in Claude Lanzmann’s Shoah
Lecture by University of Miami Professor - Dr. Markus Zisselsberger

Wednesday, November 7, 2012
5:00 pm - 6:30 pm
Merrick Building, Room 210-01 (MLL Conference Room)


UNIVERSITY OF MIAMI Modern Languages and Literatures Invites you to a Lecture by Dr. Markus Zisselsberger November 7, 5:15 PM Outside the Frame: Female Voices and Testimonies in Claude Lanzmann’s [italic]Shoah[/italic] This project examines the representation of gender in Claude Lanzmann’s Holocaust documentary film, Shoah (1985), focusing both on the instrumental uses of female voices in the final version of the film and female testimonies in the film’s extensive outtakes. On the one hand, Lanzmann’s editing marginalizes and obscures gender-specific dimensions of the Shoah that would reveal historical experiences particular to women. Such experiences include the nature and possibility of sexual relationships in the ghettos, pregnancy and abortion, marriage, family and communal relations, and the privilege and contingency of survival. At the same time, the film instrumentally uses female testimonies to cinematically construct a narrative that tends to homogenize Jewish victimhood and, to this end, favors testimony by male survivors who were particularly responsive to the director’s interrogative interventions and prone to “acting out” traumatic experiences in and through emotional and communicative breakdowns. The exclusion of female testimonies might then be viewed as a deliberate strategy of the film insofar as the voices of women, and their particular experiences, would have threatened the homogenization of victimhood and witnessing that underlies the film’s narrative. More particularly, female witnesses tend to resist Lanzmann’s desire and strategies of taking his interviewees back in memory as closely as possible to the experience of destruction and death; their narratives instead emphasize the strength of resistance, survival, and life. The voices of women outside the official cinematic frame thus offer a powerful counter-narrative to the oral history that Shoah seeks to tell.
 

ILanguage and Identity Formation in “New” U.S. Latino Communities
A lecture by Phillip M. Carter - Florida International University

Monday, November 12, 2012
5:00 pm - 6:30 pm
Memorial Bldg. Room 211


In the years between 1990 and 2000, North Carolina witnessed a 247% increase in its Latino population, a faster rate of growth than any state in the U.S. during that period. While this increase has been remarked upon frequently in the local, regional, and national news media, relatively little scholarly attention has been paid to North Carolina’s Latino immigrant community, especially with respect to the cultural and linguistic experiences of the people who dwell within the statistics. In this presentation, I present two sociolinguistic case studies focusing on the possibilities of identity for two adolescent immigrant Latinas to cities in central North Carolina. The work considers both the linguistic and cultural practices that constitute ‘agentive’ expressions of identity, on the one hand, as well as the broader discursive environment – both local and national – that constrains identity’s possibility, on the other. The first study focuses on the linguistic and cultural experiences of one adolescent Mexican American, ‘María,’ whose way of speaking English was suddenly reconstituted, following the unexpected trajectory from “less” to “more” Latino. In addition to ethnographic observation, sociolinguistic interviews were collected in English and Spanish at two time points separated by about three years. During the first interviews, ‘María’ was 10 years old and attended a majority white elementary school in a majority-white suburb in central North Carolina. 34 months later, a second round of interviews were conducted with ‘María,’ who was now 13 years old and attending an urban, majority African American and Latino middle school. The second study focuses on the speech of one adolescent Guatemalan American female ‘Montana,’ a prominent member of a popular African American 7th-grade girls’ friendship group. As a core member of this group, the semiotics of Montana’s presentation of self – including hairstyle, dress, and makeup – generally coincide with those of her African American friends. Yet, despite the overwhelming similarity between Montana and the African American girls in her friendship group, a quantitative analysis of Montana’s language use shows highly nuanced patterns of both convergence and divergence with African American English at the grammatical, phonological and phonetic levels. Together, the case studies highlight the challenges and possibilities of identity formation in “new” U.S. Latino communities. *** PHILLIP M. CARTER is a sociolinguist and scholar of language and culture in U.S. Latino communities. He works interdisciplinarily, moving between quantitative and qualitative approaches to sociolinguistics, critical discourse analysis, ethnography, and critical theory. His scholarship addresses a range of issues of contemporary concern, including the relationship between social formations and linguistic variation, Spanish language change in the U.S., maintenance and shift of Spanish in the U.S., and popular discourses about language. 

Carter's most recent work, in collaboration with Andrew Lynch (U Miami), studies the implicit and explicit perceptions of Spanish and English among Latino and non-Latino residents of Miami. 

He has authored and co-authored numerous chapters in books and papers in leading international journals, such as Journal of Sociolinguistics and English World Wide. Carter is also the co-author of Languages of the World: An Introduction through Culture and History with Julie Tetel Andressen, due in June 2014. After earning his PhD in English Linguistics from Duke University in 2009, he was the Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of Linguistics at the University of Southern California. Carter is currently an Assistant Professor in the Linguistics Program and Department of English at Florida International University.
 

Hybrid Imagination: The Muslim American Writer Mohja Kahf
A lecture by Dr. Magda Hasabelnaby

Wednesday, November 14, 2012
5:00 pm - 6:30 pm
Merrick Building, Room 122 A


"Hybrid Imagination: The Muslim American Writer Mohja Kahf" A lecture by Dr. Magda Hasabelnaby Dr. Magda Hasabelnaby is Associate Professor of English Language and Literature at the Women's College, Ain Shams University (Cairo, Egypt). Sponsored by the College of Arts and Sciences, the Arabic Studies program in the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures, The Women’s and Gender Studies Program, and the Department of Religious Studies.
 

Film Screening: Free Men
Conference around Internationally Acclaimed Author Abdellah Taia

Thursday, November 15, 2012
5:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Merrick Building, Room 210-01 (MLL Conference Room)


CINEMA FROM THE MAGHREB Merrick Building, Room 210-01 (MLL Conference Room) Thursday, November 15, 5:00 PM FREE MEN (2011) Directed by Ismael Ferroukhi presented by Dr. Charlie Michael and Dr. Ralph Heyndels Free Men (Les Hommes libres) tells the unjustifiably little known story of Muslims who during the Nazi occupation of France joined with the French Resistance and, with the complicity of its Rector, used the Mosque of Paris as the base for rescuing Jews, including many children, who were hidden at the Mosque and clandestinely sent to the Maghreb. Cast includes Tahar Rahim and Michael Lonsdale (Of Gods and Men). Ismael Ferroukhi is a French-Moroccan director born in Kenitra, Morocco, in 1962. He gained exposure in 1992 with L'Exposé, which won the Kodak Prize at the 1993 Cannes Film Festival. He then co-wrote Cédric Kahn’s film Trop de Bonheur (1994). In 2004 Ferroukhi’s Le Grand Voyage won the Lion of the Future "Luigi De Laurentiis" at the 61st Venice Film Festival in 2004, and the award for Best Film at the Mar del Plata Film Festival. Free Men recently won the Best International Film Award at the Santa Barbara International Film Festival. Organized by the French and Arabic Studies Programs Sponsored by the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures and The Africana Studies Program College of Arts and Sciences, University of Miami -Refreshments will be served- This series will also run in Spring 2013 For Information: contact Nadia Naami at n.naami@umiami.edu or 305-284-5585 .
 

Dinâmica e organização espacial do trabalho sexual na cidade do Rio de Janeiro: garotas, boys e travestis
Presented by Rafael Oliveira

Thursday, November 15, 2012
12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
Memorial Bldg. Room 125 D


UM’s Department of Modern Languages and Literatures and the Center for Latin American Studies present: Dinâmica e organização espacial do trabalho sexual na cidade do Rio de Janeiro: garotas, boys e travestis Presented by Rafael Oliveira Rafael da Silva Oliveira is a Ph.D. candidate in Human Geography at the University of São Paulo and a professor in the Department of Geography of the Federal University of Roraima in Brazil. His research is focused on international migration and gold mining, and the relationship between territoriality and sexuality, particularly in relation to sex work in the Amazon and the Caribbean. Thursday, Nov. 15 from 12:30‐1:30 Center for Latin American Studies (CLAS) Memorial Building, Room 125 D Part of the Miami Consortium’s Foreign Languages Across the Curriculum (FLAC) lecture series For more information contact Prof. Steven Butterman (butterman@miami.edu) or María Gracia Pardo (m.pardo@umiami.edu) This lecture will be in Portuguese. Light Brazilian refreshments will be served.
JANUARY 2013

Once Upon a Time in Caracas: Francois acci exterior, Galician Immigration, and Literary Nationalism in 1950s Venezuela
A lecture by Dr. Jose Maria Rodri­guez Garci­a (Duke University)

Thursday, January 31, 2013
5:00 pm - 6:30 pm
Merrick Building, Room 210-01 (MLL Conference Room)

The College of Arts and Sciences Department of Modern Languages and Literatures Presents A lecture by Dr. José María Rodríguez García (Duke University): Once Upon a Time in Caracas: Franco’s [italic]acción[/italic] exterior, Galician Immigration, and Literary Nationalism in 1950s Venezuela This lecture connects Venezuela’s shifting migration policies as well as its alternation of dictatorial and democratic regimes in the 1940s and 1950s to state cultural planning along nationalistic lines and bilateral contacts with European countries. I will devote significant attention to the best-known episode in Venezuela’s international projection through cultural planning under the dictator Marcos Pérez Jiménez (1952-1958): Camilo José Cela’s controversial publication of [italic]La catira (Historias de Venezuela)[/italic] in 1955 after his extended sojourn in three Andean countries in 1953. I will also reference the cultural production and mobilization of [italic]galeguista[/italic] activists in Caracas around the same time, and the rise of a counter-[italic]perezjimenista[/italic] novel simultaneously with the writing of [italic]La catira[/italic]. The resurgence of Spain’s imperialist propaganda (the so-called [italic]imperio de papel[/italic]) ironically overlapped with the golden age of Galician literature written in exile. Thus, the printer and painter Xosé Sesto settled in Caracas 1955 while the [italic]poeta civil[/italic] Celso Emilio Ferreiro arrived in Venezuela’s capital in 1966. This lecture further illustrates a new praxis of Hispanic transatlantic studies that eschews conventional notions of center and periphery, and questions the use of the nation-state as the basic unit for analyzing cultural traffic across the Atlantic. Instead, I will argue for the need to implement interpretive models based on the asymmetry and asynchrony that preside over the exchanges taking place among multiple local enclaves which themselves remain self-divided and in constant flux. ***** José María Rodríguez García, Associate Professor of Romance Studies, teaches courses in 19th-20th-century Peninsular-Spanish and (less frequently) Spanish-American literature. His book, [italic]The City of Translation: Poetry and Ideology in Nineteenth-Century Colombia[/italic] (New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2010), received the 2010 PROSE Award for Excellence in Literature, Language, and Linguistics from the Association of American Publishers. His edited collection of essays on the history and practice of translation, [italic]Literary into Cultural Translation[/italic], came out as a special double issue of diacritics in 2004 while [italic]Hispanic Modernisms[/italic] (his guest edited issue of Modernist Cultures) was published in May 2012. José María’s current research focuses on the chronological continuation of [italic]The City of Translation[/italic] (i.e. the role of [italic]letrado[/italic]-translators in Colombian [italic]modernismo[/italic]), on María Zambrano’s early works, and on Galicia’s political-intellectual history including its multi-directional projections in Catalonia, Cuba, and Venezuela. He serves on the editorial boards of [italic]PMLA, ALEC: Anales de la literatura española contemporánea[/italic], and [italic]Viceversa. Revista galega de tradución.[/italic] Refreshments will be served.
 
 
FEBRUARY 2013

LOS CONTRATIEMPOS DE AMADEO ROLDÃN Y LUIS PALAS MATOS
A lecture by Dr. Julio Ramos (University of California, Berkley)

Monday, February 11, 2013
3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Merrick Building, Room 210-01 (MLL Conference Room)

The College of Arts and Sciences Department of Modern Languages and Literatures Presents A lecture by Dr. Julio Ramos (University of California, Berkley): Exploraremos el acontecimiento de la irrupción de los ritmos afroantillanos en la música erudita. En 1929 la orquesta de Marius-François Gaillard interpretó en París la ¨Danza negra” del compositor vanguardista cubano Amadeo Roldán, quien a su vez había escrito aquella pieza –una de las primeras composiciones conocidas de temática e instrumentación afrocubana—a partir de su lectura del poema clásico del puertorriqueño Luis Palés Matos. Alejo Carpentier asistió y reseñó el concierto. ¿Cómo se representó la innovación rítmica en el campo institucional de la música? ¿Qué debates suscitó la intensificación del soporte percusivo y de la contramétrica? ¿Cuándo comienza a identificarse la contramétrica como un registro sonoro de la temporalidad colonial y esclavista? Acaso una aproximación a estas preguntas nos permita entender mejor la transubstanciación del ritmo en metáfora y en ley de los tiempos desiguales del discurso caribeñista. -------------- Julio Ramos (Río Piedras, Puerto Rico, 1957-) es profesor emérito de la Universidad de California en Berkeley. Es autor de Desencuentros de la modernidad en América Latina (1989) Paradojas de la letra (1994) y Sujeto al límite: ensayos de cultura literaria y visual (2012), y colaborador en la producción y dirección de varios documentales como La Promesa (1995), Mar arriba: los conjuros de Silvia Rivera Cusicanqui (2011) y "Detroit´s Rivera: Art and Fordism" (trabajo en marcha, disponible en Vimeo). Lecture to be presented in Spanish. Refreshments will be served.
 
UM's 2nd Annual Italian Film Festival / Il film festival italiano di UM -  Supported in part by funds from the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs in support of the Italian Language and culture. All Films in Italian with English Subtitles
 

Cineforum: Italian Film Series of UM
Gli sfiorati (Drifters), Dir. Rovere, 2011

Tuesday, February 12, 2013
7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
LC 120 (The Learning Center)


Cineforum: Italian Film Series of UM - Spring Selection February 12th Gli sfiorati (“Drifters”) Dir. Rovere, 2011 February 26th Giulia non esce la sera (“Giulia Doesn’t Date at Night ”) Dir. Piccioni, 2009 March 5th L’arrivo di Wang (“The Arrival of Wang”) Dirs. Manetti Bros, 2011 March 19th Terraferma Dir. Crialese, 2011 April 2nd Posti in piedi in paradiso (“A Flat for Three”) Dir. Verdone, 2012 April 16th I più grandi di tutti (“The Greatest of Them All”) Dir. Virzì, 2011 ***** All showings will be held on Tuesdays in LC 120 at 7:30 p.m. All Films are in Italian with English Subtitles Admission is free.
 

THE EXPERIMENTAL CINEMA OF GUILLeN LANDRIÃN IN CUBA
A lecture by Dr. Julio Ramos (University of California, Berkley)

Monday, February 18, 2013
6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
CAS Wesley Gallery

Film Screening: Los del baile Recordar En un barrio viejo February 18, 2013 6:30 p.m. Wesley Gallery 1210 Stanford Drive University of Miami Short introduction by Dr. Julio Ramos. Film screening followed by informal discussion. Nicolás Guillén Landrián (1938 in Camagüey, Cuba - July 23, 2003 in Miami, Florida) was an experi-mental filmmaker, painter and poet. Trained at the ICAIC (the Cuban Institute of Cinematographic Art and Industry) as a documentarian, his iconoclastic work soon clashed with the official revolutionary culture in the early 1960´s leading to his expulsion from the ICAIC in 1972. He was exiled to Miami in 1989 where he remained an outspoken critic of racism and consumerism in the US. He died of cancer at Miami´s Mercy Hospital in 2003. His work reflects a radical and complex aesthetic sensibility.
 

Cidade de Deus
A Lecture by Prof. Roger Bundt

Tuesday, February 19, 2013
12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
Memorial Building, Room 125D

"City of God" is one of the most famous Brazilian films of all times. Based on events that took place in Rio’s "Cidade de Deus" favela, it tells about the transformations the slum went through from the petty crime and romantic trickery of the ‘60s to the drug trafficking in the ‘90s. Directed by Fernando Meirelles, the 2002 movie is an adaptation of a 1997 novel by Paulo Lins. Prof. Bundt is currently a guest lecturer in Prof. Steven Butterman’s POR 363 class on Brazilian Cinema at the University of Miami. He holds a Ph.D in Communications and a double appointment with Unisinos (São Leopoldo) and UniRitter (Porto Alegre). In this talk, he will show the way the depictions of this tale of crime and violence in Brazil have shifted from real life to book to film.
 

Cineforum: Italian Film Series of UM
Giulia non esce la sera (Giulia Doesn't Date at Night), Dir. Piccioni, 2009

Tuesday, February 26, 2013
7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
LC 120 (The Learning Center)

Cineforum: Italian Film Series of UM - Spring Selection February 26th Giulia non esce la sera (Giulia Doesn't Date at Night) Dir. Piccioni, 2009 March 5th L’arrivo di Wang (The Arrival of Wanga) Dirs. Manetti Bros, 2011 March 19th Terraferma Dir. Crialese, 2011 April 2nd Posti in piedi in paradiso (A Flat for Three) Dir. Verdone, 2012 April 16th I più grandi di tutti (The Greatest of Them All) Dir. Virzì, 2011 ***** All showings will be held on Tuesdays in LC 120 at 7:30 p.m. All Films are in Italian with English Subtitles Admission is free.
 

Film Screening: The String (2008, Dir. Mehdi Ben Attia)
Part of the Spring Series: GENDER AND QUEER THEMES IN CINEMA FROM THE MAGHREB AND FROM SUB-SAHARA AFRICA

Wednesday, February 27, 2013
5:00 pm - 7:30 pm
The Learning Center (LC), Room 190

HE STRING (Tunisia, 2008) Directed by MEHDI BEN ATTIA presented by Dr. Charlie Michael and Dr. Ralph Heyndels MEHDI BEN ATTIA was born in 1968 and raised in Tunisia. He did an advanced degree (DEA) in political sociology at the University of Paris IV-Sorbonne. In 1999 he made his first film (En face). He then worked with ANDRE TECHINE (most recently on Impardonables in 2010). The String, featuring Claudia Cardinale, Salim Kechiouche and Antonin Stahly, among others, was released in 2010. His latest film, Je ne suis pas mort got out in 2012. The String is the first assertively gay and lesbian themed film from an Arab filmmaker ever produced in an Arab country. Organized by the French, Arabic, Women and LGTQ Studies Programs Sponsored by the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures and The Africana Studies Program College of Arts and Sciences, University of Miami For Information: contact Thouraya Ferid at t.ferid@umiami.edu or 305-284-5585 ALL FILMS HAVE ENGLISH SUBTITLES – REFRESHMENTS WILL BE SERVED.
 
 
MARCH 2013

ineforum: Italian Film Series of UM
Le arrivo di Wang (The Arrival of Wang), Dirs. Manetti Bros, 2011/p>

Tuesday, March 5, 2013
7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
LC 120 (The Learning Center)

Cineforum: Italian Film Series of UM - Spring Selection March 5th Le arrivo di Wang (The Arrival of Wang) Dirs. Manetti Bros, 2011 March 19th Terraferma Dir. Crialese, 2011 April 2nd Posti in piedi in paradiso (A Flat for Three) Dir. Verdone, 2012 April 16th I più grandi di tutti (The Greatest of Them All) Dir. Virzì, 2011 ***** All showings will be held on Tuesdays in LC 120 at 7:30 p.m. All Films are in Italian with English Subtitles Admission is free.
 
UM's 2nd Annual Italian Film Festival / Il film festival italiano di UM -  Supported in part by funds from the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs in support of the Italian Language and culture. All Films in Italian with English Subtitles
 

Cuban Music in the Transnational Context
Panel and Music Demonstration

Thursday, March 14, 2013
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Communication International Building, Shoma Hall (Room 3053)


The Miami Observatory on Communications and Creative Industries, Cuban Culture on the Edge, Modern Languages and Literatures and Africana Studies at the University of Miami, FUNDarte, and Miami Light Project, present: Cuban Music in the Transnational Context Panel and Music Demonstration Panelists: Horacio "El Negro" Hernandez Drummer, Honorary Doctor of Music from Berklee College and Grammy awarded Yosvany Terry Saxofonist, composer and researcher of Afrocuban music Gema Corredera Singer and professor, quintessential vocalist of the post Cuban-Filin generations Eva Silot Bravo University of Miami Ph.D. Candidate These musicians are part of an alternative transnational network of cultural production among Cuban singers, songwriters, composers and jazz players who migrated since the 1990s. They produce Cuban music across cities like New York, Miami and Madrid, supported by greater mobility and advancements in communication and music recording technologies. By developing infinite possibilities of fusion between Cuban music genres and a range of world sonorities with marked Afro-Cuban and jazz influences, these musicians are redefining the making of Cuban music in the last 20 years. Thursday March 14th, 2013 7:00 pm-9:00 pm Communication International Building Shoma Hall (Room 3053) 5100 Brunson Drive, Coral Gables, FL, 33146, United States Free and Open to the Public.
 

Cineforum: Italian Film Series of UM
Terraferma, Dir. Crialese, 2011

Tuesday, March 19, 2013
7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
LC 120 (The Learning Center)

Cineforum: Italian Film Series of UM - Spring Selection March 19th Terraferma Dir. Crialese, 2011 April 2nd Posti in piedi in paradiso (A Flat for Three) Dir. Verdone, 2012 April 16th I più grandi di tutti (The Greatest of Them All) Dir. Virzì, 2011 ***** All showings will be held on Tuesdays in LC 120 at 7:30 p.m. All Films are in Italian with English Subtitles Admission is free.
 

Film Screening: DAKAN (1997, Dir. Mohamed Camara)
Part of the Spring Series: GENDER AND QUEER THEMES IN CINEMA FROM THE MAGHREB AND FROM SUB-SAHARA AFRICA

Wednesday, March 20, 2013
5:00 pm - 7:30 pm
The Learning Center (LC), Room 190

DAKAN (Guinea, 1997) Directed by MOHAMED CAMARA presented by Dr. Charlie Michael and Dr. Ralph Heyndels MOHAMED CAMARA WAS BORN IN CONAKRY IN 1959 AND STUDIED ACTING AND FILM MAKING IN PARIS. AS AN ACTOR HE WAS FEATURED IN SEVERAL FILMS INCLUDING 100 ARABICA. AS A FILM DIRECTOR HE HAS EXPLORED CONTROVERSIAL TOPICS SUCH AS INCEST IN DENKA AND CHILD SUICIDE IN MINKA. DAKAN (WHICH MEANS DESTINY) WAS RELEASED IN 1997 AND PRESENTED AT THE CANNES FILM FESTIVAL. IT WON SEVERAL PRIZES INCLUDING THE GRAND JURY AWARD FOR OUTSTANDING FOREIGN NARRATIVE FEATURE AT THE LOS ANGELES OUTFEST. DAKAN IS A TRULY EXCEPTIONAL MOVIE AS IT IS THE VERY FIRST SUB – SAHARA WEST AFRICAN MOTION PICTURE NARRATING A MALE HOMOSEXUAL LOVE STORY. IT IS ACTUALLY ALSO ALMOST UNIQUE IN THAT SENSE UNTIL NOW. ITS FILMING WAS OFTEN INTERRUPTED BY PROTESTS AND IT HAS NEVER BEEN OFFICIALLY SHOWN IN GUINEA (A PREDOMINANTLY MUSLIM COUNTRY) OR EVEN IN AFRICA AS A WHOLE (WITH THE EXCEPTION OF A FEW FESTIVALS IN SOUTH AFRICA). Organized by the French, Arabic, Women and LGTQ Studies Programs Sponsored by the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures and The Africana Studies Program College of Arts and Sciences, University of Miami For Information: contact Thouraya Ferid at t.ferid@umiami.edu or 305-284-5585 ALL FILMS HAVE ENGLISH SUBTITLES. REFRESHMENTS WILL BE SERVED.
 

LANGUAGE and DEMOCRACY
Pre-registration is encouraged: www.law.miami.edu/rsvp/democracy/

Friday, March 22, 2013
7:00 pm - 5:30 pm
UM School of Law, 1311 Miller Drive, 4th Floor Faculty Meeting Room Law Library

Pre-registration is encouraged: www.law.miami.edu/rsvp/democracy/ March 22 8:45 AM: Opening Remarks 9:00 AM: PANEL I Language and Expediency 11:00 AM: BREAK 11:15 AM: PANEL II Language and Affect 1:15 PM: LUNCH 2:15 PM: PANEL III Language and Equity 4:15 PM: BREAK 4:30 PM: Closing Discussion with AMITAV GHOSH and PARTICIPANTS, moderated by ANSON RABINBACH, Princeton University 5:30: RECEPTION CO-SPONSORED BY THE UNIVERSITY OF MIAMI SCHOOL OF LAW THE UNIVERSITY OF MIAMI CENTER FOR THE HUMANITIES THE UNIVERSITY OF MIAMI DEPARTMENT OF MODERN LANGUAGES AND LITERATURES With support from: The University of Miami Program in American Studies The University of Miami Center for Latin American Studies The University of Miami Program in Women’s and Gender Studies.
 

The Discreet Charm of Mobility or the Blind Spots of Spain's Road to Modernity
Lecture by Dr. Jorge Perez - University of Kansas

Friday, March 29, 2013
2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Merrick 210-01 (MLL Conference Room)

This lecture aims to problematize the recurrent use of tropes of mobility in recent Spanish cultural studies that deal with the social transformations that have taken place in the Iberian Peninsula since the 1960s. The will to move forward is one of those recurring tropes used to conceptualize the transition to democracy and beyond, as Spain imagines itself on the road to modernity. Evasive and shifting, these tropes of mobility constitute problematic notions to create linear national narratives, since they actually establish a common ground to which all positions in the ideological spectrum can hold. Dr. Jorge Pérez proposes to explore road narratives—both films and novels—as a genre that offers a unique perspective of the complexity and contradictions of official and academic discourses of mobility, since it is a genre that literally brings to the fore the modernization of the country—as highlighted by the remodeled highway system, the development of the automobile industry, and the changes in the landscape—and whose journey structure is ideal to reflect on the topic of national mobility. Jorge Pérez is Associate Professor of Spanish at the University of Kansas. He is the autor of Cultural Roundabouts: Spanish Film and Novel on the Road (Bucknell University Press, 2011), a study on the cultural politics of Spanish road movies and novels. He has published articles on Spanish film, novel, and queer culture in journals such as ALEC, Arizona Journal of Hispanic Cultural Studies, España Contemporánea, Studies in Hispanic Cinemas, Revista Canadiense de Estudios Hispánicos, and Revista de Estudios Hispánicos. He has also co-edited a special issue of the Journal of Spanish Cultural Studies on the topic of popular music. He is currently working on a book-length project on religious cinema of the late-Franco period. Sponsored by the College of Arts and Sciences, Department of Modern Languages and Literatures Refreshments will be served.
 
 
APRIL 2013

Cineforum: Italian Film Series of UM
Posti in piedi in paradiso (A Flat for Three)

Tuesday, April 2, 2013
7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
LC 120 (The Learning Center)

Cineforum: Italian Film Series of UM - Spring Selection April 2nd Posti in piedi in paradiso (A Flat for Three) Dir. Verdone, 2012 April 16th I più grandi di tutti (The Greatest of Them All) Dir. Virzì, 2011 ***** All showings will be held on Tuesdays in LC 120 at 7:30 p.m. All Films are in Italian with English Subtitles Admission is free.
 

"Toca, no toca": Torture and Truth in Cervantes's Spain
Lecture by Professor Georgina Dopico-Black - New York University

Tuesday, April 2, 2013
2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Merrick 210-01 (MLL Conference Room)

Georgina Dopico Black is Chair of NYU’s Department of Spanish and Portuguese, Faculty Director of Global Curriculum for the College of Arts and Science at NYU, and is serving her third term as Coordinating Editor of the Journal of Spanish Cultural Studies. She works on Early Modern / Renaissance Spain and the early Spanish Atlantic and is currently exploring questions of the anatomized body and of the borders of the human in relation to the rise of humanism. She is author of Perfect Wives, Other Women: Adultery and Inquisition in Early Modern Spain (Duke UP: 2001), winner of the MLA’s Katherine Singer Kovacs Prize and of Yale University’s Heyman Award, as well as of a number of articles ranging from monsters to relics, including, most recently, “Pierre Menard, translator of the Quixote, or Echo’s Echoes” and "The Ban and the Bull: Animal Studies, Cultural Studies and Spain". She is co-editor of three volumes: USA Cervantes (Madrid: Polifemo, 2009, with Francisco Layna), Suplemento al Tesoro de la lengua de Sebastián de Covarrubias (Madrid: Polifemo, 2001, with Jacques Lezra), and, with Roberto González Echevarría, En un lugar de la Mancha: estudios cervantinos. (Salamanca: Ediciones Almar, 1998). Refresments will be served.
 

Film Screening: MAN OF ASHES (Tunisia, 1986, Dir. NOURI BOUZID)
Part of the Spring Series: GENDER AND QUEER THEMES IN CINEMA FROM THE MAGHREB AND FROM SUB-SAHARA AFRICA

Wednesday, April 10, 2013
5:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Merrick 210-01 (MLL Conference Room)

MAN OF ASHES (Tunisia, 1986) Directed by NOURI BOUZID presented by Dr. Charlie Michael and Dr. Ralph Heyndels Organized by the French, Arabic, Women and LGTQ Studies Programs Sponsored by the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures and The Africana Studies Program College of Arts and Sciences, University of Miami For Information: contact Thouraya Ferid at t.ferid@umiami.edu or 305-284-5585 ALL FILMS HAVE ENGLISH SUBTITLES – REFRESHMENTS WILL BE SERVED.
 

Cineforum: Italian Film Series of UM
I più grandi di tutti (The Greatest of Them All)

Tuesday, April 16, 2013
7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
LC 120 (The Learning Center)

Cineforum: Italian Film Series of UM - Spring Selection April 16th I più grandi di tutti (The Greatest of Them All) Dir. Virzì, 2011 ***** All showings will be held on Tuesdays in LC 120 at 7:30 p.m. All Films are in Italian with English Subtitles Admission is free.
 
 
MAY 2013

African descendants in Mexico: Invisibility and the process of legal recognition
Dr. Sagrario Cruz Carretero

Thursday, May 23, 2013
5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
CAS Gallery (Stanford Drive)

Since 2003 Dr. Cruz Carretero has worked as a full time professor and researcher in the Department of Anthropology at the Universidad Veracruzanateaching "Ethnic studies" and "Traditional Medicine in Mexico." She has given lectures in many parts of Mexico and other countries such as Spain, Cuba and the United States (UC Berkeley, UC Santa Barbara, UCLA, Stanford University, Columbia University, Brown University, Winston Salem State University, Chapel Hill University, Georgia State University, Texas A&M at Bryan and Corpus Christi Tx, Harvard among many other university and cultural institutions). She was a fellow of the United Negro College Fund during 2003 and 2005 giving courses at Winston Salem State University and at Southern University-Baton Rouge LA. Dr. Cruz-Carretero was co-curator of the landmark exhibition "The Black presence in Mexico From Yanga to the present" with the Mexican Fine Arts Center Museum of Chicago. The exhibition was the first of its kind in the US, opening in 2006 in Chicago and continuing until 2011 in eleven places throughout the US and Mexico. In 2006-2007 she got the Fulbright scholarship to teach at UNM in the Spanish Department and in the African American Studies Department. In 2008 she got for the second time the "Gonzalo Aguirre Beltrán Medal" for her research about the African descendants in Mexico. Graciously sponsored by the College of Arts and Sciences, Modern Languages and Literatures, and Africana Studies.