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Events Fall 2011

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THURSDAY, 12/1 @ 4:40pm, Fordham University, Rose Hill, Faber Hall, Room 568
>> Lecture Series on Medieval and Renaissance Italy with Susanna Barsella (Fordham University) and Simone Marchesi (Princeton University): “Truth, Will, and Imagination: Hermeneutics and Ethics in Dante’s Divina Commedia.”   Contacts: or"
FRIDAY, 12/2 @ 2:30pm, Fordham University, Rose Hill, Ram Van Departure Stop
>> Excursion to the German Christmas Stand at Columbus Circle, with Kinderpunsch and Bratwurstsemmel at German Delights. All are welcome! Please RSVP to
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MONDAY, 11/21 @ 4:30pm, Fordham University, Lincoln Center, Plaza View Room
>> The French portraitist Élisabeth Vigée Le Brun (1755-1842) and her Self-representation as a Woman Artist in her Autobiographical Works,” Geneviève Haroche-Bouzinac (Université d'Orléans) , Contact:
FRIDAY, 11/18 @ 2:30pm, Fordham University, Rose Hill, Keating Hall B14 
>> "Corporate Governance in den USA und in Deutschland im Vergleich", Dr. Martin Gelter, School of Law (Fordham University), will give a talk in Dr. Susanne Hafner's German Conversation course. The talk will be in German. All are welcome! Please RSVP to
FRIDAY, 11/18 @ 10:00am, Fordham University, Lincoln Center, Room 908

>> El Dilema Perpetuo: Historia, Memoria y Arte." The Latin American and Latino Studies Institute Present Special Guest Speaker Francesc Torres, Artist and Photographer. The talk will be in Spanish.
THURSDAY, 11/17 @ 1:00pm, O'Keefe Commons (O'Hare Hall), Rose Hill
>> Legendary New York Latina Performance Artists Carmelita Tropicana, Josefina Báez, and Magdalena Gomez Read/Perform from their Works, Contact:
THURSDAY, 11/17 @ 10:00-11:30am, Lincoln Center, Room 417

>> Screening of the Documentary Mi chacra (My Land) by Jason Burlage (Director), presented by The Latin American and Latino Studies Institute. The film's duration is 52 minutes and a Q & A session with the director will follow. 

Brief Synopsis: Raised in a small farming village in the mountains of southern Peru, Feliciano works as a porter on the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu in hopes of some day taking his son to live in the city. Framed by the seasons, Mi Chacra chronicles one year in Feliciano’s life, from the planting season in his community to the harvest, and through a season of work on the Inca Trail. The film paints a vivid picture of this man’s world, of the conflict between his love of the land and the work he has learned from his father, and the desire to see his son living what he sees as a better life in the city. For more information go to the film's website.

FRIDAY, 11/11 @ 2:30pm, Rose Hill, McGinley Faculty Lounge
>> Lecture Series on Medieval and Renaissance Italy, Francesco Ciabattoni (Georgetown University): “Diabolus in musica to Deus musicus: Dante's Comedy between Psalms and Infernal Songs.”  Contacts: or
FRIDAY, 11/11 @ 2:30pm, Rose Hill, Faber Hall, Room 568
>> Informational Afternoon: Study Abroad in Germany
With presentations by Elizabeth Brown (Fulbright Fellowships Coordinator, OPF); Thomas Dzimian (Director of Career Services, GACCNY); Maria Ebner, instructor of Berlin Tales,  Spring 2012 (with trip to Berlin); Claire Hoover (Education Abroad Coordinator, ISAP); Matthew Kasper (German/IPED major); Followed by a "Kaffeestunde."
FRIDAY, 11/4 @ 2:30pm, Fordham University, Rose Hill, Keating Hall B14
>> "Fair Trade in der Pharmazie" with Petra Augenstein, (Chefpharmazeutin, Weleda North America), will give a talk in Dr. Susanne Hafner's German Conversation course. The talk will be in German. All are welcome! Please RSVP to

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THURSDAY, OCTOBER 27 @ 1:00-2:00pm, Rose Hill, Room 568
>> MLL Majors/Minors Open House  
Please come and join us this Thursday for detailed information on each language's requirements and guidelines for their majors and minors programs. There will also be presentations from students who studied abroad as well as food.
WEDNESDAY, 10/26 @ 5:00pm, Fordham University, Lincoln Center, Room 309

Lecture Series on Medieval and Renaissance Italy, Francesco Stella (University of Siena, Italy), “A Repressed Beauty: Condemnation and Defense of Poetry from Scholasticism to Humanism." 
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FRIDAY, 10/21 @ 12:00,Mason Hall, BaruchCollege, 17 Lexington Avenue
>> Concert by Madsen, the famous German indie band, sponsored by the Goethe-Institut. For more information, click here and for a preview on Youtube click here. The tickets are free, but please contact Dr. Susanne Hafner ASAP for reservations!
TUESDAY, 10/18 @ 6:30pm, Fordham University, Lincoln Center, Mc Mahon 109
>> The Dynamics of Representation: In Homage of José María Arguedas 
An International Panel In Celebration of the Centennial of Peruvian Writer José María Arguedas.  With the participation of Hugo Benavides, Director of LALSI, and Cynthia Vich, Co-Director.  Contact:
TUESDAY, 10/11, @ 10:00am, Fordham University, Lincoln Center, Room 908
>> "Drawing in the Masses: Visual Culture During the Spanish Civil War"
Dr. Miriam Basilio will give a talk in Dr. Carey Kasten's Spanish Civil War course. The talk will be in Spanish. All are welcome!
FRIDAY, 10/7 @ 5:00pm , Fordham University, Lincoln Center, Plaza View Room
>> Lecture Series on Medieval and Renaissance Italy 
Giuseppe Mazzotta (Yale University), “Tasso's Creation of the World and the post-Tridentine Controversies on Images.”  
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MONDAY, 9/19 @ 5:00pm, Fordham University, Rose Hill, Faber Hall, Room 568

>> Chinese Mid-Autumn Festival Celebration
Join us for celebrating the traditional Chinese festival with free refreshments & mooncakes & Chinese music & poems & student performance & the new Chinese Minor Program Introduction & Study Abroad Program in Beijing
SATURDAY, 9/10, 9:30-2:15, Fordham University, Faculty Lounge, McGinley Center
>> MLL’s Annual Symposium on Language Teaching/SLanT, organized by our Coordinator of Language Instruction, Dr. Sara Lehman. This year’s exciting symposium will include workshops on the Common European Framework which we are using to assess the level of our courses and students, on teaching with technology, on developing speaking proficiency inthe literature classroom, and three concurrent round tables discussions on digital writing, the teaching of so-called “lesser-taughtlanguages,” and on putting translators and online dictionaries to good use in the classroom. 
*Due to overwhelming response on two topics, we are devoting this year’s SLanT to Teaching with Technology andWriting.
9:30-10:00      Coffee and pastries
10:00-11:00    Panel I: Teaching with Technology. Start the day off with fun and useful ideas for incorporating technology in language courses of all levels. Examples for all presentations will be in English and will apply to all languages.
11:00-12:00    Panel II: Writing. Hear some exciting ideas on generating composition topics and engaging students with writing.
12:00-1:00      Lunch
1:00-2:15        Concurrent Round Tables: Respond, reflect, andexpand on the morning’s topics by participating in an open round table on Teaching with Technology or Writing. Bring your ideas to share and a pen to jot down new ideas.
SLanT is comprised of workshops on language pedagogy by and for instructors in the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures
FRIDAY, 9/9 @ 2:30pm, Fordham University, Rose Hill, Faber Hall, Room 568
>> "The U.S. from a German Perspective" a presentation by Timo Klein followed by a Kaffeestunde. Event is conducted in German but all are welcome!
>> Dear Latin American and Latino Studies Faculty, 

I write to ask you to nominate your HISPANIC FEMALE STUDENTS as candidates for the position of Mentor for the 2010-2011 academic year. Mentoring Latinas, located on Fordham’s Rose Hill Campus, introduces college Latinas as mentors and role models to middle and high school Latinas. This is the program’s eighth year, and it has produced positive results for mentees and mentors alike.
Fordham students learn a great deal about themselves and their cultural heritage when they act as role models to their younger counterparts. Last year’s mentors said, “Words cannot express how grateful I am for the opportunity of being a role model to these girls and teaching them that they can be successful,” and “One thing that has impacted me is knowing thatI’m making a difference andseeing myself in my mentees.” Two mentors changed their career plans because of their experience of serving their Latina mentees.
Adolescent Latinas are one of the most needy and underserved populations in the United States. A report issued by the National Women’s Law Center and the Mexican American Legal Defense and Education Fund in 2009 found that     
  • 42% of Latinas do not graduate high school in 4 years.
  • One third of girls surveyed do not expect to achieve their educational goals.
  • 53% of Latinas give birth before the age of 20, almost twice the national average.
  • Only 10% of Latino parents are college graduates; thus the strong need for mentors and role models.
We are looking for Fordham Latinas who are good students, sensitive young women who are proud of their heritage and want to contribute to their community.
Mentoring Latinas staff will train new mentors in mentoring skills and will match them with 2 students who share their background and interests. Ongoing training and support from program staff will be available throughout the academic year. Mentors are paid $300 per semester for their work.
Applications are available in the Office of Assistant Dean Luz Lenis in Keating Room 302. The deadline for the return of applications to Dr. Lenis’ office is Thursday, September 16th. Interviews will be scheduled soon after that date. Mentoring takes place at Rose Hill but Latinas from Lincoln Center are also invited to apply.
Please mail the names of your students to me at:, or call me at (718) 817-0117.
Warm regards, 
Ellen S. Silber, Ph.D.
Director, Mentoring Latinas
>> Congratulations to Dr. Susanna Barsella (Italian and Medieval Studies), Dr. Viviane Mahieux (Spanish and Latin American and Latino Studies), and Dr. Alessandro Polcri (Italian) on their TENURE and promotion to ASSOCIATE PROFESSORS . Dr. Barsella is the author of the recently published Angelology and Cosmology in Dante’s Divine Comedy (Florence, Italy: Leo S. Olschki, 210). Dr. Polcri is the author of Luigi Pulci e la Chimera: Studi sull’allegoria nel Morgante (Florence, Italy: Società Editrice Fiorentina, 2010). Dr. Mahieux is author of Urban Chroniclers in Modern Latin America: The Shared Intimacy of Everyday Life forthcoming on the University of Texas Press (
>> Congratulations on their recently PUBLISHED BOOKS to Dr. Sara Lehman and Dr. Catharine Randall. Dr. Lehman is the editor of the annotated edition of Mexican colonial writer Carlos de Sigüenza y Góngora’s Infortunios de Alonso Ramírez (New York: Juan de la Cuesta, 2011). Dr. Randall is the author of Black Robes & Buckskin: A Selection From the Jesuit Relations (New York: Fordham University Press, 2011).  
>> Dr. Arnaldo Cruz-Malavé discusses transnational identity, the literary market, and Latin America’s new postmodern fiction with four of the most innovative writers in the Spanish language, Francisco Font Acevedo (Puerto Rico), Santiago Gamboa (Colombia), Andrés Neuman (Argentina-Spain), and Karla Suárez (Cuba) at a forum in this year’s Festival de la Palabra at the Americas Society in New York. Francisco Font Acevedo is the author of the short story collections, Caleidoscopio and La belleza brutaSantiago Gamboa is the author of the award-winning novels, Necrópolis, recipient of the 2009 Norma Award, Laotra orilla, and El síndrome de Ulises, finalist of the 2006 French Medicis Prize, Portuguese Casino de Povoa Prize, and Venezuelan Rómulo Gallegos Award. Andrés Neuman is author of the novel Bariloche, finalist of the Herralde Prize, La vida en las ventanas, and Una vez Argentina. His fourth novel, El viajero del siglo won the Alfaguara, Tormenta and the Premio de la Crítica awards and will be published in English next year as Traveler of the World by Farrar, Straus and Giroux. Karla Suárez is author of the novels La viajera and Silencios, which won the Lengua de Trapo 1999 Prize. In Spanish. 
>> We are very proud to announce the first STUDENT JOURNAL entitled Por Granada which publishes the students' final project of the course "Spain in Context" taught by Dr. Rafael Lamas at Fordham in Granada. To read the articles please click the image.
>> We are very happy to announce that the Modern Languages and Literatures Department will now also be offering MINORS in ARABIC and MANDARIN CHINESE!
>> Read the exciting STUDENT BLOG "Knights of the Round Table" documenting the work of the students of Fordham University's 2011 Medieval Summer in London course taught by Dr. Susanne Hafner.


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