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April 7, 2014 - Spain in la Florida, Grace Allen Room (USF Tampa Library), 3pm-5pm
To celebrate the 500th anniversary of the discovery of Florida by Ponce de Leon and the 450th anniversary of the founding of St Augustine by Pedro Menendez de Aviles, Dr. David Arbesu (USF Tampa) and Dr. Michael Francis (USF St Petersburg) gave two talks on early colonial Florida history. The talks, sponsored by ISLAC, were scheduled on Monday, April 7th, 3-5 pm (Grace Allen Room). Light refreshments were served. Click here for more info.

April 5, 2014 - 8th Mid-Florida Japanese Speech and Skit Contest, MSC 2709, 3pm-6pm

April 4, 2014 - WLE Research Colloquium, various USF Tampa Library rooms, 9am-4pm

Please click HERE for the full colloquium program.

April 2, 2014 - 7th Annual Spanish Fair, TECO Room, USF College of Education, Tampa Campus

The Hispanic/Latino Section of the Department of World Languages at the University of South Florida invites you at our Seventh Annual Spanish Fair, on April 2nd, 2014,10 AM-2 PM, at the TECO Room, USF College of Education, Tampa Campus. The Fair showcases our graduate and undergraduate Spanish programs to the USF and Tampa communities and presents an opportunity for academic and cultural exchanges and collaborations. Come and join us in a day of cultural awareness, music, videos food, and fun activities! The ongoing event will have presentations about the diverse regions and cultures of the Hispanic world. Please click here for the program (in Spanish & English).

April 1, 2014 - Joe Goodkin performing THE ODYSSEY, BSN 1201, 2pm-3pm
The Classics section invited Mr. Joe Goodkin, a Classics scholar and professional musician, who performed a 30-minute piece based on the story of Homer’s Odyssey.  Using acoustic guitar and voice, the piece told the story of the Odyssey through song in a manner similar to that of the Homeric bards, but with a modern twist. Mr. Goodkin used the performance to guide discussion into a wide range of topics, from classically specific to broader questions about the role of myth, literature, and identity. His university performances have included University of Wisconsin, University of Notre Dame, Bucknell, Millsaps, University of Arkansas - Fayetteville, and Rochester University.
The presentation consisted of an introductory talk, the performance, and a follow up interactive question and answer session.
The event was sponsored by the Classical Society, the Eta Sigma Phi Honors Society for Classics, and the Hellenic Society.

February 28-March 1, 2014 -- The State of Beauty Today - An International Bilingual (French/English) Conference
This international interdisciplinary conference on The State of Beauty Today will address the specific topic of beauty in our contemporary world, especially as it pertains to culture, fashion, design, marketing, art, language, literature, drama and film. Is there a common ground to define what beauty is today? The conference will examine how is beauty debated and represented in our global culture. Speakers mainly from France, New Zealand, Canada and the USA will be part of the debate, which will take place on the USF Tampa campus, on Friday Feb. 28 (Library, Grace Allen Room: 9:30am-5:00pm) - March 1st (Marshall Student Center 3705: 10:30am-5:00pm).  The conference will be free and open to all. French and English will be the two languages of the conference.Contacts: Gaetan Brulotte: brulotte@usf.edu; Christine Probes: probes@usf.edu
Please click here for the conference program.

February 21-22, 2014 -- 21st Southeast Conference on Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Film
At the 21st SCFLLF, hosted by USF in Tampa, Florida, national and international scholars will present papers on all aspects of literature, linguistics, civilization, culture, film and pedagogy pertaining to foreign languages (ancient and modern).
Please follow this link to the conference website: http://languages.usf.edu/scfllf/

January 31, 2014 -- German Day 2014, CWY 206
The German Section at USF invites students, faculty, and staff to join us in a day of activities showcasing the talents and interests of students studying German at Tampa Bay area and Florida high schools, as well as USF students. All activities are generously sponsored by the German Embassy in Washington, DC as part of their annual “Campus Weeks” campaign. This year, the theme and focus is “Germany in Europe."
For more details, please click here.

November 21, 2013 -- Journee de la francophonie!, MSC 2707
Join us for some francophone fun! A free event where the French 1-3 classes will be exploring French speaking countries from around the world. Please click here for the event flyer.

November 19-23, 2013 -- ACSUS Conference
The ACSUS (Association for Canadian Studies in the United States) will have its next biennial international conference in downtown Tampa at the Marriott Waterfront from Nov 19-23, 2013. It is co-sponsored by USF World, Research One, and the Department of World Languages (Dr. Brulotte acted as the local liaison between USF and ACSUS). The program includes over 100 panels and roundtables across more than a dozen disciplines, and features guest speakers such as Canada's Ambassador to the US, and a reading by Quebec authors (our own Dr. Brulotte will be part of it). USF students may attend all panel presentations free of charge by showing a valid USF ID (excluding special events and dinner events) and USF Faculty and Staff may do so at the student rate of $50. The full program can be found here. ACSUS web site: www.acsus.org

November 8, 2013 -- WLE Poetry Event, CPR 487
Please join us at this year's 4th WLE Poetry Event. For more info on how to present and on the event, please click here.

November 6, 2013 -- Homegrown Humanities Faculty Book Series - Dr. Anne Latowsky, Grace Allen Room (USF Library, 4th floor)
The next book featured in the book series will be Dr. Latowsky's "Emperor of the World". For more info on the event, please click here.

October 28, 2013 - A selection of Spring 2014 course offerings are now posted under Courses/Spring 2014. Come check them out!

October 16, 2013 - At the conclusion of the Maria Zambrano Conference, Cuban Artist Baruj Salinas presented Dr. Madeline Camara and Dr. Stephan K. Schindler with a gift for the “Aula Maria Zambrano.” The painting is part of the cycle “Claros del Bosque” and will be placed in the Aula.

Fall 2013 - Dr. Pablo Brescia and Dr. Madeline Camara were both mentioned in this Fall's ISLAC Newsletter. Dr. Brescia was awarded the SOL Faculty Award at this year's Hispanic Heritage Celebration and Dr. Camara was recognized at the 10th Annual Diversity Summit in April.

September 25, 2013 @ 3:30pm -- Around the World in Sixty Minutes, Grace Allen Room (Library 4th floor) Join the Department of World Languages, the Department of English, and the Humanities Institute for “Around the World in Sixty Minutes.” This faculty reading series highlights the diverse global nature of creative writing and translation at the University of South Florida. Our very own Dr. Gaetan Brulotte is one of this year's faculty presenters. For more info, click here.

August 7, 2013 - The department of World Languages would like to extend a special welcome to our new faculty members:
Assistant Professors
David Arbesu (Spanish)
Nicole Tracy-Ventura (Applied Linguistics)
Amanda Huensch (Applied Linguistics)
Christopher Polt (Classics)
Mei-Hsuan Chiang (Chinese)
Instructors
Federica Colleoni (Italian)
Amy Oh (Classics)
Qiong Wu (Chinese)
We are delighted to have an excellent group of faculty join WLE and wish them a successful first semester.

July 28-August 9, 2013. STARTALK is a national, federally funded program with the mission of increasing the number of Americans learning, speaking, and teaching critical need foreign languages. The University of South Florida is delighted to announce the third year of its summer USF STARTALK Chinese Academy for high school students and USF STARTALK Teacher Training and Mentorship Program for Chinese Teachers. For more information click here.

July 17, 2013 - There was a successful turnout of a 145 people at the Cervantes Institute (Madrid, Spain) yesterday where Dr. Heike Scharm presented her book El tiempo y el ser en Javier Marias. The presentation was covered by the Spanish national newspaper El pais. For the article please click here.

July 15, 2013 -- The department of World Languages invites everybody to support our own Dr. Heike Scharm. She will be presenting her book El tiempo y el ser en Javier Marias at the Cervantes Institute in Madrid, Spain tomorrow (July 16th). The event will be projected live at the following link: http://cervantestv.es/directo1/
To learn more about the event, please click here.

July 3, 2013 - The MA program in Applied Linguistics in the World Languages department at USF is now accepting applications for the newly-established Gratitude Scholarship in Applied Linguistics.

The Gratitude Scholarship in Applied Linguistics is a graduate scholarship designed to assist a student achieve their educational goals.
Recipients must have and maintain a 3.0 GPA as calculated by USF and must demonstrate financial need as documented by the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).
Strong consideration will be given to students who are Florida residents, and have a strong background of volunteer service.
Eligibility criteria include the following:

  • You must be a current or new student in the MA-Applied Linguistics program at USF.
  • You must be enrolled as a full-time student (9 credit hours).
  • You must have already submitted a FAFSA for the current academic year.

To apply, please submit an essay in which you describe any past volunteer experiences you have participated in, and describe what community service activities you plan to be involved in during your studies at USF. Please also discuss your future plans for “giving back” to the field of Applied Linguistics after graduation.

Application deadline is July 22, 2013.
To apply, please submit your essay, and supporting documents showing your Fall course schedule and FAFSA eligibility to Dr. Camilla Vasquez (cvasquez@usf.edu).

Applications will be reviewed by a departmental committee and awardees will be notified in the first two weeks of August.

May 14, 2013 - Dr. Stephan K. Schindler, Chair of WLE and Professor of German, was featured in the German newspaper Neuss-Grevenbroicher Zeitung. For the article please click here.

April 19, 2013--World Languages Research Colloquium -- Proposals are now being accepted (until March 20, 2013) from graduate and advanced undergraduate students in World Language courses (past or present) and visiting scholars. To see the program of this event click here.

On April 10, 2013,  Dr. Christine Probes will become a  “Chevalier dans l’Ordre des Palmes Académiques,” one of the highest awards the French Government bestows on cultural and educational figures. The Consul General of France in Miami, Gaël de Maisonneuve will present this prestigious award to Dr. Probes  in a ceremony that takes place in the auditorium of the Patel Center for Global Solutions from 4pm to 5pm. For more information about this honor click here.

March 19, 2013--The Hispanic/Latino Section of the Department of World Languages at the University of South Florida invites you to our Sixth Annual Spanish Fair, on March 19th, 2013, at the TECO Room, USF College of Education, from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm. The Fair showcases our graduate and undergraduate Spanish programs to the USF and Tampa communities and is an opportunity for exchanges and collaborations. Come and join us in a day of cultural awareness, music, videos and fun activities! The ongoing event will have presentations about the diverse regions and cultures of the Hispanic world, info booths, videos, music, and food. Admission is free. Please see attached flyer and bilingual program. You are invited!

November 15, 2012, 3:30-5:30 p.m. Luis Ortega, editor of Antigona, and member of the Fundacion Maria Zambrano in Spain will be presenting a poster and video exhibition about Maria Zambrano. As an essayist and philosopher, Maria Zambrano's work is considered to be one of the best in contemporary thought along with Hannah Arendt, Simone Weil and Simone de Beauvoir. Join us and learn more about how her writings impacted society in the years of the Franco dictatorship, in her exile in Latin America and in today's world.

The Grace Allen Room, 4th floor, USF Main Library. Free and open to the public, refreshments will be served.

November 15, 2012--World Languages 3rd Annual Poetry Event
For more information about this annual event to be held on Thursday, November 15, 6 p.m. in Cooper Hall, room 487, click here. World Languages invites all USF students, both graduate and undergraduate, from all programs and majors to participate. Dealine for submissions is November 1, 2012.

"Teaching World Languages: Practical Insights"

November 14, 2012--"Teaching World Languages: Practical Insights" Cooper Hall, Room 459, 5:00 - 6:00 PM-- The Department of World Languages will feature two speakers, Mariam Manzur-Leiva and Chloe Savenko, to share their insights and personal experiences in teaching foreign languages.

The presentation by Mariam Manzur-Leiva will focus on proficiency based teaching and learning tools. Attendees will be exposed to a theoretical background about the concept of proficiency and to an overview of the current American Council on Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) proficiency guidelines. The presenter will share strategies and practical ideas that can be implemented in the classroom in order to follow the set standards and achieve proficiency. The presentation by Chloe Savenko will focus on the experience of a teaching assistant (TA) in the World Languages Department. The presentation will demonstrate the importance of experiential learning through teaching and the in-class experience. This event is hosted by Phi Sigma Iota, the International Foreign Language Honor Society. For more information, please contact Mariam Manzur-Leiva at (813) 974-1750. Click here for flyer.

November 13, 2012--Congratulation to Dr. Stefan Huber, Instructor of German, who was awarded an Outstanding Undergraduate Teaching Award. Vice Provost Dr. Kofi Glover, Associate Dean Dr. John Cochran,  Dr. Margit Grieb, the WLE staff, and Dr. Schindler surprised Dr. Huber in his German 1120 classroom to bring him the good news.

November 13- 27, 2012--"Think Transatlantic"--USF is one of 30 institutions of higher education in the United States which will celebrate US/Germany relations with several events in October and November 2012.

"Think Transatlantic" Roundatable Discussion (3-5:00 p.m.) and closing reception (5-7:00 p.m.) in MSC 2708. Click here for program details.

November 10, 2012--Dr. Gaëtan Brulotte, Distinguished University Professor of French and Francophone Literature in the Department of World Languages has been invited to present a lecture in French on Quebec Short Story at conference of The American Council for Quebec Studies (ACQS) in cooperation with New College in Sarasota,. The event will take place at the  Sarasota Hyatt Regency on Saturday, November 10th from 2:15-3:45 p.m. As a short story writer himself he will also read excerpts of his own work. Students are welcome to attend for free. For more details: http://www.acqs.org/ or contact the local organizer of the conference, Prof. Amy Reid, reid@ncf.edu

November 5, 2012--It is with great sorrow and pai that we report the passing of our colleague and friend Dr. Ava Chitwood. For almost 15 years, Dr. Chitwood was a cherished member of the Department, a formidable researcher, an inspiring teacher, and a good friend to many. Her loss is mourned by all of us in the Department and the wider University community. We miss her greatly.

October 2012--SLAIT PhD candidate Derya Kulavuz-Onal has been awarded a competitive TIRF Doctoral Dissertation Grant. Derya is the first USF student ever to receive this award.
For more information about Derya's project and this year's TIRF DDG recipients:
http://www.tirfonline.org/wp-content/uploads/2012/09/TIRF_Newsletter_2012_09_September.pdf

TIRF, The International Research Foundation for English Language Education, is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to generate new knowledge about English language teaching and learning. Each year, TIRF awards a limited number of Doctoral Dissertation Grants.

October 10, 2012 -- This month’s Homegrown Humanities faculty book presentation will be given by Dr. Pablo Brescia. His new book, Modelos y prácticas en el cuento hispanoamericano: Arreola, Borges, Cortázar is a cross-cultural and cross-literary attempt to map out the history and theory of the Latin American short story in the 20th century. The book provides a framework to understand the literary and cultural conditions under which the short story developed in Latin America. Dr. Brescia is Associate Professor of Latin American Literature in the Department of World Languages at USF and publishes widely, both in the US and internationally. This event will take place in the Grace Allen Room of USF Library (4 p.m.)

September 6, 2012--Italian Food for Thought. USF's Italian program is featured in this interview with Professor Patrizia La Trecchia, Associate Professor in World Languages. To read the complete article click here.

September 5, 2012-- "Around the World in Sixty Minutes"
When: Wednesday, September 5th, 2012, 4:30-6 pm.
Where: Grace Allen Room (4th Floor, USF Library)

A reading series hosted by the Humanities Institute and co-sponsored by USF World, Dept. of English/Creative Writing Program and Dept. of World Languages.

Faculty from the World Languages and English departments will join forces to take readers "around the world in sixty minutes." Each reader will present for 10-15 minutes a short selection of poetry or prose that showcases another country or culture and/or takes the reader into another world. This "world" can be France, an alternate universe, or even cyberspace. Come join us in the exploration!

Coordinators:
Dr. Pablo Brescia, Department of World Languages (pbrescia@usf.edu)
Professor Rita Ciresi, Department of English (rciresi@usf.edu)

For more information click here.

June 28-July 1, 2012--International Symposium New World, Other Encounters. USF World Languages was well represented at this international symposium with the participation of faculty (Professors Carlos Cano, Madeline Cámara, and Alejandro de la Pava) and graduate students (Kathryn Bechtelheimer and Andria Arnold). To see the cmplete program click here.

April 20, 2012--WORLD LANGUAGES RESEARCH COLLOQUIUM
Co-sponsored by the USF Chapter of Phi Sigma Iota, International Honor Society

Date:  Friday, April 20, 2012
Place:  USF Library (Tampa) and World Languages Conference Rooms

See attached flyer for program information.

Badertscher

April 2, 2012--Fullbright Awarded to USF Student: Ms. Laura Badertscher has been awarded a Fulbright U.S. Student Program English Teaching Assistantship (ETA) grant to Germany. The Fulbright ETA program is sponsored by the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. The Fulbright grant will cover the costs of round-trip transportation to Germany and maintenance for the academic year.

An Honors College student, Badertscher graduated from USF in May 2011 with a BA in German Language and Literature, a BA in International Studies and a minor in Economics. She will spend nine months teaching English in Germany. Badertscher has always been fascinated with German society and has devoted much of her studies to learning the language, history and culture.

Please click here to read the full press release.

On Saturday, November19, 2011, world-renowned German director Werner Herzog showed his latest documentary Into the Abyss and discussed his work with USF students and faculty, as well as the public. The more than 400 audience members gave the director a standing ovation. The German Embassy also hosted a reception for the filmmaker attended by several prominent area politicians, such as State Attorney Pam Bondi, foreign dignitaries, and members of the USF and Tampa Bay business community. This event was sponsored by the German Embassy, the USF Humanities Institute, the College of Arts and Sciences, the Departments of Communication, English, History, Humanities and Cultural Studies, Philosophy and World Languages.

November 19, 2011, Saturday--An Afternoon with Werner Herzog in ISA 1051. For more information click here.

The world-renowned German director Werner Herzog will show a new film project and discuss his work with USF students, faculty, staff, and Tampa Bay cineastes.

If you have further questions please contact Margit Grieb--grieber@usf.edu

Monday, October 24, 2011--Imagining the Unimaginable: The Holocaust in Culture--The USF chapter of Phi Sigma Iota will host its 2011 fall meeting featuring Dr. Stephen K. Schindler, professor of German and Chair of the Department of World Languages. Dr. Schindler will present a talk titled 'Imagining the Unimaginable: The Holocaust in Culture.’ 2:30 - 4:00 PM, Grace Allen Room, 4th Floor, USF Tampa Library. For more information click here.

October 12, 2011, Wednesday--Dr. Gaëtan Brulotte will present his new book on the Québec short story (Grace Allen Room, USF Library, 2 p.m.).  For more information click here

August 22, 2011 / Transitions: World Languages welcomes Stephan Schindler as new department chair. Dr. Schindler comes to USF from a position as professor and chair in the Department of Germanic Languages and Literatures at Washington University in St. Louis. Victor Peppard, who has served as chair of World Languages for the past 10 years will spend the year on sabbatical leave. World Languages looks forward to Dr. Peppard's continued participation in the department as professor of Russian upon his return.

June 9, 2011 (Thursday), visit to the Salvador Dali Museum, hosted by students of SPW 4930 Hispanic Art & Film (taught by Dr. Heike Scharm). For more information click here.

June 24, 2011 (Thursday), USF Spanish and Latin American Film Series, is showing Buñuel y la mesa del rey Salomón, a film by the acclaimed director Carlos Saura, in CIS 1048, 6-8 p.m. This highly unusual film offers a surreal
rendering of a fictional encounter between the Spanish film director Luis Buñuel, the poet Federico García Lorca, and the surrealist painter Salvador Dalí. For more information click here.

April 1, 2011, WLE RESEARCH COLLOQUIUM, co-sponsored by the Humanities Institute and the USF chapter of Phi Sigma Iota, International Honor Society.  Visiting scholars, graduate students and advanced undergraduates are invited to present their research. For more Information click here.

To view the schedule of presentations click here.

April 8, 2011, Theory Talk (Series I). In memory of Dr. Warren Hampton World Languages invites you to the first of a series of talks designed to provide our graduate students, and others from the Humanities discipline, with a deeper understanding of contemporary theoretical approaches to Literature, Art and Culture in general.

In memory of Dr. Warren Hampton World Languages invites you to the first of a series of talks designed to provide our graduate students, and others from the Humanities discipline, with a deeper understanding of contemporary theoretical approaches to Literature, Art and Culture in general.

DATE: Friday: April 8 Hour: 2pm - 4pm Room: 459 (4th floor, Cooper Hall). The program will feature four speakers in the first hour presenting on the following topics:

  • Dr. Victor Peppard. Chair WLE. Professor, Russian: “Key concepts of Mikhail Bakhtin”.
  • Dr. Harry Vanden. Professor, Political Sciences “Marxists Thinkers: Gramsci and Mariategui”.
  • Dr. Madeline Cámara. Professor, Latin American Literature: “Remembering Foucault”.
  • Dr. Christine Probes. Professor, French: “Eclectic Approaches to a World of Words and Images”.

Q & A from the students will follow after a short break with refreshments provided by our host: The Literary Theory Class - SPW 5934.

The session will be conducted in English.

March 11-12, 2011, TAW2

The 2nd Annual Tampa Workshop on Syntax, Semantics, and Phonology (TAW 2) will take place on March 11-12, 2011, at the University of South Florida in Tampa. For more information click here.

Wednesday, December 1, 2010--Poetry Event in Honor of and for Graduate Students of World Languages and other Departments
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Monday, November 29--Spanish and French Research Expo. Poster presentations on a variety of subjects by M.A. students in French and Spanish. Read more ...

USF Spanish and Latin American Movies Series -- Wednesday, November 3, 2010
BSN 2205, 2 p.m. Read more ...

Study Abroad in Argentina Information Session – Wednesday, November 3, 2010
USF invites you to learn about the opportunity of a lifetime in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Join Dr. Pablo Brescia for a study abroad information session for his summer 2011 program. He will describe how you can make the world your classroom and gain applied experience in Spanish language, culture, and politics through the lens of some of Argentina's greatest literature.
CPR 459, 5:00 PM – 6:30 PM

Oktoberfest 2010
Friday, Oct. 22, 8:30pm
Marshall Center Room 3707

German Culture Club is having Oktoberfest.
Come out and join us!
We will have lots of free food and beverages, fun games, and music. You will also get the opportunity to practice your German with other students, as well as learn more about German culture and language.

USF Film Expert Sheds Light On Restored Metropolis

TAMPA, Fla. (Aug. 20, 2010) – Science-fiction blockbusters like Blade Runner, The Matrix, The 5th Element and Dark City can all trace their lineage to the 1927 silent film classic Metropolis...

“The film tapped into the German Zeitgeist of that era, featuring in its narrative and highlighting in its visuals a dystopian vision of dehumanizing machines, a transgressive fembot (gynoid), class warfare, and a generational conflict transposed from the Expressionistic theater onto the screen,” said Margit Grieb, a professor in the Department of World Languages, who regularly teaches a course on silent German film at USF.
 
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