The first annual Department of Modern Languages and Literatures Study Abroad Photo Contest has concluded. Fifteen students who participated in an exchange or study abroad sent in pictures and a one line description. Voting took place on the Department's website. Over 1000 votes were cast. First place went to Nicola Paviglianiti, second place to Julia Philips and third place to Roberta Lindal. Thank you to all students who participated. Please click here to be taken to the article from Western News about our contest winners.
Mitsume Fukui, instructor of Japanese 1036 and 2260 was awarded the USC Award of Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching.
Alena Robin, professor of Hispanic Studies is one of three recipients of this year's SSHRC Insight Grant.
A graduate of the Comparative Literature PhD program, Roberta Cauchi Santoro discusses the history of Downtown in this article from the October 24th to November 6th, 2013 issue of Scene Magazine.
The Cultureplex research lab inside University College is inspiring unique collaborations between traditional humanities projects and homegrown technology that's changing the way cultural, human experiences are being explored. Read more about the CulturePlex and Digital Humanities in the article from the Londoner.
Western's new Italian Major was featured in Panoram Italia Magazine Toronto in the June/July 2013 issue. Read the article here. In January 2013, the Italian program at Western University celebrated a long-awaited event: the introduction of a new Major in Italian Language and Culture. The new Program responds to a growing demand from students interested in the language and culture of Italy, and is an important addition to the existing modules in which language instruction is already offered up to fourth year. The Italian program focuses on the centrality of 2 millennia of Italian genius to the shaping of today’s Europe and North America. Drawing on a unique interdisciplinary, cross-cultural approach, the program explores Italy from a broad range of interests and critical perspectives. Students are introduced to the literature, arts, theatre, cinema, and politics of Italy , examining their role in the forging and narrating of the country’s past and gaining an awareness of their legacy on the present, both within and beyond national borders .
The new Digital Humanities program at Western is already making an impact on the world around us. Students from the Digital Humanities 2121G course took a class project outside of the classroom and are looking to add more trees to the forest city. Please click here to read the full article.
Hispanic Studies PhD candidate, Juan Sanchez, is a core member on the movement to support the Indigenous World Forum on Water and Peace! The group has put together and published a multicultural anthology on Water. For more information on this project, please see the Indigenous Message on Water here.
One of our senior Spanish students in the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures, Massiel Ubillus, worked with Spanish students at Lucas High School this past spring. The high school students were studying the book Un grabado de Goya with the help of Massiel. At the end of the term, the students showed their understanding of the book by developing their own "trailer" for the book. View the trailer here.
The Spanish Undergraduate program celebrated the annual Noche Heretica with performances by students and their TAs. For more pictures of the evening, please click here.
Held annually at the University of Toronto on March 23, 2013. There were 46 participants from 8 institutions. Western was well represented by students Alexis Marie Milne and Yuming Tang performing Korean Pop song Trouble Maker. Five students from Western participated. Three from Korean 1030 competed in the Beginner's category of the speech contest: Mengke Geng, Tracey Yip , and Wenjie Yang. Hanyu Geng competed in the Intermediate competition and placed second, and Jason Kwon placed 3rd in the open category. This year's grand prize winner was Wenjie Yang from our Korean 1030 course. Wenjie won a place in the 2013 Summer Regular Program at Korea University in Seoul, Korea. Congratulations to all students!
As voted on by the readers of the Spanish language Magazine Latino! For more information please see the article here.
The 31st Ontario Japanese Speech Contest was held on March 2, 2013 at the University of Toronto. Of the thirty-nine contestants from universities across Ontario, Samantha D'Silva won a Special Prize. Samantha competed in the Intermediate Category, but the prize that she was selected for is chosen from all the categories together, rather than from one category. The title of her speech was "Kansai-ben is Super Fun!" - Let's Learn about Dialects". There were three other contestants from Western. In the Beginner's category - Youchen Yao and Guanpeng Zhang. In the Advanced Category - Jayden Yang. All four participants from Western delivered excellent speeches, and The Department of Modern Languages and Literatures would like to recognize all of them for their efforts!
Congratulations go out to Samantha D'Silva, a student in Japanese 2260, who won a Special Prize for her speech.
Congratulations go out to Javier de la Rosa, a PhD student in Hispanic Studies. Javier won a Graphie in the category of Most Innovative Educational Graph Application for his work with the CulturePlex. For more information on Javier's award, please click here. For further information on the Graphies and other winners, please see this link.
opens on March 1 at the Arts Project, and is certain to be of interest to all in the Arts and Humanities as well as the Faculty of Music. Colleen Thibodeau, wife of London poet-playwright James Reaney, was a prolific poet in her own right as well as a diarist and avid letter-writer. "Colleeening" is a musical and dramatic work created from Thibodeau's writings by London's rising director-writer Adam Holowitz; Its cast of two actors and two singers present a tapestry of Thibodeau's eventful outer and inner lives, alternating dramatic readings--filled with Thibodeau's idiosyncratic impressions of London and the many literary figures in her life (such as Northrop Frye)--with original musical settings of Thibodeau's vividly colourful and often emotionally intense verse.
It's a celebration of imagination, individuality and life!
March 1, 2, 6, 7, 8, 9 at 8pm
March 2, 9 at 2pm
The Arts Project, 203 Dundas Street
Box Office 519-642-2767
Students and Seniors $10
Come enjoy a free screening of the film Feel the Wind
Thursday, November 1st, 2012, 7pm
Western Film, 2nd level of the UCC
Click here for more information.
The Film Series in Spanish, German, Arabic and Italian are underway for the 2012-2013 Academic year. Please see the Film Series web page for more information.
The Department of Modern Languages and Literatures is offering conversation groups in Arabic, German, Italian and Spanish. Conversation groups are open to people of all levels who are interested in keeping up their speaking skills. Please see the Conversation Groups web page for more information.
Interested in what is happening within the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures? Want to know who is presenting talks or papers? Then take a look at our latest Department News Letter. ModNews issue number 69.