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 .
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.
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.