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Events Calendar 2012


  •  November 1, 2012: Portland2Portland Documentary Screening with Italian Journalist Beppe Severgnini. The documentary is about the journey that Beppe Severgnini and German journalist Karl Hoffmann undertook from the Atlantic to the Pacific across the United States to see how Americans are experiencing the electoral season at 7:00-9:00 at Hannan 106
  • November 5, 2012:  At 5:00-7:00pm., Hannan 108: The Certificate in European Studies is sponsoring a faculty roundtable on the question “Why Europe? Why European Studies?” Participants in the roundtable will be Arpad von Klimo (History), Dorle Hellmuth (Politics), Attila Freska (Business and Economics, Daniel Garcia Donoso (MLL), Nora Heimann (Art). The moderator will be Claudia Bornholdt, Dir. Certificate in European Studies and Chair, Dept. of Modern Languages & Literatures.
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  • November 7, 2012: At 5:10-6:00 pm. “Changing Lives through Education.” Part of the Hispanic Civic and Global Engagement series. Presenter: Dr. Hugo Galindo, Assistant Principal,The Carlos Rosario International Charter School.
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  • November 19, 2012: At 5:15 pm. The 24th Robert N. Nicolich Memorial Lecture: Dr. Susan Pinkard, Georgetown University: “French Cooking in the Long Seventeenth Century: Versailles to Louisiana.” McGivney 106

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  • November 28, 2012: At 5:00 pm. “The End of Mexico: The Crisis Narrative in Mexican Cultural History,” by Mark Anderson, University of Georgia.

    • October 25, 26 and 27, 2012: Elsa Morante And The Italian Arts Conference.

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    October 3, 2012:  
    Hispanic Civic and Global Engagement Series: “Health and Legal Service Opportunities at CUA.” Presenters: Jennifer Maxwell, Juan Muñoz, Angelo Gomez, and Stacy Brustin. Sponsored by CUA’s Modern Languages and Literatures, and Latin American and Latino Studies. 5:10-6:00 pm. Hannan 108. Reception following presentation

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  • October 6-7, 2012: Immersion Weekend
  • October 9, 2012: Grillfest, Pryz Lawn
  • October 9, 2012: " Surfing Venice and Its Splendors" Info session on Spring Break trip to Venice at 6:00-7:00pm, Pryz 331
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  • October 10, 2012:Learn how to cook a Spanish dish, at 5:30 P.M., Opus Hall
  •  October 15, 2012: “Venice through Canaletto’s Eyes”, A lecture by David Alan Brown, National Gallery of Art
    McGivney Auditorium
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  • October 17, 2012: At 6:30 p.m

Granito Film Screening
Filmmakers Pamela Yates and Paco de Onís in Attendance!
108 Hannan Hall, The Catholic University of America

"GRANITO is a story of destinies joined by Guatemala’s past, and how a documentary film intertwined with a nation’s turbulent history emerges as an active player in the present. Each of the five main characters whose destinies collide in GRANITO are connected by the Guatemala of 1982, then engulfed in a war where a genocidal “scorched earth” campaign by the military exterminated nearly 200,000 Maya people." (GRANITO Website)

Presented by the Department of Media Studies
Co-sponsored by the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures, the Department of Politics, the Department of Sociology, and the Institute for Policy Research & Catholic Studies

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  • October 21, 2012: At 2:00-4:00 p.m. Law School lawn. CUA World Cup, with participation by Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Italian, and Spanish language groups
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  • September 10, 2012 at 5:00 - 7:00 P.M

"What Languages Can Do for You" by Dr. Claudia Bornholdt, The Chair of Department of Modern Languages and Literatures

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  • September 11, 2012: Weekly Kaffeestunde starts! 3:30-4:30pm, Pryz Starbucks 
  • September 13, 2012: Education Abroad Fair, 11am- 2pm
  • September 17, 2012: Starting at 5 pm: "Spanglish" at Pryzbyla Center 323. Part of the Hispanic Heritage Month Celebrations at CUA (refreshments served at the end).
  • September 17, 2012: Culture Activity – Baking with Heidelberg Bakery, 5pm
  • September 19, 2012: Bus tour of Washington in German
  • September 21, 2012: Austrian Embassy “Schnitzler and the Birth of Film”, 7:30pm
  • September 27, 2012: Spanish Conversation Hour Starts, at 4:30 to 5:30pm. 
    First Meeting: Lounge, 1st Floor, Pryzbyla Center

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May 2, 12:10, MCM 208

Modern Languages End-of-the Year PARTY! Come share some sunshine with your colleagues in Modern Languages & Literatures as we celebrate the end of the academic year at 12:15. (Right after the Modern Languages block exam time)

May 1st

Final Exam 

>April 18, 8:00 PM,  Pryzbyla Center, Great Room C

Nathalie Handal Poetry reading & discussion.
Reception and book signing to follow

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> April 17, 5:15 PM,  McMahon 200
Nora Heimann, Associate Professor of Art History and Chair of Dept. of Art at CUA
A festive birthday party: an illustrated talk commemorating the 600th Anniversary of the Birth of Joan of Arc

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>April 11, 5:15PM, McGivney Auditorium

7th Annual Frank R. Mastrangelo Lecture
Professor Stanislao Pugliese, Queensboro Unico Distinguished Professor of Italian and Italian American Studies at Hofstra University, will deliver the 7th Annual Frank R. Mastrangelo Lecture entitled "Wrestling with Two Angels: Ignazio Silone, Communism and the Catholic Church."
A reception will follow

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> April 10 , 2012, at 4:10 pm Hannan Hall 108


Documentary film Leaving La Floresta

This film chronicles the story of a Colombian family wrongfully displaced, caught between armed groups and a war on drugs. It also tells the story of Give Us Names and how they are working to provide solutions for displaced farmers living amidst the violent conflict.

Following the film (45 minutes), you will hear from the founders of Give Us Names about their experiences in Colombia and the mission of their organization.

> March 27, 5:00 PM, Hannan Hall 108

Prof. Louis Imperiale, University of Missouri-Kansas City
“Francesca and Melibea: Love beyond Hell?”
Women question the theological sacrament of marriage and its homocentric regulations. Francesca and Melibea are sinners because they reject unconditionally marriage as a socio-religious contract (constraint). They propose rather natural and mutual feelings created by spontaneity and personal desire without intromission of a third party.

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> March 26,  4:00 - 6:00 PM, Hannan Hall 106

Gigliola Sulis, University of Leeds
Lecture title: "The region and the nation: representation of Sicily in Andrea Camilleri’s detective novels."
After a long career as a theatre director an TV producer, in the late 1990s Andrea Camilleri (1925) has become the most popular and acclaimed Italian writer, thanks to a series of detective novels set in Vigàta, «the most invented village of the most typical Sicily» (Tesio, 1996). Camilleri’s writing is characterised by a peculiar use of the Italian language, enriched via strong injections of popular and regional Italian as spoken in Sicily, Sicilian dialect, and scattered borrowings from foreign languages.
These detective novels were turned into a successful TV fiction by the national broadcasting company, RAI (1999 and following), and their protagonist, police commissioner Salvo Montalbano, is now a very familiar face for the Italian audience.
This talk will look at the elements of regionalism in Montalbano’s novels and the ways in which Camilleri offers a revised notion of a polycentric Italian national identity at the beginning of the twentieth-first century.

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> March 22,  3:00 PM, Curly Hall

The French Embassy will present Dr. Grimbert with the Palmes académiques

> March 21, 8:00 PM, Great Room A

Danny Costello presents a lecture on his novel 'The Rag Tree'

 > March 19, 8:00 PM, Pryz 342

Colin Laverty speaks about 'The Troubles' in Ireland

> March 19,  4:10-5:00 PM, Hannan Hall 108

Hispanic Civic and Global Engagement Talk Series presentations : "A National Perspective on Hispanic Demographics and Immigration

Organization: Brookings Institution
Presenter: Dr. Audrey Singer, Senior Fellow, Metropolitan Policy Program

>  March 17, Irish Week, Monday Mar 12 - St Patrick's Day

The CUA Gaels will be distributing pamphlets each day on topics related to Ireland!
T-Shirts for sale.

> March 14, 4:00 - 6:00 PM, McGivney Auditorium

Annual Crisafulli Lecture

Prof. Jill Smith, Bowdoin College. "Courtroom Dramas & Cross-National Romance"

> March 12, 8:00 PM, Pryz 342

Colin Laverty speaks about 'The Troubles' in Ireland

> March 8, 4:00 PM Biblioteca Nazionale Centrale di Roma Sala Macchia Viale Castro Pretorio, 105 Roma
Presentazione del volume Quella difficile identità
Ebraismo e rappresentazioni letterarie della Shoahdi  di Stefania Lucamante. For Flyer

> March 6, 4:00 PM Università degli Studi - Aula Motzo Via Is Mirrionis, 1 - Cagliari
Presentazione del volume Quella difficile identità Ebraismo e rappresentazioni letterarie della Shoah di Stefania Lucamante. For Flyer
> February 25,  8:00 PM, Pryz Great Room, International Festival

Noche de Gala Latina

> February 24, International Festival
Campus Ministry House Event – Trip to Baltimore Symphony

February 23, 3.30PM, Pryz 321

Samba and Son : The Formation of National Identity in Brazil and Cuba Lecture by Prof. Daniel E. Colón, Director of Undergraduate Studies in Spanish  For Flyer

> February 23, International Festival

  • Embassy Admissions Breakfast : 10.00am – Pryz 321
  • International Bazaar featuring Embassy Row :11:30am-2:00pm – Pryz Great Room 

> February 22, International Festival
Ash Wednesday – Rosary in other languages possibly

> February 21, International Festival
  • Engineering Cultures – 12:00pm-2:00pm – Scullen Room Groups will have food and presentation
  •  Mardi Gras – 7:30pm – 10:00pm – Pryz Great Room B

Sponsored by French Club, Italian Culture and Heritage Club, Spanish Club, German Club, and Program Board
- Student orgs going to SFAB for budget today
- Masquerade Ball – first time ever doing it all together

> February 20; 4:10-5:00 PM, Hannan Hall 108

Getting to Know CUA's Hispanic Neighbors”
Organization: CUA’s School of Architecture and Planning
Presenter: Dr. Dwayne Guthrie; Associate Professor of City Planning Practice

Dr. Guthrie will talk on Washington DC's area growing Hispanic presence. Getting to know CUA's Hispanic neighbors is a first step to identify the needs of this important population and the enriching cultural impact on our surrounding.  For Flyer

> February 8, 5:00 - 7:30 PM, Pryz Great Room

"Chinese Night: A Celebration of Lunar New Year"

> February 7, 7:00 PM, McM 202

German Honors Society, Delta Phi Alpha Induction Ceremony
Induction of new members and lecture (in German) by Dr. Michael Kimmage, Dept. of History CUA

> January 30, 2012 Pryzbyla Center 351, 11:00 - 12:30

"Imagining the Holocaust: History, Literature, Trauma"

A conversation with Stefania Lucamante (Modern Languages) and Michael Kimmage (History); Jerry Muller (History) moderator

On the anniversary of the January liberation of Auschwitz in 1945, Michael Kimmage (history) and Stefania Lucamante (Italian studies) will discuss Europe's greatest twentieth-century trauma, the Holocaust, and the presence of this history in literature. Professors Lucamante and Kimmage will address the Holocaust in European and American literature, moving between the Holocaust as lived experience and the Holocaust as imagined experience, between this tragedy as a milestone of modern European history and as the most significant event not to have happened in American history, though of great concern to Americans. Their broader theme will be the relationship of literature to history, and of history to literature.

> January 27, 1:10:00 - 2:00PM, McMahon 202

Prof. Gaetana Marrone, Princeton University, “"History, Power, Politics: The Construction of Reality in Francesco Rosi’s Cinema”

> January 20, 4:00 - 6:00PM, 323 Pryz

The Cercle Francais is having a "Three Kings" party with the traditional French Galette des Rois. Free food and drinks

> January 18, 2012 German Club Meeting, Pryz 321
> Starting on Tue Jan-17-2012. Repeat every week on Tue until Thu May-03-2012. PRYZ 321

Tabine, Kamaleddine,
Phone 202-319-5240

The Arabic Table is a weekly informal meet up in Arabic at the Catholic University of America. This series includes social, cultural and academic discussions about the Arabic-speaking world and is led by faculty, students, visiting scholars and guests. The opinions of the speakers are their own.

> January 12, 2012 German Kaffeestunde

> January 9, 2012 First Day of Classes



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