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Jan
22
Mon
Research Talk by Dr. Felix Kronenberg @ B342 Wells Hall
Jan 22 @ 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Join CAL, CeLTA Staff, and the CeLTA Director Search Committee for a research talk by Dr. Felix Kronenberg, Associate Professor, Modern Languages and Literatures, Director of the Language Learning Center, Rhodes College, Memphis Tennessee.

Research Talk Title: The Normalization of Physical Language Learning Spaces

The basic blueprint of the physical language classroom has not changed all that much in over a century, even as new language teaching methods and approaches, new technologies, and new interdisciplinary insights into better ways to support learning have greatly advanced during that same timeframe. Therefore, it is time to address the built environment’s power over how we teach languages, the “built pedagogy,” and look critically at that classroom blueprint.

Dr. Felix Kronenberg will analyze how classrooms and other physical spaces for language learning have become so normalized that alternative designs are an exception rather than the norm. He will discuss the implications that physical spaces have for learning and teaching in general and for languages in particular, and how interdisciplinary research can lead to a reconceptualization of physical language learning space design.

Meet a Literary Agent and a Publisher @ MSU International Center, rm 115
Jan 22 @ 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
You are invited to meet a publisher and a literary agent on Monday, January 22.
  • Navah Wolfe is a Hugo and Locus Award-nominated editor at Saga Press. She is also the coeditor of Robots vs Fairies and The Starlit Wood: New Fairy Tales, which won the Shirley Jackson Award and was a finalist for the World Fantasy Award, British Fantasy Award, and the Locus Award. In 2017 she was selected as a Publishers Weekly Rising Star.
  • DongWon Song is an agent at Howard Morhaim Literary Agency representing science fiction and fantasy for adults, young adult, and middle grade readers as well as select non-fiction. He was formerly an editor at Orbit and a product manager for the ebook startup, Zola Books.
They will take part in a public conversation on the present and future of publishing, hosted by Kate Fedewa (WRAC Professor).
When: Monday, January 22, 2018, from 6:30 p.m. to roughly 8:00 p.m.
Where: International Center, room 115, on the MSU Campus
​In addition to talking about their own experiences in editing and publishing, DongWon and Navah will take questions from the audience.​
Between the Sheets: Sex in Jewish Culture @ 225 Old Horticulture
Jan 22 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Between the Sheets: Sex in Jewish Culture @ 225 Old Horticulture

In this talk, Dr. Ted Merwin, Associate Professor of Judaic Studies at Dickinson College, argues that Judaism’s characterization as a “worldly” religion in which the pleasures of the body are openly celebrated goes only part of the way to explain the ubiquitous nature of erotic themes in American Jewish culture. Tracing the use of sexual themes in an array of films, TV shows and stand-up routines—ranging from Eddie Cantor’s Whoopee and Philip Roth’s Portnoy’s Complaint to “The Contest” episode of Seinfeld and the audacious comedy of Sarah Silverman and Sacha Baron Cohen —Dr. Merwin will plumb the depths of the interest in sex in American Jewish popular entertainment to suggest that Jews opened a space for themselves in America partly through their unusual frankness and openness about sexuality.

Jan
23
Tue
CeLTA Vision Talk by Dr. Felix Kronenberg @ B135 CeLTA Space
Jan 23 @ 4:00 pm – 5:30 pm

Join CAL, CeLTA Staff, and the CeLTA Director Search Committee for a “CeLTA Vision Talk” from Dr. Felix Kronenberg, Associate Professor, Modern Languages and Literatures, Director of the Language Learning Center, Rhodes College, Memphis Tennessee.

After the Vision Talk, there will be a reception with light refreshments, during which time you can meet with Dr. Kronenberg and ask questions about his potential directorship, teaching, and research at MSU.

 

Jan
29
Mon
Research Talk by Dr. Alejandro Cuza-Blanco @ B342 Wells Hall
Jan 29 @ 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Join CAL, CeLTA Staff, and the CeLTA Director Search Committee for a research talk by Dr. Alejandro Cuza-Blanco, Professor of Spanish and Linguistics, Director of Linguistics, and Director of the Heritage Language Program in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese, Purdue University.

Research Talk Title:  The Acquisition of Spanish as a Heritage Language during Childhood: Reconciling Formal and Pedagogical Theorizing

The first part of this talk discusses the acquisition of grammatical gender and N/ADJ word order in Spanish-English bilingual children. A picture-naming task revealed overextension of the masculine form and high levels of ungrammatical word order strings. There were no significant differences by age with gender concord or N/ADJ word order. I argue that the differences found stem from a re-assembly of gender features leading to both morphological and syntactic variability. This approach conceptualizes heritage language variation along the lines of current linguistic theorizing regarding the role of innate linguistic principles and language experience. The second part of the talk discusses the role of literacy instruction in the development of reading and writing skills in young Spanish heritage children (K-4). Measures included phonological awareness, receptive vocabulary knowledge, word reading accuracy and fluency. Results showed significant gains for the treatment group across all measures. Contextualized and explicit instruction on word reading and decoding, as well as oral language and vocabulary knowledge, helped the children develop literacy skills in their L1. The study provides strong evidence towards validating the efficacy of service-learning/engagement programs aimed at facilitating early child bilingual development.

Jan
30
Tue
CeLTA Vision Talk by Dr. Alejandro Cuza-Blanco @ B135 CeLTA Space
Jan 30 @ 4:00 pm – 5:30 pm

Join CAL, CeLTA Staff, and the CeLTA Director Search Committee for a research talk by Dr. Alejandro Cuza-Blanco, Professor of Spanish and Linguistics, Director of Linguistics, and Director of the Heritage Language Program in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese, Purdue University.

After the Vision Talk, there will be a reception with light refreshments, during which time you can meet with Dr. Cuza-Blanco and ask questions about his potential directorship, teaching, and research at MSU.

 

Mar
22
Thu
Workshop with Dr. Graeme Porte: Replication Research @ A222 Wells Hall
Mar 22 @ 3:00 pm – 6:00 pm

If a job’s worth doing, it’s worth doing twice: Doing replication research

Join us for a workshop on replication research!

Dr. Graeme Porte from the University of Granada will lead us through a workshop on why replication research is important, and more importantly, how to do it well.

http://www.ugr.es/~gporte/

Sponsored by Second Language Studies
Michigan State University

Thursday, March 22, 2018 from 3-6pm
A222 Wells Hall

Everyone is invited. See the flyer/abstract for his talk here: http://sls.msu.edu/files/4715/0611/3851/PorteWorkshop.pdf

Mar
28
Wed
“Not in Kansas Any More: Holocaust Movies for Children” @ Club Spartan, Case Hall
Mar 28 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
"Not in Kansas Any More: Holocaust Movies for Children" @ Club Spartan, Case Hall  | East Lansing | Michigan | United States

DR. LAWRENCE BARON

PROFESSOR EMERITUS, SAN DIEGO STATE UNIVERSITY
FORMER NASATIR CHAIR OF MODERN JEWISH HISTORY AND DIRECTOR OF THE JEWISH STUDIES PROGRAM

As the Holocaust increasingly has been incorporated into public education, feature films, often based on juvenile Holocaust fiction or classic children’s novels are being made. This lecture looks at this trend starting with Disney’s The Devil in Vienna through The Boy in Striped Pajamas.

Sep
16
Sun
Israel at 70 Conference @ Kellogg Center
Sep 16 – Sep 17 all-day
Israel at 70 Conference @ Kellogg Center | East Lansing | Michigan | United States

To commemorate the 70th anniversary of the founding of the State of Israel and reflect on that history, the Michigan State University Jewish Studies Program is very proud to sponsor its largest academic conference ever: “Israel at 70: Complexity, Challenge, and Creativity” on September 16-17, 2018 at MSU’s Kellogg Center.

The conference brings together 40 internationally recognized scholars from Israel and the United States under one roof to discuss Israeli society, culture, politics, foreign policy, and agricultural, biomedical, water, environmental, and business innovation.

If you are interested in attending please register at https://msuisraelat70.eventbrite.com. If you have any further questions please contact Amy Shapiro at 517-432-3493.

Oct
3
Wed
Welcome Reception for WOCI Artist-in-Residence, Nanibah Chacón @ International Center, Room 303
Oct 3 @ 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Welcome Reception for WOCI Artist-in-Residence, Nanibah Chacón @ International Center, Room 303 | East Lansing | Michigan | United States

Please join us in welcoming our Fall 2018 Artist-in-Residence, Nanibah Chacon! Chacon is bringing her talent as a painter, muralist, and art educator to shine a spotlight on Indigenous voices, traditions, and ecology. The Welcome Reception will take place October 3, 2018, from 5:00-7:00p, in the International Center, Room 303.