Events

Charismatic Politics and the People in the Cultural Revolution: The Mao Cult According to Alain Badiou

Comparative Literature Lecture Series
Oct 22, 2018
12:15 PM to 01:15 PM
102 Kern

Ban Wang, Stanford University

In Conversation with Luiz Ruffato

Lecture
Oct 24, 2018
01:25 PM to 02:30 PM
110 Walker

Luiz Ruffato, Contemporary Brazilian Novelist 

Contemporary Brazilian writer Luiz Ruffato won the Prêmio Machado de Assis for his 2001 novel Eles eram muito cavalos, which has been translated into five languages, including English, Spanish, and Italian. His five-volume series Inferno Provisório (2005-2011) aims to fictionalize twentieth-century experiences of the Brazilian working class. His 2013 novel Domingos sem Deus received the Casa de las Américas prize. He has organized anthologies of women’s writing and contemporary fiction, been a visiting writer at UC Berkeley, and written opinion pieces for the Brazilian edition of El País. His most recent publication is the 2018 short story collection A Cidade Dorme.

Co-sponsored by the Center for Global Studies.

Kak ia provel etim letom / How I Ended This Summer

Russian Film Series
Oct 24, 2018
06:15 PM to 08:00 PM
Foster Auditorium, Paterno Library

"Kak ia provel etim letom" or, "How I Ended This Summer" is a film by Aleksey Popogrebskiy.

“A polar station on a desolate island in the Arctic Ocean. Sergei, a seasoned meteorologist, and Pavel, a recent college graduate, are spending months in complete isolation on the once strategic research base. Pavel receives an important radio message and is still trying to find the right moment to tell Sergei, when fear, lies and suspicions start poisoning the atmosphere...” —summary by the Koktebel Film Company (source:  https://www.imdb.com/title/tt1588875/). The film won numerous international awards, including the Silver Bear for Best Actor (Berlin), Outstanding Artistic Achievement in Category “Camera” (Yerevan, Armenia) and Best Film at the 46th Chicago International Film Festival.

Co-sponsored by the Center for Global Studies.

The Islamic Empire in the Literature of Southeastern Europe

Comparative Literature Lecture Series
Oct 29, 2018
12:15 PM to 01:15 PM
102 Kern

Eralda Lameborshi, Stephen F. Austin State University

PHUNC VI: A Timeline of Exploration

Nov 02, 2018 12:00 PM to
Nov 04, 2018 01:00 PM
State College, PA

PHUNC VI: A Timeline of Exploration will take place from November 2 through November 4, 2018 in State College, PA. With ten crisis-style committees staffed by over 60 Penn State students, we offer something for everyone. Whether you are interested in honing in on your debate skills, learning how to write effective crisis notes, or simply getting to try our famous Creamery ice cream, you will have a truly memorable weekend.

Learn more and register at www.phunc.psiada.org.

Co-sponsored by the Center for Global Studies.

Title TBD

Comparative Literature Lecture Series
Nov 05, 2018
12:15 PM to 01:15 PM
102 Kern

Andy Galloway, Cornell University

FLAS Information Session

Nov 06, 2018
01:00 PM to 02:30 PM
463 Burrowes

Does Linguistic Environment Matter? Exploring the Effects of Speech Community Diffuseness in Perceptual Learning

CGS Brown Bag Lecture Series
Nov 07, 2018
12:15 PM to 01:15 PM
25 Burrowes

Alexander McAllister, Penn State 

In an increasingly interconnected world, contact with dialects other than our own is widespread. In recognizing these dialects, perceivers are highly sensitive to variation in sound categories. The process in which a perceiver adapts to a novel production of a sound category is typically described as perceptual learning (Norris et al., 2003), a process in which atypical sounds in the speech of an unfamiliar talker are “mapped” onto familiar ones. Generalizing this learning from one speaker to another has been found to be elusive. Perceivers are quite capable of adapting to idiosyncratic speech, but less so at learning to correlate such variation to groups of speakers.

In this talk, McAllister asks whether the dialectal makeup of a speech community affects the generalization process in perceptual learning. He hypothesizes that experience with greater dialect diversity will lead listeners to consider the possibility that unfamiliar sound features produced by speakers belong to a previously unencountered dialect variety. He will present preliminary findings from a perceptual learning paradigm task in which participants were exposed to two speakers producing a nonce Spanish dialect, being trained in one voice and tested in the other. Participants came from Spanish speaking populations from two US institutions (Penn State and UC Riverside) representing relatively heterogeneous and homogeneous dialectal speech communities respectively, and were hypothesized to differ in how they treat variation. 

FLAS Information Session

Nov 09, 2018
02:00 PM to 03:30 PM
463 Burrowes

Title TBD

Comparative Literature Lecture Series
Nov 12, 2018
12:15 PM to 01:15 PM
102 Kern

Erica Beckman, University of Pennsylvania

Thinking through the Counter-Colony: Chief Sam and the Logistics of African American Migration to Ghana, 1912-1917

CGS Brown Bag Lecture Series
Nov 14, 2018
12:00 PM to 01:00 PM
25 Burrowes

Ebony Coletu, Penn State

Title TBD

Comparative Literature Lecture Series
Nov 26, 2018
12:15 PM to 01:15 PM
102 Kern

Jill Stockwell, Princeton University

Title TBD

Comparative Literature Lecture Series
Dec 03, 2018
12:15 PM to 01:15 PM
102 Kern

German Campos-Munoz, Appalachian State University

Representing the Poor and Disabled in Literature and Art: The Contradictions of Class and Transclass

Lecture
Dec 03, 2018
02:30 PM to 03:30 PM
TBD

Lennard Davis, University of Illinois

Co-sponsored by the Center for Global Studies

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