Saturday, February 28, 2015

Dr. Nicole Rudolph

I just want to inform you that Nicole  will be participating, on behalf of Adelphi and our International Studies Program and the Department, in the College and University Educator's Workshop at the Council for Foreign Relations Thursday, April 16 and Friday, April 17.

Congratulations Nicole!

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Experiences of Faculty of Color at Predominately White Institutions, February 25 UC 201

Dr. Raysa Amador, Professor and Chair, Languages, Literatures and Cultures engages in dialogue about creating welcoming communities in academia. Other participants: Prof. Carol Ann Daniel - Prof. Sidney Boquiren with facilitators by Dr. Perry Greene and Sandra Castro.

Saturday, February 14, 2015

Many Languages, One World programme

Dear Madam, Sir 

The United Nations Academic Impact (UNAI), in collaboration with ELS Educational Services, Inc., (ELS) invites students, 18 years and older, who are enrolled in a full-time course of study at a college or university, to participate in an essay contest through the Many Languages, One World programme (“Many Languages”, available at A Memorandum of Understanding on this was signed today by the acting Head of the Department of Public Information, Maher Nasser, and the President and CEO of ELS , Mark Harris.

Thanks greatly to your help and support, the first such contest this year was a remarkable success, with sixty students from around the world qualifying to participate in a Global Youth Forum at UNHQ and, as Maher noted, speak from the very rostrum at which their heads of State and government addressed the General Assembly.

This year, the essay should relate to the post-2015 global development agenda, in the context of the 70th anniversary of the United Nations, and the definition of new goals reflecting the imperative of global sustainable development that recognises, and is enriched by, cultural and linguistic diversity. Entries, of up to 2000 words in length should be in an official language of the United Nations that is not the first language of the Entrant or the principal language of instruction in his or her primary or secondary education.

In recognition of UN70, this year's contest has as a theme "Seventy for Seventy"; there will be a total of seventy winners , ten in each of the six official United Nations languages and an additional 10 chosen on merit from the remaining entries in all languages. These Winners will be invited to New York to participate in a series of events during the week of July 20-26, 2015. These events will include a Global Youth Forum on the sustainable development agenda in the context of multilingualism, cultural diversity and global citizenship at United Nations Headquarters, preceded by a preparatory students' conference at Adelphi University sponsored and arranged by ELS Educational Services, Inc.

I attach the detailed rules of the contest, together with the release form all entrants are required to submit. In addition to this, a Faculty Member or other representative authorized by the institution will be required to complete a Reference Form attesting that the Entrant is a current full-time student of the institution in good standing, that the essay is written in a language that is not the Entrant’s first language or the principal language of instruction during the Entrant’s primary or secondary education, and that the entry is the original, unaided work of the entrant.

We would be grateful if you could disseminate word of this contest widely; Daniela Sinobad ( and I remain available for any queries or clarifications.

With thanks, regards, and all good wishes for the new year,
Arthur Georges (
On behalf of the UNAI Team

Friday, February 13, 2015

Celebrating the
New Global Wave of Ibero American.


WHEN   February 20 & 27; March 6 & 27; April 3, 2015.
WHERE                  Adelphi University. Science Building (SCB). Room 321. 6:30 pm
1 South Avenue, Garden City (NY) 11530.
Contact: Dr. Ana Simon Alegre,

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 20, 2015. 6:30 pm.
7 BOXES (7 Cajas). Presented by: Dr. Pepa Anastasio (Hofstra University).
Juan Carlos Maneglia, Tana Schémbori / Paraguay / 105 min / 2014 / In Spanish, Guaraní, and Korean with English subtitles
It’s Friday night in Asunción, Paraguay, and the tempera­ture is sweltering. Víctor, a 17-year-old wheelbarrow deliv­ery boy, dreams of becoming fa­mous and covets a fancy TV set in the infamous Mercado 4. He’s offered a chance to deliver seven boxes with unknown con­tents in exchange for a quick one hundred US dollars. But what sounds like an easy job soon gets complicated. Some­thing in the boxes is highly coveted and Víctor and his pursuers quickly find themselves caught up in a crime they know nothing about. Reminiscent of Slumdog Millionaire, 7 Boxes was declared of Cultural Interest by the Na­tional Secretary of Culture of Paraguay.
FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 27, 2015. 6:30 pm.
YVY MARAEY:LAND WITHOUT EVIL Presented by Wladimir Chávez Vaca(Ostfold University College-NYU).
Juan Carlos Valdivia / Bolivia / 105 min / 2014 / Spanish and Guaraní with English Subtitles 
A Bolivian filmmaker and a Guaraní indian travel together through the forests of South Eastern Bolivia with the intention of making a film about the Guarani People. The starting point is a 1911 film by Swedish explorer Erland Nordenskiöld. But today’s reality turns out to be much more intense than the nostalgia for a lost world. In Yvy Maraey, the white man (the director) and the Indian create and interpret their own characters, walking the thin line between documentary, fiction, and performance. Far from observing another culture, we are watched and questioned about our identity in a country undergoing enormous social, political, and historical change as it struggles to create an intercultural society. Yvy Maraey is a quest for the knowledge within, seen through the eyes of the other. The learning comes from listening, which is another form of seeing. The film combines reality with an epic tale of a heroic indigenous nation.
FRIDAY, MARCH 6, 2015. 6:30 pm.
BLACK BREAD (Pa Negre). Presented by Juan Carlos Moraga (Stony Brook U.)

Agustí Villaronga / Spain / 108 min / 2011 / Catalan with English subtitles
Andreu, comes across the bodies of a father and son in the forest; leaning over the dying boy, Andreu hears him whisper “Pitorliu”—the name of a monster supposedly haunting local caves. But the real monsters in this brilliant adaptation of Emil Teixidor’s novel are the local Fascists, who keep close watch on the family of Andreu and other Republican sympathizers—and who think Andreu’s father might know more about these murders than he admits. Reminiscent of Pan's Labyrinth and adored by audience and critics alike, Black Bread won an unheard of number of prizes, including 9 Goya Awards. Spanish selection for the 2011 Academy Awards for Best Foreign Film.

FRIDAY, MARCH 27, 2015. 6:30 pm.
WHO IS DAYANI CRISTAL? (¿Quién es Dayani Cristal?) Presented by Sandra Castro (Adelphi University).
Marc Silver / Mexico, USA / 85 min / 2014 / English and Spanish with English subtitles 
Deep in the sun-blistered Sonora desert beneath a cicada tree, Arizona border police discover a decomposing male body. Lifting a tattered T-shirt they expose a tattoo that reads “Dayani Cristal.” Who is this person? What brought him here? How did he die? And who—or what—is Dayani Cristal? Following a team of dedicated forensic anthropologists from the Pima County Morgue in Arizona, director Marc Silver seeks to answer these questions and give this anonymous man an identity. As the forensic investigation unfolds, Mexican actor and activist Gael Garcia Bernal retraces this man’s steps along the migrant trail in Central America. In an effort to understand what it must have felt like to make this final journey, he embeds himself among migrant travelers on their own mission to cross the border. He experiences first-hand the dangers they face and learns of their motivations, hopes and fears. As we travel north, these voices from the other side of the border wall give us a rare insight into the human stories, which are so often ignored in the immigration debate. Winner of the Sundance 2013 Cinematography award and nominated in the World Documentary Competition, Who Is Dayani Cristal? shows how one life becomes testimony to the tragic results of the U.S. war on immigration.
FRIDAY, APRIL 3, 2015. 6:30 pm.
BAD HAIR. Presented by Dr. Anna Shilova (Hunter College).
Mariana Rondón / Venezuela / 93 min / 2013 / Spanish with English subtitles 
A nine-year-old boy’s preening obsession with straightening his hair elicits a tidal wave of homophobic panic in his hard-working mother, in this tender but clear-eyed coming-of-age tale. Junior is a beautiful boy, with big brown eyes, a delicate frame, and a head of luxurious dark curls. But Junior aches to straighten those curls to acquire a whole new look befitting his emerging fantasy image of himself as a long-haired singer. As the opportunity approaches to have his photo taken for the new school year, that ache turns into a fiery longing. Junior’s mother, Marta, is barely hanging on. The father of her children has died, she recently lost her job as a security guard, and she now struggles to put a few arepas on the table for Junior and his baby brother. Junior doesn’t even know yet what it means to be gay, but the very notion prompts Marta to set out to “correct” Junior’s condition before it fully takes hold. This is a story of people doing what they feel they have to, partly out of fear, but also out of love.” - Diana Vargas, Toronto International Film Festival.

The Spanish Film Club series was made possible with the support of Pragda, The Ministry of Education, Culture and Sports of Spain, and SPAIN arts & culture.

  PRAGDA, the Ministerios de Ecucación, Cultura y Departe, Gobierno de Espan