Department of French, Italian and Spanish
It is with great pleasure that we report that Sélom Gbanou and Rachel Schmidt have received excellence awards from the Faculty of Graduate Studies, the GREATsupervisor Awards.
This award is presented to faculty members who have demonstrated excellence in supervision; mastery and enthusiasm in their subject area; creativity, versatility and fairness in teaching; and an engaging rapport with students.
Dr. Gbanou and Dr. Schmidt obtained the recognition for their hard work and dedication supervising students in the MA and PhD programs. A reception was held to express thanks and appreciation to all recipients.
Dr. Gbanou’s research interests include postcolonial studies, theatre, visual arts, francophone African literature, and literary theories. He is also the founder and editor of the Francophone studies journal Palabres.
Dr. Schmidt is an internationally recognized Cervantes scholar; she also engages in research in early-modern Spanish literature, the relation between visual arts and literature, and literary theory.
We are very pleased to invite you to the events of El mes de la hispanidad in October. The events will include an array of cultural activities, including lectures on Cervantes by leading scholars, Dr. Rachel Schmidt and Dr. Kenneth Brown; dance performances by groups (Así es Colombia, México Mestizo, Sabores de flamenco and Venezuela Canadian Association of Calgary: Cantares); Flamenco and Salsa dance workshops, a cultural exhibition of cultural goods Latin America and Spain and a film screening by director Sebastián Borensztein. Please see the poster for specific details on the upcoming events. El mes de la hispanidad has been organized by Melania Pascual, the Coordinator at the Aula Cervantes, and Dr. Elizabeth Montes and Dr. Fresia Sánchez of our department.
El mes de la hispanidad is presented by the Department of French, Italian and Spanish and the Instituto Cervantes, in collaboration with Spain Arts and Culture, the Latin American Research Centre and several partners and sponsors.
You are cordially invited to the Wordfest events Hispanic Voices and Italian Voices on Friday, October 16, featuring two acclaimed writers reading from their recent works.
At 11:00 am in the CIBC Hub (Rozsa Centre), Italian author Giuseppe Catozzella will present Non dirmi che hai paura, translated to English as Don’t Tell Me You are Afraid. In this novel, Catozzella tells the true story of Samia Yusuf Omar, a young Somali athlete who three years after participating in the Beijing Olympics in 2008, drowns off the coast of Sicily in an attempt to reach Europe to train for the London Olympics of 2012.
At 12:00 pm in Murray Fraser Hall 3360, Mexican writer Juan Pablo Villalobos will read from his most recent novel, Si viviéramos en un lugar normal, translated to English as Quesadillas. In this satirical work, Villalobos serves up a wild banquet -- chock-full of inseminated cows, Polish immigrants, parading pilgrims, alien spacecraft and psychedelic watermelons.
While each event will take place in different locations, there will be a common reception at 1:00pm at the Gallery Hall of the Taylor Family Digital Library. More…
Le Cercle Benveniste is an informal linguistics club. Founded by Dr. Ozouf Amedegnato, the club is intended as an exchange forum where anyone interested in language can come by and discuss, informally and in French, issues related to linguistics. It is, in a way, a peripatetic school where participants will - just like Emile Benveniste - walk in different corners of the discipline and examine the shadows, the preconceptions, and impasses; in a nutshell, they explore different aspects of language, looking for Problems of General Linguistics. Everybody is welcome! Click for more information.
Le Cercle Benveniste est un club informel de linguistique. Il se veut un forum de discussion où toute personne s’intéressant à la linguistique peut venir échanger et débattre, informellement et en français, des questions relatives aux sciences du langage. Il s’agit, en quelque sorte, d’une école péripatéticienne où les participants vont – justement et à l’instar d’Émile Benveniste – se promener dans les différents recoins de la discipline et en interroger les zones d’ombre, les aprioris, les impasses ; bref, explorer différents aspects du langage, à la recherche de Problèmes de linguistique générale. Reinseignements.