Events Calendar

Spring 2018

On-campus events

INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL

March 6-8
All films in original language with subtitles

Monday, March 5    
Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon
China, 2000
6:00 pm CNS 1

Monday, March 5  
The Student
Russia, 2016
5:00 pm LARC

Tuesday, March 6
Das Versprechen 
Germany, 1995
6:30 pm CNS 207

Tuesday, March 6
Los colores de la montaña
Colombia, 2010
6:00 pm Library Multimedia Room

Thursday, March 8
Deux jours, une nuit
France, 2014
8:00 pm CNS 15

DMLL ALUMNI & CAREER PANEL

Wednesday April 18, 7p.m.
Library Multimedia Room

Alumni Panelists:

Ali Famigletti (Italian, 2014) 
Reservations Executive, Perfetto Traveler

Shawn Hassett (French and German, 2010) 
Senior International Sales, Ulbrich Steel

Klevisa Kovaci (French, 2014) 
Operations Coordinator of the Youth Assembly at the United Nations program of the organization, Friendship Ambassadors Foundation 

Jennifer Rolinson (Spanish, 2001) 
Registered Nurse, St. Vincent's Medical Center

Maria Zachery (Spanish, 1990)
K-12 World Languages Department Coordinator, Westport Public Schools

 

DENNIS LOONEY LECTURE 

Wednesday, April 11, 5p.m.
Library Multimedia Room

Esteemed scholar, author, and director of the Modern Language Association's Office of Programs Dennis Looney, PhD, will present a timely and topical lecture based on his prize-winning study, “Freedom Readers: The African American Reception of Dante Alighieri and the Divine Comedy.” The public lecture will address the profound and sustained influence of Dante’s work on African Americans works of fiction and film from the 1820s onward. 

 

Off-campus events

Prof. Sara Díaz

“Margherita Costa’s Buffoni
Department of Italian Studies
New York University, April 26, 2018

 

Prof. Sara Díaz

“Buffoonish Loves: Margherita Costa’s Comedy of the Grotesque”
Mirth, Merriment, and Mockery
Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies, Saint Louis University
Renaissance Society of America, March 24, 2018

 

Prof. Michelle Farrell

"El Paquete Semanal: Nuevas Estrategias de Distribución Audiovisual en el Cuba de Hoy” 
Latin American Studies Association Conference
Barcelona, Spain, May 25, 2018  

Fall 2017

Off-campus events

Prof. Michelle Farrell

El Paquete Semanal: Cuba’s Slightly Legal Revolutionary Piracy of Film and Internet between Subversive and Socialist”
Guest Lecturer for Transatlantic Cinemas Course, University of Western Ontario London, Ontario, November 17, 2017

 

Prof. Jiwei Xiao

Roundtable Organizer and Presider (Guaranteed Session)
“The ‘Arrival’ of Jia Pingwa in World Literature: Translation and Interpretation”  
Modern Languages Association (MLA) Annual Meeting, January 5, 2018

 

Prof. Jiwei Xiao

Organizer and Participant of a Special Event
“Local Color to World Literature: An Interview with Jia Pingwa”
MLA Annual Meeting
New York, NY, January 5, 2018

 

Spring 2017

On-campus events

ALPHA MU GAMMA
Initiation Ceremony and Reception

Sunday, March 26
3:00 pm Gonzaga Auditorium

 

‌INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL
March 6-9

All films in original language with subtitles

 Modern Languages and Literature International Film Festival

Monday, March 6
The Eagle Huntress
UK, 2016
5:00 pm CNS 207

Monday, March 6
A Better Life

USA, 2011
7:00 pm CNS 207

Tuesday, March 7
Young Goethe in Love

Germany, 2010
6:30 pm CNS 207

Wednesday, March 8
Fuocoammare (Fire at Sea)

Italy, 2016
5:30 pm CNS 207

Thursday, March 9
Shan he gu ren (Mountains May Depart)

China, 2015
5:00 pm CNS 207

Thursday, March 9
Entre les murs (The Class)

France, 2008
7:00 pm CNS 101 

Be sure to stop by the info desk area of the BCC Wednesday, March 8th from 1:00-3:00 to participate in the various activities that the language clubs are planning and enjoy assorted international desserts!

Part of the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures
FOREIGN LANGUAGE WEEK
All events are free and open to the public

 

Capoeira Brazilian Martial Arts

Capoeira Martial Arts flyerFebruary 9, 2017
12:30pm - 1:45pm
Faber Hall

Sponsored by the Humanities Institute, the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures and the Latin American and Caribbean Studies Program

 

 

Prof. Michelle Farrell

April 30, 2017

Panel: "Latin American Cinema and Film Festivals: Spaces for New Inter-Disciplinary Dialogue"
Chair:"Nuevas voces alternativas en el campo audiovisual y consumo cultural en la Cuba contemporánea"
Latin American Studies Association Annual Conference
Lima, Peru

 

Off-Campus events 

Prof. Mary Ann Carolan

 

“Chinese in Italy from Documentary to Fiction”
American Association of Italian Studies
Ohio State University
Columbus, OH
April 21-23, 2017

Prof. Jiwei Xiao

American Comparative Literature Association  (ACLA) Annual Meeting
Utrecht, Amsterdam, July 6-9, 2017

 

 

Prof. Jiwei Xiao

Panelist, “From The Edges of the World: The Imagination and the Use of ‘The Foreign’ in Modern Chinese Fiction”
ACLA Annual Meeting
Utrecht, Amsterdam, July 7, 2017

 

Prof. Jiwei Xiao

Panelist. “黑猫、洋人、以及 ‘嘿然不语’: 细读《海上花》, 别解“中国梦” [Black Cat, Foreigners, and Silence: Flowers of Shanghai and ‘Chinese Dream’]. Association of Chinese   Literature and Comparative Literature Biannual Meeting. Hong Kong. July 21-23, 2017.

 

All films in original language with subtitles

Fall 2016

On-campus events

Story Time in Spanish

Wednesday, December 14
9:45-11:45
Lower Level BCC 

Please join students of Spanish 111 in welcoming kindergarten classes from Cesar A. Batalla Elementary School (Bridgeport) for Spanish-language story time. Fairfield students will read to kindergarteners from the Spanish-language children’s books they have created in class.

Screening of Un Paese Quasi Perfetto with Director Massimo Gaudioso

Un Paese Quasi Perfetto poster

October 4
6:30 pm
Multimedia room of DiMenna-Nyselius Library

Sponsored by the Humanities Institute of the College of Arts and Sciences, Italian Studies program, Fairfield University Art Museum, Department of Visual and Performing Arts and Modern Languages and Literatures.

 

 



Screening of La Dolce Vita

La Dolce Vita Poster

November 14
6:30 pm
Quick Center for the Performing Arts

Sponsored by The Humanities Institute of the College of Arts & Sciences, Programs in Italian Studies and Catholic Studies, Fairfield University Arts Museum, Departments of Modern Languages and Literatures and Visual and Performing Arts

 

 

The Restless Priest and the Reluctant Pope: From The Mass is Over to Habemus Papam

The Restless Priest Photo

Film Screening and Lecture by Prof. Millicent Marcus

December 5
4:00 p.m.
Multimedia room of DiMenna-Nyselius Library

Sponsored by The Humanities Institute of the College of Arts & Sciences, Pograms in Italian Studies and Catholic Studies, Departments of Modern Languages and Literatures and Visual and Performing Arts, and the Fairfield University Art Museum.

 

 

Off-Campus events 

Prof. Mary Ann Carolan

“Once upon a Time in Quentin Tarantino’s New West”
Italian American Studies Association, California State University
Long Beach, CA
November 2016

“East Meets West: Fallaci Interviews Deng Xiaoping”
Florence University of the Arts
Florence, Italy
December 2016


Prof. Sara Diaz

Iuventa corripuit, senecta correxit: The Gendering of Age in Boccaccio and Petrarch”
The American Boccaccio Association Third Triennial Conference
Duke University
October 2016


Prof. Michelle Farrell, Prof. Sergio Adrada Rafael, and Shauna Dresel ’17

"Language Teaching for Specific Purposes: Fairfield University's Medical and Business Spanish"
American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages
Boston, MA
November 2016

Spring 2016

German Club's Annual Dinner

February 9
6:30 - 8:30 pm
Gonzaga kitchen

Students prepare the dinner!

 

Russian Hour

February 11
6:00 - 7:00 pm
Canisius 207

For almost one hundred and twenty years brilliant Russian film makers have been contributing to the world art history. Winners of numerous international festivals, including the Oscars, their names are well known and their works are studied in art colleges worldwide. Come to the next Russian Hour to find out how life, love and history have been captured on Russian film.

For additional information and questions, please contact Professor David McFadden, x. 2371, dmcfadden@fairfield.edu

 

Prof. Michelle Farrell and Shauna Dresel 

Panel presentation: “Connecting Medical Spanish to the Community: Fairfield University's Pilot Program”  
NECTFL 2016 Annual Conference
February 11-13, 2016
New York, NY

 

Alpha Mu Gamma International Students Meet and Greet

February 26
6:00 - 8:00 pm
Levee
Pizza and Soda will be served.

On-campus events

Screening of Men of the Cloth with director Vicki Vasilopoulos

March 2
5:00 pm
Multimedia room of DiMenna-Nyselius Library

This documentary follows three Italian master tailors, Nino Corvato, Checchino Fonticoli and Joe Centofanti, as they confront the decline of the apprentice system and navigate  other challenges in the twilight of their careers. The film lovingly describes the art of tailoring and reveals the passionate devotion of these men to their Old World craft.

Q&A to follow screening with Vicki Vasilopoulos (director) and Vincent Ferrucci, master tailor

Sponsored by the Humanities Institute of the College of Arts and Sciences, as well as by programs in Italian Studies, Black Studies, Judaic Studies, Catholic Studies, Peace and Justice Studies, International Studies, the Carl and Dorothy Bennett Center for Judaic Studies and the departments of Visual & Performing Arts and Modern Languages & Literatures. For more information, please contact Professor Mary Ann Carolan, mcarolan@fairfield.edu


Modern Languages Alumni Career Panel

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Wednesday, March 16th
7:00 pm
DiMenna-Nyselius Library Multimedia Room

Come learn from DMLL graduates about their exciting careers in education, finance, healthcare, philanthropy and more...

Refreshments will be served

For more information, please contact Professor Sara Diaz at sdiaz5@fairfield.edu 


International Film Festival

Monday, March 14
Relatos salvajes (Wild Tales)
Argentina, 2014
5:30 pm, Library Multimedia Room

Tuesday, March 15    
Piter FM
Russia, 2006
4:00 pm, CNS 207

Thursday, March 17
Le Chef
Belgium, 2012
7:00 pm, BCC 200

Monday, March 21
BlaxploItalian
USA and Italy, 2015
5:00 pm, Library Multimedia Room

Tuesday, March 22
Die Welle (The Wave)
Germany, 2008
6:30 pm, CNS 303

Alpha Mu Gamma Annual Initiation of New Members & Graduating Seniors Recognition Ceremony

March 20
3:00 - 5:00 pm
Barone Campus Center - Oak Room

Dessert Reception to follow


Screening of BlaxploItalian with director Fred Kuwornu

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Monday, March 21
5:00 pm
Multimedia room of DiMenna-Nyselius Library

Activist director Fred Kuwornu highlights the careers of a relatively unknown segment of the entertainment world, black actors in Italian cinema. BlaxploItalian reveals the personal struggles faced by Afro-Italian and African actors in the past as well as the challenges those actors face in contemporary Italy.

Sponsored by the Humanities Institute of the College of Arts and Sciences, as well as by programs in Italian Studies, Black Studies, Judaic Studies, Catholic Studies, Peace and Justice Studies, International Studies, the Carl and Dorothy Bennett Center for Judaic Studies and the departments of Visual & Performing Arts and Modern Languages & Literatures. For more information, please contact Professor Mary Ann Carolan, mcarolan@fairfield.edu


Screening of My Italian Secret with director Oren Jacoby       

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Thursday, March 31
4:00 pm
Multimedia room of DiMenna-Nyselius Library

Written and directed by Oren Jacoby, this documentary recounts the rescue of thousands of Italian Jews during World War II by ordinary and prominent Italians, including the champion cyclist Gino Bartali.

Sponsored by the Humanities Institute of the College of Arts and Sciences, as well as by programs in Italian Studies, Black Studies, Judaic Studies, Catholic Studies, Peace and Justice Studies, International Studies, the Carl and Dorothy Bennett Center for Judaic Studies and the departments of Visual & Performing Arts and Modern Languages & Literatures. For more information, please contact Professor Mary Ann Carolan, mcarolan@fairfield.edu

 

Off-Campus events 

Prof. Michelle Farrell 

Film screening and presentation:
Maestra/Teacher: Revolution through a Pencil: A documentary screening and discussion on the 1961 Cuban National Literacy Campaign and Current Cuban Crossroads
Fairfield Senior Center 
March 15, 2016 
 
In conjunction with the American Association of University Women


Prof. Mary Ann Carolan

Panel presentation: "Nico Cirasola's Focaccia Blues (2009): Between Fact and Fiction, Italy and America"
NeMLA
University of Connecticut, Harford
March 19, 2016


Prof. Sara Diaz

Panel presentation: “Sodomy and Misogamy in Boccaccio’s Esposizioni
Boccaccio and Questions of Gender
American Boccaccio Association
Renaissance Society of America, Boston
March 31, 2016


Screening of My Italian Secret

Followed by Q& A with Oren Jacoby and Prof.Yael Eliasoph
Congregation B’nai Israel
2710 Park Avenue, Bridgeport
March 31, 2016
7:00 pm

This event is funded by the Humanities Institute of the College of Arts and Sciences, as well as by programs in Italian Studies, Black Studies, Judaic Studies, Catholic Studies, Peace and Justice Studies, International Studies, the Carl and Dorothy Bennett Center for Judaic Studies and the departments of Visual & Performing Arts and Modern Languages & Literatures.

For more information, please contact Professor Mary Ann Carolan, mcarolan@fairfield.edu


Prof. Mary Ann Carolan

Panel presentation: "Documenting Chinese Youth in Miss Little China (2009)"
Italy and China, Europe and East Asia: Centuries of Dialogue
University of Toronto
April 8, 2016


Prof. Michelle Farrell

Book presentation: La Biblia del Cinefilo / A Cinephile's Bible, the newest book by film critic and Cuban Film Archives Director, Luciano Castillo.
Havana Film Festival NY
King Juan Carlos I of Spain Center, NYU
April 12, 2016


Prof. Javier Campos

 

Presentation of Poetry
Barcelona Poetry
Barcelona, Spain
May 6, 2016

 

Prof. Michelle Farrell 

Panel presentation: “El contexto actual del cine cubano: de un cine imperfecto a un paréntesis ilegal"
Latin American Studies Association Conference 
New York, NY
May 27-30,  2016 

 

 

Prof. Mary Ann Carolan

Panel presentation: "Fact or Fiction:  Documentary, Docudrama and the Representation of Chinese in Italian Culture" Intersections/Intersezioni
Florence, Italy
June 2-5, 2016

 

Prof. Michelle Farrell 

Panel presentation: "Los nuevos realizadores cubanos: Redefiniendo el cine cubano fuera del ICAIC y fuera de Cuba"
CEISAL Annual Conference
Salamanca, Spain 
June 28-July 1, 2016

 

Fall 2015 Events

Screening of "The Counterfeiters"

October 14
7:00 - 9:00 pm
CNS 207
Sponsored by the German Club and Kadima

 

Alpha Mu Gamma's International Students' Meet and Greet 

Friday, October 16
6:00-8:00 pm
The Levee
Come get to know people from other cultures, and enjoy free pizza and soda! 

 

Panel on “History and the Culture of Hair” 

Tuesday, October 20
5:00 pm
Bellarmine Museum Classroom

Prof. Diaz will be speaking on hair in Dante's early poetry.

 

Screening of "The Duck Diaries: A Cold War Quest for Friendship Across the Americas"

October 22
6:30 pm
DiMenna-Nyselius Library Multimedia Room
Post film Q&A with Director,  Matt Twomey, and crew.
Sponsored by the Humanities Institute, Dept of Modern Languages & Literatures, Dept of History, the Latin American and Caribbean Studies Program, the Office of International Programs, and the Water Film Series.  

 

Screening of "Abrazos"

Tuesday, October 27
7:00pm
Kelley Center
Followed by Q&A with filmmaker  Luis Argueta and Dr. Michelle Farrell  

 

Italian Club

Thursday, October 29
7:30 pm
LARC, Canisius 207

Refreshments will be served. For more information please visit:
https://www.facebook.com/FUItalianClub

 

Lunch with Lorenzo/Pranzo con Paolini

Wednesday, November 4, 11, & 18
1:15 pm
Einstein's Bagels

Join Lorenzo Paolini for a quick bite and some friendly conversation about all things Italian.
Sponsored by the Italian Club

For more information please visit:
https://www.facebook.com/FUItalianClub

 

Faculty Development & Evaluation Committee (FDEC)

December 8
12:00 – 2:30 pm
Kelley Center
Dr. Michelle Ferrell will present on “Happy Hour” in the classroom.

 

CAE Mentoring for New Faculty

December 9
10:30-11:30
Library 107c

Dr. Michelle Ferrell will present on faculty/writing accountability 

 

Off-campus events:

Prof. Michelle Farrell

Invited guest speaker on the History of Cuban Film
NYU's History, Culture, Diversity & Expression through the Literary, Visual & Performing Arts
October 1, 2015 


Prof. Mary Ann Carolan

Panel presentation: “A Fistful of Focaccia:  Italy and America in Nico Cirasola’s Focaccia Blues (2009)” 
Italian American Studies Association
Washington, D.C. 
October 17, 2015

Prof. Mary Ann Carolan

Panel presentation: “Il giovane favoloso” 
Italian Film Festival
College of Charelston, S.C.
October 23, 2015


Prof. Mary Ann Carolan

Panel presentation: “Translating and Adapting Film Across Borders:  Italy and America”
Franklin & Marshall College, Lancaster, PA
November 14, 2015


Prof. Sara Diaz

Invited speaker on "Women and Comedy Seicento Florence”
Society for the Study of Women in the Renaissance
CUNY Graduate Center
November 19, 2015

Spring 2015

DMLL International Film Festival

March 2-5, 2015
Part of Foreign Language Week

Monday, March 2    
Русалка (Mermaid)
Russia, 2007
7:00 pm CNS 6

Tuesday, March 3
Das Versprechen (The Promise)
Germany, 1995
6:30 pm CNS 207

Tuesday, March 3
La Canción de Carla (Carla’s Song)
UK, 1996
5:00 pm Library Multimedia Room

Wednesday, March 4
La Grande Bellezza (The Great Beauty)
Italy, 2013
5:00 pm in CNS 207 

Thursday, March 5
Les Intouchables (Intouchables)
France, 2013
6 :30 pm BCC 200 

All films in original language with subtitles
Free and open to the public

 

Foreign Language Week Celebration

Come celebrate Foreign Language Week with crafts, dancing, games, music, and trivia
Thursday, March 5
12:30 - 4:00 pm Lower Level BCC

 

The Italian Comedy of Masks 

Lecture by Mace Perlman
March 18, 2015
5:00 pm
DiMenna-Nyselius Library Multimedia Room
Free and open to the public

 

Ugetsu (Mizoguchi, 1954)

Thursday, March 19, 2015
7:00 pm
DiMenna-Nyselius Library Multimedia Room
Free and open to the public
Introduction and post film discussion with Dr. Xiao

Part of the Water  area focus

 

Alpha Mu Gamma

Annual Initiation Ceremony and Senior Member Recognition
March 22, 2015
3:00 pm
Oak Room
Please contact Dr. Eileen Wilkinson for more information

 

Zhang Yimou's Happy Times and the Legacy of Socialism 

Lecture by Wendy Larson
University of Oregon
Wednesday, March 25, 2015
6:30 pm
DiMenna-Nyselius Library Multimedia Room
Free and open to the public
Sponsored by the Asisal Studies Program, Department of Visual and Performing Arts, Department of Modern Languages and LIteratures, & International Studies Program

For more information, contact Dr. Jiwie Xiao at jxiao@fairfield.edu

 

Io sono Li/Shun Li and the Poet (Segre, 2011)

Thursday, April 9, 2015
7:00 pm
DiMenna-Nyselius Library Multimedia Room
Free and open to the public
Post film discussion with Dr. Carolan 

Part of the Water  area focus  

 

The Theology of the Future

Lecture by Giuseppe Mazzotta
Sterling Professor for the Humanities in Italian, Yale University
Monday, April 20, 2015
5:00 pm
DiMenna-Nyselius Library Multimedia Room
Free and open to the public 

 

American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portugues Connecticut Conference

April 25, 2015
Fairfield, CT
Dr. Michelle Farrell will co-present with Fairfield student Shauna Dresel on:
"Interactive warm-ups for the language classroom"

 

Fall 2014

Still Life

Thursday, October 16, 2014 at 7pm
DiMenna-Nyselius Library Multimedia Room
Free and open to the public

Directed by Jia Zhang-ke (2006). Post-film discussion with Professor J. Xiao
Part of the Water area of focus

 

Humanities Fest

Thursday, October 16, 2014 from 3:30-6:00 p.m.
Kelley Presentation Room
Free and open to the public

A panel discussion on the central public issue of the humanities today as we move towards the middle of the 21st Century: Are the Humanities relevant?

Faculty panel: English (Dr. Nels Pearson), History (Dr. Elizabeth Hohl), Philsophy (Dr. Sara Brill), Modern Languages & Literatures (Dr. Mary Ann Carolan), Religious Studies (Dr. Ronald Davidson) and Visual and Performing Arts (Dr. Laura Nash)

 

German Club Movie Night:

Sophie Scholl: Die letzten Tage
Thursday, October 16, 8:00 p.m.
Faber Hall (42 Bellarmine Rd)
Snacks will be provided!

Sixteenth Century Society & Conference

 

Thursday, October 16 - Sunday, October 19
New Orleans, Louisiana
Dr. Sara Diaz will present "Gender and Genre in Margherita Costa's Li buffoni"

 

Gelato Run

Friday, October 17, 5:00 p.m.
Check in: Canisius 207
Start time: 5:30 p.m.

Hosted by The Italian Club 
Sponsored by Talenti Gelato

All proceeds will be donated to the Bridgeport Area Cultural Italian Organization’s Scholarship fund

 

Terraferma

Thursday, October 23, 2014 at 7:00 pm
DiMenna-Nyselius Library Multimedia Room
Free and open to the public

Directed by Emanuele Crialese (2011). Post-film discussion with Professor M. Carolan
Part of the Water area of focus

 

Alpha Mu Gamma

Cookie Decorating & International Trivia Night (AMG Fundraiser)
Thursday, October 23, 6-8 pm
BCC Mezzanine

 

Even the Rain 

Nov 13th, 7pm
Library Multimedia Room
Directed by Icíar Bollaín (Spain 2010)
 
Post-film discussion with Dr. Jerelyn Johnson
Part of the Water area of focus

 

IT 271 Italian Cinema in Florence

March 6-15, 2015
This course considers Italian films as textual, artistic, 
cultural, and historical artifacts. In this survey, special 
emphasis is given to the “golden ages” of Italian 
cinema, including the silent period, post-war 
neorealism, and the innovative genres of the 1960’s.

Applications due January 15, 2015

Application form, costs, dates, and details at
www.fairfield.edu/studyabroad

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