Calendar of Events

April 16, 2012

C.P. Cavafy and Music: An Evening of Songs and Reflections

A program of Cavafy songs by Greek, American, French, and British composers, such as Mitropoulos, Hadjidakis, Theodorakis, Brown, Rorem, Bolcom, and Gompper.

Start: April 16, 2012 8:00 pm
End: April 16, 2012 10:00 pm
Venue: The University of Michigan Museum of Art
Phone: 734.764.0395
Address:
525 South State Street, Ann Arbor, MI, 48109-1354, United States

April 12, 2012

Sandra Waxman (Language & Human Development)

Northwestern University

Wizards of word-learning: Linguistic and conceptual foundations to infants’ stunning success

Human infants are wizards of word-learning. In this talk, I will describe the conceptual and  linguistic capacities that underlie their success. To learn the meaning of any novel word, infants must set their sights in two distinct directions. Facing the conceptual domain, they must identify concepts that capture the various relations among the objects and events that they encounter. Facing the linguistic domain, they must cull words and phrases from the melody of the human language in which they are immersed. Findings from our laboratory, among others, have revealed that even before they begin to speak, infants’ advances in each of these domains are powerfully linked. In this talk, I will argue that infants begin with a broad universal initial link between the linguistic and conceptual systems, and that this sets the stage for increasingly precise links between different kinds of words (e.g., noun, verb) and different kinds of meanings. I will then present new evidence from infants as young as 3- and 4-months of age. Together, the work reveals that throughout development, naming is a powerful engine, fueling the acquisition of the essential, rich relations that characterize our most powerful concepts.

Start: April 12, 2012 4:00 pm
End: April 12, 2012 5:30 pm
Venue: Harlan Hatcher Graduate Library, Gallery
Phone: 734 764 0400
Address:
913 South University Avenue, Ann Arbor, 48109-1190, United States
Cost: Free

April 11, 2012

Pizza and a (Language) Movie: The Human Language, Part 3: The Human Language Evolves “With and Without Words”

Why chimps can’t talk and we can. How language must be a biological phenomenon. How the human Larynx “fell” and we acquired new vowels. How we inherited body language, gestures, and facial expressions from our animal past, but only we have the most human thing there is about being human.

Start: April 11, 2012 7:00 pm
End: April 11, 2012 8:30 pm
Venue: Space 2435, North Quad (South Entrance)
Address:
105 South State Street, Ann Arbor, 48109, United States

April 10, 2012

Kafka in the Middle East

“Post-Mortem Translations: Yeshurun Keshet’s ‘Jackals and Arabs’”

Maya Barzilai, Frankel Center and Near Eastern Studies,

University of Michigan

 

“Kafka and the Arab Intellectuals”

Atef Botros, Near Eastern Studies,

Marburg University

 

“Reading Kafka in Istanbul”

Kader Konuk, Comparative Literature and German Studies,

University of Michigan

 

“Castles in the Air”

Na’ama Rokem, Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations,

University of Chicago

 

“Kafka’s Patrimony”

Scott Spector, History and German Studies,

University of Michigan

 

“On the Extra-Colonial Invisibility of Egyptian-German Translation”

Shaden Tageldin, Cultural Studies and Comparative Literature,

University of Minnesota

Start: April 10, 2012 1:00 pm
End: April 10, 2012 3:00 pm
Venue: Kalamazoo Room, Michigan League
Address:
911 North University Avenue, Ann Arbor, MI, 48109, United States

April 5, 2012

Matthew Crocker (Language and Technology)

Saarland University, Germany

The interplay of language and gaze in virtual environments

When dialog pertains to the objects and events in the world around us, gaze and speech become closely intertwined: Speakers typically look at objects about 1sec before they mention them, while listeners fixate relevant objects within 250msec of hearing them mentioned. In face-to-face dialog, listeners can “short-cut” this process by following the speaker’s gaze directly to get cues about which objects he/she is planning to mention. Thus gaze serves as a useful visual cue for grounding and disambiguating linguistic interaction. In this talk I will discuss recent research which seeks to better understand the importance of gaze for situated dialog in human-computer interaction. In the first part of the talk, I’ll focus on how eye gaze of both robots and virtual agents influences the way people understand their speech. I will then discuss ongoing research which exploits the real-time gaze of human users in order to improve the automatic generation of spoken directions, as users seek to navigate their way through a virtual environment. I will conclude by summarizing the importance of eye-gaze as a real-time channel for situated interaction, and speculate on how increasingly ubiquitous gaze-tracking technologies could be exploited in future applications.

Start: April 5, 2012 6:00 pm
End: April 5, 2012 7:30 pm
Venue: Harlan Hatcher Graduate Library, Gallery
Phone: 734 764 0400
Address:
913 South University Avenue, Ann Arbor, 48109-1190, United States
Cost: Free

Toward A Comprehensive Understanding of African American College Students: The Interface of Counseling, Educational, and Social Psychology

Kevin O. Cokley, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Counseling Psychology and African and African Diaspora Studies,

University of Texas – Austin

 

The UM Psychology Diversity Speaker and Award Ceremony AND The Center for the Study of Black Youth in Context Seminar Series.

The 2012 faculty and student Diversity Reseach Awards will be at 2:30, the talk at 3:00, and a reception at 4:00 pm.

 

 

Start: April 5, 2012 2:30 pm
End: April 5, 2012 4:30 pm
Venue: 4448 East Hall
Address:
Ann Arbor, MI, 48109, United States

April 4, 2012

Pizza and a (Language) Movie: Speaking in Tongues: Four Kids, Four Languages, One City, One World

At a time when 31 states have passed “English Only” laws, four pioneering families put their children in public schools where, from the first day of kindergarten, their teachers speak mostly in a foreign language.

Speaking in Tongues follows four diverse kids on a journey to become bilingual. This charming story will challenge you to rethink the skills that Americans need to succeed in the 21st century.

http://speakingintonguesfilm.info/

Start: April 4, 2012 7:00 pm
End: April 4, 2012 9:00 pm
Venue: Space 2435, North Quad (South Entrance)
Address:
105 South State Street, Ann Arbor, 48109, United States
Cost: Free

April 2, 2012

You had to be there: Acquisition of Conventional Expressions in L2 Pragmatics: Recognition, Production, and Environment

Lecture by Kathleen Bardovi-Harlig

 

Although both proficiency and length of stay in the host environment have been hypothesized to contribute to L2 pragmatics, early studies of length of stay suggested that only very extended stays influence pragmatic development (3 yrs, Bouton, 1994; 10 years, Olshtain & Blum-Kulka, 1985). Recent research on study-abroad learners has renewed interest in length of stay (e.g., 2007 Intercultural Pragmatics thematic), but has found study-abroad stays too short to be a significant variable (Félix-Brasdefer, 2004). The one study in L2 pragmatics that has investigated both length of stay and proficiency (Roever, 2005) found only proficiency– and not length of stay–to be significant. This is puzzling because intuitively we expect contact with target-language environments to increase pragmatic competence. However, Klein, Dietrich, and Noyau (1995) claim “Duration of stay is an uninteresting variable. What matters is intensity, not length of interaction.”

This study separates intensity of interaction, length of stay, and proficiency to investigate their contribution to the acquisition of conventional expressions in L2 pragmatics by learners of English. Conventional expressions, including such strings as No thanks I’m full, Sorry I’m late, and No problem, are one type of pragmalinguistic resource available to speakers to realize social demands. Oral production of conventional expressions was elicited from 122 learners and 49 native speakers (NS) of American English via a computer-delivered audio-visual task consisting of 32 scenarios pretested to yield conventional expressions (Bardovi-Harlig, 2009). Proficiency was determined by scores on a four-part placement exam, yielding four low-intermediate to low-advanced levels. Length of stay in the host environment was measured in months. Intensity of interaction was measured by self-report of weekly English language use outside class with native speakers, with other learners, and media consumption.

A repeated measures logistic regression model shows that both proficiency and intensity of interaction are significant, but that length of stay is not. Both proficiency and intensity of interaction contribute positively to the development of L2 pragmatics.

This talk will first discuss the general findings regarding the relation of recognition to production of conventional expressions, and general acquisitional patterns, and then explores the role of proficiency and the non-linguistic variables length of stay and intensity of interaction.

 

Start: April 2, 2012 6:00 pm
End: April 2, 2012 7:30 pm
Venue: 411 West Hall
Address:
Ann Arbor, MI, United States

Currents in Language Learning, Day 2

The journal Language Learning, founded at the University of Michigan in 1948 by the Language Learning Research Club, has always been at the forefront of Applied Linguistics. This year sees the establishment of our biennial series Currents in Language Learning which will publish state-of-the-art reviews in the Language Sciences. To celebrate the launch, there will be two-day conference which will be recorded for later podcasting by our publisher, Wiley-Blackwell.

Start: April 2, 2012 9:00 am
End: April 2, 2012 2:00 pm
Venue: Michigan League
Phone: (734) 764-3177
Address:
911 N. University Ave., Ann Arbor, MI, 48109-1265, United States

April 1, 2012

Festifools!

FestiFools is a non-profit production of the START Project, a University of Michigan Lloyd Hall Scholars Program initiative. FestiFools brings students and community volunteers together to create unique public art that is free and accessible to everyone. Specifically, we make huge-mongous papier-mâché puppets and march them around downtown Ann Arbor on a Sunday early in April.

Start: April 1, 2012 4:00 pm
End: April 1, 2012 5:00 pm
Venue: Main Street
Address:
Ann Arbor, MI, United States

Currents in Language Learning, Day 1

The journal Language Learning, founded at the University of Michigan in 1948 by the Language Learning Research Club, has always been at the forefront of Applied Linguistics. This year sees the establishment of our biennial series Currents in Language Learning which will publish state-of-the-art reviews in the Language Sciences. To celebrate the launch, there will be two-day conference which will be recorded for later podcasting by our publisher, Wiley-Blackwell.

Start: April 1, 2012 9:00 am
End: April 1, 2012 6:00 pm
Venue: Michigan League
Phone: (734) 764-3177
Address:
911 N. University Ave., Ann Arbor, MI, 48109-1265, United States

March 31, 2012

‘Foolish Acts’ Benefit Concert for FestiFools

Buy a ticket to ‘Foolish Acts,’ a first-ever FestiFools benefit concert and Foolish Dancing extravaganza sponsored by the Blind Pig and produced by Matt Altruda from Treetownsounds.

 

This 18+ Show on Saturday, March 31st will feature a CD release party by the young, talented local band, the Appleseed Collective, followed by headliners The Third Coast Kings who will take the stage and turn the evening into an all out Rockin’ Funk/Soul Dance Party! Tickets are $10 each ($5 with Student ID) and can be purchased online at: http://www.etix.com/ticket/online/performanceSearch.jsp?performance_id=1610978&cobrand=blindpigmusic  ) or in person at Orbit Hair Design and Massage on State Street.

More information about FestiFools/FoolMoon at www.festifools.org.

Start: March 31, 2012 9:00 pm
End: March 31, 2012 9:00 pm
Venue: Blind Pig
Phone: 734-623-9962
Address:
202 S. First St., Ann Arbor, MI, 48104, United States
Cost: 10

March 30, 2012

FoolMoon

Start: March 30, 2012 7:00 pm
End: March 30, 2012 7:00 pm
Venue: Washington St.
Address:
Ann Arbor, MI, United States

East Quadapalooza

Do you have a connection to East Quadrangle Residence Hall on the University of Michigan campus?  Did you know it will be closed for 15 months to undergo a fundamental renovation?  Did you want to come for a last visit before the transformation?****

East quadapalooza is a deliberately spontaneous revelry to celebrate and honor East Quad’s shared history with the Residential College.****

*It’s on Friday March 30, 2012 from 5pm until we’re done*.****

Among the events that will mark the evening are:

        **Moonbounce and Snowcones 5-7pm, South Courtyard;****

        **Open mic poetry/prose reading AND EQ memory project 5-8pm, Greene Lounge;****

        **East Quad History Project, 5-8pm, 126 East Quad;****

        **Memory Mural 5-8pm, 124 East Quad;****

        **Bingo and Giveaways 5-8pm, Madrigal Lounge;****

        **Inter-cultural Carnival 5-8pm, South Dining Hall,****

        **Bands in the Halfway 8pm-midnight****

        **DJ Dance Party midnight-3am, Keene Theater****

 

There’ll also be appetizers and snacks in the Benz and Dining Services is making a special dinner that night featuring Chicken Broccoli Bake.****

 

There’ll be t-shirts, half-way inn cookbooks, and lots more to make the evening fine fun.****

 

Please join us for some or all of the festivities!****

*East Quadapalooza: It’s Quadelicious.*****

Residential College Alums may want to visit RC Connect // RC2 at:

http://rcnetwork.ning.com/?xg_source=msg_mes_network****

Start: March 30, 2012 5:00 pm
End: March 31, 2012 3:00 am
Venue: Residential College, East Quad
Address:
701 East University Ave., Ann Arbor, MI, United States

Undergraduate Conference

Multilingualism

Multilingualism

Language Variation and Language Contact

This undergraduate conference focuses on language variation and language contact and welcomes papers on Native American languages, African American English, endangered languages, mixed languages, and pidgins and creoles, among other contact varieties. The conference will include a special panel session that provides undergraduates with advice on applying to and succeeding in graduate school. Also, the undergraduate conference will be held in conjunction with the Weinberg Symposium (held the previous day, March 29, 2012), which will bring together many prominent language researchers from around the world.

MORE INFO
Start: March 30, 2012 9:00 am
End: March 30, 2012 5:30 pm
Venue: Michigan Union
Address:
530 S. State Street, Ann Arbor, MI, 48109-1308, United States
Cost: Free

March 29, 2012

Marshall M. Weinberg Symposium 2012: Bilingualism

The Weinberg Symposium is an annual interdisciplinary event that focuses on cognitive science and includes a philosophical angle. The topic of the 2012 Symposium is bilingualism, and the speakers are a philosopher, Gilbert Harman, and five specialists in various aspects of bilingualism. The five bilingualism experts cover different aspects of the field: code-switching (Auer), signed languages and the brain and bimodal bilingualism (Emmorey), neurocognitive limits of the child’s innate language-learning ability (Genesee), bilingual first-language acquisition and early-childhood second-language acquisition (Meisel), and bilingual learning, perception, and processing (Sebastian-Galles). The philosopher is Gilbert Harman (Princeton University), whose research interests include a well-developed interest in philosophy of cognition and of linguistics.

Date: March 29, 2012
Venue: Rackham Amphitheater
Address:
915 E. Washington St., Ann Arbor, MI, 48109-1070, United States

March 28, 2012

A Clean Voice for an Advanced Nation: Singing in South Korean Christianity

Nicholas Harkness

Assistant Professor, Department of Anthropology, Harvard University

 

This lecture focuses on the role of the voice in South Korean Christian culture. Drawing on ethnographic research conducted in Seoul’s Protestant churches and colleges of music, I explore the way European-style classical singing (songak) relates to certain idealized qualities of modern Christian personhood and national advancement.  Among these Christians, it is claimed that the advanced nation is joyful, healthy, stable, and clean—and so should its voice be. I discuss both the aesthetics of sound as well as the ethics of bodily practice.

Start: March 28, 2012 4:00 pm
End: March 28, 2012 5:30 pm
Venue: 1636 School of Social Work Building
Address:
1080 South University, Ann Arbor, MI, 48109, United States

March 27, 2012

Ultimate Pictures: Word and Image in the Works of Peter Weiss

Brown Bag Lecture by Alan Itkin

 

In his novel Vanishing Point (1962), the German-Jewish author Peter Weiss describes the newsreels of concentration camps that he saw as an exile at the end of World War II as “ultimate pictures.”  These “ultimate pictures,” he tells us, have nothing to do with “the great visions of art, the paintings, the sculptures, the temples, the hymns, and epics.”  We cannot, in other words, make sense of them by turning them into the stuff of art or literature.  They resist the sort of transcendent meaning that we usually ascribe to works of art.

What then, one might ask, is the point of Weiss’ vivid and lyrical description of these images in what is essentially a literary work?  Weiss began his career as a painter and only later turned to writing as his primary means of artistic expression, a transition he has dramatized in several of his literary and critical writings.  In his discussion of this transition, however, Weiss describes it not so much as a turn away from pictures towards words, as an attempt to turn the kind of “ultimate pictures” that resist meaning into language.  As I will show, Weiss’ discussion of the difference between visual art and literature and his own personal relationship to both media is best seen as a poetics of description that emphasizes literary language’s ability to represent the traumatic events of the past while at the same time probing the limits of artistic and literary representation.  Representing the past in this way is, for Weiss, one of the imperatives of artistic expression “after Auschwitz.”

Alan Itkin completed his PhD in Comparative Literature last year with the generous support of the Mary Fair Croushore Graduate Student Fellowship at the Institute for the Humanities.  He also holds an MA in Humanities and Social Thought from NYU and a BA from the University of California Berkeley.  He has published an essay on journeys to the underworld in W. G. Sebald’s Austerlitz, in The Undiscover’d Country: W. G. Sebald and the Poetics of Travel.  He also has two articles currently under review, one on the historical philosophy of the German Jewish film theorist, Siegfried Kracauer, and another on the role of “degenerate art” in debates about public memory in contemporary Germany.  Currently he is working on turning his dissertation into a book manuscript, tentatively titled Underworlds of History: Classical Motifs and the Representation of History in Post-Holocaust Literature.

Start: March 27, 2012 12:30 pm
End: March 27, 2012 2:00 pm
Venue: Institute for the Humanities
Address:
202 S. Thayer, room 2022, Ann Arbor, MI, 48109, United States
Cost: Free

March 26, 2012

Pizza and a (Language) Movie: Miss Navajo

From World of Wonder Productions and filmmaker Billy Luther, whose own mother was crowned Miss Navajo 1966, the film reveals the inner beauty of the young women who compete in this celebration of womanhood. Not only must contestants exhibit poise and grace as those in typical pageants, they must also answer tough questions in Navajo and demonstrate proficiency in skills essential to daily tribal life: fry-bread making, rug weaving and sheep butchering.

The film follows the path of 21-year-old Crystal Frazier, a not-so-fluent Navajo speaker and self-professed introvert, as she undertakes the challenges of the pageant. It is through Crystal’s quiet perseverance that we see the strength and power of Navajo womanhood revealed. No matter who takes the crown, this is a journey that will change her life. Interspersed with pageant activities are interviews with former Miss Navajos, whose cheerful recollections of past pageants break the tension the current contestants are undergoing.

Their memories provide a glimpse into the varying roles Miss Navajo is called upon to perform: role model, teacher, advisor, and Goodwill Ambassador to the community and the world at large. For more than 50 years, Miss Navajo Nation has celebrated women and their traditional values, language and inner beauty.

As winners of the pageant, women are challenged to take on greater responsibility, becoming community leaders fluent in the Navajo language and knowledgeable about their culture and history. The film reveals the importance of cultural preservation, the role of women in continuing dying traditions and the surprising role that a beauty pageant can play.

http://www.missnavajomovie.com/

Start: March 26, 2012 7:00 pm
End: March 26, 2012 9:00 pm
Venue: Space 2435, North Quad (South Entrance)
Address:
105 South State Street, Ann Arbor, 48109, United States
Cost: Free

March 25, 2012

FoolMoon: Make-a-Luminary Workshop

Make your very own glowy sculpture and add its light to the FoolMoon mix. It’s really pretty easy: If you’ve got a spare couple of hours and don’t have a debilitating phobia of clear packing tape, it’ll be no sweat! Here’s some inspiration.

 

The theme for this year’s FoolMoon event is “Language: The Human Quintessence.” So if you wanna riff on the “language thing,” that’s fine by us. Of course, we’re not exactly averse to “going rogue.” 

 

The workshops are FREE (although no one will actively prevent you from making the suggested $10 donation, should you be so inclined). This workshop takes place at the University of Michigan Museum of Art. Drop in any time between 1 and 4 pm. Feel free to pop in at anytime for a couple of hours — that’s all it takes to make a simple luminary. Complete event info.

 

How to: Check out this instructional videoon the fundamentals of luminary making.

 

Where can I buy a “Luminary Kit”? Kits containing everything you need to make a simple luminary sculpture are available from these fine and Foolish local businesses: Ace Barnes Hardware, Sweetwaters (on W. Washington), and Downtown Home & Garden.
See event details at www.festifools.org

 

Start: March 25, 2012 1:00 pm
End: March 25, 2012 4:00 pm
Venue: The University of Michigan Museum of Art
Phone: 734.764.0395
Address:
525 South State Street, Ann Arbor, MI, 48109-1354, United States

FoolMoon: Make-a-Luminary Workshop

Make your very own glowy sculpture and add its light to the FoolMoon mix. It’s really pretty easy: If you’ve got a spare couple of hours and don’t have a debilitating phobia of clear packing tape, it’ll be no sweat! Here’s some inspiration.

 

The theme for this year’s FoolMoon event is “Language: The Human Quintessence.” So if you wanna riff on the “language thing,” that’s fine by us. Of course, we’re not exactly averse to “going rogue.” 

 

The workshops are FREE (although no one will actively prevent you from making the suggested $10 donation, should you be so inclined). The workshops take place at Workantile (118 S. Main St., Ann Arbor). They open at 10am and wrap up at 5pm. Feel free to pop in at anytime for a couple of hours — that’s all it takes to make a simple luminary. Complete event info.

 

How to: Check out this instructional videoon the fundamentals of luminary making.

 

Where can I buy a “Luminary Kit”? Kits containing everything you need to make a simple luminary sculpture are available from these fine and Foolish local businesses: Ace Barnes Hardware, Sweetwaters (on W. Washington), and Downtown Home & Garden.
See event details at www.festifools.org

 

Start: March 25, 2012 10:00 am
End: March 25, 2012 5:00 pm
Venue: Workantile
Address:
118 S. Main St., Ann Arbor, MI, 48104, United States
Cost: Free

March 23, 2012

Relativizer Omission, the Independence of Linguistic and Social Constraints, and Variationist “Comparative Reconstruction”

A linguistic variable that has been the focus of many quantitative, variationist analyses of English over the past two decades (cf. Guy and Bailey 1995, Lehmann 2001) is the omission of the relativizer (that or WH-forms like what, who, or which] in restrictive relative clauses, as in “That’s the man Ø (who/ that/what) I saw.” In recent work, I’ve  examined the occurrence of this variable in the vernacular/creole varieties of Barbados, Guyana, Jamaica, African America, Appalachia and Southwest England (Dorset, cf. Piercy et al 2011), considering, among other things, the evidence it provides on the creole origins hypothesis of AAVE. In this paper, I extend the data set to a total of nine varieties, including relativizer omission data from “Northern English” varieties in Ireland, Scotland and Northern England kindly made available by Sali Tagliamonte (cf. Tagliamonte et al 2005).

A key change in my analysis,  following suggestions from colleagues and students and a re-reading of Johnson (2008), was the use of logistic regression with R, rather than Goldvarb/Varbrul, as it offers several advantages, including mixed effects modeling, and better ability to detect interactions in the data. Additionally, I included social variables: class and/or gender. This allowed me to look for interactions between social factors and linguistic constraints and test Labov’s important generalization about the independence of linguistic and social constraints. Finally, on the advice of a colleague in Psychology, I combined the data from all nine varieties in a big mixed effects regression analysis, controlling for differences by variety by entering them as factors in a “Language Variety” factor group.

The results were intriguing. To begin with, the values (“factors” in variable rule terminology) that turned out to be most significant for relativizer omission across all nine individual language varieties were those that matched Wasow et al’s (2011) predictability hypothesis, like Superlative NP antecedents and occurrence in existential, possessive, or cleft structures, all of which have general processing explanations that make them less useful for recovering historical relationships. Moreover, although gender and/or class turned out to have significant effects on the rate of relativizer omission in several cases, they did not show any interaction with the effect of linguistic constraints, confirming Labov’s more general (2010) hypothesis about the independence of linguistic and social constraints. Finally, in the big regression runs, there were very few significant interactions with language variety, suggesting that the widely separated language varieties I compared were essentially behaving alike with respect to relativizer omission. This calls into question the viability of variationist “Comparative Reconstruction” (Poplack 2000) for detecting prior diachronic relationships, especially when, as in this case, the variation is governed by general sentence processing constraints.

 

 

Start: March 23, 2012 4:00 pm
End: March 23, 2012 5:30 pm
Venue: 411 West Hall
Address:
Ann Arbor, MI, United States

March 22, 2012

If You Can’t Say Something Nice then Draw It: the Role of Stereotyping in New Yorker Cartoons (Jill S. Harris Memorial Lecture)

Robert Mankoff

Cartoon Editor, The New Yorker

 

Robert Mankoff is the cartoon editor of The New Yorker. More than eight hundred of his cartoons have been published in The New Yorker in the past thirty years, including the best-selling New Yorker cartoon of all time.

He is the author of the book The Naked Cartoonist: A New Way to Enhance Your Creativity, published in 2002, about the creative process behind developing magazine-style cartoons. He has also edited dozens of cartoon books and published four of his own. Notably, he edited The Complete Cartoons of The New Yorker (Black Dog & Leventhal), the best-selling coffee-table book for the 2004 holiday season, featuring all 68,647 cartoons ever published in The New Yorker since its début, in 1925.

Mankoff graduated from Syracuse University’s College of Arts and Sciences in 1966. He lives in Hastings-on-Hudson, New York, with his wife, Cory, and their two children.

Start: March 22, 2012 5:00 pm
End: March 22, 2012 6:30 pm
Venue: TBA
Cost: Free

John Rickford (Language and Society)

Stanford University

African American Vernacular English and the Black/White Achievement Gap in American Schools

The persistent Black/White achievement gap in Education has been a source of concern for many years.  Although many other factors contribute to it, one that has not attracted sufficient attention is the African American Vernacular English [AAVE] spoken by many African American students, and more importantly, the negative responses of teachers and administrators to it. The predominant response of teachers and administrators to AAVE has been that of the ostrich–burying their heads in the sand, and hoping that by ignoring and failing to acknowledge it, the vernacular would quietly disappear, with mastery of mainstream or standard English miraculously replacing it.  An alternative response has been that of the elephant–acknowledging the vernacular, but attempting to stamp it out with proscription and vigorous correction.  Neither approach has been particularly effective, as shown by data from more than thirty years of research.

In this talk, I’ll discuss in turn the more promising responses that sociolinguists and applied linguists have proposed to the challenges facing vernacular speakers in schools. The primary solutions include:  Dialect Awareness, Dialect Readers, Contrastive Analysis, and Linguistically Informed Pedagogy (including individualized and group instruction based on systematic studies of phonemic decoding errors).  Although some of these responses invariably bring public misunderstanding and controversy in their wake (recall Oakland’s 1998 Ebonics resolutions), they show promise for narrowing the achievement gap, and are worth serious consideration and implementation.

Start: March 22, 2012 4:00 pm
End: March 22, 2012 5:30 pm
Venue: Harlan Hatcher Graduate Library, Gallery
Phone: 734 764 0400
Address:
913 South University Avenue, Ann Arbor, 48109-1190, United States

Writing at a Mediterranean Island: Limitations of Language and Literary Space

Mehmet Yashin

Poet and Author from Cyprus

Sponsors: Mediterranean Topographies Workshop, CES, II.

 

Mehmet Yashin (Yaşın) is one of the best-known contemporary poets and authors from Cyprus. The different voice and sensibility that he brings to Turkish poetry is based on his hybrid literary sources, combining the Turkish, Greek and Levantine cultures of the Mediterranean, creating a dramatic and narrative lyricism, using Turkish in his writing by reference to historically and geographically variant forms of the language, as well as his poetic themes which give importance to personal experiences.

Born of a cosmopolitan Cypriot family in 1958, he studied International Relations at the Faculty of Political Sciences in Ankara and has an MA in political history from Istanbul. His first poetry collection was banned by the Turkish military junta and he was deported from Turkey in 1986 for what was characterized as his ‘subversive’ poetry. He went to Britain where he began post-graduate studies at the Centre for Byzantine-Ottoman and Modern Greek Studies at Birmingham University, working on Cypriot and Turkish literatures and cultures. Since 2002, he has moved between Cambridge, Nicosia and Istanbul.

He has published 8 poetry collections, 2 novels, 3 essay collections, 3 anthologies and studies of Cypriot poetry in Istanbul. His books have played an important role in re-defining the literary traditions of Cyprus and Turkey. His work has been translated into more than 20 languages and his books have been published in various countries. His poems were set to music and adapted for the stage as well as to the visual arts. His poetry was the subject of an exhibition at the Pompidou Center in 2011. He has lectured all over the world on subjects pertaining to identity, cosmopolitanism, mysticism and literature, the “Euro-Mediterranean,” exile and more.

Mehmet Yashin who has just completed the writing of two books dealing with the Mediterranean. The first is to be published in French, La recontre de Sapho et Rumi (2012). The second book is a novel/memoir/travel writing/album titled Kehribar set in the Levant 1906-1966 and 2007.

Mediterranean Topographies Workshop
Mediterranean Topographies (meditopos) is an interdisciplinary Rackham graduate student/faculty workshop which has operated since 2009. Dedicated to an interdisciplinary and trans-historical approach to the Mediterranean, the group meets bi-weekly to discuss works on topics related to the Mediterranean and hosts speakers and discussants from U-M and beyond. http://sitemaker.umich.edu/meditopos/home.

 

Start: March 22, 2012 4:00 pm
End: March 22, 2012 5:30 pm
Venue: 1636 School of Social Work Building
Address:
1080 South University, Ann Arbor, MI, 48109, United States

March 19, 2012

Reading of “Boris Godunov”

An event offered as part of the Creative Residency of the Royal Shakespeare Company.

Start: March 19, 2012 4:30 pm
End: March 19, 2012 6:00 pm
Venue: Blau Auditorium
Address:
Ross School of Business, 701 Tappan St., Ann Arbor, MI, 48109, United States

March 18, 2012

“Drama in Translation” (Roundtable Discussion) and “A Conversation with Michael Boyd and Ralph Williams” (Onstage Interview)

An event offered as part of the Creative Residency of the Royal Shakespeare Company.

Start: March 18, 2012 4:00 pm
End: March 18, 2012 6:00 pm
Venue: Blau Auditorium
Address:
Ross School of Business, 701 Tappan St., Ann Arbor, MI, 48109, United States

FoolMoon: Make-a-Luminary Workshop

Make your very own glowy sculpture and add its light to the FoolMoon mix. Don’t tell anybody — ’cause we gotta maintain our cachet, our mystique, our je ne sais quoi — but it’s really pretty easy: If you’ve got a spare couple of hours and don’t have a debilitating phobia of clear packing tape, it’ll be no sweat! Here’s some inspiration.

 

The theme for this year’s FoolMoon event is … you might want to sit down for this … “Language: The Human Quintessence.” So if you wanna riff on the “language thing,” that’s fine by us. Of course, we’re not exactly averse to “going rogue.” (Please note, however, that anyone wielding a rubber chicken will be summarily escorted from the event.)

 

The workshops are FREE (although we won’t actively prevent you from making the suggested $10 donation, should you be so inclined). The workshops take place at Workantile (118 S. Main St., Ann Arbor). They open at 10am and wrap up at 5pm. Feel free to pop in at anytime for a couple of hours — that’s all it takes to make a simple luminary. Complete event info.

 

How to: Check out this instructional videoon the fundamentals of luminary making.

 

Where can I buy a “Luminary Kit”? Kits containing everything you need to make a simple luminary sculpture are available from these fine and Foolish local businesses: Ace Barnes Hardware, Sweetwaters (on W. Washington), and Downtown Home & Garden.
See event details at www.festifools.org

 

Start: March 18, 2012 10:00 am
End: March 18, 2012 5:00 pm
Venue: Workantile
Address:
118 S. Main St., Ann Arbor, MI, 48104, United States
Cost: Free

40th Annual Dance for Mother Earth Powwow

www.umich.edu/~powwow

Tentative Schedule of Events for Sunday:

Sunday

  • 9:00 – 11:30 am Town Hall meeting about repatriation
  • 10:30 am Doors and vendor booths open to the public
  • 11:30 am Drum roll call
  • 12:00pm Grand Entry
    • Flag Song
    • Invocation
    • Veteran’s Song
  • 1:00 pm Intertribal dancing
  • 2:00pm Contest and exhibition dancing
  • 3:00pm Tiny Tot exhibition (newborn-6 yrs old)
  • 3:15 pm Contest and exhibition dancing
  • 4:45 pm Powwow Committee Give-Away
  • 5:15 pm Grand Exit and Traveling Song
  • 6:00pm Contest Winner Announcements
Start: March 18, 2012 9:00 am
End: March 18, 2012 6:00 pm
Venue: Pioneer High School
Address:
601 W. Stadium Blvd., Ann Arbor, MI, 48103, United States
Cost: $10

March 17, 2012

Bringing “Creative Project 2010″ To the Stage: The Audience and the Director

Featuring Greg Doran, RSC Chief Associate Director

 

A retrospective on previous creative residency and its fulfillment on three productions in Stratford.

This event is offered as part of the Creative Residency of the Royal Shakespeare Company.

Start: March 17, 2012 4:00 pm
End: March 17, 2012 6:00 pm
Venue: Blau Auditorium
Address:
Ross School of Business, 701 Tappan St., Ann Arbor, MI, 48109, United States

40th Annual Dance for Mother Earth Powwow

40th Annual Powwow Poster

 

http://www.umich.edu/~powwow/

Tentative Schedule of Events for Saturday:

Saturday

  • 10:30 am Doors and vendor booths open to the public
  • 11:30 am Drum roll call
  • 12:00 pm Grand Entry
    • Flag Song
    • Invocation
    • Veteran’s Song
    • Welcome Address
  • 1:00 pm Intertribal dancing
  • 2:00 pm Contest and exhibition dancing
  • 3:15 pm Tiny Tot exhibition (newborn-6 yrs old)
  • 3:30 pm Contest and exhibition dancing
  • 5:00 pm Dinner break
    • Hand drum contest
  • 6:30 pm Drum roll call
  • 7:00pm Grand Entry
    • Flag Song
    • Invocation
    • Veteran’s Song
  • 8:00 pm Intertribal dancing
  • 8:30 pm Contest and exhibition dancing
  • 10:30 pm Grand Exit
Start: March 17, 2012 10:30 am
End: March 17, 2012 10:30 pm
Venue: Pioneer High School
Address:
601 W. Stadium Blvd., Ann Arbor, MI, 48103, United States
Cost: $10

Word and Action: An Acting Master Class with Gregory Doran

An event offered as part of the Creative Residency of the Royal Shakespeare Company.

Start: March 17, 2012 9:00 am
End: March 17, 2012 10:30 pm
Venue: Blau Auditorium
Address:
Ross School of Business, 701 Tappan St., Ann Arbor, MI, 48109, United States
Cost: Free

March 16, 2012

“The Orphan of Zhao” Presentation

An event offered as part of the Creative Residency of the Royal Shakespeare Company.

Start: March 16, 2012 4:00 pm
End: March 16, 2012 6:00 pm
Venue: Blau Auditorium
Address:
Ross School of Business, 701 Tappan St., Ann Arbor, MI, 48109, United States

March 15, 2012

Language and National Identity in Europe

Diego Marani

Annual Distinguished Lecture on Europe

 

Europe is a continent of many states and nations, cultures and languages. The process of integration of the European Union has been trying for more than 50 years to give unity to a patchwork of proud and ancient identities. Today, despite the Euro crisis and many contradictions, Europe is a more cohesive association of States, with a common ground of interests, a common economic perspective and perhaps even the perception of being one single entity.

But nonetheless Europe remains a collection of States, not a community of peoples. It cannot agree on a common vision of its history, it shares no common language and its citizens are often unable to communicate with each other. Instead of developing a supranational identity, European peoples appear to continuously rediscover and revamp ancient local identities, with their own languages and customs, traditions and cultures. This fragmentation is even more aggravated by the migration of more and more substantial non-European communities, speaking non-European languages, who tend not to integrate in the European society but to develop a system of loyalty of their own.

How can Europe build an identity of its own out of this melting pot? On what foundations was national identity built in Europe? Can the building of traditional national identities that led to the creation of the European nation-state be a model for today’s Europe?

Languages play an important role in the definition of European identity. They are associated with the very idea of fatherland and have often been opposed to the languages of other countries in a cultural and also political competition. Language is the distinctive element of each European nation. Languages shape our character, even our face, influence our perception of reality, our approach to problems, our vision of life. The European States were born from wars that traced first religious and then linguistic borders between them. But before the birth of the European nation-state, languages had no clear borders in Europe. They extended as far as their cultural influence could go, often without a clear difference between them in some transnational regions. Today language, territory and flag are still the three tokens of the European nation-state and the three symbols to which every European returns in times of difficulty.

Is it possible to conceive a European identity built on something else than languages? Can languages be shared and become an asset for all Europeans? To disentangle language from identity it is necessary to dismantle many prejudices and false assumptions that go to the very roots of the European cultures, of language teaching and even of civic values. In this framework, the provocation of an artificial mock language that imitates language unity to show its inadequacy for Europe might be of help. The fake language Europanto tries to demolish the dogmas of the European linguistic religion and to question in a satirical way the sacredness of the nation-state.

To have a future, Europe must invent a new form of patriotism, a different model of belonging, a European fatherland based on principles, not on borders, language and territories. In fact, for Europe to be united, the model of the nation-state must be abandoned.

 

Biography of the Speaker:

Diego Marani was born in Ferrara (Italy) in 1959. He received a degree in classical studies from the Liceo Ludovico Ariosto in Ferrara and in Simultaneous interpretation and Translation at the University of Trieste (Italy), specializing in French and English. He has worked as a translator at the Council of Ministers of the European Union and subsequently as policy officer at the Directorate General for Culture of the European Commission. He now works for the Directorate General for Interpretation of the European Commission, where he is in charge of international cooperation, training and support to universities. Marani has published many novels and essays; New Finnish Grammar, recently translated into English, received the Grinzane-Cavour prize in Italy, and The last of the Vostyaks received the Italian Campiello prize. Diego Marani is also the inventor of a language, Europanto, in which he wrote columns for a number of European newspapers and published a collection of short stories entitled Las adventuras des inspector Cabillot.  He is also a columnist, a blogger and commentator for Italian newspapers, including Il Sole 24 Ore, Il Fatto Quotidiano and La Nuova Ferrara.

Start: March 15, 2012 4:00 pm
End: March 15, 2012 6:00 pm
Venue: 1636 School of Social Work Building
Address:
1080 South University, Ann Arbor, MI, 48109, United States

The Impact of Journalistic Norms on the Framing of Title IX and Women’s Sports

SHARP Insight Lectures: How Title IX Changed the Game

Marie Hardin

Associate Professor of Journalism and Associate Director, Curley Center for Sports Journalism, Pennsylvania State University

 

Start: March 15, 2012 4:00 pm
End: March 15, 2012 5:30 pm
Venue: Harlan Hatcher Graduate Library, Gallery
Phone: 734 764 0400
Address:
913 South University Avenue, Ann Arbor, 48109-1190, United States

March 14, 2012

Ethnicity Beyond the Ethnic Enclave: Greek Americans in Brooklyn

Alexander Kitroeff

Professor, Haverford College

 

The stereotype of the newly wealthy, naive and over-friendly Greek American on a short visit to Greece was summed up with the Greek term “Brooklis” — most probably because the first such visitor was from Brooklyn.

There may well be a particular type of Greek American who resides in Brooklyn but he or she does not fit the stereotype.

This lecture and power point presentation explores the relationship between ethnicity and location by examining the ways New York’s most self-assertive, blue-collar and multiethnic borough has shaped the experiences of the many Greek Americans who grew up in Brooklyn.

In doing so it  highlights the careers of Greek Americans who gained national prominence growing up in a place where there was no ethnic concentration — no “Greektown” like Detroit’s — and where there was a wide dispersal of the Greeks among several other, larger ethnic groups.

Start: March 14, 2012 8:00 pm
End: March 14, 2012 9:30 pm
Venue: Michigan League
Phone: (734) 764-3177
Address:
911 N. University Ave., Ann Arbor, MI, 48109-1265, United States
Cost: Free

Pizza and a (Language) Movie: The Human Language

The Human Language Series is made up of three films. We will show the first two, 

 

Discovering the Human Language: “Colorless Green Ideas”

Noam Chomsky asks, “You meet somebody, say, at a bus stop, and you start having a conversation. How do you do it?” How does anyone know what word to say next? Program one is about words, sentences, and something unique to our species: syntax.

 

Acquiring the Human Language: “Playing the Language Game”

Are children wrong when they say “he drived” and “two gooses?” How does anyone know what a word really means? Do we inherit grammar? Program two is about how children “acquire” language without seeming to be taught.

 

http://www.equinoxfilms.net/page1.html

Start: March 14, 2012 7:00 pm
End: March 14, 2012 9:00 pm
Venue: Space 2435, North Quad (South Entrance)
Address:
105 South State Street, Ann Arbor, 48109, United States
Cost: Free

March 13, 2012

James Fenton Reading

An event offered as part of the Creative Residency of the Royal Shakespeare Company.

Start: March 13, 2012 5:00 pm
End: March 13, 2012 7:00 pm
Venue: Kalamazoo Room, Michigan League
Address:
911 North University Avenue, Ann Arbor, MI, 48109, United States

Creative Residency of the Royal Shakespeare Company


 

From Montage article:

From March 10 to March 20 upcoming, the UM and UMS will host the most recent event in the ten-year collaboration with the Royal Shakespeare Company–Creative Project 2012.

Michael Boyd, Artistic Director of the RSC and Senior Associate Director Gregory Doran will lead a group from the RSC and actors from the LAByrinth Theater Company of New York in a residency focusing on the development of two plays which will be produced later this year in Stratford, England.  Along with actors, the RSC will bring the Company’s voice coach, movement coach, a designer, the company’s producer and others—a group of some twenty in all, to work with our faculty and students on the two plays, which the RSC will present as part of the “Cultural Olympiad” mounted in England this year as a parallel to the sports Olympics to be held in London.

As part of their contribution to the Cultural Olympiad, the RSC is presenting a program of plays called “The World Elsewhere,” featuring fresh versions of
plays which were given a decisive turn in Shakespeare’s own time, but originating in far other parts of the world.  The two which will be worked on here are a Chinese play, The Orphan of Zhao, one of the most famous Chinese plays and the first to be given a European production; the second is Pushkin’s great play
Boris Godunov.

The chances for Michigan faculty and students to participate will be extraordinary and widespread.  Theatre students in directing will serve as Assistant Directors; students in acting will serve as part of the group for the reading from the stage of Boris Godunov. Faculty will consult with the directors on issues ranging from history to stagecraft. The Confucius Institute, supported in part by a grant from the office of the Vice-President of Academic and Multicultural Affairs, will mount a Symposium on all matters associated with the production of The Orphan of Zhao.

As the schedule will show, there are a variety of events open to the public, and all are warmly invited to attend and enjoy these events.

A warm welcome, then, to a company from what is arguably the premier theater group in the English-speaking world.  We treasure our chance to co-operate in the development of great public art.

Do join us as you can in this joint creative endeavor.

 

The following public events associated with this residency are listed on the Theme Semester site:

Start: March 13, 2012 8:00 am
End: March 19, 2012 5:00 pm

March 11, 2012

The Art and Craft of How to Make a Wayang (Javanese shadow puppet)

Workshop on Making Leather Shadow Puppets

Tickets no longer available.

 

126 East Quad, March 11, 10:00-noon. 

 

Organized by Susan Pratt Walton of the Residential College, this is part of  an interdisciplinary project focusing on wayang (Javanese shadow puppet theater) to complement the winter 2012 LSA theme “Language: the Human Quintessence.” She is bringing to UM a famous wayang troupe headed by puppeteer Ki Purbo Asmoro and his ten professional gamelan musicians who will accompany the wayang. The gamelan is a traditional ensemble of drums, gongs, metalophones, string instruments and singers. See “Javanese Shadow Puppet Theater: Language, Music, Drama and Art” for more information.

Start: March 11, 2012 10:00 am
End: March 11, 2012 12:00 pm
Venue: Keene Theater in the Residential College, East Quadrangle
Phone: 734.763.0032
Address:
701 East University Avenue, Ann Arbor, MI, 48109-1245, United States
Cost: Free

FoolMoon: Make-a-Luminary Workshop

Make your very own glowy sculpture and add its light to the FoolMoon mix. Don’t tell anybody — ’cause we gotta maintain our cachet, our mystique, our je ne sais quoi — but it’s really pretty easy: If you’ve got a spare couple of hours and don’t have a debilitating phobia of clear packing tape, it’ll be no sweat! Here’s some inspiration.

 

The theme for this year’s FoolMoon event is … you might want to sit down for this … “Language: The Human Quintessence.” So if you wanna riff on the “language thing,” that’s fine by us. Of course, we’re not exactly averse to “going rogue.” (Please note, however, that anyone wielding a rubber chicken will be summarily escorted from the event.)

 

The workshops are FREE (although we won’t actively prevent you from making the suggested $10 donation, should you be so inclined). The workshops take place at Workantile (118 S. Main St., Ann Arbor). They open at 10am and wrap up at 5pm. Feel free to pop in at anytime for a couple of hours — that’s all it takes to make a simple luminary. Complete event info.

 

How to: Check out this instructional videoon the fundamentals of luminary making.

 

Where can I buy a “Luminary Kit”? Kits containing everything you need to make a simple luminary sculpture are available from these fine and Foolish local businesses: Ace Barnes Hardware, Sweetwaters (on W. Washington), and Downtown Home & Garden.
See event details at www.festifools.org

 

Start: March 11, 2012 10:00 am
End: March 11, 2012 5:00 pm
Venue: Workantile
Address:
118 S. Main St., Ann Arbor, MI, 48104, United States
Cost: Free

March 10, 2012

Hanuman Aflame: Public Concert of Gamelan Music and Shadow Puppet Play

Public Concert of Gamelan Music and Shadow Puppet Play

Organized by Susan Pratt Walton of the Residential College, this is part of  an interdisciplinary project focusing on wayang (Javanese shadow puppet theater) to complement the winter 2012 LSA theme “Language: the Human Quintessence.” She is bringing to UM a famous wayang troupe headed by puppeteer Ki Purbo Asmoro and his ten professional gamelan musicians who will accompany the wayang. The gamelan is a traditional ensemble of drums, gongs, metalophones, string instruments and singers.

 

Kathryn Emerson, scholar of Javanese music and theater, will provide spontaneous translation of the improvised performance.  She has been working with Ki Purbo for several years and is lauded for her lively and informative translations. The troupe will perform the wayang on March 10. 2011, in the Michigan Union Ballroom. The play they have chosen is part of the famous Ramayana epic.

 

Tickets are free, but required. They are available at the Michigan Union Ticket Office.

See “Javanese Shadow Puppet Theater: Language, Music, Drama and Art” for more information.

Start: March 10, 2012 8:00 pm
End: March 10, 2012 10:30 pm
Venue: Michigan Union
Address:
530 S. State Street, Ann Arbor, MI, 48109-1308, United States
Cost: Free

Techniques of Moving and Breathing Life into Wayang Characters (Javanese shadow puppets)

Workshop on basic movement techniques for puppets and character traits.

Tickets no longer available.

 

Organized by Susan Pratt Walton of the Residential College, this is part of  an interdisciplinary project focusing on wayang (Javanese shadow puppet theater) to complement the winter 2012 LSA theme “Language: the Human Quintessence.” She is bringing to UM a famous wayang troupe headed by puppeteer Ki Purbo Asmoro and his ten professional gamelan musicians who will accompany the wayang. The gamelan is a traditional ensemble of drums, gongs, metalophones, string instruments and singers. See “Javanese Shadow Puppet Theater: Language, Music, Drama and Art” for more information.

 

Start: March 10, 2012 1:00 pm
End: March 10, 2012 3:00 pm
Venue: The University of Michigan Museum of Art
Phone: 734.764.0395
Address:
525 South State Street, Ann Arbor, MI, 48109-1354, United States
Cost: Free

Javanese Shadow Drama: The Challenges of Translation

Public lecture on the issues that arise when translating a language and culture as distant from our own as is Javanese.

 

Organized by Susan Pratt Walton of the Residential College, this is part of  an interdisciplinary project focusing on wayang (Javanese shadow puppet theater) to complement the winter 2012 LSA theme “Language: the Human Quintessence.” She is bringing to UM a famous wayang troupe headed by puppeteer Ki Purbo Asmoro and his ten professional gamelan musicians who will accompany the wayang. The gamelan is a traditional ensemble of drums, gongs, metalophones, string instruments and singers.

 

Kathryn Emerson, scholar of Javanese music and theater, will provide spontaneous translation of the improvised performance.  She has been working with Ki Purbo for several years and is lauded for her lively and informative translations. The troupe will perform the wayang on March 10. 2011, in the Michigan Union Ballroom. The play they have chosen is part of the famous Ramayana epic. Ms. Emerson will provide a lecture on the issues that arise when translating a language and culture as distant from our own as is Javanese, on March 10, 10:00 AM- noon, Rackham Amphitheater.

 

See “Javanese Shadow Puppet Theater: Language, Music, Drama and Art” for more information.

Start: March 10, 2012 10:00 am
End: March 10, 2012 11:30 am
Venue: Rackham Amphitheater
Address:
915 E. Washington St., Ann Arbor, MI, 48109-1070, United States
Cost: Free

East Asian Immersion Workshop: LANGUAGE ACROSS BOUNDARIES

words, writing, & gesture

 What makes the languages of East Asia distinct and yet so similar? Explore language as it relates to Asia by learning about language families, the evolution of writing and script, loan words, and English as a world language. Tap into non-verbal language/communication through performing arts and gesture. The program will feature presentations by visiting scholars, students, and community members, with hands-on calligraphy, movement and practice, word play, and more. Bring cultural engagement to your classroom through lesson plans, resources, and hands-on activities.

Cap off the day with a chance to connect with participants & organizers in a themed dinner event (optional)!

 

0.5 SB-CEUs AVAILABLE

 

Registration Fee: $30 (includes breakfast and lunch)

Deadline for Registration: March 2nd, 2012.

E-mail umsyouth@umich.edu to register (indicate if you would like SB-CEUs).

Ann Arbor Public School and Washtenaw Intermediate School District Teachers are eligible for reimbursements.

A limited number of grants may be available for teachers outside Washtenaw County. Please inquire at registration.

 

Sponsored by the Centers for Chinese and Japanese Studies, the Nam Center for Korean Studies, the University Musical Society, and the Confucius Institute

Presented in conjunction with the University of Michigan theme semester: “Language: The Human Quintessence” http://language.lsa.umich.edu/

Start: March 10, 2012 8:30 am
End: March 10, 2012 4:00 pm
Venue: Educational Conference Center, School of Social Work Building
Address:
1080 S. University Avenue, Ann Arbor, MI, 48109, United States
Cost: $30

March 9, 2012

Javanese Shadow Puppet Theater: Language, Music, Drama and Art

Susan Pratt Walton of the Residential College has put together an interdisciplinary project focusing on wayang (Javanese shadow puppet theater) to complement the winter 2012 LSA theme “Language: the Human Quintessence.” She is bringing to UM a famous wayang troupe headed by puppeteer Ki Purbo Asmoro and his ten professional gamelan musicians who will accompany the wayang. The gamelan is a traditional ensemble of drums, gongs, metalophones, string instruments and singers. Kathryn Emerson, scholar of Javanese music and theater, will provide spontaneous translation of the improvised performance. She has been working with Ki Purbo for several years and is lauded for her lively and informative translations. The residency of the wayang troupe features a public lecture and three workshops in addition to the performance of the wayang.

Start: March 9, 2012
End: March 11, 2012

March 8, 2012

Marcel Danesi (Language and Communication)

University of Toronto

The Meaning of Puzzles in Human Mental and Cultural Life

Puzzles have existed since the dawn of history. From riddles and anagrams to today’s Rubik’s Cubes, sudoku, and TV game shows, it seems that humans have engaged in this sort of activity since they became conscious beings. Why? This talk will look at the origins of puzzles and what they tell us about the human mind and how they relate to discoveries in language mathematics, and philosophy. It would seem that we possess a “puzzle instinct” that guides us in our overall search for meaning to life.

Start: March 8, 2012 6:00 pm
End: March 8, 2012 7:30 pm
Venue: Harlan Hatcher Graduate Library, Gallery
Phone: 734 764 0400
Address:
913 South University Avenue, Ann Arbor, 48109-1190, United States
Cost: Free

March 6, 2012

Roundtable on Less Commonly Taught Languages

While universities have begun to incorporate less commonly taught languages into their course offerings, instructors for these languages frequently have had to develop original instructional materials and lesson plans in order to facilitate learning and to accommodate institutional expectations.  In this roundtable, a panel of faculty will share their approaches to creating a curriculum for less commonly taught languages and then invite all participants to discuss some of the challenges they’ve faced and some of the innovations they’ve used.

Start: March 6, 2012 1:00 pm
End: March 6, 2012 2:30 pm
Venue: 1013 Palmer Commons
Address:
Ann Arbor, MI, 48109, United States

February 22, 2012

Playing for Change

Maybe you’ve seen the “Stand By Me” video on YouTube (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Us-TVg40ExM)—it’s been viewed more than 37 million times. It has quite a story behind it! Grammy-winning producer/engineer/filmmaker Mark Johnson founded Playing For Change on the simple idea that the world can be connected through music. Starting in Santa Monica, California, Mark captured a performance of “Stand By Me” by legendary street blues singer Roger Ridley, then he took the show on the road. In New Orleans, he put headphones on Grandpa Elliott, who harmonized with Ridley’s soulful rendition of the song. And he didn’t stop there. Using innovative mobile technology and traveling the world, they filmed and recorded more than 100 musicians, largely outdoors, in parks, plazas and promenades, in doorways, on cobblestone streets and amid hilly pueblos. Each captured performance created a new mix in which essentially the artists are all performing together, even though they’re hundreds or thousands of miles apart. The Playing for Change has continued and evolved through worldwide concert tours musicians from around the globe, many of whom have appeared in the project’s more than 50 videos. The PFC Band has performed on NBC’s The Tonight Show twice, and the two-disc CD/DVD set “Playing for Change: Songs Around the World” has reached the top ten on Billboard magazine’s pop chart. The project’s deep emotional resonance, combined with the muscle of the Internet and sheer word-of-mouth, has struck a profoundly enduring chord worldwide. Playing for Change is a musical story of hope, joy, and redemption.

Tickets for this event are $35. Ticket information is available at The Ark’s website: http://theark.org.

Start: February 22, 2012 8:00 pm
End: February 22, 2012 10:00 pm
Venue: The Ark
Phone: 734-761-1818
Address:
316 S. Main St., Ann Arbor, MI, 48104, United States
Cost: $35

The Linguists (film)

Scientists estimate that of 7,000 languages in the world, half will be gone by the end of this century. On average, one language disappears every two weeks.

THE LINGUISTS joins David Harrison and Gregory Anderson, scientists racing to document languages on the verge of extinction. David and Greg’s ’round-the-world journey takes them deep into the heart of the cultures, knowledge, and communities at stake.

THE LINGUISTS world premiered at the 2008 Sundance Film Festival. The only film funded by the National Science Foundation ever at Sundance, THE LINGUISTS has since screened at more than thirty festivals worldwide.

http://www.thelinguists.com/

Start: February 22, 2012 7:00 pm
End: February 22, 2012 9:00 pm
Venue: Space 2435, North Quad (South Entrance)
Address:
105 South State Street, Ann Arbor, 48109, United States
Cost: Free

February 21, 2012

Ancient Roman Ecphrasis: Overturning Theoretical Assumptions

Brown Bag Lecture by Basil Dufallo

University of Michigan

 

An influential view of ecphrasis (the description of art objects in literature) consists in treating it primarily as a way for authors to write about writing without appearing to do so. Modern theory and criticism have done much to propagate this perspective, even comparing such self-assertion of text over image to the colonizer’s domination of the colonized, and ancient Roman examples drawn from the major classical Latin texts have often been adduced in support. By contrast, my claim in the book from which this talk is drawn is that in Latin literature ecphrasis is also, and more centrally, about competition between cultures—Greek and Roman, literary and visual. By “competition,” however, I refer to something far more complex and subtle than simply overt, agonistic struggle or attempts at domination.

Roman ecphrasis stages a larger, ambivalent receptivity to Greek culture, a set of changing social attitudes reflecting the rapidly shifting political conditions of the Roman Republic and Principate. The trope is a site of cultural competition both in the way that Roman authors vie to display their receptivity to Greek culture (often for the benefit of patrons who also wish to display such an attitude) and in the way that divergent Roman and Hellenic cultures themselves can be said to compete, through ecphrasis, for influence over a Roman sense of self. But in both cases cultural competition occurs via the author’s receptive postures, as staged within broader cultural circumstances that favor a receptive response, in turn, from contemporary audiences: a broader Roman philhellenism expressed through visual and verbal means.

 

Basil Dufallo is associate professor of Classics and Comparative Literature at the University of Michigan. He is the author of The Captor’s Image: Greek Culture in Roman Ecphrasis (forthcoming), The Ghosts of the Past: Latin Literature, the Dead, and Rome’s Transition to a Principate, and articles on Latin literature and Roman culture. He is also co-editor, with Peggy McCracken, of Dead Lovers: Erotic Bonds and the Study of Premodern Europe.

Start: February 21, 2012 12:30 pm
End: February 21, 2012 2:00 pm
Venue: Institute for the Humanities
Address:
202 S. Thayer, room 2022, Ann Arbor, MI, 48109, United States
Cost: Free

February 19, 2012

Storytelling Festival for Kids

Each year The Ark revives the oldest of all the arts with our February Storytelling Festival, featuring talespinners from far and wide. This year’s tellers are New Hampshire-born Willy Claflin, Hungary’s Zalka Csenge Virág, Kalamazoo’s Alison Downey, and a mystery guest. Sunday’s program features kid-oriented stories from our 2012 Storytelling Festival artists. The Ark’s 25th annual Storytelling Festival is a collaboration with the Ann Arbor Storytellers’ Guild.

Willy Claflin was born before television. The only child of shy eccentric parents, he grew up in the woods of New Hampshire where he spent his childhood day dreaming and impersonating wild life. In boarding school, he found out he was funny. Willy is a now a master storyteller, mostly for adults, but his kid fans are still really important. He tells original and traditional stories. He sings his own songs, plus 1,032 eerie ballads from the British Isles and Appalachia—and a lot of blues and rock and roll. He is also the speaking mouth person for Maynard Moose, another famous storyteller and kids’ author. Zalka Csenge Virág, also known as The Multicolored Lady, is Hungary’s first international storyteller. She travels the world, sharing Hungarian folktales with her audiences (in English, Spanish and Hungarian), and takes all the stories she learns back home to Hungary. She represented Hungary at the Kids’ Euro Festival in Washington DC, telling Hungarian folktales in local schools, museums, and the Kennedy Center. Allison Downey can make an audience in a 500-seat theatre feel like they’re in her living room. “Dynamic, energetic, intimate, masterful, genuine, honest, humorous, hilarious, charismatic”—these are just a few of the descriptors chosen by critics and audiences to describe Allison’s performances. Alison’s storytelling career has been taking off— she appeared in the Moth Mainstage production at the Power Center during the 2011 Ann Arbor Summer Festival.

Tickets are $10. For more information about buying tickets, see http://theark.org.

 

Start: February 19, 2012 1:00 pm
End: February 19, 2012 3:00 pm
Venue: The Ark
Phone: 734-761-1818
Address:
316 S. Main St., Ann Arbor, MI, 48104, United States
Cost: $10

February 18, 2012

Ann Arbor/Ypsilanti Reads Event: The Rhino and the Valley Girl — A Workshop On Voice

 Growl, whisper, whine, mumble, bellow, sing — make a LOT of noise and explore the use of your voice! Want to learn to make sound effects? How about talking in alien languages? You’ll be amazed at the sounds you make when Willy Claflin, musician/puppeteer/storyteller, leads this workshop on voice.

Start: February 18, 2012 10:00 am
End: February 18, 2012 12:00 pm
Venue: Ann Arbor District Library, Downtown Library Multi-Purpose Room
Phone: 734-327-4555
Address:
343 South Fifth Avenue, Ann Arbor, MI, 48104, United States
Cost: Free

February 17, 2012

LSA Student Government Art Contest

Theme: Language. The Human Quintessence

Entries Due: March 15th (Extended deadline!) at 4pm to the LSA
Student Government Office (G325 Mason Hall)
All types of art accepted
Visit LSASG.umich.edu for complete rules and guidelines

Feeling creative? Submit your artwork to the LSA SG Theme Semester Art Contest! The submission date is Thursday, March 15, at 4pm in the LSA SG Office (G325 Mason Hall). All types of art including paintings, drawings, sculptures, photographs, music, and more can be submitted! Please visit our website, lsasg.umich.edu for contest guidelines. Contact Ally Sherman alrsherm@umich.edu with questions. 

Start: February 17, 2012 8:00 am
End: March 15, 2012 5:00 pm
Venue: LSA Student Government
Address:
G325 Mason Hall, Ann Arbor, MI, 48109, United States
Cost: Free

February 16, 2012

Ann Arbor/Ypsilanti Reads Event: Janice Pagano Of Building Bridges Therapy Center Discusses Speech And Language Development In Children

The theme for Ann Arbor Ypsilanti Reads 2012 is Language: How We Communicate. But, what happens when communication is difficult? Are you concerned about your child’s speech and language development?

Janice Pagano MA CCC Speech Language Pathologist and Clinical Director of Building Bridges Therapy Center will present information about signs and symptoms any parent can look for to determine if there is an area needing further attention. The guidelines presented will be applicable to children of all ages from birth through high school. Handouts, charts and practical rules of thumb will be provided.

Janice Pagano is the Clinical Director of Building Bridges Therapy Center. She has experience with diagnosis and treatment of multiple types of speech and language challenges and also has experience working within school settings.

Start: February 16, 2012 7:00 pm
End: February 16, 2012 8:30 pm
Venue: Ann Arbor District Library, Downtown Library Multi-Purpose Room
Phone: 734-327-4555
Address:
343 South Fifth Avenue, Ann Arbor, MI, 48104, United States

Michael Silverstein (Language and Culture)

The University of Chicago

Culture’s Pantomime: The Code of Life-as-Lived

Through bodily movement, a pantomime artist creates a sense of co-presence of objects, persons, etc. in a surrounding envelope of goal-directed social activity.  Just so, in any communicative use of language the interacting individuals create a framing sense of “who” they are – sociologically, what social identities they bring to and create in the situation – as well as the “what”—“where”—“when”—“why” of the occasion of their interaction, all through the magic of the “how” of their use of language and its surrounding signals.  In every interaction, this at first invisible socio-cultural frame that comes into being is the experienced “reality” of life-as-lived at that moment; its coded regularities, pervading all language, are denoted by the term ‘culture’.

Start: February 16, 2012 4:00 pm
End: February 16, 2012 5:30 pm
Venue: Harlan Hatcher Graduate Library, Gallery
Phone: 734 764 0400
Address:
913 South University Avenue, Ann Arbor, 48109-1190, United States

Indigenous Languages in Contemporary Latin America: Nahuatl

Presentation by Brian Whitener and Martin Vega

Romance Languages and Literatures

University of Michigan

Start: February 16, 2012 4:00 pm
End: February 16, 2012 5:30 pm
Venue: Space 2435, North Quad (South Entrance)
Address:
105 South State Street, Ann Arbor, 48109, United States
Cost: Free

Third Thursday in the Clark Library: Linguistic Maps

Come check out the new Stephen S. Clark Library for Maps, Government Information and Data Services. Our theme for this month’s open house is “Linguistic maps.”  We’ll have many maps and atlases on display which show the study and location of language groups and dialects, as well as many maps that use uncommon written languages including a rare Hawaiian atlas, ca. 1850. The event is in support of the Winter LSA Theme Semester on Language.

Public welcome. For more information call 734 764-0410

Start: February 16, 2012 4:00 pm
End: February 16, 2012 7:00 pm
Venue: Clark Library, Second floor, Hatcher Graduate Library
Phone: 734-764-0410
Address:
913 S. University Avenue, Ann Arbor, MI, 48109, United States
Cost: Free

February 15, 2012

Ann Arbor/Ypsilanti Reads Event: An Evening With Author Stephen G. Bloom: Making Sense Of The World

The theme for Ann Arbor Ypsilanti Reads 2012 is Language: How We Communicate. Award-winning journalist Stephen G. Bloom, the UM Howard R. Marsh Visiting Professor of Journalism, will discuss how he communicates through non-fiction writing – including his December piece “Observations From 20 Years of Iowa Life” in The Atlantic which set off a firestorm of controversy placing him in the national spotlight. Bloom will also discuss the role of journalists today, touching on the future of journalism and nonfiction writing.

Since 1993, Bloom has been on the faculty of the School of Journalism and Mass Communication at the University of Iowa, where he is Professor and the Bessie Dutton Murray Professional Scholar. Prior to joining the Iowa faculty, Bloom was a staff writer at the Sacramento Bee, San Jose Mercury News, Los Angeles Times, and Dallas Morning News. He was Brazilian correspondent for the Field News Service and national news editor at the Latin America Daily Post.

He is the author of “Tears of Mermaids: The Secret Story of Pearls,” “The Oxford Project” with photographer Peter Feldstein, “Inside the Writer’s Mind” and “Postville: A Clash of Cultures In Heartland America.” His work has appeared in numerous magazines and newspapers, including The Atlantic, Smithsonian, The New York Times Magazine, Washington Post, Wilson Quarterly, Salon, Chronicle of Higher Education, American Journalism Review, International Herald Tribune, Chicago Tribune Magazine, Money, Journal of Health Communication, Annals of Clinical Psychiatry, Journalism and Mass Communication Quarterly, American Editor, and National Public Radio’s All Things Considered

Start: February 15, 2012 7:00 pm
End: February 15, 2012 8:30 pm
Venue: Ann Arbor District Library, Downtown Library Multi-Purpose Room
Phone: 734-327-4555
Address:
343 South Fifth Avenue, Ann Arbor, MI, 48104, United States

February 14, 2012

Translating Matteo Ricci’s Jiaoyou lun

Timothy Billings
Professor of English and American Literatures, Middlebury College

 

In 1595 Matteo Ricci composed the first work to be written in Chinese by a European, a treatise on friendship in the classical style which instantly attracted the attention of discerning Chinese literati. This talk discusses the nature of the text and various challenges and insights that arose in the process of preparing its first English edition.

Start: February 14, 2012 12:00 pm
End: February 14, 2012 1:00 pm
Venue: 1636 School of Social Work Building
Address:
1080 South University, Ann Arbor, MI, 48109, United States

February 12, 2012

Professor Ray’s Everyday Science: Good Vibrations

Ann Arbor Hands On Museum

 

We’ll have a great time experimenting with vibrations, the sources of sounds. We’ll hear strange sounds made with common objects and learn how to make cool sounds at home. Ever seen sound extinguish a flame? You will here!

Start: February 12, 2012 3:00 pm
End: February 12, 2012 3:30 pm
Venue: Ann Arbor Hands On Museum
Phone: 734-995-5439
Address:
220 E. Ann St., Ann Arbor, MI, 48104, United States

Professor Ray’s Everyday Science: Good Vibrations

Ann Arbor Hands On Museum

 

We’ll have a great time experimenting with vibrations, the sources of sounds. We’ll hear strange sounds made with common objects and learn how to make cool sounds at home. Ever seen sound extinguish a flame? You will here!

Start: February 12, 2012 1:00 pm
End: February 12, 2012 1:30 pm
Venue: Ann Arbor Hands On Museum
Phone: 734-995-5439
Address:
220 E. Ann St., Ann Arbor, MI, 48104, United States

February 11, 2012

Professor Ray’s Everyday Science: Good Vibrations

Ann Arbor Hands On Museum

 

We’ll have a great time experimenting with vibrations, the sources of sounds. We’ll hear strange sounds made with common objects and learn how to make cool sounds at home. Ever seen sound extinguish a flame? You will here!

Start: February 11, 2012 3:00 pm
End: February 11, 2012 3:30 pm
Venue: Ann Arbor Hands On Museum
Phone: 734-995-5439
Address:
220 E. Ann St., Ann Arbor, MI, 48104, United States

Professor Ray’s Everyday Science: Good Vibrations

Ann Arbor Hands On Museum

 

We’ll have a great time experimenting with vibrations, the sources of sounds. We’ll hear strange sounds made with common objects and learn how to make cool sounds at home. Ever seen sound extinguish a flame? You will here!

Start: February 11, 2012 1:00 pm
End: February 11, 2012 1:30 pm
Venue: Ann Arbor Hands On Museum
Phone: 734-995-5439
Address:
220 E. Ann St., Ann Arbor, MI, 48104, United States

February 9, 2012

Ann Arbor/Ypsilanti Reads Event: Virtual Ink: eBook And Self-Publishing Workshop

Are you a writer or an aspiring author? Did you know that the theme for Ann Arbor Ypsilanti Reads 2012 is Language: How We Communicate – - and that you can discover tips on how to communicate YOUR work through eBooks and self-publishing at this event?

Local authors Lara Zielin and Margaret Yang will share their tips, tricks and successes with the brave new world of electronic self-publishing.

Lara Zielin is the author of two books for Young Adults, “Donut Days” and “The Implosion of Aggie Winchester” as well as the forthcoming “The Waiting Sky.” Margaret Yang is the co-author (under the name M.H. Mead) of “Fate’s Mirror,” “Good Fences” and other short fiction.

This event is for adults and teens (grade 6 and up)

Start: February 9, 2012 7:00 pm
End: February 9, 2012 8:30 pm
Venue: Traverwood Branch, Ann Arbor District Library
Phone: 327-4555
Address:
3333 Traverwood Drive (at Huron Parkway), Ann Arbor, MI, 48105, United States

February 8, 2012

L’enfant Sauvage (film)

One summer day in 1798, a naked boy eleven or twelve years of age (Jean-Pierre Cargol) is found in a forest in the rural district of Aveyron in southern France. A woman sees him, then runs off screaming. She finds some hunters and tells them that she saw a wild boy. They hunt him down with a pack of dogs (a Beauceron, a German Shepherd, an Airedale Terrier and an English Springer Spaniel). The dogs, upon picking up the boy’s scent, chase him up a tree. A branch breaks off, and the dogs attack him when he falls. He fights them off leaving one wounded, then continues to flee and hides in a hole. The dogs continue to follow his scent, eventually finding his hiding hole. The hunters arrive and force him out of the hole using smoke to cut off his air supply. After he emerges, the men grab him.

Living like a wild animal and unable to speak or understand language, the child has apparently grown up in solitude in the forest since an early age. He is brought to Paris and initially placed in a school for “deaf-mutes“. Dr. Jean Marc Gaspard Itard (François Truffaut) observes the boy and believes that he is neither deaf nor, as some of his colleagues believe, an “idiot“. Itard thinks the boy’s behavior is a result of his deprived environment, and that he can be educated.

Itard takes custody of the boy, whom he eventually names Victor, and removes him to his house on the outskirts of Paris. There, under the patient tutelage of the doctor and his housekeeper (Françoise Seigner), Victor gradually becomes socialized and acquires the rudiments of language.

There is a narrow margin between the laws of civilization in rough Parisian life and the brutal laws of life in nature. Victor finds a sort of equilibrium in the windows that mark the transition between the closed interiors and the world outside. But he gains his ability to have social relations by losing his capacity to live as a savage.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Wild_Child

Start: February 8, 2012 7:00 pm
End: February 8, 2012 9:00 pm
Venue: Space 2435, North Quad (South Entrance)
Address:
105 South State Street, Ann Arbor, 48109, United States
Cost: Free

Writing the Russian Conquest of Central Asia, 1839-1915

Alexander Morrison

Lecturer in imperial history, University of Liverpool

 

Between 1839 and 1895, Imperial Russia annexed approximately 1,500,000 square miles of territory in Central Asia, an example of European expansion that in speed and scale is matched only by the “Scramble for Africa” or the British annexation of India slightly earlier. Unlike the latter, however, it has generated a very meagre modern historiography, and the interaction of Russian motives, local dynamics, and ideological and technological change which brought it about are still very imperfectly understood. In English-language historiography the dominant interpretation is that of the “Great Game,” asserting that it was designed to threaten the British in India, something which tells us much more about how the British perceived it than it does about either Russian motives or the Central Asian experience of Conquest. In Russian-language writing the emphasis is usually placed on the Moscow textile industry’s need for a secure source of raw cotton and a captive market for Russian manufactured goods, crude economic determinism derived from the works of Lenin rather than from any actual evidence. The paucity of modern research is all the more surprising given the richness of the available sources–not only archival and published documents, but Islamic chronicles, officer memoirs, and military historiography which together represent an earlier, diverse and now largely ignored written legacy. This material is under-used and long overdue a reappraisal, but it has to be handled with caution. In the case of chronicles in Persian and Turkic this is because they are the product of an elite literary tradition more concerned with the internal politics of the Central Asian khanates than with the Russian advance itself. In the Russian case it can be deceptive in at least two respects–firstly because although it involved very small bodies of troops, this was one of the few unequivocally successful military campaigns for Russian arms in the nineteenth century. The weight of published campaign memoirs is thus disproportionate both to the numbers who took part and to the purely military dangers and difficulties they encountered in what was for the most part a classic case of asymmetrical colonial warfare. The other reason is that well before the conquest came to an end it was being quite deliberately narrated and mythologised in official historical works, beginning perhaps with the “Historical Section” of K. P. von Kaufman’s Turkestanskii Al’bom (1871-72) and the campaign histories of the Khiva Expedition of 1873. During his tenure as War Minister the Turkestanskii General Alexei Kuropatkin commissioned both M. A. Terent’ev’s Istoriya Zavoevaniya Srednei Azii (1906) and A. G. Serebrennikov’s vast publication of documents related to the conquest (1908–15). This process reached its peak in 1915, with the memorialisation and commemoration of the fiftieth anniversary of the fall of Tashkent. The last major article published by Voennyi Sbornik, running for the whole of 1916, even as Central Asia was convulsed by revolt, and still unfinished when the February Revolution broke out, was on the lessons which the Central Asian conquest supposedly held for Russia’s immediate challenges on the Eastern Front. This paper will analyse both the process of composition and the purposes for which these works were used by the Russian military establishment, and attempt to establish what, if any, impact they had on educated society in Russia.

Start: February 8, 2012 12:00 pm
End: February 8, 2012 1:30 pm
Venue: 1636 School of Social Work Building
Address:
1080 South University, Ann Arbor, MI, 48109, United States

February 7, 2012

Opening Reception, “U-M Library Celebrates Language” Exhibit

This reception will celebrate the opening of the University of Michigan Library’s exhibit: “U-M Library Celebrates Language.” The exhibit will run from February 1 – April 30, 2012, at the Hatcher Graduate Library Gallery. The reception is open to anyone interested in attending.

Start: February 7, 2012 4:00 pm
End: February 7, 2012 5:00 pm
Venue: Harlan Hatcher Graduate Library, Gallery
Phone: 734 764 0400
Address:
913 South University Avenue, Ann Arbor, 48109-1190, United States

February 6, 2012

Ann Arbor/Ypsilanti Reads Event: Monday Evening Book Discussion

Join in the discussion of the book selected for Ann Arbor/Ypsilanti Reads 2012 “Born On A Blue Day: Inside The Extraordinary Mind Of An Autistic Savant” by Daniel Tammet. Anyone is welcome to attend.

Start: February 6, 2012 7:00 pm
End: February 6, 2012 8:00 pm
Venue: Traverwood Branch, Ann Arbor District Library
Phone: 327-4555
Address:
3333 Traverwood Drive (at Huron Parkway), Ann Arbor, MI, 48105, United States
Cost: Free

February 3, 2012

Translating Dalit Testimony: Negotiating Rights Across Languages

Christi Merrill

2012 CICS Human Rights Fellow

 

 

Start: February 3, 2012 2:00 am
End: February 3, 2012 4:00 pm
Venue: Kalamazoo Room, Michigan League
Address:
911 North University Avenue, Ann Arbor, MI, 48109, United States

February 2, 2012

Robert Mankoff (Language and Humor)

The New Yorker

Online Responses to the New Yorker Cartoon Caption Contest: An Insider’s Take

As the cartoon editor of The New Yorker, I created the caption contest in 1998 and have been running and judging it since then, collecting and analyzing data from over 300 contests and 1.7 million entries with many interesting results about the statistical and textual characteristics of humorous user generated content.

The database has been made available to researchers in the fields of cognitive science and social psychology and yielded many interesting results.

The presentation will review these results to see which, if any, of the current theories of humor best explains them.

Also included in the presentation will be consideration of the forms of meta-humor the caption contest has spawned such as the anti-caption contest in which the objective is to write the worst possible caption and mashup sites which pair New Yorker cartoon images with Kanye West tweets or Charlie Sheen rants.

Start: February 2, 2012 6:00 pm
End: February 2, 2012 7:30 pm
Venue: Harlan Hatcher Graduate Library, Gallery
Phone: 734 764 0400
Address:
913 South University Avenue, Ann Arbor, 48109-1190, United States
Cost: Free

North American Computational Linguistics Olympiad (NACLO)

The North American Computational Linguistics Olympiad (NACLO) is an annual competition in which high school students solve linguistics problems drawn from a variety of languages. Only logic and reasoning skills are necessary; no prior knowledge of particular languages or of linguistics is required.

Start: February 2, 2012 10:00 am
End: February 2, 2012 1:00 pm
Venue: Michigan Union
Address:
530 S. State Street, Ann Arbor, MI, 48109-1308, United States

February 1, 2012

Ann Arbor/Ypsilanti Reads Film: Poto and Cabengo

The theme for Ann Arbor Ypsilanti Reads 2012 is Language: How We Communicate. Experience a very unique form of communication when you join us for this extraordinary haunting 1980 documentary.

Poto and Cabengo were identical twins who used a language unknown to other people until the age of eight. These San Diego twins, with little exposure to the outside world, created a private form of communication. A caseworker advised speech therapy, where it was quickly discovered that the young twins had invented a complex language of their own.

Director Jean-Pierre Gorin’s investigation of this phenomenon looks at the family from a variety of angles, with the director taking on the role of a sort of sociological detective. It’s a delightful and absorbing study of words and faces, mass media and hauntingly personal isolation. The film is not rated.

Start: February 1, 2012 7:00 pm
End: February 1, 2012 8:15 pm
Venue: Ann Arbor District Library, Downtown Library Multi-Purpose Room
Phone: 734-327-4555
Address:
343 South Fifth Avenue, Ann Arbor, MI, 48104, United States

Gender and Sexuality: What’s Language Got to Do With It?


Wednesday, February 1, 2012

4:00 PM – 5:30 PM

Hatcher Graduate Library, Room 100, Gallery

Speakers:

  • Anne Curzan
 University of Michigan, English, Linguistics and Education
  • Scott Kiesling
 University of Pittsburgh, Linguistics
  • Robin Queen
 University of Michigan, Linguistics
  • Shelley Swearingen 
University of Michigan, English
Start: February 1, 2012 4:00 pm
End: February 1, 2012 5:30 pm
Venue: Harlan Hatcher Graduate Library, Gallery
Phone: 734 764 0400
Address:
913 South University Avenue, Ann Arbor, 48109-1190, United States

January 31, 2012

Lecture: Ann Arbor/Ypsilanti Reads Event: Dr. Rick Solomon Discusses Autism: The Brain-Mind Connection

Find out more about autism in this informative lecture by developmental and behavioral pediatrician Rick Solomon MD. In this lecture Dr. Solomon will update participants on the most recent scientific evidence related to autistic spectrum disorders (ASDs). His talk will cover the brain science and genetics of ASDs; demonstrate the diagnostic criteria with video examples; discuss possible causes for the large increase in prevalence, including the controversial relationship between ASD and immunizations/mercury; and overview the evidence for behavioral, developmental, educational and dietary/alternative interventions. His PowerPoint and a list of scientific references will be provided.

Start: January 31, 2012 7:00 pm
End: January 31, 2012 8:30 pm
Venue: Ann Arbor District Library, Downtown Library Multi-Purpose Room
Phone: 734-327-4555
Address:
343 South Fifth Avenue, Ann Arbor, MI, 48104, United States
Cost: Free

January 27, 2012

Early word learning through communicative inference

Michael Frank

Stanford University

 

How do children learn their first words? While they are able to make use of distributional information about the co-occurrence of words and objects, even very young children also seem to take into account information about speakers’ communicative intentions. Rather than being though of as purely statistical or purely social, I argue that much of children’s early word learning is best explained as a process of statistical inference about speakers’ communicative intentions. First, I’ll present eye-tracking data on children’s social attention during word learning suggesting that children gradually become more oriented to the social world. Second, I’ll show some experimental data on children’s inferences about other people’s communicative intentions. Finally, I’ll show a computational model that instantiates a simple version of communicative inference and can both learn words accurately from natural corpus data and predict a range of developmental results. In sum, this research suggests that a communicative inference framework can explain a wide variety of developmental results in early word learning.
Start: January 27, 2012 12:30 pm
End: January 27, 2012 1:30 pm
Venue: 4448 East Hall
Address:
Ann Arbor, MI, 48109, United States

January 26, 2012

Michael Frank (Language and Thought)

Stanford University

Numbers as tools for thinking

What is the relationship between language and thought? Traditional approaches to this question have staked out extreme positions: either that language determines the shape of the thoughts you can entertain, or else that natural language is only a thin overlay on top of a more basic “language of thought.”  Work in the domain of numerical cognition supports a middle view: that language is a tool that can help with complex cognitive tasks by supplementing core non-linguistic numerical abilities. But if number systems are tools, then the way these tools are structured should make a big difference to how they are used and what they are good for. In this talk, I’ll describe cross-linguistic and cross-cultural evidence from Brazil, India, and Papua New Guinea, showing some of the incredible variation in number representations across the world and how these representations affect the cognition of their users.

Start: January 26, 2012 4:00 pm
End: January 26, 2012 5:30 pm
Venue: Harlan Hatcher Graduate Library, Gallery
Phone: 734 764 0400
Address:
913 South University Avenue, Ann Arbor, 48109-1190, United States
Cost: Free

Picturing Hachiman: Using the Past to Serve the Present

Melanie Trede

2011-12 Toyota Visiting Professor, CJS

Professor, History of Japanese Art, Heidelberg University

 

Do medieval narratives and their pictorializations matter today? In 2007, a scandal at the Asian Art Museum of San Francisco involved a 1389 handscroll of the Hachiman narrative, raising questions regarding the relevance of history, the veracity of images, and the politics of display. Beginning with a disciplinary critique and methodological explorations, this paper examines the influential history of the Hachiman legend and its visualizations. Drawing on thick descriptions of three pre-modern handscrolls and popular imagery of the 1870s and 1880s, I argue that the repeated textual and pictorial reinventions were imperative in devotional, individual, institutional and political times of crisis.

Start: January 26, 2012 12:00 pm
End: January 26, 2012 1:00 pm
Venue: 1636 School of Social Work Building
Address:
1080 South University, Ann Arbor, MI, 48109, United States

January 25, 2012

Unveiling of Student Mural, Language: The Quintessence, Palmer Commons

Palmer Commons, a gathering spot at the heart of the Central and Medical Campus, has become an essential site for meetings and events, from formal academic talks to informal student study groups. This vital campus space has paired with Mark Tucker’s ‘Art in Public Spaces’ class to allow an exceptional example of student work to greet Palmer Commons visitors.

 

Mark Tucker, Art Director for the Lloyd Hall Scholars Program and founder of the popular local event Festifools, invited students to design and create a 1,235-square foot mural. This mural is now installed in the 4th Floor Atrium at Palmer Commons, a location visible from many positions both inside and outside the building. In designing the mural, several students were guided by the theme of language. More importantly, though, all of the students who created this mural ‘exercised their visual language skills throughout,’ in Tucker’s own words. The title of the resulting mural, ‘Language: The Quintessence,’ reflects this focus, and represents an important creative and visually striking element of the Theme Semester.

 

The official unveiling of the mural, which takes place at Palmer Commons on Wednesday, January 25 from 7-8:00 pm, offers an opportunity to be among the first to admire this exciting artwork and hear the artists talk about the process of creating it.

 

More information about the creation of the mural can be found at: artpublicspaces.blogspot.com.

Start: January 25, 2012 7:00 pm
End: January 25, 2012 8:00 pm
Venue: Palmer Commons
Phone: 734-615-4444
Address:
100 Washtenaw Avenue, Ann Arbor, MI, 48109-2218, United States

January 19, 2012

10th Annual Ann Arbor/Ypsilanti Reads Event

This 10th annual event focuses on the 2012 Ann Arbor/Ypsilanti Reads book selection Born On A Blue Day: Inside The Mind Of An Autistic Savant by Daniel Tammet, and will feature nationally-known Autism Consultant Dr. Julie Donnelly and (via Skype) Dr. Darold Treffert, one of the world’s leading experts on Autistic Savant Syndrome. Arrive early (door open at 6 pm) and spend time interacting with local organizations, many of will center on autism and local related services. Copies of the book will also be for sale.

Start: January 19, 2012 7:00 pm
End: January 19, 2012 9:00 pm
Venue: Morris Lawrence Building, Washtenaw Community College
Address:
4800 Huron River Drive, Ann Arbor, MI, 48105, United States
Cost: Free

January 18, 2012

We Still Live Here (film)

The Wampanoag nation of southeastern Massachusetts ensured the survival of the Pilgrims in New England, and lived to regret it. We Still Live Here – Âs Nutayuneân tells the story of the return of the Wampanoag language, the first time a language with no native speakers for many generations has been revived in this country. Spurred on by an indomitable linguist named Jessie Little Doe, the Wampanoag are bringing their language and their culture back.

http://www.itvs.org/films/we-still-live-here

Start: January 18, 2012 7:00 pm
End: January 18, 2012 9:00 pm
Venue: Space 2435, North Quad (South Entrance)
Address:
105 South State Street, Ann Arbor, 48109, United States
Cost: Free

January 15, 2012

Film: Ann Arbor/Ypsilanti Reads Event – Film: Brain Man: The Boy With The Incredible Brain

This year’s Read focuses on the book Born On A Blue Day: Inside The Mind Of An Autistic Savant by Daniel Tammet – a journey into one of the most fascinating minds alive today—guided by the owner himself. Gain insight into the mind of this extraordinary individual – one of the world’s 100 living geniuses – when you join us for this intriguing documentary, first broadcast in Britain in 2005. The Boy With The Incredible Brain is Daniel Tammet’s breathtaking story. A twenty-something with extraordinary mental abilities, he is one of the world’s few savants. He can do calculations to 100 decimal places in his head, and learn a language in a week.This documentary follows Daniel as he travels to America to meet the scientists who are convinced he may hold the key to unlocking similar abilities in everyone. He also meets the world’s most famous savant, the man who inspired Dustin Hoffman’s character in the Oscar winning film Rain Man.

Start: January 15, 2012 2:00 pm
End: January 15, 2012 3:30 pm
Venue: Ann Arbor District Library, Downtown Library Multi-Purpose Room
Phone: 734-327-4555
Address:
343 South Fifth Avenue, Ann Arbor, MI, 48104, United States
Cost: Free

January 13, 2012

Leanne Hinton (MLK speaker)

University of California in Berkeley

Language revitalization, civil rights, and modern times

The indigenous language revitalization movement of North America has roots in the Civil Rights Movement of the 1960′s. Language loss in indigenous communities is often viewed as the result of linguistic oppression, with the boarding schools being a major example; and the effort to reclaim the lost language is an expression of freedom.  At the same time, language loss is moving faster today than ever before, no longer due so much to oppression, but more to modern media and other features of modern American life that leave no room for the mother tongue.  We will examine case studies to show how indigenous people are battling to express their right to know and use their languages in the face of the overwhelming pressure from the English language.

Start: January 13, 2012 4:00 pm
End: January 13, 2012 5:30 pm
Venue: William L. Clements Library
Phone: 734 764 2347
Address:
909 South University Ave, Ann Arbor, 48109-1190, United States
Cost: Free

January 11, 2012

Lecture: Ann Arbor /Ypsilanti Reads Event: How To Achieve Student Success For Adults And Teens (Grade 6 And Up)

Join us for this session, presented by the UM Center For Human Adjustment, which offers tips to help middle and high school students with language-based learning disabilities, including dyslexia, improve the way they tackle reading and writing assignments, as well as organize themselves and prepare for tests. Do not miss this informative presentation by Karen Wasco, M.S., CCC-SLP.

Start: January 11, 2012 7:00 pm
End: January 11, 2012 8:30 pm
Venue: Ann Arbor District Library, Downtown Library Multi-Purpose Room
Phone: 734-327-4555
Address:
343 South Fifth Avenue, Ann Arbor, MI, 48104, United States
Cost: Free

January 10, 2012

Language of Mudra

Exploring the idea of language expressed through mudra or hand gestures in the Odissi style of Indian classical dance, Sreyashi Dey, with Ishika and Kritika Rajan and Debnita Talapatra, will present an innovative dance performance as part of the LSA Language theme semester. Focusing on three aspects – Language and Communication, Language and Gesture, and Language and Culture, the performance will uncover the layers of meaning and symbolism inherent in the dance, thus drawing the audience into the process of dance making. With its elaborate and intricate gestural language, Indian classical dance has a complex and stylized vocabulary that is not always fully accessible to the audience. This performance is unusual in taking the viewer through the creative process – a journey through the building blocks of the language of dance to the rich tapestry of the final presentation, as traditionally seen on the stage.

Start: January 10, 2012 7:00 pm
End: January 10, 2012 8:00 pm
Venue: Keene Theater in the Residential College, East Quadrangle
Phone: 734.763.0032
Address:
701 East University Avenue, Ann Arbor, MI, 48109-1245, United States

January 8, 2012

Hands-On Workshop: Ann Arbor/Ypsilanti Reads Event: Comic Artists Forum With Guest Artist Rob Stenzinger For Adults And Teens (Grade 6 And Up)

Learn how to communicate YOUR ideas through innovative comic storytelling techniques in this January edition of Comic Artists Forum, featuring (via skype) guest artist Rob Stenzinger, the creator of Art Geek Zoo: The Way of Sound, a music fantasy adventure online at artgeekzoo.com, collected in print, and available as an eBook. Rob will show you how to publish your serial comic one page at a time, keep your readers interested, and have it all link together as one big story. In this interactive workshop via Skype, he will share comic storytelling techniques, the importance of the dramatic reveal, and why comics are the perfect home for your serial story. We’ll even work as a group to chain together a few short comic strips into a serialized comic! Drawing supplies will be provided.

Start: January 8, 2012 1:00 pm
End: January 8, 2012 3:00 pm
Venue: Ann Arbor District Library, 4th Floor Meeting Room
Phone: 734-327-8301
Address:
343 South Fifth Avenue, Ann Arbor, MI, 48104, United States
Cost: Free
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