modern and classical languages

Language Talk - Episode 18

Our eighteenth Language Talk: KWLA podcast, Struggling Learners and Literacy, features hosts Laura Roché Youngworth and Jeanmarie Rouhier-Willoughby discussing research-based strategies to engage at-risk learners in the world language classroom with author and UK professor Francis Bailey (Modern and Classical Languages, Literatures, and Cultures and Director of the Master of Arts in Teaching English as a Second Language). Topics include: role of memory in learning, cultural disruption, and non-literacy oriented learners. If you have an event or idea to share on the Outreach Clearinghouse, please contact Laura Roché Youngworth (laura.roche@fayette.kyschools.us) or Jeanmarie Rouhier-Willoughby (j.rouhier@uky.edu).

Language Talk - Episode 17

In Language Talk #17 Laura Roche-Youngworth speaks with the director of the annual Kentucky World Language Association Showcase, Lydia Kohler, and the chair of one of the host departments at the University of Kentucky, Jeanmarie Rouhier-Willoughby. They discuss plans for the event on the UK campus on March 25, 2017, from student competitions to the professional fair and other cultural events at the Showcase. For more details on the KWLA Showcase, visit kwla.org/showcase or contact Lydia Kohler at showcase@kwla.org

Wicked Souls and Bodies: Evil Spirits, Sexuality, Gender, and Violence in the Lore of the African Diaspora

While the African diaspora generally describes the dispersal(s) of African-descended peoples throughout the world from modernity to the present, it demands the sighting of various contexts, causes, results, and memories.  This symposium’s focus on the African diaspora as articulated a transatlantic contexts provides a platform that underscores diversity and the human condition in a national and transnational manner. The cultural, linguistic, ethnic/racial, and generational dynamics of the Black Atlantic provide a fruitful intellectual context for exploring the roles of problematic acts of agency in oppressive spaces.
 
This mini-symposium examines folktales and folktale-like stories as sites of both abjection and healing.  This symposium will study stories that illustrate how individuals protect their identity and bodily integrity. We will discover how storytellers from the Americas have responded to the effect of colonization and colonialism through oral and literary works that underscore the cultural and psychological characteristics as well as the resilience of their communities. Presenters will examine the carnal violence and brutality associated with sex and gender in folktales and fairytales from the Americas. In so doing, this mini-symposium will put European and African folklore in conversation with the New World’s oral and literary traditions. For instance, in French Caribbean lore, whenever one speaks about evil spirits, one speaks about pacts with the devil and magical practices for white or black magic. Syncretic re-appropriations of Catholicism are often at the heart of measures taken against evil practices. In addition, the nocturnal violation of female bodies by male evil spirits (incubi) resembles the supernatural assault tradition called cauchemar or witch-riding in southwest Louisiana. The Caribbean vampire is often an old woman (a soucougnant or soucouyant) who, at night, suckspeople’s bloodseeking vital energy and, in so doing, recalling the West African witch. Moreover, the consequences of sexual violence do not spare men either.  In French Caribbean folklore, the diablesse (She-devil) often eats men’s hearts while succubi (or other devil spawns) petrify them to death. The dialogues between the various spaces are intriguing to say the least.
 
Rationale for the conference
 
 
Globalization in the twenty-first century has both exposed and increased tensions around the construction of diverse communities. Now, more ever, the world’s great variety and diversity prompt heated discussions pertaining to class, race/ethnicity, nationality, gender/sex, urban/rural, religious affiliation, etc. Each of these societal categories —along with the others— enhances the ways that students, faculty, administration and staff see and envision themselves as part of this vibrant and productive community that is the University of Kentucky. 
 
To foster campus dialogue within Arts & Sciences and beyond, to promote the critical study of community building, and to open new perspectives in discussions around selfhood and otherness, the “Wicked Souls” intends to be a mini-symposium that deploys Caribbean studies and particularly folktales and marvelous stories and their connections to religious or spiritual practices as a platform to explore how communities see others and envision themselves. Indeed, in the French Caribbean, for instance, whenever one speaks about evil spirits, one speaks about pacts with the devil and Quimbois (magical practices for white or black magic; also considered as medicinal and healing practices). Catholicism (or syncretic re-appropriation of it) is at the heart of measures taken against evil practices. As a part of the implementation of the University Strategic plan for Diversity and Internationalization, this symposium aims to increase the profile of Caribbean and Black Atlantic Diasporic Cultures here at the University of Kentucky and inform colleagues beyond our walls of this growing field of inquiry on our campus.
 
Some of the questions this mini-symposium will address include:
 
       gender and race relationships in colonial and postcolonial societies.
       the historical and cultural contexts that have contributed to the formation of the lore of the African Diaspora in the Americas.
       how the eroticized bodies bears traces of its social, political and cultural codification.
       the relationship of domination, power and violence between men and women in the Americas.
       religious and spiritual practices in diasporic spaces
       challenge dominant ideologies about what folklore means in the Americas.
       explore notions of self, gender, race and ethnicity as shifting social constructs while studying the male and female body as a reflection of colonial  and postcolonial societies in the Caribbean.
 
It is within this framework that this symposium considers theories associated with psychoanalytic and fairytales studies, postcolonial studies, and trauma studies as ways of conceiving and analyzing the construction of intercultural and diverse communities. Though presenters will examine stories from the African Diaspora, members of the audience will also be invited to ponder the extent to which trauma born out of colonial rule has impacted inhabitants of the Caribbean and the Americas, irrespective of gender or ethnicity.
Date: 
Wednesday, February 3, 2016 - 5:00pm to 7:00pm
Location: 
ine Arts Library, Study Room 1 (upstairs)

The 22nd Breathitt Lecture to Explore Evolution of Pandora, and Woman, in Literature

Language Talk - Episode 4

Our fourth Language Talk: KWLA podcast, National Updates, features co-hosts Laura Roché Youngworth and Jeanmarie Rouhier-Willoughby discussing with Jacque VanHouten, 2015 President of the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages, national issues and initiatives relevant to world language educators. Topics include current policy such as bi-lingual certification, curricular and instructional shifts, and advocacy opportunities for educators of languages. If you have an event or idea to share on the Outreach Clearinghouse, please contact Laura Roche (laura.roche@fayette.kyschools.us) or Jeanmarie Rouhier-Willoughby (j.rouhier@uky.edu).

This podcast was produced by Casey Hibbard

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Treating it Like Any Other Language: Kelly Lawyer and Latin

Graduate student Kelly Lawyer joins us in the podcast studio to discuss her study and passion for Latin, as well as possible paths she may be taking that interest in the future.

This podcast was produced by David Cole.

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International Studies Day

Date: 
Friday, May 1, 2015 - 11:30am to 7:00pm
Location: 
Student Center 211

Language Talk - Episode 3

Our third Language Talk: KWLA podcast, Unwrapping the World Language Program Review, features host Laura Roché Youngworth discussing with Alicia Vinson, Lucas Gravitt, and Lydia Kohler details of the KY Program Review. As they “unwrap” the terminology of the PR, they share their understandings of Regular and Routine, Global Competency, Job-embedded, performance goals, etc. and share examples of how these are being implemented across the state. If you have an event or idea to share on the Outreach Clearinghouse, please contact Laura Rochelaura.roche@fayette.kyschools.us or Jeanmarie Rouhier-Willoughby (j.rouhier@uky.edu).

This podcast was produced by Casey Hibbard.

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UK Confucius Institute Brings Exhibit, Symposium With Focus on Jewish Refugees in Shanghai

An exhibition and symposium at the University of Kentucky will explore the experience of Jewish refugees in China.

French Studies Forum on the Paris Attacks

The University of Kentucky recently hosted a French Studies Forum on the Paris Attacks, organized by French and Francophone Studies within the Department of Modern and Classical Languages, Literatures, and Cultures.

The participants in the forum address the cultural and political context of, as well as the emerging and continuing fallout surrounding, the recent deadly attacks on the French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo and a Paris kosher market (January 7-9, 2015).

Discussion participants (in the order in which they speak):
Jeffrey Peters, French and Francophone Studies (MCLLC)
Leon Sachs, French and Francophone Studies (MCLLC)
Jeremy Popkin, Department of History
Suzanne Pucci, French and Francophone Studies (MCLLC)
Michael Samers, Department of Geography
Sadia Zoubir-Shaw, French and Francophone Studies (MCLLC)
Ihsan Bagby, Arabic and Islamic Studies (MCLLC)
Joel Pett, political cartoonist, Lexington Herald-Leader

This podcast was produced by Casey Hibbard

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