Oct 17

Anti-Racist Pedagogy in the (Second) Language Classroom with José Magro

October 24th
Room 6495
2:00 – 3:30 pm
For more information, please click here
Antiracist pedagogy in the language classroom? Sure, but why, how?! This presentation explores how the inclusion of sociolinguistics content in a language classroom plays a role in developing explicit antiracist linguistic awareness and how this awareness influences motivation and linguistic proficiency. Departing from an epistemological perspective rooted in critical applied linguistics, a longitudinal study with qualitative and quantitative components was carried out with advanced students of Spanish as a second language within a content-based instructional model. This presentation will focus on how integrating contents related to the sociopolitical dimension of language influenced linguistic awareness and motivation. Moreover, examples of how to integrate these contents in daily instruction will be presented.
Raised in Alcorcón, Madrid, and a long-time resident of Brooklyn, Dr. José Magro comes to us with a rich background as an international Spanish Hip-Hop artist and educator. His primary areas of research are sociolinguistics, critical applied linguistics, language and identity, language ideologies, glotopolitics, translation, bilingualism, Spanish as a heritage language in the USA, mixed-methodologies, and, very particularly, Hip-Hop and explicitly anti-racist pedagogies. His work as an artist has been published and featured worldwide. As a Hip-Hop educator, his work has been featured in The Huffington Post, and as a scholar his latest publications are: Talking Hip-Hop: When stigmatized language varieties become prestige varieties (Linguistics and Education, 2016), Aplicación de la Teoría Crítica de Raza en la organización y representación del conocimiento (Mártinez-Avila, Ferrera, Magro, SCIRE, 2015), and Cine infantil, doblaje e iconización: Traduciendo el cómo enseñar a los niños a discriminar (LARR, 2017 in proc.) He is currently a Visiting Assistant Professor at the University of Maryland at College Park where he teaches Translation, Sociolinguistics, and Spanish.

Oct 17

Prof. Paul Julian Smith Introduces Carmín Tropical @ Films for Mexico Series

On September 7 and 19, 2017 two catastrophic earthquakes devastated southern and central Mexico, leaving half a thousand dead and hundreds of thousands affected by the damages in buildings and urban infrastructure. Mexico City was severely hurt, but also many smaller cities and rural communities already suffering from extreme poverty. There are around 150 thousand destroyed or damaged buildings in six states, and the Mexican government estimates that reconstruction efforts will cost more than 2 billion dollars.

Citizen participation in salvage and relief efforts have been widely spread around the country and Films for Mexico is a collaborative effort to help from New York City. Mexican filmmakers, distribution companies, and several sponsoring organizations at the Graduate Center, including the Comparative Literature, History, and LAILC departments, worked to create a series of screenings of contemporary films from Mexico to raise awareness and promote donations to NGOs working on reconstruction in Mexico City, Puebla, Morelos and Oaxaca.

Film screenings will take place at The Graduate Center Thursdays and Fridays in October from 6:00 to 8:00 pm.


Our Professor Paul Julian Smith will introduce Carmín Tropical (Mexico, 2014). Directed by Rigoberto Pérezcano. It won Best Feature Film at the Morelia International Film Festival. Carmín Tropical tells the story of Mabel, a muxe, third gender people in Zapotec communities, that returns home to her village in Oaxaca, Mexico to find her friend’s killer.

Friday, October 13, 6-8 pm, Segal Theater, The Graduate Center, CUNY


For more information and other film screenings visit: filmstudies.commons.gc.cuny.edu

Oct 17

Exportar cultura: políticas culturales en España y Latinoamérica

October 20 at 4:30 in Rm. 4116
The Ph.D. Program in Latin American, Iberian and Latino Cultures at The Graduate Center, CUNY has invited top cultural organizers from Argentina, Chile, Galicia, the Basque Country, and Catalonia to discuss the challenges involved in exporting national cultures to the US and other countries.
The symposium’s speakers include Eduardo Almirantearena (Consulate of Argentina, New York), Roberto Brodsky (Embassy of Chile, Washington), Josep Anton Fernández (Intitut Ramon Lull, Catalonia), Emilia García López (Consello da Cultura Galega, Galicia), and Garbiñe Iztueta (Instituto Etxepare, Basque Country).
Free and open to the public
Reception to follow
For more information, please click here

Oct 17

Multilingualism in Schools in Catalonia with Prof. Comajoan-Colomé

This lecture will review the current situation of multilingualism in schools in Catalonia taking into account recent developments in four aspects: 1) demographics of Catalonia and the school population, 2) language competence achieved by students, 3) language ideology of agents involved in schools, and 4) teaching methodologies related to bilingual education. The developments will be analyzed examining data from recent research projects.

Llorenç Comajoan-Colomé (Ph.D., Indiana University, Bloomington) is Associate Professor at Universitat de Vic-Universitat Central de Catalunya, where he teaches in the Department of Language and Literature Teaching at the School of Education, Translation and Humanities. He coordinates the Research Group on Education, Language, and Literature and the M.A. Program on Teaching Catalan as a First and Second Language. He is a member of the Research Centre for Sociolinguistics and Communication at Universitat de Barcelona. His research interests are educational sociolinguistics, second language acquisition, and language teaching.

For more information please visit us here

Sep 17

Diálogo con el Che de José Rodríguez Soltero con el Profesor Julio Ramos

El profesor Julio Ramos presentará sobre Diálogo con el Che (1968), film experimental del cineasta puertorriqueño José Rodríguez Soltero realizado en Nueva York con la actuación de Rolando Peña y Taylor Mead unos meses después del asesinato del Che Guevara en Bolivia. La película, recientemente restaurada, incita a reflexionar sobre la relación entre cine experimental y política en la década del sesenta y expande las discusiones interseccionales sobre las inflexiones boricuas y latinas del underground neoyorquino.
Para obtener más información, haga clic aquí.
Professor Julio Ramos will present on Diálogo con el Che (1968), an experimental film by the Puerto Rican filmmaker José Rodríguez Soltero, made in New York a few months after the death of Che Guevara in Bolivia, with a performance by Rolando Peña and Taylor Mead. The movie, recently restored, encourages us to reflect on the relationship between experimental cinema and politics during the sixties and expands intersectional discussions about the Puerto Rican and Latino inflexions of the New York underground.
For more information click here
This event was canceled due to unforeseen circumstances 

Sep 17

LL Journal: Call for Papers

Nuesto LL Journal se complace en lanzar la convocatoria para el segundo número del volumen 12, “Cuerpo, Comunidad y Lenguaje.” Envíe su trabajo para el 15 de octubre. Para pautas e información complementaria haga clic aquí.

Our LL Journal is pleased to announce its Call for Papers for the second number of volume 12, “Body, Community, and Language.” Please send your submission by October 15. For guidelines and more information click here.

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Twitter: twitter.com/LLJournalCUNY

Sep 17

Pres. Macron Announces French Dual Language Fund, Remarks by Prof. García

President Emmanuel Macron of the Republic of France

Professor Ofelia García of The Graduate Center, CUNY

September 20
Elebash Recital Hall or Segal Theatre

Under the high auspices of President Emmanuel Macron of the Republic of France, the Graduate Center will co-host an event on Wednesday, September 20 with the Cultural Services of the French Embassy during which President Macron will announce the establishment of the French Dual Language Fund to promote and support bilingual education in the U.S.

In addition to remarks by President Macron, our very own Professor Ofelia García will offer remarks.

The Graduate Center has arranged for the event to be simulcast so that members of the Graduate Center community — students, faculty, and staff — may watch it live together. To watch the simulcast, please come to Elebash Recital Hall or Segal Theatre by 1:30 p.m. on Wednesday, September 20.

For more information about the French Dual Language Fund click here

Images: source,source (CC BY 2.0)

More: Professor Ofelia García’s remarks can be found here


Sep 17

Book Launch: Queer Mexico & Spanish Lessons by Paul J. Smith

Únete a nosotros para celebrar el lanzamiento de Queer Mexico: Cinema and Television since 2000 y Spanish Lessons: Cinema and Television in Contemporary Spain, los últimos estudios de Paul Julian Smith, Profesor Distinguido del Programa Doctoral de Lenguas y Literaturas Hispánicas y Luso-Brasileñas. Con el Profesor David A. Gerstner (CSI, CUNY), editor de Queer Screens.

Para obtener más información, haga clic aquí.

Please join us as Professor Paul Julian Smith, Distinguished Professor in the Ph.D. Program in Hispanic and Luso-Brazilian Languages and Literatures, launches his new books Queer Mexico: Cinema and Television since 2000 and Spanish Lessons: Cinema and Television in Contemporary Spain. With Professor David A. Gerstner (CSI, CUNY), editor of Queer Screens.

For more information click here



May 17

Presentation of the LL Journal, Vol. 12, No. 1

The PhD Program in Hispanic and Luso-Brazilian Literatures and Languages

invites you to attend

The Presentation of the LL Journal, Vol. 12, No. 1

Join the HLBLL community in celebration of the launch of another issue of the LL Journal and the hard work of its editors and all its contributors! Volume 12, Number 1 will go live on Friday, May 12 at 6:30pm.

The LL Journal is a multi-disciplinary, open-access, electronic journal dedicated to the investigation of various realms of Hispanic and Luso-Brazilian studies including literature, language, and culture. A collaboration of HLBLL’s students as editors, readers, and designers, the Journal has contributors from all over the world and invites us all to engage in reflection and discussion. The LL Journal is hosted on the CUNY Academic Commons. Previous issues of the Journal, dating back to 2006, can be found on their site.

Flyer, LL Journal Presentation on May 12

The Journal’s presentation will be followed by an end-of-the-semester reception.

This event is free and open to the public.

Mar 17

The HLBLL Instagram Rotation Curation Experiment

When I created an Instagram account in 2015 for the PhD Program in Hispanic and Luso-Brazilian Literatures and Languages, I admit, I didn’t really know what I was doing. Instagram was a fairly unknown platform for me, despite its wide use among Millenials and in our program. Being so different than the two social media platforms we were already using in the program—Facebook and Twitter—proceeding in much the same way as on those was not practical or yielding results, although I tried.

In a nutshell, Instagram is a photo-sharing application for mobile devices, and because it has maintained this identity throughout its growth, Instagram has purposeful limitations that make it a less-than-ideal platform for the announcing of upcoming events, calls for papers, directing users to more information, pre-scheduling posts, etc. In short, the social media strategy applied to our Facebook and Twitter accounts was not an effective Instagram strategy. And the account sat, mostly unused, for many months of the year.

Several weeks ago, I joined Instagram myself, partially because I wanted an outlet for the pictures I like to take while running in the city and partially because a friend of mine adopted a puppy and shared adorable puppy photos on Instagram daily. And also partially because I thought that through using the platform personally, I’d be more prepared to tackle it as a Social Media Fellow. After several weeks of personal Instagram use and browsing through the often quotidian, often captivating photos of others with their witty hashtags, I was struck with an idea. Actually, the idea is not mine, but I remembered that the Twitter account, @sweden, has a new Swede Tweeter every week. I thought this model, called Rotation Curation, would be particularly interesting, novel, and a more fruitful use of the program’s Instagram account.

The intention of Rotation Curation on Instagram is to use the platform not so much as an account broadcasting news and upcoming events from our program, but rather keeping in line with its strengths showcasing spontaneously captured photos rather than planned images and information. The first Rotation Curation post on our account is mine: an adorable minor frustration during my dissertation writing.

As the curation of the program’s Instagram account moves throughout the members of the HLBLL community, we will have glimpses into the lives of students from the first year to their last, taking classes, preparing for exams, teaching on various CUNY campuses, writing dissertations, organizing and attending events, looking up in awe at the Midtown skyline.

On Instagram, the everyday moments, such as a weekly class…

…are given as much weight as a lecture in our spring Colloquia Series.


We are now beginning our third week of this Rotation Curation experiment. New curators announce their guardianship of the account in its profile and I have encouraged each one to invent their own hashtag signature for their posts.

And so I invite you to follow the HLBLL Instagram account and check out all that this Rotation Curation experiment has to offer.

Prospective Students! It’s a window into our program!
Graduate Center community! We’re having fun and working hard!
HLBLL PhD Candidates! Feel nostalgia for first exam preparation!
HLBLL Level 1 Students! Your dissertation-writing colleagues are scarcely seen but churning out the pages!

HLBLL students, future Instagram curators of all PhD levels are wanted for weeks starting April 10th. No personal Instagram account is required: just a willingness to download the app on your smartphone. If you are interested, send me a message: jprince[at]gradcenter[dot]cuny[dot]edu.

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