Wednesday, March 5, 2014
Thursday, February 6, 2014
|Students in CHI 112 design their cards.|
Last Friday was Chinese New Year. In Chinese class, students gave presentations about the introduction of Chinese New Year and their own experience of celebrating the most important festival in Chinese culture. They also made origami in the shape of the god of wealth. All students receive red envelopes from the instructor, which, people believe, are used to suppress the evil spirit and bring good luck to the new year.
|CHI 112 students enjoy celebrating Chinese New Year.|
Wednesday, January 22, 2014
Tuesday, December 10, 2013
|"Pensons à la France..." by Anavice Jimenez|
Thursday, December 5, 2013
|Group Picture of Attendees at the Potluck Party|
Monday, November 25, 2013
The fall French recital took place on Thursday, November 21. This recital marked an important event in the history of the Department of Languages: it is the first recital to feature Chinese! And the first to feature both Japanese and Chinese together.
The recital began with the FRE 315 class entitled Introduction to French Studies for students beginning their advanced French Studies. Their Recital pieces were dramatic monologues in which they presented an historical or fictive character from their studies on the French experience of the Second World War. Featured today is the recital presentation of Maddie Douglas who portrayed Lucie Aubrac who saved her husband from imprisonment.
Next, Kazuma Clark in JPN 350 Advanced Japanese Language presented a lengedary Japanese tale presented in his own drawings. Enjoy his creative skills and listen to his retelling of the first part of the story.
The next group to present were students in FRE 320 French Short Story and Composition. These students presented dramatic monologues and short sketches inspired by the short stories they have studied.
CHI 350 Advanced Chinese Language was the final group to present, Yuxi Hu presenting an introduction to Nanjing and Xinyi Wang retelling a legendary story.
Thursday, October 31, 2013
|Dr. Amaya Amell|
“The Theory of International Law and Cultural Exchange on the Conquest of the Americas” presented at the 33rd Annual Romance Languages Conference at the University of Cincinnati addressed the evolution of the theory of international law and cultural exchange during the conquest of the Americas. I highlighted here a prominent scholar of the School of Salamanca that addressed this conflictive relationship extensively and was hailed by many as one of the primary founders of international law, Fray Francisco de Vitoria. I spoke about his (revolutionary at the time) ideas/readings and how these served to introduce the theory of an international community and how many of these theories can still be seen at work even today, for example in the United Nations and in the Constitution of the United States.
At the ALDEUU (Spanish Professionals in America) annual international conference in St. Augustine, Fla, I presented “Just War: From Saint Augustine to Francisco de Vitoria.” This paper questioned the presence of the fundamental principles of the theory of international law and just war, which have remained intact throughout its evolution. Have we not been able to learn from history’s lessons and are we still making the same mistakes with the same mentality that existed in the philosophical and political processes of antiquity and the sixteenth century? Has any further development of this theory been halted? Or are these fundamental principles so vital to the whole theory of law and war that they can never be replaced? I spoke here at length about St. Augustine's concept of just war and how many of the theories he set forth are still intact today, and in what way.