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Thought for Food: Literature and Gastrnomy - A Talk by Professor Ronald Tobin, Professor of French

Adopting a multidisciplinary approach called gastro-criticism that draws upon anthropology, sociology, semiotics, history, and literary studies, Professor Ronald Tobin, Associate Vice Chancellor, UC Santa Barbara, elucidated the role of food, service, spectacle, diet, ingestion, and digestion in a number of works drawn from a variety of national literatures. He then concluded with specific reference to the seventeenth-century French comic dramatist Molière and his preoccupations with sexuality and power, pretense and pretentiousness, trickery and truth, self and society.
Among Dr. Tobin’s academic distinctions and awards are his election to the Société d'Histoire Littéraire de la France, 2004; Commandeur, Ordre des Palmes Académiques 2005; Grand Prix de l’Académie française, 2006; and President of the North-American Society for Seventeenth-Century French Literature, 1974, 1994, 1999. 

Wednesday 21th January, 4:30-6:00pm

Modern Languages and Literatures Village, University Hall Suite 3900

Light refreshments will be provided.

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Faculty Spotlight: Alicia Partnoy Honored With First Annual Settlement House American Poetry Prize

We are proud to announce that Alicia Partnoy is the recipient of the first annual Settlement House American Poetry Prize for her collection of poems Flowering Fires/Fuegos florales translated by the poet Gail Wronsky. The book is scheduled for publication in November.

Alicia Partnoy is a survivor from the secret detention camps where about 30,000 Argentineans “disappeared.” Following her released from the detention camp, Partnoy immigrated to the United States as a refugee in 1979.

She is the author of The Little School: Tales of Disappearance and Survival and of the poetry collections Little Low Flying/Volando bajito and Revenge of the Apple/Venganza de la manzana. She is the editor of You Can’t Drown the Fire: Latin American Women Writing in Exile. From 2003 to 2006, she was co-editor of Chicana/Latina Studies: The Journal of Mujeres Activas en Letras y Cambio Social.

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Introducing our Fulbright Teaching Assistant

Jing Chen is a Fulbright Foreign Language Teaching Assistant at LMU, working with the Chinese program. She obtained her double-bachelor’s degree from Southwestern University of Finance and Economics in China and her master’s degree in Foreign Linguistics and Applied Linguistics from Sun Yat-sen University. She has been teaching English in Southwest Petroleum University in Sichuan Province China for five years. Her academic interests lie in applying Systemic Functional Grammar to translation, writing and second-language teaching.

Conrad Lester Memorial Scholarship

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