February News Update

February 26, 2016

Babel Newsletter 2.26.16

 

Thank you to Bruno Perreau for his wonderful talk, “Belonging, Education, and Gender Panic after Marriage Equality in France,” at the GSL Brown Bag series (co-hosted with the Women’s and Gender Studies Intellectual Forum) February 24. 

In other news, Bruno’s book, The Politics of Adoption. Gender and the Making of French Citizenship (MIT Press, 2014) was reviewed French Politics, Culture, and Society. Also, we accidentally missed reporting some of his recent news in the last newsletter. On December 10, Bruno was part of a panel at Berkeley on "Gender in Translation" hosted by the Program in Critical Theory, with Judith Butler, Michael Lucey, and Eric Fassin. Bruno's talk was on “Transatlantic Echoes: Education and Belonging after Marriage Equality.” This panel was the US launch of a new research network called "Gender in Translation,” a multidisciplinary, Franco-American project questioning the notion of gender in the social sciences, philosophy, and artistic fields. Bruno was interviewed as part of this project. • READ THE INTERVIEW 

Eric Grunwald gave a presentation over IAP to volunteer tutors in the ESL Program for Service Providers at MIT, which serves to help second-language employees improve their English and advance in their careers and education. Heads up: Eric will also be reading from his fiction in MIT's Artists Behind the Desk (ABD) reading series on Friday, March 10, in Killian Hall, 12:00-1:00 p.m.

Catherine Clark is four weeks into her 11-week residency at the Camargo Foundation in Cassis, France. Other residents include artists, musicians and scholars from Egypt, France, Brazil, Canada, and the United States. Catherine is working on her book manuscript and writing a new stand-alone article. She sent us a shot of the view from her desk (rough work, but somebody has to do it!).

Sabine Levet gave a live webinar February 10 on Interculturality. It is now part of an online training program on Project Based Language Learning, organized by the National Foreign Language Resource Center at University of Hawaii, Manoa.

Roberto Rey Agudo presented at the session on "Social Media for Cultural Competence: Study Abroad Learners as Ethnographers” at the 62nd Annual Northeast Conference on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (NECTFL) in New York on February 12.

Takako Aikawa is attending the AP (advanced placement) Japanese Content Development Committee Meeting, February 25-28, in Atlanta, GA.

A.C. Kemp is presenting "User-Friendliness and the Student-Centered Classroom: Shifting Perspectives" at the ITA One-Day Conference at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio on February 26, 2016. This presentation outlines ways that the participants from other institutes could use her video series The User-friendly Classroom  when training their own International Teaching Assistants. The video series was made with the support of the Gilberte Furstenberg & Douglas Morgenstern Fund for Innovation in Language Instruction.

Leanna Rezvani tells us that her three websites on teaching sixteenth- and seventeenth-century literature were recently added to the Teaching Resources page on the Renaissance Society of America's website. These are her sites: teachinglaprincessedecleves.comteachingtheheptameron.comteachingmargueritederoberval.com

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