Past Other Events

Fall 2011


WHEN: Beginning Thursday, September 15
Introduction: 7:00 pm
Film: 7:15 pm.

WHERE: 7pm in University Hall 1143
WHAT: Run Lola Run -- in German with English subtitles.
Please see complete schedule below.

Lola Rennt (1998) – September 15
The debut film for wildly popular director Tom Tykwer and Franka Potente (“Bourne Identity” and “Bourne Supremacy”). Lola has twenty minutes to find and bring 100,000 Deutschmarks to her boyfriend Manny before he commits a crime. Also featuring Moritz Bleibtreu.
Nirgendwo in Afrika (2001) - September 29
An urban German Jewish refugee family moves to and adjusts to a farm life in 1930's Kenya. Featuring amazing cinematography of the Kenyan landscape and fascinating encounters between the German family and their new Kenyan companions. Winner of the 2002 Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film.
Das weiße Band (2009) – October 13
Strange events happen in a small village in the north of Germany during the years just before World War I, which seem to be ritual punishment. The children of the villagers seem to be at the heart of this mystery. Nominated for Oscars for Cinematography and as Best Foreign Language Film. 
The Baader-Meinhof Complex (2008) – October 27
A dramatic portrayal of the events around 1970s German leftist terrorism. 2009 Oscar and Golden Globe nominee for Best Foreign Picture. Featuring Martina Gedeck and Moritz Bleibtreu.
Im Juli (2000) – November 10
Directed by Fatih Akin, the most influential contemporary German filmmaker, this lighthearted travel story has it all: a little love, a little adventure, and multiple surprising encounters from Hamburg to Istanbul. Featuring Moritz Bleibtreu.

Das Leben der Anderen (2006) – Tuesday November 29
In 1984 East Berlin, an agent of the secret police, conducting surveillance on a writer and his actress lover, finds himself becoming increasingly absorbed by their lives. Winner of the 2007 Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film. Featuring Martina Gedeck.

Good Bye Lenin (2003) – December 8
In 1990, a young man comes home to realize that the wall has fallen and his mother has suffered a heart attack. By searching the city for communist pickles and more, he keeps her from hearing her beloved East Germany has disappeared. The founding film of German “Ostalgie.” 2004 Golden Globe nominee for Best Foreign Picture. Featuring Daniel Brühl (“Inglourious Basterds”).


All films will be introduced by MSU German Faculty at 7 PM and will begin at 7:15. Free and open to the public. Films will be in German with English subtitles. Students with an interest in helping to organize this or future German Film Series should email Dr. Pascale LaFountain at

Spring 2011

Scenes From Haiti: The January 12, 2010 Earthquake
Through The Eyes of the Israeli Field Hospital

January 20, 2011 at 1:00pm
University Hall Room 1050

Exhibit January 18 - 25, 2011
University Hall Lobby

Daniel Biran
Ambassador of Administrative Affairs,
Consulate General of Israel in New York

On January 12, 2010, Haiti was hit by a devastating earthquake. Within four days, Israeli medical personnel and a fully operational field hospital were on the ground in Haiti, working to help save lives. In reflection on those events, the Consulate General of Israel in New York, in collaboration with StandWithUs, has produced a colorful exhibit of photographs taken by independent photographer Joe Shalmoni and by military personnel who participated in Israel's emergency aid mission to Haiti. The exhibit, which has toured several university campuses, consists of thirty poster-size photos mounted on foam core.

Ambassador Daniel Biran described his eye-witness account of the Israeli mission's experiences and challenges.

More photos from Scenes From Haiti Photo Exhibit available at Israeli Consulate on Facebook.


Fall 2010

A Poetry Reading By Annie Freud
Wednesday November 10 1:00 - 2:30

Annie Freud's award-winning first collection, "The Best Man That Ever Was", introduced readers to a remarkably versatile new voice. "The Mirabelles", recently nominated for the T.S. Eliot prize,delivers a similarly exhilarating cornucopia - the "Mask of Temporary Madness", "Marc Almond", mini-novels, a sonnet long, "Carottes Vichy", and the most gripping account of a billiard game you'll ever read. However, in a new sequence derived from family letters, Freud has invented almost a new kind of writing: neither 'found' nor 'made' in the conventional sense, these poems are profoundly moving, and startling in their boldly unfashionable lack of irony. Elsewhere "The Mirabelles" is full of the world-stuff - the clothes and food, the art and social intrigues - with which we dress and conceal our deeper emotions and appetites. In the end, this is a book about reality and its representations, and the truth and lies we tell about ourselves.

Annie Freud studied English and European Literature at the University of Warwick. Her first collection "The Best Man That Ever Was" received the Glen Dimplex New Writers Award. She is a tutor in poetry writing and lives in Dorset, U.K. with her husband.

Duo-Piano Recital
An Evening of Four-Hand Piano Music

Irina Koulikova and James Litzelman began their artistic collaboration in 2006, with a concert at the Moscow Conservatory, and they continue to perform in venues in both Russia and the United States. Their program on November 9 will feature works of Mozart, Arensky, Debussy, and Rachmaninoff.

Irina Koulikova, an Honored Artist of Russia, has performed throughout Russia, Europe and the USA, giving recitals at the most prestigious venues and concert halls including the Halls of the Moscow State Conservatory in Russia, the Russian Embassy and the Russian Cultural Center in the Washington DC, She has been teaching piano at the Moscow State Conservatory since 1977 and served as the Head of the International Department of the Conservatory from 1996 to 2008. Dr. Koulikova was also a Fulbright Scholar at the Catholic University of America in 2000-2001. She has released three classical CDs, the most recent of which, "Two Centuries of Russian Romance," was released in March 2010 by the "Russian Music Society" label in the USA.

James Litzelman is currently on the piano faculty at The Catholic University of America in Washington, DC, where he teaches piano pedagogy, independent music studio business practices, musicians' wellness as well as applied piano. Dr. Litzelman is active as a soloist, collaborative artist, and lecturer, having performed and lectured in the United States, Europe, China, Russia and Mexico. In demand for master classes, adjudicating and workshops, he presents lectures nationally and internationally to various music organizations and has judged competitions throughout the eastern and southern United States. He has presented collaborative concerts and master classes in Shenyang, China, and has performed solo and collaborative recitals at the Rachmaninoff Hall of the Moscow Conservatory and Sviatoslav Richter Museum in Moscow, Russia.

Spring 2010

The Spanish / Italian Department and the Latin American and Latino Studies Program Present

Provost Willard Gingerich
Indigenous Royalty and Spanish Right in Pérez de Villagra's Poem of Conquest,
Historia de la Nueva México

Provost Gingerich has published widely on the literatures of Hispanic and Native American writers of the U.S. and on contemporary American poetry, and translates Spanish and Nahuatl-language texts from the colonial records of Mexico and the Southwest.

Wednesday, April 21, 2010, 5:30-7:00 PM, Student Center 419
Open to the public. Refreshments will be served.
For more information, contact the Spanish/Italian Department, 655-4285


The Spanish / Italian Department, Sigma Delta Pi, Hispanic Honor Society, and the Global Education Center Present

Peter Bush
The Shock of the New:
Re-translating Fernando de Rojas's Celestina

Peter Bush, Hispanist and literary translator, will read from his translation of the classic work of Spanish literature, La Celestina, written by Fernando de Rojas at the end of the 15th century. Bush's translation, published by Penguin Classics, captures the irreverence and wit of Rojas's masterpiece.

Wednesday, April 14, 2010 7:00 PM, Student Center, Room 410
Open to the public.  Refreshments will be served.
For more information, contact the Spanish/Italian Department, 655-4285


Sister Cities 60th Anniversary Concert


Fall 2009

Romance Studies Colloquium Hosted by Montclair State University


Fall 2007
Global Underground - Subway as Metaphor
Indian Fusion Cooking
Russian Choral Music Lecture

Spring 2007
Association of Indian Economic Studies 17th Biennial Meeting
World's Fair 2007
Korean Ceramics Exhibit
Maria Tchaikovskaya In Concert

Spring 2006

Hungarian Festival (Brochure for Hungarian Festival)
Casper Mudde "The Riots in France: The End of Multiculturalism?"
Rabbi Marvin Tokayer, Xu Xin, Kenneth Olenik "Sugihara: Conspiracy of Kindness"
Yale Strom " A Man from Munkacs: Gypsy Klezmer "
Mohammed Moin Sadeq "Palestinian Culture in the Context of Gaza"
Xu Xin "China's Family Planning Policy Updates"
Ahmed Ghodieh "Agricultural Monitoring and Crop Area Estimation by Satellite Remote Sensing in the West Bank, Palestine "
Bingtuan Wang "Chinese Mahjong: The History, Rules, and Mathematics Behind The Game "

Fall 2005
Sarah Redshaw "Who's Behing the Wheel? Driving as a Social And Cultural Practice"
Sally McWilliams, Longxing Wei, Nancy Tumposky "Facilitating the Modernization of Chinese Universities: Observations from the Shanghai Teacher Training Project & Oppertunities for MSU Faculty"

Spring 2005
"SPECIAL SERIES: The Many Faces of the Spanish Speaking World"
Conference: Latino Psychological Association Conference
Xu Xin "Translating American Jewish and Israeli Literature into Chinese"
Erich Ranfft "The Role of Culture in the Contemporary Art of New Zealand: Being Maori in an Anglo-Saxon World"
Joszef Szentpeteri "Excavating the Lost Tribe of the Carpathian Basin: The Avars"
Carlos Estevez "Art in Cuba- A View from the Inside"
Elena Dotsenko " Frontier as Metaphor: The Role of the Urals as the Russian Frontier"
Klaus Hoedl "From Acculturation to Interaction: New Perspectives on the History of Jews in Fin-de-Siecle Vienna"
Oleksandr Tyaglo "The Orange Revolution in Ukraine: Where do we go from here?"

Fall 2004
Kim Berman " A Ripple in the Water: Healing Through Art"
Edina Szalay " A Woman-White-To Be--: Politics of Subjectivity and Gender"
William Berlin, Panel: Media Delegation from Uzbekistan "The View from Uzbekistan"
Pierre Sicard “Abortion and The Religious Right in the America: The View from France”.

Spring 2004
Conference: Urban Dimensions of Environmental Change: Science, Exposures,
Policies and Technologies Shanghai, China May 25-28, 2004
The 8th International Conference on Global Business and Economic Development,
Guadalajara, Mexico January 7-10, 2004
Angela Zhao "Changes in Chinese Women's Lives in the 20th Century --Four Generations in a
Chinese Family"
Kathryn Martell and Elizabeth Emery "Using Technology to Enrich International Exchange in the

Fall 2003
Yasir Ibrahim "The sprit of Modern Islamic Law and Modern Religious Reform"
Tiziana Saponaro "A Literary Tango: Italian and Argentine Writers of the Vanguard Era"
Hyun-wook Jung "Gender related Korean Culture"
Adriana Haluskova "Integrating National Minorities into the Education System --
The Solvakian Experience with Gypsies"
Urban Johsson "collaboration and Calamity: Africa in Peril"
Sergiy Glebov"World Terrorism: The View from Ukraine and Russia"

Spring 2003
Lubomir Lipovsky "International Computer Criminality, Computer Privacy and Multimedia Piracy"
John Jacob Kattakayam "Aging In India In A Comparative Perspective"
Nina Yulina "Democracy and Philosophy in Russia"
Giovanni Greci "Bringing the Library to Children"
George Cunningham "European Union Enlargement and a Future of Europe in a Changing World"
Irina Koulikova "Recital of Rachmaninoff Piano Music"
XuXin "Reform in 21st. C. China: Ideal and Reality"
Royal Marine Lieutenant Colonel John Leigh and Lieutenant Commander Moreatha Yvette
Flaggs, NATO Briefing Team "NATO in the 21st Century: Current Risks and Challenges"
Anne Ejikeme "Contesting women's Bodies: Islamic Fundamentalism, the Miss World Contest,
Terrorism and the State in Nigeria"
International Travel Photography by MSU Faculty and Staff "Exhibit Opening Reception"

Fall 2002
Nancy Tumposky "Views of the Other: America in the Eyes of Europe"
Svetlana Broz " Clash of Cultures: Sarajevo’s Struggle Between Good and Evil"
Shahid Nadeem " Women’s Rights and Theatre in Contemporary Pakistan"
Tamas Mihalydeak " Shifting Thought Current Trends in Philosophy in Central Europe"
Rita Jacobs " Jerry Springer is Alive and Well in Central Europe"
Mark Berenson " Lori Berensen: Wrongfully imprisoned in Peru"
Roberto Sosa, Sponsored by The Latin American Student Organization " The Return of the River"
William R. Biers," The ancient "Plastic"Vase:Perfumes in Greek and Roman Antiquity "
Rubina Saigol, " Teaching the Other: America in the Eyes of the Muslim World "
Giovanni D’Agostino, Vittoria Colonnese, Debra Zellner, Mario Benni " The Longing To Gain Experience of the World Italian Explorers and their Role in Establishing Euro-American Relations
Conference: Internalist vs. Externalist interpretations of African History and Culture
Montclair, November 7-9, 2002
Conference: The Seventh International Conference on Global Business and
Economic Development Bangkok, Thailand January 8-11, 2003

Spring 2002
Tina Lesher " Dateline: Abu DhabiTeaching at a Muslim Women's University"
Edwin M. Lamboy "Opening Doors in Cuba: Impressions and Possiblities for Exchange"
Sikumar Chattopadhyay "Sustainable Development And Its Applications in Kerala, India"
Exhibition "Global images: International Travel Photography by MSU Faculty and staff"
David C. Speedie, Thomas McShane and Current Affairs Panelists from the U.S. War College "Shifting the Balance: The Impact of Terrorism on World Order"

Fall 2001
Christopher Hickey "Identity Comes in Peers: Adolescence Case Studies in Australia and the US"
Pacita Abad "Women Artists in Asia"
Manuel Aramendia "The Contemporary Art Scene in Spain"
William Gleason "An American in Ukraine: Reflections on a Newly Independent Country"
Sally McWilliams "From NJ-here to NJ-there: Living and Teaching at Nanjing University"
Felicien Assoumou "The Scourge of AIDS/HIV in Africa: Is There A Solution?"
Richard Repka "Slovakia and Its Place in Europe"
Pacita Abad "Women Artists in Asia"
Spring 2001
Lizhong Yu "Responding to Environmental Challenges in China"
Margaret Mukherjee: " Our Woman in Ukraine: Perspectives on a Semester Teaching in Kirovograd"
Xu Xin : "The Role of Religion in China: From Taoism and Buddhism to Judaism and Falun Gong"
Megan Laverty: " Aboriginal Land Rights: A Philosophical View of Australian Controversies"
Monika Matay: " Controversial Views about Feminism in Hungary"
Chen Chen: "Come Watch The Sun Go Home: A Memoir of China"
Ludmilla Garkusha: "Replenishing Civil and Moral Resources in Ukrainian Society"
Pavel Lushyn: "Practicing Psychological Therapy in Post Soviet Ukraine"


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