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  • Jemison Lecture Series: A Piano Event Encounter with Japanese Music
    Choko Kimura Aiken will introduce traditional and contemporary Japanese music: Autumn songs, Japanese nursery rhymes, Japanese/American anime songs.

    The University of Alabama at Birmingham College of Arts and Sciences and the Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures present Choko Kimura Aiken as part of the Jemison Lecture Series.

    • Topic: “A Piano Event Encounter with Japanese Music”: Autumn Songs, Japanese Nursery Rhymes, Japanese/American Anime Songs
    • When: Thursday, November 15, 2018, 2:00 - 3:00 p.m.
    • Where: Hulsey Recital Hall

    Choko Kimura Aiken will introduce traditional and contemporary Japanese music. She was born and raised in Japan and began studying classical piano at the age of three. Later she studied piano, violin, voice, and music theory at colleges in Tokyo and Fukuoka as well as traveling to the United States to study jazz in Los Angeles and New York.

    Her Imagination album, made in Los Angeles in 2011, was featured in that year’s February issue of JAZZIZ magazine. Choko has performed many genres in Japan, including jazz, salsa, latin, classical, gospel, and pop. She left her long-time group, Tri-Voices, and other bands to relocate to Birmingham in January 2013.

    Since that time, Choko has enjoyed playing in the Magic City at many of its local venues, including the 4th Avenue Jazz Festival, Moss Rock Festival, Creek Bank Festival, Mt. Brook Arts Festival, and Eric Essix Jazz Escape. She has been Guest Pianist at the 2015 Supper Jazz Concert, 2016 4th Avenue Jazz Festival, and 2017 Jazz in the Park. She looks forward to continuing with her main goal of simply making people happy with her music.

    This event is free and open to the public. Sponsored by the Jemison Visiting Professorship in the Humanities.

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  • Jemison Lecture Series: The Role of Extensive Reading in Language Teaching and Learning
    This presentation will focus on the importance of extensive reading as a tool to accelerate the process of acquiring a language.

    The University of Alabama at Birmingham College of Arts and Sciences and the Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures present Dr. Victoria Rodrigo as part of the Jemison Lecture Series. Rodrigo is a professor of Spanish Applied Linguistics, Department of World Languages and Culture, Georgia State University.

    • Topic: “The Role of Extensive Reading in Language Teaching and Learning”
    • When: Monday, December 3, 2018, 2:00 p.m.
    • Where: Mervyn H. Sterne Library – Room 174

    This presentation will focus on the importance of extensive reading (ER) as a tool to accelerate the process of acquiring a language. This talk will discuss the components of a well-design ER program and its effective implementation. Dr. Rodrigo will share her innovative project, Serie Leamos, for story-reading and writing, in which intermediate language students become authors of stories for beginning language students, the readers.

    This event is free and open to the public. Sponsored by the Jemison Visiting Professorship in the Humanities.

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