JAN
18

Cities of China in Style: from Birmingham to China

 

Time: 6:00 PM
Location: Sterne Library, Room 174
More and more tourists from Alabama who visit China are flocking to the ancient country to experience its rich history and perhaps catch a glimpse of its bright future. Are you planning a trip to China? This lecture will help you discover what a wonderfully challenging and beautiful country this is.


 
JAN
19
 
APR
6

La Cena de la Tertulia, Spanish Conversation Table and Dinner

 

Time: 6:00 PM
Location: Mi pueblo restaurant/supermarket, map
Join us for a social gathering and conversation in Spanish around the table and delicious Mexican food from Supermercado Mi Pueblo. All levels of Spanish welcome.


 
JAN
23

Palomitas: Pan's Labyrinth

 

Time: 7:00 PM
Location: Hill Alumni Theater, map
An Alice-in-Wonderland take on the Spanish Civil War.


 
FEB
3

Mardi Gras Masquerade Ball

 

Time: 7:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Location: Hill Center, CD Ballroom
Come join the French Club and the UAB Ballroom Dance Society for the 2nd Annual Mardi Gras Masquerade Ball. Dance the night away and learn some new steps while socializing with friends. Event is free.


 
FEB
6

Japanese Taiko Drum Caravan: Traditional Tokyo Festival Music Performance

 

Time: 3:00 PM - 4:45 PM
Location: Humanities Building, Room 431
Performer: Ms. Tomoko Ohyama and others at Consulate General of Japan in Atlanta


 
FEB
12

"Are Humans Natural-Born Teachers? Natural Pedagogy in Second & Foreign Language Teaching"

 

Time: 3:30 PM - 5:00 PM
Location: Hulsey Center, Hulsey Recital Hall
Some animal species are natural-born teachers: They teach their young as part of their evolved instincts for childrearing. Meerkats, otters, chickens, songbirds, and golden lion tamarin monkeys are notable examples, although none has been researched widely.
Humans also teach naturally. Child-directed speech, story-reading, conversational repair, referential pointing gestures, and facial expression of affect may all be part of natural pedagogy. These actions may not involve intentionality or desire to teach: They may occur simply in the course of social interaction.
After reviewing the case for natural pedagogy in animals and humans, I explore its role in formal teaching by looking at classrooms and professional teachers in terms of how natural pedagogy may function as an evolved interactional basis and complement to intentionally planned and implemented teaching behaviors.
I conclude by speculating on whether it is possible for teachers to learn to use natural pedagogy more effectively to promote second/foreign language learning.

Dwight Atkinson is an applied linguist and second language educator who works at the University of Arizona. Current research interests include alternative (and particularly sociocognitive) approaches to second language acquisition and teaching (SLA/T), second language teachers' knowledge of SLA, and the future of second language writing. Recent publications have appeared in Language Teaching, Modern Language Journal, Journal of Second Language Writing, Handbook of Second & Foreign Language Writing, and Routledge Handbook of Language and Culture. An edited volume, Alternative Approaches to Second Language Acquisition, appeared in 2011.
This event is free and open to the public.
Sponsored by the Jemison Visiting Professorship in the Humanities


 
FEB
13

Palomitas: Ventos de agosto

 

Time: 7:00 PM
Location: Hill Alumni Theater, map
Poetic depiction of life and love in a Brazilian fishing village.


 
FEB
20

"Encounter with Japanese Music: A Piano Event"

 

Time: 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Location: Hulsey Center, Hulsey Recital Hall
Choko Kimura Aiken will introduce traditional and contemporary Japanese music by focusing on differences between US and Japanese customs and cultures.
Choko was born and raised in Japan and began studying classical piano at the age of three and later 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 also 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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MAR
2

Palomitas: The Last Colony

 

Time: 7:00 PM
Location: Hill Alumni Theater, map
Documentary on the Puerto Rico-US relationship.


 
MAR
21

DFLL Open House

 

Time: 2:30 PM
Location: Humanities Building, 4th Floor Balcony
Come to visit with professors and fellow students, receive academic advising, and enjoy free pizza.


 
APR
3

Palomitas: Viva Cuba

 

Time: 7:00 PM
Location: Hill Alumni Theater, map
Childhood friends are separated when one's parents leave Cuba.


 
APR
19

Palomitas: In the Time of the Butterflies

 

Time: 7:00 PM
Location: Hill Alumni Theater, map
The Mirabal sisters oppose Dominican dictator Rafael Trujillo.