SILC International Artists Lecture Series Fall 2014

International Artists Lecture Series returns with impressive third year line up

Arizona State University's School of International Letters and Cultures launched its fall 2014 International Artist Lecture Series with a talk by renowned Mexican author and journalist Elena Poniatowska, who drew close to 200 people at a lunchtime event on Sept. 18. The popular series continues in October and November, welcoming a French professor from the U.S. and theater troupes from both Cluj and Bucharest, Romania.

Students in the School of International Letters and Cultures are provided with a variety of educational experiences that prepare them for life and citizenship in the modern world. In addition to attending courses taught by world-class faculty in both ancient and modern languages and cultures, students are exposed to a wide variety of world languages and cultures through study abroad programs, on-campus international guest speakers, international student organizations, opportunities for intensive study through language flagship programs and mentorship by international faculty.

All International Artist Series events are free and open to the public. This semester's events include:

David Caron presents “Can we think with HIV?”
4:30-6 p.m., Oct. 28, Social Science, Atrium, Tempe campus

Professor of French at the University of Michigan, David Caron is a scholar of 20th- and 21st-century French literature and culture, with specific interests in queer and HIV studies, as well as Holocaust studies. His work engages the theoretical intersections between cultural studies, medical humanities and disability studies. In this lecture, Caron will explore the questions: “Can people living with HIV look at the world differently? Do they occupy a distinct vantage point from which they could produce knowledge and articulate a unique kind of social critique? In more technical terms, is seropositivity an epistemic position?”

Caron’s visit to ASU is supported by: the School of International Letters and Cultures; the Institute for Humanities Research; the School of Social Transformation; and the College of Letters and Sciences’ Faculties of Language and Cultures and Faculties of Interdisciplinary Humanities and Communication.

The National Theatre of Cluj presents “Killed by Friendly Fire: a never ending story”
7 p.m., Oct. 16-17, Nelson Fine Arts Center, Studio 233, Tempe campus

An independent production, sponsored by the Romanian Cultural Institute (ICR), in collaboration with the Faculty of Theatre and Television at the Babes-Bolyai University, Persona Association, and the School of International Letters and Cultures.

The National Academy of Theatre and Cinema (UNATC) of Bucharest, Romania, presents “The Chairs” and “The Lesson”
7 p.m., Nov. 21-22, Prism Theatre, Tempe campus

An evening of two one-act absurdist plays by Eugene Ionesco, famed Romanian playwright who wrote primarily in French, and was one of the foremost figures of the French avant-garde theatre.

“The Chairs” – An eccentric old couple entertains and provides chairs for a growing number of invisible guests.
“The Lesson” – A professor becomes increasingly frustrated with his young female pupil.

The School of International Letters and Cultures is an academic unit of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at Arizona State University.