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Wednesday, October 8th, 2014
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On Wednesday, November 19, during International Education Week, the
program of Latin American Studies hosted two events with Minas Music
in the Baker University Center Theater:
A samba-drumming workshop and a
concert of Brazilian music.
 

Formed by musicians Orlando Haddad and Patricia King, Minas Music has
been performing and recording all over the US and Brazil for over two
decades. Their music takes Brazilian and American roots to create a
sound that is fresh and innovative. From ballads tinged with melancholic
traits of blues and choro, to folk songs heavily infused with the cool
rhythmic pulse of Bossa Nova, to upbeat sambas enriched with
instrumental jazz improvisation, the music of Minas Music is engaging
and timeless. OU students participated in the drumming event with great
enthusiasm then enjoyed a wonderful concert.

For more information, click here

 

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Read about the role of Daniel Torres and Festival de la Palabra 2014 in Puerto Rico:
 
 
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CONGRATULATIONS NICK!
Nicholas Koehling was chosen this year as a German-American Ambassador by
the DAAD (German Academic Exchange Service). For this position, he
promotes all types of German-American scholarly and cultural interaction,
especially through study abroad, and represents the DAAD at informational
meetings on campus. Congratulations to Nick!!
 
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Mexican students from Puebla and Mérida visit OU for 4 weeks! 
We are very happy to host a large group of  Mexican students on our campus for the next few weeks. Students arrived over the weekend, and then had a chance to meet with OU students of Spanish this past Wednesday for an informal conversation hour. The event was very well attended and students are making new friends for life. We will have another Hora de conversación on Wed. Nov. 19 from 7-8pm in Gordy 104 & 109. Come and join us!
 
 

 

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OVFLA – The Ohio Valley Foreign Language Alliance
 
This year’s Alliance took place on Saturday Nov. 1 and was attended by a good mix of OU faculty, OU TA’s, OU regional campus faculty and High School teachers from around the State. Our guest speaker, Kathleen Shelton, a World Languages Education Program Specialist and Ohio Department of Education World Language Consultant, presented a lively interactive talk that brought our participants together in group activities. We talked about Ohio’s new Learning Standards for World Languages, proficiency assessment, and Integrated Performance-Based Assessment, among many other topics. Please feel free to contact Kathy Shelton at: Kathleen.Shelton@education.ohio.gov
 
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Día de los muertos
This year’s Día de los muertos display was visited often during the days surrounding the November 2nd celebration. During the celebration we honor both life and death. This year’s altar displayed the symbolic flower zempazuchil, candles to light the way, sugar skulls, toys, candy and pan de muerto, as well as pictures of our dearly departed.
 
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Read The Post‘s article about OU Student’s and Faculty’s Stories of their Spanish Heritage here

 


 
The Center for Latin American Studies (CLAS) has Program Coordinator position vacant to start immediately. The program coordinator will provide support for the Center’s academic program and coordinate the Center’s events and communications. The position emphasizes student and faculty services, event coordination, public relations, and website content editing/updating. The position reports to the Associate Director of the Center for Latin American Studies, while maintaining close contact with the Director and other staff members.