The Department of French and Italian

Italian Placement Testing on 08/28 in HRH 2.106B @ 1:30 pm

Faculty and Graduate Student Colloquium

Talk by Carl Blyth: Reading as a Team Sport: How Mass Collaboration Changes Everything Followed by Laura Goudet: Identity and Self-Definition in African-American Communities Online

Thu, April 22, 2010 | HRH 2.118 French and Italian Lounge

3:15 PM

Faculty and Graduate Student Colloquium

Thursday, April 22, 2010

3:15 PM

HRH 2.118 French and Italian Lounge

 

Talk by Carl Blyth: Reading as a Team Sport: How Mass Collaboration Changes Everything

 

Followed by Laura Goudet: Identity and Self-Definition in African-American Communities Online

 

Refreshments will be served.

 

Reading as a Team Sport: How Mass Collaboration Changes Everything

Carl Blyth

 

For at least a generation, surveys have indicated a sharp decline in the number of college students who read literature for pleasure. And yet, the Internet has given rise to an impressive array of new literacies. Students today are reading but not like they used to. Increasingly social and interactive, new forms of reading challenge the traditional conception of reading as an individual mental activity. This talk problematizes the changes associated with “eliteracy” by examining eComma, a web-based text annotation tool developed in the UT Department of English to promote close reading of literary texts. It is argued that eComma sheds new light on the potential epistemic and cognitive benefits of digital literacy.

 

Identity and Self-Definition in African-American Communities Online

Laura Goudet

 

The rise of online platforms allows people who share common interests to interact. In a time where the 2010 census distinguishes African Americans, Negroes and Blacks, the question arises as to how a community as diverse as African Americans defines itself. This talk will examine identity and self-definition of African Americans through the study of words and expressions they use to describe themselves on the very broad platform BlackPlanet.com. As can be seen on this website, where no hierarchy exists between the participants, the terms describing their own ethnic community abound, from militant to politically correct, while their semantics converge and diverge. 

 

Sponsored by: Department of French and Italian

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Tavola Italiana

Informal Italian conversation practice Fridays 3-4pm at the Texas Union's Cactus Café. Open to all students of Italian. Contact Antonella Olson for more information.


Le Cercle français

Informal French conversation practice Fridays in the Texas Union's Cactus Café from 3-4pm. Open to all students of French. Contact Nancy Guilloteau for more information.

 

Italian Placement Testing 

Professor Antonella will be administering placement exams on Monday, August 28th in HRH 2.106B at 1:30 pm. If you are seeking to take an Italian Language Placement Test, please attend this session. Due to time constraints makeups are not guranteed.


Cineforum Italiano

Hosting Italian films with English subtitles every Thursdays at 8:00 pm in Mezes B0.306. 


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