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Popular International Artists Lecture Series returns this fall

August 30, 2013

This fall, the School of International Letters and Cultures is pleased to announce the return of its International Artists Lecture Series. Now in its second year, the school welcomed novelists, activists, filmmakers and other artists from Japan, Austria, Mexico, Italy, Romania, Brazil, Egypt and the U.S. last year. This semester, the series will include actors from Romania, a photographer and a guitarist from Argentina, and a poet from the U.S. All events are free and open to the public.

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 via study abroad programs, full-year or semester long language and cultural immersion programs, on-campus international guest speakers, international student organizations, opportunities for intensive study through language flagship programs and mentorship by international faculty.

Events in this semester’s International Artists Lecture Series include:

Adriana Lestido, photography, 1-2 p.m., Sept. 13, Hayden Library, room C-6, Tempe campus - PLEASE NOTE THE ROOM CHANGE.

Born in Buenos Aires in 1955, Adrianna Lestido is best known for her photographs of women and children, including her project, "Women Imprisoned with Their Children," in Prison No. 8 los Hornos, la Plata, Argentina in 1991. In 1995, she became the first Argentine photographer to receive a Guggenheim Fellowship. Whether it's the condition of women in prison or the relationship between a mother and a daughter, Lestido's work poses deep questions about the human condition. An exhibit of several of Lestido’s works will also be on display in the Hayden Library rotunda (4th floor) from Sept. 17 to Oct. 31.

Lestido's visit to ASU is co-sponsored by the School of International Letters and Cultures, the Institute for Humanites Research, The Design School, the T. Denny Sanford School of Social and Family Dynamics, the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, the Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law and ASU Libraries. 

Néstor Benito, guitar, 7-8:30 p.m., Sept. 17, Katzin Concert Hall, Tempe campus

Argentine guitarist Néstor Benito will be performing at Katzin Concert Hall in Tempe. Beginning his professional career at the age of 17 in 1973, Benito has traveled the world performing original compositions and tributes to his masters, as well as playing in many orchestras all over Argentina. Since 1993, he has been leading the project “La Guitarra en Argentina" (The Guitar in Argentina), which he created with the purpose of promoting important Argentinean composers and rarely known or unpublished works for guitar.

Benito's visit to ASU is co-sponsored by the Repúplica Argentina Ministerio de Relaciones de Exteriores y Culto and the ASU School of International Letters and Cultures.  

Tino Villanueva, poetry, 4-5:30 p.m., Oct. 18, Language and Literature building room 102, Tempe campus

Tino Villanueva is the author of six books of poetry. He received his doctorate in Spanish from Boston University in 1981 and now teaches in the Department of Romance Languages at the university. His book, “Scene from the Movie GIANT,” won a 1994 American Book Award. "Primera causa/First Cause," a bilingual chapbook of ten poems on memory and writing, was published by Cross-Cultural Communications in 1999. His poems have been translated into French, German, Greek, Italian, Korean and Portuguese.

Villanueva's visit to ASU is co-sponsored by Secretaria de Relaciones Exteriores de Mexico, Mexican Consulate, Yuma, Arizona and the ASU School of International Letters and Cultures.

Eugene Ionesco’s “The Bald Soprano,” theater, 7-8:30 p.m., Nov. 8-9, Empty Space Theater, Tempe campus

In collaboration with the National University of Theatre and Film (UNATC) of Bucharest, Romania's foremost theatre and film institute, ASU's School of International Letters and Cultures welcomes Romanian actors to the U.S. to perform Eugene Ionesco's "The Bald Soprano." This production of “The Bald Soprano” will be held at the Empty Space theatre, at the northwest corner of University and Rural. The performance is co-sponsored by the Romanian Cultural Institute.

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

Written by Daniel Lennie, communications intern, School of International Letters and Cultures