INTERNATIONAL

International Education Week

International Education Week

November 16th – November 20th

International Education Week is an opportunity to celebrate the benefits of international education and exchange worldwide. This is a joint initiative by the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Department of Education as a part of their efforts to promote programs that prepare Americans for a global environment and attract future leaders from abroad to study, learn and exchange experiences in the United States.

For questions, please contact: Andrea Marques-Perez at amarques@csun.edu

Requests for accommodation services (e.g., sign language interpreters or transcribers) must be made at least five (5) business days in advance.  Please contact Andrea Marques-Perez at amarques@csun.edu no less than five (5) business days prior to your desired session to request that accommodation services be provided.

Special Thanks to: CSUN Professors Paula Tomson, Patricia Miller, Mercedes Juan Musotto, Maurice Godin and Nate Thomas; Professor and Conductor Alfredo Barros from Brazil and CSUN Departments of Kinesiology, Modern & Classical Languages & Literatures, Music and Cinema & Television Arts.

Week at a Glance

Monday, November 16, 2020

AN ARTISTIC REFLECTION: "MISSING" - COVID DANCE PROJECT
In collaboration with Professor Paula Thomson
Time: 11-11:45am
Location: Zoom

Tuesday, November 17, 2020

ARIAS BY GIACOMO PUCCINI – BONDING OF MUSIC AND LANGUAGE
In collaboration with Professors Patricia Miller and Mercedes Juan Musotto
Time: 11:30am-1:00pm
Location: Zoom

Wednesday, November 18, 2020

MUSIC AND DANCE – AN INTERNATIONAL PERSPECTIVE
Student Panels for an International Curriculum and Education (SPICE)
Time: 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Location: Zoom

Thursday, November 19, 2020

LIGHTS, CAMERA, ACTION! - A VIRTUAL MOVIE NIGHT
In collaboration with Professor Nate Thomas
Time: 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Location: Zoom

Friday, November 20, 2020

LIVE FROM BRAZIL - BRAZILIAN MUSICAL TRADITIONS: INSTRUMENTS, GENRES IN PRACTICE
Time: 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Location: Zoom

* $20 Amazon Gift Card will be raffled at the end of each presentation between attendees (CSUN student and student alumni only).

Monday, November 16th, 2020

AN ARTISTIC REFLECTION: “MISSING” - COVID DANCE PROJECT
In collaboration with Professor Paula Thomson, Department of Kinesiology
Time: 11:00 a.m. to 11:45 a.m.
Location: Zoom
Register for An Artistic Reflection: “Missing” - Covid Dance Project

This short dance film was created during COVID 19 and captures the lived-experiences and perceptions of dance artists. Dancers around the world are determined to find a way to continue. They/we need to express our love of dance during these desolate times.

Screening followed by Q&A.

Program Details:
The dance film portrays the lived experience of 6 pre-professional / professional dancers (all CSUN students). As the choreographer of this new work, I asked the dancers 6 questions related to their personal experiences of the pandemic. Based on their answers a script was developed. The script was then organized based on camera shots and locations. This was done in conjunction with the videographer and lighting designer. The dancers’ solos were choreographed (via zoom) to reflect inner desires and struggles and the ensemble section physicalizes the internal relationship with the pandemic and the bleak reality of the performing arts.

Creator and Choreographer: Paula Thomson
Co-Creator, Videographer: and Editor: Maurice Godin
Co-Creators and Dancers: Quinton Lopez (dance captain and collaborator), Amy Chaffino, Danielle Cohen, McKenzi Fauria, Jesse Perez, Star Soderberg
Co-Creator and Lighting Designer: Heather Romanowski
Script: Collective Creation
Artistic Advisor and Film Location: Amy Pell
Spoken Text Voices: Quinton Lopez & Star Soderberg
Music: Aboriginal Didgeridoo; Produced by Murdo McRae; Didjeridoo Player – Harry Wilson

An Amazon gift card will be raffled between attendees (CSUN student and student alumni only).

Special Thanks to:

Professor Paula Thomson and Kinesiology Department

 

Tuesday, November 17th, 2020

ARIAS BY GIACOMO PUCCINI – BONDING OF MUSIC AND LANGUAGE!
In collaboration with Professors Patricia Miller and Mercedes Juan Musotto
Time: 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Location: Zoom
Register for the Arias by Giacomo Puccini – Bonding of Music and Language!

A series of video presentations by CSUN students in collaboration with CSUN’s Modern and Classical Languages and Literatures and Music Departments examining Italian opera from language and music stand point.

Screening of Arias followed by Q&A.

“Avete torto” (Rinuccio’s aria).
Synopsis: After Rinuccio’s family, especially his aunt, Zita, express their disdain for Gianni Schicchi, the first half of the aria has Rinuccio rejecting his family’s prejudice and promotes Gianni Schicchi's qualities, both physical and personality. After the praising of Gianni Schicchi, the second half of the aria is unveiled with Rinuccio asserting the strength and beauty of Florence. With the recognition of Florence’s artists and scientists, Rinuccio proclaims that the true successor of all these great men who built the city is his hero and idol, Gianni Schicchi.

“O mio babbino caro” (Lauretta’s aria)
Synopsis: After an immense feud with the relatives, Gianni Schicchi has refused to help Rinuccio and his family plan a scheme to get Buoso Donati’s fortune. Before Schicchi attempts to leave them, his daughter, Lauretta, tries to make him change his mind by singing this aria about her love for Rinuccio.

“Era uguale la voce” (Gianni Schicchi’s aria).
Synopsis: In his central aria, eponymous character Gianni Schicchi develops a scheme to trick the relatives of the dead Buoso Donati out of an inheritance over which they are all fighting. The relatives look to the quick-witted outsider Schicchi for advice on how to change Buoso’s will in their favor, but seeing an opportunity to improve his station in life, Schicchi hatches a plot to create a new will. With the consent of the relatives, Gianni plans to disguise himself as Buoso Donati, alter his voice, and dictate a new will to the local notary, dividing up the inheritance among the surviving Donati family. Little do the relatives realize that in this new will, the juiciest, most profitable parts of the inheritance will be reserved for Gianni Schicchi himself!

Presenters:
Adam McCrory, Student, Music Department
Israel Segura, Student, Music Department
Niko Murakami, Student, Music Department
Edward Tavalin Roberts, MCLL Italian Student
Alfono Alborta, student, MCLL Italian Student
Aminah Babatunde-Bey, MCLL Italian Student
John Tucker, student, MCLL Italian Student

CSUN Symphony Orchestra:
Violin 1: Jeongah Moon, Pedram Pourghazi
Sahand Zare, Esteban Andrade
Violin 2: Cansu Ozyurek, Shilla Varasteh
Ruisi Gong, Rachel Greenup
Viola: Simiao Xiao, Alisa Luera
Cello: Loralee Brown, Yong Ooi
Bass: Ian Lindley
Flutes: David Lindley, Magenta Money, Haziel Angeles
Clarinets: Casey Grimm, Nancy Cristostomo
Horns: Jennifer Orneles, Caitlynn Sandberg, Keith Pepper, Drew Patterson
Trombones: Thomas Monce, Adrian Hawthorne

An Amazon gift card will be raffled between attendees (CSUN student and student alumni only).

Special Thanks to:
Professor Patricia Miller, Modern & Classical Languages & Literatures Department and Professors Mercedes Juan Musotto and Maurice Godin, Music Department

Wednesday, November 18th, 2020

MUSIC AND DANCE – AN INTERNATIONAL PERSPECTIVE
Student Panels for an international Curriculum and Education (SPICE)

Time: 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Location: Zoom
Register for the Music and Dance – An International Perspective!

Student Panels for an International Curriculum and Education (SPICE) members share their views on performing arts featuring Brazil, Cameroon and India.

Presentations followed by Q&A.

SPICE Panelists:
Paula Carvalho de Oliveira, Brazil
Arrah Enaw, Cameroon
Rudri Oza, India

An Amazon gift card will be raffled between attendees (CSUN student and student alumni only).

Special Thanks to:
Rebecca Spector, IESC SPICE Coordinator and SPICE Student Panelists

Thursday, November 19th, 2020

LIGHTS, CAMERA, ACTION! - A VIRTUAL MOVIE NIGHT
In collaboration with Professor Nate Thomas
Time: 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Location: Zoom
Register for the Lights, Camera, Action! - A Virtual Movie Night!

Screening of CSUN Senior Films, with an International essence, followed by Q&A with Directors.

Amal
Synopsis: An American doctor decides to adopt a young Syrian girl, but problems arise when a travel ban is placed on Syrians traveling to the United States.
Director: Dilek Ince

Braceros
Synopsis: The term “bracero” derives from the Spanish word for “arm” and refers idiomatically to a farm hand or laborer for hire. In the United States, bracero refers specifically, and often derogatively, to a legally-contracted Mexican farm worker.

In 1942, the U.S. faced a farm labor shortage and opened its borders to Mexican braceros, openly recruiting their immigration. Thousands of men eagerly responded to the promises of high wages, plentiful work, and favorable conditions. What they found was discrimination, suffering, and humiliation. To this day, these braceros have never been properly recognized or compensated for the service they provided.

In this film, based on Martin Carreno’s real life story, we experience an adventure of sorrow and strength as a young girl learns from her grandfather of this time in her family’s history.

Director: Belinda Carreno

El Viaje
Synopsis: Paul owns a diner in a small border town. His good friend is Sheriff Nash Roepper, a vicious bigot. On this fateful day, an immigrant arrives at Paul’s back door and asks for help.
Director: Andrew Borene

Armen
Synopsis: To avoid Nazi persecution, Armen, an Armenian watchmaker, has arranged safe passage out of 1939 Germany. Discovering his plan, a young Jewish mother begs Armen to take her 7-year old son with him to elude the genocide. It’s a dangerous proposition that brings back painful memories. Armen survived a similar program of genocide in Armenia in 1915. Now he must make a choice ... to assuredly save himself or to risk everything in an attempt to save the boy.
Director: Sherry Festekjian

An Amazon gift card will be raffled between attendees (CSUN student and student alumni only).

Special Thanks to:
Professor Nate Thomas, Cinema and Television Arts Department and CTVA Alumni

Friday, November 20th, 2020

BRAZILIAN MUSICAL TRADITIONS: INSTRUMENTS, GENRES IN PRACTICE
Live from Brazil, Dr. Alfredo Barros, Conductor and Faculty from State University of Ceara (Universidade Estadual do Ceará) will lead this presentation.
Time: 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Location: Zoom
Register for the Brazilian Musical Traditions: Instruments, Genres in Practice!

A review of Brazilian musical traditions and its origins that influenced modern day practice of urban and concert music in Brazil. The presentation's format includes live demonstrations of some Brazilian instruments and rhythms, along with videos and excerpts of important works from Brazilian composers and musicians.

Presentation followed by Q&A.

An Amazon gift card will be raffled between attendees (CSUN student and student alumni only).

Special Thanks to:
Professor and Conductor Alfredo Barros and CSUN Music Department