Institut Ramon Llull/ Newsletter # 96

MAY 2019 / NY, USA

New York

Literature.  New York,  12/05/2019

Catalan author Najat El Hachmi at the PEN World Voices Festival 2019

PEN World Voices Festival, now in its fifteenth year, is America’s premier international literary festival, attracting the best known writers from across the globe. Since its founding, the Festival has presented more than 1,800 writers and artists from 118 countries speaking 56 languages in venues across New York City in a weeklong series of literary events with a human rights focus. This is the second time the Festival features Catalan author Najat El Hachmi.

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Culture.  USA,  01/05/2019

Joan Pinyol's presentation of 'Avi, et trauré d'aquí' in the East Coast

What would you do if you discovered that the remains of your grandfather were stolen from his grave, decades ago? What would you do if you found out that he was now buried close to the man responsible for his death? Joan Pinyol, Catalan writer from Capellades, answers these questions in his last and most impactful book: Avi, et trauré d'aquí! (Edicions Saldonar, 2019), based on his own true story. He will be visiting the East Coast for a week (April/May 2019) and is thrilled to share with US students and community his fight to take his grandfather's remains out of the Valley of the Fallen to properly bury him.

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Literature.  Barcelona,  30/04/2019

Open Call for International Publishers and Agents to participate in the IRL Fellowship 2019

Institut Ramon Llull is organizing the 18th edition of its fellowship targeted at international publishers and agents and to be held in Barcelona during the 37th edition of the Setmana del Llibre en Català (Books in Catalan Week).

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Performing.  New York,  03/05/2019

A staged reading of UPSTAIRS NEIGHBORS by playwright and filmmaker Cesc Gay

Without a doubt, one of the greatest and most ambitious adventures any of us can experience in life is living as part of a couple. A major challenge full of adversity and obstacles, the struggle is daily, the trenches are endless, and consolation for the wounds and scratches suffered is often scarce or unhealthy. Even so, inexplicably, we men and women keep trying. And that’s why I’m convinced that only with irony and a sense of humor is it possible to write about this tragedy, which has pursued us since the dawn of time and we cannot get free of.

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Language.  New York,  03/05/2019

The Role of Intrinsic Reward and metacognition on Language Learning

LAIC is home to many linguists and language specialists who are active researchers and well-known references in fields related to Second Language Acquisition, Applied Linguistics, Language Pedagogy, or Teacher Training, among many others. This monthly workshop series is aimed at the Professional Development of our lecturers and anyone at LAIC interested in language pedagogy. The goal of the workshops is to enhance the development of our Language Programs (Spanish, Catalan, and Portuguese) by presenting, discussing, and debating pedagogical approaches to foreign language teaching within Columbia/Barnard classes.

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Literature.  30/06/2019

Absinthe 25: Barings // Bearings

ABSINTHE is published biannually in print and digital forms. Its issues focus on specific themes, with an emphasis on transnational approaches.Edited by Megan Berkobien and María Cristina Hall, Barings // Bearings collects sixteen pieces of contemporary women’s writing in Catalan together with the brilliantly understated illustrations of the artist Elisa Monsó.

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Literature.  New York,  31/05/2019

Catalan poets in New York: two readings

Imagine a book of hours condensed into a book of minutes: that is the project of the compact lyrical prose poems found in Gemma Gorga's Book of Minutes, the first English-language translation of this emerging poet, widely known and loved in her native Catalonia yet little known outside it. Sharon Dolin, translator and an award winning poet herself, and Ernest Farrés will join Gemma Gorga for the readings. 

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Language.  31/05/2019

New edition of IRLats contest for Catalan students

As of this Monday 25 March, the latest edition of IRLats, the short-short story contest held by Institut Ramon Llull is now open. The contest is geared towards Catalan students outside Catalan-speaking areas in order to encourage them to be creative in the Catalan language. Participants may enter their stories from 25 March to 31 May, and they will be published on the IRLats website for voting. The judges’ verdict will be announced on 11 June, and the winner will get a spot at the Catalan Language University Campus in July 2019. A bookmark will be published with the winning microstory and the runner-up will get a pack of books.

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Culture.  Olot, Catalonia (Spain),  12/07/2019

Faber Residencies: Call for Applications 2019/202

FABER organizes several thematic residences throughout the year where professionals from the Arts, Sciences or Humanities can come to spend a few days (between one and three weeks) working on their projects and sharing experiences with the rest of the residents. During the stay, the residents collaborate in activities directed to students, professionals or public in general; activities in accordance with a project that will take into account previous demands and needs.

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