Center for Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Cultures

  • Alien Citizen: An Earth Odyssey

    Alien Citizen: An Earth Odyssey

    Actress and writer Elizabeth Liang will visit Williams on September 18th to give her solo performance, Alien Citizen: An Earth Odyssey, in the Adams Memorial Theatre, 7:30 – 9PM.

    Alien Citizen: An Earth Odyssey is a funny and poignant one-woman show about growing up as a dual citizen of mixed heritage in Central America, North Africa, the Middle East, and New England. Liang weaves humorous stories about growing up as an Alien Citizen abroad with American commercial jingles providing a soundtrack through language confusion, first love, culture shock, Clark Gable, and sandstorms with projections and sound design.

    Performance is free but tickets must be reserved or picked up for the show. ’62 CTD | 413-597-2425 | Tues-Sat 1-5pm
    Box office officially opens Sept. 9th but tickets will be available online Sept. 3rd.

    Sponsored by the Center for Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Cultures, with generous funding from the Ford Schumann Fund for Democratic Studies, the Davis Center, Claiming Williams, Dean of Students, and the programs in Comparative Literature and the Women’s, Gender, & Sexuality Studies.

    Ikebana: Epiphany of Life


    Yuji Ueno, independent floral artist, will demonstrate the art of Japanese floral design. Formerly trained in traditional Japanese floral arrangement, Sogestu Ikebana, Ueno later sought greater freedom to chart his own course and to develop a flower concept that he calls Hanaike. His aim is to draw out the essence of the natural world and convey the true meaning of beauty in fine ‘flower arrangements’.

    At Williams he will give a demonstration of his floral art, seeking inspiration from the place to forge an artistic piece within the local context. The recently published book, Japanese Ikebana for Every Season (Tuttle Publishing, April 2014), will be available and an accompanying photo exhibit will be on display prior to the demonstration.

    Monday, October 6 | 4:15pm
    Sawyer Library, Forum on Level 1

    This event is organized by the Japanese Program with generous funding from the Joseph G. Tompkins Fund, Jr. 1962 Fund for Asian Studies, the Department of Asian Studies and the Center for Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Cultures.

    Laila Lalami reads from “The Moor’s Account”

    Laila Lalami

    Laila Lalami, will read from her latest book, The Moor’s Account. She is the author of Hope and Other Dangerous Pursuits and Secret Son and teaches Creative Writing at the University of California, Riverside.

    The Moor’s Account is a work of historical fiction, the imagined memoirs of the New World's first explorer of African descent, a Moroccan slave known as Estebanico. Estebanico (1500 – 1539) was enslaved as a youth and traveled on the famed Narváez expedition in 1527 to Florida in search of gold. After one year only four of the six hundred men remained: Estebanico and the Spanish explorers Cabeza de Vaca, Dorantes de Carranza and Castillo Maldonado. They traveled across the unfamiliar continent for nearly eight years, living with Native Americans until finally reaching Mexico City in 1536. This novel recreates Estebanico’s experience.

    Wednesday, October 8 at 6:30pm to 7:30pm | Griffin Hall, Rm. 3

    Sponsored by the Department of Romance Languages, Africana Studies, American Studies and the Center for Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Cultures.