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Fall 2007 - Spring 2008

  • Emergant India: An Engagement with MIT
  • For more information, contact KC Cortinovis at 617-253-4771 or

    Sponsored by the MIT-India Program, the Office of the Provost, and Foreign Languages & Literatures

  • International Cultural Capital Seminar

  • Cultura Conference

  • As a celebration of the ten-year anniversary of Cultura, this Conference (organized by its original creators, Gilberte Furstenberg, Sabine Levet, and Shoggy Waryn)
    is bringing together colleagues from all over the world: some who have already adopted Cultura and adapted it to their own institution and language, and others who have simply followed the project closely and are interested in developing one of their own. During this event - which will provide a blend of presentations and discussions - colleagues who are already involved in a Cultura project will have an opportunity to share their respective experiences and learn from one another, while those who are simply interested will be able to develop an in-depth understanding of the issues involved in designing and setting up such an on-line collaborative project.


  • Friday 2:15 - 6:00 PM - Room 4-249

      2:15-2:20 PM - Welcome: Jing Wang, Head of the Foreign Languages and Literatures at M.I.T.

      2:20-2:45 PM - Introduction of the Conference (goals and program) and of the participants, by Gilberte Furstenberg.

      2:45-3:05 PM - Opening remarks by Peter Patrikis, former Executive Director of the Consortium for Foreign Language Teaching and Learning.

      3:05-3:45 PM: Presentation of the original Cultura model: highlighting its history, its methodology and its newest features.

        Gilberte Furstenberg
        Sabine Levet
        Shoggy Waryn

        Chair: Peter Patrikis

      3:45-4:00 PM - Coffee Break

      4:00-5:00 PM: Presentation of two Cultura projects at other institutions and in other languages: issues of adaptation and new pedagogical and technological initiatives.

        For the Spanish and Russian exchanges at Brown University: Beth Bauer, Lynne deBenedette, Shoggy Waryn
        For the Spanish exchange at Barnard College: Jim Crapotta, Jesus Suarez Garcia.

        Chair: Shoggy Waryn

      5:00-5:30 PM - Informal sharing of past and current Cultura or Cultura-like projects

        Chair: Shoggy Waryn

      5:30-6:00 PM - Group discussions: identifying the main issues for implementing Cultura. Questions raised (these questions will be discussed throughout the next day)

        Chair:Gilberte Furstenberg

      6:15-7:30 PM - Wine and cheese reception (14E-304)

  • Saturday 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM - Room 4-249
      Note: The Tech Fair will take place in the LLARC (Language Learning and Resource Center) Rm 16-644

      9:00-10:30 AM: Tech Fair (ten Cultura and Cultura-inspired projects) (16-644)

        USA-Spain Cultura, by Jim Crapotta and Jesus Suarez Garcia, Barnard College
        USA-France: “Cultura-Biz” (for business courses), by Anne Poncet-Montange, Bentley College
        USA-Mexico Cultura, by Beth Bauer, Brown University
        USA-Russia Cultura, by Lynne deBenedette, Brown University
        USA-Spain exchange by Frédérique Thiebault-Adjout, The Commonwealth School, Boston
        USA-Italy exchange: “The Italian Virtual Class project”, by Christine Ristaino, Emory University
        Germany-France exchange, by Christophe Bouyssi, University of Hanover, Germany
        Europe-Asia exchange: “The East-West Café”, by David Hiple, The University of Hawaii
        USA-Taiwan exchange: “The Online Communication for Reflective Intercultural Learning Project”, by Susan Bunn, Sam Houston State University and Meei-Ling Liaw, National Taichung University, Taiwan
        “Captivating Job Aids: Training Cultura Newbies”, Evan Rubin, San Diego State University (LARC)

      Note: all the following sessions will take place in Rm 4-249

      10:45 - 11:15 AM - Question and answer period based on the Tech Fair presentations

        The Tech Fair Presenters

        Chair: Shoggy Waryn

      11:15 - 11:30 AM - Coffee Break

      11:30 AM - 1:00 PM: Spotlight on tools:

        Demonstration of the new Cultura questionnaire tool by Sabine Levet
        Presentation of other tools, followed by discussion. Panelists: Shoggy Waryn and others

        Chair: Gilberte Furstenberg

      1:00 - 2:00 PM - Lunch (Outside Rm 4-249)

      2:00 - 3:30 PM - Panel discussions: focus on important issues

        The integration of Cultura into a curriculum: what level? what audience? Beth Bauer, Yasmine Beale-Rivaya, Jim Crapotta, Anastasia Polosukhina
        The role of partners: Kathryn English, Frédérique Thiebault-Adjout.
        The use of the native vs the target language: what language to use for what purpose? Kathryn English, Gilberte Furstenberg
        Issues and modes of evaluation: Christophe Bouyssi, Sabine Levet
        Research perspectives: Yasmine Beale-Rivaya, Kathryn English, Meei-Ling Liaw

        Chair: Jim Crapotta and Beth Bauer

      3:30 - 3:45 PM - Coffee Break

      3:45 - 4:15 PM: The Cultura Community Site: demonstration and feedback

        Gilberte Furstenberg
        Sabine Levet

        Chair: Shoggy Waryn

      4:15 - 5:00 PM: Looking back on the Conference (= what has been accomplished?) and looking ahead (= the future of Cultura)

        Peter Patrikis
        Gilberte Furstenberg
        Sabine Levet
        Shoggy Waryn

    Sponsored by the Consortium for Language Teaching and Learning, MIT Foreign Languages & Literatures, and the MIT Contemporary French Studies Fund.

  • International Cultural Capital Seminar

  • Live Action Anime 2007: Madness at Mokuba

  • Cuban Film Screenings

  • Ségolène Royal
  • International Cultural Capital Seminar Series
  • Jhumpa Lahiri
  • Film Screening: Ce dont on ne peut parler, c’est cela qu’il faut dire (2002)
  • An Evening of Live Theater with Valère Novarina
  • Ghosts of Spain - Giles Tremlett
  • MIT European Short Film Festival 2008
  • International Cultural Capital Seminar Series

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