2015 Middlebury Language Schools Centennial Celebration at Mills College

Friday, July 17
Performance by Karim Nagi and the Sharq Ensemble
9 p.m., Littlefield Concert Hall
Sponsored by the Arabic School

Well versed in the ultra-traditional styles of music, Karim Nagi has lead the Sharq Arabic Music Ensemble since 1999. He promotes and fosters the study of Arab dance in the USA as the director of the Arab Dance Seminar. Karim performs and teaches Tahteeb Cane Dance, Dabka Line Dance, and Zikr Sufi Dance. He taught at the New England Conservatory of Music for 5 years, and has lectured and presented at Harvard, MIT, Yale, Bowdoin, Princeton, Stanford, William & Mary, Georgetown, and several Community Colleges. The Sharq Ensemble originally specialized in medieval Arabic music from the Andalusian and Ottoman periods. Over the past decade, the ensemble added 20th century classics from Egypt and Syria, plus regional Arabic folklore from North Africa and the Eastern Arab countries. The focus of the group has always been to revive the repertoire, style and presentation of Arab music. The Sharq Ensemble is dedicated to preserving and presenting traditional Arabic vocal and instrumental music.


Saturday, July 18
Arabic Folk Dance Workshop led by Karim Nagi
12:15 p.m. – 2:15 p.m., GSB Gathering Hall
Sponsored by the Arabic School

Karim Nagi will teach an overview of Arab folk dances from Egypt, North Africa, and the Near East. The lesson will include the native rhythms for each dance, famous steps, group formations, body stylistics and demeanor. These dances are done by the general public, and will help expose the student to the communal and folkloric life of the Arab people.


Wednesday, July 22
Lecture by Tyler Josef Rasch
7:30 p.m. – 9:00 pm, GSB Gathering Hall

Tyler Josef Rasch (born May 6, 1988 in Vermont) is an American graduate student who lives and performs in South Korea as a television personality and webzine editor. He graduated from University of Chicago and currently is a graduate student at Seoul National University in Seoul, Korea.  He is a cast member in the TV talk show Non-Summit in Korea.  With his professional Korean proficiency, he gained popularity in Korea and became a celebrity.  He is also administrator of webzine Seoulism. He is also a model for Subway and Yoplait yogurt.   As a Vermonter, he is a great supporter of the School of Korean at Middlebury College.

Friday, July 24
Panel: “The Importance of Learning and Teaching Languages in the Global Age”
4:00 p.m. - 5:30 p.m., GSB Gathering Hall

Panelists include Ernesto Livorni, Daria Mizza, Dr. Jerry Lampe, John Eisele, and Sahie Kang; Moderated by Vice President of Language Schools Michael Geisler

Ernesto Livorni is Professor of Italian Language and Literature, and Affiliate of Comparative Literature and Religious Studies, at the University of Wisconsin – Madison. His scholarly publications include Avanguardia e tradizione: Ezra Pound e Giuseppe Ungaretti (1998) and T. S. Eliot, Montale e la modernità dantesca (forthcoming). He also translated into Italian and edited Ted Hughes, Cave-Birds: Un dramma alchemico della caverna (2001).

Daria Mizza is currently Head of the Language Technology Center in the School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) of the Johns Hopkins University (Washington, DC).  She taught and researched in the fields of Second Language Acquisition and Applied Linguistics at the University of Pécs (Hungary), the University of Warwick (UK), and the University of Tunis El Manar (Tunisia); managed the Italian language programs and their faculty at the Italian Cultural Institutes of Tunis (Tunisia) and Madrid (Spain); directed the Italian Language School and Cultural Center in Washington, DC, and taught graduate courses of methodology and technology for Italian language educators at the Summer Graduate School of the Middlebury College (VT).

Jerry Lampe is an independent consultant, currently working as Senior Academic Advisor to the American Councils for International Education (ACIE) for the Arabic Overseas Flagship Programs, the National Foreign Language Center (NFLC), and other academic institutions and government programs. Formerly, he was Deputy Director of NFLC where he contributed to and served as P.I. on several projects, including LangNet, the Internet-based language learning support system; STARTALK; and Recognizing Dialects: Arabic; he served as Senior Research Advisor at the Center for the Advanced Study of Language (CASL) and as Director of Language Studies and Associate Professor of Arabic and Islamic Studies at SAIS of Johns Hopkins University. Dr. Lampe also directed the Center of Arabic Study Abroad (CASA) and Peace Corps training programs in Tunisia and Morocco and served as President of the American Association of Teachers of Arabic (AATA). In the late sixties and early seventies, he also worked as a translator/interpreter for the US State Department and the White House and as a multi-lingual spokesman/actor in radio, television, and films.

John Eisele is currently the Arabic Studies program director and co-director of the Asian and Middle East Studies Program at the College of William and Mary. He holds a joint PhD in Linguistics and Near East Languages and Literatures from the University of Chicago. He is the author of the book Arabic Verbs in Time: Tense and Aspect in Cairene Arabic (Harrasowitz: 1999) and of numerous essays published in Language, Journal of the American Oriental Society, al‑Arabiyyah, and Perspectives on Arabic Linguistics. He is a past recipient of Fulbright and NEH fellowships, and Department of Education grants.

Sahie Kang is currently the Director of School of Korean at Middlebury College and Dean of the School of Resident Education for Intermediate/Advanced/DTRA Interpretation Programs in the Directorate of Continuing Education at the Defense Language Institute. She earned her PhD in Linguistics from the University of Florida (1990). With her research interests in socio-linguistics and language and culture education, she has published articles such as “The Effect of Study Abroad Program on Socio Linguistic Acquisition,” in Studies in Korean Linguistics and Language Pedagogy 2013,” “Implementing and Assessing Portfolio Projects,” in TESOL PAIS 2008 (co-authored), “Syllabus Design for the Less Commonly Taught Languages,” in Korean Language in America, 1996 (co-authored).

Friday, July 24
Performance by Luca Vullo
7:30 p.m. – 9 p.m., Littlefield Concert Hall 

After shooting several non-professional short films with his friends, Luca Vullo discovered his true passion: telling stories through the language of cinema. He enrolled at the Department of Cinema, Music, and Performing Arts at the University of Bologna. During his university years (between 2000 and 2005), he received practical and technical training for filmmaking; at the same time, he attended cinema workshops and worked on film sets under various roles. Luca’s first documentary was Cumu Veni si Cunta (2003), a peculiar journey through the art of ‘getting by’ in Caltanissetta. In August 2009 Luca produced his first musical video for the band Merce Fresca. In 2011, Luca was chosen as Artistic Director for the Lampedusa Film Festival. Shortly afterwards, he started working on his next successful feature: The Voice of the Body (La Voce del Corpo), a docudrama on the non-verbal communication strategies enacted by Sicilians (and Italians at large).

Saturday, July 25
Centennial Dinner Celebration hosted by the Arabic School, Italian School, & School of Korean
6:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m., Holgrem Meadow

The three schools will contribute multiple dishes from all over the globe.  Come join the celebration and enjoy the multi-cultural cuisine as everyone will get the chance to celebrate and dine together.

Saturday, July 25
Traditional Drum Dance Samgomoo performed by Urisawi Dance Team
9:00 p.m. – 10:30 p.m., Littlefield Concert Hall

Based in the San Francisco Bay Area, this Korean Traditional Dance Team led by Ms. Me Sook Ko. The Korean Culture Center Urisawe Inc is an organization dedicated to promoting traditional Korean culture through performing arts. Established in 2002 by Me Sook Ko, a professional teacher, Urisawe has participated in numerous performances and activities and continues to expand as a traditional Korean culture group representing the Bay Area. Sam-go-mu (Three drum dance) is derived from one of the oldest traditions of Buddhist drum dance. The dancer is centered with three drums surrounding her and starts slowly and gradually leads to dynamic and exciting rhythm. Among all the drum dances of Korea, sam-go-mu is known to display the most various and grandiose dance movements.

Sunday, July 26
Puppeteer Performance by the Cuttichio Family
2:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m., Littlefield Concert Hall

The Cuticchio puppet troupe, based in Palermo, has been a family enterprise for 60 years, following the traditions of Sicilian puppetry in its repertory and techniques. The puppets are about three feet tall and are manipulated by strings worked from above the boxlike puppet stage, where the scene changes are accomplished by the lowering of a series of brightly painted backdrops. Mimmo Cuticchio is the theatre director and puppeteer. He opened the Santa Rosalia Puppet Theatre in 1973 and his skill with his craft led him to be cast as the puppet narrator in The Godfather Part III. Giacomo Cuticchio is also a puppeteer and composer.

Sunday, July 26
Arabic Calligraphy Workshop Lead by Professor Muhammad Habib
3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m., Warren Olney Dining Room

Are you interested in the Arabic language and Islamic culture? Would you like to learn about Islamic and Arabic art? This hands-on workshop will introduce participants to the art of Arabic calligraphy, including the traditional tools used by calligraphers. Participants will be able to try their hand at writing Arabic calligraphy and will produce a piece of art by the end of the workshop. No knowledge of Arabic is necessary.

Sunday, July 26
Arabic School Music and Dance club Performance Lead by Professor Ken Habib
4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m., Lisser Hall

The Middlebury College Arabic School will present a fun and educational performance of music and dance featuring students and faculty. The show will feature a celebrated repertoire of Arabic music including both an example of a traditional genre that traces its roots to the Middle Ages and contemporary songs of some of today’s most popular artists.

Sunday, July 26
Piano Concert by Cosimo Colazzo

7:30 p.m. – 9:00  p.m., Littlefield Concert Hall

Cosimo Collazo, has a diploma in piano, composition, conducting at the Conservatories of Lecce, Rome and Milan, as well as a degree in philosophy. He was a student of Salvatore Sciarrino, and attended courses and workshops with leading composers and conductors, such as Luigi Nono, Pierre Boulez, Peter Eötvös. He has won many international prizes in composition and national awards in composition: SIAE, 1983, Belvidere. He participated with his compositions in various festivals, and his music is performed in Italy and abroad, in various European countries, the United States and Japan, and is transmitted by Italian national radio and television. His compositions are published by RAI Trade.