You, too, can speak Spanish… every Thursday… and French, twice

La Tertulia — the Spanish conversation hour — takes place every Thursday at 4:30 p.m. in the Union’s Phoenix Club. Organized by the Spanish program, the informal gathering invites students, staff and faculty from beginning speakers to experienced conversationalist to take part.  “It is open to everyone, regardless of level,” says Prof. Gabriel Saxton-Ruiz. See snapshot.

The French program sponsors two weekly tables with participation by French native speakers along with those learning the language. The location is the Common Grounds Coffeehouse, at 2 p.m. each Tuesday and again at 4 p.m. each Wednesday.

Molière deficiency? Cercle Français has the cure

Tim Mooney’s one-man comedic show, “Molière than Thou,” makes its regular UW-Green Bay stop at 7 p.m. Monday (May 2) in the Christie Theatre. Sponsored by the UW-Green Bay Cercle Français. Admission for students is $2 and for community members it is $5. The students say anyone suffering from Molière deficiency — the basic symptoms of which are an inability to distinguish between sincerity and hypocrisy, obsession with money and savings, compulsion to sacrifice friends and loved ones to grand ideas, and delusions of grandeur — will get well soon with Mooney’s tribute to the great French satirist. If you’d like a preview, see his website.

Faculty note: Meyer

Prof. E. Nicole Meyer presented “Best Practices in Teaching Literature Online: Innovative Strategies That Work” at the NEMLA (Northeast Modern Languages Association) conference in New Brunswick, N.J. on April 8. Meyer is a professor in French, Humanistic Studies and Women’s and Gender Studies, and a fellow with the Institute for Research in the Humanities, UW-Madison.

Fantastique! Students land French gigs, teaching English

If you see students Julie Bayard or Abby Hendzel, feel free to congratulate them on their achievement. The two UW-Green Bay seniors have received English Teaching Assistant Awards from the French Government to teach English in France for 2011-2012. While it’s not the first time students here have won the award, Prof. E. Nicole Meyer (Humanistic Studies, Women’s and Gender Studies) says it’s the first time we have nominated two candidates (and, of course, the first time in recent memory we’ve had two winners), a noteworthy accomplishment for a relatively small school and French program.

Faculty note: Meyer

Prof. E. Nicole Meyer again served on a Fulbright selection committee for the Fulbright English Teaching Assistantships in France and Luxembourg.  Meyer, a faculty member in French, Humanistic Studies and Women’s and Gender Studies, also participated in the selection of final candidates for the French Government Teaching Assistantships in France.  This latter program has involved many graduates of the French program at UW-Green Bay over the past decade.

Speaking of French, singer Vox is here for Wednesday concert

Popular performer Victoria Vox, a singer/songwriter, guitarist and sometimes ukulele player, performs in concert Wednesday (April 7) at UW-Green Bay in a 7 p.m. concert in the Union’s Christie Theatre. She’ll perform with Melaniejane (on cello), with about half of the selections in French and the other half her regular but eclectic array of tunes. Tickets are $2 for students, $5 for the general public. Her visit is hosted by the student Cercle Français organization and UW-Green Bay’s academic program in French.