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Sandi Ward presents March EALL Colloquium

Friday, March 31, 2017, 12:00 Noon

Room 4130 WWPH

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Early Spring Crop of Student Awards

The Department is proud to announce a number of scholarships our students have been awarded to our students. 

Chisom Obasih was awarded a CLS for Japan for this coming summer of 2017. 

The Nationality Rooms Summer Study Abroad Scholarships include: 

Megan Harris, Undergraduate:Japanese Room Committee Scholarship $3.500

Lynnea Lombardi, Undergraduate:Women's International Club Scholarship  $4,000

Mara Wearden, Undergraduate: Chinese Room Committee Scholarship $2,500

Carolynn Weeks, Undergraduate:John H. Tsui Memorial Scholarship  $2,500

14th Korean Film Festival, Spring 2017

Join us in 4130 WWPH on Friday, March 17, 2017 at 5:00 pm for a viewing of "Veteran," directed by Seung-wan Ryoo.   This is 2015 film about a young man who has grown spoiled in a wealthy family. Tae-Oh keeps on committing crimes and always succeeds buying his way out. But Detective Do-Cheol won't let him get away this time.

On Friday, March 31, 2017, at 4:00 pm, we'll be presenting "Train to Busan," directed by Sang-ho Yeon.  This 2016 film may be the first Korean zombie movie. It follows terrified passengers fighting their way through nationwide zombie outbreaks while trapped in a train to Busan. Can they hold off zombie hordes? Is Busan still safe?


Pizza and refreshments will be provided!

University Hosts 2017 Japanese Speech Contest

The annual Japanese High School Speech Contest is a collaboration between the Asian Studies Center and the Japan America Society of Pennsylvania, and is held each year on the Friday before Pitt’s Spring Break, in the William Pitt Union (this year, March 3). Pitt students, staff and faculty all participate along with faculty at CMU, Slippery Rock University and Robert Morris University, serving as judges and volunteers. The contest features a Poster Contest for students in their first year of Japanese or in a Japanese club at school, while the speech contest has four levels for students in their second year and beyond. This year’s poster contest theme was “The most fascinating Japanese technologies.” The Beginner Level speech, delivered by memory, is always a self-introduction. The upper level speeches, also delivered entirely by memory, followed the theme of “Imagine how Japanese society will change in the next 10 years.” The program also features a pedagogy workshop for the high school language teachers, booths and activities for the high school students, lunch and a cultural program prior to the awards ceremony. The Consul from the Consulate General of Japan, New York, always attends the program and awards an electronic dictionary to the Grand Prize winner of the speech contest.

Between 80-90 students from eight high school participated this year: Butler Area High School, Greensburg Salem High School, Norwin High School, Pittsburgh Allderdice High School, Pittsburgh Obama Academy, Shaler Area High School, University Prep High School, and Upper St. Clair High School.

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PTI positions in Korean Language

EALL anticipates openings for part-time instructors in the Korean language program beginning in the fall of 2017. Candidates must have native language proficiency, hold at least a college degree, and be authorized to work for the University. Prior experience in teaching foreign languages and familiarity with language pedagogy or linguistics is highly preferred. If interested, please send a resume or CV to Mi-Hyun Kim at The CV is required for initial screening. Candidates with desirable qualifications will be contacted for interviews in April/May 2017.

Chinese Program wins STARTALK grant

EALL is the recipient of the prestigious STARTALK grant, the first and only such Chinese language program to be so recognized in Western Pennsylvania. The grant was written by Juchun (Vanessa) Wei and Fan Fan. The STARTALK grant will enable EALL’s Chinese language program to offer a three-week (June 22–July 14), non-residential language and culture summer camp to twenty students (rising ninth to twelfth graders) on Pitt Oakland campus. Students will take classes in the morning and participate in cultural activities, sports, and fieldtrips to local Chinese grocery stores, community centers, and restaurants in the afternoon. Contact the program director, Vanessa Wei, at for further information.

The highly competitive STARTALK grant program is an initiative of the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI) and is currently overseen by National Security Agency (NSA). Find out more about the STARTALK program here.

Upcoming Colloquia

The remaining EALL colloquia for Spring 2017 will feature our graduate students: February 17: Yixin Liang; March 31: Sandi Ward; April 14: Aijie Shi. They will be held on Fridays at noon, in room 4130 WWPH.  Please plan to join us. 

Interns in Japan announced

Four Pitt students accepted for paid internships in Japanese companies this year. Congratulations to these students. Interested in internships next year? Contact Brenda Jordan at the Asian Studies Center.
Glen Ayes (University of Pittsburgh. Mechanical Engineering major; Japanese minor; ASC Certificate Student; Senior): Central Glass, Matsusaka (Mie Prefecture), Japan. Active Expert Center. (One year internship.)
Oliver Jia (University of Pittsburgh. Creating Writing and Japanese dual major; Sophomore.): Central Glass, Ube Plant. Ube (Yamaguchi Prefecture), Japan. Management Department. (Summer internship.)
Andrea Hall (University of Pittsburgh. Japanese major; Linguistics minor; Junior.): Central Glass, Kawasaki Plant. Kawasaki (Kanagawa Prefecture), Japan. Production Department. (Summer internship.)
Benjamin Tydings (University of Pittsburgh. Chemistry major; Japanese minor; ASC Certificate Student; Junior.): Taiheiyo Cement, Sakura City (Chiba Prefecture), Japan. R&D Department I (Chemistry). (Five-month internship.)

Colloquium, Zhen Wang, MA Candidate, Transcendence and Return: Re-interpreting and Re-envisioning Urbanization in Contemporary Chinese Art

Friday, January 13, 2017. 12:00 noon, 4130 WWPH. 

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December 9 EALL Special Colloquium with Wende Dikec

How foreign language study influences career paths will be the topic of EALL's second colloquium of the fall term. Japanese majors Emma Lurye and Jessica Shilling will host a panel discussion with Ms. Wende Dikec, class of 1989. The discussion will be held in the Korean Nationality Room (304 Cathedral of Learning) at noon on Friday, December 9, 2016.  A pizza lunch will follow in the department's seminar room (2712 Cathedral of Learning).  All are invited. 


Echo Strategies partners with EALL for Japanese Language Internship in Pittsburgh

Echo Strategies has recently partnered with the University of Pittsburgh’s Department of East Asian Languages and Literatures to offer a local internship to Japanese language majors. This internship involves pilot-testing questionnaires targeted at Japanese audiences and translating responses into English. Jessica Shilling and Emma Lurye are the first two Japanese majors to serve as interns for Echo Strategies.

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First EALL Colloquium features Pitt Alumna Elizabeth Oyler

We are proud to present our new Associate Professor, Elizabeth Oyler, as our first presenter in the EALL Colloquium series.  The title of the talk is "Framing Movement and Stasis: Stage Properties in the Noh Yuya and Ohara gokō"

The talk will be Friday, November 11, 2016, in room 4130 WWPH.   

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Alumna Dedicates Book to Japanese Faculty

The Japanese Language faculty were honored to have a book dedicated to them.

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Assistant Instructor of Chinese

The Department of East Asian Languages and Literatures of the University of Pittsburgh seeks one full-time, one-year contract (renewable) assistant instructor for the Chinese language program, for appointment beginning August 28, 2017, pending budgetary approval.  The successful candidate will possess native or near-native proficiency in both Chinese and English, hold an MA degree in Chinese language pedagogy, foreign language pedagogy, or a related field, and have at least one year experience teaching Chinese at the college level in a North American institution. Preference will be given to candidates who possess linguistic knowledge of the Chinese language, and who demonstrate familiarity with theories in second language acquisition and current practices in Chinese pedagogy in North American higher education settings. Duties include teaching both recitations and lectures of language courses, as well as working closely with the language coordinator to contribute to the overall effectiveness of the Chinese language program.

Applicants should send a letter of application, CV, three letters of reference (one letter should comment explicitly on the candidate’s teaching ability), a statement of teaching philosophy in both Chinese and English, representative samples of narrative and quantitative teaching evaluations, transcripts from the last university attended, and an unedited video of teaching beginning students (DVD or a URL of the video).

Candidates will submit their applications at the following web address  For each reference, you will have the opportunity to input an email address, and an email notification will be sent to the designated address with instructions about uploading the letters to our system.

Priority Screening will be given to applications received on or before December 9, 2016.

The University of Pittsburgh is an Affirmative Action, Equal Opportunity Employer and values equality of opportunity, human dignity and diversity.  EEO/AA/M/F/Vets/Disabled

Migrations of Cultures: Undergraduate Conference in the Modern Languages


Dr. Sheldon Lu: "Words and Images Across Borders: Reflections on World Literature and World Cinema" 1:45-2:45 pm,  University Club, Conference Room A.


Cross Cultural Literature and Music, Western World and China Comparative Panel, Migrations between Italy and the West, Gender and Identity Panel, French Culture and Society, Latin American Issues, French Colonialism, China Panel, Diasporas

Thursday March 30th: UNIVERSITY CLUB, Conference Rooms A & B

8:30 am - 8:00 pm

Friday March 31st:  CATHEDRAL OF LEARNING 501

8:30 am - 2:45 pm


Global Studies Center, European Studies Center, University Honors College, Department of French and Italian Languages and Literatures, Department of East Asian Languages and Literatures, Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures

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