Liberal Arts Division Events Spring 2021

January - TDB



  • Thursday, February 4: International Film Festival - "The White Ribbon" 

  • Description:An undercurrent of malice runs through in a small German village during the years before World War I. After the film, a discussion on the film will be led by Professor Ann Rosen.
  • Location: Zoom
  • Time: 7:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.
    Primary Contact Person: Carmenmara Hernandez-Bravo



  • Friday, March 12: Bilingualism Benefits and Barriers

  • Time: 10:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
  • Sponsors: International Languages Department; ESL Department; Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Program
  • Please fill out form to attend:
  • Speakers: Dr. Stephan Krashen & Dr. Nooshan Ashtari 
  • Moderator: Dr. Neda SahranavardOrganizers: Professor Carmenmara Hernandez Bravo
  • Sponsors: International Languages Department; ESL Department; Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Program & Professor Amina Yassine

  • Stephen Krashen has published over 500 articles (540 at last count) and a dozen scholarly books in the fields of literacy, language acquisition, neurolinguistics, and bilingual education.  Many of these publications are available for free download at and some are posted at researchgate.  He no longer writes books because nobody can afford them.  Nevertheless, he is the most frequently cited scholar in the field of language education. He is best known for the Comprehension Hypothesis, the idea that we do not acquire language by speaking or writing, or by studying grammar rules. We acquire language when we understand what we hear and what we read, when we get “comprehensible input.” The ability to acquire language in this way remains strong our entire lives.

  • Nooshan Ashtari currently teaches in the MAT-TESOL program at the University of Southern California. She has spent the last two decades teaching languages, graduate and undergraduate courses, and conducting research in various countries around the world.  Her main research interests include Virtual Reality in teacher training, reading in SLA, and heritage language development. Her hope is that her research will help ensure that children of immigrants can communicate easily with their parents, grandparents, and relatives in the heritage language.

  • Moderator: Dr. Neda Sahranavard - Neda Sahranavard is an adjunct faculty member at Saddleback College and Irvine Valley College. She is also an academic coordinator and a lecturer at the University of California, Irvine, Program in Global Languages and Communication, where she teaches academic English to graduate and undergraduate students. She has a Ph.D. in English language and literature and has worked with multilingual students for more than 18 years in the United States and abroad. Dr. Sahranavard is also the 2020 TESOL Teacher of the Year.


  • Thursday, March 18th: Celebration of Women's Month - Tres Vidas 

  • Description: Tres Vidas is a chamber music theater work for singing actress and trio (cello, piano, and percussion) based on the lives of three legendary Latin American Women: Mexican painter Frida Kahlo; Salvadoran peasant activist Rufina Amaya; and Argentinean poet Alfonsina Storni. 
  • Sponsored by: IDSC, ASG, and E&D
  • Time: 7:00pm - 9:00pm
  • Location: Zoom
  • Primary Contact Person: Carmenmara Hernandez-Bravo



  • Monday, April 5: International Film Festival - "All About My Mother" 

    Location: Zoom
    Time: 7:00 p.m.
    Primary Contact Person: Carmenmara Hernandez Bravo

  • Thursday, April 22: Latin American Film Festival - "A Fantastic Woman" 

    Location: Zoom
    Time: 7:00 p.m.
    Primary Contact Person: Carmenmara Hernandez Bravo

  • Tuesday, April 27: Liberal Arts Outstanding Students Recognition Ceremony 

    Location: Zoom
    Time: 4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
    Primary Contact Person: Kevin O'Connor

May - TBD

  • TBD: Journalism Banquet 

    Location: Zoom
    Time: 6:00 p.m.
    Primary Contact Person: Ali Dorri