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The 6th Annual Chinese Moon Festival Concert is coming!

Saturda, September 20, 2014. 7:00pm. Samuelson Chapel.






Paraguayan film kicks off free festival
Cal Lutheran to show award-winning ‘7 Boxes’

(THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. – Sept. 12, 2014) California Lutheran University will open the second season of its International Film Series with a free screening of the Spanish film “7 Boxes” on Wednesday, Oct. 1.

The 2012 film from Paraguay will be shown in Spanish and Guarani with subtitles at 7 p.m. at Carmike Thousand Oaks 14.

The PG-13 movie starts on a hot Friday in the labyrinthine markets of Asunción, where a 17-year-old pushcart porter named Victor is promised $100 to transport boxes with unknown contents. He begins his journey accompanied by a hyperactive young woman named Liz and both become involved in a crime without knowing the cause, the victim or the perpetrator.

Directors Juan Carlos Maneglia and Tana Schémbori received the Best Director Award at the Cartagena International Film Festival for “7 Boxes.” The well-reviewed movie also received the Nueva Vision Award at the Santa Barbara International Film Festival, the Audience Award at the Miami Film Festival and Best Dramatic Film 2012 at the Cockatoo Island Film Festival. Filmmakers since the 1980s, the duo began their successful collaboration in 1990 with a TV miniseries and continued with short films, telefilms and TV series. “7 Boxes” is their first feature film.

This was the first feature film appearance for young Paraguayan actors Celso Franco as Victor and Lali Gonzalez as Liz. Both have since appeared in two more movies.

The doors will open at 6:30 p.m. Carmike Thousand Oaks 14 is located at 166 W. Hillcrest Drive.

The festival sponsored by the Department of Languages and Cultures will continue with the Italian film “Caesar Must Die” on Nov. 12.

For more information, contact Rafaela Fiore Urizar at





Core Ensemble:"Tres vidas", a chamber music theatre work conceived and performed by

THE CORE ENSEMBLE (cello, piano & percussion)

Samuelson Chapel on Friday, October 10, 2014 at 7:00 pm

The Core Ensemble will perform the chamber music theatre work "Tres Vidas" in the Samuelson Chapel at California Lutheran University. Chamber Music Theatre is a unique performance format developed by the Core Ensemble featuring a marriage of theatrical narrative and chamber music performance.

Actress Denise Estrada portrays multiple characters while interacting with the onstage musical trio of cello (Ju Young Lee) piano (David Berry) and percussion (Michael Parola). "Tres Vidas" celebrates the lives, times and work of three significant Latin American Women: painter Frida Kahlo of Mexico, peasant activist Rufina Amaya of El Salvador and poet Alfonsina Storni of Argentina.

With storylines including Frida Kahlo’s dramatic and passionate relationship with painter Diego Rivera, Rufina Amaya’s astounding singular survival of the massacre at El Mozote and Alfonsina Storni’s lifelong challenges as Argentina’s first great feminist poet, "Tres Vidas" presents dramatic situations timeless in their emotional appeal and connection to audiences across all gender and ethnic spectrums. With a script written by Chilean poet/writer Marjorie Agosin, it offers powerful portrayals of each woman and includes the singing of traditional Mexican folk songs as well as Argentinean popular and tango songs made famous by Mercedes Sosa and Carlos Gardel. Works by Astor Piazzolla, Orlando Garcia, Pablo Ortiz, Alice Gomez, Carlos Sanchez-Gutierrez, Michael DeMurga and Osvaldo Golijov round out the musical score.

This event is free and open to the public. No tickets or reservations are needed.

Sponsored By

Artists and Speakers Committee

More Information

Eva L. Ramirez




Francofolie Festival, April 16, 2014

Inaugural "Francofolie festival" with live French accordion music, jeopardy questions (about francophone people, sites, food, history, culture, etc.), Mancala (a Haitian game), and many other activities!



Club President


Eiffel tower tour

Line for crepes


French Club tee-shirts!


Online French courses!

Online University | Online Courses in French - Online University



Information about Honor Societies

Alpha Mu Gamma

Sigma Delta Pi



California Lutheran University Department of Languages and Cultures presents…

2013-14 International Film Festival


All films are on Wednesday and begin at 7pm.

All films have English subtitles and are free and open to the public.


October 9th at Muvico  "Chinese Take-Away"  (Spanish)

In Buenos Aires, the bitter and methodic Roberto is a lonely man and the owner of a hardware store. Roberto collects bizarre worldwide news in an album as a hobby and his acquaintance Mari has an unrequited love for him, but Roberto is always evasive. One day, Roberto sees a Chinese named Jun being expelled from a taxi while he is watching the landing of airplanes in the airport and he helps the man to stand up. Jun does not speak Spanish and shows a tattoo with an address on his arm. Roberto heads to the spot with Jun and discover that the place belonged to Jun's uncle that sold it three and half years ago. Roberto goes with Jun to the police station, to the China's embassy and to a Chinese neighborhood to seek out his uncle but it is a fruitless search. Roberto lodges Jun in his house and after a series of incidents, he finds a delivery boy to translate Jun and he learns the dramatic story of his life.


November 13th on campus in the Lundring Events Center "Mid-August Lunch" (Italian) 

Gianni is a middle-aged man living in Rome with his imposing and demanding elderly mother. His only outlet from her and the increasing debt into which they are sinking, are the increasingly frequent quiet sessions at the local tavern. As an Oriental saying goes, 'Moments of crisis are moments of opportunities'. These appear during the celebration of the holiday of Ferragosto on 15 August. That's when everybody leaves town to have fun. Opportunity knocks on Gianni's door in the most unexpected way.

February 5th at Muvico  "Red Cliff"  (Chinese)

In 208 A.D., in the final days of the Han Dynasty, shrewd Prime Minster Cao Cao convinced the fickle Emperor Han the only way to unite all of China was to declare war on the kingdoms of Xu in the west and East Wu in the south. Thus began a military campaign of unprecedented scale, led by the Prime Minister, himself. Left with no other hope for survival, the kingdoms of Xu and East Wu formed an unlikely alliance. Numerous battles of strength and wit ensued, both on land and on water, eventually culminating in the battle of Red Cliff. During the battle, two thousand ships were burned, and the course of Chinese history was changed forever.


March 5th on campus in the Lundring Events Center "The Experiment"  (German)

The movie is based on the infamous "Stanford Prison Experiment" conducted in 1971. A makeshift prison is set up in a research lab, complete with cells, bars and surveillance cameras. For two weeks 20 male participants are hired to play prisoners and guards. The 'prisoners' are locked up and have to follow seemingly mild rules, and the 'guards' are told simply to retain order without using physical violence. Everybody is free to quit at any time, thereby forfeiting payment. In the beginning the mood between both groups is insecure and rather emphatic. But soon quarrels arise and the wardens employ ever more drastic sanctions to confirm their authority.


April 30th at Muvico  "Chicken with Plums"  (French)

Teheran, 1958. Since his beloved violin was broken, Nasser Ali Khan, one of the most renowned musicians of his day, has lost all taste for life. Finding no instrument worthy of replacing it, he decides to confine himself to bed to await death. As he hopes for its arrival, he plunges into deep reveries, with dreams as melancholic as they are joyous, taking him back to his youth and even to a conversation with Azraël, the Angel of Death, who reveals the future of his children. As pieces of the puzzle gradually fit together, the poignant secret of his life comes to light: a wonderful story of love, which inspired his genius and his music.


For additional information, please see our department website at:


LIVE MUSICAL! Los Valientes (The Courageous Ones)

 Sat, Oct 5, 2013 at 7:00 pm. Samuelson Chapel              


Based on the lives of three heroic Latinos, Los Valientes (The Courageous Ones) is a live musical theater production featuring a singer and an onstage trio of cello, piano and percussion. The show celebrates Mexican painter Diego Rivera, martyred Salvadoran Archbishop Oscar Romero, and Mexican-American outlaw Joaquin Murrieta, a historical figure who, some say, inspired the character of Zorro. The music ranges from traditional Latino folk and popular songs in Spanish to instrumental works by Latin American composers.

This event is free and open to the public. For the Samuelson Chapel location as well as public parking, see the CLU campus map.


Admissions Day!    April, 2013

French Departmental Assistants:                          Professor Chang and her student             Anna McCree and Kaitlyn Webster


Student Workshop

Interested in a career in Nonprofit Public Relations and/or Communications?

WHO: The LAGRANT Foundation (TLF) is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to increase the number of ethnic minorities in the fields of advertising, marketing and public relations.

WHAT: TLF is partnering with the Mexican American Opportunity Foundation (MAOF) to host a free career development workshop discussing careers in nonprofit communications and public relations

401 N. Garfield Ave.

Montebello, CA 90640

WHEN: Friday, April 19th 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.

RSVP by sending your resume to or call 323.469.8680 ext. 240

Find us on Facebook: Follow us on Twitter: @LAGRANTFoundatn

About the Mexican American Opportunity Foundation (MAOF)

The mission of the Mexican American Opportunity Foundation (MAOF) is to provide for the socio-economic betterment of the greater Latino community of California, while preserving the pride, values and heritage of the Mexican American culture. This is accomplished through programs in early childhood education and family services, job training, and senior lifestyle development throughout the multi-cultural communities served by MAOF. MAOF is joined in this mission by government agencies, public and private foundations, and Corporate America. For more information, visit

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KCLU presents Rick Steves, February 22, 2013.

Rick Steves with Lisa Loberg, Director of Study Abroad and Sr. Lecturer of French, and some CLU students.


Chinese New Year Celebration! February, 2013.

Dean Joan Griffin with Professor Debby Chang and her daughter at the Soiland Recreation Center

Girls performing the Chinese ribbon dance at the Soiland Recreation Center


Professor Debby Chang and her students celebrating the Chinese New Year at the restaurant Mandarin Buffet


Professors Debby Chang, Ryan Medders and Lisa Loberg with students and guests at the restaurant Mandarin Buffet.


Speaker Immaculée Ilibagiza, January 25th, 2013.



Dr. Sheridan Wigginton and Immaculée Ilibagiza

Dr. Eva Ramirez and Immaculée Ilibagiza

Dr. Rafaela Fiore Urízar and Immaculée Ilibagiza


French Film Festival - Fall 2012

French Club Officers

Line outside Preus Brandt Forum for the French Film Festival


Macaron tree provided by Chocolatine.      Mme. Sabrina Barthe serving hot chocolate.

Las Posadas - December 2, 2012.

Jack, the donkey, posing with members of the community.

Justina Posadas as Mary and Marco Camargo as Joseph.

CLU community holding candles and singing songs ready to start the re enactment of the biblical pilgrimage.

Author's Visit: Christopher Dennis, Ph.D. - Assistant Professor at the University of North Carolina - Wilmington

Professor Dennis explored the impact that globalization and the spread of u.S. popular culture -specifically hip-hop and rap- are having on the social identities of younger generations of black Colombians.


Professor Dennis with CLU students and faculty after his talk about Afro-Colombian Hip-Hop.


Chinese Moon Festival Concert

Professors Debby Chang and Sheridan Wigginton with Soprano MingMing Jiang

Honors Banquet

Professors Eva Ramirez, Lisa Loberg, Sheridan Wigginton and Rafaela Fiore Urizar with students Mira Brown and Andrew Giuffrida and his parents.

Students Mira Brown and Logan Paris at the end of the ceremony.

Professors Eva Ramirez and Sheridan Wigginton with graduating student Andrew Giuffrida and his family.

Alpha Mu Gamma Ceremony

Admitted Student Day


The Zeta Chi Phi Delta Phi initiation held on April 23, 2012 on the California Lutheran University in the Scandinavian house.

French professor Lisa Loberg, Spanish professor Sheridan Wigginton, and Communications professor Russell Stockard at the Zeta Chi Phi Delta Phi initiation.

Clarice Hammett, Zeta Chi Phi Delta Phi member, and French instructor with her crêpe during the festivity.  

1. Group photo at the Feb 08 pizza/ice cream social with French rap music.

2. Laura De Corte at the March 14 "Cocoa with Coco" event, with fondu (both cheese and chocolate), before the screening of "Coco before Chanel."
3. (Also at the "Cocoa with Coco" event) 3 "authentic" French students taking classes this semester at CLU: Crystalle, Léa and Guillaume.


On Saturday, April 14 at 7:00pm and Sunday, April 15 at 3:30pm the Getty Center will host "Sounds of L.A.: Les Charbonniers de l'Enfer (The Little Coal Minors from Hell), an a cappella ensemble presenting Québécois Celtic music. (In the Harold M. Williams Auditorium)

The Pi Delta Phi (French National Honor Society) initiation will be held on Monday, April 23, 2012 in the Scandinavian House from 5:30 to 6:30 pm, during the week of the CLU Festival of Scholars.

Feature films screening in the Ventura County area and elsewhere :

Hugo in 3D: “Abandoned by his uncle to live – literally – inside a gigantic clock beneath an ominously large pendulum in a French railroad station, Hugo steals in order to survive, which brings him into conflict with one of the station’s stallholders, bad-tempered toymaker Georges (Méliès), though Hugo manages to make friends with Georges’ orphaned niece. (N.B.  Georges Méliès was a famous French cinema pioneer, who invented by accident the first cinematic special effects and who in reality did actually sell toys and candy in the Montparnasse railroad station.

The Artist: This silent film in black and white starring Jean Dujardin and Bérénice Bejo is a tribute to the history of cinema and art.

The Belgian singer, Johnny Hallyday, will perform at the Orpheum Theatre in Los Angeles on April 24, 2012.  For information phone 800-745-3000

On Saturday, May 05 at 7:00pm the Getty Center will screen the Roger Vadim 1956 film Et Dieu créa la femme, starring Brigitte Bardot. (In the Harold M. Williams Auditorium)

National French Week: November 8-14 (2011-2012)

National Pi Delta Phi Day: the first day of National French Week (November 8 (2011-2012)

National Foreign Language Week (NFLW): March 5-11 (2012) Current News and Events in the francophone world.


Useful francophone sites for current news, events, etc.:

Félicitations!  California Lutheran University now has 24 hour access 7 days a week to TV5, the francophone television station.  (Set the CLU remote on channel 16 and amusez-vous!) View the online program guide at

The CLU French Club is already meeting to plan activities for this semester.  Please contact the President, John Saucedo for the most current information, or to input your suggestions for possible events.

French Culture News

Bonjour LA

French Cultural Events

Le Consulat Général de France

TV5 (dictionary, news, videos, quizzes, weather, music, sports, plays, feature films, science, programs from francophone Canada, Africa, etc.) French Language (punctuation, accents, symbols, texting, abbreviations, vocabulary, spelling, writing informal French, common mistakes and difficulties, grammar, etc.)

French blog (contains embedded videos, songs with lyrics, teaches vocabulary, etc.)

Useful free francophone apps for the iPod touch/iPhone:


Le Loup 98.9     and    Le Loup 104.1

Sounds  (French phonemes)

WordRef (translator)

Ascendo Dictionary and Phrasebook (French to English, English to French)


Paris (metro/RER map)

Paris (gardens, museums, churches, etc.)

City Walks


7 Jours sur la planète


Useful free francophone apps for the iPad:


France 24  (International news)

Littré  (dictionary in French)

Le  (newspaper in French)

Radio française

L’Express  (magazine highlights)

Le Point (magazine highlights)

Expressions françaises

Calculez votre QI

Paris (gardens, museums, churches, etc.)    [also on iPod Touch and iPhone]

750 Grammes  (recipes in French)



February 2nd: Chinese New Year at the Soiland Recreational Center. We celebrated the year of the Dragon with traditional costumes, food, dance and music!







Saturday and Sunday, Jan. 21 & 22, Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA). Two day Los Angeles Latino International Film Festival. Tickets are free by reserving online: will show you a calendar and various film titles to chose from Latin America. This series runs in conjunction with the art exhibit “Contested Visions in the Spanish Colonial World which is at the LACMA through Jan. 29.

Wednesday, Jan. 25, 4-6pm Lundring Center. The Study Abroad Center invites the campus community to a reception to welcome the Fall 2011 study abroad students back to CLU. Go and mingle, enjoy some food, and hear their stories. This is a great opportunity to learn more about the Study Abroad program on campus.

Sunday, March 11, 2pm Samuelson Chapel. In a concert of Latin-inspired favorites, soprano Heidi Valencia Vas will explore traditional soprano repertoire and delve into mezzo-soprano and non-classical works.

Tuesday, April 17, 7pm Lundring Center. Speaking in Tounges examines America’s resolute commitment to remaining an “English-only” nation by showcasing an America in which communication barriers are being addressed. Reel Justice film series presents this film.

Sunday, April 22, 10am Museum of Tolerance. CLU Undergraduate field trip found on the Undergraduate Student Events calendar. If you care to go with CLU there will be a group going to the museumtogether. Otherwise, you are able to visit at any other convenient time. You can check their website for their scheudule. A bilingual special exhibit entitled Para todos los ninos/For All the Children documents fighting segregation of Latino families in Southern California and closing
“Mexican schools.”

LACMA, visit by May 1. The Los Angeles County Museum of Art ( ) contains art from Ancient America as well as contemporary Latin American Art in the Art of the Americas building, Fourth floor. Take a visit and write about your favorite work of art.



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