Events from 2018-2019

 The ÉFUTM - Étudiants Francophones de UTM presents 

Soirée des Talents

March 20, 2019, from 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm in MiST Theatre 

The Department of Language Studies and ÉFUTM present you Soirée des Talents. If you enjoy singing, dancing, or performing, come sign up to join our talent show! A jury will be giving out prizes to the top 2 performances. All are welcome! 

To sign up please email: or

The UTM Department of Language Studies presents

Arab Culture Open House

March 27, 2019, from 12:00 pm – 3:00 pm, in NB 5128

Come enjoy everything Arab; dance Dibka, sing along, take a selfie in traditional clothes, sample Middle Eastern food, and learn about our old and new Arabic classes! 

Free food will be provided and all are welcome! 

The UTM Department of Language Studies and The Education Student Association (TESA) presents

Innovat-ED: Innovation Through Education 

March 17, 2019, from 12:00 pm – 5:00 pm, meet at the Central Foyer of the New North Building 

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 Innovat-ED is an interdisciplinary, design thinking case competition hosted by the Education Minor and the French Program of the Department of Language Studies in partnership with TESA (The Education Student Association). Students are teamed up with their class members to create a last-minute project to help address a specific need in a target community. 

The UTM Department of Language Studies presents

Voyage au Carnaval de Québec

February 8, 2019 – February 11, 2019

Permanence d'information tous les jendis à midi en NE 3204

Information session every day at noon in NE 3204

Quebec Ice Hotel

Come join us on a trip to Quebec to visit the ice hotel! The information session will be happening from Monday to Friday at noon. 

Formule: hébergement, ateliers de sculpture sur glace, visite de l'Hôtel de glace et transsport. 

Inscrivez-vous avant let 25 janvier par courriel à l'adresse: 

The UTM Department of Language Studies presents

German Film Series! 

February 5, 2019 – March 20, 2019, from 5:10 pm or 6:00 pm in CCT 1080

German Film Series

Come and join us by watching a series of films chosen and curated by the Department of Language Studies. All films are presented in German with English subtitles. 

Check out the film schedule below: 

  • February 5, from 6:00 pm | The Blue Angel 
  • February 27, from 5:10 pm | Metropolis
  • March 5, from 6:00 pm | The Murderers Are Among Us
  • March 13, from 5:10 pm | The Lives of Others
  • March 20, from 5:10 pm | Ali: Fear Eats the Soul

We are looking forward to seeing you all there! 

The UTM Experiential Education Unit and the Office of the Dean presents

Lecture Me! #Dante: Teaching the Classics through the Contemporary 

November 6, 2018, from 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm in the Noel Ryan Auditorium at the Mississauga Central Library  

Lecture Me! Dante

We are happy to announce a lecture by the Department of Language Studies’ guest speaker, Professor Joseph Luzzi. UTM Professor Adriana Grimaldi will be presenting the lecture. 
Since space for this lecture is limited, we ask if you could kindly RSVP with Belinda Grayburn at

For more information, click here.  

The UTM Department of Language Studies presents

Polifonie: A Look at the Italian Lexicon 

October 22, 2018, from 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm in CCT 1140

Professor Ferreri Lecture

The Department of Language Studies at UTM is delighted to welcome guest lecturer Professor Silvana Ferreri, and invites you to join us for her lecture. The lecture will be delivered in Italian. Professor Ferreri's lecture at the University of Toronto Mississauga centres on an analysis of the Italian lexicon, from both a literary and popular of view, with an emphasis on factors that have influenced the creation of basic vocabulary (1980, edited by Tullio De Mauro), how it is used today, and its ever-evolving nature. 

Silvana Ferreri is a Professor of Modern Language Pedagogy at the University of Tuscia in Viterbo, Italy. She is a founding member of the Italian Society of Philosophy of Language and a member of a research team in Educational Linguistics, for which she created and directs an Italian-Japanese research and study group. 

The UTM Department of Language Studies presents

Dante without Footnotes: Personal Reflections on The Divine Comedy 

September 20, 2018, from 11:00 am – 1:00 pm in DV 3130. Book sales and signing starts from 1:00 pm – 1:30 pm

Professor Joseph Luzzi

The Department of Language Studies is delighted to welcome guest lecturer Professor Joseph Luzzi and invites you to join us for his lecture. 

Joseph Luzzi is a Professor of Comparative Literature at Bard College and the author of Romantic Europe and the Ghost of Italy (Yale University Press, 2008), which received the MLA's Scaglione Prize for Italian Studies: A Cinema of Poetry Aesthetics of the Italian Art Film (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2014), a finalist for "The Bridge" Book Award: My Two Italies (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2014), a New York Times Book Review Editors' Choice and In a Dark Wood: What Dante Taught Me About Grief, Healing and the Mysteries of Love (HarperCollins, 2015), which has been translated into Italian and German. Among his honours are a Dante Society of America essay prize, Yale College teaching prize, and fellowship at the National Humanities Center and Villa I Tatti, the Harvard University Center for Italian Renaissance Studies. 

With special thanks to the Centre for Comparative Literature (St. George), the Department of Italian Studies (St. George), and the Department of English & Drama (UTM) for their generous support. 

The Office of the Vice-Principal Academic and Dean presents 

UTM Teaching Excellence Award Winner for Junior Faculty - Dr. Teresa Lobalsamo 

We are delighted and thrilled to announce that Prof. Teresa Lobalsamo is this year’s winner of the UTM Teaching Excellence Award for Junior Faculty.

Congratulations, Teresa, for this achievement and public recognition of your outstanding work! Teresa has added her name to the long list of faculty in our Department who have been recognized as excellent teachers at UTM or the entire University: Charles Elkabas, Michael Lettieri, Katherine Rehner, the late Guido Pugliese, and David Trott.  Many of our Teaching Assistants, Lecturers and Sessionals have also recognized. Language Studies counts five (5) UTM Teaching Excellence Award winners, one (1) President’s Teaching Academy award winner (Michael Lettieri), and one UTM Service Excellence Award (Rosa Ciantar),  a record of which to be truly proud of.  

Our gratitude also goes to Dr. Adriana Grimaldi who coordinated and assembled the winning nomination package. This represents a tremendous amount of work and her dedication is to be commended. To all faculty and friends who contributed with letters and encouragement, thank you. Because of your support, Teresa’s recognition “makes all of us look good” (dixit Michael), as shown by the congratulatory message of the Vice-President and Principal.

Emmanuel Nikiema
Chair, Department of Language Studies

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