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David Turshyan, Librarian, International Languages Department



World Cinema Series ~ Celebrating Shakespeare

World Cinema Series ~ Celebrating Shakespeare

January 09, 2017

Here is a riddle from Shakespeare: “The more I give to thee, the more I have.” Who speaks these words and what do they mean? Shakespeare’s plays, more than any other author’s works in world literature, have been adapted on screen since the birth of cinema.


Shakespeare's Universe

November 30, 2016

“All my best is dressing old words new,” writes William Shakespeare in one of his sonnets. Let’s consider an expression –  “to kiss away” – from the play Antony and Cleopatra –  “We have kissed away kingdoms and provinces.” (Act 3, scene 10).

Love Aaj Kal

Film Screening ~ Love Aaj Kal

August 24, 2015

Love Aaj Kal (in Hindi – Love “now” and “then” which can also mean “these days”) narrates two parallel love stories from aaj (today) and kal (yesterday). London, San Francisco, Delhi - where would we go, what would we give to find our soulmates? 

In a Better World

Film Screening ~ In a Better World

July 17, 2015

A free screening of the film In a Better World 
Saturday, July 25, 2015, 1:00 p. m.
Meeting Room A, Central Library

Caribbean-American Heritage Month

Caribbean-American Heritage Month

June 10, 2015

¿A dónde vas, humilde trova mía,
así cruzando los extensos mares…?

Where are you going, friendly troubadour,
Crossing the vast seas with a long detour…?

Film screening ~ The Illusionist

Film Screening ~ The Illusionist

May 20, 2015

A free screening of the film The Illusionist
Sunday, May 24, 2015, 1:15 p. m.
Meeting Room A, Central Library

World Wonders: Pictorial Jigsaw Puzzle / World Map

May 03, 2015

Picture the world map six decades ago. Were all the countries and their flags the same as we know them today? How about traveling a couple of millennia back? What were the Seven Wonders of the ancient world and where did they reside?

Image from film poster If Only Everyone

Film Screening ~ If Only Everyone

April 13, 2015

A free screening of the film If Only Everyone
Sunday, April 19, 2015, 1:15 p. m.

Image: woman sitting on a chair holding a flower

The Book of Flowers

April 10, 2015

Picture a book that can gracefully endure the trials of the centuries – the water, the fire, the sword. What will this book be about? In what language will it be? There is an old legend about an artist-scribe who was being burned along with a precious manuscript.

From a Tiny Sprout: In Search of Ithaca through First Day of Issues

From a Tiny Sprout: In Search of Ithaca through First Day of Issues

February 18, 2015

Imagine receiving a letter from a remote island. Imagine the journey it has ventured to reach the shores of here and now. In what language is the letter? Who is it from? How many years has it been awandering and what adventures has it encountered on its way to us?