The German & Austrian Film Festival starts on October 20 and continues for the next two Mondays with a series of films which trace boundaries, and raise issues of identity, possibility and love. All films are in German with English subtitles; admission is free.
Sponsored by the Department of German and Russian with generous funding from the Austrian Cultural Forum New York, the Goethe-Institut Boston, and the Program in Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies.
All films will be shown at Images Cinema at 7pm in German with English subtitles. | Free Admission
Sasha Rudensky, Assistant Professor of Art - Photography at Wesleyan University, will present and speak about her work, which focuses on post-communist Eastern Europe. Rudensky's practice is concerned with understanding the meaning of place as a physical manifestation and reflection of cultural identity, and her photographs trace the loss and recasting of national character that has defined the region’s history for the last twenty years.
Lawrence 3 | Thursday, 4 – 5:30 pm | October 30
Sponsored by the Departments of Anthropology and Sociology, Art, German and Russian, and Political Science, the Program in International Studies, and the Center for Languages, Literatures, and Cultures.
Laila Lalami, will read from her latest book, The Moor’s Account. She is the author of Hope and Other Dangerous Pursuits and Secret Son and teaches Creative Writing at the University of California, Riverside.
The Moor’s Account is a work of historical fiction, the imagined memoirs of the New World's first explorer of African descent, a Moroccan slave known as Estebanico. Estebanico (1500 – 1539) was enslaved as a youth and traveled on the famed Narváez expedition in 1527 to Florida in search of gold. After one year only four of the six hundred men remained: Estebanico and the Spanish explorers Cabeza de Vaca, Dorantes de Carranza and Castillo Maldonado. They traveled across the unfamiliar continent for nearly eight years, living with Native Americans until finally reaching Mexico City in 1536. This novel recreates Estebanico’s experience.
Wednesday, October 8 at 6:30pm to 7:30pm | Griffin Hall, Rm. 3
Sponsored by the Department of Romance Languages, Africana Studies, American Studies and the Center for Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Cultures.
General Information about Programs of Study in French-Speaking Countries (2014-2015).
Japanese floral arrangements by Yuji Ueno, independent floral artist, grace the entrance to Sawyer Library and along with students' creative pieces are on display in Hollander Hall.
A photo exhibit of Yuji Ueno's Ikebana is also on display in the Stetson lobby and Schapiro Hall through October 13.
This event is organized by the Japanese Program with generous funding from the Joseph G. Tompkins Fund, Jr. 1962 Fund for Asian Studies, the Department of Asian Studies and the Center for Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Cultures.