• Eckbert’s Secret: Trauma and Mystery in Ludwig Tieck’s German Romantic Tale Blond Eckbert (1797)

    Martha Helfer

    Martha Helfer, Professor of German at Rutgers University, will uncover the mystery behind the forgotten name of the dog, “Strohmain”, from Blond Eckbert, one of the most popular tales of the German Romantic tradition. Hidden in this single forgotten word is a repressed family secret that has gone undetected in the scholarship to date. Her talk aims to uncover what has been hidden and asks how and why Ludwig Tieck’s prose masterpiece generates its own camouflage as it articulates a bold and radical Romantic aesthetic.

    Martha Helfer is author of The Word Unheard: Legacies of Anti-Semitism in German Literature and Culture and numerous articles on Romantic aesthetic and philosophical theories, German intellectual history (18th-20th-century), and questions of gender and the construction of subjectivity in German critical discourse.

    April 20 | 4PM in Hollander 241
  • Hip Hop and the Making of French Identity

    Hip Hop and the Making of French Identity

    Students from Professor Annette Joseph-Gabriel’s RLFR 205 France Noire. In this course, students study the lives and times of a variety of people who self-identify and are identified as "Black" or "Noir," people for whom France has been (and continues to be) a site of exile, immigration, and a contested home. How have understandings of "blackness," "race," and belonging diverged and converged for people of African descent throughout France's changing political history? How has the Black diaspora in France impacted French ideas of nation, identity and citizenship? These questions are examined through literature and film from the 19th and early 20th centuries, with some colonial and postcolonial interventions. Readings and films by Mme de Duras (France), Aimé Césaire (Martinique), Josephine Baker (US), Ousmane Sembène (Senegal) and Bernard Dadié (Côte d'Ivoire). Conducted in French.

    Tuesday, April 21 at 2:45pm to 3:45pm | Griffin Hall, Room 3
  • Molière at Williams (2015)

    A Performance Project by the Students of French 326

    Under the direction of Emmanuelle Delpech of Pig Iron Theatre Company, the students of French 326 will present scenes from Molière’s​ seventeenth-century comedies and their critics.
    § Reception and discussion to follow​.

    Friday, April 24th | 7:00 - 8:00 pm

    Special thanks to the Center for Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Cultures, the Center for Learning in Action, the Department of Romance Languages, and the Department of Theatre and Dance.

  • Chinese Comedy Performance and Lecture

    Jesse Appell

    Chinese-English Bilingual stand-up comedian, Jesse Appell, will be in Williams college for a comedy performance, presentations, and cultural Q+As.

    After graduating from college, Jesse Appell went to Beijing as a Fullbright Scholar to study with a Xiangsheng (a traditional form of Chinese “crosstalk” comedy) master. He has since expanded his repertoire to include writing a comedy column in the South China Morning Post, producing and acting in a number of hit viral music videos, and performing stand-up comedy in English and Chinese.

    5:30pm | April 27 Goodrich Hall

    Sponsored by the Chinese program in the Department

  • Bomba music by Los Pleneros de la 21

    Los Pleneros de la 21

    From Puerto Rico to El Barrio in New York City to Williamstown, the LP21 Bomba Ensemble perform a concert of traditional and contemporary Bomba music and dance. Their concert includes a mix of regional styles from Puerto Rico, engaging the audience with rare chants, intense drumming, and enigmatic dances that characterize this iconic Puerto Rican genre. Audience participation is encouraged!

    April 30 – 8PM | Greylock, 2nd floor
    Audience participation is encouraged!

    The Puerto Rican Music Project is funded in part by the National Endowment for the Arts. Williams College sponsorship includes Department of Romance Languages, the Lecture Committee, the Programs in Africana and Latina/o Studies, and the Center for Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Cultures.

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