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  • “Mom, Felix went nuts again!” – About my life as a comic artist” Talk by German Comic Author FLIX

    Felix Görmann

    Felix Görmann aka FLIX, is one of the leading German Comic artists and the author of several bestselling comic books and graphic novels. He was awarded numerous awards for his work such as the Max und Moritz Price in 2004 & 2012 for Best Comic as well as the Rudolph-Dirks Award in 2016 for Best Social Drama and Best Literary Adaptation. His comic strips are regularly featured in the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung (equivalent of the NY Times).

    Tuesday, February 28 at 4:30am to 6:00am | Hollander Hall, 241

    Sponsored by Art History & Studio Art, English, Graduate Program in Art History, History, German, Davis Center, Comparative Literature, Center for Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Cultures

  • School Stories: Diversity and Adversity in New French Film

    French Film Festival, Williams College

    Over 3 consecutive Mondays at 7PM, on February 13, 20 and 27 (2017), the Williams Department of Romance Languages will screen 3 recent French films at Images Cinema:

    • ✣ February 13 @7PM: Julie Bertucelli’s La Cour de Babel (The School of Babel) (2013)
    • ✣ February 20 @7PM: Catherine Corsini’s La Belle saison (Summertime) (2015)
    • ✣ February 27 @7PM: Abd Al Malik’s Qu’Allah bénisse la France! (May Allah Bless France!) (2015)

    All films are in French with English subtitles, and are free and open to the public.

  • The Map as Narrative: Cartographic Evolution of Parisian Space, 1836–2015

    The Map as Narrative

    In this display, based on the honors thesis of Hannah Benson, Class of 2017, the map is seen as a text or narrative which tells the story of a space and the people who live and work in it. “The narrative qualities of the map,” Ms. Benson says, “document physical and mental motion, reflect temporality and memory, and allow the map to recount how space is lived rather than how it is conceived.” On a visit to Paris, she asked Parisians to complete a blank map of the city in whatever way reflected their conception of Paris. The exhibition combines a selection of these personal maps with guidebooks and maps of Paris from the Chapin Library’s collections.

    Feb 27 through March 31, 2017 | Instruction Gallery (Sawyer 408)

  • Arabic in a Changing World: Cultural and Pedagogical Implications

    A talk by Dr. Mahmoud Al-Batal
    University of Texas, Austin
    Co- author of Alif Baa and Al-Kitaab fii tacallum al-cArabiyya

    This talk will discuss the changes and challenges within the Arabic teaching profession in the US in the past fifteen years. It will also highlight some of the linguistic and cultural changes that Arabic is currently undergoing in the Arab world and the implications of these changes for the learning and teaching of Arabic as a world language.

    Thursday, March 2 at 4:00pm | Schapiro 129

    Sponsored by Arabic Studies, Asian Studies, Anthropology and Sociology, and the Center for Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Cultures

  • Monumental Politics: The Power of Public Memory in Putin’s Russia

    Juliet Johnson

    Juliet Johnson, professor of political science at McGill University, will explore in her talk Russia's quest for national identity through the political struggles over Soviet and post-Soviet-era monuments.
    Johnson’s research focuses on the politics of money and identity, particularly in post-communist Europe. She is the author of Priests of Prosperity: How Central Bankers Transformed the Postcommunist World (Cornell 2016), A Fistful of Rubles: The Rise and Fall of the Russian Banking System (Cornell 2000), lead editor of Religion and Identity in Modern Russia: The Revival of Orthodoxy and Islam (Ashgate 2005) and author of numerous scholarly and policy-oriented articles.

    Thursday, March 9 at 7:00pm | Schapiro Hall, 129
  • Theatre Nohgaku’s “Blue Moon Over Memphis” – A Noh about Elvis Presley

    Blue Moon Over Memphis

    In an age where fame itself has become the ultimate goal, Blue Moon over Memphis examines how popular culture crafts its idols and then swiftly discards them. One of America’s first celebrity casualties; Elvis’s enduring legacy now lies somewhere between tragic hero and eternal punchline. As critically acclaimed writer Deborah Brevoort’s words return human dignity to his spirit, Richard Emmert’s composition evokes a mournful reminiscence that will let you hear old music with new ears.

    American playwright Deborah Brevoort wrote the original play in 1993 following a traditional noh structure though meant to be performed by Western actors largely in a naturalistic style. Richard Emmert began working with Brevoort to adapt the play for a full noh presentational style by Theatre Nohgaku. The adapted text was completed in 2010 and Emmert has since completed much of the composition.

    Saturday, March 11 at 2:00pm | CenterStage, ’62 Center

    Lecture-Demo, Be Here Now: A primer on watching and enjoying noh
    Thursday, March 9, 4PM | CenterStage, ’62 Center

    With the generous support from the Japanese Program Tompkins Fund, Asian Studies, the Lecture Committee, the Oakley Center for the Humanities and Social Sciences, the departments of Theatre and Dance, the programs in Comparative Literature, American Studies and Global Studies, and the Center for Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Cultures. This project has received support from the Japan Foundation New York.

  • The Origin of Japanese Cuisine in World War II

    "Eat everything!" Poster

    One of the leading scholars on Japanese food culture/history, Eric Rath, will make a class visit to JAPN223 Japanese Food Culture in a Global Context. In addition, he will give a public talk on Japan’s cuisines.

    Schapiro 129 | April 13 , 4:15 pm

    Sponsored by Japanese Program Tompkins Fund, Asian Studies Department, the Lecture Committee, and Center for Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Cultures.

Activities

Kyoto Travel Course (Winter 2017)

In January 2017, the Japanese program offered a travel course to Japan, Kyoto Artisans: Exploring 1200 years of Cultural History of Kyoto through Modern Craftsmanship. Prof. Yamamoto led eight students to Kyoto to explore the cultural history of Kyoto. The group visited artisan studios and interviewed a Buddhist statue sculptor, a sacred mirror maker, a Nishijin weaver, a dyer, a traditional textile patternner, a tea master and a Noh performer. They learned how traditional craftsmanship and art forms have been perpetuated and transformed in a modern era as the city of Kyoto developed. At the end of the trip, students held a public presentation and shared their research on craftsmanship and reflections with Kyoto audience.

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  • Kyoto Travel Course (Winter 2017)

    In January 2017, the Japanese program offered a travel course to Japan, Kyoto Artisans: Exploring 1200 years of Cultural History of Kyoto through Modern Craftsmanship. Prof. Yamamoto led eight students to Kyoto to explore the cultural history of Kyoto. The group visited artisan studios and interviewed a Buddhist statue sculptor, a sacred mirror maker, a Nishijin weaver, a dyer, a traditional textile patternner, a tea master and a Noh performer. They learned how traditional craftsmanship and art forms have been perpetuated and transformed in a modern era as the city of Kyoto developed. At the end of the trip, students held a public presentation and shared their research on craftsmanship and reflections with Kyoto audience.
  • Celebrating Japanese Culture at Clark

    Celebrating Japanese Culture at Clark

    On Feb. 5, a Japanese Calligraphy –*SHODO demonstration and workshop by Ms. Masako Inkyo was held. Thirteen students from the Japanese program participated in the workshop.

    *Shodo is an art form using a brush and charcoal ink on paper, wood plaques and fabric. It includes Chinese characters (kanji) and Japanese hiragana. Although it originated in the techniques used for letter writing, with its unique form of expression it has developed into an art genre.