• What Are We Thinking? The Challenges and Delights of Arabic Studies Today

    The Challenges and Delights of Arabic Studies Today

    Professors Amal Eqeiq, Radwa El Barouni and Brahim El Guabli (Arabic Studies) will reflect on the field of Arabic Studies today and what are some of the challenges and delights of studying the difficult Arabic language. They will describe their research and provide an overview of some of the scholarly trends in Middle Eastern studies. The panel will be moderated by Magnús Bernhardsson (History and Chair of Arabic Studies). Regionally inspired cuisine will be offered.

    Wednesday, October 17th @ 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM | Schapiro Hall, 129

  • Be Natural: Linguistic Practices of Japanese Transgender Speakers

    Hideko Abe

    Hideko Abe, Professor of East Asian Studies at Colby College, is a leading researcher on Japanese lesbian and gay speech. Her research has provided comprehensive characteristics of the linguistic strategies employed by Japanese sexual minorities. She will present her latest research on Japanese transgender speakers. She is author of Queer Japanese: Gender and Sexual Identities through Linguistic Practices and is co-author of forthcoming Learning Japanese through Real Conversation.

    Monday, October 22nd, 2018 @ 4:15 pm - 5:15 pm

  • Remembering the Great War

    Remembering the Great War

    Remembrance and Forgetting: The Great War in France
    Susan McCready, University of Southern Alabama
    October 10, Griffin 3, 6 PM

    German Society and Politics during the First Total War, 1914 - 1918
    Raffael Scheck, Colby College
    October 23, Griffin 3, 6:30 PM

  • Gossip and Reputation in Early Medieval China

    A Night Banquet by Huang Shen

    The Shishuo xinyu, a medieval Chinese collection of anecdotes, seems to consist largely of gossipy accounts and a fascination with reputation. Indeed, the figures who stand at the heart of the collection are referred to (both in the text and in later periods) as mingshi or “gentlemen of reputation.” In this talk, Professor Chen will discuss some recent accounts of gossip as constitutive of society and social networks, and then turn to a reading of a selection of anecdotes that illustrate how gossip is framed and thematized in the collection.

    Thursday, October 25th, 2018 @ 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm | Griffin Hall, Room 7

  • The Chinese Exclusion Act: A Documentary Film

    Chinese Exclusion Act

    The Chinese Exclusion Act explores in riveting detail this little known, yet deeply resonant and revealing episode in American history—one that sheds enormous light on key aspects of the history of American civil liberties, immigration and culture during one of the most formative periods of U.S. history.
    Discussion following with Professor Scott Wong and Director Li-Shin Yu

    ❖ Free
    Sunday, October 28th, 2018 @ 8:00 pm - 10:30 pm | Images Cinema

  • Is Raskolnikov Real? Point of View in Dostoevsky’s Crime and Punishment

    Moscow Metro- Crime and Punishment

    If literature offers models of the world, then the big problem it poses is that of ontology, the nature of reality. In Crime and Punishment, Dostoevsky takes us into the head of his hero, and we see the world mostly through his eyes. What we see is the utterly recognizable, tangible cityscape of St. Petersburg, Russia, captured at a precise moment in the year 1865, with its slums, bridges, canals, taverns, smells and crowded, filthy flats. Even the weather corresponds to meteorological records of the time. Nowhere before in Russian literature had a writer so tangibly conveyed the physical experience of urban poverty, hunger, prostitution, and drunkenness. Seduced by this immersion in a particular time and place, readers might not notice an odd, disquieting feature of the novel: the dubious material grounding of its protagonist. This reading tracks Raskolnikov’s path leading up to the act of murder, posing the question: how, given the mass of potential witnesses, does he get away with it? Who sees him, and how do we know? The more deeply we probe into this question, the stranger and more fantastical does he, and his world become.

    Friday, November 2 at 4 pm | Schapiro 241