• Williams College French Film Festival 2018: La Grande Guerre: Remembering the First World War

    William College French Film Festival 2018

    Over 3 consecutive Mondays at 7PM, on February 12, 19 and 26 (2018), the Williams Department of Romance Languages will screen 3 recent French films at Images Cinema:

    Joyeux Noël (Merry Christmas) (2005)

    by Christian Carion
    Monday, February 12, @ 7PM, Images Cinema

    Un long dimanche de fiançailles (A Very Long Engagement) (2004)

    by Jean-Pierre Jeunet
    Monday, February 19, @ 7PM, Images Cinema

    Frantz (2016)

    by François Ozon
    Monday, February 26, @ 7PM, Images Cinema

    All films in French with English subtitles
    Free admission

    * This festival is made possible with the generous support of the Williams College Department of Romance Languages and the Center for Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Cultures. The festival was co-organized by Jane Canova of the Center for Foreign Languages and French Professor Brian Martin who will introduce the films. All films are in French with English subtitles, and are free and open to the public. Images Cinema is located at 50 Spring Street in Williamstown, MA.

  • Winckelmann: Classical Art, Sexual Freedom, and the Prehistory of Gay Identity


    Johann Joachim Winckelmann (1717-1768) rose from poverty in northern Germany to a resplendent life in Rome, as the major art historian of his time. His open courtship of other men as well as his sensational murder made his lifestyle a model for educated men who were sexually attracted to other men, much like Oscar Wilde a century later. These same erotic instincts were behind a willingness to challenge establish morality and imbue the human body with a nobility that paved the way for the emerging conception of the rights of man.

    February 21 @ 4:15 | Hollander 241.

    * Sponsored by the Department of German and Russian, and the Center for Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Cultures, Art History and the Dively Committee.

  • Protean Masculinity: Hitler’s Soldiers and Germany’s 20th Century

    Professor Kühne's talk will address how military concepts of masculinity at first enabled German soldiers' support of the Holocaust and, after 1945, provided them with a way to contend with the guilt and shame related to it.

    March 6, 4:15 PM | Hollander 241

  • Awaiting the Messiah: The Rise of Christian Television in the Middle East (1981-2000)

    Febe Armanios
    Febe Armanios, Professor of History at Middlebury College, explores the rise of Middle East’s first Christian television station, which was established in war-torn South Lebanon in the early 1980s and funded and operated by Americans. Over nearly two decades, the channel would introduce millions of viewers to wholesome American family programming, to American sports, and to a specific style of Arab televangelism that was heretofore unfamiliar in the region. The talk will relate the role of local interlocutors in promoting this station, explore the messianic vision of its backers, and consider the political and religious ideologies of its supporters and detractors. Thursday, March 1 at 6:30pm to 7:30pm | Griffin Hall, 3
  • Daredevil Humanimality: Base Jumper Dean Potter or “When Dogs Fly”

    Dean Potter, the BASE jumper at Yosemite National Park
    On the evening of 16 May 2015, Dean Potter, the BASE jumper, leaped off Taft Point in the Yosemite National Park, clad in a wingsuit. In an attempt to clear a notch in the rocky ridgeline - into the open beyond - he fell to his death. He was 43 years old. It was initially unclear whether Potter’s dog Whisper, protagonist in the 2013 short, When Dogs Fly, had survived the jump. Stefan Börnchen, Professor of German Language and Literature at the University of Cologne, contends that the art of extreme sport such as it was envisioned by Potter, can only be understood in terms of philosophical and theoretical traditions. This is precisely why Potter’s jump in a wingsuit, accompanied by his dog, is a matter for consideration in the academic discipline of the Humanities. Börchen will argue that this is more so the case with the humanitas, as illustrated by Potter’s act, from which the Humanities derive meaning. It is in fact a humanistic effort, therefore, to answer the question posed by Potter, namely, "What happens when dogs fly?” Tuesday, March 13th at 4:15 PM