Film Screening: El Río by Juan Carlos Galeano

El Río by Juan Carlos Galeano

Join Romance Languages Department and Professor Juan Carlos Galeano for a viewing of El Río. The film screening will be followed by a Q&A session. Professor Galeano (Florida State University) was born in the Amazon region of Colombia. He is the author of several books of poetry on the Amazon and he is also a filmmaker that draws on his close connection to the Amazon River Basin. ❖ Monday 11/11 at 8:00 | Matt Cole Room of the Environmental Center Continue reading »

Masculinity, Misogyny, and U.S. Elections in the Trump Era

In their lecture, Professors Robert Boatright and Valerie Sperling (Clark University) will explore how Donald Trump’s misogyny in the 2016 presidential race changed how Congressional campaigns were waged in 2016 and 2018, and how the Trump factor may affect the 2020 elections. ❖ Tuesday, Nov. 12, 2019, at 4 pm | Schapiro 129 Continue reading »

Altar for the Day of the Dead

Altar for the Day of Dead, Williams College, 2019

Mexican artist, Hugo Peláez Goycochea, and Williams College students will present an altar created with natural and recyclable materials that constitute the main resource for indigenous and mestizo’s representation of the dead in artistically material form. ❖ Opening: Friday, November 1st, 4 pm ❖ Exhibit on display: November 1st to November 8th. ❖ Place: 1st and 2nd floor lobbies of Hollander Hall Continue reading »

Contesting the Public Space: Artistic Networks, Cultural Movements, and Literary Icons in North Africa Today

Driss Ksikes

The North African public space is highly contested. While the states attempt to monopolize public space, civil society constituencies fight against statal, hegemonic tendencies. Art, cultural movements and literature are at the forefront of Maghrebi civil society that works tirelessly to expand ordinary North Africans’ access to their public arena. This lecture will show how art, literature and cultural action form a whole in the strive to establish democracy and civic-oriented polities in the Maghreb through the contestation of the public space. ❖ Tue. November 5, 2019 (4:15-5:30pm)| Hollander 241 Continue reading »

Power and Powerlessness in European Mosques

Niels Valdemar Vinding

In the politically contested reality of Mosques in Europe, Vinding’s Danish research project is looking at the resources, competences and abilities of Mosques in context, in order to understand the challenges that Mosques are facing in a proportionate and power-critical way. In the political myths that are produced in Europe these years, Mosques and Muslim leadership have been portrayed as subversive, counter-culture places and agents that threatens social cohesion, integration efforts, public order, and rule of law. ❖ 30 October, 12pm - 1pm | Hollander 317 Continue reading »

Dark Futures: Science Fiction from Germany and Austria

This year’s annual German/Austrian Filmfest at Images Cinema focuses on science fiction. The festival, titled “Dark Futures,” presents three recent films that take place in imaginary future worlds, but tackle issues that face us here and now: fear of change, deep trauma, family conflict, and loneliness. ❖ Sept. 16 Endzeit / Ever After by Carolina Hellsgard ❖ Sept. 23 Die kommenden Tage / The Days to Come by Lars Kraume ❖ Sept. 30 Die Wand / The Wall by Julian Pölsler 7pm @ Images Cinema Free admission. All movies are in German with English subtitles Continue reading »

Due North: Living, Researching, Writing the Russian North Pacific in an Era of Climate Crisis

The Kamchatka Peninsula, along the Western side of the Bering Strait, is home to an ecosystem that has long sustained human beings. Yet for the past two centuries, the area became the site of an experiment where the modern ideologies of production and consumption, capitalism and communism, were and continue to be subject to the pressures of Arctic scarcity and Indigenous culture. Bathsheba Demuth, Assistant Professor of Environmental History at Brown University and Julia Phillips, writer and author of the novel Disappearing Earth (Alfred A. Knopf 2019) will join Yana Skorobogatov, Assistant Professor of Russian and Soviet History at Williams College, for a conversation about the place of the Russian North Pacific in the modern world. ❖ Thu, October 3rd, 2019, 4:15 pm - 5:45 pm | The Williams Bookstore Continue reading »

Two Written Languages & Three Spoken Codes: Language Policy & Practices in Hong Kong

Hong Kong at Night

With examples from the linguistic reality in Hong Kong, Dr. Weiping Wu, Director of the Yale-China Chinese Language Center at the Chinese University of Hong Kong, will present facts and interpretations related to the use of languages in Hong Kong. He will explore topics such as the logic and application of the language policy in Hong Kong, differences before and after 1997 (from the perspective of campuses and local communities) and how Hong Kong's language policy influences its Basic Law with relation to the “One-country, two-system” frame. ❖ Wednesday, October 9, 4 PM | Griffin 6 Continue reading »