Searching for Japan: 20th Century Italy’s Fascination with Japanese Culture – an interview with Michele Monserrati

Michele Monserrati

In contrast with a long history of Western representations of Japan as inferior and irrational, Michele Monserrati's Searching for Japan identifies a positive overarching attitude toward the Far East country in modern Italian culture. Expanding the horizon of Italian transnational networks, normally situated within the Southern European region, this book reinstates the existence of an alternative Euro-Asian axis, operating across Italian history. Continue reading »

Documentary Screening of ‘Alone in Fukushima’ 3/13- CANCELLED

Alone in Fukushima

Ostriches, cows, hogs, cats, a pony and a dog…and a single person remain in the nuclear zone in Fukushima. 55 year-old Naoto Matsumura lives alone with these animals in Tomioka, a town located only 12 kilometers away from the melted-down nuclear power plant. In last few years, Naoto has been the focus of media attention, being covered by CNN, ARTE and other major overseas networks. But due to government restrictions, his story has remained largely untold in the Japanese media. Until now, there has never been a feature-length documentary film on him and the reality of life in the exclusion zone. ❖ CANCELLED Continue reading »

Movie Screening: Dolor y gloria (Pain and Glory)

Dolor y gloria (Pain and Glory)

The Spanish Club, the Williams' Department of Romance Languages, and the Center for Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Culture invite you the Noche de película, where we will be screening the film Dolor y gloria (Pain and Glory) (2019) by the acclaimed Spanish director Pedro Almodovar. ❖ Thursday, February 20th at 7:00 pm | Paresky Auditorium Continue reading »

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 »