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Russian Orientalism: Russo-Japanese War and Rimsky-Korsakov’s Opera The Golden Cockerel

Russia's Orient in Rimsky-Korsakov's Opera 'Golden Cockerel'

How did Russian policies in East Asia and events of the early-twentieth-century Russia influence Rimsky-Korsakov’s representation of the Orient? Adalyat Issiyeva is a Lecturer and Research Assistant at McGill University (Canada): her talk will address how Russian policies in East Asia and events of the early-twentieth-century Russia influenced Rimsky-Korsakov’s representation of the Orient. After its disastrous war with Japan that brought Russia to the 1905 Revolution, many Russian intellectuals questioned the legitimacy of this war and expressed their disagreement over the official policies in the East. Rimsky-Korsakov’s Golden Cockerel also problematizes Russia’s official vision of the East as the Yellow Peril and simultaneously warns that an oversimplification of an unknown, sophisticated, and luring Orient, impersonated in the Queen of Shemakha and the Astrologer, can bring the downfall of the empire.

Tuesday, November 28, 2017 @6:00 PM | Schapiro 129

Sponsored by the Department of German and Russian, the Department of Music, the Program in Global Studies, and the Center for Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Cultures

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International Education Week (November 13-17, 2017)

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International Education Week (IEW), November 13-17, is an opportunity to celebrate the benefits of international education and exchange worldwide. Come and celebrate international education at Williams!

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CFLLC Language Tables Extravaganza (Nov. 15)

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TALK TO US. Join any of the language tables Wednesday, November 15, 6 – 7:30 PM at Mission Park dining for conversation in Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Hebrew, Hindi-Urdu, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish and Swahili. Learn about our languages, our cultures and our countries, and socialize with us at dinner.

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Chronicles of Calais Jungle, an introduction to the European refugee crisis and the role of citizen solidarity

Yasmin Bouagga

What is the refugee crisis in Europe? Yasmine Bouagga, socio-anthropologist, entered Calais Jungle with the cartoonist Lisa Mandel, and investigated how an informal refugee camp developed on the European territory, at the border between France and UK: discovering who are these refugees, who are the volunteers helping them and why the French government did not develop facilities to avoid the humanitarian crisis. The chronicles untangle the multiple aspects of what became a landmark event in the history of Europe.

Thursday, November 2 at 7:00 pm to 8:15 pm | Griffin Hall, 3

* Sponsored by Arabic Studies, Global Studies, and Political Science.

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Venezuela: Getting Closer to Hell

Leonardo Vivas

Join us Thursday, November 2 at 7:00 for a talk on the escalating political crisis in Venezuela, by Dr. Leonardo Vivas of Northeastern University.

Once one of the wealthiest countries in Latin America, declining oil prices have had a devastating impact on Venezuela’s economy and significantly hampered the socialist government’s ability to reduce inequality and poverty through housing initiatives and other social programs.  Lacking access to food, medicine, and other essential goods, hundreds of thousands of Venezuelans have taken to the streets since 2014 to call for elections and the restoration of Venezuela’s constitutional democracy. As clashes between protesters and pro-government groups grow increasingly violent, President Nicolás Maduro, who retains a significant base of support despite the cataclysmic economic situation, has moved to marginalize, silence and divide the opposition.

Thursday, November 2 at 7:00 PM | Griffin 7

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Las negritas y las islitas: Autonomy in times of tragedy and trauma

Bell Ferrer

The Spanish Department invites you to a conversation with Dorothy Bell-Ferrer, an Afroantillana (Boricua and Dominicana) activist, activist, and student. Dorothy is a master student at the University of Puerto Rico in Rio Piedras, Puerto Rico currently studying literature in the Hispanic Studies department in the College of Humanities.

She has worked directly with Latino communities, both in Puerto Rico and in the US as a community organizer for National Boricua Human Rights Network in Cleveland, and have written about race, Latino identities, feminism, and anti-racism.

Tuesday, October 24. 4:15pm to 5:30pm | Hollander 241

* Sponsored by Romance Languages and Center for Foreign Languages, Literatures & Cultures

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‘Die neue Frau on April Fools’: Photography, Photomontage, and the Rhetoric of Objectivity in the Weimar Illustrierten

Die neue Frau on April Fools

Each April 1st in Weimar Germany, the popular glossy German tabloids known as Illustrierte published a series of mischievous April fool jokes. In this annual game of discerning the real news from the fake, prominent magazines tricked readers unable or unwilling to exercise their critical faculties by interspersing manipulated photographs amid the familiar array of advertisements, serialized novels, puzzles, and articles of the Illustrierten. Often critiqued as manipulating their naïve readers, the magazines’ use of fake photographs and the mixed message of their satirical sight gags astutely comment on the notion that “the camera does not lie.” Their interweaving with serious photojournalism pieces complicates the arguments of critics that the Illustrierten were exclusively naïve purveyors of distraction. Far from being trivial, April fool jokes reflect and refract the obsessions of Weimar popular culture with such modern themes as the proliferation of mass entertainment, changes in gender identity, and the emergence of the media figure of the New Woman.

November 9 at 4:15 PM | 241 Hollander Hall

* Sponsored by Department of German and Russian, History, and Center for Foreign Languages, Literatures & Cultures

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Sexagon: Muslims, France, and the Sexualization of National Culture

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Mehammed Mack will give a talk on his recently published book, Sexagon: Muslims, France, and the Sexualization of National Culture. “Engaging the nexus of race, gender, nation, and sexuality, Sexagon studies the broad politicization of Franco-Arab identity in the context of French culture and its assumptions about appropriate modes of sexual and gender expression, both gay and straight” [Fordham Univ. Press]. Mack is Assistant Professor of French Studies at Smith College.

Thursday, October 5 at 7:00pm to 8:15pm | Sawyer Library, Mabie Rm.

* Sponsored by Arabic Studies, Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, French, Center for Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Cultures

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Neuland/New Territories: German & Austrian Film Festival

Neuland/New Territories: German and Austrian Film Festival

@ Images Cinema
❍ All films will be with English subtitles. The screenings will be followed by Q & A.
❍ Free Admission

September 18
Stefan Zweig
by Maria Schrader (2016)
1hr. 46 min.

September 25
Haymatloz / Exile in Turkey
by Eren Önsöz (2016)
1h. 35m documentary

October 2
Die Mitte der Welt / Center of My World
by Jakob M. Erwa (2016)
1 hr. 55 min. Drama

Sponsored by the Department of German-Russian, Center for Foreign Languages, Literatures and Cultures at Williams College, Embassy of the Federal Republic of German in Washington, DC, Austrian Cultural Forum New York, Dively Committee for Human Sexuality and Diversity, Williams College

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The German Election – Issues and Implications

Dr. Ralf Horlemann

A talk by Consul General Dr. Ralf Horlemann on the German federal election which takes place on September 24, 2017.

Tuesday, September 12 | 4:00pm-5:00pm | Hollander 241

Sponsored by the Williams College Department of German-Russian, Center for Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Cultures, German Consulate General Boston, and Embassy of the Federal Republic of German in Washington, DC

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