❖ Mestiza Portrait Series
February 4 – May 10, 2019 | Hollander Hall 1st and 2nd floor lobbies
❖ Artist’s talk
› Opening Reception | March 4 , 4PM | Hollander Hall lobby
› March 6, 4PM | Hollander Hall 1st and 2nd floor lobbies
❖ “Indigeneity” and the Cultural Production of Mexico’s Pueblos Originarios
A Panel Discussion with Citlali Fabián, Ana Daisy Alonso Ortiz, Isaura de los Santos Mendoza and Amal Eqeiq; moderated by Roxana Blancas-Curiel
March 5, 7PM | Griffin 7
❖ I’m from Yalálag Photographic Series
February 4 – May 10, 2019 | WCMA, Object Lab
Seven months after the start of the US war in neighboring Iraq in 2003, Kevin Bubriski was on two magazine assignments in Aleppo, Syria. At this time of conflict, he sought out assignment work in Syria because he wanted to photograph the deep cultural history there and the human face of Syria, its ordinary people and their daily lives. After his assignments in Aleppo he stayed on in Syria to photograph independently throughout the northern early Christian Dead Cities, the basilica of San Simeon, the Christian pilgrimage sites of Serjila, al Bara, Kharab Shams, Mushabak, Baqirha, Qalb Loze, Resafe, early Islamic sites near Raqqa, and the ancient Roman trade cities of Apamea, and Palmyra.
❖ Wed, April 3rd, 2019, 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm | Hollander Hall 241
Farid Hafez will give a talk on race and racism in Europe. He connects his expertise on contemporary Islamophobia with larger questions of colonialism, anti-Semitism and the imagination of a post-racial post-Holocaust era in Europe following the end of World War II. Hafez will especially focus on relevant issues of the rising far-right in today’s Europe.
❖ April 18, 6 – 7PM | Griffin 3
Evgenia Cherkasova who is a professor and chair of Philosophy at Suffolk University (Boston) will give a talk entitled “Philosophy for Life: Ideas that Matter”. The oldest, most perplexing existential questions are as relevant today as they were in ancient times. What do we live for? Why do we suffer? Which beliefs, values, and experiences sustain meaningful, fulfilling existence? The speaker will discuss “Philosophy as a Way of Life”—an engaged, existentially-charged approach to the Big Questions. Diverse examples will be drawn from Western and Eastern philosophical and literary texts.
❖ Fri, April 5th, 2019 @ 4:30 pm – 6:00 pm | Hollander Hall, 241
Joan Neuberger, Professor of Russian History at the University of Texas, Austin, will speak about her new book on Sergei Eisenstein’s film masterpiece Ivan the Terrible on Friday, April 12 in the Williams College Bookstore. Professor Neuberger’s book, titled This Thing of Darkness: Eisenstein’s Ivan the Terrible in Stalin’s Russia, explores how one of the world’s greatest filmmakers and one of the 20th century’s greatest artists observed the world around him and experimented with every element of film art to explore the psychology of political ambition, uncover the history of recurring cycles of violence, and lay bare the tragedy of absolute power.
❖ Friday, April 12, 2019 at 4:15 pm | Williams College Bookstore
Gagaku is the classical Japanese court music and dance with over a thousand-year history, which was registered as the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity by UNESCO with its historical, and artistic values.
Solo of the Japanese traditional flute
by Mr. Anzai
(former chief conductor of the Music Department of the Imperial Household Agency of Japan)
(accompanied by a traditional song and a dragon flute)
❖ April 25 | ‘62 Center Dance studio
Reception to follow
Refiguring Loss: Jews Remembered through Arabic/Amazigh Cultural Memory is a daylong, public workshop that brings together scholars of literature and film from North Africa and the Middle East. Through their engagement with literary and cinematographic works that emerged the predominantly Arabic-speaking world, the participants will discuss how novelists and filmmakers from these areas depict the loss of their Jewish co-citizens in the last sixty years. Ranging from the loss of economic opportunity and cultural diversity to the loss of democracy and plural societies, Jewish emigration from North Africa and the Middle East has had far-reaching consequences, which the workshop will highlight and discuss for an entire day.”
❖ Friday, April 26 from 8:30 am to 6 pm | Oakley Center
Slater Rhea, a singer, songwriter and TV personality in China with a following of millions, will mark the Chinese New Year with an evening of Chinese folk songs.
❖ Sat, February 9th, 2019, 8:00 PM – 9:00 PM | Paresky Center, Auditorium
❖ Mountain Water: Poems of Tradition and the Environment in Southwestern China
featuring poet Aku Wuwu
4:00-5:00 pm, Thursday, March 7th, 2019 @ Hollander Hall 241
❖ Poetry reading with Aku Wuwu
6:30-7:30 pm, Friday, March 8th, 2019 @ Williams Bookstore (81 Spring Street)
Aku Wuwu (Prof. LUO Qingchun) is a poet and academic of the Nuosu (Yi) ethnic minority group of Southwest China. Growing up in the Greater Cool Mountains of Sichuan province, Aku’s powerful poems are regarded as “text books” of traditional lore and cautionary tales about human interaction with the environment. He will perform a number of poems in Nuosu and Chinese, accompanied by English translations.
This year’s French Film Festival begins with L’homme sur les quais / The Man by the Shore. Haitian filmmaker Raoul Peck, who later went on to become the nation’s Minister of Culture, directed this drama that examines the violence and instability of his country’s darkest days, the 60s. The story follows an 8-year old girl, whose parents had to flee from the dictator Duvalier and the Tontons Macoutes. Left in the care of her grandmother, she creates a fantasy world of her own to escape the violence and tyranny that surrounds her. [In French with English subtitles.]
The French Film Festival 2019 continues on
❖ Feb. 11 with L’homme sur les quais (The Man by the Shore) (1993) by Raoul Peck.
In French and Kreyol with English subtitles. 106 mins.
❖ Feb. 18 , at 7 p.m.: with short film Maman(s)/Mothers(s) (2015) by Maïmouna Doucouré.
In French and Wolof with English subtitles. 21 mins.
Feb. 18 , at 7 p.m. (following Maman(s)): Tomboy (2011) by Céline Sciamma (Water Lilies, Girlhood)
In French with English subtitles. 82 mins.
❖ Feb. 25 with Polina, dansersa vie (Polina) (2015) by Angelin Preljocaj and Valérie Müller.
In Russian and French with English subtitles. 108 mins.