Dec. 1 Event: Discussion of Catalan Independence


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28 November 2016 · 11:10

Global Studio Open Sunday, November 27

The Global Studio (INTC 226) will be open from noon to midnight on Sunday, November 27.  The Studio is an ideal space to study and work on papers and projects for the end of the semester.  The Media Rooms offer facilities for audio recording and video editing.  Television from around the world is available in all the Studio spaces.  Come visit!

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Canadian Film Office Streams Leonard Cohen Documentary

leonardcohenMesdames et Messieurs, M. Leonard Cohen is a 1965 documentary on the life of this poet-singer who died this week.  The documentary is in English with French subtitles.  Much of it is Mr. Cohen’s own words.  The Office National du Film du Canada/National Film Board of Canada has made the documentary available for streaming (free) and downloading (not free) on line on its site.

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Lecture on Mediterranean Crossings


Join us on Wednesday, November 2, at 3 p.m. in the International Center Commons!

With over twenty thousand migrants lost at sea, the Mediterranean has become the largest mass grave in Europe. Over the past two decades, a substantial but unspecified number of African and Middle Eastern men, women, and children has undertaken the perilous journey from war torn homelands to the shores of Italy, Spain, and Greece. The liquidity of a deceptively porous border has rendered their bodies immaterial, inscribing them in the narrative of invisibility and silence. Yet the sea is also an archive, a landscape composed of relics, fishermen, illegal immigrants, state officials, tourists, hotel and restaurant owners. Emblematically, in Lampedusa, an island lost at sea, in the middle of the Mediterranean, the memories of the crossing, successful or failed, pile up, simultaneously reminding us of the economic fissure between the North and the South of the planet and of larger historical frameworks, those of slavery, colonialism, and transatlantic migrations. Exploring  this growing archive, we can recognize different resistances, defying ways to memorialize, historicize, and commemorate, narrations that make the Mediterranean the unexpected laboratory of a new modernity, diasporic and creolized, composed of others and their stories.

Professor Simona Wright holds a PhD in Italian from Rutgers University. She has published works on Italo Calvino, Italian poetry, and contemporary Italian women writers. Since 2000 she has worked on Italy’s Postcoloniality and has published several articles. Since 2012 she has worked on the documentary and cinematic representation of migration. Her present work focuses on the representation of Africa in Italian cinema, literature, and the arts and on the poetics of the senses in Giacomo Leopardi.  In 2014, with Fulvio Orsitto, she co-edited Contaminazioni culturali. Musica, Cinema e Letteratura nell’Italia Contemporanea. Forthcoming are her co-edited volumes Attraversamenti and Mapping Leopardi. She is the co-organizer of the conferenceIntersections/Intersezioni and the editor of NeMLA Italian Studies. In 2016 she was elected Vice-President of NeMLA. She coordinates the Italian program at The College of New Jersey.


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Lecture and Exhibit on Russian Art

Roerichgraphicsm From October 5 to November 18, 2016, the Joel and Lila Harnett Museum of Art (a University of Richmond Museum) features Visions from the Other Side: Works by Nicholas Roerich. Organized by the University of Richmond Museums, the exhibition is presented in cooperation with the Nicholas Roerich Museum in New York.

The curator of the exhibition is Joe Troncale, Associate Professor of Russian Literature and Visual Studies in the Department of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures. He will give the opening lecture on “The Life-Creating Principle of Russian Art” on Tuesday, October 4, at 6 p.m. in the Jepson Theatre of the Modlin Center. An opening reception and preview of the exhibition follows at 7 p.m.


Event:  Nicholas Roerich Exhibition
Dates:  Oct. 5 – Nov. 18, 2016

Event:  Opening Lecture and Reception
Date:  Oct. 4, 2016
Time:  Lecture at 6 p.m.; Reception and Exhibition Preview at 7 p.m.
Location:  Lecture in the Jepson Theatre, Modlin Center for the Arts; Reception and Exhibition Preview in the Joel and Lila Harnett Museum of Art


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It’s African Film Weekend!

hero_africaweek-720x240Friday and Saturday, September 16 and 17, is African Film Weekend.  The theme is Africa: The Preservation of the Planet and its Cultures.  

Films are shown in the Ukrop Auditorium in the Robins School of Business.  The films will be presented by Dr. Frank Ukadike, associate professor of film studies in the Department of Communication with a joint appointment in the Program of Africa and African Diaspora Studies at Tulane University. His research interests focus on African and Third World cinemas, specifically, the history, theory, and practices of African cinema through an interdisciplinary approach that is simultaneously geo-political, socio-economical, and ideological. He is the author of several books about African cinema including Black African Cinema; Questioning African Cinema: Conversations with Filmmakers; African Cinema: Narratives, Perspectives and Poetics; and the edited volume, Critical Approaches to African Cinema Discourse.

Fri., Sept. 16, 3 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.

Price of Love
Ethiopia, 2015, directed by Hermon Hailay
99 min.

A relationship grows between Teddy, a cab driver, and Fere, a sex worker in Addis Ababa. When Teddy’s cab is stolen in retribution by Fere’s pimp, he finds love is costly and must come to grips with his past.

Sat., Sept. 17

8–9:30 a.m.
Short Films
African Metropolis
South Africa, 2014, produced by Steven Markovits
92 min.

This series of short films from directors in six cosmopolitan centers (Abidjan, Cairo, Dakar, Johannesburg, Lagos and Nairobi) explore the complexities of modern urban life and new traditions in fictional storytelling.

9:45–11 a.m.
Ethiopia and Spain, 2015, directed by Miguel Llansó
68 min.

Gagano, a junk collector living in a post-apocalyptic era, sets off on a hero’s quest, when a spaceship that has been hovering over Earth shows shows signs of activity. A surreal and quirky sci-fi romance featuring spectacular Ethiopian landscapes.

11 a.m.–12:45 p.m.
Black November
Nigeria, 2012, directed by Jeta Amaka
95 min.

The members of a Niger Delta community wage a war against their corrupt government and an international oil corporation to save their land from being destroyed by excessive drilling and frequent spills in this Nollywood/Hollywood drama with Vivica Fox, Anne Heche, and Wyclef Jean.

1–2 p.m.

2–3:30 p.m.
The Shore Break
South Africa, 2014, Ryley Grunenwald
90 min.

Documenting the Pondo people of South Africa’s Wild Coast, director Ryley Grunenwald tells the story of a family at odds over the importance of local ecology and the lure of modernization through mining.

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Studio Hours This Fall

The fall Studio schedule is now in place.  The Studio is open 9 a.m. – midnight Monday – Wednesday, 9 a.m. – 10 p.m. on Thursdays, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. on Fridays, and noon to midnight on Sundays.



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