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What is locker-room talk? Lecture Postponed to March 29

Because of the storm predicted for the Northeast,  this lecture has been rescheduled for Wednesday, March 29, at 4:30 in Keller Hall.


Donald Trump’s now infamous remarks to Billy Bush about women were condemned by some but also swiftly rationalized and dismissed as “locker-room talk” by others. Given the subsequent election of Trump to the U.S. presidency, barely four weeks later, the rationalization of his remarks as merely vulgar was evidently persuasive to voters, including a majority of white women voters. But what is locker-room talk? And why was it so easy for so many to dismiss Trump’s statements about forcibly groping women?

Drawing from her research on the hyper-sexualized talk of Chicago’s financial traders, Professor Suzanne Menair (linguistic anthropology, Colby College) will discuss linguistic ideologies surrounding men’s talk, and how performances of masculinity, heterosexuality and transgression intersect with capitalist practice on Chicago’s trading floors. Far from being merely vulgar talk, these interactions do the semiotic work of naturalizing the cultural reality of American capitalism via hegemonic gender ideologies as they are employed in a particular project of white, male self-making that she calls “transgressive individualism.” She concludes with a discussion on the appeal of transgression and Donald Trump.

Title:  Locker-room Talk and its Discontents:  Vulgarity in the Market and Beyond
Speaker:   Suzanne Menair, Assistant Professor of Anthropology, Colby College
Date: Wednesday, March 29
Time:  4:30 p.m.
Place:  Keller Hall


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Learn about Wim Wenders


German filmmaker Wim Wenders is the topic of a conference on the Richmond campus February 24 and 25 organized by Professors Delers and Sulzer-Reichel of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures and sponsored by the Tucker Boatwright Festival for the Arts and the Arts and Sciences Dean’s Office.

All are invited to attend the keynote address on Friday, February 24, at 2 p.m. in the INTC Commons.  Mary Zournazi, Senior Lecturer in the School of Social sciences, University of New South Wales (Australia). will speak on “The Peace Project — Reflections on Art, Cinema and Perception.”  The speaker recently co-authored Inventing Peace:  A Dialogue on Perception  with Wim Wenders.

On Saturday at 3 p.m. in the INTC Commons, there will be a virtual conversation with Wim Wenders.

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Today: Travel and Resettlement Discussion

Trump’s Ban On Travel and Resettlement:
Legal Issues, Responses, and Consequences for Refugees and Immigrants

Both President Trump’s executive order on travel and recent judicial responses to it have raised a number of legal, practical, and interpretive questions. UR Law School professors Jud Campbell and Chiara Giorgetti are joined by immigration law expert Mario Russell, Director of Immigration and Refugee Services for New York’s Catholic Charities, to discuss the order, its constitutional and international implications, and the mobilizing and response efforts that have been taking place. The panel will also take questions from students, faculty, staff, and community members.

Wednesday, February 22
4:30 p.m. INTC Commons

Presented by the University of Richmond School of Law and International Education.

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February 16: A Play about Vaudeville and Black History

On Thursday, February 16, at 8:00 p.m. the SSIR “Travels for Discovery” presents The Top of Bravery: An evening with Bert Williams. Presented through the Quill Theatre, one of Richmond’s professional theater organizations, this play depicts the life of comedian and protagonist Bert Williams as he braves the racial barriers that were a part of the entertainment industry and the world in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.  Williams, who was native to the Bahamas, was forced to perform in blackface like the white actors of the time period.  Despite the many adversities Williams faced as a black actor, he was still able to propel himself to stardom through his resiliency.  The play is a mix of social commentary, stand-up comedy, and soliloquy.  It also features a few musical numbers that illustrate Bert Williams as an international star and one of the most beloved entertainers of the Vaudeville Era.

What:  The Top of Bravery:  An evening with Bert Williams, a play written and performed by Jeremy Morris
When:  Thursday, February 16, at 8 p.m.
Where:  The Cousins Theatre (doors open at 7:45 p.m.)
Cost:  None:  Admission is free

There is a pre-performance reception with light refreshments at 7:15 in Keller Hall.

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Sneak Preview of the American Indian Film Festival of Virginia

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On Sunday, February 5, the Byrd Theatre will host a sneak preview of the American Indian Film Festival of Virginia.  This event is the official announcement of this new festival, which will take place November 17 – 19, 2017.  The sneak preview includes the announcement and the showing of two films, Smoke Signals and Older than America.  The films will be presented by Chris Eyre, the director of Smoke Signals, and Georgina Lightning, the director and writer of Older than America.

Date:  Sunday, February 5, 2017
Time:  1 – 6:30 p.m.
Place:  Byrd Theatre
Cost:  None.  Admission is free.

For background on the Festival, read the Style Weekly post.

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Dec. 1 Event: Discussion of Catalan Independence


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28 November 2016 · 11:10

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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