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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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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

Thumbnail of Festival Poster

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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The Studio at Winter Break

The physical space of the Global Studio closes for Winter Break at 7 p.m. Tuesday, December 13.  It will re-open at 9 a.m. Monday, January 9, the first day of class.

The virtual services of the Studio continue during break.  Barring bad weather, the satellite-based world television system remains available through the University’s computer network on Ethernet-connected computers in academic buildings.  For more information, click the World TV tab of this site.  Practice your language or start learning a new one with Mango Languages, accessible through the Library’s Research Databases collection.  Also available through the Library’s research databases is SCOLA, a world languages TV service.  You need to be on the University’s network–either on campus or using the VPN–to access streaming TV in many languages.  There are also archived programs and other learning resources.

Looking for more?  Explore Duolingo, Memrise, and the wealth of television and radio programming available through the Internet.

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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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