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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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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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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