Events

Upcoming Events for the Department
 

  • "Stupid Bastards:" Conciliation, The Act of First Encounter

    2/23/16
    6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
    Little Building
    Beard

    Honors Program Lecture with Grant Farred, Professor of Africana Studies and English at Cornell University

    Because of the historic role he played in desegregating baseball, Jackie Robinson has been overdetermined as the de-racialized figure of tolerance and integration par excellence. That is, Jackie Robinson as simultaneously the exemplary integrationist, as the restrained, disciplined Negro who made black players tolerable to white America and Jackie Robinson as the (now) eviscerated political cipher who "transcends" race by making it, in the face of the (receding, denuded) history he made, a matter of "history" – that political configuration which belongs, incontrovertibly, to a moment that is past. In concentrating on a singular, combustible event, this presentation renders Robinson as a figure of conciliation: as the subject who acts, from the very first encounter, politically.

    Sponsored by Honors Program with the Institute for Liberal Arts & Interdisciplinary Studies

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  • 'Stupid Bastards': Conciliation, The Act of First Encounter. A lecture with Grant Farred, Cornell University

    2/23/16
    6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
    Little Building
    Beard Room

     Because of the iconic role he played in desegregating baseball, Jackie Robinson is historically remembered as a figure of tolerance: as the black player who bore insults and physical intimidation with immense self-restraint. Robinson has become, against the facts, a player shorn of anger and political intensity. The fiercely competitive and intolerant Robinson has no place in public memory. This presentation renders Robinson differently: as a fully political actor. Grant Farred teaches at Cornell University. He is the author of, most recently, Martin Heidegger Saved My Life and In Motion, At Rest: The Event of the Athletic Body. His forthcoming projects include Conciliation, The Condemned: Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez and the 2014 World Cup and Negro: Two Essays on James Baldwin.

    This event is not open to the public.

    Sponsored by Honors Program

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    Kelly Young

  • Screening of The Amazing Nina Simone with director Jeff Lieberman

    3/01/16
    7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
    Paramount Center
    Bright Family Screening Room

     Nina Simone was both loved and feared throughout the 1960s for her outspoken vision of Black Freedom. Today, Nina is more popular eleven years after her death than ever before. President Barack Obama listed 'Sinnerman' in his top 5 favorite songs, and whether re-mixed, re-sampled or in its pure form, Nina's music continues to empower people around the world with its unrelenting appeal for justice. The Amazing Nina Simone reveals the real Nina Simone through over 50 intimate and exclusive interviews with those who best knew the artistry and intentions of one of America's true musical geniuses. Discussion with director Jeff Lieberman to follow.

    This event is not open to the public.

    Sponsored by Institute for Liberal Arts and Interdisciplinary Studies with The Bright Lights Series; and Academic Affairs, Internationalization & Global Development

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    Kelly Young

  • Screening of Dove's Cry, with discussion with Ganit Ilouz, Director

    3/22/16
    4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
    Paramount Center
    Bright Family Screening Room

     Dove's Cry follows the story of Hadeel, a 27-year-old religious Muslim woman that teaches Arabic at a Jewish elementary school. By following her the film shows her relationship with both pupils and members of the school staff affording all those involved with an opportunity to observe other's culture, refute prejudices and dissolve fears. However, the meeting of these two cultures will inevitably result in some clashes, when back home Hadeel is being pressured to get married.

    This event is not open to the public.

    Sponsored by Institute for Liberal Arts and Interdisciplinary Studies with Suffolk University

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    Kelly Young

  • Screening of Circus Without Borders

    3/23/16
    7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
    Paramount Center
    Bright Family Screening Room

    Circus Without Borders is a documentary about Guillaume Saladin and Yamoussa Bangoura, best friends and world-class acrobats from remote corners of the globe who share the same dream: To bring hope and change to their struggling communities through circus. Their dream unfolds in the Canadian Arctic and Guinea, West Africa, where they help Inuit and Guinean youth achieve unimaginable success while confronting suicide, poverty and despair.

    Seven years in the making, this tale of two circuses — Artcirq and Kalabante — is a culture-crossing performance piece that offers a portal into two remote communities, and an inspiring story of resilience and joy.

    This event is not open to the public.

    Sponsored by Institute for Liberal Arts and Interdisciplinary Studies with VMA

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    Kelly Young

  • Race, Vulnerablity, and Violence

    3/24/16
    4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
    Little Building
    Beard Room

    A talk by Falguni Sheth (Emory University). 

    Part of the lecture series Adventures in Ethics, 2015-2016, On Race and Racism.

    Sponsored by Institute for Liberal Arts and Interdisciplinary Studies

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    David Kishik

  • Identity through Art

    3/29/16
    10:00 am - 12:00 pm
    Max Mutchnick Campus Center
    Multipurpose Room

    Lecture with award-winning playwright, actress, screenwriter, and documentary filmmaker Hanna Azulay Hasfari

    Hanna Azulay Hasfari, award-winning actress, screenwriter, playwright, and documentary filmmaker tells what happened to her since she saw Gone with the Wind in Israel in the 1970's. How the dream of becoming a blue-eyed lady living in the American South as Scarlett O'Hara could not materialize because of her background as a Moroccan immigrant living in poverty in the periphery in Israel. Hanna's lecture will explore the effects and benefits of academic, historic and familial research into one's past and roots on one's identity as an artist and activist.

    This event is not open to the public.

    Sponsored by Institute for Liberal Arts and Interdisciplinary Studies

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    Kelly Young