Spring 2015 Calendar of Events

Tavola Italiana (Italian Table)

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February 2, 2015 5:30 PM  – 7:00 PM
Thorne Hall, Mitchell South

Come and enjoy conversation while strengthening your language skills.

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Sherryl Vint: "To Seek Out New Worlds: Science Fiction in a Global Perspective"

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February 5, 2015 7:00 PM  – 9:00 PM
Moulton Union, Main Lounge

Sherryl Vint is professor of Science Fiction Media Studies at the University of California, Riverside, where she co-directs the Science Fiction and Technoculture Studies program. She is the author and/or editor of several books, including Bodies of Tomorrow (2007), Animal Alterity (2010), The Wire (2013), Science Fiction: A Guide to the Perplexed (2014), and The Routledge Concise History of Science Fiction (2011, with Mark Bould). She co-edits the journals Science Fiction Film and Television and Science Fiction Studies.

Her talk will present an overview of science fiction in a global context, exploring the ways common science fiction icons appear differently when embedded in multiple local contexts, and will discuss the significance of the recent explosion of science fiction across the globe. 

This event is free and open to the public.  For more information contact Arielle Saiber at asaiber@bowdoin.edu.  

Sponsored by the Departments of Romance Languages and English and the Cinema Studies and Gender and Women's Studies Programs.

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Tavola Italiana (Italian Table)

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February 16, 2015 5:30 PM  – 7:00 PM
Thorne Hall, Mitchell South

Come and enjoy conversation while strengthening your language skills.

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Second Annual World Cinema Festival: 'Loose Cannons' - with Davida Gavioli

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February 21, 2015 7:00 PM  – 10:00 PM
Sills Hall, Smith Auditorium

Tommaso visits his family in Southern Italy to announce his plans to be a writer rather than take over their pasta-making business...and to tell them that he’s gay. But his older brother, Antonio, beats him to the punch with an unexpected announcement of his own, literally giving their father a heart attack. Tommaso must now play the dutiful son, until his boyfriend and their friends pay him a surprise visit and threaten to upend everything.

Loose Cannons / Mine Vaganti (Ferzan Ozpetek, Italy, 2010) is presented by Davida Gavioli, Senior Lecturer in Italian, and MacMillan House.

Bowdoin’s World Cinema Festival offers a varied program of important contemporary narrative and documentary films from around the world with post-screening discussions moderated by faculty and students. 

The public is welcomed at no charge and tickets are not required.

The 2nd Annual World Cinema Festival is sponsored by the Blythe Bickel Edwards Fund, the Latin American Studies Program, the Asian Studies Program, the Africana Studies Program, the Russian Department,the German Department, the Romance Languages Department, the English Department, MacMillan House, the Bowdoin Film Society, and the Cinema Studies Program.

 
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Portland Playback Theater: "Letting the World In: Stories of Discovery"

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February 26, 2015 7:00 PM  – 8:30 PM
Sills Hall, Smith Auditorium

The Portland Playback Theater comes to campus for a wonderful evening of storytelling and improv theater! This troupe of highly-trained, multi-talented actors featuring Erin Curren, visiting lecturer in French, will "playback" audience stories of discovery, difficulty, culture, realization and more. The group joins the art of improvisation with real-life stories spontaneously shared by members of the audience. Using movement, dialogue and music, the actors seek to honor the countless moments and events that shape our lives. 

Portland Playback Theatre Company was founded in Portland, Maine in 2005. The Playback Theatre style models transformation; a new way to relate to the world. When trained playback practitioners enact a story told by a member of the audience, a deep bond of understanding is established between the “teller” and the audience. Playback helps people see their common humanity. When people join together in sharing their stories and watching the re-enactments, it engenders an ability to focus on commonalities rather then judgments of otherness.  

Hosted by the Off Campus Study office, along with the McKeen Center and other offices on campus.

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Tavola Italiana (Italian Table)

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March 2, 2015 5:30 PM  – 7:00 PM
Thorne Hall, Mitchell South

Come and enjoy conversation while strengthening your language skills.

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Tavola Italiana (Italian Table)

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March 30, 2015 5:30 PM  – 7:00 PM
Thorne Hall, Mitchell South

Come and enjoy conversation while strengthening your language skills.

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Lisa Yaszek: "Afrofuturism as Global Science Fiction?"

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April 1, 2015 7:00 PM  – 8:30 PM
Moulton Union, Lancaster Lounge

Lisa Yaszek explores the global aspects and movement of science fiction over the past two centuries through the focusing lens of Afrofuturism. As a mode of aesthetic practice characterized by the use of science fictional tropes and narrative technique to investigate the necessary relations of science, technology, and race, Afrofuturism has been deployed by artists across media to recover lost African and Afrodiasporic histories and to imagine rich, racially-diverse worlds of tomorrow that oppose the white-washed futures implicit in much first-world scientific and economic rhetoric. 

Yaszek begins her talk with a brief overview of Afrofuturism and its
relation to genre science fiction. She then considers the evolution of
Afrofuturism from its roots in nineteenth-century African-American utopian and military fiction to its integration with mid-twentieth- century Western science fiction and its current spread across the Atlantic seaboard and Africa itself. Taken together, the stories, films, and comics produced by black men and women over the past 200 years demonstrates both the global nature of race relations in the modern era and the centrality of science and technology to the production of these relations.

Lisa Yaszek is a professor of science fiction studies a the School of Literature, Media and Communication at Georgia Tech, where she also serves as the director of the SciFi@Tech. She is the past president of the Science Fiction Research Association, and her research interests include science fiction, cultural history, critical race and gender studies, and science and technical studies. Her books include Galactic Suburbia: Recovering Women's Science Fiction, (Ohio State University Press, 2008), and she co-edited the Configurations special double issue on science fiction author Kim Stanley Robinson (Winter-Spring 2012), among other publications. She is currently completing an anthology on women's work in the early science fiction community and serving as associate producer for the science fiction film Rite of Passage.

This event is open to the public and is free of charge.

For more information, contact Arielle Saiber (asaiber@bowdoin.edu).

Sponsored by the Departments of Romance Languages, English and Africana Studies and the Cinema Studies Program.

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Tavola Italiana (Italian Table)

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April 20, 2015 5:30 PM  – 7:00 PM
Thorne Hall, Mitchell South

Come and enjoy conversation while strengthening your language skills.

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Tavola Italiana (Italian Table)

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May 4, 2015 5:30 PM  – 7:00 PM
Thorne Hall, Mitchell South

Come and enjoy conversation while strengthening your language skills.

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