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Seeking the Common Good: "Manufactured Landscapes"

Indian tribals protest a government dam project. The protests parallel the movement featured in the film "Narmada: A Valley Rises," which is part of the "Manufactured Landscapes" portion of "Seeking the Common Good." Credit: Mellon Global Scholar Ashish Kothari.

Story posted September 12, 2008


Documentary director Jennifer Baichwal’s film "Manufactured Landscapes," created around Edward Burtynsky’s photographs of environmentally endangered landscapes, provides the focal point for a multi-faceted look at the global crisis generated by international trafficking in waste. Through film screenings, a museum exhibition, and panel discussions among scholars and students in various disciplines, this program seeks to spread awareness and mutual understanding of this largely unrecognized global environmental problem.  “The connection between local trash and overseas disposal makes a provocative case that we need to seek the common good across national borders and beyond geopolitical boundaries,” explains Shu-Chin Tsui, associate professor of Asian Studies and organizer of these events.

McKeen Center"Manufactured Landscapes" inaugurates the yearlong series of public events “Seeking the Common Good,” offered in conjunction with the opening of the Joseph McKeen Center for the Common Good.

Sponsors and Partners: Joseph McKeen Center for the Common Good, Officeof the Dean for Academic Affairs, Bowdoin College Museum of Art,Environmental Studies Program, Asian Studies Program, Department of Film Studies, Department of Art, and Department of Sociology andAnthropology.

For more information, contact the Joseph McKeen Center for the Common Good (798-4156).

Events 

Film Screening: "Narmada: A Valley Rises"
Introduction to the film by Ashish Kothari, Mellon Global Scholar in Environmental Studies.  This film focuses on dams in central India and the people’s movements against them.
Thursday, September 25, 7:30 p.m.
Smith Auditorium, Sills Hall

Exhibition: "Visions of Industrial Spaces: Drawings and Photographs by Cotton Estes ’07, Watson Fellow"
Opening reception Saturday, September 27, 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.
On display Saturday, September 27 through Saturday, October 11
Fishbowl Gallery, Visual Arts Center

Film Screening: "Manufactured Landscapes" with Producer and Director Jennifer Baichwal
Wednesday, October 15, 7:30 p.m.
Smith Auditorium, Sills Hall

Discussion: “Reading Manufactured Landscapes: Drawing Meaning from Photography”
Panel discussion of film excerpts. By Bowdoin professors Susan Bell, Michael Kolster, Shu-chin Tsui, and Tricia Welsch.
Wednesday, October 22, 7:00 p.m
Kresge Auditorium, Visual Arts Center

Museum of Art Exhibition: "Competing Natures"
This focused exhibition of images of industrialized China by acclaimedlandscape photographer Edward Burtynsky is an interdisciplinaryexploration of the politics, economics, and social ramifications ofhuman intervention in the natural world. Burtynsky’s photographs of theChinese landscape indicate the environmental consequence that is theresult of expansion and mass production. Jennifer Baichwal’sbio-documentary about Burtynsky, entitled Manufactured Landscapes, willbe shown periodically in conjunction with the exhibition.
October 22 through December 23
Opening Reception Wednesday, October 22, 5:30-7:00 p.m.
Center Gallery, Bowdoin College Museum of Art

Lecture: Completion of the Three Gorges Dam Project and China’s Environmental Issues
Lecture by Dai Qing.
Wednesday, October 29, 7:30 p.m.
Kresge Auditorium, Visual Arts Center

Pictured above:
Indian tribals protest a government dam project. The protests parallel the movement featured in the film "Narmada: A Valley Rises," which is part of the "Manufactured Landscapes" portion of "Seeking the Common Good." Credit: Mellon Global Scholar Ashish Kothari.

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