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Catherine O'Rawe: "Acting, Non-Acting, and Unconventional Stardom from Neorealism to Fire at Sea"

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April 24, 2017 5:00 PM  – 6:00 PM
Massachusetts Hall, Faculty Room

Italian neorealist cinema has been widely celebrated by critics and scholars, and films such as Ladri di biciclette (Bicycle Thieves, De Sica, 1948) and Paisa (Paisan, Rossellini, 1946), with their use of non-professional actors, were globally influential. In this talk, Catherine O'Rawe forms part of a current project that addresses a major absence, the study of stardom and performance in neorealist film.

O'Rawe addresses three major areas: the casting, performance, and labour of non-professionals, particularly children; critical discourses around acting, performance, and stardom; the integration of established transnational stars into neorealism and the impact of this on ideas of Italian "national" cinema. The project will thus critically re-evaluate this moment in Italian film history, unpicking the numerous anecdote and myth surrounding it, but will also offer an assessment of the cultural value of the non-professional actor, whose "bodily contingency" (Schoonover) has an enduring appeal in world cinema.
 

Catherine O'Rawe (Reader in Italian, Bristol University) is the author of Stars and Masculinities in Contemporary Italian Cinema (Palgrave Macmillan, 2014). She is also the co-author of Divi: la mascolinita nel cinema italiano (Donzelli, 2015) and co-editor of The Femme Fatale: Images, Histories, Contexts (Palgrave Macmillan, 2010). She has published widely on post-war and contemporary Italian cinema, and has just completed a 3-year project funded by the UK Arts and Humanities Research Council, on Italian Cinema Audiences, 1945- 60. 

Sponsored by the Departments of Romance Languages and Literatures and Theater and Dance, and the Cinema Studies program.  Also supported by the Blythe Bickel Edwards Fund.

This event is free and open to the public.


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Gustavo and Priscilla Gac-Artigas - Talk and Reception: "Memorias: Geography of a Decade, Chile, 1973-1983"

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April 24, 2017 7:00 PM  – 9:00 PM
Sills Hall, Smith Auditorium

Chile's September 11th (1973) and its tragic aftermath was a watershed for Latin America. Much more than an artifact of the Cold War, the coup and the repression that ensued raise significant questions about the costs of foreign interference in the democratic process, the consequences of political polarization; and the trauma that results when a people experience oppression and forced exile.

Memorias comprises prints by renowned Chilean painters; posters, retracing a decade of cultural solidarity events in Europe; photos of the 1973 coup from the prestigious Gamma press agency; and a photo-reportage of an exiled group: the Theatre de la Resistance-Chile. The exhibit documents a pivotal moment in Chile's history through the cultural output of its artists and the personal journey of a theater director and playwright forced into exile in Paris.

Sponsored by: The Crandall Fund, the Museum of Art, and the Visual Arts, History, Romance Languages and Literature and Government Departments.

More information at artwithoutborders.org

Free and open to the public. 

Memorias will be on display in Lamarche Gallery, Smith Union from April 22 - May 31, 2017.












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Middle Eastern Ensemble

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April 24, 2017 7:30 PM  – 9:00 PM
Studzinski Recital Hall, Kanbar Auditorium

The Bowdoin Middle Eastern Ensemble, directed by Eric LaPerna and Amos Libby, will present classical and contemporary music from the Arabic and Ottoman Turkish traditions.  The ensemble performs on traditional Middle Eastern musical instruments like the oud (Middle Eastern lute) and qanun (72-stringed Middle Eastern zither) as well vocals and Western instruments along with Middle Eastern percussion.

  This event will be streamed live.


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Ambassador Christopher Hill '74 H'14 - State of the World: America's Greatest Foreign Policy Challenges

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April 24, 2017 7:30 PM  – 9:00 PM
Visual Arts Center, Kresge Auditorium

Ambassador Christopher Hill will discuss America's greatest foreign policy challenges, drawing on his foreign service experience to explain underlying causes and the resulting implications for US domestic and foreign policy, to include effects on political stability and consequences for future US diplomatic relations.

Ambassador Hill is the dean of the Josef Korbel School of International Studies at the University of Denver. A former career diplomat and a four-time ambassador, his last post was as ambassador to Iraq. Prior to Iraq, Hill served as assistant secretary of state for East Asian and Pacific Affairs, during which he was the head of the US delegation to the Six Party Talks on the North Korean nuclear issue. He was the US Ambassador to the Republic of Korea, to Poland, and to the Republic of Macedonia, and he was special envoy to Kosovo. Hill also served as a special assistant to the president and a senior director on the staff of the National Security Council. 

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German Expressionist Film and Visual Art - Screening and Discussion: 'The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari'

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April 25, 2017 7:00 PM  – 9:30 PM
Sills Hall, Smith Auditorium

 The 1920 thriller The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari (Robert Wiene) is one of the most renowned German Expressionist films and an important production in post-World War I German cinema. The aesthetic and thematic relationship between early-twentieth-century German cinema and visual art will be discussed following the screening. 

Participants include
Honor Wilkinson, curatorial assistant; Tricia Welsch, professor of cinema studies; and Cinema Studies students.

Organized in conjunction with Modern Medieval: Materiality and Spirituality in German Expressionism.



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Hunters and Herders of Northern Siberia: Photography by Bryan Alexander

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April 26, 2017 7:00 PM  – 8:30 PM
Visual Arts Center, Beam Classroom

Bryan Alexander has been going to the Arctic since 1971 with camera in hand, capturing the lives of people and places on film. In 1993 he began spending extended periods of time in northern Siberia and the lives of the indigenous people of the region became the focus of his work. In his lecture, richly illustrated with some of his best photographs, Alexander will talk about his work with Siberia's indigenous hunters and herders.

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Elliot Bostwick Davis: "Reimagining 'American' Art: The MFA, Boston, and Museums of the Future"

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April 27, 2017 4:30 PM  – 6:00 PM
Visual Arts Center, Kresge Auditorium

In 2010 the Museum of Fine Arts (MFA), Boston, opened its new wing dedicated to the Arts of the Americas, a transformation led by Elliot Bostwick Davis, John Moors Cabot Chair, Art of the Americas, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. In her lecture, she will reflect on the MFA's evolution and what it means to tell the story of American art in an encyclopedic museum.

Free and open to the public.

photo:  Elliot Bostwick Davis

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Community Lecture Series: Diversity at Bowdoin: LGBTIQA

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May 4, 2017 12:30 PM  – 1:30 PM
Moulton Union, Main Lounge

The final community lecture of this semester features a panel of Bowdoin representatives discussing issues such as ethnicity, foreign nationals, religion, and women's issues.

Panelists include: Allen Delong, associate dean of student affairs; Kate Stern, director of Bowdoin's resource center for sexual and gender diversity; Richard Moll, former director of admissions; and three undergraduate students. Arrive at noon with your lunch; beverages and cookies provided.
Sponsored by the Association of Bowdoin Friends.

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Spring Dance Concert

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May 4, 2017 7:30 PM  – 9:00 PM
Memorial Hall, Pickard Theater

The Bowdoin College Department of Theater and Dance is proud to present and evening of original works performed by Bowdoin Dance students and choreographed by faculty Gwyneth Jones and Aretha Aoki. Guest performance by Bowdoin Alumna Rakiya Orange '11 as well as presentations of student choreography. A reception sponsored by the Association of Bowdoin Friends will immediately follow the performance on May 4.

About Guest Artist Rakiya Orange '11:
Rakiya A. Orange holds a BA in Anthropology from Bowdoin College and an MFA in Dance from Hollins University in collaboration with the American Dance Festival, The Forsythe Company and the Frankfurt School of Music and Performing Arts. A dynamic performer, dance maker, educator and writer, Rakiya began her love for the arts by studying at the Arena Players, the oldest continuously running African American theater in the country. In 2014, Gibney Dance commissioned her work Aziza to be performed as part of the inaugural Double Plus Season- artists curating artists. Weeksville Heritage Center in Brooklyn, New York, gave Rakiya the opportunity to create a new solo work. Her work entitled bothandor premiered June 2015 in collaboration with artist-archivist Kameelah Rasheed's exhibit FUTURE PERFECT / indices & marginalia. Rakiya Orange's article Behind Barres, Battements, and Bids -Masculinity and Dance in Prison was published May 2015 in Contact Quarterly's online journal CQ Unbound.

Tickets are free. Advance tickets can be reserved starting April 13, 2017 at Smith Union (207-725-3375) or at the door on the night of the performance.

This event is sponsored by the Alice Cooper Morse Fund for the Performing Arts and the June Vail Fund for Dance.

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Spring Dance Concert

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May 5, 2017 7:30 PM  – 9:00 PM
Memorial Hall, Pickard Theater

The Bowdoin College Department of Theater and Dance is proud to present and evening of original works performed by Bowdoin Dance students and choreographed by faculty Gwyneth Jones and Aretha Aoki. Guest performance by Bowdoin Alumna Rakiya Orange '11 as well as presentations of student choreography.

This event is sponsored by the Alice Cooper Morse Fund for the Performing Arts and the June Vail Fund for Dance.

About Guest Artist Rakiya Orange '11:
Rakiya A. Orange holds a BA in Anthropology from Bowdoin College and an MFA in Dance from Hollins University in collaboration with the American Dance Festival, The Forsythe Company and the Frankfurt School of Music and Performing Arts. A dynamic performer, dance maker, educator and writer, Rakiya began her love for the arts by studying at the Arena Players, the oldest continuously running African American theater in the country. In 2014, Gibney Dance commissioned her work Aziza to be performed as part of the inaugural Double Plus Season- artists curating artists. Weeksville Heritage Center in Brooklyn, New York, gave Rakiya the opportunity to create a new solo work. Her work entitled bothandor premiered June 2015 in collaboration with artist-archivist Kameelah Rasheed's exhibit FUTURE PERFECT / indices & marginalia. Rakiya Orange's article Behind Barres, Battements, and Bids -Masculinity and Dance in Prison was published May 2015 in Contact Quarterly's online journal CQ Unbound.

Tickets are free. Advance tickets can be reserved starting April 13, 2017 at Smith Union (207-725-3375) or at the door on the night of the performance.

This event is sponsored by the Alice Cooper Morse Fund for the Performing Arts and the June Vail Fund for Dance. 


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Spring Dance Concert

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May 6, 2017 7:30 PM  – 9:00 PM
Memorial Hall, Pickard Theater

The Bowdoin College Department of Theater and Dance is proud to present and evening of original works performed by Bowdoin Dance students and choreographed by faculty Gwyneth Jones and Aretha Aoki. Guest performance by Bowdoin Alumna Rakiya Orange '11 as well as presentations of student choreography.

About Guest Artist Rakiya Orange '11:
Rakiya A. Orange holds a BA in Anthropology from Bowdoin College and an MFA in Dance from Hollins University in collaboration with the American Dance Festival, The Forsythe Company and the Frankfurt School of Music and Performing Arts. A dynamic performer, dance maker, educator and writer, Rakiya began her love for the arts by studying at the Arena Players, the oldest continuously running African American theater in the country. In 2014, Gibney Dance commissioned her work Aziza to be performed as part of the inaugural Double Plus Season- artists curating artists. Weeksville Heritage Center in Brooklyn, New York, gave Rakiya the opportunity to create a new solo work. Her work entitled bothandor premiered June 2015 in collaboration with artist-archivist Kameelah Rasheed's exhibit FUTURE PERFECT / indices & marginalia. Rakiya Orange's article Behind Barres, Battements, and Bids- Masculinity and Dance in Prison was published May 2015 in Contact Quarterly's online journal CQ Unbound.

Tickets are free. Advance tickets can be reserved starting April 13, 2017 at Smith Union (207-725-3375) or at the door on the night of the performance.

This event is sponsored by the Alice Cooper Morse Fund for the Performing Arts and the June Vail Fund for Dance.


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