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Italian Table

Italian Table

September 15, 2014 12:00 PM  – 1:30 PM
Moulton Union, North Private Dining Room

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French Language Table

French Language Table

September 17, 2014 5:30 PM  – 7:30 PM
Thorne Hall, Pinette Dining Room

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Spanish Language Table

Spanish Language Table

September 18, 2014 5:30 PM  – 7:30 PM
Thorne Hall, Pinette Dining Room

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Italian Table

Italian Table

September 23, 2014 12:00 PM  – 1:30 PM
Moulton Union, North Private Dining Room

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French Language Table

French Language Table

September 24, 2014 5:30 PM  – 7:30 PM
Thorne Hall, Pinette Dining Room

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Spanish Language Table

Spanish Language Table

September 25, 2014 5:30 PM  – 7:30 PM
Thorne Hall, Pinette Dining Room

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Italian Table

Italian Table

October 1, 2014 12:00 PM  – 1:30 PM
Moulton Union, North Private Dining Room

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French Language Table

French Language Table

October 1, 2014 5:30 PM  – 7:30 PM
Thorne Hall, Pinette Dining Room

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Spanish Language Table

Spanish Language Table

October 2, 2014 5:30 PM  – 7:30 PM
Thorne Hall, Pinette Dining Room

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Italian Table

Italian Table

October 6, 2014 12:00 PM  – 1:30 PM
Moulton Union, North Private Dining Room

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French Language Table

French Language Table

October 8, 2014 5:30 PM  – 7:30 PM
Thorne Hall, Pinette Dining Room

Come and enjoy conversation while strengthening your language skills.

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Spanish Language Table

Spanish Language Table

October 9, 2014 5:30 PM  – 7:30 PM
Thorne Hall, Pinette Dining Room

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French Language Table

French Language Table

October 15, 2014 5:30 PM  – 7:30 PM
Thorne Hall, Pinette Dining Room

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Spanish Language Table

Spanish Language Table

October 16, 2014 5:30 PM  – 7:30 PM
Thorne Hall, Pinette Dining Room

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Italian Table

Italian Table

October 22, 2014 12:00 PM  – 1:30 PM
Moulton Union, North Private Dining Room

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French Language Table

French Language Table

October 22, 2014 5:30 PM  – 7:30 PM
Thorne Hall, Pinette Dining Room

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Spanish Language Table

Spanish Language Table

October 23, 2014 5:30 PM  – 7:30 PM
Thorne Hall, Pinette Dining Room

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Italian Table

Italian Table

October 27, 2014 12:00 PM  – 1:30 PM
Moulton Union, North Private Dining Room

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Prof. Sherry Roush, "Haunting Authors, Haunting Us: Writing What the Dead Speak"

Prof. Sherry Roush, "Haunting Authors, Haunting Us: Writing What the Dead Speak"

October 27, 2014 7:00 PM  – 8:30 PM
Moulton Union, Lancaster Lounge

Sherry Roush is associate professor of Italian at Penn State University.  She is author of Hermes' Lyre: Italian Poetic Self-Commentary from Dante to Tommaso Campanella (2002), co-editor of The Medieval Marriage Scene: Prudence, Passion and Policy (2005) and editor and translator of Campanella's Selected Philosophical Poems (2011). Her talk presents parts from her current book project investigating the rhetorical power harnessed by Renaissance authors who feign "speaking" with the spirits of the dead in ghost stories, dream visions, and journeys to the afterlife.  The book is forthcoming from the University of Toronto Press under the title Speaking Spirits: Ventriloquizing the Dead in Renaissance Italy.

This event, free and open to the public, is sponsored by the Departments of Romance Languages and English and by the Lectures and Concerts General Fund.

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French Language Table

French Language Table

October 29, 2014 5:30 PM  – 7:30 PM
Thorne Hall, Pinette Dining Room

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Arielle Saiber: "Dante's Fire-Breathing Rainbow"

Arielle Saiber: "Dante's Fire-Breathing Rainbow"

October 29, 2014 7:00 PM  – 9:00 PM
Visual Arts Center, Kresge Auditorium

This lecture examines Dante's description of the three giri ("rounds") of the Trinity in Paradiso in order to envision what the Pilgrim "saw" when looking at this great Mystery. Arielle Saiber, associate professor of Romance Languages, will consider possible theological, aesthetic, geometric, and nature-based configurations of three "rings" that may have inspired the Poet.
Free and open to the public.

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Spanish Language Table

Spanish Language Table

October 30, 2014 5:30 PM  – 7:30 PM
Thorne Hall, Pinette Dining Room

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Italian Table

Italian Table

November 4, 2014 12:00 PM  – 1:30 PM
Moulton Union, North Private Dining Room

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French Language Table

French Language Table

November 5, 2014 5:30 PM  – 7:30 PM
Thorne Hall, Pinette Dining Room

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Spanish Language Table

Spanish Language Table

November 6, 2014 5:30 PM  – 7:30 PM
Thorne Hall, Pinette Dining Room

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Italian Table

Italian Table

November 12, 2014 12:00 PM  – 1:30 PM
Moulton Union, North Private Dining Room

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French Language Table

French Language Table

November 12, 2014 5:30 PM  – 7:30 PM
Thorne Hall, Pinette Dining Room

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Spanish Language Table

Spanish Language Table

November 13, 2014 5:30 PM  – 7:30 PM
Thorne Hall, Pinette Dining Room

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Spanish Language Table

Spanish Language Table

November 13, 2014 5:30 PM  – 7:30 PM
Thorne Hall, Pinette Dining Room

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Italian Table

Italian Table

November 17, 2014 12:00 PM  – 1:30 PM
Moulton Union, North Private Dining Room

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Reception: Book Launch Celebration with Jill Smith and Margaret Boyle

Reception: Book Launch Celebration with Jill Smith and Margaret Boyle

November 19, 2014 4:30 PM  – 6:30 PM
Massachusetts Hall, Faculty Room

Join Jill S. Smith, associate professor of German, and Margaret Boyle, assistant professor of Romance Languages, as they celebrate the publication of their books Berlin Coquette: Prostitution and the New German Woman, 1890-1933 and Unruly Women: Performance, Penitence and Punishment in Early Modern Spain.  Light refreshments will be served.

During the late nineteenth century the city of Berlin developed such a reputation for lawlessness and sexual licentiousness that it came to be known as the “Whore of Babylon.” Out of this reputation for debauchery grew an unusually rich discourse around prostitution. In Berlin Coquette: Prostitution and the New German Woman, 1890-1933,  Jill Smith shows how this discourse transcended the usual clichés about prostitutes and actually explored complex visions of alternative moralities or sexual countercultures. She highlights in particular the figure of the cocotte (Kokotte), a specific type of prostitute who capitalized on the illusion of respectable or upstanding womanhood and therefore confounded easy categorization. By exploring the semantic connections between the figure of the cocotte and the act of flirtation (of being coquette), Smith’s work presents flirtation as a type of social interaction through which both prostitutes and non-prostitutes in Imperial and Weimar Berlin could express extramarital sexual desire and agency. Published in the series Signale: Modern German Letters, Cultures, and Thought (Cornell University Press and Cornell University Library). 

Margaret E. Boyle explores the contradictory practices of rehabilitation enacted by women both on and off stage in Unruly Women: Performance, Penitence, and Punishment in Early Modern Spain, the first in-depth study of the interconnected relationships among public theatre, custodial institutions, and women in early modern Spain. Pairing historical narratives and archival records with canonical and non-canonical theatrical representations of women’s deviance and rehabilitation, Unruly Women argues that women’s performances of penitence and punishment should be considered a significant factor in early modern Spanish life. Boyle considers both real-life sites of rehabilitation for women in seventeenth-century Madrid--including a jail and a magdalen house--and women onstage, where she identifies three distinct representations of female deviance: the widow, the vixen, and the murderess. Unruly Women explores these archetypal figures to demonstrate the ways a variety of playwrights comment on women’s non-normative relationships to the topics of marriage, sex, and violence. (University of Toronto Press, 2014)

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French Language Table

French Language Table

November 19, 2014 5:30 PM  – 7:30 PM
Thorne Hall, Pinette Dining Room

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Italian Table

Italian Table

November 25, 2014 12:00 PM  – 1:30 PM
Moulton Union, North Private Dining Room

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Italian Table

Italian Table

December 3, 2014 12:00 PM  – 1:30 PM
Moulton Union, North Private Dining Room

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French Language Table

French Language Table

December 3, 2014 5:30 PM  – 7:30 PM
Thorne Hall, Pinette Dining Room

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'Sleep Dealer': A Screening and Discussion with Filmmaker Alex Rivera

'Sleep Dealer': A Screening and Discussion with Filmmaker Alex Rivera

December 3, 2014 7:00 PM  – 9:00 PM
Visual Arts Center, Kresge Auditorium

Filmmaker and Digital Media Artist Alex Rivera visits Bowdoin to screen and discuss his award-winning film, Sleep Dealer

Rivera’s work has been telling new, urgent and visually adventurous Latino stories. His first feature film, Sleep Dealer, a science fiction tale set on the U.S./Mexico border, won multiple awards at the Sundance Film Festival and the Berlin Film Festival. His film was also screened as part of ‘New Directors/New Films’ at the Museum of Modern Art and Lincoln Center and had a commercial release in the U.S., France, and Japan. 

Sleep Dealer tells the story of Memo Cruz (Luis Fernando Peña), a young man in near future Mexico. When is family falls victim to a misguided drone attack he finds himself with no option but to head north, towards the U.S./Mexico border. But migrants can not cross this new world border – it’s been sealed off. Instead, Memo ends up in a strange digital factory in Mexico where he connects his body to a robot in America. 

Sleep Dealer carries embedded in it profound political and economic critiques about issues as diverse as labor and immigration, technology and ethics, globalization, and the environment. 

Sponsored by the Blythe Bickel Edwards Fund, Sociology and Anthropology, Romance Languages, Latin American Studies, Cinema Studies, the Office of the Dean of Multicultural Student Affairs, and the McKeen Center for the Common Good.

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Spanish Language Table

Spanish Language Table

December 4, 2014 5:30 PM  – 7:30 PM
Thorne Hall, Pinette Dining Room

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Italian Table

Italian Table

December 8, 2014 12:00 PM  – 1:30 PM
Moulton Union, North Private Dining Room

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French Language Table

French Language Table

December 10, 2014 5:30 PM  – 7:30 PM
Thorne Hall, Pinette Dining Room

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Spanish Language Table

Spanish Language Table

December 11, 2014 5:30 PM  – 7:30 PM
Thorne Hall, Pinette Dining Room

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French Language Table

French Language Table

January 21, 2015 5:30 PM  – 7:30 PM
Thorne Hall, Pinette Dining Room

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Spanish Language Table

Spanish Language Table

January 22, 2015 5:30 PM  – 7:30 PM
Thorne Hall, Pinette Dining Room

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French Language Table

French Language Table

January 28, 2015 5:30 PM  – 7:30 PM
Thorne Hall, Pinette Dining Room

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