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Spanish Table

Spanish Table

January 30, 20145:30 PM – 7:30 PM
Thorne Hall, Pinette Dining Room

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Spanish Table

Spanish Table

February 6, 20145:30 PM – 7:30 PM
Thorne Hall, Pinette Dining Room

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Spanish Table

Spanish Table

February 13, 20145:30 PM – 7:30 PM
Thorne Hall, Pinette Dining Room

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Pranzo Italiano - Italian Table

Pranzo Italiano - Italian Table

February 17, 201411:45 AM – 1:00 PM
Moulton Union, North Private Dining Room

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Making Independent Films in Cuba with Miguel Coyula, Director

Making Independent Films in Cuba with Miguel Coyula, Director

February 18, 20144:00 PM – 5:30 PM
Sills Hall, Smith Auditorium

Miguel Coyula (Havana, 1977) is one of the most accomplished and internationally acclaimed Independent Filmmakers from Cuba. He is the director of several experimental short films and two feature films, Cucarachas rojas (2003) and Memorias del Desarrollo (2010), which have granted him dozens of awards. Coyula's work is aesthetically focused on exploring new ways of storytelling through digital technology, yet his films are lucid and sophisticated portrayals of a variety of historical events and political matters. Memorias, based on a novel by Edmundo Desnoes, tells the story of a Cuban intellectual who leaves "underdevelopment" behind to find himself at odds with the ambiguities of his new life as a professor in the "developed" world. The protagonist is a witness to the Cuban Revolution and the several waves of migration leaving the island from the 60's to the 80's, as well as to the attacks of September 11th in New York. Selected by the International Film Guide as the Best Cuban Film of 2011, the movie is not available in DVD or for commercial purposes. Therefore, it would be truly an exceptional opportunity for the Bowdoin community to watch this film in the context of the "World Cinema Film Screenings."

Coyula's visit will also include a workshop titled "Making Independent Films in Cuba," open to students, faculty and community members with interest in filmmaking (February 18, Smith Auditorium, 4 pm).

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Spanish Table

Spanish Table

February 20, 20145:30 PM – 7:30 PM
Thorne Hall, Pinette Dining Room

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World Cinema Film Festival: "Please Vote For Me"

World Cinema Film Festival: "Please Vote For Me"

February 22, 20147:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Visual Arts Center, Kresge Auditorium

Bowdoin's World Cinema Film 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.

Please Vote for Me (Weijun Chen, China, 2007) is presented by Shu-chin Tsui (Asian Studies).

A democratic experiment is happening in central China's most populous city: third-grade students are electing a class monitor. Their experience reveals the sacrifices and benefits required by democracy's implementation.

Trailer

For more information, contact the Film Studies Program at (207) 725-3552.

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World Cinema Film Festival: "Blancanieves"

World Cinema Film Festival: "Blancanieves"

February 23, 20147:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Visual Arts Center, Kresge Auditorium

Bowdoin's World Cinema Film 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.

Blancanieves (Pablo Berger, Spain, 2012) is presented by Elena Cueto-Asin (Romance Languages), Tricia Welsch (Film Studies), Birgit Tautz (German), and MacMillan House. This wonderfully eerie silent film treat and Oscar nominee  recasts Snow White as a talented bullfighter in 1920s southern Spain.

A post-screening reception will be provided by the students of MacMillan House.

Official Trailer

For more information, contact the Film Studies Program at (207) 725-3552.

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Spanish Table

Spanish Table

February 27, 20145:30 PM – 7:30 PM
Thorne Hall, Pinette Dining Room

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Mayra Santos-Febres: Postcolonial Delusions - The Caribbean and Global Dissolution

Mayra Santos-Febres: Postcolonial Delusions - The Caribbean and Global Dissolution

March 26, 20147:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Visual Arts Center, Kresge Auditorium

Mayra Santos-Febres is one of the most versatile authors in the contemporary Caribbean literary scene and the first Latin American Afra-Hispanic literary celebrity. A PhD graduate from Cornell, and a professor at the University of Puerto Rico, Santos-Febres is a poet, novelist, blogger and critic, as well an active public voice promoting literature as a means for decolonization. She has published the novels Sirena Selena vestida de pena (2000), Cualquier miercoles soy tuya (2002), Nuestra senora de la noche (2006), and Fe en disfraz (2009) (all translated in English), several collections of poetry, volumes of essays and short stories. Her writing and public engagement make her emblematic of her generation of Latin American writers, shuttling between the traditionally intellectual arena and the popular culture scene. Santos-Febres is the recipient of several international awards, and has been a visiting professor at Harvard and Cornell University.

Santos-Febres' unique poetic universe is populated by marginalized and itinerant characters, such as transvestites and sex-workers, whose fictional voices both embody and challenge the global fantasies around the Caribbean and its people. Both in her fiction and scholarly work the author addresses the colonial legacy on the Caribbean, and the region's ongoing relation to the Global North, main themes of her public presentation at Bowdoin. She will also lead a Creative Writing Workshop with students (Wednesday, March 26, 4 pm at Sills 117). For more information please contact Nadia Celis (ncelis@bowdoin.edu).

The event is hosted by the Department of Romance Languages and co-sponsored by the Programs of Latin American Studies, Africana Studies, the English Department, the McKeen Center for Common Good and Lectures and Concerts.

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Spanish Table

Spanish Table

March 27, 20145:30 PM – 7:30 PM
Thorne Hall, Pinette Dining Room

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Spanish Table

Spanish Table

April 3, 20145:30 PM – 7:30 PM
Thorne Hall, Pinette Dining Room

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Spanish Table

Spanish Table

April 10, 20145:30 PM – 7:30 PM
Thorne Hall, Pinette Dining Room

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Spanish Table

Spanish Table

April 17, 20145:30 PM – 7:30 PM
Thorne Hall, Pinette Dining Room

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Spanish Fascism and the Spectacle of Garcia Lorca's Missing Corpse (Carmen Moreno Nuño)

Spanish Fascism and the Spectacle of Garcia Lorca's Missing Corpse (Carmen Moreno Nuño)

April 21, 20147:30 PM – 10:00 PM
Moulton Union, Main Lounge

Professor Carmen Moreno Nuño, University of Kentucky, focuses on the memory of the Spanish Civil War, which has become a central topic in Spain in the twenty-first century, generating a very heated public debate. Taking as a point of departure a new concept of memory that conceives of it as a contested site, she develops an analysis of the press (440 articles) released around the failed opening of poet Federico García Lorca's grave in 2009-10. García Lorca's death, which epitomizes the horror of Fascism, is one of the most intriguing mysteries of the twentieth century. The failed opening of his alleged grave illustrates how memory has become a site of contestation, as the meaning of the missing corpse and its emblematic status is displaced by a new discourse that turns the opening of the grave into a spectacle, constraining and encapsulating the elusive myriad of meanings that surround Lorca's dead body into a simplified (and politically non-threatening) discursive construction.

Sponsored by the Department of Romance Languages.

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Spanish Table

Spanish Table

April 24, 20145:30 PM – 7:30 PM
Thorne Hall, Pinette Dining Room

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Must Mediterranean Men be Masculine? Reflections on a Stereotype

Must Mediterranean Men be Masculine? Reflections on a Stereotype

April 24, 20147:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Searles Science Building, Room 315

Michael Herzfeld is Ernest E. Monrad Professorof the Social Sciences in the Department of Anthropology at Harvard University,where he has taught since 1991. The author of ten books -- including APlace in History (1991), Cultural Intimacy (1997), TheBody Impolitic (2004), and Evicted from Eternity (2009)-- and numerous articles and reviews, he has also produced two ethnographicfilms (Monti Moments[2007] and Roman Restaurant Rhythms [2011]).His honors include the J.I. Staley Prize and the Rivers Memorial Medal (both in1994) and honorary doctorates from the Université Libre de Bruxelles (2005),the University of Macedonia, Thessaloniki (2011), and the University of Crete(2013). He has served as editor of American Ethnologist (1995-98) and iscurrently editor-at-large (responsible for "Polyglot Perspectives")at Anthropological Quarterly. He is also a member of the editorial boards ofseveral journals, including International Journal of Heritage Studies,Anthropology Today, and South East Asia Research. His research in Greece,Italy, and Thailand has addressed the social and political impact of historicconservation and gentrification, the dynamics of nationalism and bureaucracy,and the ethnography of knowledge among artisans and intellectuals. He is currentlyworking on a book and a film about the politics of heritage and spatiality inBangkok.

Sponsored by the Mellon Initiative in Mediterranean Studies.

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Spanish Table

Spanish Table

May 1, 20145:30 PM – 7:30 PM
Thorne Hall, Pinette Dining Room

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Russian Table

Russian Table

May 1, 20145:30 PM – 7:30 PM
Thorne Hall, Hutchinson Room

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