Spring 2015 Calendar of Events

German Language Table

January 20, 2015 5:30 PM  – 7:30 PM
Thorne Hall, Pinette Dining Room

Wir treffen uns jede Woche, um ein bisschen Deutsch miteinander zu sprechen, auch Anfaenger sind herzlich willkommen. Wir freuen uns auf euch!

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German Language Table

January 27, 2015 5:30 PM  – 7:30 PM
Thorne Hall, Pinette Dining Room

Wir treffen uns jede Woche, um ein bisschen Deutsch miteinander zu sprechen, auch Anfaenger sind herzlich willkommen. Wir freuen uns auf euch!

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German Language Table

February 3, 2015 5:30 PM  – 7:30 PM
Thorne Hall, Pinette Dining Room

Wir treffen uns jede Woche, um ein bisschen Deutsch miteinander zu sprechen, auch Anfaenger sind herzlich willkommen. Wir freuen uns auf euch!

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German Language Table

February 10, 2015 5:30 PM  – 7:30 PM
Thorne Hall, Pinette Dining Room

Wir treffen uns jede Woche, um ein bisschen Deutsch miteinander zu sprechen, auch Anfaenger sind herzlich willkommen. Wir freuen uns auf euch!

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Second Annual World Cinema Festival: 'The Tribe' - with Kristina Toland

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February 16, 2015 7:00 PM  – 10:00 PM
Sills Hall, Smith Auditorium

Newly arrived at a boarding school for the deaf, student Sergey quickly realizes he must win the protection of the school gang’s leader to survive. He assimilates into "the tribe" --an institutional system of organized crime involving robbery and prostitution--but compromises his position when he falls in love with a female classmate, who is also one of the gang’s sex workers. Using no spoken dialogue or subtitles, the film unfolds through body language and sign language from its cast of deaf, non-professional actors. 

Winner of the Critics' Week Grand Prix at the 2014 Cannes Film Festival, The Tribe (Miroslav Slaboshpitsky, Ukraine, 2014), is presented by Kristina Toland, visiting assistant professor, Russian. 

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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German Language Table

February 17, 2015 5:30 PM  – 7:30 PM
Thorne Hall, Pinette Dining Room

Wir treffen uns jede Woche, um ein bisschen Deutsch miteinander zu sprechen, auch Anfaenger sind herzlich willkommen. Wir freuen uns auf euch!

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Second Annual World Cinema Festival: 'The German Doctor' - with Carolyn Wolfenzon

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February 17, 2015 7:00 PM  – 10:00 PM
Sills Hall, Smith Auditorium

Patagonia, 1960. A German doctor meets an Argentinean family and joins them on a long desert road to a small town where they will be starting a new life. Eva, Enzo and their three children welcome the doctor into their home and entrust their young daughter, Lilith to his care, not knowing they are harboring one of the most dangerous criminals in the world and that Israeli agents are desperately looking to bring him to justice. 

The German Doctor (Lucía Puenzo, Argentina, 2013) is the true story of the family who lived with Josef Mengele, the German SS officer known as the "Angel of Death," without knowing his true identity. It also follows the girl who fell in love with one of the most heinous criminals of all time in the years he spent "hiding" in South America following his escape from Germany. 

Presented by Carolyn Wolfenzon, assistant professor of romance languages.

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 Romance Languages Department, the English Department, MacMillan House, the Bowdoin Film Society, and the Cinema Studies Program.

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Second Annual World Cinema Festival: 'God Loves Uganda' - with Hanetha Vete-Congolo and Laura Premack

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February 18, 2015 7:00 PM  – 10:00 PM
Sills Hall, Smith Auditorium

As an American-influenced bill to make homosexuality punishable by death wins widespread support, tension in Uganda mounts and an atmosphere of murderous hatred takes hold. This film reveals the conflicting motives of faith and greed, ecstasy and egotism, among Ugandan ministers, American evangelical leaders and the foot soldiers of a theology that sees Uganda as ground zero in a battle for billions of souls. Through verité, interviews, and hidden camera footage – and with unprecedented access – God Loves Uganda takes viewers inside the evangelical movement in both the US and Uganda.

Presented by Hanétha Vété-Congolo, Associate Professor of Romance Languages and Laura Premack, Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow of Latin American Studies, God Loves Uganda (Roger Ross Williams, US, 2013), is a NY Times Critic’s Pick, winner of the Inspiration Award at the Full Frame Documentary Film Festival, and official selection at Sundance, HotDocs, and AFI Docs. 

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 African 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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Second Annual World Cinema Festival: 'A Coffee in Berlin' - with Birgit Tautz

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February 20, 2015 7:00 PM  – 10:00 PM
Sills Hall, Smith Auditorium

Twenty-something college dropout Niko is going nowhere fast. He lives for the moment as he drifts through the streets of Berlin, curiously observing everyone around him and oblivious to his growing status as an outsider. Then on one fateful day, through a series of absurdly amusing encounters, everything changes. Unable to ignore the consequences of his passivity any longer, Niko finally concludes that he has to engage with life. 

Shot in timeless black and white and enriched with a snappy jazz soundtrack, A Coffee in Berlin (Jan Ole Gerster, Germany, 2014) is a love letter to Berlin and the Generation Y experience. Presented by Birgit Tautz, Associate Professor of German, and the Bowdoin Film Society, this slacker dramedy is the winner of six German Oscar Awards including Best Film, Best Director, and Best Actor. 
 
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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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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German Language Table

February 24, 2015 5:30 PM  – 7:30 PM
Thorne Hall, Pinette Dining Room

Wir treffen uns jede Woche, um ein bisschen Deutsch miteinander zu sprechen, auch Anfaenger sind herzlich willkommen. Wir freuen uns auf euch!

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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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German Language Table

March 3, 2015 5:30 PM  – 7:30 PM
Thorne Hall, Pinette Dining Room

Wir treffen uns jede Woche, um ein bisschen Deutsch miteinander zu sprechen, auch Anfaenger sind herzlich willkommen. Wir freuen uns auf euch!

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Award Winning Author Jonas Lüscher: "The Beauty of Crisis": A Reading from the Novella 'Barbarian Spring'

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March 3, 2015 7:00 PM  – 9:00 PM
Moulton Union, Main Lounge

A leading Swiss industrialist on a business trip to Tunisia is invited to spend the week with the daughter of a local gangster. He accompanies her to the wedding of two London city traders at a desert luxury resort and, with the wedding party in full swing and the bride riding up the aisle on a camel, the global financial system stands on the brink of collapse. The British pound has depreciated tenfold, and their world begins to crumble around them. 

Swiss-German author Jonas Lüscher, a major emerging voice in European fiction, reads and discusses the English translation of his award-winning novella Barbarian Spring, a beautifully written account of the financial crisis in its global dimensions, and a powerful alternative to the dominating discourses of economics and politics. 

Born in Switzerland, Lüscher lives in Munich. After training as a primary school teacher in Bern and a few years in the German film industry, he studied at the School of Philosophy in Munich. He is currently a PhD student at the Department of Philosophy at the ETH Zurich.

For more information, please contact Jens Klenner (jklenner@bowdoin.edu)

Sponsored by the Departments of German, English and Economics.  Supported by the Andrew Mellon Foundation. 

Note: This talk will also be live streamed on Bowdoin’s Live Webcasts page.

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German Language Table

March 24, 2015 5:30 PM  – 7:30 PM
Thorne Hall, Pinette Dining Room

Wir treffen uns jede Woche, um ein bisschen Deutsch miteinander zu sprechen, auch Anfaenger sind herzlich willkommen. Wir freuen uns auf euch!

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Film Screening: 'The Auschwitz Gateway Film' with Filmmaker David Conover

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March 25, 2015 7:00 PM  – 9:00 PM
Visual Arts Center, Kresge Auditorium

Filmmaker David Conover will screen his recently-produced eight-minute film created for the Auschwitz-Birkenau Memorial Museum near Krakow, Poland.

The Auschwitz Gateway Film is a compelling and heartbreaking introduction to the horrors of the Holocaust at the largest concentration camp of the Nazi era, and will be shown to museum visitors before they walk through the infamous Arbeit Macht Frei ("work makes you free") gateway to enter the camp.

The screening will be followed by a conversation with Conover and Professor of English and Cinema Studies, Aviva Briefel.

Free and open to the public. No tickets required.
Call 725-3552 or email lholland@bowdoin.edu for more information.

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Gone to the Dogs: Heroism and Parody in "So Quiet on the Canine Front" a discussion with Jakub Kazecki

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March 30, 2015 2:30 PM  – 4:00 PM
Sills Hall, Smith Auditorium

Jakub Kazecki, Assistant Professor of German
Department of German & Russian Studies, Bates College

Monday, March 30 at 2:30 in Smith Auditorium, Sill Hall

The 1930 American war movie All Quiet on the Western Front by Lewis Milestone, a faithful adaptation of the novel Im Westen nichts Neues by the German author Erich Maria Remarque, became a big hit in the United States and Great Britain. In the Weimar Republic, the political right accused the film of anti-German sentiment and, as was the case with the novel published a year earlier, of a distorted portrayal of the war, but the impact of the movie on the German audience was very significant nevertheless. The adaptation, made with a large budget and care for detail, created narrative images of combat and stylistic solutions in the depiction of war that, consequently, became visual marks of the Great War, easily recognizable icons and figures of remembrance of the conflict. As a standard-setting war production, All Quiet on the Western Front also provoked a number of humorist responses. Professor Kazecki will discuss the short 1931 movie A Dogville Comedy: So Quiet on the Canine Front by Zion Myers and Jules White, as a film parody of the movie All Quiet on the Western Front, with trained dogs playing all characters and dubbed by voice actors.

Sponsored by the departments of German, Romance Languages and the Cinema Studies Program.

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German Language Table

March 31, 2015 5:30 PM  – 7:30 PM
Thorne Hall, Pinette Dining Room

Wir treffen uns jede Woche, um ein bisschen Deutsch miteinander zu sprechen, auch Anfaenger sind herzlich willkommen. Wir freuen uns auf euch!

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German Language Table

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

Wir treffen uns jede Woche, um ein bisschen Deutsch miteinander zu sprechen, auch Anfaenger sind herzlich willkommen. Wir freuen uns auf euch!

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German Language Table

April 14, 2015 5:30 PM  – 7:30 PM
Thorne Hall, Pinette Dining Room

Wir treffen uns jede Woche, um ein bisschen Deutsch miteinander zu sprechen, auch Anfaenger sind herzlich willkommen. Wir freuen uns auf euch!

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German Language Table

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

Wir treffen uns jede Woche, um ein bisschen Deutsch miteinander zu sprechen, auch Anfaenger sind herzlich willkommen. Wir freuen uns auf euch!

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German Language Table

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

Wir treffen uns jede Woche, um ein bisschen Deutsch miteinander zu sprechen, auch Anfaenger sind herzlich willkommen. Wir freuen uns auf euch!

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German Language Table

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

Wir treffen uns jede Woche, um ein bisschen Deutsch miteinander zu sprechen, auch Anfaenger sind herzlich willkommen. Wir freuen uns auf euch!

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