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Pranzo Italiano - Italian Table

Pranzo Italiano - Italian Table

January 27, 2014 11:45 AM  – 1:00 PM
Moulton Union, North Private Dining Room

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Pranzo Italiano - Italian Table

Pranzo Italiano - Italian Table

February 4, 2014 11:45 AM  – 1:00 PM
Moulton Union, North Private Dining Room

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Pranzo Italiano - Italian Table

Pranzo Italiano - Italian Table

February 12, 2014 11:45 AM  – 1:00 PM
Moulton Union, North Private Dining Room

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Pranzo Italiano - Italian Table

Pranzo Italiano - Italian Table

February 17, 2014 11:45 AM  – 1:00 PM
Moulton Union, North Private Dining Room

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World Cinema Film Festival: "The Great Beauty"

World Cinema Film Festival: "The Great Beauty"

February 19, 2014 7:00 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.

The Great Beauty (Paolo Sorrentino, Italy 2013) is presented by Allison Cooper (Italian)and Gretchen Williams '14 (Art History/Italian).  A love letter to Roman decadence, this tragicomedy of Italy's leisured classes is a sensual overload and a scathing commentary on Italian politics and society.

“A deliriously alive movie … a wildly inventive and sometimes thrilling ode to sensibility and to some of its linguistic cousins, like sensation, sensitivity and sentiment.” 
-Manohla Dargis, The New York Times

“A radiant work on the meaning of life … The Great Beauty is drop-dead gorgeous, a film that is luxuriously, seductively, stunningly cinematic. But more than intoxicating imagery is on director Paolo Sorrentino’s mind, a lot more.” 
-Kenneth Turan, The Los Angeles Times

Official trailer

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

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Pranzo Italiano - Italian Table

Pranzo Italiano - Italian Table

February 25, 2014 11:45 AM  – 1:00 PM
Moulton Union, North Private Dining Room

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"Galileo's Reading" Book Presentation by Crystal Hall

"Galileo's Reading" Book Presentation by Crystal Hall

February 27, 2014 4:30 PM  – 6:00 PM
Massachusetts Hall, Faculty Room

Crystal Hall, Postdoctoral Fellow in the Humanities with the Digital and Computational Studies Initiative, shares Galileo Galilei's insults written for philosophers and inspired by Italian poets with a reading from her new book. Also, in celebration of Galileo's 450th birthday and 404th anniversary of his observation of the moon and Jupiter, attendees will partake in a live demonstration using Galileoscopes. These telescopes allow one to view things the same as Galileo.

Crystal Hall holds a PhD and an MA in Italian from the University of Pennsylvania.  Her research and teaching draw from the interdisciplinary crossroads of Italian literature, early modern science and philosophy, and digital studies. The research for Galileo's Reading generated the material for her digital humanities project "Galileo's Library" and the conclusions she reached while writing the book are allowing her to test new tools for large-scale text analysis in multilingual bodies of work.

Sponsored by Bowdoin's Digital and Computational Studies Initiative.

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Pranzo Italiano - Italian Table

Pranzo Italiano - Italian Table

March 5, 2014 11:45 AM  – 1:00 PM
Moulton Union, North Private Dining Room

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Pranzo Italiano - Italian Table

Pranzo Italiano - Italian Table

March 24, 2014 11:45 AM  – 1:00 PM
Moulton Union, North Private Dining Room

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Pranzo Italiano - Italian Table

Pranzo Italiano - Italian Table

April 1, 2014 11:45 AM  – 1:00 PM
Moulton Union, North Private Dining Room

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Pranzo Italiano - Italian Table

Pranzo Italiano - Italian Table

April 9, 2014 11:45 AM  – 1:00 PM
Moulton Union, North Private Dining Room

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Pranzo Italiano - Italian Table

Pranzo Italiano - Italian Table

April 14, 2014 11:45 AM  – 1:00 PM
Moulton Union, North Private Dining Room

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Pranzo Italiano - Italian Table

Pranzo Italiano - Italian Table

April 22, 2014 11:45 AM  – 1:00 PM
Moulton Union, North Private 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, 2014 7:00 PM  – 9:00 PM
Searles Science Building, Room 315

Michael Herzfeld is Ernest E. Monrad Professor of the Social Sciences in the Department of Anthropology at Harvard University, where he has taught since 1991. The author of ten books -- including A Place in History (1991), Cultural Intimacy (1997), The Body Impolitic (2004), and Evicted from Eternity (2009) -- and numerous articles and reviews, he has also produced two ethnographic films (Monti Moments[2007] and Roman Restaurant Rhythms [2011]). His honors include the J.I. Staley Prize and the Rivers Memorial Medal (both in 1994) 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 is currently editor-at-large (responsible for "Polyglot Perspectives") at Anthropological Quarterly. He is also a member of the editorial boards of several 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 historic conservation and gentrification, the dynamics of nationalism and bureaucracy, and the ethnography of knowledge among artisans and intellectuals. He is currently working on a book and a film about the politics of heritage and spatiality in Bangkok.  

Sponsored by the Mellon Initiative in Mediterranean Studies.

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Francesco Verso on Writing and Publishing Science Fiction

Francesco Verso on Writing and Publishing Science Fiction

April 28, 2014 7:00 PM  – 9:00 PM
Massachusetts Hall, Faculty Room

Francesco Verso, born in Italy in 1973, has won numerous awards for his science fiction novels and short stories, many of which are now available in English. The conversation will be in English.


Sponsored by the Departments of Romance Languages and English.

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Pranzo Italiano - Italian Table

Pranzo Italiano - Italian Table

April 30, 2014 11:45 AM  – 1:00 PM
Moulton Union, North Private Dining Room

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Dana Renga: Mafia, Masculinity, Melodrama

Dana Renga: Mafia, Masculinity, Melodrama

May 2, 2014 4:30 PM  – 6:00 PM
Massachusetts Hall, Faculty Room

Dana Renga, Assistant Professor of Italian at The Ohio State University, will discuss the ways in which the conventions of melodrama shape the mafia movie, focusing in particular on the Italian box-office hit Romanzo criminale (Michele Placido, 2005). Melodramatic narratives, argues Prof. Renga, create sympathy for the mafia film's brooding anti-hero - a sympathy that is increased when these characters are played by the likes of Italian film idols Kim Rossi Stuart and Riccardo Scamarcio. In "Mafia, Masculinity, Melodrama" Prof. Renga examines how such films cause their viewers to forgive the transgressions of their criminal protagonists, and even mourn their deaths.

Prof. Renga works on modern and contemporary Italian cinema and culture, including representations of the Mafia, gender, the holocaust, fascism and terrorism. She has published articles and book chapters on Italian cinema, popular culture, poetry, and literature. She is the author of Unfinished Business: Screening the Italian Mafia in the New Millennium (University of Toronto Press, 2013), the editor of Mafia Movies: A Reader (University of Toronto Press, 2011) and co-edits The Italianist: Film Issue. She is currently at work on a book entitled Italian Women's Cinema and the Wounded Filmic Body (1915-2015).

This lecture is sponsored by the Bowdoin College Department of Romance Languages, Film Studies Program, Department of English, and Gender and Women's Studies Program, with additional funding from the Lectures and Concerts Committee and Blythe Bickel Edwards Fund.

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Pranzo Italiano - Italian Table

Pranzo Italiano - Italian Table

May 5, 2014 11:45 AM  – 1:00 PM
Moulton Union, North Private Dining Room

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