Spring 2015 Calendar of Events

French Language Table

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

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Spanish Language Table

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

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French Language Table

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

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Spanish Language Table

January 29, 2015 5:30 PM  – 7:30 PM
Thorne Hall, Pinette Dining Room

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Film Screening: Charlie Hebdo Documentary, "C'est Dur D'être Aimé Par Des Cons"

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January 30, 2015 7:00 PM  – 9:30 PM
Visual Arts Center, Kresge Auditorium

In the aftermath of the attacks in Paris at the beginning of this month, the Bowdoin French Club, the Famille Francophone, will be holding a public screening of Daniel Leconte's 2008 documentary, C'est Dur D'être Aimé Par Des Cons (“It’s tough being loved by jerks”). The film follows the 2006 court case that was brought against the French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo in the wake of their decision to publish cartoons depicting the Prophet Muhammad. It will be shown in French with English subtitles, with discussion to follow in English.  

The movie offers fascinating and unprecedented insight behind the scenes at this controversial publication. It also raises important questions about free speech and satire in France, a country with very different laws concerning freedom of expression. The discussion will provide an opportunity to reflect on these questions as well as the social and political consequences of recent events.

The Bowdoin Famille Francophone (aka “Bowdoin French Club”) is a student-run organization operating under the auspices of the Bowdoin Student Government. It seeks to promote Francophone values, culture and interests to the wider Bowdoin College community.

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Tavola Italiana (Italian Table)

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February 2, 2015 5:30 PM  – 7:00 PM
Thorne Hall, Mitchell South

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French Language Table

February 4, 2015 5:30 PM  – 7:30 PM
Thorne Hall, Pinette Dining Room

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Spanish Language Table

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

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Sherryl Vint: "To Seek Out New Worlds: Science Fiction in a Global Perspective"

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February 5, 2015 7:00 PM  – 9:00 PM
Moulton Union, Main Lounge

Sherryl Vint is professor of Science Fiction Media Studies at the University of California, Riverside, where she co-directs the Science Fiction and Technoculture Studies program. She is the author and/or editor of several books, including Bodies of Tomorrow (2007), Animal Alterity (2010), The Wire (2013), Science Fiction: A Guide to the Perplexed (2014), and The Routledge Concise History of Science Fiction (2011, with Mark Bould). She co-edits the journals Science Fiction Film and Television and Science Fiction Studies.

Her talk will present an overview of science fiction in a global context, exploring the ways common science fiction icons appear differently when embedded in multiple local contexts, and will discuss the significance of the recent explosion of science fiction across the globe. 

This event is free and open to the public.  For more information contact Arielle Saiber at asaiber@bowdoin.edu.  

Sponsored by the Departments of Romance Languages and English and the Cinema Studies and Gender and Women's Studies Programs.

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French Language Table

February 11, 2015 5:30 PM  – 7:30 PM
Thorne Hall, Pinette Dining Room

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Spanish Language Table

February 12, 2015 5:30 PM  – 7:30 PM
Thorne Hall, Pinette Dining Room

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Tavola Italiana (Italian Table)

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February 16, 2015 5:30 PM  – 7:00 PM
Thorne Hall, Mitchell South

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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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French Language Table

February 18, 2015 5:30 PM  – 7:30 PM
Thorne Hall, Pinette Dining Room

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Spanish Language Table

February 19, 2015 5:30 PM  – 7:30 PM
Thorne Hall, Pinette Dining Room

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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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French Language Table

February 25, 2015 5:30 PM  – 7:30 PM
Thorne Hall, Pinette Dining Room

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Spanish Language Table

February 26, 2015 5:30 PM  – 7:30 PM
Thorne Hall, Pinette Dining Room

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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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Lawrence Principe: "Science Before Science" Symposium and Plenary Lecture

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February 26, 2015 7:30 PM  – 9:00 PM
Moulton Union, Main Lounge

Lawrence Principe is a professor of the history of science and technology and a professor of chemistry at Johns Hopkins University. His research specialization lies in exploring and understanding early modern (1500-1750) chymistry, a term intended to include both what we call “chemistry” and “alchemy” in a time before there existed any clear distinction between the two. He is the author of several scholarly monographs, including The Aspiring Adept: Robert Boyle and His Alchemical Quest and Alchemy Tried in the Fire: Starkey, Boyle, and the Fate of Helmontian Chymistry. He has also written for a general audience, with books like The Scientific Revolution: A Very Short Introduction published by Oxford University Press in 2011, and The Secrets of Alchemy published by the University of Chicago Press in 2013.

Open to the public free of charge. For more information, please contact the Department of English at 207-725-3552. 

Organized by the Medieval and Early Modern Studies program (MEMS)
Sponsored by the Andrew Mellon Foundation

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Dancer and Choreographer Chantal Loïal: 'On t'appelle Venus (They Call You Venus)'

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February 28, 2015 7:00 PM  – 9:00 PM
Visual Arts Center, Kresge Auditorium

In her performance piece, On t'appelle Venus, choreographer and dancer Chantal Loial pays tribute to Sawtche (1789-1819), known as the Black Venus, who had been brought to France in the nineteenth century by a "tamer" who prostituted her and exploited her as a circus freak. Swatche's body, deemed abnormal, fascinated the European imagination. After she died, scientists dissected her body and displayed it at the Musee de l'Homme in Paris, all in the name of scientific and anthropological progress. Through this artistic expression of her body, Chantal Loial invites us to think of feminine body and the norms we use to draw laws about both the body and beauty.

Loial created her dance company in 1994. She began dancing her native Afro-Guadeloupean traditional dances at age seven and went on to become a professional choreographer and dancer, earning her diploma in contemporary dance at the National Dance Centre of Pantin, France in 2008. She reinterprets traditional Caribbean and African dances that she mixes with European ballet and other forms of dance. In 2014, Loïal received the highest French Order, the National Order of the Legion of Honor for her work in the Arts (Knight of the Legion of Honor).

Open to the public free of charge.

For more information, contact Hanétha Vété-Congolo at mvete@bowdoin.edu.

Sponsored by the Andrew Mellon Foundation (Mellon Humanities Initiative).

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Tavola Italiana (Italian Table)

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March 2, 2015 5:30 PM  – 7:00 PM
Thorne Hall, Mitchell South

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Film Screening: 'The Man From Oran' with Director, Actor, and Screenwriter Lyes Salem

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March 2, 2015 7:00 PM  – 10:00 PM
Visual Arts Center, Kresge Auditorium

Corruption in political life, falsification of historical facts, personal loss, and thirst for power are all dealt with remarkable lucidity and conviction in Algerian filmmaker Lyes Salem's The Man From Oran (L'Oranais), a haunting political drama laced with the agony and angst of men and women who lived through the Algerian Revolution. 

Djaffar, the main character and “man from Oran,” has no interest in the liberation movement until he finds himself involved with his friend Hamid in the murder of a French farmer. By the time they manage to run away, Djaffar's beloved wife has been raped by the farmer’s son as a vendetta. She will give birth to a son of her own and die in despair. 

All of this is kept in secret from Djaffar until after the war when he returns home a hero. He accepts the boy as his own, but asks everybody to act as if the rape never occurred and Hamid--now a minister in the new government--helps him rewrite his story. But year after year they grow apart and their deliberate falsification of history has terrible consequences for them, their friends and families, and for the country. The movie enumerates through Djaffar's life how tragic separations, breakdown of families, small sacrifices and strong selfish desires change the tone and tenor of a society.

This event is sponsored by the Department of Romance Languages, the Cinema Studies Program and the Blythe Bickel Edwards Fund.


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French Language Table

March 4, 2015 5:30 PM  – 7:30 PM
Thorne Hall, Pinette Dining Room

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Spanish Language Table

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

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French Language Table

March 25, 2015 5:30 PM  – 7:30 PM
Thorne Hall, Pinette Dining Room

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Spanish Language Table

March 26, 2015 5:30 PM  – 7:30 PM
Thorne Hall, Pinette Dining Room

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Tavola Italiana (Italian Table)

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March 30, 2015 5:30 PM  – 7:00 PM
Thorne Hall, Mitchell South

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Spanish Language Table

April 2, 2015 5:30 PM  – 7:30 PM
Thorne Hall, Pinette Dining Room

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Tavola Italiana (Italian Table)

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April 6, 2015 5:30 PM  – 7:00 PM
Thorne Hall, Mitchell South

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French Language Table

April 8, 2015 5:30 PM  – 7:30 PM
Thorne Hall, Pinette Dining Room

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Spanish Language Table

April 9, 2015 5:30 PM  – 7:30 PM
Thorne Hall, Pinette Dining Room

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French Language Table

April 15, 2015 5:30 PM  – 7:30 PM
Thorne Hall, Pinette Dining Room

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Spanish Language Table

April 16, 2015 5:30 PM  – 7:30 PM
Thorne Hall, Pinette Dining Room

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Tavola Italiana (Italian Table)

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April 20, 2015 5:30 PM  – 7:00 PM
Thorne Hall, Mitchell South

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French Language Table

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

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Spanish Language Table

April 23, 2015 5:30 PM  – 7:30 PM
Thorne Hall, Pinette Dining Room

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French Language Table

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April 29, 2015 5:30 PM  – 7:30 PM
Thorne Hall, Pinette Dining Room

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Spanish Language Table

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

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Tavola Italiana (Italian Table)

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May 4, 2015 5:30 PM  – 7:00 PM
Thorne Hall, Mitchell South

Come and enjoy conversation while strengthening your language skills.

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French Language Table

May 6, 2015 5:30 PM  – 7:30 PM
Thorne Hall, Pinette Dining Room

Come and enjoy conversation while strengthening your language skills.

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