Spring 2015 Calendar of Events

Spanish Language Table

January 22, 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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Spanish Language Table

January 29, 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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Spanish Language Table

February 5, 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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Spanish Language Table

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

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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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Nat Wheelwright presents: "Crowdsourcing for Conservation: Making Tropical Cloud Forest Science Available in Spanish"

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February 18, 2015 12:00 PM  – 1:00 PM
Moulton Union, Main Lounge

FACULTY SEMINAR SERIES

Nat Wheelwright, Anne T. and Robert M. Bass Professor of Natural Sciences is the featured speaker. The title of his talk is: "Crowdsourcing for Conservation: Making Tropical Cloud Forest Science Available in Spanish."

Open to faculty and staff.
Buffet lunch $3, or bring your own lunch.

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Spanish Language Table

February 19, 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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Spanish Language Table

February 26, 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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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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Spanish Language Table

March 5, 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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Spanish Language Table

March 26, 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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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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Film Screening: 'Secundaria' with Filmmaker Mary Jane Doherty

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March 30, 2015 7:00 PM  – 9:00 PM
Druckenmiller Hall, Cleaveland 151

Boston University film professor Mary Jane Doherty traveled to Cuba multiple times over a period of years to complete what the Boston Globe called a “lucid, watchful portrait of young ballet dancers desperately trying to plié their way out of poverty and into the Ballet Nacional."

Doherty’s documentary Secundaria follows one high school class on its journey through Cuba’s world famous National Ballet School.  The teenage dancers love to dance…but many of them must dance as the only way to improve the lives of their impoverished families. 

As we follow Doherty’s primary subjects—middle-class Gabriela, poor Mayara, poorer Moises— Secundaria reveals itself through cinematic storytelling (and without a script, staging, or interviews) as being less about competing in dance and more about battling into adulthood.

Post-screening discussion with the filmmaker.

Free and open to the public - no tickets required.

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Spanish Language Table

April 2, 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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Spanish Language Table

April 9, 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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Poet, Novelist, and Playwright Carmen Boullosa: "My Roots"

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April 21, 2015 7:00 PM  – 8:30 PM
Hubbard Hall, Room 208 Thomas F. Shannon Room

Carmen Boullosa is one of Mexico's leading poets, novelists, and playwrights. The prolific author, who has had literally scores of books, essays and dissertations written about her, will join us to talk about the literary roots that have nourished her, including Mexican authors Sor Juana Ines de la Cruz, Rosario Castellanos, and writers of international renown. She will also explore the impact of influences that were forced on youth of her generation, from the nuns who ran her elementary school to the established gender roles of Latin America.

Boullosa (Mexico City, 1954) has published seventeen novels, the most recent being Texas: The Great Theft (Alfaguara, English translation by Samantha Schnee at Deep Vellum) and Las Paredes Hablan (Siruela). She received the Xavier Villaurrutia Prize in Mexico, the Anna Seghers and Liberaturpreis in Germany, and the Cafe Gijon Prize of Madrid. She has been a Guggenheim Fellow, a Cullman Center Fellow, and is a FONCA fellow.

She held the Andres Bello Chair at New York University, and the Alfonso Reyes Chair at La Sorbonne. In addition to being a distinguished professor at Georgetown University and Columbia University, Boullosa taught at City College New York for years. She hosts the five times NY-EMMY winner TV show Nueva York.

This lecture is generously funded by the Anne Talbots Cole Lectureship Fund with support from the Latin American Studies Program and the Department of Romance Languages.

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