“What Visual Culture Does for German Studies” is the theme for the 2014 Binghamton University German Studies Colloquium (BUGSC), taking place Friday, April 25 and Saturday, April 26, in the Anderson Center Reception Room. The event kicks off with a light breakfast at 8:15 a.m. Friday, April 25. For program and registration information, go online.
The Confucius Institute of Chinese Opera (CICO) was formed through collaboration between Binghamton University, SUNY and the National Academy of Chinese Theatre Arts (NACTA) in 2009. Watch this new video to learn more.
Join the Decker School of Nursing and the Southern Tier Latinos Association for a night of Latin dancing and fun as they raise funds for the annual student trip to the Dominican Republic to provide healthcare and community services. All proceeds from this event will support the cost of medical supplies that will be used during the June 1-15 trip when Decker nursing students are providing care and education.
The Latin Music Dance Party will be held from 9 p.m.-1 a.m. Friday, April 18, at the DoubleTree by Hilton, 225 Water St., Binghamton. Visit the Facebook page for details.
The mission of the Southern Tier Latinos Association is to assist individuals, organizations and businesses with opportunities to learn more about the Hispanic/Latino culture. Contact Jose Caceres for more information.
Tuesday, April 8, 2014 7:30 PM to 8:30 PM
Wenhua Shi is currently an sssistant professor in the Department of Art and Art History at Colgate University. Originally trained as a doctor in China, he left the medical field and began working in radio and TV in his hometown of Wuhan. In 2000, he came to the U.S. to study at the University of Colorado Boulder. There he began making and exploring film and earned his BA and BFA. In 2009, he graduated with MFA in art practice at the University of California at Berkeley. Since then his works have integrated new media, sounds, installation and sculpture. His work has been screened or exhibited at Pacific Film Archive, Black Maria Film Festival, Smithsonian Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, the National Museum of Film, Photography and Television (UK), Experiments in Cinema, Albuquerque, Denver Contemporary Museum of Art, Beijing Film Academy, Berlin International Directors Lounge, The Jack Kerouac School of Naropa University, and dozens of international film festivals, including Rotterdam, Hamburg, Bradford, and Mexico City. West Bund 2013: a Biennale of Architecture and Contemporary Art, Shanghai, Shenzhen & Hong Kong Bi-City Biennale of Urbanism, International Arte Laguna Prize, Finalists Exhibition, The Arsenale of Venice in Italy. http://shiwenhua.net/.
The Fernand Braudel Center for the Study of Economies, Historical Systems and Civilizations, as part of its Seminar Series, presents Luiza Franco Moreira, professor of comparative literature, speaking on “Conjectural Front: Brazilian Writers on the Left and the Estado Novo” at 4:40 p.m. Friday, April 4, in the Fernand Braudel Center, Academic A, Room 330.
This seminar is free and open to the public. For more information, contact theFernand Braudel Center.
An evening filled with grace of movement and technical precision awaits you when the Moscow Festival Ballet takes the Anderson Center stage at 8 p.m. Monday, April 7. The program will feature selections from classical ballet favorites The Sleeping Beauty, Cinderella, Don Quixote, Romeo and Juliet, Paquita and more.
General public: $45; Faculty and staff: $40; Senior citizens: $40; Students: $22.
For tickets and information, call 777-ARTS or visit the Anderson Center website.
The Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies presents Mark Cruse, associate professor of French at Arizona State University, speaking on “Marco Polo and the Dream of Crusade in Late Medieval France” at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 25, in LN-1106.
This presentation is about how Marco Polo’s earliest readers interpreted and reacted to his travel account. For modern readers, Marco Polo (ca. 1254-1324) is the archetypal traveler and is synonymous with the epic journey he made between 1269 and 1295. We tend to forget that Polo and his text meant something very different to his late medieval audience. Among Polo’s very first readers were the French royal family, for whom Polo’s account was not simply a work of travel literature, but a guide for diplomacy and warfare as they planned crusades. An examination of two early copies of Polo’s text, one made for King Philip VI of France ca. 1336, the other for John the Fearless, duke of Burgundy ca. 1410, invites a reappraisal of our “modern” Polo in light of the redemptive and imperial ambitions of these medieval lords.
Free and open to the public.
Friday, March 14, 2014 7:30 PM to 8:30 PM and Sunday, March 16, 2014 7:30 PM to 8:30 PM
Farewell My Queen, 100 min. (Benoît Jacquot; France, 2012). The story of Marie Antoinette’s ruin has been told many times on the screen (at least as far back as 1922), but never from the perspective taken in this film. Based on a novel by Chantal Thomas who won the 2002 Prix Femina, we see the Queen and the fall of the royalty from the viewpoint of a domestic, Sidonie Laborde. Running up and down the drab hallways that contrast starkly with the gleaming royal spaces, Léa Seydoux depicts Sidonie’s devotion in all its breadth and subtlety, from loyal subject, to adoring and even erotic admirer of a woman who is rapidly falling apart before her eyes. Winner: César, 2013 (Cinematography), Prix Louis Delluc, 2012 (Best Picture); Nominated: Golden Bear Berlin, 2012 (Best Director); Cesar, 2013 (Best Director, Best Film). Introduction by Associate Professor Dora Polachek, Romance languages. Introduction by Dora Polachek, associate professor of French. Admission is $4.
Like Someone in Love (Abbas Kiarostami, 2012, Japan/France, 109 min.) will be shown at 7:30 p.m. Friday, March 7 and Sunday, March 9, in LH-6. This film finds one of our favorite globe-trotting Iranian filmmakers in Japan telling the story of a young hooker rescued by an older man. As A. O. Scott in the New York Times suggests, “sentimental fantasies hover [over the couple]…and it’s not impossible that both Takashi and Akiko have seen Pretty Woman.” But the resemblance ends there. Kiarostami, as ever, is more interested in what lies outside the frame than what is within it and, as Scott continues, “every shot — everything you see, and everything you don’t — imparts a disturbing and thrilling sense of discovery,” refreshing a well-worn fairy-tale as only Kiarostami can do. Nominated: Cannes, 2012 (Palme d’or); Asian Film Awards (Best Director 2013). Introduction by Tomonari Nishikawa, assistant professor of cinema.
Admission is $4. For questions or information, contact Nancy Wlostowski at 777-4998 or send an e-mail.
Paul Dobryden, PhD candidate in the Department of German at the University of California, Berkeley, will speak on “Stronger Means Are Necessary: Political and Vital Modernisms in Walter Gropius’s Total Theater” from 11 a.m.-noon Thursday, March 6, in the Comparative Literature Conference Room (Library Tower, 15th floor). Sponsored by the Department of German and Russian Studies, and made possible by the Transdisciplinary Area of Excellence “Material and Visual Worlds.” For further information, contact Neil Christian Pages.