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Film Series: Court (India, 2014)

"Court" deals with an aged Marathi folk singer living in Mumbai, Narayan Kamble, who's arrested on a bizarre accusation.  The state alleges that a song he performed drove a manhole cleaner to commit suicide, and that he is therefore responsbile for the man's death.  The case comes to the attention of Vinay Vora (Vivek Gomber), a well-educated and well-off lawyer who picks up Narayan's fight.  He's up against the public prosecutor Nutan (Geetanjali Kulkarni), who couldn't be bothered with the plight of Narayan or the logic of the case.  Together they're in front of Judge Sadavarte (Pradeep Joshi), who doesn't care for anything except unpholding his archaic morals and interpretation of the law.  In the funniest scene in this surprisingly funny film, the Judge refuses to hear a case because the plaintiff, a woman, is wearing a sleeveless top.  There are times when it feels as though the real accused in "Court" are India's judicial system and society.   

Info:  http://www.imdb.com/title/tt3717068/

Date: 
Monday, November 21, 2016 - 5:00pm to 7:30pm
Location: 
W.T. Young Library, Multipurpose Room B-108C
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Film Series: The Clay Bird (Bangladesh, 2012)

The Clay Bird takes place in the late 60s, in East Pakistan, on the eve of a violent revolution that created the independent state of Bangladesh.  Anu (Nurul Islam Bablu) lives with his fundamentalist Muslim father, Kazi (Jayanto Chattopadhyay), who practices homeopathic medicine.  Anu's mother, Ayesha (Rokey Prachy) was once a spirited girl, but she's become sullen in subservience to her increasingly taciturn husband.  Anu also has a sweet but sickly little sister, Asma.  Milon, Kazi's younger brother, is involved in local politics, protesting against Pakistan's military rule.  He also takes Anu to the lively local Hindu festivals.  Finally, worried for his son's spirituality, Kazi sends Anu away to a madrasah, a strict Muslim boarding school.  There, the sweetly inquisitive boy is an outcast, so he befriends another outcast, Rokon (Russell Farazi), who invites him to play catch with an imaginary ball.  (In the strict teaching of the madrasah, the boys are not allowed to employ objects or boundaries in their play.)  As Anu adjusts to life away from home, Asma grows gravely ill, and Ayesha is frustrated by Kazi's refusal to use modern medicine.  The family has its own internal crisis as the politiical upheaval around them reaches a deadly level.  Director Tareque Masud, who wrote the script with his wife, Catherine Masud, who also edited the film, has a background in documentary filmmaking.  The Clay Bird, his first narrative feature, won a FIPRESCI Award at the 2002 Cannes Film Festival and was shown at New Directors/New Films in 2003.  It was also the first film officially submitted by Bangladesh for Oscar consideration. ~ Josh Ralske, Rovi

Info:  hwww.imdb.com/title/tt0319836/

Date: 
Monday, October 31, 2016 - 5:00pm to 7:30pm
Location: 
W.T. Young Library Multipurpose Room B-108C
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Dinosaurs & Reptile Evolution in the Indian Subcontinent/HIKE

Date: 
Thursday, September 1, 2016 - 4:00pm to 5:30pm
Location: 
Thomas Hunt Morgan Room 116
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Film Series: Masaan (India, 2015)

Four lives intersect along the Ganges: a low caste boy hopelessly in love, a daughter ridden with guilt of a sexual encounter ending in a tragedy, a hapless father with fading morality, and a spirited child yearning for a family, long to escape the moral constructs of a small town. 

Two stories-one involving a father-daughter tormented by the orthodox architecture of a small town, another following the musings of a young couple from different castes, meander along the shores of the Ganges, as the river of life touches them in different ways, destined to coalesce at the Sangam. 

Info:  http://www.imdb.com/title/tt4635372

Date: 
Monday, September 26, 2016 - 5:00pm to 7:30pm
Location: 
W.T. Young Library Alumni Gallery
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Dhaka to Cincinnati: Mapping Transnational Narratives of Trauma, Violence, and Agency

Date: 
Wednesday, October 19, 2016 - 5:00pm to 7:00pm
Location: 
Lucille Caudill Little Fine Arts Library, Niles Gallery
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"Jamming" Beauty's Color Line: Parodies and Spoofs of Indian Advertising

Date: 
Monday, October 3, 2016 - 5:00pm to 7:00pm
Location: 
Academic Science Building Room 321
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Disreputable Cuisine: Street Foods and Unrecognizable Edibles from South Asia

The lecture will be followed by a reception in The 90 from 7:00pm-8:30pm.

Date: 
Wednesday, September 14, 2016 - 5:00pm to 7:00pm
Location: 
W.T. Young Library Auditorium
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Interactive Discussion: "The Teatro del Barrio of Lavapiés and the Cultural Economy of Post-Crisis Madrid"

Date: 
Friday, April 15, 2016 - 12:00pm
Location: 
POT 18th floor
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U.S and E.U Trade Relations: the French Example

 

Eric Beaty – Economic and Commercial Attaché
United States Consulate for Western France

 
Born in Sapulpa, Oklahoma on October 21, 1958, Eric Beaty grew up in Nacogdoches, Texas.  He graduated from Nacogdoches High School in 1976 and did his undergraduate studies at Stephen F. Austin University in Nacogdoches, earning a B.A. (Cum Laude - 1979) with a double major in French and German and a minor in history.  He went on to earn an M.A. in French literature at Rice University in Houston, Texas (1982).  Later, Beaty received an Msc. in Linguistics from Aston University in Birmingham, U.K. (1996).

Beaty began his career at the University of Rennes 2, France in 1981 as a lecturer in American studies.  He then worked as the assistant director of courses at two Chambers of Commerce in France.  In 1986, Beaty became the executive director of a bi-national center known as the Franco-American Institute, an organization created by Rennes City Hall, the U.S. Embassy in Paris and Rochester, N.Y. City Hall in 1961. 

In 1999, Beaty was instrumental in setting up the United States Consulate for Western France. He was hired in 2000 by the U.S. State Department that same year as the Economic and Commercial Attaché. 

Beaty has participated in the organization of 14 White House visits and 36 congressional delegation visits.  He has chaired the Rennes-Rochester, N.Y. sister-city relationship since 1986.   He is on the board of the University of Rennes 2.  Beaty has received 18 meritorious and superior service awards from the White House, the U.S. State Department and the U.S. Department of Commerce.  Beaty received a National Export Initiative award for his export success stories in 2011.   

Date: 
Tuesday, April 26, 2016 - 4:00pm
Location: 
Multipurpose Room (B-108C) at the WT Young Library
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European Folk Dancing workshops

(TAD 140: Intro to Dance) - 9-9:50 am, Blazer Hall, Dance Hall

(TAD 140: Intro to Dance)—10-10:50 am, Blazer Hall, Dance Hall

Date: 
Friday, March 4, 2016 - 9:00am to 11:00am
Location: 
Blazer Hall

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