Upcoming Events

Howl's Moving Castle - Free to New Students

August 27th, 2019 - 6:45PM-8:44PM

Location: Willard Straight Theatre

Tues screening - intro by Asst Prof Andrew Campana (Asian Studies) Miyazaki has crafted yet another masterpiece of busy, breathtaking, whimsical, emotionally forceful images to tell a story about war and its costs. The plot, as ever, is hard to encapsulate, but part of the fun is watching this fantastical allegory play itself out in such colorful, unforgettable detail. Cosponsored by the Orient...


Hyenas

September 3rd, 2019 - 7:00PM-8:50PM

Location: Willard Straight Theatre

Acclaimed director Djibril Diop Mambety's wicked resetting of the famous Durrenmatt play, The Visit, in a dusty and impoverished African village. Hyenas tells the story of the world's richest woman returning to the village of her birth to seek revenge upon the man who seduced and abandoned her. When she offers the villagers millions to kill her former lover, she sets in motion a devastatin...


Cornell International Fair

September 4th, 2019 - 11:30AM-2:00PM

Location: Uris Hall

Room: First Floor Terrace

The Cornell International Fair showcases hundreds of opportunities for undergraduate and graduate students to internationalize their Cornell experience. Drop by to talk with faculty, staff, and program reps about study abroad, exchanges, language study, international majors and minors, fellowships, internships, courses with international travel, service learning, and more. This event is...


The Citizen

September 4th, 2019 - 7:00PM-8:49PM

Location: Willard Straight Theatre

In his late fifties, Wilson, whose family was killed during an outbreak of civil war in Guinea-Bissau, enters Europe as a political refugee and settles for a sedate life as a security guard in a Budapest shopping center. Wilson's main desire is to acquire Hungarian citizenship. The story follows Wilson as he attempts to find his place in Hungarian society in his daily life, at work, with Mari,...


Meet and Greet

September 5th, 2019 - 12:15PM-1:30PM

Location: Uris Hall

Room: G-08

The Reppy Institute welcomes everyone to attend our 2019-2020 seminar series and this special opening reception during our usual seminar time slot. This first seminar meeting will not follow our usual format of a talk followed by a time for questions and discussion, but will be an informal gathering giving us all the opportunity to meet each other and learn more about what the program has to offer...


Honeyland

September 5th, 2019 - 7:00PM-8:27PM

Location: Willard Straight Theatre

Hatidze lives with her ailing mother in the mountains of Macedonia, making a living cultivating honey using ancient beekeeping traditions. When an unruly family moves in next door, what at first seems like a balm for her solitude becomes a source of tension as they, too, want to practice beekeeping, while disregarding her advice."Honeyland is an unforgettable vŽritŽ character study and an i...


Rashomon

September 5th, 2019 - 9:00PM-10:23PM

Location: Willard Straight Theatre

This is the film which, more than any other, opened up the West to Japanese cinema after it deservedly won the Grand Prize at the Venice Film Festival. The story of a rape/murder in ninth-century Kyoto is told from four points of view: the rapist, the woman, her murdered husband speaking from beyond the grave, and a woodcutter who witnessed the crime. With the exquisite cinematography and emotiona...


Ramen Shop

September 6th, 2019 - 7:00PM-8:29PM

Location: Willard Straight Theatre

On his father's death, Masato leaves their family's Ramen shop in Japan to find out the secrets of both his family's cooking and their marriage back in his father's homeland, Singapore, and learn of the horrors of the years Japan occupied the island. "Masato intends to learn to cook bak kut teh, Singaporean pork rib soup, a working man's dish, but his goals expand the long...


Ash is Purest White

September 7th, 2019 - 7:00PM-9:21PM

Location: Willard Straight Theatre

After taking the fall for her gangster boyfriend, Qiao returns to her hometown in search of her former lover, only to discover that the world has changed around her. Her former mafia associates have moved into legitimate businesses, while her boyfriend Bin has found another girl. Qiao seeks revenge and a new identity in Zhangke Jia's powerful new film. "One of Jia's most endearing tra...


Gendered labor migration control: intermediaries navigating il/legal trajectories between Nepal and the United Arab Emirates, by Susanne Asman

September 9th, 2019 - 12:15PM

Location: Uris Hall

Room: G08

This paper sets out to explore how the intermediaries in the infrastructure of the migration industry navigate the state’s gendered labor migration control during the labor recruitment process mainly in sending but also in receiving country, here Nepal and the United Arab Emirate and what consequences this have for women’s and men’s labor migration. Despite the necessary role of...


“State, Religion and Literary Production Under the Islamic Republic of Iran,” by Fatemeh Shams, CMS Seminar Series

September 9th, 2019 - 4:30PM-6:00PM

Location: Morrill Hall

Room: 404

Patrons and Leaders, throughout Iran’s history have leveraged the country’s language to build a protective wall, the vital importance of which was perpetuated by a deeply engrained literary culture. The Islamic Republic has been no exception in this regard. Alongside an unflinching focus on Islam as one of two main pillars of national Iranian identity, as it appears in Ali Khamenei&rsq...


CCCI: Rural communities, incipient urbanism in ancient China

September 9th, 2019 - 4:30PM-6:00PM

Location: Goldwin Smith Hall

Room: 64

The Cornell Contemporary China Initiative (CCCI) is excited to start its new thematic approach to our lecture series beginning this fall with the theme of CHINA'S RURAL-URBAN INTEGRATION. Our first lecture is titled: Rural Communities, Incipient Urbanism, and Environmental Consequences in Early Anthropocene China (5000 to 2000 years BP) and will be given by Professor TR Kidder, Anthrop...


Film Screening - Neeli Raag (True Blue), followed by Q&A with Director Swati Dandekar

September 9th, 2019 - 7:00PM

Location: Cornell Cinema

Indigo is not just a color, it never was... it was wealth, it was mystique, it was colonialism, tyranny and protest. It made history, but itself fell prey to the events and processes of time, until one day it seemed to disappear.  As the world begins to demand natural dyes once again, it is back in the spot light. The stubborn dreamers who refused to forget their craft feel vindicated, but...


LGBT East Asia: Taiwan's LGBT Rights and Activism

September 10th, 2019 - 4:30PM-6:00PM

Location: Goldwin Smith Hall

Room: 64

Lilly Wong, Literature, American University is the first speaker for East Asia Program's LGBT East Asia initiative. (Talk title and abstract to be announced soon.) Lily Wong is assistant professor of literature at American University. Her research focuses on the politics of affect/emotion, gender and sexuality, comparative race, and media formations of transpacific Chinese, Sinophone,...


CowJews and Indians: How Hitler Scared My Relatives - and I Woke Up in an Iroquois Longhouse with a Picture of Jesus, Reminding Me - for the Wrong Reason - That I Owe the Mohawks Rent

September 10th, 2019 - 7:00PM-9:00PM

Location: Cornell Cinema

Ithaca Premiere of "CowJews and Indians: How Hitler Scared My Relatives - and I Woke Up in an Iroquois Longhouse with a Picture of Jesus, Reminding Me - for the Wrong Reason - That I Owe the Mohawks Rent." A discussion with Writer and Director, Marc Halberstadt, will follow. Marc wants to get back the home that the Nazis long ago seized from his German-Jewish parents and collect re...


Island of the Hungry Ghosts

September 11th, 2019 - 7:00PM-8:34PM

Location: Willard Straight Theatre

On an isolated island in the Indian Ocean, land crabs migrate in the millions from the jungle to the sea. The same jungle hides a high-security Australian detention center where thousands of asylum seekers have been locked away indefinitely. Their only connection to the outside world is trauma counsellor Poh Lin Lee. "Filmmaker Gabrielle Brady tells a powerful and moving story from inside Aus...


Pacifists Making Guns: The Galton Family and Britain’s Industrial Revolution

September 12th, 2019 - 12:15PM-1:30PM

Location: Uris Hall

Room: G-08

Priya Satia, Raymond A Spruance Professor of International History, Stanford University, will speak at 12:15 pm in G-08 Uris Hall on “Pacifists Making Guns: The Galton Family and Britain’s Industrial Revolution” at the Judith Reppy Institute for Peace and Conflict Studies weekly seminar.  Co-sponsored with the Department of Science and Technology Studies....


Language Resource Center Speaker Series - Edvan Brito

September 12th, 2019 - 4:00PM-5:00PM

Location: Stimson Hall

Room: G25

"Using Social and Cultural Issues to Promote Language Learning and Cultural Awareness: Language Variation, Race, and Migration" Edvan Brito Assistant Professor, University of Arkansas Language is one of the main sites where individual and group identities are constructed and negotiated. In teaching culture and language, I challenge mainstream representations of marginalized groups i...


Asako I & II

September 14th, 2019 - 7:00PM-8:59PM

Location: Willard Straight Theatre

"A film on the earthly magic of falling in love, Ryusuke Hamaguchi's Asako I & II is the brilliant screen adaptation of Tomoka Shibasaki's bestselling novel, Netemo Sametemo. When Asako (Erika Karata), a shy student from Osaka, meets Baku (Masahiro Higashide) at a photo exhibition, it's love at first sight. Baku is a mysterious and gorgeous-looking young man, but he likes to d...


In search of the Missing Mothers: The women members of the Constituent Assembly of India, by Achyut Chetan

September 16th, 2019 - 12:15PM

Location: Uris Hall

Room: G08

Constitutions across the world continue to flaunt the wisdom of their ‘founding fathers’, men who participated in august assemblies to draft the charters of their nations. In the case of India too, figures like B.R. Ambedkar, Jawaharlal Nehru, Rajendra Prasad, Vallabhbhai Patel, and Maulana Azad continue to hold sway in discourses, both academic and popular. This is a travesty of truth...


Toward North: Central American Shorts

September 17th, 2019 - 6:00PM-6:48PM

Location: Willard Straight Theatre

In El Salvador, gang violence has overrun the country, disproportionately targeting children and teenagers, and turning it into 'The Murder Capital of the World'. In Los Comandos (2017, 30 mins), by Joshua Bennett & Juliana Schatz, we're introduced to a teenage emergency responder who wrestles with whether to leave El Salvador or stay and work amid rampant gang violence and threats...


Eldorado

September 17th, 2019 - 7:00PM-8:30PM

Location: Willard Straight Theatre

The film draws inspiration from Academy Award nominee Markus Imhoof's personal childhood relationship with a young Italian girl during the aftermath of World War II. His Swiss family took her in as a refugee, but she was ultimately sent back to Italy. Imhoof delves into this life-changing experience of personal loss, and highlights parallels with the today's refugee crisis - the largest ma...


Fulbright Opportunities for Graduate Students

September 18th, 2019 - 4:30PM-6:00PM

Room: Uris G08

The Fulbright U.S. Student Program provides full funding for graduate and professional students conducting research in any field or teaching in more than 150 countries. Open to U.S. citizens only. The Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Research Abroad program supports doctoral students conducting research in modern languages or area studies for six to 12 months. Open to U.S. citizens and...


The Role of U.S. Military in Cyberspace

September 19th, 2019 - 12:15PM-1:30PM

Location: Uris Hall

Room: G-08

Colonel Suzanne Nielsen, Professor of Political Science and head of the Department of Social Sciences, U.S. Military Academy at West Point, will speak at 12:15 pm in G-08 Uris Hall on “The Role of the U.S. Military in Cyberspace” at the Judith Reppy Institute for Peace and Conflict Studies weekly seminar....


Late Spring

September 19th, 2019 - 9:45PM-11:33PM

Location: Willard Straight Theatre

One of the most powerful of Yasujiro Ozu's family portraits, Late Spring tells the story of a widowed father who feels compelled to marry off his beloved only daughter. Eminent Ozu players Chishû Ryû and Setsuko Hara command this poignant tale of love and loss in postwar Japan, which remains as potent today as ever-and a strong justification for its maker's inclusion in the pantheon of cinem...


Tagore lecture: The Clay Typewriter, by Anuradha Roy

September 20th, 2019 - 4:30PM

Location: A.D. White House

Room: Guerlac Room

This lecture will discuss how mud and words are connected in my work; how earth, water, air, and fire fusing to create pots is a metaphor for the way in which real and imagined archives can come together in a writer’s imagination and result in fictional worlds. I expand on this metaphor by talking about how one particular fictional world came about for me through my discovery of the German a...


Styx

September 20th, 2019 - 7:00PM-8:34PM

Location: Willard Straight Theatre

An ER doctor embarks on a solo sailing trip to Ascension Island and comes across a sinking boat of refugees. "In the first, nearly wordless third of Wolfgang Fischer's thrillingly lean Styx, in filmmaking as crisp and slicing as a sea breeze, Suzanne Wolff's expert amateur sailor Rike embarks on a solo voyage across 5,000 km of open Atlantic, in a tiny, bright white sailboat called Asa Gray. And s...


Too Late to Die Young

September 21st, 2019 - 7:00PM-8:50PM

Location: Willard Straight Theatre

Three youths and their families face growing up and change on a commune in the first summer (1990) of democracy's return to Chile. "Inspired by the 33-year-old director's childhood in the Ecological Community of PeñalolŽn-an environmentally friendly and self-sufficient commune founded some thirty years ago atop the hills surrounding Santiago-Too Late to Die Young is a multi-character canvas wi...


Conscripting Kinsmen: Labor Contractors and Peasant-Workers in India and China, by T G Suresh

September 23rd, 2019 - 12:15PM-1:30PM

Location: Uris Hall

Room: G08

The thekedar in India and the baogong tou in China are seemingly similar social actors; both are vernacular designations for labor contractors who typically band together a group of rural peasants for working in the urban sectors. Familiar to labor historians in the colonial context of India and in the late imperial and Republican periods in China, they are essentially traditional labor recruiters...


“Being Muslim and Female in Burma: Two Perspectives,” by Dr. Thet Su Htwe and Kyaw Thein, CMS Seminar Series

September 23rd, 2019 - 4:30PM-6:00PM

Location: Morrill Hall

Room: 404

Dr. Thet Su Htwe and Thaw Thein are two activists involved with women's issues in Burma, now called Myanmar.  They are important voices in trying to build civil society in that country, which is coming out of near-isolation imposed by a socialist regime for roughly half a century.  In this presentation, they will talk about the everyday plight of women in Burma/Myanmar.  They wi...


Touki Bouki

September 24th, 2019 - 7:00PM-8:29PM

Location: Willard Straight Theatre

With a stunning mix of the surreal and the naturalistic, Djibril Diop MambŽty paints a vivid, fractured portrait of Senegal in the early 1970s. In this French New Wave-influenced fantasy-drama, two young lovers long to leave Dakar for the glamour and comforts of France, but their escape plan is beset by complications both concrete and mystical. Characterized by dazzling imagery and music, the alt...


Pyrrhic Constitutionalism? Buddhism, Secularism and the Limits of Law in Sri Lanka, by Benjamin Schonthal

September 25th, 2019 - 12:15PM

Location: Myron Taylor Hall

Room: 290

Of the seven countries in South and Southeast Asian with majority-Buddhist populations, six give special status and/or protections to Buddhism in their constitutions. These constitutional prerogatives give clear symbolic prestige to the majority religion. Yet what effects do such prerogatives have on the ways in which citizens understand and practice Buddhism in their daily lives? Do “Buddhi...


Fulbright U.S. Student Program

September 25th, 2019 - 4:30PM-6:00PM

Room: Uris G08

The Fulbright U.S. Student Program supports college graduates conducting research or teaching in any field in more than 150 countries. Applications are due in the fall; students who wish to begin the program immediately after graduation are encouraged to start the process in their junior year....


Power in Peacekeeping

September 26th, 2019 - 12:15PM-1:30PM

Location: Uris Hall

Room: G-08

Lise Howard, Associate Professor of Government, Georgetown University, will speak at 12:15 pm in G-08 Uris Hall on “Power in Peacekeeping” at the Judith Reppy Institute for Peace and Conflict Studies weekly seminar....


The Third Wife

September 27th, 2019 - 7:00PM-8:36PM

Location: Willard Straight Theatre

Teenage bride May learns she has little status as the third wife of the wealthy landowner Hung, unless she manages to give birth to a second male heir. "Gently dipping us into the long ago and far away past, Ash Mayfair's directorial debut brings an intimate immediacy to the re-creation of rural Vietnam in the late 19th century. Though it's almost painterly, in the pellucid watercolor palette of D...


The influence of local and global discourses on parental beliefs and practices of Indian parents, by Amita Gupta

September 30th, 2019 - 12:15PM

Location: Uris Hall

Room: G08

This presentation is based on findings from a survey-based inquiry which was conducted to gather information on the beliefs and attitudes of urban Indian parents toward child rearing and education. The objective of this study was to understand the influence of globalization on (un)shifting notions of childhood by examining parents' perceptions on adult-child relationships including those...


Workshop: Rethinking the Proposal

October 2nd, 2019 - 4:30PM-6:00PM

Room: Uris G08

Part philosophy, part practical tutorial, this workshop aims to make proposal writing easier and more successful. It also offers an ensemble of remarkably useful tools for producing, revising, and editing, even under the stress of deadline....


Soufra

October 2nd, 2019 - 7:00PM-8:13PM

Location: Willard Straight Theatre

Soufra follows the unlikely and wildly inspirational story of intrepid social entrepreneur, Mariam Shaar - a generational refugee who has spent her entire life in the Burj El Barajneh refugee camp just south of Beirut, Lebanon. The film follows Mariam as she sets out against all odds to change her fate by launching a successful catering company, "Soufra," and then expand it into a food t...


Nadie

October 3rd, 2019 - 7:00PM-8:10PM

Location: Willard Straight Theatre

"Rafael Alcides was once a widely known and celebrated writer of the Cuban revolution; now, a stranger in his own country, he tries desperately to save his unpublished novels before the ink literally fades from their pages. This is a story of love and deception in the Cuban revolution, as seen through the eyes of someone who was initially mesmerized by its possibilities. Director Miguel Coyul...


Tampopo

October 3rd, 2019 - 9:15PM-11:09PM

Location: Willard Straight Theatre

Introduction by Andrew Campana (Asian Studies) "A bowl of ramen consists of various ingredients: shinachiku roots, pork, spring onions. However, in order to obtain the true essence of the dish, you must observe the whole bowl first. Jûzô Itami's Tampopo is a gastro-lucid, pygmalion-esque ‘Ramen-Western'-a visual, culinary cornucopia where food, life, death, an...


Ága

October 4th, 2019 - 7:00PM-8:36PM

Location: Willard Straight Theatre

"Living in a yurt in frozen, end-of-the-earth Siberia, an Arctic indigenous couple, Nanook and Sedna, are self-sufficient, aided by their sled-dog and an occasional visitor. But their lives are changing: ice-fishing is not as productive, the ice is melting earlier each year, and wildlife is struggling to survive. They differ on whether or not to make amends with their estranged daughter, &Ati...


Transit

October 6th, 2019 - 7:15PM-8:56PM

Location: Willard Straight Theatre

In Christian Petzold's brilliant and haunting modern-day adaptation of Anna Seghers's 1942 novel Transit Visa, Georg, a German refugee (Franz Rogowski), flees to Marseille assuming the identity of a recently deceased writer whose papers he is carrying. There he delves into the delicate and complex culture of the refugee community, becoming enmeshed in the lives of a young mother and son an...


A Window to the Doors of Kathmandu, by Nipun Prabhakar

October 7th, 2019 - 12:15PM

Location: Uris Hall

Room: G08

 In traditional cities and neighborhoods like that of Kathmandu, a door is so much more than a transition from the outdoors to the indoors. It’s the place where people spend most of their time, sitting at the Chaukhat near the entryway, socializing and chatting with neighbors and passers-by. The door is also not just a tangible unit, it’s reflective of the respect given to a build...


“Sacred Language, “Vernacular” Difference: Rethinking Arabness and “non-Arabness” across the “Muslim World,” by Annette Damayanti Lienau, CMS Seminar Series

October 7th, 2019 - 4:30PM-6:00PM

Location: Morrill Hall

Room: 404

This presentation broadly considers how retracing the Qur’anically enshrined Arabic or Arabocentric term ‘ajami (an ethnolinguistic term for “non-Arabness”) across regional differences might allow for a more accurate consideration of: who speaks for the racialized stratification of a ritually Arabophone “Muslim world”; how historic claims of inter-ethnic equalit...


Rojo

October 8th, 2019 - 7:00PM-8:49PM

Location: Willard Straight Theatre

In the mid-seventies, a strange man arrives in a quiet provincial city. In a restaurant, without any apparent reason, he starts insulting Claudio, a renowned lawyer. The community supports the lawyer and the stranger is humiliated and thrown out of the place. Later that night the stranger, who is determined to wreak a terrible vengeance, intercepts Claudio and his wife Susana. The lawyer then take...


Einaudi Center SSRC Dissertation Proposal Development Program

October 9th, 2019 - 4:30PM-6:00PM

Room: Uris G08

This session will provide PhD students with information on the Einaudi Center – SSRC Dissertation Proposal Development program. The program offers seminars, workshops, and faculty mentoring to 12 PhD students in the social sciences or humanities who are developing research projects abroad, or domestic research projects on topics that connect to global issues. Students will receive up to $5,0...


Grit

October 9th, 2019 - 7:00PM-8:20PM

Location: Willard Straight Theatre

When Dian was 6 years old, a tsunami of mud buried her village along with fifteen others in East Java, Indonesia, in one of the largest environmental disasters in recent history. Over a decade later, 60,000 people have been displaced from what was once a thriving industrial and residential area. Dozens of factories, schools and mosques are submerged 60 feet under a moonscape of cracked mud.The maj...


Diamantino

October 10th, 2019 - 9:25PM-10:57PM

Location: Willard Straight Theatre

When big-hearted but dimwitted Portuguese soccer hunk Diamantino (Carloto Cotta) blows it in the World Cup finals, he goes from superstar to laughing stock overnight. His sheltered worldview is further shattered after learning about the European refugee crisis and he resolves to make amends by adopting an African refugee - only to find that his new "son" is actually an undercover lesbian...


Chez Jolie Coiffure

October 16th, 2019 - 7:00PM-8:10PM

Location: Willard Straight Theatre

Step inside a tiny underground hair salon in the immigrant Brussels district of Matonge and meet its charismatic owner, a Cameroonian immigrant named Sabine. More than a place for women to get their hair done, Jolie Coiffure serves as a community hub for West African women-many from Cameroon, like Sabine, who runs the salon. Fueled by endless cans of soda and cups of McDonald's coffee, she rec...


Bicycle Thieves

October 16th, 2019 - 9:00PM-10:30PM

Location: Willard Straight Theatre

This classic of Italian post-war neo-realism is a devastating story of a poor married man, his son, and the bicycle which provides their livelihood. Just when the family acquires a long-sought-after job, the bicycle is stolen. The film follows the desperate search of the father and son through the war-ravaged streets of Rome to find the treasured bicycle. "The Bicycle Thief was shot in the st...


Emplotting Development: Narratives of Land Reform between Turkey and the United States

October 17th, 2019 - 12:15PM-1:30PM

Location: Uris Hall

Room: G-08

Begüm Adalet, Assistant Professor of Government, Cornell University, will speak at 12:15 pm in G-08 Uris Hall on “Emplotting Development: Narratives of Land Reform between Turkey and the United States” at the Judith Reppy Institute for Peace and Conflict Studies weekly seminar....


Mariannes Noires

October 17th, 2019 - 7:00PM-8:17PM

Location: Willard Straight Theatre

Recent violence and growing nationalism in France have brought fierce debates about the country's identity to the forefront. In Mariannes Noires, seven different French-born women of African descent confront their own unique identities and challenge the expectations of French society. While some came from great privilege, and others came from nothing at all, they each have attained a high leve...


The Farewell

October 17th, 2019 - 9:35PM-11:13PM

Location: Willard Straight Theatre

Chinese-born, U.S. raised Billi (Awkwafina) returns home to Changchunwith other family members to bid farewell to their beloved matriarch, Nai Nai, who doesn't know she has a terminal illness, in this funny, autobiographical tale. In order to keep Nai Nai in the dark, the family concocts a made-up wedding to explain why the entire family has arrived in Changchun. The tender tale of deception a...


Classical Chinese: What you can buy and what you can’t: two essays from Xianqing ouji

October 18th, 2019 - 3:30PM-5:30PM

Location: Rockefeller Hall

Room: 374

All of the Cornell Classical Chinese Colloquia text-reading sessions are held in Rockefeller Hall Room 374 (also known as the Asian Studies Lounge) from 3:30 to 5:30. Our second text reading will be lead by Professor Tina Lu of Yale University. She will be leading a text-reading titled, What you can buy and what you can’t: two essays from Xianqing ouji. Professor Lu descri...


Wild Boys

October 18th, 2019 - 7:00PM-6:20PM

Location: Willard Straight Theatre

"[A] gender-bending, influence-scrambling adventure tale about five teenage miscreants sent on a boat journey with a mysterious Dutch captain who has promised to bring them back to their parents as obedient boys-or not at all.... Bertrand Mandico cast five of France's most talented young actresses to play the boys and immersed them in a seamless blend of luxuriant island locations and una...


War and Peace: Chapter I, Andrei Bolkonsky

October 20th, 2019 - 7:00PM-10:32PM

Location: Willard Straight Theatre

A virtually unlimited budget, featuring authentic props and costumes borrowed from Russia's great museums, and thousands of extras from the Soviet army, Sergei Bondarchuk's adaptation of War and Peace is unlike any movie either before or since! At the height of the Cold War, the Soviet film industry set out to prove it could outdo Hollywood with a production that would dazzle the world: a...


The Rohingya: Stalesssness, Refugeehood and a 'Subhuman' Life, by Nasir Uddin

October 21st, 2019 - 12:15PM

Location: Uris Hall

Room: G08

The Rohingyas, an ethno-linguistic and religious minority of Myanmar known as the most persecuted people in the world, experienced a brutal atrocity in 2017 perpetrated by Myanmar security forces and vigilantes what the United Nations Human Rights Council explained as “a textbook example of ethnic cleansing.” Following an attack made by the Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army (ARSA) on Augu...


"How the Slaves Freed Themselves: The Khivan Slave Uprising and the Myth of Russian Abolitionism in Central Asia," by Jeffrey Eden, CMS Seminar Series

October 21st, 2019 - 4:30PM-6:00PM

Location: Morrill Hall

Room: 404

Consensus among historians has long held that the Russian Empire's conquest of Central Asia in the 1860s-1870s ended the region's slave trade and liberated its slaves. This presentation challenges that consensus through two case studies. The first case study shows how, on the eve of Russia's conquest of the capital city of Khiva in 1873, the city's slaves fomented the largest slave...


U.S.-Mexico Relations Under Trump: Patterns of Change and Continuity;” Lund Debate with former Ambassadors Sandra Fuentes & Roberta Jacobson

October 21st, 2019 - 4:30PM-6:00PM

Location: Rhodes-Rawlings Auditorium

Room: Klarman Hall

Former U.S. Ambassador to Mexico Roberta Jacobson and Mexican Ambassador to the U.S. will discuss the what has changed and what remains the same in US-Mexican relations under Trump. The session will be moderated by Gustavo Flores-Macias....


Memoir of War

October 21st, 2019 - 7:00PM-9:07PM

Location: Willard Straight Theatre

"In 1985, the preeminent French writer Marguerite Duras made headlines by publishing La douleur, an autobiographical work about her life under the Nazi Occupation and during the Liberation of Paris, notably focused on the frenzied months she spent waiting for news of her husband Robert Antelme's return from a concentration camp in Germany.... Duras... is brought to life in a magnetically raw perfo...


La Dolce Vita

October 22nd, 2019 - 7:00PM-10:00PM

Location: Willard Straight Theatre

A long and episodic portrait of Romea debauched, dark, glamorous and ugly placeseen through the eyes of Marcello (Mastroianni), a cynical journalist. Fellini succeeds in depicting a modern day Rome full of corruption and vice and overlaying that with a powerful allegorical tale of the end of the world. "Mastroianni is excellent, often deliberately bearing an uncanny resemblance to Fellini him...


Spanish Manila and First American Chinatown

October 23rd, 2019 - 4:30PM-6:00PM

Location: A.D. White house

Room: Guerlac Room

 "Spanish Manila:  A Transpacific Maritime Enterprise and First American Chinatown in the Ming Dynasty" to be given by Evelyn Hu-deHart, History, Brown University.  This talk is hosted by the East Asia Program(EAP) and the Latin American Studies Program (LASP) as part of their East-Asia-Latin-America lecture series. The Spanish Empire not only spanned the Atlantic from...


Writing a Winning Fulbright Proposal

October 23rd, 2019 - 4:30PM-6:00PM

Room: Uris G08

Primarily for undergraduates, this session offers guidance on how to write a winning proposal for the Fulbright U.S. Student Program. The session will be led by two Fulbright advisors with years of experience. Applying for a Fulbright? We encourage you to attend!...


Midnight Traveler

October 23rd, 2019 - 7:00PM-8:30PM

Location: Willard Straight Theatre

The story of Afghani filmmaker Hassan Fazili and his family on their 3500-mile, 3-year journey across Iran, Turkey, Greece, Bulgaria, and Serbia - ultimately arriving in Hungary - following a death threat from the Taliban. Shot entirely on mobile phones that capture everyday moments, the film is lightened by the presence of the filmmaker's two winsome young daughters. "The most basic 21st...


Drone Warfare

October 24th, 2019 - 12:15PM-1:30PM

Location: Uris Hall

Room: G-08

Hugh Gusterson, Professor of Anthropology and International Affairs, George Washington University, will speak at 12:15 pm in G-08 Uris Hall on “Drone Warfare” at the Judith Reppy Institute for Peace and Conflict Studies weekly seminar.  Co-sponsored with the Departments of Science and Technology Studies and Anthropology....


House (Hausu)

October 24th, 2019 - 9:00PM-10:28PM

Location: Willard Straight Theatre

How to describe Nobuhiko Obayashi's indescribable 1977 movie House (Hausu)? As a psychedelic ghost tale? A stream-of-consciousness bedtime story? An episode of Scooby-Doo as directed by Mario Bava? Any of the above will do for this hallucinatory head trip about a schoolgirl who travels with six classmates to her ailing aunt's creaky country home and comes face-to-face with evil spirits, a...


Peppermint Soda

October 25th, 2019 - 7:00PM-8:41PM

Location: Willard Straight Theatre

"There's a lot of talk these days about a certain movie about an eighth-grade girl, but allow me to make the case for another film about a girl in the same grade - Diane Kurys's Peppermint Soda...In Kurys's autobiographical 1977 coming-of-age film, set in Paris in 1963 and '64, thirteen-year-old Anne (ElŽonore Klarwein) lives with her divorcŽe mother and older sister, the fi...


War and Peace: Chapter II, Natasha Rostova

October 27th, 2019 - 7:00PM-8:38PM

Location: Willard Straight Theatre

A virtually unlimited budget, featuring authentic props and costumes borrowed from Russia's great museums, and thousands of extras from the Soviet army, Sergei Bondarchuk's adaptation of War and Peace is unlike any movie either before or since! At the height of the Cold War, the Soviet film industry set out to prove it could outdo Hollywood with a production that would dazzle the world: a...


Unruly Cinema: Bollywood 's Unlikely Emergence, by Rini Bhattacharya Mehta

October 28th, 2019 - 12:15PM

Location: Uris Hall

Room: G08

In her lecture, Rini B. Mehta will present a genealogy of India popular cinema in the longue durée, laying out the global historical context of the emergence of Bollywood. Four pivotal historical moments corresponded with four distinctive shifts in the Indian film industry between 1931 and 2000—from the first indigenous sound films’ triumph over imported Hollywood films to the g...


Film Screening - Reason, Parts 1 - 4

October 28th, 2019 - 4:45PM

Location: Cornell Cinema

Those who witnessed the scientific spirit fostered by the Enlightenment would scarcely believe that over 400 years later, Faith would still have an upper hand over Reason. Today as technologically advanced nations still debate the merits of Creationism and Evolution, the developing world falls prey to blind faith and religious war. Everywhere privatization and a rush to corner ever-depleting natur...


Film Screening - Reason, Parts 5 - 8, followed by Q&A with Director Anand Patwardhan

October 28th, 2019 - 7:30PM

Location: Cornell Cinema

Those who witnessed the scientific spirit fostered by the Enlightenment would scarcely believe that over 400 years later, Faith would still have an upper hand over Reason. Today as technologically advanced nations still debate the merits of Creationism and Evolution, the developing world falls prey to blind faith and religious war. Everywhere privatization and a rush to corner ever-depleting natur...


Tazzeka

October 30th, 2019 - 7:00PM-8:35PM

Location: Willard Straight Theatre

"In Jean-Phillipe Guad's debut feature film, the love and traditions shared and passed down between generations of family is at the center of the story of Elias, a young man born and raised in the Moroccan village of Tazzeka. He learned the art of cooking from his grandmother and has grown up dreaming of making it in the world of cuisine." (MSP Film Society) Elias leaves home to purs...


Funan

October 31st, 2019 - 7:00PM-8:24PM

Location: Willard Straight Theatre

As she survives the grim work camps of Cambodia's Khmer Rouge, Chou is determined to locate her missing 4-year-old son and reunite her family in this debut animation from France's Do, based on his family history. "Do and his team of animators fill Funan with striking imagery, its vibrant colors providing a vivid contrast to the dismal proceedings. Thousands of homeless people walk acr...


War and Peace: Chapter III, The Year 1812

November 3rd, 2019 - 7:00PM-8:21PM

Location: Willard Straight Theatre

A virtually unlimited budget, featuring authentic props and costumes borrowed from Russia's great museums, and thousands of extras from the Soviet army, Sergei Bondarchuk's adaptation of War and Peace is unlike any movie either before or since! At the height of the Cold War, the Soviet film industry set out to prove it could outdo Hollywood with a production that would dazzle the world: a...


War and Peace: Chapter IV, Pierre Bezukhov

November 3rd, 2019 - 8:30PM-9:36PM

Location: Willard Straight Theatre

A virtually unlimited budget, featuring authentic props and costumes borrowed from Russia's great museums, and thousands of extras from the Soviet army, Sergei Bondarchuk's adaptation of War and Peace is unlike any movie either before or since! At the height of the Cold War, the Soviet film industry set out to prove it could outdo Hollywood with a production that would dazzle the world: a...


Colonial Infrastructure and the Politics of Partition of Punjab, by Mubbashir Rizvi

November 4th, 2019 - 12:15PM

Location: Uris Hall

Room: G08

In this paper, I speculate on the role of colonial infrastructure and technological change in shaping the climate for mass violence in Punjab during the partition of British India. The Punjab was not unique to experience the upheavals of partition but as several scholars have noted the scale of the violence in Punjab, especially in the region known as the canal colonies in central Punjab, was unpa...


“Islam and Labor: The Indonesian Experience,” by Michele Ford, CMS Seminar Series

November 4th, 2019 - 4:30PM-6:00PM

Location: Morrill Hall

Room: 404

Indonesia has a long history of religiously oriented labor unionism. In the 1940s, 1950s and 1960s, Muslim unions joined with their Christian counterparts in opposition to the dominant leftist unions of that period, arguing that a faith-based approach to industrial relations was both effective and ideologically defensible. Concepts of “Islamic” industrial relations again surfaced sever...


CCCI: Tom McDonald

November 4th, 2019 - 4:30PM-6:00PM

Location: Goldwin Smith Hall

Room: 64

Tom McDonald, Sociology, The University of Hong Kong. Specialty: Media Anthropology. Author, Social Media in Rural China: Social Networks and Moral Frameworks will speak as part of the Cornell Contemporary China Initiative....


Democracy in Latin America After the Left Turn, A LASP Public Issue Forum with Steven Levitsky (Harvard) and Kenneth Roberts (Cornell)

November 4th, 2019 - 4:30PM-6:00PM

Location: TBA

Room: TBA

Professors Levitsky and Roberts will examine the state of Democracy in Latin America since the initial left turn and the more recent right turns which have taken place....


I am Cuba

November 5th, 2019 - 7:00PM-9:21PM

Location: Willard Straight Theatre

Called "one of the most amazing films ever made," I Am Cuba, a three-year-labor of love from an international filmmaking team, is a celebration, a cinematic paean to the Cuban revolution conceived of and filmed directly after the Cuban missile crisis. Re-released in 1995 with the support of Francis Ford Coppola and Martin Scorsese, the film is a unique, wildly schizophrenic celebration o...


Foreign Language and Area Studies Fellowships (FLAS)

November 6th, 2019 - 4:30PM-6:00PM

Room: Uris G08

FLAS Fellowships support undergraduate, graduate, and professional students studying modern foreign languages and related area or international studies. Funding is offered in collaboration with the Einaudi Center’s South Asia and Southeast Asia Programs....

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