Documentary about the war in Ukraine: Mariupolis 2 (2022)

Come and see with us a document of the war in Ukraine – Mariupolis 2 (2022). The last documentary by Mantas Kvedaravičius, who returned to the besieged eastern city of Mariupol earlier this year and was killed there.  The film was conceived as a follow-up to his documentary Mariupolis (2016) and was finished by his partner and co-director Hanna Bilbrova. ❖ Tuesday, November 29 at 7:30 PM ❖ Sunday, December 4 at 1 PM at Images Free admission The screening is preceded by a conversation with Ukrainian students at Williams. Continue reading »

Deserts Are Not Empty: Book Launch & Panel Discussion

Join us for a panel discussion marking the publication of a collection of essays entitled Deserts are not Empty.  Panelists will include contributor Brahim El Guabli (in person), and online participants,  Samia Henni (editor), Jill Jarvis (contributor), and Francesco Robles (contributor).  Other presenters attending in person will be respondents Katarzyna Pieprzak and Michele Monserrati.  Refreshments will be served.  ❖ Wednesday, November 9, 1:00 – 2:30pm | Rm 203 Physics and online Continue reading »

Rejqalen Qach’ab’äl: Decolonial Ontologies of Maya Orality and Textuality in Contemporary Guatemala

Challenging the distinctions between “old” and “new” media and narratives about the deprecation of orality in favor of inscribed forms, Tiffany Creegan Miller's presentation draws from Maya concepts of tz’ib’ (recorded knowledge) and tzij, choloj, and ch’owen (orality) to look at expressive work across media and languages. Her presentation is based on her recent monograph, The Maya Art of Speaking Writing: Remediating Indigenous Orality in the Digital Age (University of Arizona Press, 2022), which draws from her fieldwork that occurred intermittently over a decade in the Guatemalan highlands (2010-2019). ❖ Wednesday, November 9, 4:15 – 5:45pm | Mabie Room, Sawyer Library Continue reading »

Tolstoy, Dostoevsky, and the Universal

Williams alum, D. Brian Kim, Assistant Professor of Russian at the University of Pennsylvania, will examine the ways in which Tolstoy and Dostoevsky experimented with, struggled against, and attempted to define the concept of the universal. ❖ Monday, November 14⋅4:00 – 6:00pm | Griffin 7 Continue reading »

Middle Eastern Music Ensemble

The Middle Eastern Music Ensemble, newly sponsored by the Music Department, explores vocal and instrumental traditions rooted in centuries of musical practice. The group meets weekly to play repertoire that spans a wide geographic, historical, and cultural terrain including folk, classical, and popular styles from around the Middle East. Ensemble members learn maqamat (modes) and iqa’at (rhythms), the musical systems shared among musical traditions of the region. The ensemble is directed by Nicholas Mangialardi and Rami Al-Aassar. ❖ Thursday, November 17, 7:30 – 9:00pm | Brooks Rogers Recital Hall Continue reading »

Teaching Language through Literature

Kelly Comfort

Kelly Comfort (Ph.D. in Comparative Literature, UC-Davis, 2005) is Associate Professor of Spanish and Director of Undergraduate Studies in the School of Modern Languages at Georgia Tech. Prof. Comfort will outline effective approaches to using literature in the foreign-language classroom. Her talk will address how to choose appropriate literary texts and how to use those texts to hone language skills, foster literary analysis, promote critical thinking, raise cross-cultural awareness, promote personal reflection, and encourage creative engagement. Comfort’s presentation will include both theoretical considerations on the use of literary texts in foreign language pedagogy as well as practical applications and sample materials and assignments. ❖ Thursday, Oct 13, 4:15-5:45p pm | Griffin 4 Continue reading »

Film Screening & Talk: Minamata

Minamata, the movie

The photojournalist W Eugene Smith travels back to Japan where he documents the devastating effect of mercury poisoning in coaster communities, Minamata in Japan. Based on the Eugene and Aileen Smiths’ book Minamata. ❖ Film Screening, October 24, 7:00-9:00 pm | Paresky Auditorium ❖ Lecture by Aileen Smith, October 25, 4:30-5:30 pm (followed by reception) | Griffin 3 Continue reading »