University and Student Events

Film Screening: The Coca-Cola Kid

On January 24th, there will be a screening of The Coca-Cola Kid. Inspired by the short stories of Australian fiction writer Frank Moorhouse, The Coca Cola Kid is a romantic-comedy about the misadventures of a Coca-Cola Co. executive in Australia. Played by Eric Roberts, the zealous corporate trouble-shooter combines evangelical fervor with a military mindset aimed at colonizing the last corner of Coke-free Australia.

Book Discussion: "Afghanistan - A Distant War"

Join acclaimed photojournalist Robert Nickelsberg to discuss his new book "Afghanistan - A Distant War", a photographic history of the conflict in Afghanistan from 1988-2013. In this work, Nickelsberg conveys the stark consequences of war, poverty and oppression in Afghanistan. Working for Time magazine and The New York Times, Nickelsberg has been publishing his images of this remote yet now-familiar country from 1988, when the mujahideen fought to expel the Soviet Union, through the U.S. withdrawal 25 years later.

Artist Talk by Michael Portnoy

On Monday, January 13th, at 5pm there will be an artist talk by Michael Portnoy, at the Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts, room 901, 915 East 60th Street. Michael Portnoy is a New York-based artist, musician, and writer. His practice spans dance-theatre, vocal power-tools, Relational Stalinism, reptangles, experimental stand-up, prog-operatic spectacle, abstract gambling, the improvement of biennials, and Icelandic cockroach porn. Portnoy's art circles the rules of play and communication, with language itself playing a crucial role.

Talk: The U.S., Russia, and Bridging the East-West Divide

On February 5th in Swift Hall Third Floor Lecture Room, Ian Kelly, a Senior Foreign Service Officer, will give a talk entitled “The U.S., Russia, and Bridging the East-West Divide.” He has spent much of his career dealing with U.S.-Russia relations. His most recent assignment was Ambassador to the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe, which grew from the Helsinki Process, set up in the seventies to help Europe manage the divisions between NATO and the Warsaw Pact.

Film Screening: The Path Strewn with Roses

Please join us for a special on campus pre-screening of the film The Path Strewn with Roses (Put ružama posut, dir. Marko Novaković, 2013, 50 min), that will open the upcoming 2013 Chicago Serbian Film Festival, (December 6-8, 2013, at the Muvico Theaters, Rosemont www.serbianfilmfest.com). The event will take place on Friday December 6, 2013 at 10:30 am at the Film Study Center Auditorium in Cobb Hall, 3rd Floor.

Documentary: "The Machine which Makes Everything Disappear"

On Tuesday, 11/26, the Georgian documentary "The Machine which Makes Everything Disappear" (Icarus, 2012) will be shown. This film is in Georgian with English subtitles and it runs about 100 minutes. This will be in Cobb 210 at 5:00 PM. Here is a description of the film (from Sundance): "The story begins with an experiment. A filmmaker in the country of Georgia posts an ad inviting youth to audition for her film. Facing the camera, the hopefuls confess their struggles and dreams. These raw interviews unfold seamlessly into cinematic slivers of Georgian life.

Turkish Circle

Please join Turkish Circle this Thursday (November 21st) at 4:30 pm in Pick 218 (Farouk Mustafa Memorial Lecture Room). We will be screening a movie called "Başka Dilde Aşk" or "Love in Another Language". The movie will have subtitles, so all levels of Turkish learners as well as anyone else who would like to take a movie break is invited! Ve tabi ki, there will be popcorn! For more information on the movie: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1513713/

Tomasz Pudlocki, "Images of Women in Provincial Newspapers of Eastern Galicia, 1867-1914"

Tomasz Pudlocki (Jagiellonian University, Krakow, Poland) will give a lecture entitled "Images of Women in Provincial Newspapers of Eastern Galicia, 1867-1914" on Wednesday, November 20 at 4:30 p.m. in Foster 503.

Sponsored by the Colloquium Series of the Department of Slavic Langauges & Literatures

Animal Studies Workshop

The Animal Studies Workshop presents Jared Secord and a talk entitled "Animals, Identity, and the Environment in the Hellenistic and Roman Worlds." The influx of foreign animals to Greece and Rome in the Hellenistic and Imperial periods provided challenges to geographically deterministic theories that emphasized links between a land’s human and animal populations. As much is apparent from the agricultural and zoological literature of the Roman Empire.

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