University and Student Events

Teacher Appreciation Night

May is Teacher Appreciation Month! To express their appreciation, the Oriental Institute is hosting a reception and event for classroom teachers and school administrators. Meet staff from a wide range of K-12 education and outreach offices at the University of Chicago. Take this opportunity to explore the premier educational resources and research materials available to teachers at the University. Enjoy a thematic tour of the Museum and explore its world-class archaeological collection. This event will be on May 21, 2014 from 4:30 PM to 7 PM.

OI Tour with Dr. Jack Green

Join Dr. Jack Green, Chief Curator of the Oriental Institute Museum, to tour the upcoming mini-exhibit of artwork by Michael Rakowitz, "The Invisible Enemy Should Not Exist," and the ongoing exhibit "Catastrophe! Ten Years Later: The Looting and Destruction of Iraq's Past." Find out the importance of museum stewardship of antiquities from the Middle East. You will leave the tour inspired with ways that you and your students can help protect global cultural heritage. The event will be on Thursday, April 3, 2014, at 4:00 PM. Space is limited.

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/

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