Russell Valentino, University of Iowa professor of cinema and comparative literature in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences (CLAS), will present a lecture at 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 12, in the Gerber Lounge, Room 304 English Philosophy Building, titled “From Virtue to Virtuality: Property, Commerce and the Quest for Masculine Character from Dostoevsky to DeLillo.” This event is free and open to the public.
WorldCanvass Studio guests will convene around the topic “The Caucasus as a Crossroads: Dagestan, Russia and Regional Security” in the Old Capitol Senate Chamber from 5-6 p.m. on Thursday, October 27. Admission is free and open to the public.
Abstract: The Passion Play of Oberammergau is arguably the most famous amateur theater tradition in the world, attracting a half-million spectators to this Bavarian alpine village every ten years. Indeed, the appeal of the play lies in its very status as lay theater: visitors flock to the village not just to witness a performance of the passion, but also to affirm the community’s dedication to a centuries-long tradition. To satisfy such an audience, the community’s role play behind the performance must be visible to outsiders. In addition to offering a general history of the play, the talk will explore the secondary performance frame of the “Oberammergau experience,” which shapes audience reception by representing the “real lives” of the performers. However, unscripted encounters with the play’s actors also reveal changing attitudes towards tradition.
Anthropologist Pamila Gupta will present a lecture titled “Some (Not so) Lost Aquatic Traditions: Goans Going Fishing in the Indian Ocean” Friday, Nov. 11, from 4:00-5:30 p.m. in 302 Schaeffer Hall. This event is free and open to the public. Chai and snacks will be provided.
Gupta will discuss how rituals enhance community and diasporic ties between Portugal, Mozambique, and Goa, India. She will focus on the role rituals play in re-creating sensual and bodily experiences and memories, and in representing notions of Goan popular culture, all to be passed onto subsequent generations of Goan Mozambicans.
“Young Starlets of Japanese Cinema” is the theme of a new film series at the UI, which begins Friday, Oct. 14, with a screening of “One Million Yen Girl” at 7 p.m. at the Bijou Cinema in the Iowa Memorial Union. All screenings are free and open to the public.
This 7th Annual Japan Foundation Film Series is devoted to introducing young female actresses from films released in the 2000s. Additional screenings include “Harmful Insect” on Oct. 21, “Yunagi City Sakura Country” on Oct. 28, and “Kamikaze Girls” on Nov. 4, all at 7 p.m. at the Bijou.
Japan is the focus of the United Nations Day of Older Persons third-annual celebration Wednesday, Oct. 5, from 3:30 to 5 p.m. in the Assembly Room of the Iowa City/Johnson County Senior Center. The event is free and open to all ages.
The next WorldCanvass program from UI International Programs will explore “New Culture and New Welfare in South Asia: the Arts in India” at 5 p.m. Friday, Oct. 7, in the Senate Chamber of the Old Capitol Museum. The production is part of a larger UI conference of the same name from Oct. 6-8, and all events are free and open to the public.
Roy Bennett, deputy minister of agriculture and a major opposition figure in Zimbabwe, will be featured at two upcoming events: a WorldCanvass Studio program at 2 p.m. Monday, Oct. 3, in Room 2780 of the University Capitol Centre (UCC); and a Careers for Change lecture at 12:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 4, in Room 1117, UCC. Both events are free and open to the public.
Roy Bennett, deputy minister of agriculture and treasurer of Zimbabwe’s Movement for Democratic Change (MDC), the opposition party headed by Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai, will be a special guest of WorldCanvass Studio on October 3. The live program will take place from 2-3 p.m. in Room 2780 University Capitol Centre and is free and open to the public.
Is the making of art in India, Pakistan, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka since Independence a matter of privilege that rests with donors, patrons, and ministries of culture? Or, on the contrary, is art a necessity for life, like food and shelter, which ordinary people need to relieve the dreariness of poverty? On the October 7 WorldCanvass, we’ll explore the relationship in South Asia between different sorts of art and different levels of income (folk art, classical art, ritual art, studio art, public art) in order to answer the question of who makes and who consumes music, song, poetry, painting, dance and film.
This fall, the University of Iowa will bring together students, faculty and the community for a wave of events focused on the ever-growing world of comics — including comic strips, comic books and graphic novels.
The UI will host a wide variety of hands-on activities, exhibitions, discussions and other public events. Leading comic artist-authors and scholars will meet Oct. 5-8 in Iowa City for “Comics, Creativity and Culture: International and Interdisciplinary Perspectives,” a symposium sponsored by the university’s Obermann Center for Advanced Studies, International Programs, and the UI Museum of Art (UIMA).
The University of Iowa European Studies Group Fall 2011 Lecture Series begins Friday, Sept. 23, with a talk by Mona Krook entitled “Tensions in Political Inclusion: Women and Minorities in Electoral Politics” at noon in Room N202 of the Lindquist Center. All lectures are free and open to the public.
Krook will explain how prevailing norms of citizenship in France and the United Kingdom have shaped campaigns for political inclusion, resulting in solutions for women that have not been extended to racial and ethnic minorities. She is an assistant professor of political science and women, gender and sexuality studies at Washington University, St. Louis.
WorldCanvass will kick off the 2011-12 season with a program featuring "Comics, Creativity and Culture" from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 23, in
the Senate Chamber of the Old Capitol Museum.The monthly television and radio series from University of Iowa International Programs will continue each month with its tradition of lively discussion of culture, history, literature, language, politics and art, all surrounding an international theme. WorldCanvass takes place from 5 to 7 p.m. one Friday a month in the Senate Chamber of the Old Capitol Museum. All programs are free and open to the public.
WorldCanvass will kick off the 2011-12 season with a program featuring “Comics, Creativity and Culture” from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 23, in the Senate Chamber of the Old Capitol Museum.
The monthly television and radio series from University of Iowa International Programs will continue each month with its tradition of lively discussion of culture, history, literature, language, politics and art, all surrounding an international theme. WorldCanvass takes place from 5 to 7 p.m. one Friday a month in the Senate Chamber of the Old Capitol Museum. All programs are free and open to the public.
Playwright and director Gowri Ramnarayan will be speaking about the writing and staging of three of her plays during an upcoming visit to the UI. Monday, Sept. 19, at 6:30 p.m. in Room 172 of the Theatre Buliding Ramnarayan will discuss “Serpent Speak” and “Dark Horse” and Tuesday, Sept. 20, at 5 p.m. in Theatre B of the Theatre Building she will discuss “Water Lilies.” These events are free and open to the public.