Bernardo Bertolucci, whose emotional, exuberant style graced masterpieces from The Conformist to Last Tango in Paris and his Best Picture-winner The Last Emperor, is more youthful, energetic, and cinematically and politically revolutionary than ever in this relatively recent dazzler. “The personal is political” was the litany of the heady days of 1968’s spring when everything felt old and deadly and about to crumble. While most students take the lead in the May revolution, a French poet’s twins Theo and Isabelle enjoy the good life in his grand Paris home. They meet and adopt modest, conservatively educated California-based student Matthew. With their parents away for a month, they drag him into an orgy of indulgence of all senses, losing all of his and the last of their innocence. Sponsored by the Center for the Arts and Humanities.

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Community Conversations is a series of three talks bringing together Waterville faith and community institutions with Colby faculty and students to discuss major issues of common concern. The theme for the 2016-17 academic year is wealth, and the November program focuses on income inequality. Speakers are Maine Senator Justin Alfond and Rabbi Shai Held, cofounder, dean, and chair in Jewish thought at Mechon Hadar. Cosponsored by the Center for the Arts and Humanities, Center for Small Town Jewish Life, Colby Hillel, the Education Program, the Goldfarb Center for Public Affairs and Civic Engagement, the Oak Institute for the Study of International Human Rights, and the Office of Religious and Spiritual Life.

Contact: Liz Snider,, 207-859-4271


Although the events it describes occurred more than 200 years ago, the term “Haitian Revolution” has only come into widespread use in the past few decades. By putting the events that led to the western world’s first abolition of slavery on the same level as the American and French revolutions, this new language profoundly changes our understanding of the “age of revolutions.” The explosion of new scholarship on the Haitian Revolution is also changing our understanding of the meaning of this event and its place in world history. Jeremy D. Popkin, William T. Bryan Chair of History at the University of Kentucky, has written several books on the Haitian Revolution, including Facing Racial Revolution: Eyewitness Accounts of the Haitian Uprising (2007), You Are All Free: The Haitian Revolution and the Abolition of Slavery (2010), A Concise History of the Haitian Revolution (2012), and Mon Odyssée: L’épopée d’un colon de Saint Domingue (2015).

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Bz ’18-’45: One monument, One city, Two dictatorships is a public exhibition within the Monument to Victory in Bolzano, Italy, that illustrates the history of the monument erected by the Italian Fascist regime in 1928. This lecture by Jeffrey Schnapp, professor of romance literature and comparative literature at Harvard, recounts the tale of the monument and its reframing via BZ ’18-’45 as a work of critical contextualization. The exhibition is a commentary on the evolving social and political framework of the second half of the 20th century to the present day.

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What does revolution in the fashion industry look like? Iman Aldebe is internationally recognized for her work revolutionizing and stylizing traditional hijabs and turbans with bedouin tassels. Join us to explore how Iman’s work helps create a political debate, empowers women to dispel the stereotypes of a Muslim woman being a weak individual, and is revolutionary.

Contact: Megan Fossa,, 207-859-4165