From Kiev to Chicago: Gregory Orloff’s “At the Movies” and the International Language of Silent Film
Lauren Lessing, Mirken Curator of Education
Thursday, September 25
Noon, Colby Museum of Art
Orloff, a Ukrainian-born, Chicago-based artist, once said, “I do not feel that there is anything in my art that one could call peculiarly American.” Instead, he sought to depict “manifestations of life at it is lived by the great mass of mankind.” When he painted At the Movies in the mid 1920s, sound-on-film technology was still in its infancy. Unrestricted by spoken language, films crossed borders with ease. With its crowd of well dressed theater goers and its posters advertising both European and American films, the movie palace Orloff painted could exist almost anywhere.
The Migrations of Terry Tempest Williams: Readings and Ruminations
Thursday, October 2
7:00pm, Colby Museum of Art
8:30pm, Book Signing
Known for her impassioned and lyrical prose, Terry Tempest Williams is the author of the environmental literature classic Refuge: An Unnatural History of Family and Place and other books including An Unspoken Hunger: Stories from the Field, The Open Space of Democracy, and When Women Were Birds. A columnist for the magazine The Progressive, Williams is working on a new book titled My God Has Feet of Earth: Seven Pilgrimages in Seven National Parks, set to be published in the fall of 2015.
Williams is the 2014-15 Andrew W. Mellon Distinguished Fellow in Environmental Studies. A reception and book signing will follow her reading.
The Garifuna Culture Survival Band
Saturday, October 3, 2014
8:00pm, social hour
Dance the night away to traditional Garifuna music from Honduras, Guatemala and Belize. Music, Food, Dance!
Sponsored by the Pugh Center, Students Organized for Black and Hispanic Unity, and Latin American Studies.
Luigi Ballerini, What’s for Dinner? Recipes from Renaissance Last Suppers
Tuesday, October 7
What was on the menu for Christ’s last supper? What recipes were used? How did different Renaissance artists portray the food, the table, and the utensils? How did the menu change as the meal moved from one location to the next, from one artist to the next, and as ingredients from newly discovered lands were included? Luigi Ballerini, Professor Emeritus, UCLA, will explore these and other related questions through a visual and culinary tour of some of the best-known masterpieces of Renaissance art by Leonardo, Veronese, Tintoretto, and others.
Panel on translation
Wednesday, October 8
Two Colby faculty who have translated works for publication will discuss their theory and practice of translation. What happens when language migrates across linguistic and cultural boundaries? Professor David Suchoff, Department of English, translates from German to English. Professor Artie Greenspan, Department of French and Italian, translates from French to English. Moderator: Professor Julie de Sherbinin, Department of German and Russian.This panel is being held in conjunction with the fall semester course RU397, Russian to English Translation.
Brazilian Carnaval Comes to Colby!
Samba New York!
Saturday, Oct. 18
7:30 p.m., Lorimer Chapel
(This concert is funded by the Robert J. Strider Concert with additional funding from The Colby Latin American Studies Department and the Colby Center for the Arts and Humanities.)
Inspired by the famous escola de samba parade associations of the Rio Carnaval, Samba New York! is the top samba performance company in NYC and one of the foremost such groups in the United States. For this special program during Parent’s Weekend, Samba New York! brings its live samba show to campus, featuring percussionists and costumed dancers. The concert will also include a Brazilian dance lesson and demonstration, a short introductory lecture on samba and Carnaval in Rio, and a Q&A. Earlier in the day the Colby community is invited to participate in a samba percussion master class with director Philip Galinsky and the Samba New York! drummers. (Time and location of master class to be announced.)
Bound for Glory
6:30pm, Waterville Opera House
Part of Monday Night Movies: Cinema Migrations
Adapted from Woody Guthrie’s autobiography, Hal Ashby (who’s now largely and unfairly forgotten despite making such tremendous films as COMING HOME. SHAMPOO, THE LAST DETAIL, HAROLD AND MAUDE and BEING THERE) directs a gorgeous, moving biography of a real hero—an extraordinary, ordinary “man of the people.” BOUND FOR GLORY centers on a few pivotal years in the life of the celebrated folk singer and social activist in the Depression 1930s. Midwesterner Guthrie (brilliantly incarnated by a wryly smiling David Carradine) plays music locally but cannot make enough as a sign painter to support his wife (Melinda Dillon) and children. With only his paintbrushes, Woody joins the migration westward from the Dust Bowl to supposedly greener California pastures via boxcar and hitchhiking, accompanied by his guitar… A beyond deserved Oscar winner for Haskell Wexler’s mesmerizing, groundbreaking cinematography and Leonard Rosenman’s Musical Adaptation of Guthrie’s songs, BOUND FOR GLORY was also a Best Picture Oscar nominee—but has gone sadly unseen and unremembered, like most of the great films, a movie ahead of its time. Catch up now! PG. 147 Min.
“Indigenous Peoples, Climate Justice and the Responsibility of Settler States”
Professor Kyle Powys White, Michigan State University
4:00pm, Lovejoy 215
Wednesday, October 23
The Philosophy Department will welcome Professor Kyle Powys Whyte of Michigan State University, Department of Philosophy, as our second speaker in the 2014-2015 Philosophy Colloquium Series. He will present “Indigenous Peoples, Climate Justice and the Responsibility of Settler States.” Co-sponsored by the Center for the Arts and Humanities.
Global Sikh Diaspora: Migrant experiences and responses to Ecology and Human Rights
Dr. Pritam Singh, Oxford-Brookes University
1:00pm, Lovejoy 215
Thursday, November 6
Sikhism teaches that the natural environment and the survival of all life forms are closely linked in the rhythm of nature. The history of the Gurus is full of stories of their love and special relationship with the natural environment, with animals, birds, vegetation, earth, rivers, mountains and the sky.
Ethical Photography : Lewis Hines’ Immigrants
Noontime, Colby Museum of Art
Initially a geography teacher at the progressive Ethical Culture School in New York, Lewis Hine turned to photography at the school’s request. Hine’s approach to his subject—simultaneously “scientific,” humanistic, and aesthetic—came to define the practice of documentary photography in the United States. Showcasing exciting recent loans of Hine’s work by the Colby Museum of Art, this talk focuses on Hine’s images of immigrants at Ellis Island. This work constituted Hine’s first unified photographic project. It set the parameters for his ongoing documentation of the life of American laborers, particularly children, and raised ethical questions about the interaction of photographers with their human subjects.
6:00-7:15pm, Robinson Room, Miller Library
Thursday, November 14
Join us for hors d’oeuvres, drinks, and discussion on Friday November 14th from 6:00-7:15pm in the Robinson Room, Miller Library. The Center for the Arts and Humanities is hosting this pre-show event as part of the Center’s theme: Migrations. Professors Anindyo Roy of the English department and Brett White of Spanish will lead a discussion on migration in gender, performance, and Virginia Woolf. There is limited ticketing available for this event and reservations must be placed by Monday November 10th. Tickets include admission to the pre-show reception and discussion as well as a ticket for the performance of Orlando in Strider Theater at 7:30pm put on by Colby’s Theater & Dance department. Reservations can be placed at https://colbytheateranddance.tixato.com/buy
Orlando by Sara Ruhl
Thursday to Saturday, November 13-15
7:30pm, Runnals Theater
A man named Orlando lives life to the fullest through three centuries, and, after a long sleep, becomes a woman. A romp through the ages, a meditation on time, gender, and sexuality, Woolf’s Orlando was called the longest love letter ever to be written in literary history. This adaptation uses narrative and a chorus to enact lyrical, instant, and whimsical migrations as we follow Orlando through countless epochs. Written and adapted by Sarah Ruhl, this stage version of Orlando throws gender, temporality, and geography into a world where fluidity reigns over fixity.
Migrations: Coming To America
Colby Wind Ensemble and Colby Chorale, Eric Thomas and Nicolás Dosman, conductors
Saturday, Nov. 15, 2014, 7:30 p.m., Waterville Opera House
The Colby Wind Ensemble and Colby Chorale will join forces to perform a concert of works by American composers for winds and chorus including “Jubilate Deo”from Tres Cantus Laudendi by Mack Wilberg, “In Remembrance”by Jeffery Ames, “Sleep” by Eric Whitacre, and “America the Beautiful” by Samuel Ward.
Community Day: Migrations
Colby Museum of Art
Pilgrimage in a Tourist Age: The Case of Birthright Israel
Shaul Kelner, Vanderbilt University
Parker Reed Room, Schair-Swenson-Watson Alumni Center
Since 1999, hundreds of thousands of young American Jews have visited Israel on an all-expense-paid 10-day pilgrimage-tour known as Birthright Israel. The most elaborate of the state-supported homeland tours that are cropping up all over the world, this half-billion-dollar venture seeks to deepen the ties binding the Jewish Diaspora to Israel. But unlike Jewish pilgrimages of millennia past, Birthright Israel adopts and adapts the practices of modern mass tourism. What happens when a state looks to tourism to create a new pilgrimage ritual for the 21st century?
7:00pm, Waterville Opera House
Part of Monday Night Movies: Cinema Migrations
F.W. Murnau’s (NOSFERATU) American masterpiece is deep in the heart, and follows the country’s and history’s path from rural to urban. One of the last films of the Silent Era, it makes you wish that era had never ended. It’s also often recognized as one of the great films in the history of cinema, though one not often seen. “Subtitled ‘A Song of Two Humans,’ it tells the simple tale of a country farmer who, under the spell of a sophisticated city vamp, plots the murder of his wife. Moving from grim tragedy to delirious farce, SUNRISE presents a fable of love and lust, light and dark, town and city that remains thematically contemporary. SUNRISE is the final and fullest expression of classic silent cinema, combining diverse stylistic elements of the twenties into an integrated whole. Its camera movements are masterfully, breathtakingly choreographed.”– Sundance Institute. Unrated. 94 Min.
Colby Symphony Orchestra, Stan Renard, conductor
Saturday, Nov. 22, 7:30 p.m., Lorimer Chapel
7 p.m. Preconcert talk with Professor Natasha Zelensky
The Colby Symphony Orchestra presents a performance focusing on musical migrations. The concert will open with the overture and entr’acte to Carmen by Bizet, with its strong Spanish dance influences. Alexander Borodin’s Polovtsian Dances No. 17, which were intended to evince the exoticism of the Middle East will follow. Also included on the concert will be Antonin Dvorak’s well-known Czech Suite, op. 39.
Migrations: Between Heaven and Hell – The Human Experience
Colby Chamber Choir, Nicolás Alberto Dosman, conductor
Thursday, Dec. 4, 2014, 7:30 p.m., Colby Museum of Art Lobby
The Colby Chamber Choir will take the audience through a musical journey featuring compositions by American composers of the 20th and 21st centuries who address the complexities of the human experience. Included will be The Conversion of Saul by Z. Randall Stroope, Reincarnations by Samuel Barber, Prayer of the Children by Kurt Bestor, Carmina mei corids by Abbie Betinis, and The Journey Home by Robert H. Young.
7:00pm, Waterville Opera House
Part of Monday Night Movies:Cinema Migrations
“For eighty million years, birds have ruled the skies, seas and earth. Each spring, they fly vast distances. Each fall, they fly the same route back. This film is the result of four years following their amazing odysseys, in the northern hemisphere and then the south, species by species, flying over seas and continents.”—Jacques Perrin. Five teams of people (more than 450 people, including 17 pilots and 14 cinematographers) were necessary to follow a variety of bird migrations through 40 countries and each of the seven continents. The film covers landscapes that range from the Eiffel Tower and Monument Valley to the remote reaches of the Arctic and the Amazon. All manner of man-made machines were employed, including planes, gliders, helicopters, and balloons, and numerous innovative techniques and ingeniously designed cameras were utilized to allow the filmmakers to fly alongside, above, below and in front of their subjects. The result is a film of staggering beauty that opens one’s eyes to the ineffable wonders of the natural world. G. 89 Min