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President’s Distinguished Lecture – Ambassador Andrew Young

Inauguration Week 2011 Event.

Presentation with Ambassador and Activist Andrew Young will highlight Inauguration Week 2011 events; reception with Ambassador Young to immediately follow.

About Ambassador and Activist Andrew Young

For a university that prides itself on creating a healthy exchange of ideas on the most pressing questions facing society and seeks to instill in its graduates a drive to serve the broader public interest, the chance to host Andrew Young as an honored guest and participant during Inauguration Week 2011 is opportune.

Panel Discussion: Addressing Racism in America

This discussion will be about the topic of race and other factors that lead to our opinions on specific topics. This program will be a panel discussion that includes FCAS Dean Robert Eisinger, Professor of Psychology Charles Trimbach and Professor of Political Science June Speakman. The discussion will explore three recent controversial cases dealing with race: Trayvon Martin, Michael Brown, and Eric Garner. We will be looking at the media coverage of these events and examine how our opinions are informed by one-sided coverage. What perceptions do we have about the police and the stereotypical criminal? Does the fact of not knowing all the facts impact our decisions? Do people choose sides automatically regardless of the facts? And what possible solutions can we implement to bring our community together as one community not just on this campus, but the bigger picture of our nation as a whole?

Radical, Trans-Inclusive Feminism Workshop with Staceyann Chin

Join Tony-nominated activist/author/spoken word poet, Staceyann Chin, for a discussion about feminism that examines how trans* identities, racial identities and varying levels of privilege can play a role in what we bring to/need from feminism.

Spoken Word Poetry Performance with Staceyann Chin

As part of National Poetry Month and a kick-off of Pride Week, Tony-nominated activist/author/spoken word poet, Staceyann Chin will deliver a night of spoken word poetry on issues of race relations, women's issues, gender and sexuality and immigration. Stay after the event for a book-signing reception with Ms. Chin. Merit point event! Co-sponsored by: Intercultural Center, Student Life Division, Department of English Literature & Creative Writing, Anthropology & Sociology Department, the Writing Center, Feinstein College of Arts & Sciences, SAFE, MSU, Women's Center.

Tournées French Festival Film Screening: "Venus In Fur"

After his nimble adaptations of the plays "Death and the Maiden" (1994) and "Carnage" (2011), Roman Polanski continues his success in bringing the stage to the screen with "La Venus a la Fourrure" ("Venus In Fur"), which originally premiered off-Broadway in 2010. (David Ives, the playwright, co-wrote the film’s script with Polanski.)

Tournées French Festival Film Screening: "Ernest & Celestine"

This utterly charming animated film about interspecies friendship, directed by Stéphane Aubier, Vincent Pater, and Benjamin Renner, is based on a series of children’s books by the Belgian author-illustrator Gabrielle Vincent (1929–2000). In an unnamed French city, two different realms of sworn enemies exist. Above ground live bears; below it reside mice. Celestine, a wee mouse orphan who is being trained for a career in dentistry but dreams of being an artist instead, meets a kindred spirit in adult Ernest, an ursine musician whom she convinces not to eat her. They seal their bond by breaking into a candy store together and soon find themselves on the lam from those who are appalled by their amity. These unlikely friends set up their own home in the woods, delighting in both their similarities and differences. The detailed, warm, hand-drawn animation emphasizes the tender companionship between a mouse who loves to sketch and a bear who is happiest when playing a violin.

Tournées French Festival Film Screening: "In the House"

Adapted from Juan Mayorga’s play "The Boy in the Last Row," François Ozon’s piquant and playful "Dans La Maison" ("In the House") marks a return to the anarchic adolescent protagonists of the director’s early films, such as "Criminal Lovers" (1999), whose uncontrollable desires are inextricably linked with destruction and mayhem.

Tournées French Festival Film Screening: "Cousin Jules"

After winning a prize at the Locarno Film Festival in 1973, Dominique Benicheti’s magnificent documentary, "Le Cousin Jules" (Cousin Jules), features the quotidian rhythms of an elderly couple in rural Burgundy unjustly remained without U.S. distribution for 40 years. Filmed over a five-year period, shot in CinemaScope and recorded in stereo, this immersive portrait follows Jules Guiteaux (a distant relative of the director’s) and his wife, Félicie, as they go about their formidable tasks. Jules, a blacksmith, is shown hammering out hinges and other implements as his wife tends to their vegetable garden and prepares meals and midmorning coffee. Benicheti, working with cinematographers Pierre William Glenn and Paul Launay, patiently observes these labor-intensive chores, daily rituals that are attended to with utmost precision and grace — and that are never less than transfixing to watch. Although Jules and Félicie, both born in 1891, rarely speak in the film, their silence conveys the deep intimacy of spouses who have spent six decades together.

Tournées French Festival Film Screening: "The French Minister"

Directed by Bertrand Tavernier, "Quai D'Orsay" (The French Minister) is a razor-sharp satire of politics — both those enacted on the world stage and within the corridors of workplaces — originated in first-hand experience. The film is adapted from graphic novels written by Antonin Baudry, who worked as a speechwriter for Dominique de Villepin, the French foreign minister during the lead-up to the 2003 war in Iraq. (Baudry co-wrote the screenplay with Tavernier and Christophe Blain, who illustrated the books.)

The 13th Amendment’s Legacy: Leonard Pitts Jr. to Lead March 23 Panel on Race

March 11, 2015

BRISTOL, R.I. – Two and a half years after a visit to Roger Williams University in which he characterized race as 
“the single dumbest idea in all of history,” Pulitzer Prize-winning writer Leonard Pitts Jr. will return to the University on Monday, March 23, to lead a panel discussion titled “The Modern Legacy of the 13th Amendment and Race Relations in the U.S.”

As part of the President’s Distinguished Speakers Series, the acclaimed Miami Herald columnist – who has worked for nearly four decades as a writer, professor, radio producer and lecturer – will join a panel of experts and commentators from the University and beyond in discussing the 1865 amendment to the U.S. Constitution, which abolished slavery in America, and its impact over the 150 years since its passage.

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