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Listen Up: November 2016

This month’s academic events include a screening of a Serbian-language film, a discussion of guilt in medieval Jewish thought, and lecture on carbon modernity.

WHAT: German Movie Night (Er ist wieder da!)

WHEN: November 2 at 6:30 p.m.

WHERE: 1066 Lincoln Hall

ABOUT: What if… HE was back? Here? In the REAL world? The probably most evil tyrant in world history suddenly awakens out of nowhere in the middle of Berlin – TODAY. Confronted with irritating new technologies and today’s society, Adolf Hitler makes his way through Germany again. See how real peple from the streets deal with “the Führer” face to face. An extremely funny yet likewise shocking mockumentary after the bestselling book of Timur Vermes.


WHAT: Discussion: “Radical Right and Remembering in Recent Political History: Germany, Poland, Russia, Turkey, and the U.S.”

WHEN: November 4 at 1:30 p.m.

WHERE: Lucy Ellis Lounge, 1080 Foreign Languages Building (1st floor), 707 S. Mathews Ave.

ABOUT: The titles of these brief presentations are:

  • Peter Fritzsche (Professor of History) “U.S. Populism and Nazism: 2006 and 1932”
  • Alex van Doren (Graduate student in Comparative and World Literature) “Radical Tides on the Rise: Understanding Poland’s Populist Turn”
  • John Randolph (Associate Professor of History) “Europe, Eurasia, and Putinism: Authenticity and Authority in Russia after the USSR”
  • Helen Makhdoumian (Graduate student in English) and Dilara Caliskan (Graduate student in Anthropology) “These Lands Bear Witness: Activating Armenian Genocide Memory in Armenia, the Armenian Diaspora, and Turkey”
  • Naomi Taub (Graduate student in English)  “‘White Nostalgia’ and Revisionist History”


WHAT: Lecture: “Inherited Guilt in Medieval Jewish Thought”

WHEN: November 7 at 12 p.m.

WHERE: Jewish Studies Office, English Building 109

ABOUT: Dov Weiss, Assistant Professor of Jewish Studies and Religious Studies at UIUC, will be speaking in this Jewish Studies Workshop.


WHAT: Arabic Poetry Night

WHEN: November 8 at 4 p.m.

WHERE: 1080 Lucy Ellis Lounge, Foreign Languages Building

ABOUT: This poetry night is sponsored by the Less Commonly Taught Languages Program and the Arabic Program.


WHAT: Film Screening: “The Fifth Heaven”

WHEN: November 8 at 5 p.m.

WHERE: Greg Hall, Room 111

ABOUT: In 1944, Palestine, Maya is brought to an orphanage by her father and finds herself in an all female world. Forced to watch the making of history from the sidelines what will it mean to be the mother of a nation?


WHAT: EUC Lecture: “Integrating Migrants in Times of Economic Change: Comparing Responses in European Cities”

WHEN: November 9 at 12 p.m.

WHERE: David Kinley Hall, Rm 206

ABOUT: Across the post-industrial West, the spatial concentration of migrant-origin residents has been occurring in particular urban and suburban neighborhoods, where multicultural societies are either being built or rendered unworkable. Widely seen as byproducts of pro-globalization strategies, both worker displacement and polarization along racial and ethnic lines are expected to worsen during rapid economic transformations, such as those witnessed in the tumultuous period since the financial crash of 2007–08. However, many global centers—especially those just below the very top tier—aspire to bolster their status and success by being “creative cities” that celebrate openness, diversity, and multicultural harmony. Different approaches to reconciling those two apparently contradictory processes are revealed through a comparison of two similar, secondary global cities, Barcelona and Hamburg. The focus is on trends in the spatial concentration and structural integration of migrant-origin residents (Poles, Romanians, Serbs, Pakistanis, and Ghanaians) and the policies affecting them and undocumented migrants and refugees over the past decade and a half. Local policy responses, it becomes clear, have proven critical in determining the effects of deep economic change on the shared lived experience across the case cities.


WHAT: Film Screening: “Wait for Me and I Will Not Come” (in Serbian)

WHEN: November 9 at 7 p.m.

WHERE: Room G-46 (basement) Foreign Languages Building

ABOUT: This screening is sponsored by the Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures.


WHAT: Lecture: “Who Owns Energy? Tokyo at the Dawn of Carbon Modernity”

WHEN: November 10 at 4 p.m.

WHERE: Room 124, Lincoln Hall

ABOUT: This lecture will be delivered by Ian Miller.


WHAT: Biohumanities Interchange with Joan Fujimura (U. WI) and Zaneta Thayer (Dartmouth): Research on Health Disparities in the Context of Racial Politics

WHEN: November 10 at 4:30 p.m.

WHERE: 607 Carl R. Woese Institute for Genomic Biology

ABOUT: Joan Fujimura (Sociology, University of Wisconsin) built the interdisciplinary Science and Technology Studies Program and the Holtz Center for Research in Science, Technology, Medicine, and the Environment at the University of Wisconsin. She has studied research practices in cancer research, molecular genetics, bioinformatics, genomics, and now new developments in epigenetics and systems biology. Zaneta Thayer (Anthropology, Dartmouth College) is a biological anthropologist interested in understanding how developmental exposures influence human biological variation. In order to explore these processes, her current work addresses how contemporary human environments, which are largely shaped by social and political inequalities, influence a woman’s biology and that of her developing fetus. In particular, she is interested in understanding how stress experiences influence maternal and offspring stress physiology, and whether these effects are mediated via changes in DNA methylation.


WHAT: Art Design Lecture Series: Jen Delos Reyes on “The Lovers, The Dreamers, and Me”

WHEN: November 17 at 5:30 p.m.

WHERE: KAM Lower Level, Auditorium (Room 62)

ABOUT: Jen Delos Reyes is a creative laborer, educator, writer, and community arts organizer. A pioneer of art in education, she worked with Portland State University from 2008-2014 to create the first flexible residency Art and Social Practice MFA program in the United States. She now serves as associate direcgtor of the School of Art and Art History at the University of Illinois at Chicago.


We live near a major university and a community college. There are smart people that come here every week to talk to the general public about interesting topics. Here’s a sampling of the talks and events you can find in the not-so-ivy-covered buildings near you. These events are free and will fill your brain with yummy knowledge (and sometimes will fill your stomach with free eats).

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