Sep. 21: French Film series continues: Fatima

“This is my intifada,” [Fatima] says: her act of uprising. Raising her daughters is her rebellion against oppression.

 

“Fatima” is a modest but engrossing movie, clocking in at a slim 78 minutes, that explores what that sort of act of rebellion might look like for a woman like Fatima: a North African immigrant in her mid-forties, divorced, living in Lyon, in a community that doesn’t seem overly eager to assimilate her or women like her. As such, it combines several currents running through contemporary European cinema: the sticky matter of immigration and assimilation, the challenges faced by the working class, and the tricky matters women navigate when they’re members of both of those groups.

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Sep 20: French Film Series Continues: La noire de …

La noire de . . ., by the Senegalese filmmaker Ousmane Sembene, is the first feature-length film to come out of sub-Saharan Africa. Technically flawed, it is nevertheless a cultural and cinematographic achievement, and it marks an important date in the history of African cinema. Based on a short story of the same title, written by Sembene and published in Voltaïque (1961),La noire de . . .tells the story of a young African woman who goes to France to work for the French couple who have employed her in Dakar. Filled with joy at the prospect of the trip, she soon becomes disillusioned, and finally, feeling imprisoned and isolated from the support of her own community, kills herself.

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September 19: Celebrate Constitution Day – Discover the Supreme Court

Limited free copies of the pocket-sized US Constitution will be available.

Constitution Day commemorates the formation and signing of the U.S. Constitution by thirty-nine brave men on September 17, 1787, recognizing all who are born in the U.S. or by naturalization, have become citizens.

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ROBERT BEN-ZION VAN SICKEL

Professor Robert Ben-Zion Van Sickel (Ph.D. University of California, Santa Barbara, 1995) has taught at Indiana State University since 2002. Dr. Van Sickel’s research and teaching interests include Western political thought, American civil rights, the United States Supreme Court, and American political culture.

He is the author of Tabloid Justice: Criminal Justice in an Age of Media Frenzy (2007) and the Jurisprudence of Sandra Day O’Connor (1998), as well as a number of articles and papers analyzing various aspects of the Supreme Court, mass media and politics, and American political culture. At ISU, Dr. Van Sickel teaches courses such as Law and American Society (PSCI 419), Civil Rights and Liberties (PSCI 418), Western Political Thought (PSCI 319), the Judicial Process (PSCI 308), Mass Media and Politics (PSCI 400), Film and Politics (PSCI 400), and American Political Thought (PSCI 309).

Sep. 19: Historian David Nichols presents “The Midwest is Indian Country”

Professor Nichols received his bachelor’s degree from Harvard University and his Master’s and Doctoral degrees from the University of Kentucky. He joined the faculty at Indiana State University in 2004.

His specialty is early America, with a particular interest in Native American history during the Revolutionary and early national era. He is the author of Red Gentlemen & White Savages: Indians, Federalists, and the Search for Order on the Early American Frontier (University of Virginia Press, 2008), Engines of Diplomacy: Indian Trading Factories and the Negotiation of American Empire (University of North Carolina Press, 2016), and Peoples of the Inland Sea: Natives Americans and Newcomers in the Great Lakes Region (Ohio University Press, 2018).  He is currently working on a study of economic change among the Chickasaws.

Contemporary French Film Festival Begins September 18

The Department of Languages, Literatures and Linguistics were awarded a grant, from the French government for this contemporary French cinema festival.  Each film will have also have a speaker.  Tournees Film Festival is made possible by Centre National du Cinéma et de L’image animée, Franco-American Cultural Fund, French Embassy in the United States: Higher Education Arts French Language and Highbrow.  Films subtitled in English. FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC

9/18/2017 – Dernières nouvelles du Cosmos –  Tournées Film Festival (6:00pm – 8pm) in the Library Events Area

Can a person incapable of speaking or writing somehow produce beautiful literature?  In Latest News From the Cosmos (Derniere nouvelles du cosmos), director Julie Bertuccelli answers that question in the affirmative, documenting the remarkable story of Helene Nicolas, aka Babouillec, a severely autistic 30-year-old French woman who manages to convey her deepest inner thoughts through a unique form of poetic wordplay. Both inspirational and informative, this touching creative portrait received a small theatrical release in France and should find additional bookings on the fest circuit, with possibilities for screenings at educational and institutional outfits.

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