Coral reefs around the world are vanishing at an unprecedented rate. In this film, an Exposure Labs Production, a team of divers, photographers and scientists set out on a thrilling ocean adventure to discover why and to reveal the underwater mystery to the world.Open to all. Film presented by members of the Coral Reef Ecology class.
This will be a presentation to learn, gain support, and get excited for the Human Rights Cannot Wait Tour, focusing on the rights of migrant farm workers in VT through Migrant Justice!
This year’s tenth annual celebration of singing and peace includes performances by Bella Voce Women’s Vocal Ensemble, Maple Jam, The Monteverdi Young Singers, Robert de Cormier & Friends, Social Band, Vermont Choral Union, and your host group - Counterpoint. Each choir will sing moving repertory focused on peace and social justice from the classical, jazz, and folk genres, and all will join together for favorites “Where Have All the Flowers Gone?”, “We Shall Overcome,” and “Dona Nobis Pacem.” The audience will have a chance to sing along too! Admission to this concert is free. Donations are gratefully accepted and proceeds will be donated to Migrant Justice: https://migrantjustice.net/
During a year when we commemorate the 500th anniversary of the Lutheran Church, the Saint Michael's College community is holding a symposium on the Lutheran-Catholic dialogue over the past fifty years. The symposium considers the challenges that lie ahead for Lutherans and Catholics as we move toward stronger bonds and greater communion, leading hopefully to full communion.Sponsored by the Edmundite Center for Faith and Culture.
Guest Speaker: Dr. Teng BiaoDr. Teng Biao is currently a visiting scholar at New York University Law School. Before NYU, Dr. Teng had been a visiting scholar at Yale Law School, Harvard Law School, and the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton. He was named one of the “Persons of the Year in Asia” by Newsweek in 2005. The New York Review of Books calls him “one of China’s best-known civil-rights lawyers.” A leader of China’s New Citizens Movement and founder of Open Constitution Initiative, he was banned from teaching in his own university - the University of Politics and Law in Beijing - because of his activism. Before he started his life in exile, he had served as a defense lawyer for many years on high-profile human rights cases in China. In consequence, he was kidnapped and tortured by the authorities. Dr. Teng’s research focuses on criminal justice, human rights, social movements, and democratic transition in China. He has testified at the United States Congressional Hearings and is a frequently sought-after commentator on major international news outlets such as the New York Times, the Washington Post, and the Guardian. He is a recipient of various international human rights awards including Human Rights Prize of the French Republic (2007).Sponsored by:East Asia ProgramHistory DepartmentClassics DepartmentPolitical Science DepartmentReligious Studies DepartmentCenter for Multicultural Affairs and ServicesInquiry contact: Professor Rowena He, History Department
The Center for Multicultural Affairs and Services welcomes Holocaust survivor and genocide educator Peter Stein on Thursday, September 28, at 7pm in the McCarthy Arts Center. Stein will present his lecture 'Surviving the Holocaust: Memories of a Czech Family in Nazi Prague.' Stein will speak about the current rise of Nazism in the Unites States through the lens of his family and their experiences during the rise of Nazism and Nazi occupation of Czechoslovakia. He will explore the larger historical and contemporary context of antisemitism. Stein will introduce us to the human aspects by introducing is to relatives who were sent to Terezin, a ghetto and concentration camp, and then to Auschwitz to their deaths as well as the stories of his father and other members of his family who survived. As emboldened white supremacists threatens violence in our country and Nazism has been emboldened in our society, we hope Peter's Visit will enable us to reflect on our societies and our responsibilities to each other as citizens and human beings.
Sept. 29 Book Launch for Susan Oullette. The History Department is celebrating the launch of Susan Oullette's book An Extraordinary Ordinary Woman. Join us from 5-6:30 p.m. in the Farrell Room for light refreshments and conversation, Susan will speak about her research.
Please sign up to donate blood for this year's Fiz Blood Drive. This Blood Drive is a collaboration between MOVE, Athletics, and the Red Cross. Sign up in MOVE.
Students and faculty in the Education Department participate in the Common Read, engaging n deeper questions such as what is social justice, inclusion, and cultural responsiveness. Held each fall, the Common Read is explored in individual courses, departmental gatherings, and campus-wide events. This year’s “read” is Same Sun Here by Silas House & Neela Vaswani. In this extraordinary novel in letters, an Indian immigrant girl in New York City and a Kentucky coal miner’s son find strength and perspective by sharing their true selves across the miles.
The first film by Senegalese master Ousmane Sembène and the first feature produced in sub-Saharan Africa, Black Girl is the story of Diouana, an illiterate nursemaid from Dakar who follows her French employers to the Côte d’Azur with dreams of discovering France. But once in Antibes, she finds herself enslaved, trapped in the couple’s well-appointed holiday apartment and on the receiving end of their domestic frustrations. Her ensuing rebellion is both a desperate act and one of the great cries of cinematic outrage. Despite its short running time, Black Girl is an extraordinarily dense film, packed with unexpected narrative turns and human and political insight. The rage at its heart is concealed by the clean lines of Sembène’s black and whitephotography of the south of France and Dakar, his seductive montage, and the hum of Senegalese pop music on the soundtrack. But make no mistake: this is a work of subversion, a human-scaled tragedy for the age of anti-colonialism. As an on-the-ground analysis of the cause and effects of domination, it has few rivals. As a powerful example of cinema’s ability to give voice to the disenfranchised, it stands alone as a painfully timely, masterful work of art.Tournées Film Festival is made possible with the support of the Cultural Services of the French Embassy in the U.S., the Centre National du Cinéma et de l’Image Animée (CNC), the French American Cultural Fund, Florence Gould Foundation and Highbrow Entertainment.
A reception for the delegation from Honfleur, France, in conjunction with the sister city relationship between Burlington and Honfleur. The reception will be hosted jointly by the Department of Modern Languages and Literature, the French Club, and the Society of Saint Edmund.
As part of our Global Conversations Series and our ongoing internationalization efforts designed to expose our campus community to contemporary global issues, the Center for Multicultural Affairs and Services has invited Cuban popular educator and poet Marcel Lueiro Reyes to visit Saint Michael in Thursday, October 12! Marcel, a popular educator and socially-conscious media producer who has worked at the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Center in Havana for the past twelve years. We invite you to send students and come learn from Marcel about the effects of ongoing and changing US policies in Cuba.Marcel is a specialist in the fields of popular communication, culture and the arts in Cuba. Many of his poetry collections have been published and some have even won national literary prizes. Marcel has traveled to many countries, as both a popular educator and a journalist. During his visit, Marcel will share the reality of the Cuban people, focusing on community-based experiences in the struggle to create a more inclusive and democratic socialism at 7pm at the McCarthy Arts Center. Marcel is eager to discuss the perception of US policies on the island as well as the influence of people from the US on beloved aspects of Cuban life, such as baseball, music and film. As part of our Global Conversation Luncheon Series, we invite faculty and staff to a conversation on 'Life and culture in Cuba' at 11:45am in the Dion Student Center - Roy Room
Latin American dance night: Salsa, Mambo, Merengue, Rumba, Bachata, Bomba, Plena and more!
INFLATABLES: A one day exhibition of large inflatable sculptures made by students in AR 225, Sculpture: Subject and Object.
This multi-media performance by the Daughters of the Corn Nicaragua Dance Troupe includes eloquent, cultural dances performed in beautiful dresses to marimba music. Short video showings will also be presented while the dancers change into new costumes and dresses. The video will take the audience into the lives of “Women in Action”, a women’s group that live, and carry out community projects in one of the poorest settlements of Managua, Nicaragua.
In the Congo, passing the national baccalaureate exam can save a young person from a life of manual labor and open the doors to university and a career. To fail the exam is to be fated to struggle for survival through menial work. As Congolese filmmaker Dieudo Hamadi’s documentary NationalDiploma so powerfully shows, the path to success in the national exam is full of challenges. We see a school principal come into a prep classroom and summon those students who have not paid their fees to pay up now or leave. Those who stay aren’t much better off: the teachers are striking because they haven’t been paid. So an enterprising group of students rents a house to cram for the exam. Yet Hamadi’s fly-on-the-wall camera reveals study methods thatare as surprising to Western eyes as they are endemic in the Congo: students visit marabouts for medicinal plants, get preachers to bless their pens or exorcize them, and, most importantly, pay recent graduates for cheat sheets.Working in classic cinema vérité style, Hamadi follows the group of students through the exam to the nerve-wracking announcement of the results, providing an indelible portrait of the role of education in Congolese society.Tournées Film Festival is made possible with the support of the Cultural Services of the French Embassy in the U.S., the Centre National du Cinéma et de l’Image Animée (CNC), the French American Cultural Fund, Florence Gould Foundation and Highbrow Entertainment.
For more information on the McCarthy Art Gallery, please visit: https://knightsite.smcvt.edu/mccarthygallery/current-exhibitions-2/ On display through December 15th.Curated by Sachie Hernandez and A.D. GuerraAn exhibition by contemporary Cuban artists examining images, histories and fantasies about the United States. “El Yuma” is a term used in Cuba to describe foreigners, especially Americans, and sometimes it refers to the United States itself.
Sachie Hernandez, the curator for McCarthy Gallery exhibition 'El Yuma: Contemporary Cuban Art' will speak about the exhibition.
Here is a link to the trailer:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kgx_48jQAmETunis, 2010. Fresh out of high school, eighteen-year-old Farah is butting heads with her mother over her all-night, beer-fueled outings with a new boyfriend and her refusal to enroll at medical school so she can pursue her dream of singing in a band. All this would be chalked up to growing pains if the setting were not Tunisia in the last months of the Ben Ali dictatorship and Farah’s irrepressible thirst for life and justice did not come out in politically charged concerts that draw the attention of the country’s notoriously corrupt authorities. As such, Leyla Bouzid’s powerful debut feature is not only a striking portrait of a young woman on the cusp of adulthood, but a deeply insightful, complex look at life under a repressive political regime, with its compromises, commitments, and corrosive effects on personal relationships. While the film does not directly refer to the events of the Tunisian revolution of December 2010, Farah clearly embodies the spirit of youthful revolt that drove the Arab Spring. As portrayed by beginner Baya Medhaffar, who performs her own vocals in several riveting concert sequences, Farah is utterly relatable, a fragile but seemingly unbreakable young woman as eager for fun as she is committed to honesty.The film will be shown with English subtitles.Tournées Film Festival is made possible with the support of the Cultural Services of the French Embassy in the U.S., the Centre National du Cinéma et de l’Image Animée (CNC), the French American Cultural Fund, Florence Gould Foundation and Highbrow Entertainment.