Visiting Artist Amanda Turner Pohan will lead a participatory performance as part of her exhibition in the McCarthy Art Gallery that will include consuming corn-based foods. It will begin in the gallery foyer and conclude with a group walk to the cornfield where Abenaki corn will be served.
This year's celebration of singing and peace includes the Vermont Chamber Artists, the Mad River Chorale, the Slate Valley Singers, Harwood High School Choir, and your host group, Counterpoint. Each choir will sing repertory focused on peace and social justice, and all will join together for favorites 'Blowin' in the Wind', 'Ring Like a Bell,' 'This is My Song,' and 'Dona Nobis Pacem.' The audience sings along too! The donations collected at the concert will benefit Kids4Peace. Founded in Jerusalem in 2002, Kids4Peace is a global movement of youth and families, dedicated to ending conflict and inspiring hope in divided societies around the world. In North America, they have local chapters in Atlanta, Boston, Houston, Seattle, Toronto, and communities in New Hampshire, Vermont and North Carolina. Kids4Peace invites youth to share their beliefs and traditions, as practiced by their families, and to learn from others. Participants in Kids4Peace gain a detailed understanding of different religious traditions, including the diversity of practice within their own. The concert will take place on Saturday, Sept. 22nd at 7:30 p.m. at the Chapel of Saint Michael the Archangel, Saint Michael's College, One Winooski Park, Colchester, VT. Admission is free, and donations to Kids4Peace will be collected.
Le Chœur En Supplément’Air is a four voices choir composed of 300 to 350 adult choristers. The choral originates from Quebec City but it’s members come from every region of the province. Mrs. Carole Bellavance is its musical and artistic director. The prime objective of the choir is to sing beautiful songs in a friendly atmosphere where the pure pleasure of singing comes first. We relish the opportunity to also share this passion in front of audiences in a musical and artistic collective of the highest quality.In September 2018, fifty of the choir’s singers will be touring New England and performing in Vermont at Saint Michael’s College on Sunday, September 23 (7-9 pm, McCarthy Arts Center Recital Hall). The theme of this fall tour will be “Il était une fois…: Le cinéma à travers ses plus belles chansons” [Once Upon a Time: The Cinema Through Its Most Beautiful Songs].The performance at Saint Michael’s College is co-sponsored by the college’s Department of Classical and Modern Languages & Literatures and the Alliance Française of the Lake Champlain Region (AFLCR). The concert will be dedicated to the memory of Linda Pervier, who served twice as president of the AFLCR and was decorated by the French Ministry of Education with les Palmes académiques in recognition of her work on behalf of the French language. Linda initiated the collaboration between Saint Michael’s and the AFLCR on this concert, as she had for other events, before passing away in July 2018.
A lecture by Jordan Alexander Stein, Associate Professor of English and Comparative Literature at Fordham University.Nina Simone is having a moment. More than ten years after the singer’s death in 2004, she is the subject of documentaries and biopics, of blog posts and magazine profiles. Her songs appear on soundtracks, her face on t-shirts, her samples on hip hop tracks. Simone has far more wide-spread popularity now than she ever did in her musical heyday in the late 1950s and 1960s. In the time of Black Lives Matter, we look to Simone’s anthems and her example as a proud, black woman and feminist as we search for a usable past. Nina Simone is undeniably the subject of contemporary fantasies about a world that was and that could be.Our fantasies of Nina Simone are not, however, identical to her own fantasies. Her prolific musical career repeatedly circled around performances, cover songs, and writings that betray a tacit presumption that self-expression itself is masculine – that to have a public voice is to speak as a man. Not being one, and yet not entirely refusing this chauvinism, Simone’s solution was to speak men’s words. Her performances were complex acts of gender ventriloquism, while the deep cadences of her contralto lent a seemingly natural energy (and, often, a lamenting sadness) to these acts. “Fantasies of Nina Simone” offers a meditation on these discrepant fantasies—ours of her, hers of her—as a way of beginning to understand the shifting histories of musical performance and racial and sexual politics between the Civil Rights Era and now.
Talking about race and racism can be difficult -- especially with children. But that does notmean we shouldn't have these conversations. This discussion group addresses the impact ofracism on our children. It is designed to help people discuss these issues with children in ameaningful and age-appropriate way. It includes resources, discussion, and role playing. Highly encouraged for leaders of mentor programs; must attend all 3 sessions.
Omar Pérez (Havana, Cuba) is an award-winning writer who has long pursued unexpected transformations. He unsettles civic discourse with interference from Zen Buddhism, multilingualism, passages of children’s verse and popular music, humor, and more. He is also a prizewinning essayist, a literary translator, an editor, and a carpenter. Pérez has become increasingly committed to exploring interdisciplinary arts and performance. In 2014 he was a Fellow with the University of Iowa’s International Writing Program, and he has presented his work in many countries around the world.
The Escalating Threat of White Supremacist Violence and Intimidation, and the struggle for Inclusive American Citizenship.
Bring your pets, or pictures of them, for a blessing to celebrate the feast day of Saint Francis, the patron saint of animals.
A country torn apart by public dissent, terrorism, greed, lust and pride. Two Queens fight to the death in this newly adapted political thriller. 400 years later, the intrigue and violence of Mary Stuart feels ripped from today's headlines.Free and open to the public, donations accepted at the door.
Film screening with an introduction from author Tanya Lee Stone.Girl Rising is a nonfiction narrative by Tanya Lee Stone that builds on the unforgettable documentary and aims to inspire readers to join a growing movement. Stone explores the stories of some of the world’s 62 million girls who face obstacles in accessing a basic education due to barriers such as poverty, gender discrimination, child marriage, slavery, and human trafficking.Free and open to the public.
Films in French with English subtitles.Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z4_79dnJeNUBPM is a fictionalized account of the history of Act Up-Paris, the triumphant true story of some of the great heroes of our era: the men and women who fought for the recognition and improved treatment of HIV and AIDS patients at a time when a diagnosis was a death sentence. As an original member of Act Up, writer-director Robin Campillo brings a detailed, thoroughly researched authenticity to his reconstruction of the activist organization’s politically and emotionally charged group meetings, its colorful protests, and the intimate relationships that bound the tight-knit group together. Yet BPM is anything but a dry history lesson: Campillo intelligently divides the film in two sections, the first of which establishes Act Up’s historical importanceby focusing on its internal dynamics and political actions, while the second delivers the emotional punch of its impact on individual fates through a love story between two of its members, one of whom is dying of AIDS. In crafting this remarkable elegy, Campillo achieves a rare blend of celebration and outrage, remaining true to the activists’ determination, humor, and youthful vibrancy. Above all, BPM is a remarkable testament to the power of regular citizens to effect change by banding together to demand justice.
The film is in French, Arabic, and Spanish, with English subtitles.More information on the film (including the trailer) may be found here: http://face-foundation.org/tournees-film-festival/loin-des-hommes-far-from-men/
This program will explore untold and inspiring stories of girls who persevered against all odds, some even risking their lives, to gain access to education. In this presentation, participants will learn how they, too, can make a difference in the education of girls around the globe.Girl Rising is a nonfiction narrative by Tanya Lee Stone that builds on the unforgettable documentary and aims to inspire readers to join a growing movement. Stone explores the stories of some of the world’s 62 million girls who face obstacles in accessing a basic education due to barriers such as poverty, gender discrimination, child marriage, slavery, and human trafficking.Free and open to the public.
Film in French with English subtitles.More information on the film (including the trailer) may be found here:http://face-foundation.org/tournees-film-festival/le-temps-retrouve-dapres-loeuvre-de-marcel-proust-marcel-prousts-time-regained/
Join us for an evening of performances and cuisine from from the Pacific Islands, Africa, Europe, Latin America, South Asia, and East Asia.
The film will be shown in French and Swahili, with English subtitles.Makala is an extraordinarily revealing and surprisingly gorgeous look at everyday life for a charcoal salesman in the Democratic Republic of Congo. French documentary filmmaker Emmanuel Gras follows 28-year-old Kabwita Kasongo through the entire process of making and selling charcoal: finding and cutting down a tree in the vast plainsnear his village in the southern region of Katanga, burying and burning the wood to create charcoal, loading multiple bulging bags of charcoal onto a rickety bicycle and walking it several days to the city of Kolwezi, where he hopes to sell his merchandise on its markets and streets.See the trailer here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=60aln4xPpLM
More information on the film (including the trailer) may be found here:http://face-foundation.org/tournees-film-festival/saint-laurent/
More information on the film (including the trailer) may be found here: http://face-foundation.org/tournees-film-festival/les-fantomes-dismael-ismaels-ghosts/The film is shown in French with English subtitles.
SMC students who have studied in French-speaking countries (Senegal, Quebec, and France) will share their experiences in French. This event is organized by the French Club and the Study Abroad Office.