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Calendar of Events

February Events
March Events
April Events
Liberal Arts School Meetings Spring 2017
Liberal Arts Chair Meetings Spring 2017

February

MODERN LANGUAGES AND CULTURES & film and media

Tuesday 7, 1-2pm: Subversive Aesthetics in Brazilian Film and Popular Culture: 1960s to the Present

Professor ROBERT STAM will offer a video presentation illustrating various forms and concepts of resistance in Brazilian Cinema.  The presentation is related to Professor Stam Latest book Keywords in Subversive Film/Media Aesthetics, and some key concepts in contemporary cinema: Imperfect films, Sur-Realism, aesthetic of Hammer films, the Aesthetics of Garbage.

Location: Pomerantz Building D-207

Film and Media

Free screening in celebration of Black History Month

Tuesday 7, 6:30pm: Chisholm'72, a documentary by Shola Lynch

Presented by the Film, Media and Performing Arts Department with generous support from the Student/Faculty Corporation
Location: Pomerantz Building D-207


English and Communication Studies

Tuesday 7, 7-9pm: Fashionable Muses Salon: Music, Poetry, Visual Art

A concert featuring music by the Composers Now collective and responses in visual art and poetry by FIT students and faculty. Faculty Poets Regan Good, Amy Lemmon, and Catherine Pond (English & Communication Studies) and Madeline Millán and João Nemi Neto (Modern Languages & Cultures) will participate along with student poets to present poems written in seven different languages responding to the musical compositions. A brief talkback session after the concert will open the discussion to the role of the creative arts in our world today.

Coordinated by Susan Breton, FIT Counseling Center, with support from a SUNY Diversity Grant, the School of Liberal Arts, and the School of Graduate Studies.

Contact: Susan Breton
Location: The Great Hall

Tuesday 28, 5-6pm: Faculty member Amy Kurzweil Book Talk and Signing for graphic memoir Flying Couch (link)

Contact: Amy Kurzweil, English & Communication Studies, B602
Location: FIT Barnes & Noble Bookstore

History of Art

Black History Month

Thursday 9, 5:30-6:30: Kerry James Marshall: Mastry at the Metropolitan Museum

IAN ALVETEER is an assistant curator in the Department of Modern and Contemporary Art at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. He is part of the curatorial team for the major exhibition Regarding Warhol: Sixty Artists, Fifty Years, he also recently worked on the Met’s presentations of John Baldessari: Pure Beauty and Ellsworth Kelly Plant Drawings. He was previously a curatorial assistant at the New York University’s Grey Art Gallery. He completed his qualifying exams for a PhD in the history of art at NYU’s Institute of Fine Arts in 2006 and currently has a dissertation in progress there on the history of California Institute of the Arts and art in Los Angeles in the 1970s.

Location: David Dubinsky Center, Room A312
A panel (The Map is not the territory) by the Art Market Program will follow at Katie Murphy Auditorium at 6:30pm.

Educational Skills

Language Exchange

What: An opportunity to practice speaking your second language {Chinese, Japanese, Spanish, French, Korean, English, Russian .... ) with a native speaker in a casual setting.

Wednesday 15, from 5-6pm
Thursday 23, from 1-2pm

Contact: Charlotte Brown, Educational Skills, B602
Location: David Dubinsky Center, Room A642
Students, Faculty and Staff are welcome. Snacks will be provided.

Film and Media

Screening Series

Tuesday 28, 6:30-8:30pm: Jason and Shirley by Stephen Winter. Director in person.

Once upon a time in the Chelsea Hotel... "Jason and Shirley" re-imagines the electrifying, take-no-prisoners 1966 power struggle between Jason Holliday, a fabulous but downtrodden black, gay, middle-aged hustler was known throughout New York’s pre-Stonewall gay world as the hottest mess around, and Shirley Clarke, a Jewish, female, Oscar-winning documentary filmmaker, that took place over a 12-hour marathon filming session giving rise to Clarke's iconic 1967 documentary "Portrait of Jason." World Premiere, 2015 BAM CinemaFest and Theatrical Premiere at The Museum of Modern Art, New York.

Location: Pomerantz Building D-207

March

Educational Skills

Language Exchange

What: An opportunity to practice speaking your second language {Chinese, Japanese, Spanish, French, Korean, English, Russian .... ) with a native speaker in a casual setting.

Wednesday 1, from 5-6pm
Thursday 9, from 1-2pm
Wednesday 15, from 5-6pm
Thursday 23, from 1-2pm
Wednesday 29, from 5-6pm

Contact: Charlotte Brown, Educational Skills, B602
Location: David Dubinsky Center, Room A642
Students, Faculty and Staff are welcome. Snacks will be provided.

English and Communication Studies

Tuesday 7, 5-6pm: Ocean Vuong Poetry Reading w/ Q&A and book signing

Poet OCEAN VUONG will read his work followed by a brief Q&A and Book Signing, courtesy of FIT Barnes & Noble Bookstore.

Poet and essayist Ocean Vuong is the author of the best-selling, Night Sky with Exit Wounds, winner of the 2016 Whiting Award. A Ruth Lilly fellow from the Poetry Foundation, he has received honors from the Lannan Foundation, the Civitella Ranieri Foundation, The Elizabeth George Foundation, The Academy of American Poets, and the Pushcart Prize.

Vuong's writings have been featured in The Atlantic, The Nation, New Republic, The New Yorker, The New York Times, The Village Voice, and American Poetry Review, which awarded him the Stanley Kunitz Prize for Younger Poets. Selected by Foreign Policy magazine as a 2016 100 Leading Global Thinkers, alongside Hillary Clinton, Ban Ki-Moon and Warsan Shire, Ocean was also named by BuzzFeed Books as one of “32 Essential Asian American Writers” and has been featured on NPR’s “All Things Considered,” PBS NewsHour, Teen Vogue, VICE, and The New Yorker, as well as fashion features at The Last Magazine, The Fantastic Man, and BON Magazine Sweden.

Born in Saigon, Vietnam, he lives in New York City. Click here for detailed bio, poems online, and more.

Sponsored by English & Communication Studies Department
Contact: Amy Lemmon, English & Communication Studies
Location: Katie Murphy Amphitheater

History of Art

Distinguished Speaker, Jan Bardsley at FIT

JAN BARDSLEY, Professor of Asian Studies in the Department of Asian Studies at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, specializes in Japanese Humanities and Women’s Studies. A Tar Heel since 1994, she received her PhD in 1989 (East Asian Languages and Cultures, UCLA) and her BA in 1973 (Dramatic Art, UC Davis). She is the author of Women and Democracy in Cold War Japan (Bloomsbury Academic, 2014) and The Bluestockings of Japan: New Women Fiction and Essays from Seitō, 1911-1916 (University of Michigan, Center for Japanese Studies, 2007), which was awarded the 2011 Hiratsuka Raichō Prize by Japan Women’s University. With Laura Miller, she has co-edited two books, Manners and Mischief: Gender, Power, and Etiquette in Japan (University of California Press, 2011) and Bad Girls of Japan (Palgrave, 2005). Bardsley was an editor of the U.S.-Japan Women’s Journal and former chair of the Northeast Asia Council (2007-08). She is co-producer/director with Joanne Hershfield of the documentary, Women in Japan: Memories of the Past, Dreams for the Future (2002). Bardsley has received several teaching awards at UNC-Chapel Hill including the Tanner Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching and the Sitterson Award for Excellence in Teaching First-Year Seminars. Bardsley is currently working on two book projects: a cultural history of beauty contests in Japan, and a study of representations of maiko (apprentice geisha) in contemporary Japanese popular culture.

Tuesday 14, 5-6pm: Fashioning Mr. Japan: Masculinity on the Pageant Runway
Location: Business and Liberal Arts B506, Open to the Public
(RSVP to Kyunghee Pyun, subject: Beauty Queen)

Wednesday 15, 11-12pm: Democracy’s Poster Girls: Beauty Queens and Fashion Models in Cold War Japan
Location: Pomerantz Seminar Room 9, Open to the Public

Wednesday 15, 6-8pm: When the New Woman Met the Geisha: The Politics of Pleasure in 1910s Japan
Location: Feldman 9th Floor, The Lagary Boardroom, Only for the Presidential Scholars Program

April

Film and Media

Screening Series

Tuesday 4, 6:30-8:30pm: Teknolust by Lynn Hershman Leeson. Director in person.

In this science fiction drama Tilda Swinton plays fours parts, including Rosetta Stone, a bio-geneticist, who downloads her own DNA and combines it with a computer software to produce three Self Replicating Automatons (SRAs) who rely on sperm to survive. Unfortunately, they leave the males they seduce with a strange virus that overtakes both their bodies and their computers. Teknolust addresses cyber-identity, artificial intelligence, from a feminist perspective. Winner of the Feature Film Prize in Science and Technology at the Hamptons International Film Festival in 2002.

Tuesday 25, 6:30-8:30pm: Touch by Shelly Silver. Director in person.

A man returns, after 50 years, to his childhood home in Chinatown to care for his dying mother. Throughout the film he remains nameless. He is a librarian, a re-cataloguer, a gay man, a watcher, an impersonator. He passes his time collecting images that he puts before us – his witnesses and collaborators. Touch (2013) is a sensual cinematic essay on loss and presence. Winner of the Prix Patrimoine de l'immatériel/The Intangible Heritage Award by the Ministry of Culture and Communication/Cinéma du Réel and Best LGBT Film, Ann Arbor Film Festival

Location: Pomerantz Building D-207

Educational Skills

Language Exchange

What: An opportunity to practice speaking your second language {Chinese, Japanese, Spanish, French, Korean, English, Russian .... ) with a native speaker in a casual setting.

Thursday 6, from 1-2pm
Wednesday 19, from 5-6pm
Thursday 27, from 1-2pm

Contact: Charlotte Brown, Educational Skills, B602
Location: David Dubinsky Center, Room A642
Students, Faculty and Staff are welcome. Snacks will be provided.

English and Communication Studies

Communicating Climate Change

Profs. James McClintock & Adam Vines from University of Alabama-Birmingham

Tuesday 18, 1-2pm: Q&A/Feedback Session for Student Projects (Katie Murphy Amphitheater)
Tuesday 18, 5-6pm: Campus Presentation (Katie Murphy Amphitheater)
Wednesday 19 (time and venue TBA): Poetry and Prose reading by Vines and McClintock
Thursday 20, 1-2pm: Faculty "Meet & Greet" lunch with the speakers (Sponsored by the Center for Excellence in Teaching)
April 18-20: Class visits TBA

Project sponsored by a Sustainability Council Grant
More info and links to faculty resources will be available soon.
Contacts: Amy Lemmon (English & Communication Studies) and Artie Kopelman (Science and Math)

SPRING 2017 Liberal Arts School meetings

January 26, 2017 (Convocation, NO meetings held)
February 14, 2017
March 14, 2017
April 18, 2017
May 9, 2017

All meetings are held Tuesdays (1 – 2) in Room D207

Please try to send any curriculum items to be discussed at these meetings at least a week or two in advance for the Dean's review either via email or hard copy.

SPRING 2017 Chair's Meeting dates

February 2, 2017 (first week of School)
February 16, 2017
March 2, 2017
March 16, 2017
March 30, 2017
April 20, 2017
May 4, 2017

All meetings are held Thursdays (10.30 – 12) in Room B623

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