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Liberal Arts School Meetings Fall 2018

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Media Screening Series

Director Lizzie Olesker & Lynne Sachs

Tuesday 25, 6:30pm

Collaborating together for the first time, filmmaker LYNNE SACHS and playwright LIZZIE OLESKER observe the disappearing public space of the neighborhood laundromat and the continual, intimate labor that happens there. With a title inspired by the 1881 organization of African-American laundresses, THE WASHING SOCIETY investigates the intersection of history, underpaid work, immigration, and the sheer math of doing laundry. Sachs and Olesker present a stark yet poetic vision of those whose working lives often go unrecognized, turning a lens onto their hidden stories, which are often overlooked. The juxtaposition of narrative and documentary elements in THE WASHING SOCIETY creates a dream-like, yet hyper-real portrayal of a day in the life of a laundry worker, both past and present.

LIZZIE OLESKER is a writer/director/performer whose plays and performances explore the poetry of the everyday. Lizzie presented her solo piece TINY LIGHTS: Infinite Miniature at the New Ohio Theater and Invisible Dog in Brooklyn. She was a 2013-14 Audrey Fellow with New Georges, with her new play EMBROIDERED PAST about family hoarding and loss of nature. Other plays have been developed and presented at Dixon Place, Brave New World Repertory, Clubbed Thumb, the Cherry Lane Theater and the Public. Published in the Brooklyn Rail and Heinemann Press, she’s received support from the Brooklyn Arts Council, New York Foundation for the Arts and the Dramatists Guild.

LYNNE SACHS makes films, installations, performances and web projects that explore the intricate relationship between personal observations and broader historical experiences. Between 1994 and 2006, she produced five essay films that took her to Vietnam, Bosnia, Israel, Italy and Germany — sites affected by international war – where she looked at the space between a community’s collective memory and her own subjective perceptions. Her films have screened at the New York Film Festival, the Sundance Film Festival and Toronto’s Images Festival amongst others. They have also been exhibited at the Museum of Modern Art, the Whitney, Walker Art Center, Wexner Center for the Arts and other venues nationally and internationally. The Buenos Aires International Festival of Independent Cinema, Festival International Nuevo Cine in Havana and the China Women’s Film Festival have all presented retrospectives of Sachs’ films.

Location: D207 Screening Room, Pomerantz Art and Design Center


The Kevin Show

Friday 14, 5:10-7pm

Join MARY PILON and KEVIN HALL, the author and subject of The Kevin Show: An Olympic Athlete’s Battle With Mental Illness

Meet KEVIN HALL: brother, son, husband, father, and Olympic sailor. Kevin has an Ivy League degree, a winning smile, and throughout his adult life, he has been engaged in an ongoing battle with a person that doesn't exist to anyone but him: the Director.

Kevin suffers from what doctors are beginning to call the "Truman Show" delusion, a form of bipolar disorder named for the 1998 movie in which the main character realizes he is the star of a reality TV show. When the Director commands Kevin to do things, the results often lead to handcuffs, hospitalization, or both. Once he nearly drove a car into Boston Harbor. His girlfriend, now wife, was in the passenger seat.  Author MARY PILON reveals the many-sided struggle--of Kevin, his family, and the medical profession--to understand and treat a psychiatric disorder whose euphoric highs and creative ties to pop culture have become inextricable from Kevin's experience of himself.

Sponsored by the History and Psychology programs of the Social Sciences Department, Counseling Services, and the NEH working group Teaching Labor History to Art and Design Students.

Location: D207 Screening Room, Pomerantz Art and Design Center 

Springfield Confidential

Friday 28, 5:10-7pm

MIKE REISS discusses his new book Springfield Confidentialand his history in the worlds of comedy and animation.

MIKE REISS has been show-runner, producer, and writer for The Simpsons, the longest-running animated show in history, co-created the cult classic The Critic, wrote for such comedy luminaries as Johnny Carson and Garry Shandling, and worked on animated children’s classics like Despicable Me, Minions, Ice Age, Horton Hears a Who, Kung Fu Panda 3, and Rango. 

Location: D207 Screening Room, Pomerantz Art and Design Center




Moira Egan
Scents and Sensibilities: A workshop on fragrance in poetry

Thursday 4, 5:00-6:30pm

This hands- (and nose-)on workshop will explore techniques that can be used to conjure the intensely evocative (yet vastly underrepresented) sense of smell. The most ephemeral of the senses, scent is, paradoxically, the one that is most intimately linked to memory, bypassing conscious thought to hit straight at the centers of memory, inducing poignant nostalgia and fierce flashbacks.
We will read and discuss published examples of fragrant poems. We will smell perfumes. Working with guided questions based upon literary synæsthesia, we will draft new work, exploring memory, place, philosophy, religion, politics — even the making of art itself.

MOIRA EGAN is an American poet/translator who lives in Rome.
She has published eight volumes of poetry (five in the U.S.; three in Italy); the most recent of these are Synæsthesium (The New Criterion Prize, 2017) and Olfactorium (Italic PeQuod, 2018). Her poems, essays, and translations have appeared in journals and anthologies on four continents. With her husband, Damiano Abeni, she has published volumes in translation in Italy by authors including Ashbery, Barth, Bender, Bidart, Ferlinghetti, Hecht, Simic, Strand, and Charles Wright.

Co-sponsored by Cosmetics and Fragrance Marketing and English and Communication Studies.

Amy Lemmon, English and Communication Studies Department
Delphine Horvath, Cosmetics and Fragrance Marketing Department

Location: D211 Screening Room, Pomerantz Art and Design Center


World Affair Lecture

Sarah Khan
Traveling While Muslim: A Woman's Perspective

Thusrday 18, 1-2pm

SARAH KHAN has lived in five countries on three continents, Canada, Saudi Arabia, India, the US, and South Africa. She is a regular contributor to The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Condé Nast Traveler, Saveur, Food & Wine, Surface, Vogue India, Virtuoso Life

Yasemin Celik Levine
Professor, Political Science and Executive Director, Presidential Scholars Program

For more information contact, Praveen K Chaudhry

Location: D207 Screening Room, Pomerantz Art and Design Center


Media Screening Series

Director Bette Gordon

Tuesday 23, 6:30pm

Fugitives from The American Dream, 10-year old Phillip and his Mom live the outlaw life on the road.  While other kids his age study the old-fashioned way, the precocious Phillip has no need for school: the neon light of motel signs is light enough by which to read his textbooks on biology and physics – two subjects about which his Mom teaches him a thing or two, as she seduces men out of their credit cards to fuel their crazy flight.  Phillip could live forever in this world of speed and light, so long as Mom is behind the wheel of their Chevy. But Mom begins to feel the gravitational pull of home life and the need to settle down. In this darkly comic road movie, Gordon continues to deal with the psychological and sexual issues that have permeated her work and for which she has received critical acclaim.

A pioneer in American Independent Cinema, and one of the most notable filmmakers to come out of the ‘No Wave Movement’ of the 1980’s in New York, BETTE GORDON is known for her bold explorations of themes related to sexuality, violence and power. Her first feature, VARIETY, now a cult classic, is about a woman who sells tickets in a pornographic movie theatre in Times Square, and was called, “A female Taxi Driver, gritty disturbing and explosive” by Time Out Magazine. Her films have been screened theatrically in the US and abroad, as well as in all the major international film festivals, including Cannes, Berlin, Toronto, Locarno, Rotterdam, Tribeca.

Location: D207 Screening Room, Pomerantz Art and Design Center




Media Screening Series

WE THE ANIMALS, 94 min, 2018
Director Jeremiah Zagar

Tuesday 13, 6:30pm

Us three. Us brothers. Us kings, inseparable. Three boys tear through their childhood, in the midst of their young parents’ volatile love that makes and unmakes the family many times over. While Manny and Joel grow into versions of their loving and unpredictable father, Ma seeks to shelter her youngest, Jonah, in the cocoon of home. More sensitive and conscious than his older siblings, Jonah increasingly embraces an imagined world all his own.

With a screenplay by Dan Kitrosser and Jeremiah Zagar based on the celebrated Justin Torres novel, We the Animals is a visceral coming-of-age story propelled by layered performances from its astounding cast –including three talented, young first-time actors –and stunning animated sequences which bring Jonah’s torn inner world to life. Drawing from his documentary background, director Jeremiah Zagar creates an immersive portrait of working class family life and brotherhood.

JEREMIAH ZAGAR grew up in South Philly spending most afternoons in a dark movie theater or wandering the aisles of his local TLA video store. In 2008 he completed his first documentary, In A Dream, which screened theatrically across the US and in film festivals around the world. It was broadcast on HBO, shortlisted for an Academy Award and received two Emmy nominations, including “Best Documentary.”

His next feature-length documentary Captivated: The Trials of Pamela Smart premiered in competition at the Sundance Film Festival and aired on HBO to much fanfare in 2014. His latest film, the feature-length narrative We The Animals, premiered at Sundance in 2018 and took home the NEXT Innovator Award.  Other notable output includes the pilot episode for Showtime’s 7 Deadly Sins, and commercial work for GE Capital, Pedigree and New Balance. When he’s not working, Jeremiah spends his time swimming in New York City's finest public pools.

Location: D207 Screening Room, Pomerantz Art and Design Center



Tuesday, September 18
Tuesday, October 9
Tuesday, November 13
Tuesday, December 11

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.


Thursday, September 6
Thursday, September 20
Thursday, October 4
Thursday, October 18
Thursday, November 1
Thursday, November 15
Thursday, November 29
Thursday, December 13

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