Allegheny Presents Its Annual International Film Festival

The Allegheny College Department of Modern and Classical Languages will present its free 2018 International Film Festival, a five-week series of foreign films to be shown at The Movies at Meadville at 7 p.m. on Wednesdays between Jan. 31 and Feb. 28.

The series begins on Jan. 31 with the 2017 French film “Faces Places” in which 89-year-old Agnes Varda and 33-year-old French photographer and muralist JR team up to co-direct this documentary. They travel through the villages of France in JR’s photo truck meeting locals, learning their stories, and producing portraits of the villagers. The movie documents these encounters as well as the unlikely friendship the filmmakers formed along the way.

A film of Arabic origin, still to be selected, will be screened on Feb.7.

On Feb. 14, “Coming Home,” a Chinese film directed by Zhang Yimou and released in 2014, will be screened. The story is about a former political prisoner (Chen Daoming) who tries to help his wife (Gong Li) regain her memory and rediscover their love for each other.

“Julieta,” a Spanish film directed by Pedro Almodovar and released in 2016, will be shown on Feb. 21. In this film, a chance encounter causes a woman (Emma Suárez) to reflect on the tragic circumstances surrounding the disappearance of her daughter.

On Feb. 28, “Axolotl Overkill,” a German film directed by Helene Hegemann and released in 2017, will be screened. In this movie, Mifti, a 16-year-old, begins to develop an obsession with Alice, an enigmatic and much older white-collar criminal.

The movies are open to the public. The theater is located at 11155 Highland Drive. Free round-trip shuttle service to the theater will be provided for students, departing North Main Street at Brooks Walk at 6:10 and 6:30 p.m. each Wednesday.
The films were selected by the Allegheny faculty, coordinated by Associate Professor of Spanish Wilfredo Hernández.

Photo Caption: “Faces Places,” a French film, is a documentary by filmmakers Agnes Varda and JR.

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2018 International Film Festival Starts

The Allegheny College Department of Modern and Classical Languages will present its free 2018 International Film Festival, a five-week series of foreign films to be shown at The Movies at Meadville at 7 p.m. on Wednesdays between Jan. 31 and Feb. 28.

The series begins on Jan. 31 with the 2017 French film “Faces Places” in which 89-year-old Agnes Varda and 33-year-old French photographer and muralist JR team up to co-direct this documentary. They travel through the villages of France in JR’s photo truck meeting locals, learning their stories, and producing portraits of the villagers. The movie documents these encounters as well as the unlikely friendship the filmmakers formed along the way.

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Herrman Presents at Panel on Identity in Greek Oratory

Frank T. McClure Professor of Greek and Latin Judson Herrman presented a paper on “Others as Athenians in the third Philippic” at a panel on identity in Greek oratory for the Celtic Conference in Classics in Montreal in July 2017.

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Reeck Authors Chapter in Book on Arab Novelistic Traditions

Professor of French and Chair of International Studies Laura Reeck contributed the chapter on France to The Oxford Handbook of Arab Novelistic Traditions (ed. Waïl S. Hassan), which was just released.  In the chapter, Reeck creates a literary history for what could be called the Arab diasporic novel in France.

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Ludewig, Reeck Present at Literature Symposium Roundtables

Assistant Professor of German Julia Ludewig and Associate Professor of French Laura Reeck presented on roundtables at the GLCA World Literature Symposium in Ann Arbor, Michigan on June 1-3.  Their contributions to the roundtables were based on position papers titled “Distributed Visual Storytelling in Reineke” and “The French Case: Questions of Diversity in the Global Literary Ecology.”

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Riess Short Story Translation Published

Associate Professor of Modern and Classical Languages Barbara Riess’s translation of the short story “Brutal Mirage” by Guillermo López-Prieto was published in this month’s Cuban Counterpoints: Public Scholarship about a Changing Cuba.

Riess will be taking a group of 12 Allegheny students with Prof. Brittany Davis to Cuba for an Experiential Learning Tour, “Revolutionary Products,” on May 18.

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Renowned String Quartet Brings New Perspective to Study of Language at Allegheny College

Works by Mozart, Beethoven and Bartók, performed by the award-winning Alexander String Quartet, resounded in a third-floor classroom on a recent morning in Allegheny College’s Ruter Hall.

But the students taking in the performance weren’t attending a music course. Instead, they were studying German language and literature.

The students listened as the San Francisco-based quartet played selections from the classical, romantic and contemporary eras. “Much of the quartet’s repertoire is written by German-speaking composers,” said Peter Ensberg, Allegheny professor of German and the course’s instructor. “The music relates to certain philosophical and artistic points of view that we also can find in other art forms. It’s always possible to connect musical voices to verbal and visual forms of expression. Language and communication take many forms.”

The Alexander String Quartet has traveled to Allegheny for a short residency annually since 1990. During its time on campus, the group works with classes in many disciplines and performs a public concert.

Besides the quartet, Ensberg’s class also welcomed another group of special guests: six students from Meadville Area Senior High School and their teacher, Wilma Dunkle. She selected students in an advanced German course who also had shown strong interest in music.

“We spent time before the class learning about typical characteristics of classical music from three different eras,” Dunkle, a 2005 Allegheny graduate, said. “Having the Alexander String Quartet perform pieces from each of the three targeted eras breathed life into those studies.”

As the musicians played, expertly gliding their bows and plucking strings, the college and high school students looked on, some gently tapping their toes or bobbing their heads to the rhythm. But in between pieces the audience took center stage as students shared their reactions.

Those interactions started with a simple question — “How did that piece make you feel?” — and grew into deeper discussions. The students, instructors and musicians delved into the music’s structure and tone as well as the culture and politics of the period in which it was composed.

Topics ranged from the beginnings of the European middle class in Mozart’s era to Beethoven’s penchant for defying musical conventions to the rise of fascism that forced Bartók to leave Hungary in the early 1940s.

Ensberg said the quartet’s performance will help his students gain perspective on the literature they’re reading and analyzing, “to question things, get new ideas and build connections.” And Dunkle said she plans to have follow-up discussions with her students on their understanding before and after the performance.

The class marked the first time Dunkle brought her students to Allegheny. The visit resulted from a conversation she had earlier this year with Julia Ludewig, Allegheny assistant professor of German, and Ensberg, who was faculty advisor for Dunkle’s senior comprehensive project while she was an Allegheny student.

Dunkle said she hopes that the collaboration continues. Her school’s languages department recently hosted a World Cultures Week that included presentations by two international exchange students from the college. “I look forward to working with Allegheny more in the future,” Dunkle said.

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Allegheny College to Present International Film Festival

The 2017 International Film Festival, sponsored by the Department of Modern & Classical Languages at Allegheny College, kicks off Wednesday, Feb. 15 at 7 p.m. at The Movies @ Meadville with “After Spring,” a feature-length documentary that focuses on the Syrian refugee crisis.

With the Syrian conflict entering its sixth year, millions of people continue to be displaced. This is the story of what happens next. By following two refugee families in transition and aid workers fighting to keep the camp running, viewers will experience what it is like to live in Zaatari, the largest camp for Syrian refugees. Filmed on location in Jordan by directors Steph Ching and Ellen Martinez, “After Spring” made its World Premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival in 2016. (In Arabic with subtitles. Not rated. 101 minutes.)

The International Film Festival continues Wednesdays through March 15 with screenings at 7 p.m. at The Movies @ Meadville, 11155 Highline Drive, Meadville. All films are free and open to the public.

The schedule includes:
February 22: “The Mermaid” (China, 2016), directed by Stephen Chow. Rated R.
March 1: “The Innocents” (France, 2016), directed by Anne Fontaine. Rated PG-13.
March 8: “Victoria” (Germany, 2015), directed by Sebastian Schipper. Not rated.
March 15: “Neruda” (Chile, 2016), directed by Pablo Larrain. Rated R.

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Hernandez article published in Colombian journal

“De La quinta Dayana a Cheila, una casa pa’ maíta”, an article dealing with the representation of transsexuality in a recent Venezuelan film, by Associate Professor of Spanish Wilfredo Hernandez appeared in the journal Cuadernos de Literatura del Caribe e Hispanoamérica, which is published twice a year by the University of Barranquilla, Colombia.

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Reeck presents at London conference

Associate Professor of French Laura Reeck gave a paper at the Society for Francophone Postcolonial Studies’ annual conference in London. The paper, “The Post-Migratory Moment in Contemporary France, and its implications for Francophone Postcolonial Studies,” previewed the 2018 annual publication for the Society that she is co-editing.

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