Category Archives: Events

Almost, Maine


From Anna Bisikalo ’17:

Second Stage presents: “Almost, Maine”. Directed by Rachel Kaly ’17 and David Caruso ’18, this play portrays love in all of its humorous, screwed up, and sentimental forms.

Date/Time:  Thursday 7 pm; Friday 9:30 pm; Saturday 2 pm
Place: ’92 Theater

<3 Valentine Making Party

1319309311024_6154204This just in from the effervescent Talia Bauer ’15 with a v enticing event where you get to eat cookies and make broken hearts out of construction paper celebrate the upcoming holiday of luv!

In my ninth grade Spanish class, Señora Betegh taught us that Valentine’s Day is ACTUALLY the day of Love AND of Friendship. This might have just been a clever ruse to teach us the word “amistad,” but the point is, this coming week we have an opportunity to celebrate ALL
of the people we love and appreciate in our lives. So your stunning neighborhood CAs are holding a Valentine-making and cookie-decorating
party (and yes, we will have frosting that isn’t gross-tasting and
pink). Come make Valentines and cookies for your S/O, your friendz
with benz, your roommate, your bestie, your parent, your CUSTODIAN,
your advisor, your neighbor, your RA/HM/CA (NO we’re not
self-interested, how dare you suggest it)… Basically the
possibilities are endless. See you there!

Time: 4:30
Date: 2/13
Place: Fauver Lounge

Allbritton Talks: Do-Gooders Abroad


Many people, particularly Westerners, travel to the developing world each year to volunteer with NGOs and assist communities in need. However, critics of “voluntourism” warn that the self-satisfaction, thrill, and social media attention gained through service may come at the cost of real progress and make a spectacle of poverty. Others defend the good intentions and positive impact of volunteers, arguing that the trips also promote cross-cultural understanding, support local economies, and inspire participants to keep fighting poverty at home and abroad.

Under what circumstances might we find voluntourism beneficial and fair, or counterproductive and unethical? Does it matter whether volunteers are motivated by self-interest if their work does indeed make a difference?

Bring your experiences with and concerns about international service work (or service in general) to the table on Friday for the next session of Allbritton Talks! There will be pizza.

Date: Friday, February 13
Time: 12:00 – 1:00 PM
Place: Allbritton 311
Cost: Free!

3.11 – Disaster and Change in Japan

DickSamuelsA lecture by Richard J. Samuels, Ford International Professor of Political Science and Director of the Center for International Studies, and Founding Director of MIT Japan Program.

Date: Thursday, February 12 (Today)
Time: 4:30 PM
Place: Mansfield Freeman Center for East Asian Studies, Seminar Room
Cost: Free

Empire of Cotton: A Global History

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Cotton is everywhere: in clothing, banknotes, coffee filters, soap, and even gunpowder. Cotton has transformed the modern world–from Mississippi’s cotton plantations to the factories of England, from the fields of Africa’s farmers to the merchant houses of Bombay and Buenos Aires, from the workers in Alsatian cotton mills to the spinners and weavers of the Mexican highlands.

Sven Beckert, Laird Bell Professor of American History at Harvard University, will tell the epic story of the rise and fall of the empire of cotton, its centrality in the world economy, and its making and remaking of global capitalism.

Sponsored by Academic Affairs, the Center for Global Studies, and the History Department.

Date: Today!
Time: 4:15 PM
Place: Judd 166
Facebook event

Information Session: #ServeUpChange with FoodCorps

Join FoodCorps

Interested in food,  environment, health, or social justice?

Join FoodCorps: Become part of a network of leaders connecting kids to real food and helping them grow up healthy!

Get paid for a yearlong adventure:

  • Teaching children about food
  • Building school gardens
  • Changing what’s for lunch

Join FoodCorps and get a living allowance, health insurance, training, mentorship, job skills and a network of lifelong friends—while you jump-start your career and make the world a better place.

Hear from Ruthie Lazenby ‘10, now serving right outside of New Haven, CT, FoodCorps Connecticut fellow Chelsey Hahn, and FoodCorps Communications Coordinator Syed Ali ‘13, about how FoodCorps serves at the local, state, and national levels.

Apply before March 31st to #serveupchange.

DateMonday, February 16
Time: 6:00 PM
Place: 41 Wyllys, Room 112
Facebook Event

Film Series: Hunting Elephants

2013. Israel. Dir: Reshef Levi. With Sasson Gabai, Patrick Stewart. 107 min.


Twelve-year-old Jonathan decides to exact revenge on the bank his father worked for, following their refusal to pay compensation for dad’s death on the job. With the aid of his grandfather and two of his elderly friends, Jonathan will attempt to rob the bank and earn some payback in this crime caper. Speaker: Isaac Zablocki, Director of Film Programs at JCC Manhattan.

Tonight / 8 p.m. / Goldsmith Family Cinema / Free