1991. USA. Dir: Jonathan Demme. With Jodie Foster. 118 min. 35mm print.
To thwart a serial killer who skins young women, a green FBI agent seeks help from infamous cannibal Hannibal Lecter (Sir Anthony Hopkins, chewing scenery and faces). Their uneasy relationship sews together the slimy threads of this nail-biting, Oscar-sweeping thriller.
1976. USA. Dir: Brian De Palma. With Sissy Spacek, John Travolta. 98 min.
“If you’ve got a taste for terror…take Carrie to the prom.” Forget the typical high school movie schmaltz – De Palma depicts adolescent days as the true horror they really are. Sure, your personal coming-of-age may not have involved telekinesis and pig’s blood, but things were different in the 70s.
“UP IN ARMS” presents a number of perspectives on the image and impact of guns in contemporary culture, though none endorse them as a means to an end. Works by thirteen artists touch upon a host of issues surrounding access to and the use of firearms, examining and representing the role that guns continue to play in our national mythologies and pathologies, suicide and homicide rates, domestic violence, and mass media.
This exhibition is being presented in conjunction with Wesleyan’s annual Shasha Seminar for Human Concerns, which will be focused on “Guns in American Society” on Friday, October 27 and Saturday, October 28, 2017. For more information, please visit http://www.wesleyan.edu/shasha. Exhibition on display through Sunday, December 10, 2017. No handguns or other firearms (even if all permits, licenses and registrations are up to date and available), explosives, or weapons of any kind are allowed on the Wesleyan campus at any time and for any reason whatsoever
Date: Friday, October 27th Time: 5-7PM Location: Ezra and Cecile Zilkha Gallery, South Gallery
2017. USA. Dir: Greta Gerwig. With Saoirse Ronan, Laurie Metcalf. 93 min.
“I’ve tried – and failed – to think of another film that so sharply and humorously shows what it’s like to be a teenage girl.”
– “Suddenly, A Shot Rang Out”
“The real surprise is just how honest and personal this film proves to be — again, par for the course with Gerwig, and yet, fairly rare among first-time directors, who haven’t had nearly so much practice simply being real.”
– Peter Debruge, Variety
“‘Lady Bird’ consolidates the style and sensibility of a generation caught between the last gasp of the 20th century and post-9/11 disillusionment like nothing else before. It looks back on that moment less to relish memories of a bygone era than to commune with its impact on young adults today.”
-Eric Kohn, Indie Wire
Have you ever wondered whether the College of Letters just studies the alphabet for three years? Never heard of the College of Letters? Like reading, writing, OR talking? Come to the COL Open House to get answers to all (we do mean all) of your questions! Talk to students and faculty to understand what the major is and whether it’s right for you.
The College of Letters is the interdisciplinary study of Literature, History, and Philosophy. You will read everything from the Koran to Frankenstein to Sappho, and more. Through this program you will study with a small cohort of peers and two professors each semester. It’s a three year major and applications are due after Spring Break for freshmen, so come by with questions!
Date: Wednesday, October 18 Time: 4:30-5:30PM Place: COL Library (3rd floor of Boger Hall)
From the FGSS Department and the Office for Equity & Inclusion:
In an effort to explore diversity in Italian media and culture and to keep up with current debates in the country, the Italian section has invited Italian performance artist Primavera Contu and Dr. Julia Heim to discuss the theme of LGBTQIA+ activism in contemporary Italy. The event is titled “LGBTQIA+ Cultures in Italy”, and it is co-sponsored by the Feminist, Gender, and Sexuality Studies program as well as the Office for Equity and Inclusion.
Doctor Julia Heim will give a talk (in English) on queer sex, politics and art in contemporary Italy. Primavera Contu will then perform an interactive meditation on gender/sexuality/identity. The performance, titled “Don’t Panic, BI PAN. Bisessuale non è una parolaccia”, will explore and examine sexual labels, encouraging all participants to reflect, critically and ironically, on their own sexual identities.
Both events will be interactive and will give students, faculty and staff a chance to learn about these topics through practices of queer engagement.
A Q&A session and a reception will follow.
The event is free and open to the public.
Date: Wednesday, October 18 Time: 4:30PM Place: Highwaymen Common Room RLL Building (300 High Street)
Freedom cannot be understood without its opposite, slavery. Political theory therefore must attend to the movement from slavery to freedom. Neil Roberts has developed a powerful account of this movement by examining marronage, the flight of enslaved Africans seeking escape from chattel slavery beyond the boundaries of the plantation. In this lecture, Roberts will explore how what he calls the “post-Western” concept and practice of marronage—of flight—bears on our world today.
Date: Tuesday, October 17 Time: 4:30-6PM Place: Downey 113
The semester is in full swing, and it’s time for the return of Table Talk with Amy Bloom! Bring all your plans (drafts, outlines, concepts, you name it!) for all things prose, and get ready to workshop with Amy Bloom and the Wesleyan writing community.
Free snacks, great people, and valuable critique!
Don’t miss this chance to praise, pity, and parse your writing (or anyone else’s.)
Come to chat, come to snack, come to share!
Date: Monday, October 16th (today!) Time: 5-6PM Location: Shapiro Center (116 Mt. Vernon)
1969. Japan. Dir: Toshio Matsumoto. With Shinnosuke Ikehata. 105 min.
A cross-dressing performer at an underground gay club contemplates his defining childhood loss and his present love affair with his manager. Not quite doc nor fiction, this radically nebulous experience unveiled Japanese subculture and reportedly influenced A Clockwork Orange.