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                                    Fall 2015 Valente Center for Arts and Sciences Event Calendar

Monday, September 21, 6:30pm, Wilder Pavilion. International Film Series: A Separation (2011-Iran-123 min.). Cosponsored with Global Studies, English and Media Studies, the Bentley Library, the Office of Diversity and Inclusion, and the Media and Culture Labs & Studio.

Tuesday, September 29, 2:00-3:20pm, MOR 300. Transdisciplinary Teaching Workshop: Fusing Liberal Arts and Business Education through Sustainability Curriculum Development. Light refreshments provided. Hosted jointly with the Bentley Learning and Teaching Council.

Wednesday, September 30, 4:30-6:30pm, Faculty Staff Dining Room. New Faculty Reception & Pub Night. Food provided. Hosted jointly with the Dean of Arts & Sciences and the Dean of Business.

Monday, October 5 – Thursday, October 8. Valente Center Visiting Scholar, Thomas Birkland, William T. Kretzer Professor of Public Policy in the School of Public and International Affairs at North Carolina State University and Associate Dean for Research and Engagement in the College of Humanities and Social Sciences

  • Monday, October 5, 3:30-4:50 pm, Wilder Pavilion, Public Lecture: “Do People Ever Learn from Disasters? A Revision of the Idea of Event-Driven Policy Change”
  • Wednesday, October 7, 2:00-3:20 pm, MOR 300, Faculty Seminar: “The State of the Art in Disaster Research: Achievements, Gaps, and Prospects"

Monday, October 19, 2:00–3:30 pm, LaCava Danielson (375). Skylar Kergil, Transitioning Online. Cosponsored with the Office of Diversity & Inclusion.

Wednesday, October 21, 2:00–3:30pm, Smith 305. Nicholas Hartlep, Assistant Professor, Illinois State University. The Model Minority Stereotype: Demystifying Asian American Success. Cosponsored with the Office of Diversity & Inclusion.

Wednesday, October 21, 6:30pm, Wilder Pavilion. International Film Series: 12 (2007-Russia-159 min.). Cosponsored with Global Studies, English and Media Studies, the Bentley Library, the Office of Diversity and Inclusion, and the Media and Culture Labs & Studio.

Wednesday, October 28, 2:00–3:30 pm, Smith 305. Debby Irving, Finding Myself in the Story of Race. Cosponsored with the Office of Diversity & Inclusion.

Wednesday, October 28, 6:30pm, Wilder Pavilion. Reading and Q&A with novelist and screenwriter Tom Perrotta (author of The Leftovers, Election, Little Children). Cosponsored with English and Media Studies.

Monday, November 2. Matt Sienkiewicz, Assistant Professor of Communication and International Studies, Boston College.

  • 3:30-4:50 pm, LaCava 375AB, Public lecture: “The Other Air Force: American Efforts to Reshape the Media of the Middle East Since 9/11” 
  • 6:30 pm, LaCava 325ABC, Screening of the documentary, “The Ragged Edge,” and Q&A with Producer and Director Matt Sienkiewicz.

Tuesday, November 10, 6:30pm, Wilder Pavilion. International Film Series: short documentary double feature, Transgression (2011-U.S.-15 min.) and Saving Face (2012-Pakistan/U.S.-40 min.). Cosponsored with Global Studies, English and Media Studies, the Bentley Library, the Office of Diversity and Inclusion, and the Media and Culture Labs & Studio.

Thursday, December 3, 6:30pm, Wilder Pavilion. International Film Series: Citizenfour (2014 – US/Germany/UK – 114 min.). Cosponsored with Global Studies, English and Media Studies, the Bentley Library, the Office of Diversity and Inclusion, and the Media and Culture Labs & Studio.


                             Spring 2015 Valente Center for Arts and Sciences Event Calendar

Wednesday, April 29, 4:00pm-6:00pm, La Cava Faculty Dining Room. Annual Valente Center Book Party.  Celebrate colleagues who have published a book during the past year.  Co-sponsored with the Offices of the Dean of Arts and Sciences and the Dean of Business.

Monday, April 27, 3:35pm, Morison 330. Working Seminar with Christian Rubio, Associate Professor of Modern Languages, "Towards a Secular Education: La Institución Libre de Enseñanza." Dr. Rubio’s research focuses on Modern Peninsular literature and culture, Spanish for Business, and Spanish in the United States.

Thursday, April 23, 6:30pm, Wilder Pavilion.  International Film Series:  Screening of Les Chevaux de Dieu (Nabil Ayouch, 2012, 115 minutes).

Monday, April 13, 2:10pm-4:00pm, LaCava 325ABC. Undergraduate Student Research Assistant Showcase.  Meet student research assistants and learn about their projects with faculty members.

Thursday, April 9, 2:10pm, Morison 300. Working Seminar with Casey Hayward, Associate Professor of English and Media Studies, “Seeing RED: Addressing Systemic and Implicit Bias within the Massachusetts Juvenile Justice System.” Professor Hayward's non-fiction filmmaking focuses on creative approaches to solving entrenched problems both personal and social.

Tuesday, March 31, 2:10pm, LaCava 305AB.  A Poetry and Short Fiction Reading by Barbara Paul-Emile, Professor of English and Media Studies and Maurice E. Goldman Distinguished Professor of Arts & Sciences. Dr. Paul-Emile will read selections of her recent poetry as well as from her forthcoming short story collection, Mosaic.

Friday, March 27, 9:30am-12:30pm, LaCava 325ABC. American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS) Workshop.  Meet Matthew Goldfeder, Director of Fellowships, learn about different fellowship opportunities, and hear from former fellows and reviewers.

Tuesday, March 24, 6:30pm, Wilder Pavilion.  International Film Series: Screening of Slumdog Millionaire (Danny Boyle, 2008, 120 minutes).

Thursday, March 19, 2015, 7:00pm, Wilder Pavilion. Panel Discussion on Whose Voice Gets Heard?: Economic Inequality and Political Participation in the U.S., co-sponsored with the League of Women Voters of Massachusetts and the Office of the President. The panelists are Noah Berger, Executive Director of the Massachusetts Budget and Policy Center; Kay Schlozman, the J. Joseph Moakley Professor of Political Science at Boston College; and Katherine Levine Einstein, Assistant Professor of Political Science at Boston University. Juliet Gainsborough, Associate Professor of Political Science and Associate Dean of Arts and Sciences at Bentley University, will moderate the panel, and Dan Everett, Dean of Arts and Sciences at Bentley University, will make introductory remarks.

Tuesday, March 17, 9:55am, LaCava 325ABC.  Kimani Paul-Emile, Associate Professor of Law at Fordham University, “Beyond Title VII: Rethinking Race, Ex-Offender Status and Employment Discrimination in the Information Age.”  Professor Paul-Emile teaches and researches in the areas of law and biomedical ethics, health law, drug policy, and legislation and regulation. Co-sponsored with the Department of Law, Taxation, and Financial Planning.

Monday, March 2, 6:30pm, Wilder Pavilion.  International Film Series:  The Black Maria Film Festival, presented by Festival Director Jane Steuerwald. For 32 years, the festival has been fulfilling its mission to advocate, exhibit, and reward cutting edge works from national and international independent film and videomakers. A reception will precede the screening at 6pm.

Monday, February 23 - Wednesday, February 25, Valente Center Distinguished Visiting Scholar Alison Jaggar, College Professor of Distinction in the Departments of Philosophy and Women and Gender Studies at the University of Colorado at Boulder and a Research Coordinator at the Centre for the Study of Mind in Nature, University of Oslo, Norway.  She is the author, co-author, or editor of ten books, including Feminist Politics and Human Nature (1983) and, most recently, Gender and Global Justice(2013).

  • Public Lecture, Monday, February 23, 11:20am, Wilder Pavilion. "We Fight for Roses Too: Time-use and Global Gender Justice."
  • Faculty Seminar, Wednesday, February 25, 2:10pm, Morison 300. "No More Paradise Islands: Reasoning about Justice in the Unjust Meantime."

Monday, February 19, 6:30pm, Wilder Pavilion. Screening of Inequality for All (Jacob Kornbluth, 2013, 89 minutes). This documentary follows former U.S. Labor Secretary Robert Reich as he looks to raise awareness of the country's widening economic gap.

Tuesday, February 17, 6:30pm, Wilder Pavilion.  Jabari Asim, Associate Professor of Writing, Literature, and Publishing at Emerson College, “From the Personal to the Public: Turning Experience into Creative Expression.” Professor Asim is the author of four books for adults and six books for children. His most recent works are What Obama Means...For Our Culture, Our Politics, Our Future (2009) and A Taste of Honey: Stories (2010). Co-sponsored with The Forum for Creative Writers.

Wednesday, February 4, 12:45 pm, Wilder Pavilion.  Panel Discussion on Race and Inequality.

Monday, February 2, 2:10 pm, Lindsay 30.  Shazia Iftkhar, Assistant Professor of Communication Studies at University of Michigan at Ann Arbor, "Good Muslims/Bad Muslims: Race, Culture and Citizenship in the French Veil Debates.”  In recognition of World Hijab Day. Iftkhar's research and teaching interests lie in the areas of race/ethnicity, gender and religion in relation to citizenship and nation as well as in questions of communication, identity and the public sphere. Co-sponsored with the Office for Diversity and Inclusion and the Department of English and Media Studies.

Thursday, January 29, 7:45pm, Koumantzelis Auditorium. Screening of Dear White People (Justin Simien, 2014, 108 minutes). Co-sponsored with the Office of Student Activities, the Multicultural Center, and the International Film Series.


Fall 2014 Valente Center for Arts and Sciences Event Calendar

Monday, December 1, 3:35pm-3:35pm, Smith 303.  Media and Culture Faculty Work Showcase.  Recent work in multiple media formats will be presented by English and Media Studies faculty members Casey Hayward, Liz LeDoux, Jeff Stern and Val Wang.

Thursday, November 20, 3:35pm-4:50pm, Lindsay 30. Parmesh Shahani, founder of the Gondrej India Culture Lab, "Creating an Open Source Corporation:  Lessons from the Field.”  Dr. Shahani is editor-at-large for Verve magazine, a World Economic Forum Young Global Leader, a Yale World Fellow, a TED Fellow, a Utrecht University-Impakt Fellow, and author of Gay Bombay: Globalization, Love and (Be)Longing in Contemporary India (Sage, 2008).  His work addresses creativity and innovation as well and gender and queer studies. Co-sponsored by the Global Studies Department, the Gender Studies Program and the Office for Diversity and Inclusion.

Monday, November 17 - Thursday, November 20, McGladrey Art Gallery, Bentley Library. Exhibit: “The Virtual Wall:  A 25th Anniversary Commemoration of the Fall of Communism in Germany.”  A reception will be held on Monday, November 17, at 4pm in the McGladrey Art Gallery with remarks by the German Consul General of New England, Rolf Schütte. A painting exhibit will continue through December 9. Co-sponsored by the Department of Global Studies and the Dean of Arts and Sciences. In partnership with the Consulate General of the Federal Republic of Germany for New England and Northeastern University.

Friday, November 14, 12:00pm-5:00pm, La Cava Executive Dining Room.  Bentley University Second Annual Research Colloquium: "Big Data and Other Sociotechnical Innovations."  Research will be presented by participants of the Valente Center Humanities Research Seminar, as well as Bentley faculty members and doctoral students.

Monday, November 10, 6:30 pm, Wilder Pavilion.  International Film Series:  The Lives of Others (Germany, 2006, 137 minutes).  This screening is part of Bentley’s 25th year anniversary events commemorating the fall of the Berlin Wall.

Wednesday, November 5, 2:10pm-3:25pm, AAC 254. Working Seminar with Sung-eun Choi, Assistant Professor, History, “Globalizing the Settler Colonial Framework: Comparative Views of France, Israel, and the United States.” Dr. Choi’s research focuses on modern France, immigration and national identity, and empire and decolonization.

Tuesday, November 4, 12:45pm-2:00pm, Lindsay 30.  Franny Choi, poet, performer, and recipient of the Frederick Bock Prize, “Floating, Brilliant, Gone: Spoken Word with Franny Choi.” Co-sponsored by the Department of English and Media Studies, the Creative Writers’ Forum, the Multicultural Center, the Gender Studies Program, and the Office for Diversity and Inclusion.

Monday, October 27, 12:45pm-2:00pm, LCC375AB.  Bentley Faculty Panel on the 25th Anniversary of the Web.  Participants include Ben Aslinger (English and Media Studies), Mark Frydenberg (Computer Information Systems), Jeff Gulati (Global Studies), Dominique Haughton (Mathematical Science), and Randy Nichols (English and Media Studies).

Thursday, October 23, 6:30 pm, Wilder Pavilion.  International Film Series:  Mugabe and the White African (U.K./Namibia/Zimbabwe, 2009, 90 minutes).

Wednesday, October 22, 12:45pm-2:00pm, Smith 114.  Chuck Collins, “Inequality Matters:  How Wealth Inequality is Wrecking the World and What We Can Do About It.”  The great grandson of the meatpacker Oscar Mayer, Collins is co-founder of “Wealth for the Common Good” and “The Patriotic Millionaires,” two organizations that advocate for fair tax policy.  Among the books that he has authored or co-authored is Wealth and Our Commonwealth: Why America Should Tax Accumulated Fortunes, a book that Collins co-authored with Bill Gates.

Wednesday, October 22, 11:20am-12:35pm, Lindsay 25. Deborah Willis, University Professor and Chair of the Department of Photography & Imaging at the Tisch School of the Arts at New York University, “The Making of an Iconic Image.” Dr. Willis was a 2005 Guggenheim Fellow and Fletcher Fellow, and a 2000 MacArthur Fellow.  Her creative and scholarly work deals with images of African Americans. Co-sponsored by the Office for Diversity and Inclusion.

October 15- October 22, Valente Center Distinguished Visiting Scholar, Dirk Kruijt, Emeritus Professor, Utrecht University, Netherlands. Dr. Kruijt is author of Guerrillas: War and Peace in Central America and Societies of Fear: The Legacy of Civil War, Violence and Terror in Latin America. His work focuses on peace and conflict, development studies and Latin American studies.

  • Faculty Seminar, Wednesday, October 15, 3:35pm -4:50pm. Morison 300, Dirk Kruijt, “Cuban Guerrilla Movements, 1960s - 2010s.”
  • Public Lecture, Thursday, October 16, 12:45pm-2:00pm , Lindsay 30. Dirk Kruijt, “Violence and Resilience in Latin America.”

​Tuesday, October 7, 3:35pm-4:50pm, La Cava 305 AB. Kevin Browne, Department of Writing and Rhetoric, Syracuse University, "The Children of Caliban, So Called: Contemporary Caribbean Positionings."  Dr. Browne works on contemporary rhetorical theory, specializing in ethnic rhetoric, vernacular rhetoric, and rhetoric(s) of the Caribbean and the African Diaspora.  He is the author of Tropic Tendencies: Rhetoric, Popular Culture, and the Anglophone Caribbean.

Monday, October 6, 4pm-5:15pm, Lindsay 30. Atalya Ein Mor, chef/entrepreneur, former Israeli army soldier, “Realizing My Dream: The Never-Ending Learning Curve of a Young Entrepreneur.” Ms. Ein Mor has developed a restaurant business in her home area of Ein Kerem outside of Jerusalem. Co-sponsored by the Dean of Arts and Sciences.

Tuesday, September 30, 6pm, Wilder Pavilion.  International Film Series: Miss Sarajevo (U.S./Ireland/Bosnia and Herzegovina, 1995, 33 minutes).  Filmmaker Bill Carter will be in attendance and lead a discussion after the screening; the film will begin at 6:30pm following a reception with the filmmaker. Carter is the author of many books, the most recent of which is Boom, Bust, Boom:  A Story about Copper, the Metal that Runs the World (Simon and Schuster). His award-winning documentary Miss Sarajevo, produced by U2’s Bono, follows residents of Sarajevo who are trying to live normal lives at the height of the city’s siege. Co-sponsored by the departments of Global Studies, English and Media Studies, Natural and Applied Sciences and History.

Monday, September 22, 3:35pm-4:50pm, AAC 254. Working Seminar with Courtney Cole, Assistant Professor of Communication, Newbury College, “Storying Self and Society in the Aftermath of Mass Violence: Theorizing a Narrative Transitional Justice.” Dr. Cole’s research focuses on transnational justice and the role of communication in the aftermath of mass violence.

Wednesday, September 17, 5:00pm-6:15pm, La Cava 375 A/B. Siva Vaidhyanathan, Robertson Professor in Media Studies and Chair, Department of Media Studies, University of Virginia, “The Operating System of Your Life: How Tech Companies and Big Data Try to Govern Your Identity, Your Knowledge, and Your Refrigerator." Dr. Vaidhyanathan is the author of The Googlization of Everything (2011), The Anarchist in the Library (2004), and Copyrights and Copywrongs (2001). His research focuses on digital media, media policy, copyright, and technology.

Monday, September 15, 6:30 pm, Wilder Pavilion.  International Film Series: El Muro [The Wall] (U.S./Mexico, 2009, 89 minutes). Co-sponsored by the Media & Cultural Labs and Studios, the Department of English and Media Studies, and the Department of Global Studies.

Thursday, September 11, 4:30pm-6:30pm, Faculty Dining Room. New Faculty Reception. Co-sponsored by the Dean of Arts and Sciences, and the Dean of Business.