Fall 2014 Valente Center for Arts and Sciences Event Calendar

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.

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.

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 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.

Tuesday, September 30th, 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, 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, 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.

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 16th, 12:45pm-2:00pm , Lindsay 30. Dirk Kruijt, “Violence and Resilience in Latin America.”

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.

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.

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

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).

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.

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.

Monday, November 10, 6:30 pm, Wilder Pavilion.  International Film SeriesThe 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.

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 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.

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, 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.