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The Jeanne & Dan Valente Center for Arts & Sciences
The Valente Center is dedicated to integrating the arts & sciences into the educational, scholarly, and cultural life of Bentley University. We host a variety of campus-wide programs aimed at supporting Bentley’s core mission through diverse and creative A&S-related research, teaching, and learning. We offer opportunities for students and faculty such as fellowships, seminars, and research opportunities.
Coming Up This Week...
International Film Series: The Flip Side (Val Wang, 2017) and Faces Places (Agnes Varda, 2017)
The Flip Side presents the increasingly globalized circus world, where disparate people and acrobatic cultures come together, clash, and ultimately transform each other. We meet Daqi, a Chinese circus artist who leaves home at age 9 to train at an elite state-run circus academy. Restless after ascending to the zenith of the Chinese circus world, he leaves his stable "rion rice bowl" job to perform with Cirque du Soleil. Though Daqi possesses extraordinary technical skills, he has a difficult journey ahead to develop an artist's expressive power. Daqi grows intimate circus shows are based on the individual artists' stories.
Val Wang, Department of English and Media Studies, will introduce her film.
89- year old Agnes Varda, one of the leading figures of the French New Wave, and acclaimed 33 year-old French photographer and muralist JR team up to co-direct Faces Places, and enchanting documentary/road movie. Together they travel around the villages of France in JR's photo truck meeting locals, learning their stories and producing epic-size portraits of them. The photos are prominently displayed on houses, barns, storefronts and trains revealing the humanity in their subjects, and themselves. Faces Places documents these heart-warming encounters as well as the unlikely, tender friendship they formed along the way.
The film will be introduced be Laure Astourian, Department of Modern Languages.
Given Bentley University’s mission to educate ethical and socially responsible organizational leaders via impactful knowledge within and across business and the arts and sciences, we created the Bentley Alliance for Ethics and Social Responsibility (BAESR) in 2003. The role of the BAESR is to amplify and extend the work of the autonomous centers and initiatives on campus, supporting and encouraging greater awareness of, respect for, and commitment to ethics, service, social responsibility and sustainability in our research, curricula and campus culture. The Valente Center for Arts & Sciences is proud to be a partner in the Alliance.