Moving away from rhetoric and hyperbole, a multidisciplinary team of Bentley University faculty provides straightforward answers to your questions about the first months of the Biden Administration's policies, proposals, and legislative agenda during this 'live' online chat. We welcomed questions on trade policy, human rights, social policies, environmental policy, economic policy, immigration, foreign policy, the strength of the American democracy, judicial matters, and the role of media in our current reality.
Faculty Participants: David Gulley (Economics), Marianne DelPo Kulow (Law and Taxation), Juliet Gainsborough (Global Studies), Pon Souvanasseng (Global Studies), Michael Quinn (Economics), Dave Szymanski (Natural and Applied Sciences), Chris Skipwith (Natural and Applied Sciences), Jonathan White (Sociology), Johannes (Hans) Eijmberts (Global Studies), Noah Giansircusa (Mathematics), Liz Brown (Law and Taxation)
Spring 2021 International Film Series
Is National Identity Undead? The Global Vampire Film
Wednesday, March 3rd: on Zoom - Meeting ID 948 3580 5651
What We Do in the Shadows, directed by Jemaine Clement
An opening shot of a pale hand reaching out of a coffin to switch off an alarm clock signals that [this film] is not your average vampire movie. Jemaine Clement and Taika Waititi are Vladislav and Viago, two of a group of vampires who share a house in modern day New Zealand. Like their flat mates, Deacon (Jonathan Brugh) and the Nosferatu look-alike Petyr (Ben Fransham), they're having trouble adapting to undead life with roommates. "When you get four vampires living in a flat, obviously there's going to be a lot of tension." They have the same arguments all roomies have--the splitting up of chores, forgetting to put newspaper down before killing someone in the living room--and things don't get much better when some new blood in the form of Nick (Cori Gonzalez-Macuer) decides that being a vampire really sucks.
Confronting the Pandemic with Research: Bentley University's Contribution - A Bentley University Research Conference
Friday, Feb 26th, 9:30 - 11:30am
Bentley University's Research Conference on Covid-19 which will take place on Friday, February 26 between 9:30-11:30 via Zoom. The conference is organized by the Bentley Research Council in collaboration with the Health Thought Leadership Network and the Center for Integration of Science & Industry. The conference will showcase the multi-faceted and cross-disciplinary contributions of Bentley University scholars. The theme of the conference is Confronting the Pandemic with Research: Bentley University's Contribution. Research presented at the conference will cover broad topics such as the causes and consequences of the pandemic, providing scholarly insights and actionable managerial and public policy recommendations.
Eighteen Bentley scholars will present their COVID-related research projects in three concurrent tracks: Cost and Consequences, Mitigation and Resilience, and Policies and Politics. You will have the opportunity to switch from track to track to attend the presentation of papers of interest. We are planning for lively sessions, with opportunities for interaction and discussions around the session themes.
"Tacit Racism: a Clear and Present Danger", A conversation with Anne Rawls, Prof. of Sociology at Bentley U., and Waverly Duck, Associate Prof. University of Pittsburgh
October 13th, 2020
See our racial justice page for the recording and slides from this presentation.
Monday, Sept. 21; 6:30pm; on Zoom – Meeting ID 977 1320 5873
The Divine Order (2017-Switzerland-96 min.) directed by Petra Volpe
In the early 1970s as Black power, women's liberation and the sexual revolution are overtaking America, Nora Ruckstuhl is a housewife living in a small Swiss farming village where she lives with her family. When Nora suggests that she might like to go back to work as, her husband reminds her that, by law, she needs his permission to work and suggests that they have another child. Nora publicly declares that she is for women's suffrage at a meeting at her women's club. Her statement draws the attention of Vroni, an older woman who claims that she was always for women's suffrage. Vroni insists that the two of them hold an event to show their support for women's suffrage. Ultimately, the women of the village go on strike in support of the 1971 referendum in which they must rely on men to vote for women’s right to vote.
Tue., Oct. 27; 6:30pm; on Zoom – Meeting ID 932 8590 5442
13th (2016-U.S.-100 min.) directed by Ava DuVernay
"Neither slavery nor involuntary servitude, except as a punishment for crime whereof the party shall have been duly convicted, shall exist within the United States, or any place subject to their jurisdiction." –Thirteenth Amendment of the United States Constitution
When the 13th amendment was ratified in 1865, its drafters left themselves a large, very exploitable loophole in the guise of an easily missed clause in its definition. That clause, which converts slavery from a legal business model to an equally legal method of punishment for criminals, is the subject of this documentary. DuVernay takes an unflinching, well-informed and thoroughly researched look at the American system of incarceration, specifically how the prison industrial complex affects people of color. So begins a cycle that DuVernay examines in each of its evolving iterations; when one method of subservience-based terror falls out of favor, another takes its place. 13th covers a lot of ground as it works its way to the current days of Black Lives Matter.
R.E.A.D Seminar - August 27th, 2020, 4 - 6pm, Virtual meeting (invitation only)
R.E.A.D (Reading & Engagement Across Disciplines) is a reading group aimed at fostering our understanding of theorists by reading core texts. In this seminar, we will be exploring Donna J. Haraway's 'Simians, Cyborgs, and Women. This fall seminar is led by Prof. Laurel Steinfield.
The Valente Center is proud to be a co-sponsor for BUIILD (Bentley Unites to Improve International Livelihood and Development) which is an annual fundraiser organized by a group of students in the BSLCE. This year, we are excited to fundraise for education initiatives in Kenya. https://www.nsb.com/speakers/spencer-west/
Send in brief applications for a for-credit roundtable spring 2020 seminar on how we measure success: 'Pursuits of Capital'. See full details https://www.bentley.edu/centers/valente-center/roundtable-discussion
Feb 5 - I am not a witch 2017 Outstanding Debut & 2017 Golden Camera Nominee, Cannes Film Festival
Feb 25 - Happy as Lazzaro 2017 Best Screenplay/Palme d'Or Nominee, Cannes Film Festival
March 19 - Border 2018 Un Certain Regard Award, Cannes Film Festival
April 13 - Black Maria*
Feb 20, 2020 - "Spoken Word Night"
Performances by 3-4 students, guest performers Ashley Rose and Kofi Dadzie followed by the open forum conversation where anyone can take the mic and speak about performances that moved them.
Nov 2019 - Valerie Sperling talks on 'Toxic Masculinity'. Her visit is co-sponsored by the Valente Center, Global Studies, Equity Center and SAGE.
Masculinity, Misogyny and Political Image-Crafting in Russian and the US,
Are Women's Rights Human Rights? Russia, Turkey, And The European Court Of Human Rights,
Toxic Masculinity in Politics: A Discussion
Fall 2019 International Film Series
Global Pride: 50 Years after Stonewall - Sept. 5, 23, Oct 21, Nov 5, 2019
***Co-sponsored with Bentley’s Sustainability Film Series***
Kissing Doesn’t Kill, They Are Lost to Vision Altogether, Screaming Queens, BPM (Beats per Minute), Pride, Dirty Laundry, Call Me Kuchu
Throughout the semester, the Valente Center is hosting #STONEWALL50, a series of events that are designed for the Bentley community to contemplate the past, present, and future of LGBTQ rights, identities, and politics. Our events celebrate the legacies of Stonewall while situating the struggles for LGBTQ equality beyond New York City and the United States. Screenings, talks, and discussions address current and past fights for access, inclusion, participation, and engagement.”
A panel on LGBTQ Activism and talk by Erica Chenoweth on "Making Change through Civil Resistance". What civil resistance is, trends in the use of civil resistance around the world, how it works, why it sometimes fails, how violence and repression affect it.
View and listen to Erica's talk's here
Valente Center Humanities Research Seminar Series 2019-2020: “How Taxes Shape Lives”
Taxation offers a lens through which to examine economic and social change from new angles, and to reflect on how taxes shape our lived and natural environments. This topic, presented in an eight-part seminar series by the Valente Center, will explore the intersection of business studies with the arts and sciences.