The Translation Symposium at Bard College
Sponsored by Spanish Studies; Russian/Eurasian Studies Program; Literature Program; German Studies Program; Division of Languages and Literature; Dean of the College; Asian Studies ProgramMeet the Filmmakers! The Guernica Variations and City of Signs
9:00 am – 1:00 pm. Student Workshop in Aspinwall 302. Panelists include: Eugene Bata * Daniel Krakovski * Robert Isaf * Melanie Mignucci * Courtney Morris * Yuko Okamura * Christopher Shea * Alissa Rubin * Melissa Weaver
2:00 pm – 6:00 pm. Faculty Workshop in RKC 103. Panelists include: Thomas Bartshcerer * Jonathan Brent * Peter Filkins * Susan Gillespie * Wyatt Mason * Justus Rosenberg * Olga Voronina
On Art, War, and the Avatars of Filmmaking
Sponsored by Art History Program; Division of Languages and Literature; Hannah Arendt Center; Human Rights Program; Italian Studies Program; LAIS Program; Middle Eastern Studies Program; Spanish Studies
César Vallejo's Trilce
Both films are in Spanish with English subtitles.
The Guernica Variations (Guillermo Peydró, 2012, 26 min): Picasso’s Guernica is the image of a disproportionate attack on unarmed civilians to demoralize and subjugate a whole population, it encapsulates a turning point that ushered in today’s use of terror against civilians. This film received the 2013 Best Documentary Award from Uruguay’s International Short Film Festival, among other awards, and has been widely screened at museums, including the Reina Sofia National Museum.
City of Signs (Samuel Alarcón, 2009, 62 min): When César Alarcón travels to Pompeii to collect “psychophonies”—electronic voice phenomena—from Vesuvius’s great eruption, he finds that none contain sounds from the year 79 AD. Eloquent voices from the recent past will nonetheless lead him to the exploration of Roberto Rossellini’s mysterious life and film production. This film received the 2011 Román Gubern Essay-Film Award, among other awards.
Movement for Justice in El Barrio
The Necessity and Uses of Translation
Sponsored by Spanish Studies; Division of Languages and Literature; Dean of the College
Essayist, poet, and translator William Rowe is Professor of Poetics at Birkbeck College, University of London, and author of several books on Latin American Poetry.
William Rowe is founder of the Contemporary Poetics Research Center, University of London, Birkbeck, where he is Anniversary Professor Emeritus of Iberian and Latin American Studies. Professor Rowe is the author of 10 books on Latin American literature and culture, including Poets of Contemporary Latin America (Oxford University Press, 2000). His many translations of Latin American authors, with special interest in the poetics of sociopolitical change, include Raul Zurita’s INRI (Marick Press, 2009) and his recently completed Trilce by César Vallejo. Rowe is a founding editor of the Journal of Latin American Cultural Studies, Travesia; he has taught at the Universities of Lambayeque (Peru), Liverpool, Kings College London, where he was given a chair in Latin American cultural studies; San Marcos (Peru), Universidad Católica (Peru), Universidad Iberoamericana (Mexico), and Universidad Autónoma de Barcelona.
El Barrio No Se Vende! Se Ama y Se Defiende!National Speaking Tour - Fall 2012
Sponsored by Difference and Media Project; Human Rights Project; LAIS Program; La Voz; Latin American Students Association; Spanish Studies
“BEST POWER TO THE PEOPLE MOVEMENT IN NYC” —VILLAGE VOICEA Conversation with Juan González (2 October)
“IT IS REAL GRASS-ROOTS DEMOCRACY, AND IT IS BEING PRACTICED BY THE IMMIGRANTS WHO LIVE IN EAST HARLEM” —NEW YORK DAILY NEWS
Movement for Justice in El Barrio was founded in 2004 by immigrants and low-income people of color of East Harlem to fight for dignity and against neoliberal displacement. A majority-women of color organization, Movement operates on a commitment to self-determination, autonomy, and participatory democracy.
Driven by multinational corporations and profit-seeking landlords, and facilitated by city officials, gentrification has swept through New York City, causing the wholesale displacement of low-income people of color and immigrants from their communities. East Harlem is experiencing a wave of harassment, abuse, and intimidation as greedy landlords attempt to evict community members from their homes in order to raise rents and increase profits. With over 850 members, Movement has gone building to building to organize with their fellow neighbors to build a neighborhood-wide movement for dignity and justice—from below and to the left.
Author of Harvest of Empire: The Untold Story of Latinos in America
Sponsored by the Difference and Media Project; Human Rights Project; LAIS Program; La Voz, LASO, and ISO; Spanish Studies
“We are all Americans of the New World, and our most dangerous enemies are not each other, but the great wall of ignorance between us.” —Juan González, Harvest of EmpireNYU Study Abroad Tabling in Campus Center (26 September)
Sponsored by the Institute for International Liberal Education
A rep from NYU is on campus today with information about the university's study abroad programs worldwide. Drop by to see if one of their programs might be for you! Thinking about Study Abroad but don't know how it works at Bard? It's never too early to start planning where/when/how. Contact Study Abroad Adviser Trish Fleming at 845-758-7080 or [email protected] to make an appointment.“Rights and Obligations”: Public Conversation on Citizenship and Society (26 September)
A Discussion Led by Roger Berkowitz Based Upon Hunger of Memory by Richard Rodriguez
Sponsored by the Hannah Arendt Center
Join us for an active-learning program of community conversation that uses Richard Rodriguez’s autobiography Hunger of Memory as a jumping-off point for discussion.“I became a man by becoming a public man.” —Richard RodriguezRacist Killings, Mourning Songs, and a 13-Year-Old Girl (19 September)
The evening’s discussion will address the tensions between cultural identity and US citizenship, the responsibilities inherent in citizenship, and what it means to live a “public life.” Free copies of Hunger of Memory are available but supplies are limited. Email [email protected] for your copy. Made possible by the New York Council for the Humanities
Reading and Discussion (in English) With Eminent German-Jewish Writer Esther Dischereit
Sponsored by the Center for Civic Engagement; German Studies Program; Human Rights Project; Jewish Studies Program
Esther Dischereit is one of the most exciting writers and thought-provoking public intellectuals in Germany today. Her poems, novels, essays, and plays, including radio plays; her opera libretti; and her sound installations offer unique insights into the Jewish life of contemporary Europe. She collaborates with composers and musicians and founded the avant-garde project WordMusicSpace/Sound-Concepts. Coming from a survivors’ family, commemoration (of the Holocaust) has been a constant reference point in her work. Dischereit’s writings also reflect on what it means to be a woman and an intellectual. The Comprehensive Historical Encyclopedia on Jewish Women calls her an “outstanding writer” among Jewish artists in the twenty-first century.
Recently, a series of racist killings, committed by the so-called National Socialist Underground (NSU) organization, has shocked the German public. Dischereit can be regarded as the most important independent voice covering the legal and political investigations of this unprecedented crime in postwar Germany. While the media focused predominantly on the killers, Dischereit writes on the victims, their families, and friends, and started initiatives on their behalf. She addresses society’s responsibility—that is, our common task not to look away. She challenges widespread racism and xenophobia wherever it arises, including the high ranks of the police and secret service. Dischereit has commented on the topic on television and radio, and in prominent newspapers. As an artist she responded with an amazing collection of “Mourning Songs,” which eventually will evolve into an opera—songs of lament, and songs of accusation.