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Russian Film Series, January 14, 2009, Bate 2011 at 6:30-9:00  Enjoy the beginning of Spring semester with a great Russian romantic comedy “Moscow Does Not Believe in Tears” (Mosfilm, 1979) starring Alexey Batalov and Vera Alentova. Academy Award Winner Best Foreign Film 1980. English subtitles

GREAT DECISIONS PROGRAM,  January 17-March 7, 2009 Topics related to Asian Studies include US and Rising Powers, Energy and the Global Economy, Global Food Supply, Afghanistan/Pakistan, and Universal Human Rights.

VOICES FOR PEACE: Hiroshima-Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Exhibit, January 27—March 10, 2009  A poster exhibit chronicling the bombing, aftermath and plea “never again”. Joyner Library, Second Floor Exhibit Area. Sponsored by: Kyoritsu University, Hisako Okawa, Hiroko Tyabata, Hiroshima International Homestay Club, Satsuki Ogura, Yuichi Kudo, CCU of Nagano Prefecture, Shozo Fujiwara, Hiroshima Jyogakuin University, Takehiro Asano  This is our cry. This is our prayer. For peace in this world.” Children’s Peace Monument

The ECU Asian Studies Program will sponsor a reception for the Hiroshima Poster Exhibit on Saturday, January 31, from 10:00-5:00 pm, in Joyner Library, 2nd Floor Display area. The public is invited to attend. In addition to light refreshments from 10-3:00 pm, there will be a Hiroshima Film Festival featuring the three videos related to the atomic bombing.

The first video is the award-winning documentary, Hellfire: A Journey from Hiroshima, focused two Japanese artists, Iri and Toshi Maruki, and their mural paintings depicting their interpretations of the horrific consequences of the atomic attack. Hellfire will be shown from 10:30-11:30 am.  The second video, Barefoot Gen, examines, through animation, the atomic bombing of Hiroshima from the perspective of a young boy, Gen, who is forced to find ways to survive the final months of WWII. This video is based on the best-selling comic book (manga) by Keiji Nakazawa. Barefoot Gen will be shown from 1:00-2:30 pm. The final video, Black Rain, explores the aftermath of the bombing of Hiroshima as experienced by a young woman engaged to be married. This video, directed by Shohei Imamura, is based on the classic novel by Masuji Ibuse. Black Rain will be shown from 3:00-5:00 pm.  Support for the reception is provided by the North Carolina Teaching About Asia Network, based at UNC-Chapel Hill. 

Russian Film Series  February 4, Bate 2011, 7:30-9:00 PM. Come to see one of the best Russian comedies of all the times. IVAN VASILIEVICH: Back to the Future (Ivan Vasilievich menyet professiyu) by Leonid Gaidai (1973).Starring: Yuri Yakovlev, Alexander Demyanenko, Leonid Kuravlev, Mihail Pugovkin. English subtitles.

Also if you are interested in black and white classics, you are welcome to see the Part Two of S. Eisenstein’s film “Ivan the Terrible” (1946) at 6:00-7:20 in the same room (prior to the comedy screening) .

Origami Workshop, February 12, 4:00 to 5:30, Bate 3006 FLYER

Hispanic Film Series. February 26, 2009, 5:30 Bate 1031, Wetback: The Undocumented Documentary by Arturo Pérez Torres (Canada, 2005) (English subtitles). Everybody welcome! May include adult content. Discussions to follow film.

Hispanic Film Series. March 26, 2009, 5:30 Bate 1031, Bolivia by Israel Adrián Caetano (Argentina) 2001. Everybody welcome! May include adult content. Discussions to follow film.

FALL 2008

Russian Film Series: December 3 - "Irony of Fate," (1975) by E. Ryazanov, Bate 2011, 6:30 PM

German Film Series: November 19 -"Kebab Connection" (2004) by Anno Saul,  Bate 2003, 6:30.

Russian Film Series: November 19 - "Repentance," (1987) by T. Abuladze, Bate 2011, 6:30 PM



FREE TICKETS: Tickets for the Jarvis Lecture are free for everyone.  Free tickets must be obtained by either visiting the box office in the lobby of Wright Auditorium just before the lecture or calling the Central Ticket Office (252 328 4788), 1-800-ARTS, or (V/TTY) 252-328-4736.


Noted Jesus scholar Marcus Borg (Ph.D., Oxford University) will deliver this year’s popular Jarvis Lecture.  The work of Borg, Hundere Distinguished Professor of Religion and Culture at Oregon State University, is controversial and thought-provoking.  Known as one of the leading historical Jesus scholars of this generation, Dr. Borg has authored ten books, two of which have been best-sellers, Jesus: A New Vision and Meeting Jesus Again for the First Time. His most recent publication is The Heart of Christianity: How We Can Be Passionate Believers Today (2003).


An advocate of a pantheistic conception of the divine, Dr. Borg has lectured widely in this country, including talks at the Smithsonian and Chautauqua Institutions, and overseas in England, Austria, Germany, Belgium, Hungary, Israel, and South Africa. His writings have been translated into German, Dutch, Korean, and French.


An outstanding teacher, Borg has received all of the major awards for teaching at Oregon State University, including one from the legislature. He is the first person in the Oregon State University College of Liberal Arts to be designated "Distinguished Professor" by the university.


In works such as Reading the Bible Again for the First Time, subtitled Taking the Bible Seriously but Not Literally, Borg offers an “historical-metaphorical approach” to reading the Bible, one claiming that it is the Word of God expressed metaphorically.


Borg sees philosophy as primarily concerned with the role of ideas in our lives. "Ideas matter," Borg says, "much more than we commonly think they do - especially our world-views and values, namely our ideas about what is real and how we are to live. We receive such ideas from our culture as we grow up, and unless we examine them, we will not be free persons, but will to a large extent live out the agenda of our socialization."


Here is Dr. Borg’s description of his Jarvis Lecture: “What does it mean to be Christians living in an empire?  The question is as old as Christianity and, for American Christians, as current as today.  The lecture explores the conflict between Christianity and Empire then for the sake of illuminating Christian responsibility now.”


BOOK TABLE: A book table of some of Borg’s most popular works will be available at the lecture.


Russian Film Series: November 15- "Doctor Zhivago," (2003) by G. Campiotti (UK), Bate 2011, 6:30 PM

Hispanic Film Series: November 13- Romántico by Marc Becker (USA) 2005, 5:30 Bate 1031 (English subtitles). Everybody welcome! May include adult content. Discussions to follow each film.

Perestroika: Russia in transition New photo exhibition at Joyner Library through February 2009. See the dramatic changes in the everyday life of Russia after the collapse of the Soviet Union, or “evil empire” as referred to by President Ronald Reagan – a unique social experiment in the history of mankind. There are 40 pictures giving a snapshot of ongoing changes in early Putin’s times: 2000 - 2004.  It is for those who believe “an intelligent person learns from his own mistakes, but a wise person learns from the mistakes of others.” The photo exhibition is a joint project of the Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures and Joyner Library

Russia ancient and modern: Eternal, like Tchaikovsky’s music, beauty of ancient Russian architecture and historical places. Joyner Library, 1st floor, through November 7. The photo exhibition is a joint project of the Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures and Joyner Library

German Film Series: October 29 -"Good Bye, Lenin!" (2003) by Wolfgang Becker), Bate 2003, 6:30.

Russian Film Series: October 15 - "The Diamond Arm," (1969) by L. Gaidai, Bate 2011, 6:30 PM

German Film Series: October 8-"Das Leben den Anderen" (2006) by Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck, Bate 2003, 6:30.

Hispanic Film Series: October 2- 14 Kilómetros by Gerardo Olivares (Spain) 2007, 5:30 Bate 1031 (English subtitles). Everybody welcome! May include adult content. Discussions to follow each film.

Russian Film Series: October 1 - "The Thief" (1998) by P. Chukhrai, Bate 2011, 6:30 PM

German Film Series: September 30 -"Angst essen Seele auf" (1974) by Rainer Werner Fassbinder, Bate 2003, 6:30.

Prof. Anne-Helene Miller will speak on "Female Patronage and Writing Authority in Late Medieval / Early Modern France" as part of "Gender to a Tea," a faculty research seminar Series in women's and gender issues sponsored by the Women's Studies program, September 18, Bate 1006, 1pm.

Russian Film Series: September 17 - "Tycoon: A New Russian," (2002) by P. Lungin, Bate 2011, 6:30 PM

German Film Series: September 10 -"Aimee und Jaguar" (1998) by Max Farberbock, Bate 2003, 6:30.

Department of Geological Sciences Seminar Series: Dr. J.P. Walsh, "Continental-Margin Sedimentation from New Bern to New Zealand", September 5, 12:30, Graham, Rm 309.

Russian Film Series: September 3 – “Barber of Siberia” (1998) by N. Mikhalkov, Bate 2011, 6:30 PM

German Film Series: September 3 -"The Tin Drum" (1979) by Volker Schloedorff, Bate 2003, 6:30.

Department of Geological Sciences Seminar Series: Dr. Steve Culver, "Frigid in West Africa," August 29, noon, Graham, Rm 309.


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