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Mellon New Directions Fellowship Budget Workshop

Aug 6, 2019, 10:00 AM-12:00 PM

304 Tolley Humanities Building

Serious interdisciplinary research often requires established scholar-teachers to pursue formal substantive and methodological training in addition to the PhD. New Directions Fellowships assist faculty members in the humanities and humanistic social sciences who seek to acquire systematic training outside their own areas of special interest. The program is intended to enable scholars in the humanities to work on problems that interest them most, at an appropriately advanced level of sophistication.

The Humanities Center teams up with Lekita Dawkins of Corporate and Foundation Relations and Christina Docteur from the Office of Research to host this informational sesson and budgeting workshop for potential applicants.

Kindly RSVP to the Humanities Center by July 10 and include any requests for accessibility accommodations.

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17th Annual Syracuse University Human Rights Film Festival

Sep 26, 2019, 7:00 PM-9:00 PM

Screening locations vary (see individual event dates).

This annual festival -- September 26 – 28 -- explores human rights, worldwide, through documentary and fiction films.

OPENING NIGHT
Thursday, September 26 @ 7 pm, Joyce Hergenhan Auditorium, Newhouse 3
Moonlight Sonata: Deafness in Three Movements
(Irene Taylor Brodsky, USA, 2019, 90 min. Captioned in English)
Irene Taylor Brodsky builds on her powerful first feature, Hear and Now, by delving into an intergenerational exploration of living with deafness. 

Friday, September 27 @ 7 pm, Joyce Hergenhan Auditorium, Newhouse 3
Words from a Bear
(Jeffrey Palmer, USA, 2019, 85 min. Captioned in English)
When N. Scott Momaday won the 1969 Pulitzer Prize, it marked one of the first major acknowledgments of Native American literature and the vibrant contemporary culture it described. Now, Momaday’s transportive words come to life in this cinematic biography of one of the most celebrated Native American storytellers.
Q&A with Filmmaker follows screening.

Saturday, September 28 @ 1 pm, Shemin Auditorium, Shaffer Art Building
Everything Must Fall
(Rehad Desai, South Africa, 2018, 85 min. Captioned in English)
In this galvanizing examination of the fight for free higher education, acclaimed documentarian Rehad Desai takes his own alma mater as a case study in a growing intersectional global movement. 

Saturday, September 28 @ 4 pm, Shemin Auditorium, Shaffer Art Building
The Silence of Others
(Almudena Carracedo and Robert Bahar, Spain, 2018, 96 min., Spanish with English subtitles)
In a groundbreaking international court case, victims of re-education camps, child abduction, torture, and extra-judicial killings come together to break their silence and confront perpetrators who, unbeknownst to much of the world, have enjoyed impunity for decades. This story captures the first attempt in 77 years to prosecute crimes of Spain’s 40-year Franco dictatorship (1939-1975). 

CLOSING NIGHT
Saturday, September 28 @ 7 pm, Shemin Auditorium, Shaffer Art Building
The Sweet Requiem
(Ritu Sarin and Tenzing Sonam, India/USA, 2018, 91 min., Tibetan with English subtitles)
This bold new work from the directors of the award-winning Dreaming Lhasa (2005) is a tale of tragedy, retribution, and courage -- an unforgettable reflection on an ongoing but too often forgotten refugee crisis.
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Moonlight Sonata: Deafness in Three Movements

Sep 26, 2019, 7:00 PM-9:30 PM

Joyce Hergenhan Auditorium, Newhouse 3

17th Annual Syracuse University Human Rights Film Festival

(Irene Taylor Brodsky, USA, 2019, 90 min. Captioned in English)

This film builds on Brodsky's powerful first feature, Hear and Now, by delving into an intergenerational exploration of living with deafness. Brodsky’s son Jonas began losing his hearing as a baby and underwent cochlear-implant surgery as a toddler. Now 11 years old, Jonas has adjusted to a world with sound and is learning to play Beethoven’s Moonlight Sonata. Brodsky’s parents also have cochlear implants, but unlike Jonas, the majority of their lives were shaped by silence. While Jonas explores what silence means to him, his grandfather grapples with a new transition of his own. Buoyed by a perceptive soundscape and luminous animation, Brodsky astutely captures the complexity of silence and hearing. Rich archival footage portrays Brodsky’s parents’ reflections on the evolution of deafness while intimate home videos reveal Jonas’s hearing transformation. In this deeply personal and moving film, Brodsky explores the meaning of deafness, loss, and the power of silence as her son discovers his unique voice and her parents confront a new chapter of their lives.

Check festival website for complete details as they develop.

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Words from a Bear

Sep 27, 2019, 7:00 PM-9:30 PM

Joyce Hergenham Auditorium, Newhouse 3

17th Annual Syracuse University Human Rights Film Festival

(Jeffrey Palmer, USA, 2019, 85 min. Captioned in English)

When N. Scott Momaday won the 1969 Pulitzer Prize, it marked one of the first major acknowledgments of Native American literature and the vibrant contemporary culture it described. Now, Momaday’s transportive words come to life in this cinematic biography of one of the most celebrated Native American storytellers. In Jeffrey Palmer’s directorial debut, distinctly expressive animations intersect with stunning footage of the Great Plains as Momaday draws from his Kiowa ancestry and identity to pose universal questions about how we connect to our origins, each other, and the earth.

In a series of intimate interviews, Momaday expounds on his life and its many challenges, while insights from the likes of Joy Harjo, Robert Redford, and Jeff and Beau Bridges reveal the impact of his literary contributions. Words from a Bear reveals the inspiring beauty of Momaday’s work while also guiding audiences through the grave historical struggles that Native American communities have faced. The result is a profound celebration of not only Momaday’s writing and history but also the art of storytelling itself. Filmmaker will be present to introduce and discuss the film. 

Check festival website for complete details, as they develop.

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Everything Must Fall

Sep 28, 2019, 1:00 PM-3:30 PM

Shemin Auditorium, Shaffer Art Building

17th Annual Syracuse University Human Rights Film Festival

(Rehad Desai, South Africa, 2018, 85 min. Captioned in English)

In this galvanizing examination of the fight for free higher education, acclaimed documentarian Rehad Desai takes his own alma mater as a case study in a growing intersectional global movement. At South Africa’s elite, ivy-covered Wits University, students chanting “Fees Must Fall” held a rally against steep tuition hikes. The cry became a viral social media hashtag. One protest fueled another. The administration called in more than a thousand armed police. Soon, a leading institution of nearly 40,000 students was shut down. Neighboring university students struggling with their own mounting debt joined the cause, which become a national movement marked by escalating conflict and violence. Even after their fight has led to three deaths, 800 arrests and counting, the students are determined to achieve transformational, intergenerational justice and “decolonized,” free higher education, a message increasingly popular around the world.

Check festival website for complete details as they develop.

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The Silence of Others

Sep 28, 2019, 4:00 PM-6:30 PM

Shemin Auditorium, Shaffer Art Building

17th Annual Syracuse University Human Rights Film Festival

(Almudena Carracedo and Robert Bahar, Spain, 2018, 96 min., Spanish with English subtitles)

This story captures the first attempt in 77 years to prosecute crimes of Spain’s 40-year dictatorship under General Franco (1939-1975). In a groundbreaking international court case, victims of re-education camps, child abduction, torture, and extra-judicial killings have come together to break their silence and confront perpetrators who, unbeknownst to much of the world, have enjoyed impunity for decades. Through the compelling contemporary story of the case and the personal journeys of several of its plaintiffs, The Silence of Others explores the shadows the past still casts upon the present in Spain. What happens when a country is forced to reckon with its history after many years of silence? What happens to those who have endured – and then dare to break – such silence? Can justice really be done after so long?

Check festival website for complete details, as they develop.

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The Sweet Requiem

Sep 28, 2019, 7:00 PM-9:30 PM

Shemin Auditorium, Shaffer Art Building

17th Annual Syracuse University Human Rights Film Festival

(Ritu Sarin and Tenzing Sonam, India/USA, 2018, 91 min., Tibetan with English subtitles)

This bold new work from the directors of the award-winning Dreaming Lhasa (2005) is a tale of tragedy, retribution, and courage. At age eight, Dolkar and her father fled their home in Tibet, escaping Chinese armed forces in an arduous journey across the Himalayas. Now 26, she lives in a Tibetan refugee colony in Delhi, India, where an unexpected encounter with a man from her past reveals long-suppressed memories, propelling Dolkar on an obsessive search for the truth and a reckoning with complex and shifting challenges of exile. With stunning cinematography and skillfully subdued tension, The Sweet Requiem is an unforgettable reflection on an ongoing but too often forgotten refugee crisis.

Check festival website for complete details, as they develop.

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Words and Silence in Spiritual Inquiry: Going Beyond Opinion and Belief

Oct 7, 2019, 5:30 PM-8:30 PM

Peter Graham Scholarly Commons, 114 Bird Library

Wildecy Fatima de Jury
Imani Gayle Gillison

Gillson and deJury, Buddhist Teachers of Color in the Insight Meditation Tradition, examine ways of relating to truth, wisdom and knowledge, whether religious or not.

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Photography, Race and Memory

Oct 11, 2019, 6:00 PM-7:30 PM

Watson Theater

Nicola Lo Calzo (artist)
Kyle Bass (playwright)

In celebration of his exhibition at Light Work, Bundles of Wood, artist Nicola Lo Calzo presents a lecture on his work followed by a conversation with playwright Kyle Bass, discussing issues of race, memory and the African Diaspora.

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What You Have Heard Is True: A Reading by Carolyn Forché

Nov 14, 2019, 7:00 PM-8:30 PM

YMCA Downtown Writers Center, 340 Montgomery Street, Syracuse

Acclaimed poet Carolyn Forché reads from her works of poetry and non-fiction.
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Against Silence: The Vital Work of Telling

Nov 15, 2019, 9:00 AM-11:00 AM

304 Tolley Humanities Building

Carolyn Forché leads a breakfast discussion on poetry and witness. RSVP to Phil Memmer by Nov. 8. Include any requests for accessibility accommodations.

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Concert by The American Spiritual Ensemble

Mar 8, 2020, 4:00 PM-5:30 PM

Hendricks Chapel

Dr. Everett McCorvey (Director)

Performance featuring African-American spirituals, opera arias, and musical theatre selections. Reception to follow.

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Maisha T. Winn: Watson Visiting Professor in Residency

Mar 9, 2020, 9:00 AM-4:00 PM

Dates, times, and locations T.B.A.

The Jeannette K. Watson Distinguished Visiting Professorship in the Humanities

Maisha T. Winn (UC Davis)

Information for "Week 1" will be posted soon! (Second week of series = April 6-10, 2020)

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Mother Music: The African-American Spiritual & Its Role in Shaping American Musical Styles

Mar 10, 2020, 12:30 PM-1:50 PM

Hendricks Chapel

Everett McCorvey (Director)

Lecture and recital conducted by McCorvey and the American Spiritual Ensemble.

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Lift Every Voice and Sing!

Mar 11, 2020, 8:00 PM-9:30 PM

Setnor Auditorium, Crouse College

Setnor School of Music choral ensembles join The American Spiritual Ensemble in concert.

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Maisha T. Winn: Watson Visiting Professor in Residency

Apr 6, 2020, 9:00 AM-4:00 PM

Dates, times, and locations T.B.A.

The Jeannette K. Watson Distinguished Visiting Professorship in the Humanities

Maisha T. Winn (UC Davis)

Information for "Week 2" will be posted soon!

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