Álvaro Santana Acuña of Whitman College will be lecturing on “One Hundred Years of Solitude: The Making of a Global Literary Classic.” The event is co-sponsored with the Department of Sociology.
Originally from Wisconsin, Dan Kaufman has covered the state’s dramatic political transformation for years. His new book, “The Fall of Wisconsin: The Conservative Conquest of a Progressive Bastion and the Future of American Politics” (W. W. Norton, 2018), shows how Wisconsin politics has been radically transformed over the past two decades. For more than a century Wisconsin had been a bastion of progressivism, a cradle of the labor and environmental movements, and home of the Wisconsin Idea, which promoted expertise for the public good. Then in 2010, Republicans, led by Governor Scott Walker, took control of state government, rolling back laws protecting labor rights, the environment, voting rights, and public education. And in 2016, Wisconsin went for Trump. Yet even as the state became a national laboratory for conservatives bent on remaking the country, many of its citizens fought back, and continue to do so. These include Randy Bryce, an ironworker hailed as “the new star of the Democratic party” whose long-shot challenge to Paul Ryan helped galvanize progressives nationwide and drive Ryan into retirement. Bryce, and many others portrayed in Kaufman’s searing account, have shown that the state’s progressive spirit persists. Kaufman has written for The New York Times, The New Yorker, The Nation, and elsewhere. This event will be a Q&A between Kaufman and Hopkins assistant professor Bécquer Seguín, who lived in Wisconsin during the year the state went for Trump.
Professors Casey Lurtz (Department of History) and Christy Thornton (Department of Sociology) will be discussing US-Mexico Border Policy as a part of the 2018 Aronson Center for International Studies Speaker Series.
Department of History Professor Angus Burgin will be lecturing on “The Neoliberal Turn.” This event is co-sponsored by the American Capitalism Seminar.
Join the Latin America in a Globalizing World Initiative for a film screening of Not in My Neighborhood, directed by Kurt Orderson. After the screening there will be a panel discussion with the director, co-producer Najma Nuriddin, Daniel Pasciuti of Georgia State University, Alessandro Angelini of the JHU Department of Anthropology, and Ricardo Jacobs of the JHU Department of Sociology. This event is co-sponsored by the Arrighi Center for Global Studies.Light Dinner Reception at 5 pm
Join us from 2-3:30 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 12 for “Diaspora, Psychoanalysis, and Literature in Brazil” with Betty Milan. The event will take place in Mergenthaler 266 and refreshments will be served.
Betty Milan is an author of novels, chronicles, essays, and plays. Betty’s work has been published in Brazil, France, Argentina, and China. She has contributed to major Brazilian newspapers and magazines, such as Folha de S. Paulo, Veja and Veja.com. She has worked for the International Parliament of Writers housed in Strasbourg, France. In 1998 and 2015, she was guest-of-honor in Paris Book Fair. She represented contemporary Brazilian literature at the Miami International Book Fair in 2014. Before becoming a writer, she received a medical degree from he University of São Paulo and studied psychoanalysis in France with Jacques Lacan.
This fall, join the Portuguese program for three movies: The Man from the Future on Sept. 20, Back & Forth on Oct. 25, and Aquarius on Nov. 15. All movies will be shown in Gilman 479 from 7:30-9:30 p.m.
The Man from the Future
Zero is a brilliant scientist. However, 20 years ago, he was publicly humiliated when he lost Helena, the love of his life. One day, an accidental experiment causes him to travel back in time to 1991. Having taken the opportunity to change history, Zero returns to his own time to find it totally changed.
Back & Forth
Four call center agents embark on a road trip through São Paulo’s south coast together and end up crossing paths with a man who is taking his child to meet his estranged mother along the way.
Clara, a 65-year-old widow and retired music critic, was born into a wealthy and traditional family in Recife, Brazil. She is the last resident of the Aquarius, an original two-story building, built in the 1940s, in the upper-class seaside Boa Viagem Av., Recife. Clara has pledged to only leave her place upon her death and will engage in a cold war of sorts with the company. This tension both disturbs Clara and gives her that edge on her daily routine. It also gets her thinking about her loved ones, her past, and her future.
Department of History Professor Alvaro Caso Bello will be discussing “A Global Government in Miniature: New Bureaucrats and the Governance of Empire in Eighteenth-Century Spain.”
Professor Alan Shane Dillingham of Spring Hill College will be presenting on “Mexico, 1968: A View from the South” as part of the LAGW seminar series.