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Room 215, Lovejoy Building, Colby College

Mayflower Hill Drive
Waterville, ME

March 2015

Moses in Babylon: Struggles for Power in the Middle East (or Why Reading the Bible Matters, Even if You Aren’t Religious)

March 4, 2015, 4:00 PM
Room 215, Lovejoy Building, Colby College, Mayflower Hill Drive
Waterville, ME
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What do Bob Marley, Nebuchadnezzar II, and the ancient Israelites of the Hebrew Bible have in common? In the third millennium BCE, Sargon of Akkad created the world's first empire and located his capital city on the Euphrates in what is now Iraq. Since his time, Babylonia has been a magnet for warriors, prophets, poets, and priests in search of conquest or meaning. Alison Acker Gruseke, a Ph.D. candidate in religious studies at Yale, will focus on a particular remnant…

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March 2016

Philip Roth and the Americanization of the Holocaust: From Anne Frank to Primo Levi

March 2, 2016, 4:00 PM
Room 215, Lovejoy Building, Colby College, Mayflower Hill Drive
Waterville, ME
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Now more than 70 years in the past, the Holocaust is the defining event in Jewish-American life. The survivors are dying, taking with them their memories and lived experiences of genocide. The personal testimony of these witnesses, which has been authoritative for American Jews’ understanding of the Holocaust, is running out. Artists, writers, and filmmakers have stepped in, taking over the work of keeping America’s “memory” of the Holocaust alive. But many have feared that this shift from survivor testimony to…

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March 2018

Russia’s Civilizational Mission: Kremlin Articulates Russian National Identity

March 1, 2018, 4:30 PM
Room 215, Lovejoy Building, Colby College, Mayflower Hill Drive
Waterville, ME
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April 2019

The Trento Tunnels Project

April 22, 6:00 PM
Room 215, Lovejoy Building, Colby College, Mayflower Hill Drive
Waterville, ME
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“The Trento Tunnels Project” an experiment in the recovery of an abandoned industrial site in the reinvention of the history museum in the animation of historical archives Imagine two 300 meter superhighway tunnels wide enough to accommodate four side-by-side tractor trailers, snaking under the cliff that faces the Northern Italian capital city of Trento. Cut in the 1970s at the expense of the city’s historic Piedicastello district, replaced in October 2007, these literal “galleries” were brought back to life during…

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Contract-Based Sexual Labor in Japan’s Adult Video Industry

April 25, 4:00 PM
Room 215, Lovejoy Building, Colby College, Mayflower Hill Drive
Waterville, ME
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Presented by Akiko Takeyama, Associate Professor of Anthropology and Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, University of Kansas. Increasing numbers of young Japanese women allegedly volunteer to perform in pornography; and yet, the numbers of women, who seek legal support for their forced performance, have been also increasing. Despite the tension, there is neither a clearly designated administrative office nor regulation beyond legal clauses of obscenity and child protection from sexual commerce. Virtually no labor union or advocacy group exists, either.…

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