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WEST Faculty Announcements – April 2

April 2, 2010

1. WENDE Flicks – Miraculi

2. “There and Back Again” – Paula Rego, Portuguese Painter and Illustrator, and the Art of Storytelling

3. And Then There Were Plenty: Women and Literary Authorship in Modern Portugal

4. Lord Timothy Garden Memorial Lecture on International Financial Security with Lord John Roper










1. WENDE Flicks – Miraculi

The WENDE FLICKS Series has moved to the IU Fine Arts Auditorium! Come and join us at our new venue for the screening of the film Miraculi. This film was the creative dream of its director, Ulrich Weiß, for over 10 years. Here, he offers us a fascinating social drama about youth in a changing world.

The screening begins at 7pm on Sunday, April 4, at the IU Fine Arts Auditorium, in room 015. The film is in the original German with English subtitles. As always, film screenings are open to the public and completely FREE!

About the film Miraculi:

Germany, 1991, 105 min., color

Director: Ulrich Weiß

Cast: Volker Ranisch, Käthe Reichel,

Katrin Vogt, Hans-Peter Minetti,

Uwe Kockisch, Katrin Waligura

Cinematography: Eberhard Geick,

Johann Feindt

Screenplay: Ulrich Weiß

A group of young people draws straws to see who’ll steal some cigarettes. With this theft, Sebastian starts a symbolic and bizarre odyssey through a sclerotic world, in search of himself and of truth and justice. When he tries withdrawing from one social paradigm, he finds himself caught in another…. The fall of the Wall made it possible for director Ulrich Weiß to finally make this long-cherished project, which had been refused by the East German film studio. With a cameo by the outstanding Brechtian actor, Käthe Reichel, one of the co-organizers of the November 4, 1989 demonstration for freedom and democracy in East Berlin.

 The screening will be followed by a Q&A session with special guests and experts in the fields of Religious studies, Germanic studies, and film. Todd Cesaratto from the Department of Germanic Studies at Indiana University will be joined by: Prof. Nancy Levene from the Department of Religious Studies at IU, Prof. Greg Waller from the Department of Communication and Culture at IU, and Prof. Claudia Breger from the Department of Germanic Studies at IU.



2. “There and Back Again” – Paula Rego, Portuguese Painter and Illustrator, and the Art of Storytelling

A lecture by  Ana Gabriela Macedo

Thursday, April 8, 4:00 pm, Lindley Hall 102

Portuguese-born Paula Rego, now living in Britain, is considered one of the leading figurative artists in the contemporary art scene. From her surreal and politically charged pictures of the 60s, to the Nursery Rhymes illustrations (1994), to her parodic contemporary “visual readings” of myths, fairy-tales, fables, legends and hagiography, her work has continually transgressed boundaries and genres in a desacrilizing gesture. She has defiantly declared that “art is not neutral,” that it has a “gender” and a politics – a view expressed in her relentless sabotage of tradition and her compassionate but critical re-vision of femininity. Professor Macedo will discuss the theatricality of Rego’s often grotesque visual imagery and her fascination with the “art of storytelling” which is the subject of many of her paintings and visual compositions.

Ana Gabriela Macedo, Professor of English and Director of the “Humanities Research Center” at the Universidade de Minho, is one of Portugal’s most prominent comparatists. Among her major areas of interest are visual poetics and feminist studies. Author and editor of ten books and numerous essays, she is also the translator into Portuguese of works by Adrienne Rich, Sylvia Plath, Amy Tan, and Salman Rushdie, among others. At present she is collecting her studies of the work of Paula Rego into a book-length publication.

Sponsored by the Department of Spanish and Portuguese & Department of Comparative Literature.


3. And Then There Were Plenty: Women and Literary Authorship in Modern Portugal

A lecture by Anna Klobucka, Professor of Portuguese and Lusophone African literatures and Women’s Studies at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth. Klobucka will speak about the situation of women’s writing in Portugal in the twentieth century. Her analysis focuses on female poets, their conquest of cultural and literary agency, feminist intertextuality in their work, and their critique of the Portuguese literary-historical canon.

Friday, April 9, 2010

2:30 pm

Ballantine Hall 005

Sponsored by the Department of Spanish and Portuguese, Gender Studies, West European Studies, Department of History and Department of Comparative Literature.


4. Lord Timothy Garden Memorial Lecture on International Financial Security with Lord John Roper

International Financial Security

with Lord John Roper, renowned expert on international policy

Tuesday, April 13, at 7:30 p.m.

 Moot Court Room of the School of Law

Lord Roper…

  • educated at Oxford and the University of Chicago (receiving a doctorate).
  • economics lecturer at the University of Manchester. 
  • elected Member of Parliament for Farnworth.
  • Labor Cooperative MP from 1970 to 1981.
  • Social Democratic Party Chief Whip from 1981 to 1983.
  • Director of the Institute for Security Studies of the West European Union from 1990 to 1995.
  • a Life peer as Baron Roper, of Thorney Island in the City of Westminster since 2000. 
  • Liberal Democrat Chief Whip in the House of Lords until 2005 when appointed to the Privy Council of the United Kingdom.

Currently, Lord Roper is Chairman of the European Union Sub-Committee on Foreign Affairs, Defense and Development Staff as well as an active member of the House of Lords, where he is Chairman of the Committee on the European Union.


Office of the Vice President for International Affairs

Center for the Study of Global Change

School of Public and Environmental Affairs

Center on American and Global Security

West European Studies

Department of Political Science

Institute for Advanced Study


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