About this Event
“After her untimely death, Melanie, a young professional, is sent to purgatory and must decide on whether to stay in the questionably mundane limbo or leave for the unknown… with the help of Z, purgatory’s own drifting emcee. ”
Dead Ends is a 30-minute long student film by 21 incredibly talented young filmmakers and 3 senior filmmakers and academic professors here at MSU in one year. We cordially invited you to join us with our premiere on Friday, April 12.
Doors will open at 6:00 pm and close at 6:30 pm. We will have a Q&A section after the screening. Event ends at 9:00 pm.
Register your ticket now to reserve your seat. (a receipt is required to get your ticket at the gate)
This mini-conference event brings researchers and teachers together in dialogue around the questions “Do teachers care about research?” and “Do researchers care about teachers?” Plenary session presentations by researcher Dr. Masatoshi Sato (Universidad Andrés Bello, Chile) and a language educator (TBD) will be followed by a mixer in smaller break-out rooms, where language researchers and language teachers will engage in guided but informal dialogue. The event will conclude with a Town Hall-style forum, facilitated by MSU’s Second Language Studies program chair, Dr. Shawn Loewen.
Come nerd out with us as we host another language-acquisition-themed movie night with the film “Arrival”
What: Movie night + free snacks and drinks
When: Thursday April 18th 4 – 6 pm
Where: Wells Hall B21
Who: all associated with the SLS and MA-TESOL program and their students, friends, and family!
4/18 Clueless (Amy Heckerling, 1995)
Presented by Mikki Kressbach
Shallow, rich and socially successful Cher (Alicia Silverstone) is at the top of her Beverly Hills high school’s pecking scale. Seeing herself as a matchmaker, Cher first coaxes two teachers into dating each other. Emboldened by her success, she decides to give hopelessly klutzy new student Tai (Brittany Murphy) a makeover. When Tai becomes more popular than she is, Cher realizes that her disapproving ex-stepbrother (Paul Rudd) was right about how misguided she was—and falls for him.
Belly to the Ground, Looking at Insects:
Notes on the Entomological School of Cinema
Lecture by Professor James Leo Cahill
April 19, 3pm, 110 Chittenden Hall
“The photogénie of insects no longer needs to be proven.” Taking André Bazin’s assertion of the firmly established cinematic attractiveness of insects as a point of departure, this talk considers entomology (the study of insect morphology and behavior) as both a privileged subject and theoretical orientation for an important strain of filmmaking and criticism in 20thcentury France. From Etienne-Jules Marey and Lucien Bull’s fin de siècle chronophotographic studies to films by Jean Painlevé, Pierre Thévenard, Samivel, and contemporary filmmakers Claude Nuridsany and Marie Pérennou, the lives of insects have served as key subjects of natural historical inquiry and fodder for philosophical reflection (amplified by the surrealism of scalar interplays involved in filming them as well the tendency ethnology to veer towards fable). As a theoretical orientation, entomology provided a model of cultural analysis, such as developed with some irony in Bazin’s “Entomology of the Pin-Up Girl,” as well as the practice of cultural production trained to observe phenomena with a mixture of alien rigor and what Bazin referred to as “lucid humility”: a critical orientation merging an interest in humus (earth) with forms of clarity, cruelty, and love associated with both insects and their observers. Viewed from a present marked by a rapid decline in insect populations inaugurated in the postwar intensification of efforts to control the populations of pests and vectors, the entomological school of cinema offers experiments in perception—beginning from a position with one’s belly on the ground, looking at insects—for reconsidering the entangled worlds of mites and men.
James Leo Cahill is Associate Professor of Cinema Studies and French at the University of Toronto, General Editor of Discourse: Journal for Theoretical Studies in Media and Culture,and Co-Chair of the Toronto Film and Media Seminar. He is author of Zoological Surrealism: The Nonhuman Cinema of Jean Painlevé (University of Minnesota Press, 2019).
Figure credit: La Jungle de l’herbe (The Grass Jungle), Samivel, France, 1955.
Detroit-based Taiwanese American writer Stacey (Wan Ching) He worked as a journalist before turning to creative writing. Three Moons, her debut novel, appeared with Taiwan’s premiere literary press Unitas in 2018. Centering on three Chinese female immigrants’ lives in New York City, Three Moons explores migration and women’s careers, family ties, sexuality, and identities. In this presentation, Stacey He will read selected passages from Three Moons and engage in a conversation with moderator Tze-lan Sang, Professor of Chinese at MSU, and the audience about writing in-between cultures. Presentation in Chinese and English, lunch to follow.
The Chinese Program in the Department of Linguistics and Languages
Center for Gender in Global Context (GenCen)
Ministry of Education of The R.O.C. (Taiwan)
Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in Chicago