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All films shown in the Milton Hall Auditorium, 7 pm

 

Monsieur Klein (1976) Monday, October 3

At the height of WWII, in Nazi-occupied Paris, the charming French opportunist and unscrupulous art dealer, Robert Klein, leads a life of luxury, benefitting from the volatile wartime situation. Against the backdrop of systematic deportations, the rapacious Mr. Klein makes an enviable living by exploiting the desperate French-Jews who sell their paintings and valuables for peanuts, until the accidental delivery of a Jewish newspaper to his doorstep. Under those circumstances—as Robert tries to get to the bottom of this embarrassing and life-threatening misunderstanding—somewhere in the war-torn city, another Robert Klein of Jewish descent is threatening the real Klein’s identity and well-being, bringing him to the attention of the police. However, who is Robert’s mysterious doppelganger? Will Mr. Klein ever clear his name?

--Nick Riganas (IMDb)

 

Les Illusions perdues (Lost Illusions) (2021) Thursday, October 6

In 1820s France, 20 year-old poet Lucien de Rubempré travels from him provincial home in Angoulême to Paris after a contentious affair with a local society lady. He is sensitive, idealistic, handsome, and determined to force the literary world to take notice. Contrary to his expectations, however, he discovers that he must make ends meet by writing scurrilous theater reviews and ends up beholden to the world of low-brow journalism. At the behest of his crass boss, Étienne Lousteau, Lucien succumbs entirely to bribery and cronyism, achieving wealth and standing only at the cost of his artistic integrity and former friendships. In a last attempt to free himself from the all-consuming filth, he is undone by his greatest weakness, his desire to transcend his low origins and illegitimate birth by buying a title of nobility. This, too, proves illusory, and finally he is defeated and socially destroyed by the prevailing “fake-news” cycle, returning home to defeat and obscurity.

--Wikipedia

 

Un pays qui se tient sage (The Monopoly of Violence) (2020) Tuesday, October 11

In this stimulating, sometimes shocking, and altogether powerful documentary about police violence in contemporary France, filmmaker and journalist David Dufresne examines the ways in which a government justifies brutal acts against its own citizens. Taking its title from sociologist and political economist Max Weber, who writes that the state establishes a “monopoly of violence” by claiming the legitimate use of force, Dufresne’s film mixes footage of attacks on protestors—largely the gilet jaunes, of “yellow vests”, political movement—and interviews with intellectuals, police officers, and victims of police assault. The Monopoly of Violence is an essential and timely work, showing the dangers of police serving the state rather

than the people, and identifying the growing tendency among Western democracies to enact totalitarian methods to keep the populace under their control.

Film at Lincoln Center

 

Petite Fille (Little Girl) (2021) Wednesday, October 19

Little Girl is the moving portrait of 7-year-old Sasha, who has always known that she is a girl. Sasha's family has recently accepted her gender identity, embracing their daughter for who she truly is while working to confront outdated norms and find affirmation in a small community of rural France. Realized with delicacy and intimacy, Sébastien Lifshitz's documentary poetically explores the emotional challenges, everyday feats, and small moments in Sasha's life.

Rottentomatoes

 

Conte d’êté (A Summer’s Tale) (1996) Monday, October 24

In the center of part 3 of Rohmer’s “4-Seasons Cycle” stands a young man, Gaspard, who went to Dinard (a sea-side town in Brittany) because he hopes to meet the girl he thinks he is in love with --Lena. Shortly after his arrival, he meets Margot who works in her aunt’s creperie. He spends a lot of time with her and discusses the way he feels about Lena, but he hesitates to tell the truth about his relationship. The reason is that he isn’t quite sure himself. Although he insists that he loves Lena, he has doubts…

WM (IMDb)

 

Josep (2020) Thursday, October 27

February 1939. Overwhelmed by the flood of Republicans fleeing Franco’s dictatorship, the French government’s solution consists in confining the Spanish refugees in concentration camps where they have no other choice than to build their own shelters, feed off the horses which have carried them out of their country, and die by the hundreds for lack of good hygiene and water. . . . In one of these camps, two men –separated by barbwire—will become friends. One is a guard and the other is Josep Bartoli (Barcelona 1910- New York 1995), a cartoonist who fights against the Franco regime.

Letterboxd.com

The NMHC Speaker's Bureau Reopens (Nov. 1)

After an eighteen month hiatus due to the ongoing Covid-19 health situation, the popular Speakers Bureau program officially reopened October 1st.
The Speakers Bureau is an easy way to bring humanities programs to your community. Historical characters, scholars of New Mexican folklore, culture, history, and practitioners of visual, literary and musical arts are available to come to you. View the catalog of speakers available to come to your city.
NMHC is no longer asking schools and non-profit organizations for a booking fee. Just fill out an application and apply for a grant to cover expenses.
NMHC has simplified the booking process, eliminated the up-front booking fee, and is eager to work with your organization to provide these thought-provoking and popular programs. Some new faces on our Speakers Bureau roster include: Steve Morgan, Gabriela Moreno, Nicolasa Chávez and Darryl Lorenzo Wellington.

Aldo Leopold’s Journey, by Steve Morgan
Steve Morgan is a landscape architect who teaches design courses at Yavapai Community College in Arizona and has worked extensively in urban design planning in Arizona and New Mexico. In Aldo Leopold’s Journey, Morgan brings the words and wisdom of Aldo Leopold to life through a performance of the famed naturalist. Why is Aldo Leopold important to our current world? He is thought to be the father of wildlife ecology and our national wilderness system. He was a forester, conservationist, philosopher, educator and writer. His book, The Sand County Almanac, one of the most widely read on conservation, has been translated into 15 languages.

I Live in a Mean Green State, by Gabriela Moreno
Gabriela Moreno is an Associate Professor of Spanish. As a scholar, her expertise is in the area of pedagogy and methodology for heritage language speakers, which includes language socialization, languages in contact and acquisition of Spanish in the US. Her research interests extend to the areas of Border Studies and Chicano/Mexican Studies and Literature. In I Live in a Mean Green State, Moreno presents a talk that captures the essence of life on the border. She steps back in time to reminisce about the moments in history that shaped her Chicana/Fronteriza identity. Using disciplines like visual and cultural studies, she provides an opportunity to experience and understand people and life along the border through her analysis of representations in the region.

Felices Fiestas: Holiday Traditions of New Mexico, by Nicolasa Chávez
Nicolasa Chávez, a fourteenth generation New Mexican, is a historian, curator and performance artist, whose work concentrates on the rich multicultural heritage of New Mexico and the connection between New Mexico and the Spanish speaking world. She performs and conducts lecture/demonstrations on the history of Flamenco, Spanish Dance, and Argentine Tango and currently serves as the Deputy State Historian for our great state of New Mexico. Her holiday-themed presentation is called Felices Fiestas: Holiday Traditions of New Mexico. What do Medieval Moriscas dances in Spain have in common with the Matachines dances performed by Pueblo and Hispano cultures during the holiday season? How did the tradition of Los Comanches develop into three separate traditions celebrated from Christmas Eve to the New Year and how is Los Comanches related to old European Mummers' plays? Learn this and more as we celebrate our local New Mexican holiday traditions.

If you are a speaker or presenter interested in proposing a new program for the Speakers Bureau, we would like to hear from you! Please review the guidelines on the website and get in touch for more information and an application. Applications will be received on a rolling basis and will be added to the roster as they are developed and approved.

NMSU Faculty Member Receives QM Certification Mark (Nov 1)

Kate Bove (Languages and Linguistics) earned the Quality Matters Certification Mark following a rigorous review process of her course, SPAN 492/592: Advanced Structures in Spanish. The QM Certification Mark is the internationally recognized symbol of online and blended course design quality and represents Bove’s ongoing commitment to creating learning environments that provide learners with a clear pathway to success.The certification is the result of Bove’s dedication to continuous improvement, including the innovative work of NMSU's Office of Digital Learning instructional design team. The course is now listed on the QM directory of certified courses. The QM Official Review provided independent validation of the quality, learner-focused course design found in SPAN 492/592. Reviews are conducted by QM-Certified reviewers and use the Quality Matters Rubric and associated standards, which are based on research and best practices.For more information, contact Beth Apodaca at 719-588-1414 or bapodaca@nmsu.edu.
Dr. Albrecht Classen
Held: February 17, 2020 at NMSU

Dr. Albrecht Classen: The Amazon Rainforest of Literature: The Capillary Action from Our Past to Our Future

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LLL Symposium: Held September 18, 2019

This symposium is held annually by the department to encourage sharing current research of faculty and students in the department. Due to the length of some of the presentations, the YouTube videos were broken into segments. Please view all parts to capture the entire message of each presentation. 

Kate Bove: Communicating Conjecture: A Case of Language Contact

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Patricia MacGregor-Mendoza: Text Complexity and Latino Learners: Analyzing the  Appropriateness of Standardized Tests

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Rodrigo Figueroa: Estética de la discapacidad en la obra de Guadalupe Nettel

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Spencer Herrera: The Mexican Flyboy and the Most Beautiful Word in the World

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Glenn Fetzer: Engagement, Revolution, and Verbal Aspect in the Poetic Voice of Tounès Thabet

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Mark Waltermire: Phonological Variation as a Vehicle for Identity Construction along the Uruguayan-Brazilian Border

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Sam JohnsonThe Sociolinguistics of New Mexican Spanish

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Elizabeth Zavalda: New Mexico Border Spanish Project

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Hernán Meléndez: Informe de gobierno

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