Fall 2010 Events

Film: "Invictus"
Tuesday, September 28, 2010 at 7:00 p.m.
Wheeler Hall, Ware Campus Center

Invictus chronicles the inspirational true story of the underdog South African rugby team as they make an unlikely run to the 1995 World Cup Championship match. Recently-elected Nelson Mandela joins forces with the team's captain to help unite their racially and economically divided country together through the universal language of sport. Directed by Clint Eastwood and starring Morgan Freeman and Matt Damon, Invictus was nominated for three Golden Globe and two Academy Awards in 2010.

Kent Nerburn
Monday, October 4, 2010 at 7:00 p.m.
Wheeler Hall, Ware Campus Center

Kent Nerburn, author of “Wolf at Twilight,” “Neither Wolf Nor Dog,” and “To Walk The Red Road” presents "Hidden History, Hidden Lives: What Native America can teach us about ourselves, our past, and our place upon this land." Click here for more information about Kent Nerburn.

Wednesday, October 6, 2010 at 7:00 p.m.
Wheeler Hall, Ware Campus Center

Flamenco guitarist and singer AnnaMaria recorded her first album at fifteen and began her own label, Musica Mundial Productions. While maintaining her performance schedule, consistently producing successful recordings and running Musica Mundial, AnnaMaria completed her BA summa cum laude at St. Mary's College of California at age eighteen. At twenty, she completed her MA at St. John's College in Santa Fe. Before the age of 25, AnnaMaria completed her doctoral dissertation at the University of Notre Dame. Her Ph.D. was awarded in Theology with an emphasis in Latino Studies. Click here for more information about AnnaMaria.

Film: "Frozen River"
Monday, October 25, 2010 at 7:00 p.m.
Wheeler Hall, Ware Campus Center

Living in northern Upstate New York, near the Akwesasne St. Regis Mohawk Reservation and the Canadian border, Ray Eddy and Lila Littlewolf are two women who have fallen on very hard economic times. Ray has lost the down payment for her home; Lila has lost custody of her infant child. Together the women take drastic measures to earn the money they both desperately need. While attempting to avoid detection by local law-enforcement, Ray and Lila begin trafficking illegal immigrants from an Indian Reserve in Canada to an Indian Reservation in the United States across the frozen St. Lawrence River. When a border crossing takes a dramatically dangerous turn, Ray and Lila wish to stop trafficking. Unfortunately, the women must complete one last crossing to earn the money they need to make their dreams come true.

Day of the Dead Celebration
Monday, November 2, 2010 at 5:00 p.m.
Wheeler Hall, Ware Campus Center

Day of the Dead is an ancient festivity that has evolved through the years. This celebration's intention was, in prehispanic Mexico, to celebrate children and the dead. Hence, the best way to describe this Mexican holiday is to say that it is a time when Mexican families remember their dead, and the continuity of life. Generalizing broadly, the day's activities consist of visits by families to the graves of their close kin. At the gravesites family members engage in sprucing up the gravesite, decorating it with flowers, setting out and enjoying a picnic, and interacting socially with other family and community members who gather at the cemetery.
Come see faculty, staff, students, classes and clubs resurrect alters in memory of loved ones.

Karin Muller: "Perilous Journeys"
Tuesday, November 9, 2010 at 7:00 p.m.
Wheeler Hall, Ware Campus Center

Perilous Journeys is a behind-the-scenes look at living (as a woman, alone) in war zones, communist countries, among the Maasai and the Bushmen and a dozen other cultures from Cuba to Sudan, Vietnam, Japan, and South America. National Geographic Explorer Karin Muller talks about some of the secrets she has learned on the road, what to do if you're in North Africa and are suddenly confronted by six teenagers armed with AK-47s (hint: break-dance), why Shakespeare is a hit in a squatter's village in the Philippines, how to become a part of an East African warrior tribe, how to make your own visa stamp in Vietnam, and a couple dozen other stories that illustrate larger points on travel and global adventuring. Karin shares her experiences through the use of film clips from all of her projects, slides, etc.
Karin Muller is a Swiss-born author, filmmaker, photographer, and adventurer. She is an expert lecturer on Japan for the National Geographic Society, has been featured on National Public Radio and Minnesota Public Radio's Marketplace, and her writing appears in National Geographic and Traveler magazines. Muller produced the PBS television special “Hitchhiking Vietnam” and a companion book by Globe Pequot Press of the same name, the television series “Along the Inca Road” for National Geographic, and “Japanland: A Year in Search of Wa” as both a documentary series and book.

Film: "After the Fog" presented by Producer/Director Jay Craven
Monday, November 29, 2010 at 7:00 p.m.
Wheeler Hall, Ware Campus Center

After the Fog chronicles the dramatic experiences of eleven U.S. combat veterans. Vets featured in the film include WWII Army Ranger Curtis Whiteway, who won three Purple Hearts for service during The Battle of the Bulge; Cliff Austin, who was called into the Army during his junior year of high school and sent straight to the front where he was captured and held as a German POW for more than a year; David Underwood, who lost part of his foot while working as a helicopter crew chief in Vietnam; Bob Miller, who fought in northern Africa and Italy and helped to produce the film; and young Iraq vets Jonathan Miller and Abbie Pickett, the one female soldier in the group. Together, these former soldiers provide a vivid, detailed, emotionally charged, and highly personal picture of military recruitment, training, combat, and reintegration into civilian life. They share remarkable insights into their life under fire. In doing so, they pose eternal questions about the nature and impact of war — and how human beings cope with the intense emotional, psychological, and physical changes they experience from combat.
Producer/Director Jay Craven will present the film and conduct a question and answer session immediately following the screening.