Past Events

Freedom of Speech in Russia: Speaking of Books with Masha Gessen

Wednesday, April 22, 2015 - 4:00pm

Masha Gessen is a Russian-American journalist, LGBT rights activist, and author of several books, including The Man Without a Face: The Unlikely Rise of Vladimir Putin (2012), Words Will Break Cement: The Passion of Pussy Riot (2014), and most recently, The Brothers: The Road to an American Tragedy (April 2015). Gessen will be the Maya Brin Resident from April 20th through April 25th.

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Co-sponsored with the College of Arts and Humanities; the School of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures; and the University Libraries.

Presentation & Discussion of Disney-Pixar's "Inside Out"

Wednesday, April 15, 2015 - 4:30pm
Biology-Psychology Bldg, Room 2150

The Film Studies Department and Disney-Pixar have collaborated to host a presentation and discussion of the animation for the upcoming Pixar film, "Inside Out." The guest from Pixar is the Sets Art Director, Daniel Holland. There will be a Q & A after the presentation. Please read more below about the movie and Daniel Holland. The doors for this event will open at 4:30pm, and the event will take place from 5:00pm-6:00pm.

DC-Area Film and Media Seminar Inaugural Conference: “Distributing Cinema”

Friday, April 10, 2015 - 9:00am

The DC area contains many scholars working on various aspects of cinema and media studies. This conference will provide an opportunity for area scholars to present aspects of their research in a situation that maximizes contact with colleagues. The conference is also an inaugural event for an ongoing area-wide seminar for cinema and media studies, the DC-Area Film and Media Seminar (DCFAMS), which will provide a regular opportunity for scholars to share research, exchange ideas, and collaborate on events and funding opportunities. Dr.

The Cinema of Sergei Parajanov: A Talk by James Steffen

Wednesday, April 8, 2015 - 4:00pm
Hornbake Library Room H

Sergei Parajanov (1924–1990) flouted the rules of both filmmaking and society in the Soviet Union and paid a heavy personal price. An ethnic Armenian in the multicultural atmosphere of Tbilisi, Georgia, he was one of the most innovative directors of postwar Soviet cinema. Parajanov succeeded in creating a small but marvelous body of work whose style embraces such diverse influences as folk art, medieval miniature painting, early cinema, Russian and European art films, surrealism, and Armenian, Georgian, and Ukrainian cultural motifs.

Digital Feminisms: Transnational Activism in German Protest Culture

Monday, March 30, 2015 - 11:00am
2115 TWS

Please join the Program in Comparative Literature for the first annual "Conversations in Comparison" on Monday March 30th, 11am, in 2115 Tawes Hall. This year's Vambery Professor, Hester Baer of the German Department, will speak on "Digital Feminisms: Transnational Activism in German Protest Culture." Lunch will be served. Please RSVP to

Silent Film Screening with Live Music: Harold Lloyd's The Freshman and Peacherine Ragtime Orchestra

Friday, March 27, 2015 - 7:00pm
Hoff Theatre - Adele H. Stamp Union

The Film Studies Department will be hosting a silent film screening of Harold Lloyd's The Freshman, featuring live music from the Peacherine Palm Court Orchestra. This five-person band will be playing the original 1925 cue sheet score as compiled by James C. Bradford.

This event will be free and open to the public, with no RSVP required. The show will take place here on campus in the Hoff Theatre at 7:00 PM.

SLLC 2015 Graduate Conference - Perspectives on Power: Textual and Cinematic Representations

Friday, March 27, 2015 - 8:00am
Saturday, March 28, 2015 - 8:00am

This interdisciplinary conference will address perspectives on power and all its implications within, but not limited to, political, literary, cinematic and cultural contexts, as well as linguistics and Second Language Acquisition studies.

Please find the full conference schedule here.

Sharon Cameron on "The Sight of Death in Tolstoy"

Friday, February 27, 2015 - 3:30pm
Ulrich Recital Hall (Tawes)

"The Sight of Death in Tolstoy," is a meditation on Bresson's filmic revision of Tolstoy's story in L’argent. Sharon is William R. Kenan Jr. Professor of English at Johns Hopkins University. Her numerous publications include, Beautiful Work: A Meditation on Pain (2000); and Impersonality: Seven Essays (2007) Lyric Time: Dickinson and the Limits of Genre (1979); The Corporeal Self: Allegories of the Body in Melville and Hawthorne (1981); Writing Nature: Henry Thoreau’s Journal (1985); Thinking in Henry James (1989); Choosing Not Choosing: Emily Dickinson’s Fascicles (1995).

The Adventures of Prince Achmed Screening with Musical Accompaniment

Friday, February 20, 2015 - 7:00pm
Clarice Smith Center - Leah Smith Hall

The School of Music will host a silent film screening with live musical accompaniment on Friday, February at 7:00 PM in Leah Smith Hall at the Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center. The film will be the 1926 German animated classic The Adventures of Prince Achmed. This event is free and open to the public.