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The Image of Disaster: Image-Events, Spaces of Suffering, and the Anthropo(S)cene – Adrian Ivakhiv – University of Vermont’s Rubenstein School of Environment and Natural Resources

January 26 @ 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm

This talk takes its impetus from two trends unfolding around us: the ongoing “digitalization” of everyday life, as digital images, media, and data systems become increasingly intertwined with the management of human lives, desires, identities, and governance systems; and the growing recognition of an impending climate emergency, wherein ever larger populations of humans (and nonhumans) become subject to the instabilities brought about by climatic and ecological destabilization. What, if anything, might a linked analysis of these two trends contribute to…

Hollywood Embassies

“Sly As A Fox: Twentieth Century-Fox, Corporate Diplomacy, and Racial Strife on the African Continent” – Ross Melnick (UC Santa Barbara)

January 27 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm

Ross Melnick (UC Santa Barbara) Thursday, January 27, 2:00-3:30 pm PT Zoom Link: https://brandeis.zoom.us/j/93467786764. Beginning in the 1920s, audiences around the globe were seduced not only by Hollywood films but also by lavish movie theaters that were owned and operated by the major American film companies. Outfitted with American technology and accoutrements, they allowed local audiences to watch American films in an American-owned cinema in a distinctly American way. In a history that stretches from Buenos Aires and Tokyo to…