Upcoming Events At This Venue
March 30, 2017
This documentary film travels the globe to unravel a culinary mystery. General Tso’s chicken is a staple of Chinese-American cooking, and a ubiquitous presence on restaurant menus across the country. But just who was General Tso? And how did his chicken become emblematic of an entire national cuisine? Director Ian Cheney journeys from Shanghai to New York to the American Midwest and beyond to uncover the origins of this iconic dish.
The director will be present for a Q&A after the screening. This film is presented as the opening event for the Culinary Nationalism in Asia conference.
April 3, 2017
Join the Center for European Studies for an introduction by John Pickles, the Earl N Phillips Distinguished Professor of International Studies in the Department of Geography at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and the film afterwards.
Fire at Sea is an Academy Award nominee for Best Documentary Feature and the first non-fiction film to ever win the top prize at the Berlin International Film Festival. Fire at Sea takes place in Lampedusa, a remote Mediterranean island that has become a major entry point for refugees into Europe. There, we meet Samuele, a 12-year-old boy who lives simply, climbing rocks by the shore and playing with his slingshot. Nearby, we bear witness as thousands of men, women and children risk their lives to make the brutal crossing from Africa. Award-winning filmmaker Gianfranco Rosi masterfully juxtaposes these realities, jolting the audience into a new understanding of what is happening in the region, the heavy toll of the migrant crisis and the price of freedom.
This event is part of Europe Week.
April 11, 2017
Padraic Kenney, ‘A Permanent Revolution? How Poland Joined the Democratic Camp, and Why it Has Left’
Poland’s decisive move to democracy beginning in the mid-1970’s ranks as the most important political transformation in Europe since the democratization of post-war Germany. Its turn away from democracy over the last two years is, correspondingly, a crucial case of democratic de-consolidation. In this talk, Padraic Kenney will trace the main causes of democratic revolution in the 1980’s, and make the case that by the early 2000’s Poland was not only a successful democracy but a regional leader in the advance of democracy. The recent turn toward authoritarian rule upsets this positive story, however, and so this talk will offer some ideas on where the roots of this change should be sought.
Kenney is a professor of history and international studies and chair of the Department of International Studies at Indiana University.