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The Principal Center for Global Citizenship at Drake
Spring 2018 Speaker and Film Series

Events are free and open to the public unless otherwise noted

Tuesday, February 13: Film The Mermaid / Mei ren yu (original title), (China, 2016) 
Location:  Harvey Ingham 134
Time: 6:00 p.m.
Sponsors: Chinese Students and Scholars Association, Department of World Languages and Cultures, and East Asian Studies Minor

A quirky, comedic reimagining of The Little Mermaid that looks at the impact of greedy corporate interests on the continuation of sea life (including mermaids).  Film will be followed by discussion.


Wednesday, Feb 21:  Ocean Vuong
Topic:  Poetry Reading
Location:  Cowles Library Reading Room
Time: 7:00 p.m.
Sponsor:  Susan Glaspell Writers & Critics Series and East Asian Studies Minor

Award-winning Vietnamese American poet Ocean Vuong will do a reading as part of the Susan Glaspell Writers & Critics Series. Vuong’s poetry and essays are concerned with explorations of immigrant identity and sexual identity, and often explore the aftermath of the Vietnam war and the legacy of violence.


Thursday, March 1: Fumiaki Kubo

Topic: "An Unparalleled Partnership: U.S.-Japan Relations in an Uncertain World"
Location:  Meredith 106
Time: 7-9 p.m.
Sponsors: Drake University Department of Political Science, the School of Journalism and Mass Communication, and East Asian Studies Minor

Fumiaki Kubo, A. Barton Hepburn professor of American government and history at the University of Tokyo, will address the current relationship between the U.S. and Japan from a political, national security and economic perspective. His talk will explore how the two nations can work together, in an era defined by populism, to build peace and stability in the Asia Pacific.  As a leading scholar of U.S.-Japanese relations, Kubo will discuss the state of the Asia-Pacific region during heightened world tensions.  The former scholar at the Woodrow Wilson Center will be in Des Moines as part of a national speaking tour.


Tuesday, March 6: Film Shin Godzilla / Shin Gojira (original title), (Japan, 2016)      
Location:  Harvey Ingham 134
Time: 6:00 p.m.
Sponsors:  Department of Political Science, Department of World Languages and Cultures, and East Asian Studies Minor
 

A giant monster destroys Tokyo and the government struggles to respond.  Film will be followed by discussion.


Monday, March 19: Film Wolf Warrior 2 / Zhan lang II (original title), (China, 2017)
Location:  Olin 101
Time: 6:00 p.m.
Sponsors:  Chinese Students and Scholars Association, Department of World Languages and Cultures, and East Asian Studies Minor  


A special forces operative must leave a quiet life by the sea to protect residents in an African town from Western mercenaries..  Film will be followed by discussion. 

Wednesday, April 4: Film The Host / Gwoemul (original title), (South Korea, 2006)
Location:  Meredith 106
Time: 6:00 p.m.
Sponsors: Korean Cultural Club, Department of World Languages and Cultures, and East Asian Studies Minor  

A man must save his daughter from a deadly monster that was created through the illegal dumping of formaldehyde.  Film will be followed by discussion.

Sunday, April 8: Film Swagger, (France, 2016)
Location:  Aliber 101
Time: 2:00 p.m.
Sponsors:  The Alliance Française of Central Iowa, the Department of World Languages and Cultures, and Principal Center for Global Citizenship
 

Swagger is a documentary about life in the projects of the tough Paris suburb of Aulnay-sous-Bois, as seen through the eyes of eleven middle school students, most of whom are first generation French citizens. Speaking directly to the camera as if it were a long-trusted confidante, these extraordinary young people talk about love, being French, life in the projects, and their visions of the future. Swagger seduces not only by the maturity, generosity and frankness of its memorable subjects, but by the filmmaker’s efforts to lift it out of the quotidian by including charming flights of fancy that illustrate the children’s unspoken dreams. Shot in bold colors, with breathtaking aerial photography and a score by Jean-Benoît Dunckel, one half of legendary French electronic duo Air, Swagger is much more than another documentary about children’s resilience in challenging circumstances. But perhaps the film’s greatest accomplishment is to leave viewers feeling they have made 11 new friends in a place they had never dreamed of visiting.

Tuesday, April 17: Film In This Corner of the World / Kono Sekai no Katasumi ni (original title) (Japan, 2016)
Location:  Sussman Theater, Olmsted
Time: 6:00 p.m.
Sponsors: Anime Club, Department of World Languages and Cultures, and East Asian Studies Minor 

A hand-drawn animated film set in 1940s Hiroshima, before and after the dropping of the atomic bomb.  Film will be followed by discussion.


Monday, April 30: Jenna Gibson
Topic:  Career talk on internationally related post-graduate opportunities
Location: Medbury Honors Lounge
Time: 12:30-1:30
Sponsor: Principal Center for Global Citizenship and East Asian Studies Minor


Jenna Gibson of the Korea Economic Institute of America will present a career talk for all students contemplating internationally related post-graduate opportunities. A graduate of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, in international studies and journalism, Ms. Gibson went on to a Fulbright fellowship in South Korea and a Master’s program at Georgetown University.  She is now the Director of Communications at the Korea Economic Institute.  Lunch will be served thanks to financial support from the Principal Center for Global Citizenship at Drake.


Tuesday, May 1: Prof. Eleanor Zeff and POLS 169 Class
Topic:  Immigration and Politics in Europe (France, Germany, Sweden and Poland)
Location: Meredith 101
Time: 7:00-9:00 p.m.
Sponsor: Department of Politics

Professor Eleanor Zeff and students from POLS169, "Refugees, Immigration and European Politics" will discuss immigration and politics in Europe. 

 

Wednesday, May 2: Film Spirit’s Homecoming / Gwi-hiyang (original title), (South Korea, 2016)
Location:  Olin 101
Time: 4:00 p.m.
Sponsors: Women & Gender Studies, Department of World Languages and Cultures, and East Asian Studies Minor 

A period drama following the lives of two teenage girls kidnapped by the Japanese Imperial Army to serve as sexual slaves at “comfort stations” in China. Film has graphic scenes, including those depicting sexual violence.  Film will be followed by discussion.

 

 

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