Foreign film screenings

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Modern Foreign Languages & Literatures sponsors screenings of foreign-language films in the Hodges Library auditorium. Here’s the line-up for Spring 2014. All films are free and open to the public.

6 pm, Hodges Library Auditorium
French with English subtitles

Tuesday, Feb. 18
La belle et la bête (Beauty and the Beast)

Tuesday, March 25
Le chat du rabbin (The Rabbi’s Cat)

Tuesday, April 15
Peau d’âne (Donkey Skin)

6 pm, Hodges Library Auditorium
German with English subtitles

Thursday, Feb. 13
Hannah Arendt

5 pm, Hodges Library Auditorium
Spanish with English subtitles

Wednesday, Feb. 5
También la lluvia (Even the Rain)

Wednesday, March 12
El viaje de Carol (Carol’s Journey)

Wednesday, April 9
¿Cual es el camino a casa? (Which Way Home)

Film showings mark Hurricane Katrina anniversary

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Join us to commemorate the 5-year anniversary of Hurricane Katrina at two film showings:

versaillesA Village Called Versailles
Wednesday, August 25, 7 p.m.
Hodges Library Auditorium

In a New Orleans neighborhood called Versailles, a tight-knit group of Vietnamese Americans overcame obstacles to rebuild after Hurricane Katrina, only to have their homes threatened by a new government-imposed toxic landfill. A Village Called Versailles is the empowering story of how the Versailles people, who have already suffered so much in their lifetime, turn a devastating disaster into a catalyst for change and a chance for a better future. (Sadly, the Vietnamese American community in New Orleans has also recently been impacted by the BP Oil Spill.)

    Sponsored by the Asian American Association, Asian Studies Program, International House, and the University Libraries

tremeFaubourg Tremé: The Untold Story of Black New Orleans
Thursday, August 26, 7 p.m.
Hodges Library Auditorium

Arguably the oldest black neighborhood in America and the birthplace of jazz, Faubourg Treme was home to the largest community of free black people in the Deep South during slavery and a hotbed of political ferment. While the Treme district was damaged when the levees broke, this is not another Katrina documentary. Long before the flood, two native New Orleanians—one black, one white—writer Lolis Eric Elie and filmmaker Dawn Logsdon, began documenting the rich living culture of this historic district. Miraculously, their tapes survived the disaster unscathed. The completed film is a powerful testament to why New Orleans matters, and why this most un-American of American cities must be saved.

    Sponsored by Africana Studies, the Commission for Blacks, the Department of History, and the University Libraries

CNN article about Vietnamese American Fisherfolk and BP Oil Spill
History of Faubourg Treme
HBO Series on Faubourg Treme

Five Year Updates:
Been in the Storm Too Long, Tavis Smiley
Brookings Institute, New Orleans at Five
Greater New Orleans Community Data Center
CNN, Katrina: Five Years Later

Katrina Related Sites and Archives:
New Orleans Times-Picayune
Hurricane Digital Memory Bank

In Hodges Library:
Hurricane Katrina resources
New Orleans resources

Biology Nights at the Library presents Monkey Trial, March 4

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scopesBiology Nights at the Library is celebrating the 200th birthday of Charles Darwin and the 150th anniversary of the publication of On The Origin of Species by screening three documentaries on evolution. The second in the series is Monkey Trial.

More than 80 years after the Scopes Trial occurred in Dayton, Tennessee, the teaching of evolution in public schools continues to be a controversy. Join us on March 4th to see what happened in 1925 when one biology teacher was arrested for teaching science.

Monkey Trial
March 4
6:30 p.m.
Hodges Library 253

More info on the film

Biology Nights at the Library is a documentary and discussion series that promotes discovery and dialogue about Science’s impact on society. Biology Nights is organized by Donna Braquet, Life Sciences Librarian, UT Libraries.

Documentaries in the Library Focus on Political Themes

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The University of Tennessee Libraries and the Howard Baker Center for Public Policy invite the campus and local community to attend the Documentaries in the Library series. Each event features a documentary film screening followed by a discussion. The events are free and open to the public.

To celebrate the 2008 election, the current series schedule focuses on political themes.
During the months of September and October, thought-provoking documentaries will inspire viewers to think critically about important issues in American politics. After the screenings, discussion leaders will encourage lively debate on the topics posed by the films.

The program schedule is as follows:

Young Voices on Today’s Politics – Tuesday, September 30 at 7 p.m. in Hodges Library Auditorium
Documentary: Student Free Range Video Contest Entries
The spring 2008 contest encouraged students to create short videos commenting on politics. Entries from this contest as well as student videos from UT courses and selections from YouTube will be screened.
Discussion Leader: Mark Harmon, Journalism and Electronic Media

Religion and Politics – Tuesday, October 14 at 7 p.m. in Hodges Library Auditorium
Documentary: God and Politics
This PBS series examines how religious beliefs shape political events. Discussed are the influence of schisms amongst the Southern Baptists, the war for souls in Central America, which parallels American foreign policy in the area, and the movement known as Christian Reconstruction.
Discussion Leader: Will Jennings, Political Science

The Presidential Mandate? – Tuesday, October 28 at 7 p.m. in Hodges Library Auditorium
Documentary: Mandate
This video, narrated by veteran CBS News correspondent Lesley Stahl, examines the long and complex relationship between the presidency and public opinion. Leading historians, political scientists, and public figures offer insight into presidents and the presidency from George Washington through Franklin D. Roosevelt.
Discussion Leader: Michael Fitzgerald, Political Science

Film Screenings July 15th @ Hodges Library Auditorium

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The UT Libraries Diversity Committee Presents Films with food and culture in support of the Summer 2008 Culture Corner.

3:00 p.m. Babette’s Feast

In 19th century Denmark, two adult sisters live in an isolated village with their father, who is the honored pastor of a small Protestant church that is almost a sect unto itself. Although they each are presented with a real opportunity to leave the village, the sisters choose to stay with their father, to serve to him and their church. After some years, a French woman refugee, Babette, arrives at their door, begs them to take her in, and commits herself to work for them as maid/housekeeper/cook. Sometime after their father dies, the sisters decide to hold a dinner to commemorate the 100th anniversary of his birth. Babette experiences unexpected good fortune and implores the sisters to allow her to take charge of the preparation of the meal. Although they are secretly concerned about what Babette, a Catholic and a foreigner, might do, the sisters allow her to go ahead. Babette then prepares the feast of a lifetime for the members of the tiny church and an important gentleman related to one of them.

5:00 p.m. Like Water For Chocolate

Tita and Pedro want to get married, but Tita has to take care of her ageing mother and is not allowed to marry. Pedro ends up marrying Tita’s sister, but lets Tita know he only married her sister to be closer to her. When Tita is forced to make the wedding cake, the guests at the wedding are overcome with sadness… Tita has discovered she can do strange things with her cooking.

Films in April

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Film Movement Film Series
Tuesday, April 8, 2008
7:30pm Hodges Library Auditorium
Dreams Of Dust
Burkina Faso, Canada, France / d. Laurent Salgues / 86 min
Mocktar, a Nigerien peasant, comes looking for work in Essakane, a dusty gold mine in Northeast Burkina Faso, Africa, where he hopes to forget the past that haunts him. Once there, he quickly finds out, the gold rush ended twenty years before, and the inhabitants of this wasteland and strange timelessness manage to exist simply from force of habit.

Tuesday, April 22, 2008
7:30pm Hodges Library Auditorium
Adam’s Apples
Denmark / d. Anders Thomas Jensen / 94 min
Ivan is an insanely optimistic preacher who takes in convicts to help around the remote, rural church he ministers to. Grasping the extent of Ivan’s crazed, preternatural determination to look on the bright side of everything, his newest ‘helper’ Adam immediately decides to shake him out of his rose-colored stupor

Biology Nights in the Library

Thursday, April 10, 2008
6:30 PM Hodges Library Rm 253
The Last Antibiotic: Late Lessons from Early Warnings
The prescription of antibiotics is a medical tightrope-walk. The drugs save lives, but, because of overuse, may soon usher in a new era of super-germs. This program outlines the discoveries of bacteria and penicillin and sheds light on the frightening emergence of multi-resistant, often deadly microbes during the last six decades. Presenting interviews with researchers who are deeply involved with the issue–including Tufts University microbiology professor Stuart Levy and Eva Nathanson of the World Health Organization’s Stop TB Program–the film examines the implications of antibiotic-enhanced livestock feed and the dangers that staphylococcus poses to hospital patients. Viewer discretion advised. Contains footage of injections, surgeries, and open wounds.

Films in March

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Film Movement Film Series

Tuesday, March 11
7:30pm Hodges Library Auditorium
The Way I Spent The End Of The World
Romania / d. Catalin Mitulescu / 106 min
Set in Romania towards the end of the Ceausescu regime, The Way I Spent the End of the World depicts a few months in the life of one family as they deal with universal struggles like raising kids, finding work, and abiding by societal expectations

March 25, 2008
7:30pm Hodges Library Auditorium
Switzerland / d. Andrea Staka / 81 min
Fraulein explores questions of nationality, immigration and generational differences through the lives and friendships of three women from the former Yugoslavia living in Zurich and working in a cafeteria

Biology Nights

Thursday, March 27
6:30 PM Hodges Library 253
Too Hot Not to Handle: Winning the Battle Against Global Warming
Run Time: 55 min.
This film offers a wealth of scientific evidence for dire climate-change predictions–but it also shows how businesses, local governments, and citizens can take positive action to reduce future dangers. With in-depth discussions of what may lie ahead, including increases in storm surges, hurricanes, water pollution, forest fires, and epidemics, the program promotes the urgently needed use of alternative energy sources, such as biodiesel, clean-burning coal, and wind and solar power. Interviews with leading climatologists and environmental health experts enliven the film’s two-pronged focus on perils and solutions.

Working for Democracy in the South and Appalachia: The Highlander Research and Education Center

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UT Libraries Hosts Documentary Series and Exhibit to celebrate Highlander’s 75th anniversary

The University of Tennessee Libraries is hosting a documentary series and exhibit to teach the university and local communities about the Highlander Research and Education Center, as it celebrates its 75th anniversary this year.

All programs in the Documentaries in the Libraries series are held on Tuesday evenings in the Hodges Library Lindsay Young Auditorium, from 7-9 pm. The programs feature a documentary film showing and discussion led by experts from Highlander, filmmakers, and UT faculty.

The exhibit, on display in Hodges Library outside the reference room, was designed by Sarah Lowe, associate professor of art, and Paul Chinetti, a senior in graphic design. The exhibit is a time line that highlights milestone events in the history of Highlander. It includes many photographs of Highlander students, including civil rights leaders Martin Luther King, Jr. and Rosa Parks.

The Highlander Center was founded in 1932 to serve as an adult education center for community workers involved in social and economic justice movements. The goal of Highlander was, and is, to provide education and support to poor and working people fighting economic injustice, poverty, prejudice and environmental destruction.

The Highlander Center works internationally, but is located in New Market, Tennessee, 23 miles from Knoxville.

Films & Dates
September 18
You Got to Move
Discussion leader: Pam McMichael, director of the Highlander Research and Education Center

October 2
Uprising of ’34
Discussion leader: Anne Mayhew, UT emeritus professor of economics

October 16
We Shall Overcome
Discussion leader: Tufara Waller Muhammed, cultural program coordinator of the Highlander Research and Education Center

October 30
Discussion leaders: Bill Troy and Luvernel Clark

November 13
Up The Ridge
Discussion leader: Amelia Kirby, Up the Ridge documentarian

November 27
The Telling Takes Me Home
Discussion leaders: Guy and Candie Carawan, activists, musicians and educators, with their son, hammered dulcimer player Evan Carawan.
A reception will follow this event in the Mary E. Greer room of Hodges Library. All are welcome to attend.

Conversations about the Constitution, Monday September 17

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The University Libraries will show two short films about the importance of the Constitution

1-4 pm
Room 129, Hodges Library

These films, hosted by Supreme Court Justices Sandra Day O’Connor, Anthony Kennedy and Stephen Breyer, discuss why we need a written Constitution, separation of powers, federalism, individual rights and the role of judges who are sworn to uphold the laws of this nation and to protect the rights of all citizens.

The films include
A Conversation on the Constitution: Judicial Independence (32 minutes)
Judicial independence is a cornerstone of democracy, guaranteed by the Constitution and enshrined in our system of government.

Our Constitution: A Conversation (30 minutes)
In the summer of 1787, delegates to the Constitutional Convention gathered in Philadelphia to create a document that would establish the government of the United States. On September 17, that landmark document, our Constitution, was signed into law.

The films will be shown continuously throughout the afternoon. Please drop by!