May 15, 2014
One Show Only!
Tuesday, May 20 at 5:00 p.m.
Filmmaker Susan Gagnon Presents
Four years in the making, DOWN BY THE RIVER’S EDGE is Susan Gagnon’s examination of the recent closing of Otis Mill, in Chisholm, located at the south end of Jay, Maine, where she grew up with her extended French-Canadian family. The story begins in the 1850s, when French-Canadians walked down from Quebec to Farmington, Maine to work as seasonal farm laborers, returning back to Quebec after the harvest season, and repeatedly coming back to the region until they had enough money to bring their entire family there. The story records generational oral accounts of retired papermakers whose families immigrated from Canada and the Maritime Provinces, Italy and Eastern Europe and their cultural struggles as the first Roman Catholic residents in the region, their lives immersed in the trinity of their new community: the Androscoggin River, which powered the mill, the Otis Mill which supported their large families, and the St. Rose of Lima Church, where they built the brick and mortar of a new community. Unrated. 60 Min.
December 23, 2013
THE GREAT BEAUTY at the Railroad square cinema
“A shimmering coup de cinema to make your heart burst, your mind swim and your soul roar”—Robby Collin, The Telegraph. Self-consciously yet proudly and assuredly following in the path of Fellini in its sumptuous imaginativeness, decadent beauty and ironic humor, THE GREAT BEAUTY boasts 4 European Film Awards – Best Picture, Director, Actor and Editor! “Life is a performance and Rome is the stage in THE GREAT BEAUTY. Toni Servillo plays dapper, cultured and dilettantish Roman writer Jep Gambardella, always dressed in a fine suit and finer shoes. As the film opens, he celebrates his 65th birthday with a hedonistic party in his flashy apartment which overlooks the Coliseum on one side and a convent on the other. In his world, the high life meets the low life, writers and thinkers mingle with strippers and models. But now, Jep starts to wonder what he’s achieved and where it’s all heading. Paolo Sorrentino’s cinema is big. His eye is all-seeing. Sorrentino is so often compared to Federico Fellini that it feels right that he has made the city of LA DOLCE VITA the focus for this heady, beautiful, entrancing film”—Time Out. In Italian with English subtitles.
April 5, 2013
Watch the Oscar-winning film, A SEPARATION, at Railroad this Tuesday, April 9th!
From IMDB: A married couple are faced with a difficult decision – to improve the life of their child by moving to another country or to stay in Iran and look after a deteriorating parent who has Alzheimer’s disease.
Watch the trailer here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B2Sswx_vrWk
When: 7 PM Tuesday April 9th
Where: Railroad Square Cinema in Waterville, Maine
What: Film screening of A Separation
Brought to you by the Persian Students Association, Cinema Studies, the Cultural Events Committee, PCB, and Amnesty International.
March 17, 2013
. Michele Dunne, director of the Atlantic Council’s Rafik Hairi Center for the Middle East
Dr. Dunne has served in the White House on the National Security Council staff, on the State Department’s Policy Planning Staff and in its Bureau of Intelligence and Research, and as a diplomat in Cairo and Jerusalem. Prior to joining the Atlantic Council, she was a senior associate at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, where she edited the Arab Reform Bulletin and carried out research on Arab politics and US policies. She holds a doctorate in Arabic language and linguistics from Georgetown University, where she has served as a visiting professor of Arabic and Arab studies. Her research interests include Arab politics, political transitions, economic reform, Egypt, Israeli-Palestinian issues, and US and European policies in the Middle East. She co-chairs the Working Group on Egypt, a bipartisan group of experts established in February 2010 to mobilize US government attention to the forces of change in that country.
Date: Monday March 18, 2013
Time: 7:00 p.m Location: SSWAC / 104 ParkerReed Room
“Slippery Jingles and Other Political Satire in China Today”
In any society, jokes can be useful in expressing complaints about public affairs and in releasing people’s pent-up tensions. In authoritarian societies, such uses of jokes can be especially important. This lecture will look at some of the popular media for political satire in compemporary China, and will look at what some of the social, psychological, and political effects seem to be.
March 18, 4:00 pm. Lovejoy 215. Colby College
Can We Teach Values? Should We?
There is no one more qualified to talk about the state of higher education than William G. Bowen, and that’s what he will do at Colby Monday at 7 p.m. in Ostrove Auditorium as the third Distinguished Bicentennial Lecturer.
A prolific author, former president of Princeton, and former president of the Mellon Foundation, William G. Bowen is one of the most-respected voices in American higher education. He has written groundbreaking books about the role of athletics at colleges and universities, about the consideration of race in admissions, and about the role of socioeconomic status, gender, and race in America’s high college dropout rate.
Bowen will address the state of higher education, whether or not there is an “opportunity” agenda for America, and whether or not we can and should teach values.
February 26, 2013
Colby History, Colby Historians bring you Speaker: Sam Boss (Colby ’08)
Tuesday, March 5th / 7:00 pm / Diamond 141
Speaker: Sam Boss (Colby ’08),
Brown University Department of History
“Outsiders: Crisis and the Limits of Urban Community in Late Medieval France”
This talk will examine the ways that the combined crises of the Late Middle Ages (including plague, war, famine, revolts, etc.) affected policies and attitudes towards outsiders such as merchants, pilgrims, refugees, and foreign mercenaries within three different cities in France: Montpellier, Lyon, and Rouen. How do diverse communities define themselves? How does crisis affect understandings of who belongs and who is an outsider?
Sponsored by Colby History Department Speakers Series, in Honor of the College’s Bicentennial, 1813-2013
Colby History, Colby Historians
Railroad Square Cinema and the Colby Film Society invite you to Dollar Night at the Movies to see AMOUR, this Tuesday, February 26 at 6:45 pm. Colby students, faculty, and staff pay only $1, so be sure to arrive early!
Nominated for a virtually unprecedented (for a foreign film) FIVE Oscars including Best Picture, Best Actress and Best Director, AMOUR has already won the National Society of Film Critics’ Award for Best Film of the Year. “A masterpiece about life, death and everything in between… This is a film that will make you weep not only because life ends but also because it blooms”-Manohla Dargis, N.Y. Times. “The title is French for love. The movie itself defines what love is. And it does it the hard way. No sex, drugs or rock & roll. Just two people offering each other total commitment. Did I mention both are in their 80s? Georges (Jean-Louis Trintignant) and Anne (Emmanuelle Riva) are retired music teachers living comfortably in Paris, with occasional visits from their daughter (Isabelle Huppert). Then Anne suffers two strokes. Riva, her face a study of age in agony, is magnificent. Austrian writer-director Michael Haneke achieves levels of intimacy previously unknown in his work. What happens next in his unique and unforgettable film must be left for you to discover. These two glam stars of French cinema give performances of breathtaking power and beauty.”-Peter Travers, Rolling Stone. In French with English subtitles. PG-13. 127 Min.
Next Thursday, 2/28, the Colby Democrats will be hosting a dinner and discussion on current debate around Gun Control and recent school shootings.
It will be held from 6-7:30 in the Bobs Private Dining Room.
All are welcome, and we hope to get a group with diverse views to spark interesting debate!
Special Guests include Henry Beck, Democrat and State Rep from Waterville and Colby Graduate of ’08, Coalition for a Safer Maine Representatives, and Maine Citizens Against Handgun Violence Founder.
Come whether you support new legislation or not, or if you just want to be more informed!
See you all there!