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​​Celebrating the Humanities seeks to share our common ties and extend the collegiality of our academic community. Humanities is an area of study steeped by definition in life and history. As such its study extends beyond the Humanities Division; in some manner, each of us teaches and studies the Humanities.

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List of Celebrating the Humanities Events 
Spring 2017 
Life under Dictatorship: Star Wars (dir. George Lucas, 1977). This little known film takes place a long long time ago in a galaxy far far away. The heroic Rebellion must resist the machinations of the evil Emperor and his henchman Darth Vader. English with occasional subtitles.  Presented by Professors Tricia George and Adam Kaiserman. February 21, 6:30, MENH-343.
Humanities and Human Rights: Never Forget: The Lesson of the Holocaust. This evening event will focus on the singular event of the Holocaust and its moral imperative for us today. Presented by Randy Gifford and Prof. Adam Kempler. March 9, 5:00, BYKH-105.
Life under Dictatorship: Blind Chance (dir. Krzysztof Kieślowski, 1987). This stunning film by Polish film director Kieślowski stars Bogusław Linda as Witek, a medical student in Soviet-era Poland. Kieślowski charts Witek’s life in three scenarios that are just as likely: as a political dissident, as a committed member of the party, and as an apolitical member of society. His fate seems to lie with Blind Chance. Polish with subtitles. Presented by Adam Kaiserman, March 15, 6:30, MENH-343.
Humanities and Human Rights: #Citizenship: Affect, Politics, and Images in Claudia Rankine’s American Lyric. In this talk, Professor Adam Kaiserman will explain the connections between COC’s Book of the Year, Claudia Rankine’s Citizen and the Black Lives Matter movement. March 29, 12:30 PM, BYKH-105.
Humanities and Human Rights: Middle Eastern Poetry of Protest and the Arab Spring. In this talk, Professor Alene Terizan will trace the connections between Middle Eastern poetry and the Arab Spring of 2011. April 17, 12:45, MENH-343.
Life Under Dictatorship: Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (dir. David Yates, 2007). Harry Potter (Daniel Radcliffe) deals with a new kind of enemy in this installment of the Harry Potter series; while Voldemort still looms in the background, Harry faces much larger problems from his own country, including court trials rigged by his government and a hostile media.  When Harry doesn't back down, he and his friends experience what education and life are like when the government takes over their precious school, Hogwarts.  Presented by Professors Sarah Etheridge and Ericka Kent. April 20, 5:30, HSLH 101.