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  • European Parliamentary Elections: Why We Need to Pay Attention

    Wednesday, April 23
    American Swedish Institute
    2600 Park Ave.
    Free. Registration recommended; call 612-871-4907

    Join European experts and policy makers at the American Swedish Institute to discuss the 2014 European Union Parliament elections, the current status of the EU, the role of the parliament in the EU, and key European and national issues facing voters across the pond. The evening is part lecture, part expert round table, and part Q&A, so come prepared to participate.

    European Parliamentary Election Panelists:

    Panelists include;
    Jean-Luc Robert of the European Parliament Liaison Office with the US Congress will speak about the parliament's role in EU decision-making and about the main issues in the May elections.

    Austrian Marshall Plan Foundation Fellow at Johns Hopkins' Center for Transatlantic Relations will examine the role of the radical right in the elections.

    Mary T Curtin, the University of Minnesota Humphrey School of Public Policy Diplomat in Residence, will offer an American perspective on the EU and the Parliament.

    Sponsored by the Finlandia Foundation-Twin Cities, the Institute for Global Studies and European Studies Consortium at the University of Minnesota and The Minnesota International Center .

    (Continue Reading)April 14th, 2014
  • Twin Cities Film Premier Aftermath & The Last of the Unjust

    Thursday, April 10
    St, Anthony Main Theatre
    Part of The Film Society of Mpls/St. Paul International Film Festival
    Introduction by Alejandro Baer, Director CHGS

    For tickets and information please click here.

    Inspired by real events that haunt Poland's past, Wladyslaw Pasikowski (who wrote the screenplay for Andrzej Wajda's Katyn) turns in a hard-hitting allegory on the anti-Semitism that still raises its ugly head in his home country. Franek and Jozek are brothers who are reunited after 20 years in order to take care of the family farm. Franek, recently returned from the US, discovers that Jozek has been ostracized from the community for threatening to uncover a dark secret. As Franek and Jozek struggle to rebuild their relationship, they are drawn into a horrifying gothic tale. Upon its release in Poland, Aftermath received acclaim, but also generated intense controversy.


    The Last of the Unjust
    Sunday, April 13
    1 p.m.
    St Anthony Main Theatre
    Part of The Film Society of Mpls/St. Paul International Film Festival
    Introduction by Bruno Chaoaut, Chair, Department of French & Italian, former director CHGS.

    For tickets and information please click here.

    Claude Lanzmann returns to a series of interviews he made in 1975 with Benjamin Murmelstein, the last President of the Jewish Council in the Theresienstadt ghetto. Murmelstein was largely demonized after the war, accused of collaborating with the Nazis, with his survival being the proof. These interviews, however, tell a different story--one of a pragmatic man who fought not only for his own survival but also the survival of every Jew he could possibly help. A powerful addendum to Lanzmann's masterpiece Shoah, The Last of the Unjust employs an unadorned style for an incredibly complicated historical narrative that continues to be defined today.
    Sponsored by the European Studies Consortium, Institute for Global Studies, Center for Austrian Studies, The Center for Jewish Studies, the Department of French & Italian, and The Film Society of Mpls/St. Paul.

    (Continue Reading)April 3rd, 2014
  • Beyond Iberian Colonialism: One Day Conference

    "Beyond Iberian Colonialisms: Spanish Arabs and the Fate of the Western Sahara"
    Friday, April 4
    9:00 a.m. - 4:00p.m.
    Nolte 125
    For more info please click here.

    Key note speaker: Aminatou Haidar, "Saharawi Women and Peaceful Resistance"
    Nolte 125

    Film Screening of Sons of the Clouds: The Last Colony (Hijos de las nubes, la última colonia)(2012)
    6:15 p.m.
    St. Anthony Main Theater
    As part of the Mpls/ST. Paul Film Society's International Film Fest
    For tickets and more information click here.

    K-16 Educator Workshop
    Saturday, April 5
    9:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.
    125 Nolte
    For more information please click here.

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    This conference will illuminate and draw together the histories of Iberian colonialisms with the present realities of African immigration and cultural production. International scholars, poets and speakers will explore why contemporary poets from the Western Sahara write poetry in Spanish, what the conflict between contemporary Moroccan policy and human rights of Saharans has to do with Spain's colonial past, and why contemporary Iberian and American artists have rallied behind the Saharan cause.

    Key note speaker Aminatou Haidar is a Saharawi human rights activist, an advocate of the independence of Western Sahara, and president of the Collective of Saharawi Human Rights Defenders (CODESA). Known as "Saharawi Gandhi" for her nonviolent protests, she was imprisoned from 1987 to 1991 and from 2005 to 2006 on charges related to her independence advocacy. In 2009, she attracted international attention when she staged a hunger strike after being denied re-entry into Moroccan-occupied Western Sahara. Haidar has won several international human rights awards for her work, including the 2008 Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights Award and the 2009 Civil Courage Prize. In 2012 she was nominated to the Nobel Peace Prize.

    Sponsored by: Iberian Studies, the Institute for Global Studies, European Studies Consortium, The Imagine Grant Special Events Fund, Department of Spanish and Portuguese, African Studies Initiative, The Human Rights Program, Gender Women Sexuality Studies.

    (Continue Reading)March 18th, 2014

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