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Film Screening: "Ricki's Promise"

The film "Ricki's Promise," is the story of an 18-year-old Asian woman, born in China but raised in the U.S., who embarks upon an emotional journey as she navigates the conflicting worlds of two cultures. A documentary written, directed and produced by Changfu Chang, the film follows the journey of Ricki's return to China to live with her long-lost birth parents during a summer vacation. Discussion with the director follows the screening. 

Chang is a professor in the Department of Communication and Theatre at Millersville University of Pennsylvania. Chang’s research interests focus on communication, culture and technology, and their relationship to modernity and globalization. He is an awarding-winning documentary filmmaker, especially on the topic of international adoption.

According to a statistical report by the Bureau of Consular Affairs at the U.S. Department of State, since 1999 families in the United States have adopted 249,694 international children, 2,893 of whom are living in Iowa. Among those children, about 28.7% were adopted from China, 18.5% from Russia, 11.9% from Guatemala, 7.8% from South Korea, 5.6% from Ethiopia, 3.9% from Ukraine, 2.1% from India, more than 5.5% from other Asian countries and the rest from other locations.

The event is sponsored by the Reaching for Higher Ground series; the Office of the Provost and Executive Vice President; the Center for Multicultural Education; the Diversity Council; the Departments of Communication Studies and Social Work; the College of Humanities, Arts and Sciences; the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences; and the Dean of Students.

Funny...As a Crutch?

Laughter is often a nervous reaction to subjects our society finds taboo. We laugh at inappropriate times, make self-deprecating jokes about our human frailties and hide behind our laughter. Through the performance of poetry, personal narrative and drama (and relying on a bit of humor), "Funny.....as a Crutch?" challenges audiences to rethink the role humor plays in revealing (or masking) our attitudes toward our own mental and physical (dis)abilities.

Funny...As a Crutch?

Laughter is often a nervous reaction to subjects our society finds taboo. We laugh at inappropriate times, make self-deprecating jokes about our human frailties and hide behind our laughter. Through the performance of poetry, personal narrative and drama (and relying on a bit of humor), "Funny.....as a Crutch?" challenges audiences to rethink the role humor plays in revealing (or masking) our attitudes toward our own mental and physical (dis)abilities.

Funny...As a Crutch?

Laughter is often a nervous reaction to subjects our society finds taboo. We laugh at inappropriate times, make self-deprecating jokes about our human frailties and hide behind our laughter. Through the performance of poetry, personal narrative and drama (and relying on a bit of humor), "Funny.....as a Crutch?" challenges audiences to rethink the role humor plays in revealing (or masking) our attitudes toward our own mental and physical (dis)abilities.

Dogs of Rwanda

In 1994, David found himself in Uganda as a church missionary. When he followed the girl of his dreams into the woods to help a Rwandan child, he entered a world from which he will never fully be able to escape. Twenty years after surviving the genocide, a note from the Rwandan boy he once tried to save arrived, "You didn't tell them everything," it said. A dinner party story for all ages. 

Dogs of Rwanda

In 1994, David found himself in Uganda as a church missionary. When he followed the girl of his dreams into the woods to help a Rwandan child, he entered a world from which he will never fully be able to escape. Twenty years after surviving the genocide, a note from the Rwandan boy he once tried to save arrived, "You didn't tell them everything," it said. A dinner party story for all ages. 

The Soul Food Museum

This interactive performance brings to light the magic, politics, and ritual of an African-American Sunday dinner. A challenge to mass-mediated stereotypes of the Black family and Black life, "The Soul Food Museum" invites us to laugh, eat and share. Learned in his childhood, graduate student DeRod Taylor prepares for us his own Sunday Dinner as we navigate Black life and the power of family.

The Soul Food Museum

This interactive performance brings to light the magic, politics, and ritual of an African-American Sunday dinner. A challenge to mass-mediated stereotypes of the Black family and Black life, "The Soul Food Museum" invites us to laugh, eat and share. Learned in his childhood, graduate student DeRod Taylor prepares for us his own Sunday Dinner as we navigate Black life and the power of family.

Guest Lecturer: András Török, Hungarian Photography

András Török, The Mai Manó House of Photography, Budapest, Hungary, will present a lecture titled "Why Hungarian Photography Matters: How Hungary provided so many key international photographers through the 20th century."

The lecture attempts to find an answer to the questions: how could Hungary provide so many key actors of the international photography scene in the 20th century? (André Kertész, Brassaï, Robert an Cornell Capa, Martin Munkacsi, László Moholy-Nagy, etc.)  What happened to those who stayed, and did not leave? And how has Hungarian photography fared after the emergence of state-owned cultural institutions and the launch of university-level photography education?  This lecture will outline three careers: that of Mai Manó (1855-1917), Imre Kinszki (1901-1945) and Péter Korniss (1937-), as well as discuss the development of a prominent, iconic Photo Museum in Budapest to duly represent Hungary’s photographic tradition and regain Hungary’s leading photographic status in Europe. 


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