Thursday, October 28, 2010
9:30 am - 3:30 pm
Coffman Memorial Union
University of Minnesota, East Bank
This year Mexico commemorates the bicentennial of its Independence movement and the centennial of its Revolution. The anti-colonial movement that led to Mexico's independence from Spain began on September 16, 1810, and the Mexican Revolution that sought to free Mexico from the Díaz dictatorship began on November 20, 1910. Presenting scholars will discuss the significance of these events for changing social and political relations in Mexico and the impact of this has had on North America.
Continental Breakfast Reception
Welcome by Representrative from the Consul of Mexico, St. Paul, MN
10:15 AM - 12:00 PM
Panel l: Representing Resistance and Revolution
Angélica Afanador Pujol
Department of Art History, University of Minnesota
"From Rags to Riches: Christianized Indigenous Identities
in the Illustrated Manuscript the 'Relacion de Michoacan (1539-1540)'"
Department of History, University of Minnesota
"Commemorating Mexican Independence: 1910 Compared to 2010"
Department of Spanish and Portuguese, University of Minnesota
"The Revolution in Mexican Fiction"
12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
Luncheon Keynote with Historian Juan Mora Torres
Professor of History, De Paul University
"Sin Fronteras: Mexican Immigration and the Mexican Revolution, 1910-1930"
1:30 PM - 1:45 PM
1:45 PM - 3:15 PM
Panel II: 20th and 21st Century Cultural and Human Implications of the Mexican Diaspora
Departments of Chicano Studies and English, University of Minnesota
"The 'Other' Novel of the Mexican Revolution"
Hispanic Advocacy and Community Empowerment through Research (HACER)
"A Comparison of Past and Present Identity Formations of Mexican Immigrants"
Department of Chicano Studies, University of Minnesota
"Voices from our America: Immigration, Xenophobia, and the Mexican Paradox"
This event is sponsored by
The Department of Chicano Studies, The Institute for Diversity, Equity and Advocacy (IDEA)
Hispanic Advocacy for Community Empowerment through Research (HACER)
In Search of Asia, a new Asian Film Festival, presented by Minnesota Film Arts/The Film Society of Minneapolis St. Paul.
This pan-Asian festival, running November 3rd through 13th 2010 at the St. Anthony Main Theater, highlights some of the top classic and contemporary filmmakers in Asian and Asian-American cinema. The line-up, programmed by Al Milgrom, Linda Blackaby and Adam Chau, represents 12 Asian countries and features 40 exceptional films ranging from intriguing documentaries to shorts by emerging filmmakers to feature length masterpieces.
This first of its kind event in Minnesota launches a new series of yearly film events spotlighting areas around the globe of particular interest to the growing diversity of populations in Minnesota. The festival series is made possible in part by a grant provided by the Minnesota State Arts Board, through an appropriation by the Minnesota State Legislature from the Minnesota arts and cultural heritage fund with money from the vote of the people of Minnesota on November 4, 2008.
Coming at it from the outside, we are not a hotbed of Asian, Asian American street culture like the West Coast USA, or elsewhere USA, yet Mother Asia is making its presence markedly felt in our many lives. So...what is Asia to us and we to Asia that we should be so mindful of her? No need to go back to Genghis Khan, Alexander the Great, Admiral Peary, or Richard Nixon to realize that the world village has trumped national giants in today's life. Yet cultural entities like ours have tended to be euro-centric. For that very reason, Minnesota Film Arts, with its looming Asian Film Festival ("in search of Asia") has mounted the largest Asian film focus seen to date in the Twin Cities, thanks to a grant from the Minnesota Legacy Fund.
"So what is Asia to us, besides being the largest continent, its huge concentration of people, the pundits telling us the new millennium will see a new Asia, and what can 30 some films from more than a dozen countries add to the perspective? (We did not manage to survey the some 43 countries considered). If you may be in search of your Asia, from a film perspective, here are a few clues: you can't generalize; too much variety.
Culture at a distance is what the program provides, underlining different story traditions from the American/European models, ones rooted in very old truths and often a different politics, from a variety Big Brothers--- who are still around!
Some impressive guests are due for a visit; special attention to Asian America is given in the noted Asian American sidebar. A balance has been sought for a variety of program tastes. Take note; a big thanks again goes to our relatively small staff who put this whole thing together in short time and to the board who raised the funding."
Al Milgrom - Artistic Director
Minnesota Film Arts
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