Glenn Myrent (France): "French New Wave Cinema"
(September 24-October 19, 2007)
Internationally recognized film historian Glenn Myrent has been a film lecturer and historian at the French Cinémathèque and written articles on cinema for the New York Times, the International Herald Tribune, and the French Review. He is the editor-in-chief of Cinémathèque, the biannual and bilingual magazine on the history and preservation of film, and has served on the Cannes Film Festival selection committee, and the jury at the Chicago International Film Festival.
The Suzhou Kunqu Opera Company (China): "A Short Survey of Traditional Chinese Theatre: History and Performance Techniques"
(January 21-February 15, 2008), taught with Professor Emeritus of Theatre Sandy Moffett
The Suzhou Kunqu Opera Company is one of China's premier traditional opera troupes. During their visit to Grinnell, members of the troupe will instruct Grinnell students in the voice, body, and musical techniques of Chinese opera. This will lead to a performance by both the troupe and Grinnell students of scenes from the Chinese operas The Peony Pavilion, The Jade Hairpin, and The Palace of Eternal Youth.
Mordechai Aviam (Israel): "The Galilee Jesus and Hillel Walked"
(April 7 - April 23, 2008)
Professor Aviam has served as Senior Archaeologist in the Department of Excavations and Surveys of the Israel Antiquities Authority. In this short course, Professor Aviam will examine his archaeological findings in The Galilee and how they help us to understand the time and the land in which Jesus and Hillel lived. In particular, he will examine the archeological remains of a Jewish town in the Golan Heights named Gamla that was destroyed by the Romans in the year 68 CE. and remains of a Jewish Galilean town, Yodefat, that was destroyed by the Romans as well.
Mohamed Kacimi (Algeria and France) : "A Mini-Symposium on Religious, Ethnic, and Linguistic Identities"
(April 3-7, 2008)
Algerian poet, novelist, playwright, essayist, journalist and translator, Mohamed Kacimi uses storytelling to reveal the common threads among Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. Winner of numerous awards for his theater written and performed in French, Kacimi is also an author of an encyclopedia on Islam and the Arab world. His writing often examines the effects of of war and shattered identities in the Algerian and Israeli-Palestinian contexts. His visit to Grinnell features three events, dealing with religious, ethnic, and linguistic identities.