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November 15th, 2017

  • Image preview 3:30pm - 5:00pm: E&D Fall Colloquium - Woolf
    A Room of One’s Own by Virginia Woolf



    The lectures will feature speakers from different traditions and disciplines discussing with one another the great works read in the fall E&D sections in an open format.  Discussion will feature thoughts, ideas and concepts that will broaden students understanding of Virginia Woolf’s A Room of One’s Own.

    Guest panelists followed by Q&A:

    • Dr. Michael Mirabile, Comparative Literature
    • Dr. Andrea Hibbard, English & Gender Studies
    • Dr. David Campion, History

    This event is free and open to the Lewis & Clark Community.

November 18th, 2017

  • Image preview All Day: A Homage to Khayyam
    On behalf of Lewis and Clark College Music Department and Andisheh Center, we are pleased to invite you to Iranian traditional music and art workshops followed by an evening performance on November 18, 2017 in the Diane Gregg Pavilion and Agnes Flanagan Chapel.

November 27th, 2017

  • Image preview 3:30pm: “Spirit/Medium/Media: A Critical Examination of the Relationship Between Animism, Animators, and Anime” by Jolyon Thomas (University of Pennsylvania)
    This talk critiques the oft-repeated argument that Japanese animation (anime) is thematically and aesthetically unique because it draws upon Japan’s ancient animistic traditions. I argue that when professional observers describe anime as “animistic,” they use a politically fraught and technically inaccurate term to engage in certain political projects related to environmentalism or cultural nationalism. I also argue that when these professional observers repeat the essentialist idea that “Japanese people believe that spirits exist in everything,” they categorically ignore the potentially “spiritual” qualities of the material objects that are actually used to make anime in the first place (celluloid, ink, computer screens, cameras, cables). I conclude by offering alternative language that can more accurately depict what anime directors and their audiences do when depicting or observing relationships between spirits and nature in animated film. These attitudes and ideas can be deemed meaningful and even religious, I argue, without relying on the loaded language of “animism.”

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