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August – November 2014

Aug
21
Thu
Fall 2014 classes begin
Aug 21 all-day
Aug
23
Sat
HerStory Institute screening: “Justice For Sale” @ Watkins Theater
Aug 23 @ 5:00 pm – 6:30 pm

In partnership with Watkins Community Education, the HerStory Institute presents a summer cinema series of films highlighting the writing, producing, directing, cinematography, production design and editing in films created by women. The series will screen a range of features, shorts and documentary films including but not limited to independent and foreign films, classics and festival favorites. In addition, the HerStory Institute will deliver monthly panels and/or workshops for film aficionados who desire a deeper understanding of the art and craft of film. HerStory Institute is supported by Her Point of View, an international arts and entertainment festival supporting the creative work of women.

“Justice For Sale” follows the young, courageous Congolese human rights lawyer Claudine Tsongo who refuses to accept that justice is indeed “For Sale” in her country. When she investigates the case of a soldier convicted of rape, she becomes convinced his trial was unfair and uncovers a system where the basic principles of law are ignored—and when the system fails, everyone becomes a victim. The DOC not only provides a glimpse into the failings of the Congolese judicial system but also raises questions about the role of the international community and non-governmental organizations in reforming it. Does their financial support cause justice to be for sale? And who pays the price?  This is the third DOC in Dutch filmmakers Ilse and Femke van Velzen’s trilogy about the Congo, following “Fighting the Silence,” about the consequences for victims of sexual violence, and “Weapon of War,” confessions by those who perpetrated the acts. These films are essential viewing for anyone interested in the issues facing contemporary Africa.

84 min. 2011. With subtitles.

HerStory Institute screening: “Pushing the Elephant” @ Watkins Theater
Aug 23 @ 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm

In partnership with Watkins Community Education, the HerStory Institute presents a summer cinema series of films highlighting the writing, producing, directing, cinematography, production design and editing in films created by women. The series will screen a range of features, shorts and documentary films including but not limited to independent and foreign films, classics and festival favorites. In addition, the HerStory Institute will deliver monthly panels and/or workshops for film aficionados who desire a deeper understanding of the art and craft of film. HerStory Institute is supported by Her Point of View, an international arts and entertainment festival supporting the creative work of women.

In the late 1990s, Rose Mapendo lost her family and home to the violence that engulfed the Democratic Republic of Congo. She emerged advocating forgiveness and reconciliation. In a country where ethnic violence has created seemingly irreparable rifts among Tutsis, Hutus and other Congolese, this remarkable woman is a vital voice in her beleaguered nation’s search for peace.  When war came to Rose’s village, she was separated from her five-year-old daughter, Nangabire. Rose managed to escape with nine of her ten children and was eventually resettled in Phoenix, Arizona. Over a decade later, mother and daughter are reunited in the US where they must face the past and build a new future. As mother and daughter get to know one another, they must come to terms with a painful past, and define what it means to be a survivor, a woman, a refugee and an American.  Through this intimate family portrait unfolding against the wider drama of war, we explore the long-term and often hidden effects of war on women and families, particularly those in traditional societies—financial despair, increased susceptibility to rape, and social ostracism. “Pushing the Elephant” captures one of the most important stories of our age, a time when genocidal violence is challenged by the moral fortitude and grace of one woman’s mission for peace.  This is a powerful first-person portrait of an indomitable woman dedicated to peace and the healing power of forgiveness. A moving, joyful and hopeful chronicle of refugee experience and acculturation in the U.S. today, “Pushing the Elephant” is also an insightful portrait of the changing face of immigration in our increasingly diverse society.

83 min. 2010

Sep
1
Mon
Labor Day
Sep 1 all-day

No classes!

Sep
4
Thu
Faculty Show opening reception: Mary Addison Hackett, Ariel Lavery & Robin Paris @ Brownlee O. Currey, Jr. Gallery
Sep 4 @ 5:30 pm – 8:00 pm
Sep
5
Fri
Faculty show: Mary Addison Hackett, Ariel Lavery & Robin Paris @ Brownlee O. Currey, Jr. Gallery
Sep 5 @ 10:00 am – Sep 26 @ 8:00 pm

Currey Gallery hours are Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Saturday, 1 to 4 p.m.; and Sunday, 2 to 4 p.m

 

Mary Addison Hackeett, adujunct instructor in painting, Department of Fine Art

Arial Lavery, assistant professor of sculpture, Department of Fine Art

Robin Paris, chair, Department of Photography

Oct
3
Fri
Handmade & Bound, Vol. 4: “Poetry & Prints” opening reception @ Brownlee O. Currey, Jr. Gallery
Oct 3 @ 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm

The Library at WatkinsWatkins Community Education and Handmade & Bound Nashville 2014 will celebrate poetry, books and the print arts with the Poetry & Prints gallery show and community workshops.  Inspired by the work of Russian artist Vasily Kandinsky and the retrospective of his work hosted by the Frist Center, September 26, 2014, through January 2, 2015, Watkins Community Education is hosting a series of community book arts workshops.  Professional book artists, poets and printmakers will teach workshop participants how to create their own books and fill them with the poetry and prints they create. The artists’ books created by workshop participants will be displayed along side works created by invited working artists in the Poetry & Prints gallery show in the Brownlee O. Currey, Jr. Gallery.  Join us Friday, October 3, from  5-7 pm for the opening and reception honoring the participating artists.  Then come to the Handmade & Bound Nashville 2014 Festival and Marketplace, Saturday, October 4, 11 am- 4pm on the Watkins campus. Handmade & Bound Nashville is a festival and marketplace celebrating independent publications and printed matter, featuring artists’ books, zines, and mini-comics. This is an event for publishers and artists (as well as zine distros) to come together to sell and/or trade their handmade and affordable publications and creations.

Oct
4
Sat
Handmade & Bound, Vol. 4: Marketplace @ Brownlee O. Currey, Jr. Gallery
Oct 4 @ 11:00 am – 4:00 pm

The Library at WatkinsWatkins Community Education and Handmade & Bound Nashville 2014 will celebrate poetry, books and the print arts with the Poetry & Prints gallery show and community workshops.  Inspired by the work of Russian artist Vasily Kandinsky and the retrospective of his work hosted by the Frist Center, September 26, 2014 through January 2. 2015, Watkins Community Education is hosting a series of community book arts workshops.  Professional book artists, poets and printmakers will teach workshop participants how to create their own books and fill them with the poetry and prints they create.

The artists’ books created by workshop participants will be displayed along side works created by invited working artists in the Poetry & Prints gallery show in the Brownlee O. Currey, Jr. Gallery.  Join us Friday, October 3, from  5-7 pm for the opening and reception honoring the participating artists.  Then come to the Handmade & Bound Nashville 2014 Festival and Marketplace, Saturday, October 4, 11 am- 4pm on the Watkins campus.

Handmade & Bound Nashville is a festival and marketplace celebrating independent publications and printed matter, featuring artists’ books, zines, and mini-comics. This is an event for publishers and artists (as well as zine distros) to come together to sell and/or trade their handmade and affordable publications and creations.

Oct
20
Mon
Fall break
Oct 20 – Oct 21 all-day

No classes!

Nov
26
Wed
Thanksgiving holiday
Nov 26 – Nov 27 all-day

Building closed/no classes Wednesday-Thursday, November 26-27.

NOTE: Building will be open Friday, November 28, and through the weekend.