This is the kick off of the John Sayles Symposium. Jim Burnstein, screenwriter, producer, and U-M professor gives opening remarks.
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John Sayles has consistently incorporated themes of social injustice into his narratives, underscoring the difficulties and challenges individuals face daily. This panel of scholars examines how over the course of his film career, Sayles created a full tapestry of the American experience in a way that is true to his vision of "the community as hero."
Sayles never sought assistance from Hollywood to create his films. His first film, produced for $60,000, helped to write the textbook of how to make a film in the contemporary age when big ideas combine with a shoe string budget. This panel of friends, cohorts and collaborators of Sayles share how their collective careers began and how the industry has changed and changed them in the process.
Librarians involved in a wide range of MCubed projects discuss their experiences, including their involvement and methods for forming a cube and their work on specific projects.
Cathleen Baker, conservation librarian and exhibit conservator for the University of Michigan Library, speaks about her friendship with the American book illustrator John DePol and shows examples of his work currently on display in the exhibit on the 7th Floor of the Hatcher Graduate Library.
A Staged Reading of Kristina Lugn's play "Ruth and Roger" Chicago-based Akvavit Theatre performs a staged reading of a play by Swedish poet and dramatist Kristina Lugn, followed by discussion with the Actors and Director.
"I Can Gather All the News I Need on the Weather Report," photo by Thomas Hawk via Flickr, CC-BY-NC 2.0
In celebration of National Library Week, American Library Association President Barbara Stripling engages the audience in a town hall style discussion on the state of libraries in America. She shares her national and international perspectives on the greatest challenges and opportunities for libraries to be life-long learning institutions, community builders, publishing partners, collaboratories, empowerment engines, maker spaces, and much more.
Anne Hermann is working on a book about Switzerland — a work of creative non-fiction that engages with questions of citizenship, cultural production and belonging, and the politics of language within a changing Europe. She engages in discussion with Helmut Puff, whose teaching and research focus on German literature, history, and culture in the late medieval and early modern period. Book sales by Common Language Bookstore.
Jean-Christophe Plantin talks about how traditional "critical cartography" assumes that maps can either serve the interests of those in power or empower those seeking social justice, and how this ambivalence in cartography is present in contemporary web-based mapping applications.
A discussion, in Arabic, of Elias Khoury's fiction and writing, as well as his attitude toward classical and Arabic poetry. This event is supported by the Babtain Program for Arabic Language and Literature, in collaboration with the Institute for the Humanities/Author’s Forum.