On Wednesday, October 9, 2013, 2:00 – 3:30pm, in room 0302H in Hornbake Library, Professor S. Torriano Berry of Howard University will join Prof. Elsa Barkley Brown’s African American Women and the Movies class to talk about and show the films of Eloyce Gist.
Eloyce and James Gist were traveling evangelists in the 1920s and 30s who produced films as a way of getting their religious message to their audiences. Due to their frequent showing, by the time the Library of Congress received the films they were in hundreds of short fragments, having fallen apart along the splices. For several decades they remained in this condition in the LOC vaults. Professor Berry has worked to reconstruct the pieces of the films and added a score. He will speak about the reconstruction process and present a 10-minute Gist screening reenactment with church hymns and a short sermonette, followed by screenings of Hellbound Train (50:00) and Verdict Not Guilty (7:30).
Interested faculty and students are welcome to attend.
Any questions: contact Elsa Barkley Brown at firstname.lastname@example.org
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Film Segment of Nonhumans and Sympathy Symposium
The University of Maryland English Department’s Nonhumans and the
Humanities Reading Group proudly presents an upcoming symposium:
“Nonhumans and Sympathy”
Friday, October 11, 9:00-6:00PM
Tawes Hall 2115
University of Maryland, College Park
Featuring: David L. Clark (McMaster University), Susan Crane (Columbia
University), Mario Ortiz-Robles (University of Wisconsin), and Karl
Steel (CUNY Brooklyn College)
This symposium will examine literature’s role in helping humans behold, understand, and sympathize with nonhuman animals, plants, and ecosystems. How do poetic and rhetorical devices of metaphor, simile, pathos, and affect identify with, mourn, or exalt the nonhuman? How do literary texts imagine sympathetic and antipathetic obligations to the nonhuman? And, ultimately, can literature incite the desire and will needed to author a new treaty between humans and animals, plants, and ecosystems including the most difficult, challenging, and hostile nonhumans?
For filmsters: David L. Clark’s talk, which looks at rare motion-picture footage of the SS execution of Latvian Jews. There’s also a talk on Midnight Cowboy.
For full information about the Conference: https://www.english.umd.edu/Nonhuman/