Christopher Leighton, Assistant Professor, History
Enrollment: Limited: Advance sign-up required
Sign-up by 01/27
Limited to 25 participants
Over the last three decades, China's rapid growth has propelled millions out of poverty and captured the world's interest. Are there darker sides to this economic miracle?
Jia Zhangke, a director known for his documentary realism, takes up this topic in Touch of Sin (2013), which tells four interwined tales--all drawn from actual events--of China's contemporary gilded age. Censored in China, the bleak and ultra-violent movie shows a different vision of the "Chinese Dream" of prosperity recently invoked by President Xi.
Participants will watch and discuss the film over a shared Chinese meal. No prerequisites; all welcome.
Contact: Christopher Leighton, E51-288, 617 324-0541, CLEIGHT@MIT.EDU
Christopher Capozzola, Professor of History
|Jan/29||Thu||12:00PM-01:30PM||E51-315, Bring a lunch; coffee and snacks provided.|
Enrollment: Unlimited: No advance sign-up
From concussion policies to stadium construction, economic opportunity to off-field violence, football captured the headlines in 2014. Get ready for Super Bowl Sunday by joining an open discussion on the place of football in America’s past and present. The session draws its title from an essay by Steve Almond published in the New York Times on January 24, 2014, available online or through the MIT Libraries. Participants should read that in advance, and are also encouraged to read Almond’s Against Football: One Fan’s Reluctant Manifesto. Bring a lunch; coffee and snacks provided.
Contact: Christopher Capozzola, E51-284, 617 452-4960, email@example.com