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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.”

December 1st, 2017

  • 7:30pm: Winter Choral Concert
    The choral program presents their winter concert on Friday, December 1, 2017 at 7:30pm in the Agnes Flanagan Chapel. This concert features special guest, conductor and organist Desmond Earley, in a set of early music for the season with Cappella Nova Choir. Brett Paschal will join the Community Chorale in the Oregon premiere of Dominick DiOrio’s “Alleluia” for choir and marimba. Voces Auream will present selections from Britten’s Ceremony of Carols. Katherine FitzGibbon and Brandon Brack, conductors. LIVE STREAMED EVENT

December 12th, 2017

  • Image preview 4:00pm - 6:00pm: History Senior Thesis Poster Session
    The Department of History invites you to attend presentations by senior students enrolled in Professor Mo Healy’s HIST 450 Seminar. Students have created posters that highlight their seminar topic and will be sharing their research with attendees.

March 16th, 2018

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