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October

The Selected Poetry of Pier Paolo Pasolini
October 22, 2014 at 6PM


International Symposium: LEGACIES OF THE ITALIAN OCCUPATION IN ETHIOPIA
October 24, 2014 (9:30AM-5:00PM)


November

Book Presentation: THE SECRET OF RAVEN POINT
November 3, 2014 at 5:30PM



October 22, 2014 at 6PM
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The Selected Poetry of Pier Paolo Pasolini
(University of Chicago Press, 2014)

Edited and Translated by Stephen Sartarelli
With a forward by James Ivory

A poetry reading and panel discussion with:
James Ivory, film director
Stephen Sartarelli, editor and translator
Barth David Schwartz, author, Pasolini Requiem
Ara H. Merjian, Associate Professor of Italian Studies, NYU

Most people outside Italy know Pier Paolo Pasolini for his films, many of which began as literary works, but what most people are not aware of is that he was primarily a poet, publishing nineteen books of poems during his lifetime, as well as a visual artist, novelist, playwright, and journalist. For the first time, Anglophones will now be able to discover the many facets of this singular poet thanks to the work Stephen Sartarelli did in choosing poems from every period of Pasolini's poetic oeuvre. In doing so, he gives English-language readers a more complete picture of the poet, whose verse ranged from short lyrics to longer poems and extended sequences, and whose themes ran not only to the moral, spiritual, and social spheres, but also to the aesthetic and sexual, for which he is most known in the United States today. This volume shows how central poetry was to Pasolini, no matter what else he was doing in his creative life, and how poetry informed all of his work from the visual arts to his political essays to his films. Pier Paolo Pasolini was "a poet of the cinema," as James Ivory says in the book's foreword, who "left a trove of words on paper that can live on as the fast-deteriorating images he created on celluloid cannot."



October 24, 2014 (9:30-5:00pm)
Casa Italiana Zerilli-Marimò
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International Symposium: LEGACIES OF THE ITALIAN OCCUPATION IN ETHIOPIA

This symposium, organized by NYU faculty Ruth Ben-Ghiat (History, Italian Studies) and Maaza Mengiste (Creative Writing) examines the legacies of the Italian occupation of Ethiopia as experienced by Ethiopians. History can only go so far to tell us about what took place during Italian rule - and its consequences. In Ethiopia, visual and storytelling cultures have been main vehicles of post-colonial expression.
 
The three panels look at how performance, writing and storytelling, and visual arts narrate this difficult period and its legacies for several generations.
 
9:30 Coffee and Welcome, Maaza Mengiste and Ruth Ben-Ghiat
 
9:30-11:00 Plays and Performance
Bewketu Seyoum (Independent Writer, Performer), in dialogue with Heran Sereke-Brhan (Independent Researcher), and Dagmawi Woubshet (Cornell University).
 
11:15-11:30 Coffee break
 
11:30-1:00 Literature and Storytelling
Shiferaw Bekele (Addis Ababa University), in dialogue with Dagmawi Woubshet (Cornell University) and Heran Sereke-Brhan (Independent Researcher).
 
1:00-2:30
Lunch Break
 
2:30-4:00
Visual Arts
Abiyi Ford (Addis Ababa University), in dialogue with Ruth Ben-Ghiat (New York University), Maaza Mengiste (New York University and Princeton University), and Shiferaw Bekele (Addis Ababa University).
 
4:00
Closing Remarks by Abiyi Ford and discussion with the audience
 
In ENGLISH.
 
We are grateful to the Global Research Initiative, the Departments of History and Italian Studies, the Casa Italiana Zerilli-Marimò, Africa House, and the Faculty of Arts and Sciences, all of New York University, for their generous support of this initiative.


November 3, 2014 at 5:30 PM
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Book Presentation: THE SECRET OF RAVEN POINT


The Secret of Raven Point
(Scribner, 2014)
by Jennifer Vanderbes
 

The author in conversation with Franco Baldasso (NYU)
 
From the award-winning writer of Easter Island comes a powerful story of love, loss, and redemption amid the ruins of war-torn Italy.
1943: When seventeen-year-old Juliet Dufresne receives a cryptic letter from her enlisted brother and then discovers that he’s been reported missing in action, she lies about her age and travels to the front lines as an army nurse, determined to find him. Shy and awkward, Juliet is thrust into the bloody chaos of a field hospital, a sprawling encampment north of Rome where she forges new friendships and is increasingly consumed by the plight of her patients. One in particular, Christopher Barnaby, a deserter awaiting court-martial, may hold the answer to her brother’s whereabouts—but the trauma of war has left him catatonic. Racing against the clock, Juliet works with an enigmatic young psychiatrist, Dr. Henry Willard, to break Barnaby’s silence before the authorities take him away. Plunged into the horrifying depths of one man’s memories of combat, Juliet and Willard are forced to plumb the moral nuances of a so-called just war and to face the dangers of their own deepening emotional connection.
In luminous prose, Vanderbes tells the story of one girl’s fierce determination to find her brother as she comes of age in a time of unrelenting violence. Haunting, heartbreaking, and ultimately uplifting, The Secret of Raven Point is an unforgettable war saga that captures the experiences of soldiers long after the battles have ended.
 
In ENGLISH.