James Downs, associate professor of history and American studies, will spend the 2015-16 academic year studying medical anthropology at Harvard University.
Vetri Nathan '03 will return to campus on March 6 to deliver a lecture titled "Globalization, Italian-Style Immigrants in Contemporary Italian Cinema." After graduating from Connecticut College with a degree in Italian, Nathan received his Ph.D. in Italian Studies from Stanford University and taught at the University of Denver before becoming an assistant professor of modern languages at the University of Massachusetts - Boston. His lecture is based on a book he is writing about migration in film. Italy was well known for its mass emigrations to the New World at the end of the 19th century and in the early 20th century, but has now - in a remarkable reversal - become a destination for migrants from other areas of the world. "This is being explored by a very rich variety of mostly young filmmakers," said Nathan. "My talk will introduce and explore some of the most exciting and nuanced cinematic portrayals of the crisis produced in Italy, such as Gianni Amelio's 'Lamerica,' Matteo Garrone's 'Terra di mezzo (The In-between Land),' and Giuseppe Tornatore's 'La sconosciuta (The Unknown Woman).'" Nathan will speak at 4:30 in Ernst Common Room of Blaustein Humanities Center. The talk - sponsored by the Department of Italian Studies, Office of Alumni Relations, Center for the Comparative Study of Race and Ethnicity, Toor Cummings Center for International Studies and the Liberal Arts, Film Studies Program and Department of Anthropology - is free and open to the public. To view other events on campus this month, visit the Connecticut College calendar of events.