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Month: November 2009

The Pope’s Toilet

The Green Bay Film Society will present the next International Film of the semester on Wednesday, December 2nd at 7:00 pm in the auditorium of the Neville Public Museum.

The Pope’s Toilet
Uruguay, 2007

In 1988, Melo, an Uruguayan town on the Brazilian border, awaits the visit of Pope John Paul II. 50,000 people are expected to attend, and the most humble locals believe that selling food and drink to the multitude will just about make them rich. Petty smuggler Beto thinks he has the best idea of all—he decides he will build a WC in front of his house and charge for its use.  His efforts bring about unexpected consequences, and the final results will surprise everyone.

All are welcome to attend.

More information on the Green bay Film Society may be found here.

Lockard’s Last Lecture

“Crossing Borders: Disciplines, Cultures, and Histories”

 A lecture by Craig Lockard

November 19, 3:30
Christie Theatre, University Union, UWGB

 Please join Social Change and Development as we honor our retiring colleague Craig Lockard. Professor Lockard has served the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay as a dedicated teacher, scholar, and institutional and intellectual leader. To our benefit, he has also served the larger academy and intellectual world as a distinguished historian and theoretician of world history.

Co-sponsored by the History Department and the Center for History and Social Change. Please contact Kim Nielsen at with questions or if accommodations are needed.

Emma’s Bliss

The Green Bay Film Society will present the next International Film of the semester on Wednesday, November 18th at 7:00 pm in the auditorium of the Neville Public Museum.

Emma’s Bliss
Germany, 2006

Max, a car salesman, has been diagnosed with cancer and faced with the knowledge that he doesn’t have much longer to live. He impulsively steals money and a car and sets out to flee. By chance he encounters Emma, an eccentric young woman who lives alone on a farm with a different conception of life and death. Director Sven Taddicken’s odd and wondrous film about death and dying pointedly contrasts Western medicine’s sometimes intrusive approach to prolonging life by any means necessary with a graceful acceptance of the inevitable.

All are welcome to attend.

More information on the Green bay Film Society may be found here.

Kevin Soucie

French Club Soucie


The Grocer’s Son

Le fils de l’épicier (2007) [“The Grocer’s Son”]

Tuesday, November 17th at 2p.m.
Christie Theatre
University of Wisconsin – Green Bay

It is summer, and thirty-year-old Antoine is forced to leave the city to return to his family in Provence.  His father is sick, so he must assume the lifestyle he thought he had shed—driving the family grocery cart from hamlet to hamlet, delivering supplies to the few remaining inhabitants.  Accompanied by Claire, a friend from Paris whom he has a secret crush on, Antoine gradually warms up to his experience in the country and his encounters with the villagers, who initially seem stubborn and gruff, but ultimately prove to be funny and endearing.  Ultimately, this surprise French box-office hit is about the coming-of-age of a man re-discovering life and love in the countryside. (96 min.)

–Michelle Orange, The Village Voice – Review

–Doris Toumarkine, Film Journal International – Review

–Jim Van Maanen, Green Cine – Review

–Prairie Miller, News Blaze – Review

–Ronnie Scheib, Variety – Review

“Like taking a vacation to the French countryside and meeting people there of whom you grow extraordinarily fond, The Grocer’s Son is an unalloyed pleasure, start to finish.”
– Green Cine Daily

Sponsored by Le Cercle Français and the French Program of HUS unit, University of Wisconsin–Green Bay

Francophone Culture


2:00—4:00 International French Film The Grocers Son in the Christie Theatre
Sponsored by the French Program and Cercle Français.

5:00—6:00 Food for Thought
Come enjoy great international food and learn firsthand what it means to be a part of the global community.
Sponsored by the Ecumenical Center and the International Club—Ecumenical Center

7:00 Kevin Soucie French Concert in the Christie Theatre
Sponsored by the Cercle Français.



11:30-12:30 La Table Française avec Marie Gauvain

4:00—6:00 International Film  L’Auberge Espagnol in the Christie Theatre
Sponsored by the Spanish Program & the Spanish Club.

20 Years Ago Today…

the Berlin Wall fell:

More at Deutsche Welle’s 20 Years Fall of the Wall.

Faculty Forum: Spinoza’s Chunky Clumps

Spinoza’s Chunky Clumps:
Spinoza and the problem of Individuation

Professor Christopher Martin
will discuss what it is about any thing that makes it the thing that it is and not something else!

Friday, November 13
2:00-3:00 pm
University Union, Alumni A
(in back of Cloud Commons)
UW-Green Bay Campus

Great Books Discussion: Ray Bradbury’s _Farenheit 451_

The Department of Humanistic Studies and the Brown County Library invite you to participate in the next Great Books Discussion Tuesday, November 10 on the Lower Level of the Brown County Library (Central Branch – 515 Pine St., Downtown Green Bay) beginning at 6:30 p.m.

Ray Bradbury’s Farenheit 451
presented by Professor David Voelker, UWGB History Department

The discussion is free and open to the public.  Faculty, students, and community members are encouraged to attend.  Of course, we encourage you to read the book before attending the discussion, but even if you cannot, you may find the session enlightening.

See you there!

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