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October 9 art gallery opening
Garden Ribbon Cutting

Student Darian Razdar, Director Jon Wells and Lecturer Virginia Murphy officiate at the EQ Garden Ribbon Cutting on October 2, 2015

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News from RC Spanish Lecturer Emerita Eliana Moya-Raggio

Many of you may remember Eliana Moya-Raggio and her work in the RC. Here is the final home of the arpilleras work that she brought for the first time to the U.S. and helped disseminate during the Pinochet regime. 

An arpillera is similar to a quilt in the U.S; it is an old, humble craft cultivated among women, often in rural or fishing areas. The object itself is a piece of cloth that depicts a scene by sowing small materials (leftovers of random quality, colors and textures). Traditionally, they reproduced scenes of country life.

When the Chilean military dictatorship started in 1973 and detentions, torture and disappearances became fairly common, one of the main Catholic organizations at the time (the Vicaría de la Solidaridad), which became de facto the best record keeper of the detentions, suggested to poor women who had lost their loved ones and were in a precarious situation for lack of income, to start using this craft to 'narrate' their stories and their vision of the dictatorship. Those were exhibited and sold in the U.S. in the 80s. Eliana mounted the first exhibit in the U.S. at the Power Center.

After many years away, the arpilleras are back in Chile, installed in The House of Memory in Santiago, and on permanent display.  

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The "Antigone" Semester in the RC

Fall 2015 is the Antigone semester.  

The University Musical Society is bringing in a major production (14-17 October) of Sophocles’ tragedy by the renowned avant-garde director Ivo van Hove and starring the great French stage and screen actress Juliette Binoche.  This production employs the award-winning translation of UM’s own Anne Carson.  

In tandem was the RC’s Summer Read, one of the most famous adaptations of the play, Jean Anouilh’s Antigone of 1944, an Existentialist take on the Greek heroine set against the background of Nazi occupied France.  Anouilh’s piece will receive a full staged-reading in the Keene Theater in September.  Students will have the opportunity to take a one-credit minicourse in the first half of the semester based on attendance at or participation in these and other Antigone-related events in the RC.  We are also planning a session of parallel scenes in Anouilh’s French, Bertolt Brecht’s German, and by the Northern Irish playwright Tom Paulin, as well as a play-reading of A .R. Gurney’s Another Antigone together with a screening of David Mamet’s film Oleanna.