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Week of January 24, 2011

Don’t miss: Mediterranean connections are focus of semester-long series

The speaker-film-exhibit series The Connecting Sea: Charting The Mediterranean Across The Disciplines examines a region of the world where many of today’s most pressing issues are being played out.

Long studied in a fragmented way, the Mediterranean now is being reinterpreted as a space of connections, exchanges and contacts made possible by the sea, and as the stage for the possible emergence of new collective identities. The Center for European Studies-European Union Center will present events highlighting the changing political and cultural landscape taking shape along the Mediterranean.

Upcoming events include the film “A Talking Picture,” Manoel de Oliviera, director. In Portuguese, French, and Greek with English subtitles (93 minutes, 2003). 4-5:30 p.m. Jan. 27.; and “The Balkan Sight of the Mediterranean (or the Unbearable Similarity of the Other),” Gazmend Kapllani, author, 4-5:30 p.m. Feb. 3.

This series will include a Mediterranean Topographies Interdisciplinary Workshop, the Maps division of Hatcher Graduate Library exhibitions on the Mediterranean and a film series. The speaker series is presented as part of LSA Theme Semester on Water.

All events are in 1636 International Institute/SSWB, 1080 S. University, unless otherwise noted. For more information go to

Sponsors include the CES-EUC; Center for International and Comparative Studies; Center for Middle Eastern and North African Studies; and LSA.

For more event information about The Connecting Sea: Charting The Mediterranean Across The Disciplines, go to



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Zell Visiting Writers Series with Mary Gaitskill, 5 p.m. Feb. 10, U-M Museum of Art, Helmut Stern Auditorium.

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