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Featured Event

Campus Sustainability Day

Thursday, October 25 11:00 am - 3:15 pm - USU Theatre

This year CSUN's Sustainability Day event focuses on issues surrounding Climate Change and is taking place on Thursday, October 25 from 11 am - 3:30pm in the USU Theatre.  The day will include a talk at 2:00 pm by Naomi Oreskes, author of 'Merchants of Doubt' and Professor of History and Science Studies at UC San Diego., who will be introduced by Provost Hellenbrand. The day's events include three sessions which coincide with class times.

The first session (11:00am- 12:15pm) will be a talk given by Dr. Milind Kulkarni, Director of Engineering Institutes at ITM Group of Institutions in Mumbai, India. He will discuss energy challenges in the developing world, in India in particular, and a sustainable development project in which waste water is used to generate renewable energy using bio-digestion.

The second session (12:30-1:45pm) will show a documentary film, "There Once Was an Island", which provides a case study about a tiny atoll in Papua New Guinea facing escalating climate-related impacts. This will be followed by a facilitated discussion on the issues raised.

In the third session (2:00-3:15pm) Naomi Oreskes will talk about the subject of her book -- how a handful of scientists obscured the truth on issues from tobacco smoke to global warming. This talk is part of the Distinguished Visiting Speakers Series and is sponsored by the Office of the Provost, the College of Science and Math, the College of Engineering and Computer Science, and the Institute for Sustainability.

Film Events

Thursday, October 04, 2012

CSUN Cinematheque

7:00 pm - 9:45 pm - Armer Screening Room (ASR)

Thursday Nights at the Cinematheque

A Retrospective of the films of Francois Truffaut

The Bride Wore Black  (La mariee etait en noir)  (1968, 107 mins.) 

The Bride Wore Black was Truffaut's first and most obvious homage to Alfred Hitchcock. Jeanne Moreau stars as a woman whose fiance is viciously murdered by five men. Utilizing a series of disguises, the cool-customer Moreau tracks down all five culprits, sexually enslaves them, and then engineers their deaths. The Bride Wore Black is a stylish thriller that supplies suspense and black comedy to superb effect and provides an interesting insight into Truffaut's fervent admiration of Hitchcock.


Thursday, October 11, 2012

CSUN Cinematheque

7:00 pm - 9:45 pm - Armer Screening Room (ASR)

Thursday Nights at the Cinematheque
A Retrospective of the films of Francois Truffaut

Stolen Kisses (Baisers voles)  (1968, 90 mins.) 

Antoine and Colette  (Antoine et Colette) (1962, 32 mins.) 

Jean-Pierre Leaud returns in Stolen Kisses, the third installment in the Antoine Doinel series. It is now 1968, and the mischievous and perpetually love-struck Doinel has been dishonorably discharged from the army and released onto the streets of Paris, where he embarks on a series of misadventures. Whimsical, nostalgic, and irrepressibly romantic, Stolen Kisses is Truffaut's timeless ode to the passion and impetuosity of youth. Together with Truffaut's Antoine Doinel short film, Antoine and Colette.


Thursday, October 18, 2012

CSUN Cinematheque

7:00 pm - 9:45 pm - Armer Screening Room (ASR)

Thursday Nights at the Cinematheque

A Retrospective on the films of Francois Truffaut

Two English Girls  (Les deux anglaises et le continent) (1971, 130 mins.) 

One of the great, but lesser known Truffaut films, Two English Girls is a harrowing and poignant study in repressed desire. Jean-Pierre Leaud is Claude, a Frenchman who on a turn-of-the-century trip to Wales meets the Brown sisters, Anne and Muriel. Over the next 20 years, affections between Claude and the sisters shift, but consummation of any romantic feelings is ultimately blocked. Overlaid with numerous autobiographical references, Truffaut personally considered the film his masterpiece.


Thursday, October 25, 2012

CSUN Cinematheque

7:00 pm - 9:45 pm - Armer Screening Room (ASR)

Thursday Nights at the Cinematheque

A Retrospective of the films of François Truffaut

Day for Night  (La nuit americaine)  (1973, 115 mins.) 

Day for Night was Truffaut's loving and humorous tribute to the collective insanity of making a movie. The film details the making of a family drama about the tragedy that follows when a young French man introduces his parents to his new British wife. Truffaut gently satirizes his own films with the drama's overwrought storyline, but the real focus is on the chaos behind the scenes. Starring Jacqueline Bisset and Jean-Pierre Leaud, Day for Night went on to win the 1973 Oscar for Best Foreign Film. 


Sunday, October 28, 2012

Image for Orchestra of Exiles (Documentary) Orchestra of Exiles (Documentary)

10:00 am - 12:00 pm - Laemmle Fallbrook Theatre, 6731 Fallbrook Ave. West Hills, CA

This beautiful documentary tells about Bronislaw Huberman, a Polish Jew who defied Nazi Germany through his musical talents. After achieving world-wide fame as a virtuoso violinist, Huberman chose 70 Jewish musicians who had been fired by Nazi authorities and moved them to Palestine to form the Palestine Symphony (the future Israel Philharmonic). “Orchestra of Exiles” is a love-song to music and to human ideals, told through rarely seen historic photographs, film footage, and exquisite musical recordings. 85 minutes. Followed by Q & A with CSUN Jewish Studies faculty.


Thursday, November 01, 2012

CSUN Cinematheque

7:00 pm - 9:45 pm - Armer Screening Room (ASR)

Thursday Nights at the Cinematheque

A Retrospective of the films of Francois Truffaut

The Story of Adele H. (L'histoire d'Adele H.) (1975, 96 mins.) 

In what is arguably Truffaut's purest and, perhaps cruelest, exploration of obsessive and destructive love, The Story of Adele H. adapts the real-life diaries of Adele Hugo, the daughter of French writer Victor Hugo. Adele (Isabelle Adjani) follows her English soldier fiance to Nova Scotia only to face bitter and humiliating rejection. One of Truffaut's most haunting and disturbing films and one in which the director comes closest to exposing the mysterious and incurable addiction to love.


Thursday, November 08, 2012

CSUN Cinematheque

7:00 pm - 9:45 pm - Armer Screening Room (ASR)

Thursday Nights at the Cinematheque

A Retrospective of the films of Francois Truffaut

The Wild Child  (L'enfant sauvage) (1970, 83 mins.)

Small Change  (L'argent de poche)  (1976, 104 mins.) 

Two of Truffaut's most compelling films dealt specifically with the lives of children. In an austere documentary style, 1970's The Wild Child tells the true story of a young feral boy found in 18th century France. In another documentary-style film, 1976's Small Change chronicles the lives of several young children at play in a French provincial town. Both films reflect Truffaut's own troubled youth but also show his deep love for children and his lifelong interest in the subject of childhood.


Veterans, the Middle East, and Reflections on Lawrence of Arabia

7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Veterans, the Middle East, and Reflections on 'Lawrence of Arabia'

A gallery exhibition of student research and panel of War on Terror veterans
Jerome Richfield 319
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Thursday, November 8

At 7:00 PM, doors will open for the research exhibits
At 7:30 PM, attendees will be seated for the panel of speakers and subsequent discussion

This event is free and open to the public.
Refreshments and food will be provided.

(People whose schedules necessitate that they arrive late or leave early are welcome! We hope you can experience this event.)


The significance of this film:

This year is the 50th anniversary of Lawrence of Arabia, an epic film that has been considered by many critics one of the greatest ever made. It was the highest grossing motion picture of 1962 and received seven Academy Awards, including Best Picture (Sam Spiegel), Best Director (David Lean), and Best Cinematography (Frederick Young). Earning over $37 million, it grossed twice as much as the next top film.

Peter O'Toole and Omar Sharif became cinematic superstars after the release of the film, both earning nominations for Best Actor and Best Supporting Actor, respectively.

More importantly, however, Lawrence of Arabia, based on the life of British officer T.E. Lawrence, forged some of the most powerful mid-century myths of the Middle East. Set during and after World War I, it depicts in sweeping vistas the wartime trauma and identity crisis of not only whites sent to fight in the Middle East, but also Arabs and Muslims forced into European geopolitics removed from their own history.

The homoerotic relationship between Peter O'Toole and Omar Sharif's characters marked a milestone for queer representations in cinema as well as a harbinger for postcolonial criticism in the decade following.

As we near the tenth anniversary of the invasion of Iraq and the eleventh anniversary of the invasion of Afghanistan by US and allied forces, the film offers us an opportunity to reflect on the evolving relationship of US viewers to the "theater" of war in the Middle East. We will have the opportunity to rekindle our understanding of World War I's role in today's War on Terror.


The commemoration of this film:

Most importantly, for the 50th anniversary of this film, four veterans of the War on Terror will share their reactions to viewing the film in 2012. They will talk about the ways in which Lawrence of Arabia might be relevant or outdated--and generally, what it feels like to watch it, having served in wars tied to the same region.

Below are our panelists:

VAL REYES is a retired colonel of the US Army, who served in Afghanistan as part of Operation of Enduring Freedom. He was formerly in the social work department at the University of Southern California and now operates a combat trauma center. He has published research on war trauma and remains interested in studying the reintegration process of veterans as they return from war overseas.

JOSEPH LONERGAN is a military police officer of the US Army, who served a tour of active duty at Guantánamo prison, where he had to respond to conflicts surrounding detainees. Now he is stationed at Fort Leavenworth. A graduate of California Lutheran University with a BS in criminal justice, he is currently pursuing an MA in English and planning a career in academia.

JASON FREUDENRICH holds an MA in Rhetoric and Composition from California State Northridge. He is a retired corporal from the US Marine Corps, who served a tour of active duty in Iraq as a Motor T specialist. Presently he teaches writing at Pierce College.

PIERRE MARCOS holds an MA in English from California State Northridge. He is a retired sergeant from the US Marine Corps who did multiple tours in the War on Terror (Iraq) as an infantryman. Presently he teaches English at Chaminade High School and coaches football.

Student Research Gallery:

Students in English 473 (American Literature), English 312 (Film and Literature), and Greco-Roman Mythology (Classics 315) are doing research projects that seek to draw insight from Lawrence of Arabia by relating the cinematic narrative to other war myths rooted in American literary traditions, cinema conventions, as well as ancient narratives.


The mission of this event:

This is the second of six fiftieth-anniversary celebrations as part of "Myth Goes to the Movies." The first event was "The Music Man" on September 24, which is summarized here:


The third event will be the 50th anniversary of "Dr. No" on December 4 at 4:30 PM in Sierra Hall -- details forthcoming.

Sara Dean, a graduate of CSUN's English MA program, is coordinating the film series with me. Our mission is to open new kinds of transdisciplinary and transcultural discussion by bridging film and mythology. All events involve guest speakers, student research galleries, and discussion of landmark films from 1962-1963. My hope is also to build on this work to develop a World Literature minor at CSUN, analogous to comparative literature. If you have any questions about the film series or the World Literature program, feel free to contact me at the following email: rolopez@csun.edu or at this phone number: 818-677-3415.

Special Thanks:

"Myth Goes to the Movies" would not be possible without generous assistance from the Arthur N. Rupe Foundation in Santa Barbara, California.


Thursday, November 15, 2012

CSUN Cinematheque

7:00 pm - 9:45 pm - Armer Screening Room (ASR)

Thursday Nights at the Cinematheque

A Retrospective of the films of Francois Truffaut

The Man Who Loved Women (L'homme qui amait les femmes)  (1977, 120 mins.) 

Witty, incisive and masterfully narrated, The Man Who Loved Women is one of Truffaut's most entertaining yet introspective and melancholic films. Read by many as a thinly disguised stand-in for Truffaut, recently deceased Bertand (Charles Denner), is a man who simply couldn't keep his mind off of women. In The Man Who Loved Women, Truffautmixes comedy with scenes of gentle poignancyto make profound comments about love, sex, fidelity, and the underlying differences between men and women.


Thursday, November 29, 2012

CSUN Cinematheque

7:00 pm - 9:45 pm - Armer Screening Room (ASR)

Thursday Nights at the Cinematheque

A Retrospective of the films of Francois Truffaut

Bed and Board (Domicile conjugal)  (1970, 100 mins.)

Love on the Run (L'amour en fuite)  (1979, 94 mins.) 

A double feature of the fourth and fifth installment in Truffaut's chronicle of the ardent, anachronistic Antoine Doinel (Jean-Pierre Leaud). Lightly comic, with a touch of the burlesque, Bed and Board is a bittersweet look at the travails of young married life and the fine line between adolescence and adulthood. In Love on the Run, we find Doinel, now in his thirties, convivially concluding his marriage, enjoying moderate success as a novelist, and clinging to his romantic fantasies. A pair of Truffaut gems.


Friday, November 30, 2012

Image for ESCAPE FIRE: Eye-Opening Documentary on the American Healthcare SystemESCAPE FIRE: Eye-Opening Documentary on the American Healthcare System

6:00 pm - 8:30 pm - Kaiser Permanente Woodland Hills, Entrance 5, Auditoriums B&C, 5601 De Soto Avenue, Woodland Hills, CA 91367

ESCAPE FIRE The Fight to Rescue American Healthcare

A Film by Matthew Heineman & Susan Froemke




On The American

Healthcare System.

November 30th 6:00 pm

At The Kaiser Permanente

Woodland Hills Medical Center

Snack, and Networking at 6pm,

Film Begins at 6:30pm

More Info contact csunhsci@gmail.com

Entrance 5, Auditoriums B&C

5601 De Soto Avenue

Woodland Hills, CA 91367