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Walesa: Man of Hope
Film Screening: Walesa: Man of Hope

Introduction by Mariusz Brymora, Consulate General of Poland
Wednesday, September 17
6:45 p.m.
Marian Miner Cook Athenaeum

Film Screening with Introduction by Mariusz Brymora, Consulate General of Poland

Please join us as we celebrate the 25th anniversary of the democratic revolution in Poland with a screening of the 2013 biographical film, Walesa: Man of Hope, directed by Academy Award winner Andrjez Wajda.

Lech Walesa was an electrician at the Gdansk Shipyards in the 1970s (then the Lenin Shipyards) who transformed into a trade-union activist, which earned him persecution by the Communist authorities at the time, termination, and, eventually, the co-founding of the Solidarity trade-union movement. In 1983 he was awarded the Nobel Peace prize, but did not accept it upon fear he would not be allowed back into his country. After multiple arrests under Martial law in Poland—which included banning of the Solidarity movement—Walesa was instrumental to the creation of the 1989 Round Table Agreement leading to Parliamentary elections in June of that year. In 1990, under the slogan, “I don’t want to, but I have no choice,” Walesa became the first democratically elected president of Poland. As president he oversaw privatization, Poland’s shift to a free market economy, and the removal of Soviet troops from Polish soil.

Walesa: Man of Hope chronicles the rise of a man whose leadership in the Polish democratic revolution sent ripples across the Iron Curtain, leading to the reunification of Germany and the dissolution of Yugoslavia. It follows a presidency marred by resentment of the privileges of Walesa’s position and fear that an uneducated electrician was not dignified enough to lead a country. The Guardian cites the film’s “terrific force and irresistible storytelling gusto,” and The Birmingham Mail calls it “the kind of superior biopic which actually makes you feel like you are there.”

The screening will be introduced by Mariusz Brymora, Consulate General of Poland.

Synopsis of the upcoming poster exhibition on September 17.

August Kleinzahler Book Cover
August Kleinzahler Reading

Thursday, September 18
6:45 p.m.
Marian Miner Cook Athenaeum

The Poet Reads from His Work

Please join us to hear August Kleinzahler read from his new book of poetry, The Hotel Oneira. From Publisher's Weekly: “Kleinzahler’s first since his new-and-selected Sleeping It Off in Rapid City (2008) finds the peripatetic, polymathic, and sometimes dyspeptic poet in terrific form . . . What stays, and what ought to impress any reader, are the range and the command that Kleinzahler has over so many flavors and kinds of American English.”

Kleinzahler was born in Jersey City, New Jersey, in 1949, and raised in Fort Lee, New Jersey. After graduating from the University of Victoria, he wrote a music column for the San Diego Reader before starting his career as an author, essayist, and poet. He is the author of ten books of poetry, including: The Strange Hours Travelers Keep (2004), winner of the International Griffin Poetry Prize; Live from the Hong Kong Nile Club: Poems: 1975-1990 (2000); Green Sees Things in Waves (1999); and Red Sauce, Whiskey and Snow (1995). He is also the author of the meditative memoir Cutty, One Rock: Low Characters and Strange Places, Gently Explained (2004).

His reputation as a divisive, opinionated figure was confirmed in 2004 when he wrote a scathing response to Garrison Keillor’s poetic taste on his NPR segment in Poetry Magazine. He critiqued Keillor for his persistent selection of only “anecdotal” and “wistful” poems.

Kleinzahler’s honors include a fellowship from the Guggenheim Foundation, the Lila Acheson-Reader’s Digest Award for Poetry, an Academy Award in Literature from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, a Berlin Prize Fellowship, the Griffin International Poetry Prize, and the post of poet laureate in Fort Lee, New Jersey.

August Kleinzahler is a visiting lecturer in the department of literature as well as a Gould Fellow and Podlich Fellow.

Bruce McKenna

Fall 2014 Seminar
Literature 36: "The Art and Science of Adaption"
Monday 2:45-5:30 p.m.
Kravis 100

The Art and Science of Adaption

The course will use a variety of sources — historical nonfiction, biography, short stories, novels, articles, even other films — to teach the principles of screenwriting. The students will examine structure, character, dialogue, theme, narrative and spectacle through the lens of adapting the work and words of others. The course will involve reading source material and watching the film expressions of said work. Using a piece of material they will develop throughout the course, students will learn to adapt this work, first into into a short outline, then into a longer film treatment, and finally, they will be expected to produce a substantial portion of a finished screenplay.

Interested students should contact the Claremont McKenna Registrar's Office.

Bruce McKenna
Bruce McKenna, center, on the set of The Pacific miniseries, going over the script with Ashton Holmes, who plays PFC Sidney Phillips. Photo courtesy of HBO / Andrew Cooper.

Bruce C. McKenna is an award winning screenwriter and producer. He wrote on four of the ten episodes of HBO’s Emmy Award-winning mini-series Band of Brothers, for which he garnered a WGA Award, a Christopher Award and was a finalist for the Humanitas Prize, for his episode, "Bastogne." He created, co-wrote and co-executive produced The Pacific, the Emmy Award-winning epic ten-part miniseries for HBO, Steven Spielberg and Tom Hanks on the Pacific Theater of the Second World War. In addition to winning a producing Emmy, McKenna was nominated for his second writing Emmy for Episode 10, was again a finalist for the Humanitas Prize, and garnered a Producer’s Guild Award, a Critic’s Choice Award, as well as the Marine Corp Heritage Foundation Bill Broyles Image Award.

McKenna was among the first Western journalists to write about the nascent post-Soviet, anti-Semitic movement Pamyat, for Arete Magazine. He penned additional articles on Eastern Europe and Pakistan for Arete Magazine as well as The National Review (for which he interviewed Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto). His first book, The Pena Files — the true story of the world’s highest-paid private investigator, Octavio Pena, the only man to ever successfully infiltrate both the Mafia and the IRS — was published by Harper Collins.

McKenna has sold several original pitches and his written numerous studio film assignments, including the adaptation of Once Upon A Distant War for Bruckheimer Films and The Perfect Mile for Kennedy/Marshall and Universal. Among others, he has worked with Ridley Scott, David Fincher, Frank Marshall, Frank Darabont, Wolfgang Peterson, Steven Spielberg and Tom Hanks.

He is currently developing a 13-hour miniseries on Peter the Great for Bold Television, a series on rodeo for HBO, and is adapting All Things Possible, the Kurt Warner story, for Fox Studios.

Philipp Kaiser
Philipp Kaiser

Visiting Distinguished Fellow
Fall 2014 Seminar
"Sculpture as Place"
Monday 2:45-5:30 p.m.
Kravis Center 102

Sculpture as Place

The course provides an in-depth overview of post-World War II sculpture with an emphasis on the 1960’s and 1970’s, focusing on minimalism, post minimalism, monumental sculpture, and land art. The class provides theoretical and art historical insights into a sculptural practice that radically redefined its own categories. The autonomous modernist notion of the sculpture shifts during this time period towards sculpture becoming and defining a place or a site.This new way of considering sculpture enabled the institutions to claim for the first time an active role in an artistic and conceptual process.

Interested students should contact the Claremont McKenna Registrar's Office.

Philipp Kaiser, Ph.D., studied at the Universities of Basel/Switzerland and Hamburg. He was the former director of the Museum Ludwig in Cologne. Before that he served as the senior curator at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles (MOCA) where he recently organized ‘Ends of the Earth’, a historical survey of Land Art with Co-Curator Miwon Kwon (Professor of Art History at UCLA). From 2001 to 2006 he was curator for modern and contemporary art at the Museum für Gegenwartskunst Basel.

He has realized large-scale exhibitions on the art of the 1980s, on California Conceptualism and conceived various individual shows with artists such as Jack Goldstein, Bruce Nauman, Louise Lawler, Simon Starling, and Christian Philipp Müller. In addition to his curatorial responsibilities, he has published numerous contributions for art magazines, catalogs, and other publications and has taught Art History at the Academy of Fine Arts, Karlsruhe/Germany and the University of California.


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