Coming in 2019
March 15: “Were the House Still Standing: Maine Survivors and Liberators Remember the Holocaust,” screening and talk by Robert Katz, Professor of Art at the University of Maine at Augusta and past president and currently a member of the board of directors of the Holocaust and Human Rights Center of Maine. There will be a screening of Katz’s innovative video/acoustic installation project, Were the House Still Standing, which is on permanent display at the Michael Klahr Center in Augusta, Maine. First shown in 2007, thousand of students, educators and community groups have experienced this project. In addition to the showing of the film, Katz will present a compelling talk about family remembrance and the Holocaust.
April 12: “Making a Science out of Chinese Medicine: From Barefoot Doctors to Acupuncture Schools,” talk by Stefan Grace, Master of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine. Grace will briefly survey the development of Chinese medicine and show how its contemporary global practice is bound up with a modern national project, the People’s Republic of China (est. 1949), much more than its ancient-sounding name might suggest.
This talk, by a practitioner of traditional Chinese medicine, will briefly survey the development of Chinese medicine from its roots in Han Dynasty (225 BCE) to the present, with explanations of what modalities are included in the term “Chinese medicine” (acupuncture / herbs / manual therapy / physical culture). It will focus on the PRC’s attitudes and policies toward traditional Chinese medicine during major historical events such as the Great Leap Forward and the Cultural Revolution, and on its attempts to harness Chinese attitudes towards traditional medicine, health, and the body for its own propaganda purposes. The PRC also institutionalized the diverse body of knowledge and practice of traditional Chinese medicine into a canonical form which is now exported, taught, and practiced around the world.
May 24: “Kyrgyzstan: Heart of Central Asia,”Silk road nomads. Russian-speaking Muslims. Mountains – oh, the mountains! Kyrgyzstan, named for 40 tribes united by a folkloric leader (kirk is the Kyrgyz word for “forty”), is a small post-Soviet republic at complex crossroads of tradition and modernity. In this talk, NYU faculty member Chris Edling will talk about his time as a Fulbright researcher in Kyrgyzstan, including his study of bride kidnapping in the region.