In God's Land
Film Screening with director Pankaj Rishi Kumar
Monday, October 21 @ 7:30 p.m.
Floyd Theatre, Student Activities Center
Join us for a special night with visiting filmmaker Pankaj Rishi Kumar as he discusses his newest film In God's Land.
After taming a former wasteland through hard work and sweat and creating a community, the settlers start living there. The mythical birth of their village God Sudalai Swami unfolds the village’s unique journey to fight the oppression of the ‘big’ Vanamamalai Temple. Now that the clergy owns the land, the settlers are reduced to being tenant farmers and must make way for redevelopment after the land is sold off for a Special Economic Zone (SEZ). A dispute over god’s land begins.
In God’ Land is not simply about the fight between the priests and the farmers. Using animation it recounts the history of the land and satirizes the exploitation perpetuated by religion and class distinction. The film looks at the land within the larger issue of development, forcing us to recognize the totalitarian attitude of the ideals of development, ostensibly to bring economic prosperity but rarely a benefit to real users. But the film’s most interesting element is the people living on this god’s land. Instead of fighting the temple or government, they accept this dire reality and try to find comfort in god’s will, perhaps because for them it is still the land of god. (CHO Young-jung, Busan Film Festival)
Read more about Kumar's work here.
Sponsored by Department of History, Commonwealth Center for the Humanities & Society, Asian Studies Program, Social Change Program
Meet the Professor Series - Fall 2013 Schedule
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Thursday, November 7, 2013 at 12 noon, University Club
The use of computer technology has been growing and has opened up new venues and criminal behaviors. George Higgins, Professor in the Department of Justice Administration, will discuss theoretical and practical applications for reducing computer oriented criminal behavior.
Rise of Digital Disruption: The Benefits and Challenges in Crisis and News Coverage Via Social Media by Professor Karen Freberg, Communication
Thursday, December 5, 2013 at 12 noon, University Club
The rapid growth of social media challenges crisis communicators to disseminate safety messages to affected audiences quickly and in a manner that promotes maximum compliance. Not only do individuals and organizations communicate differently during a crisis, but they are also perceived very differently. Karen Freberg, Professor of Communication, will discuss the major benefits and challenges in social media strategies in crisis as well as future implications and best practices.
The Meet The Professor Series is a monthly lunch and lecture series hosted by the College of Arts and Sciences at the University Club on UofL's Belknap Campus. The hour-long presentations by A&S faculty are normally held on the first Thursday of the month during the academic year.
Established in Fall 2006 during the A&S Centennial celebration, the "Meet The Professor" Series has included faculty presentations on a broad range of topics representing the depth and breadth of the college. With 24 departments and more than 70 degree programs, A&S encompasses a diverse range of disciplines, and this series showcases the diversity of research and scholarship in the College of Arts and Sciences today.