Lecture and Screening of “TRANSIT”

  March 12, 2019

 Dr. Randall Halle

This program is presented through a joint partnership of the Colorado European Union Center of Excellence, the Center for Contemporary Art and the Santa Fe World Affairs Forum

Dr. Randall Halle
Tuesday, March 12, 2019 @ 6 pm 

The Screen
1600 Saint Michaels Drive Santa Fe, NM 87505

Randal HalleDr. Randall Halle, The Klaus W. Jonas Professor of German Film and Cultural Studies and the Director of the Film and Media Studies Program at University of Pittsburgh, presents a lecture and screening of a film that addresses many of the urgent challenges facing societies across the globe.
His books include: The Europeanization of Cinema, German Film after Germany, Queer Readings in Social Philosophy and the co-edited volumes After the Avant-Garde and Light Motives.

The screening is Christian Petzold’s “TRANSIT”, an engaging and challenging drama with refugees, fascism, desperation, betrayal, mystery and love. The film adapts Anna Segher’s 1944 novel about German refugee who fled to Marseille at the outbreak of WWII, the invading Nazi forces on their heels. But it moves between the plight of the displaced then and now. Living among refugees from around the world huddled in Marseille, our main character assumes the identity of the dead writer whose transit papers he is carrying. And he falls for, a mysterious woman searching for her husband—the man whose identity he has stolen. (Germany/France, 2018, 101m)

“Extraordinary! Conceptually daring.”
–Variety

“Moody, beguiling, formally bold. Turns history
into an existential maze from

which few seem destined to escape” –The New
York Times

“Urgent and slyly brilliant. Like
a remake of Casablanca as written by Franz Kafka.” –IndieWire

Tuesday, March 12, 2019 @ 6 pm 

The Screen
1600 Saint Michaels Drive Santa Fe, NM 87505

The intermediate Nuclear Forces Treaty and the Next Arms Race

  February 26, 2019

 Cheryl Rofer

 Click here to download: The INF Treaty and the Next Arms Race power point slides

The Trump administration has been threatening to withdraw the United States from the Intermediate Nuclear Forces Agreement by February 2, 2019. Its stated reason is that Russia has developed a missile that violates the treaty. US withdrawal, however, is likely to lead to a new nuclear arms race.

The INF Treaty was signed by Ronald Reagan and Mikhail Gorbachev in 1987 to end a dangerous arms race that threatened the European continent. The treaty outlawed an entire class of weapon and formed a basis for later arms control agreements.

We do not know what President Donald Trump will actually do with respect to the treaty. This talk will be up to the minute. It will include the historical background of the INF Treaty, its place in the framework of arms control treaties, and how the US’s withdrawal from it can provoke a new arms race, along with the implications of actions taken by the administration during February.

Cheryl Rofer was a chemist at the Los Alamos National Laboratory for 35 years. She now writes scientific and political commentary for the web publications Nuclear Diner and Balloon Juice. She regularly provides background information on nuclear topics to reporters and has been quoted in the New York Times, Washington Post, and Vox. Her work at Los Alamos included projects in fossil fuels, laser development, and the nuclear fuel cycle and has worked on environmental remediation at Los Alamos and in Estonia and Kazakhstan. She is past president of the Los Alamos Committee on Arms Control and International Security and a founding member of SFWAF. She has published in scientific and political science journals and edited a book. She holds an A.B. from Ripon College and an M.S. from the University of California at Berkeley. She has spoken to SFWAF on several previous occasions, most recently on the Iran Nuclear Agreement.

The SFWAF Program will be in the:  The SFCC Board Room (#223) which is in the West Wing (Administration building) of the Santa Fe Community College.
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