Friday, July 18, 2008

Fall Break! Monday on Tuesday!

Sorry about all the exclamation marks: the formatting must have gotten funny when I pasted from the PDF:

Office of the University Registrar 220 Thackeray Hall
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 15260
To:!!! ! Members!of!the!University!Community!
Subject:!!! Important!Notice!Regarding!the!Academic!Calendar!

Monday, July 07, 2008

Korean Film Festival

After a break for the 4th of July, the SOUTH KOREAN FILM FESTIVAL resumes this THURSDAY at 8pm in 120 DAVID LAWRENCE HALL.

The newest and most spectacular films from the series are still ahead, including:

This week, July 10: SOPYONJE (Im Kwon-taek, 1993)

Possibly the most famous Korean film ever made, Sopyonje was the first Korean "blockbuster," drawing more than 1 million viewers to theaters in S. Korea. A serenely beautiful period piece set in part during the Japanese colonization of Korea, this film brought renewed attention to the art of p'ansori, the telling of stories through song. An elegiac tale of three itinerant singers, it also has political overtones.

July 17: THE DAY A PIG FELL INTO THE WELL (Hong Sang-su, 1996)

Critically acclaimed and award winner at many film festivals, The Day a Pig Fell Into the Well innovates film structure by interweaving four narratives, following various characters seemingly at the end of their rope. Made one of the major auteurs of New Korean Cinema, this difficult and ambitious film pries into the violence and desperation of modern life.

July 24: I'M A CYBORG, BUT THAT'S OKAY (Park Chan-wook, 2006)

Cult director of the revenge trilogy (Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance, Oldboy, Lady Vengeance), Park brings his odd sense of humor to this tale of patients in a mental institution, including one girl who fancies herself a cyborg. Co-starring Jung Ji-hoon (better known as the Asian pop star "Bi" or "Rain"), this quirky love story revisits the theme of the difficulty of communication.

July 31: SECRET SUNSHINE (Lee Chang-dong, 2007)

This intense and brutally realistic film won its star, Jeon Do-yeon, the Best Actress Award at the Cannes Film Festival. A haunting investigation of loss and the aftermath of trauma, Secret Sunshine uses cinematic language to show us images of pathos-filled beauty.

More detailed descriptions of the films are available on the Film Studies Events page:

*All films are Thursdays at 8pm in 120 David Lawrence Hall on the Pitt campus. Screenings are free and open to the university community. Films will be projected from DVD.*

Co-sponsored by the Film Studies Program. If you have any questions or comments, please email Tanine at , Seung-hwan at, or Candice at

Program at Harvard Divinity School for Undergraduates


I am following up to a Save-The-Date email sent in June regarding HarvardDivinity School's second annual "Diversity and Explorations Program," a
multicultural outreach initiative which will take place October 22 through
24. We want to let you know that the application materials and more
detailed information about the program are now available on our website.

To access the 2008 Program Application, please click here:

To download a flyer with further information about the program as
well as a tentative schedule, please click here:

Please feel free to contact our office at or
call (617) 495-5796 if you have questions about the program or would like
to update to your contact information.

Best regards,
Angela Counts
Assistant Director of Admissions
Harvard Divinity School

Just like eating Levy's Rye Bread...

You don't have to be Jewish to take this survey. This e-mail came from a colleague who researches Jewish languages and asked me to spread the word as widely as possible to both Jews and non-Jews.

You are invited to participate in an interesting and entertaining survey
about language. Essentially, we’re asking about the spread of Yiddish
(and some Hebrew) among English speakers in North America. We’re
turning to both Jews and non-Jews to answer questions like these: Who
uses Yiddish words like “shmooze” and “daven” and phrases like “Money,
shmoney”? Why do some people say “temple” while others say “shul”? Who
prefers biblical names for their babies? Your responses will help us
answer these and other questions, and you might learn something about
yourself in the process. Please set aside 15-20 minutes, and click on
this link to participate.

Please forward this e-mail to your friends and family. We are hoping to
get thousands of responses from people of all religions, ages, and
regions of the United States and Canada. If you have any questions,
feel free to e-mail Prof. Sarah Bunin Benor or Prof. Steven M. Cohen .


Prof. Sarah Bunin Benor
Prof. Steven M. Cohen
Hebrew Union College – Jewish Institute of Religion

PS From AS: the Levy's Rye Bread is an old commercial; ask your parents or maybe your grandparents...

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