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Women's Studies-Related Events on Campus

"The Women of Iron Age Israel"
Friday, March 7, at 3 P.M. in 270 SWKT
Please come to the special lecture by Professor Beth Nakhai on "The Women of Iron Age Israel."  sponsored by the BYU Anthropology Department.  Dr. Nakhai has been a driving figure in getting a women's issues session added to the National Conference of the American Schools of Oriental Research and mentoring women in archaeology and ancient Near Eastern Studies.
Please let Dr. Finlayson know if you are interested in joining a lunch group with Dr. Nakhai on March 7th.

Tuesday, February 25, 5:00 P.M. in 250 SWKT

International Cinema welcomes Dr. Janis Nuckolls, associate professor of Linguistics, for the Tuesday Lecture. Dr. Nuckolls will give an introduction to the Oscar-nominated film Water, a part of Oscar Week at IC. A screening of the film will follow her remarks at 5:30 p.m.


Hindi / 117 min / 2005 / Deepa Mehta
Set in 1938 Colonial India, against Mahatma Gandhi's rise to power,Water tells the profoundly moving story of Chuyia, an Indian girl married and widowed at eight years old, who is sent away to a home where Hindu widows must live in penitence. Chuyia’s feisty presence deeply affects the other residents, forcing each to confront their faith and society’s prejudices.Academy Award nominee for best foreign language film. 


Ms. E.J. Barnes is an illustrator and graphic designer who is currently preparing a graphic novel about Elisa von der Recke and her encounter with “Count” Cagliostro. Recke was from Courland (modern-day Latvia), which gives a Slavic connection—in fact, Ms. Barnes learned some Latvian so that she could carry out her research in Mitau (now Jelgava), where Recke lived. The encounter between Recke and Cagliostro is significant because it highlights the clash between the developing ideas of the Enlightenment period and the prevalent spiritualism and superstition of the time. Cagliostro was a spiritualist who traveled Europe, claiming the ability to summon and speak with spirits, among other things. His influence and fame was broad: for example, he was implicated in the “Diamond Necklace” affair which led to the demise of Queen Marie Antoinette in France, and his ideas were combatted by Catherine the Great of Russia. Recke later published an exposé of Cagliostro—a bold step for a woman at that time. Ms. Barnes will be discussing aspects of her project ranging from her choice of the Recke/Cagliostro material to the kind of research she has undertaken in order to produce both the story and the images for her graphic novel, and she will be showing a number of illustrations from her novel. The presentation, which will be in English, promises to be intriguing for anyone interested in authorship, genre, culture, European history, women’s history, or just plain interesting ideas.