Constantine V. Nakassis, assistant professor of anthropology and associate faculty of cinema and media studies at the University of Chicago, will discuss "The Hero's Mass."
This talk explores the ontological politics of the image in Tamil cinema. Its focus is a particular scene from the 2011 film "Mankatha" (directed by Venkat Prabhu) in which the protagonist, played by the “mass hero” Ajith Kumar, is slapped by a character played by the actor Vaibhav Reddy. Taking the screen image not simply as diegetic representation but as performative act unto itself, Ajith fans were enraged at Vaibhav. In reflecting on this scene, its making and its uptake, Nakassis will show how multiple ontological and political claims on what an image is intersect in and manifest in and as this image-act. This multiplicity, Nakassis argues, opens up a space to think with and against arguments by André Bazin and others about “the” ontology of the film image.
A reception will follow. Childcare will be provided.
The Amherst Asian American Studies Working Group invites you to Cha Time, an informal panel with Amherst’s incredible Asian American Studies faculty and staff. Come for insider information on Asian American Studies classes offered next semester, anecdotes about your professors’ illustrious journeys in academia and general life wisdom! Reception to follow.
The panel will feature:
Professor Sony Coráñez Bolton (Spanish & Latinx/Latin American Studies)
Professor Pawan Dhingra (American Studies & Sociology)
Professor Robert Hayashi (American Studies)
Karu Kozuma (Chief Student Affairs Officer)
Professor Franklin Odo (American Studies)
E2 – Embracing Entrepreneurship Speaker Series
Innovation exists in every aspect of our lives whether working for a large company or venturing off on your own, the skills of an entrepreneur are universally applicable. In the E2 Speaker Series, we continue to explore innovation and the culture of entrepreneurship on campus and in the world.
Join Brian Curcio ’16, Myles Gage and the Embracing Entrepreneurship community as they discuss how they used their time at college not only to learn but to create a successful business...before graduation! Brian and Myles were both raised in Chicago and became friends in high school. That friendship has become the foundation for a growing idea and business. As advocates for financial education, especially for individuals in underserved communities, Brian and Myles designed and developed an app that addresses the three roadblocks that prohibit many from understanding the stock market: fear, exposure, and accessibility. What started out as a great idea to foster their passion for investing, the goal of improving financial literacy has become a successful company that is their effort to combat the financial illiteracy crisis in the U.S.
Brian co-founded Rapunzl while at Amherst College. As a mathematics major, he loved the idea of creating a financial tool that others could use to invest. He taught himself to code his senior year and managed two outsourced teams before on boarding an inhouse CTO to help develop the Rapunzl platform that educates others about investing. Brian constantly balances his time between development and marketing initiatives. Two months ago, he negotiated a meter with PrimalQuant, a back end technology company founded by an ex-CTO of TD Ameritrade. Currently he handles web & mobile UI design as well as coordinating college marketing efforts.
Myles Gage co-founded Rapunzl while working at CIBC after graduating from the University of Illinois Urbana-Campaign in 2016. He cultivates and maintains relationships with corporate financial sponsors and handles daily operations as they relate to Rapunzl’s high school outreach and growth. Myles develops long-term strategies that integrate Rapunzl’s social impact initiatives with broader growth objectives. He sits on the board of UrbanX Learning, Rapunzl’s fiscal sponsor, and serves as the director of Financial Pathways, a non-profit partnership aiming to address financial illiteracy across the nation.