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In 2011, shortly after the resignation of former Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak, Egyptian surgeon Bassem Youssef created a satirical web series in an attempt to heal his country through comedy. Shortly thereafter he transitioned to TV and hosted “Al-Bernameg,” a news satire show that was modeled after “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart” and ran for three seasons. The Egyptian government, led by then-recently elected Mohamed Morsi, issued a warrant for Youssef’s arrest in 2013, accusing him of mocking Morsi and Islam.
Malcolm Freberg ’09 recently finished competing on “Survivor” for the third time. As a strategic, social and physical threat, Freberg was one of the show’s most popular players and was therefore brought back to play on “Survivor: Caramoan” and “Survivor: Game Changers” after debuting on “Survivor: Philippines.”
“Lest the old traditions fail.” This is a catchphrase from the alma mater that Dartmouth students hear in several different contexts. In many ways, it exemplifies the nature of Ivy League prestige: when we speak fondly of tradition, it usually has to do with a harkening back to the “golden age” with a tinge of sentimentality.
Learning a language at Dartmouth has always been experiential, but this month, the third annual Luso-Hispanic Film Festival is expanding the academic boundaries of the concept of experiential learning at the College to encompass the renowned cinema of Latin America. Featuring screenings of five acclaimed Latin American films, this festival appeals not only to students of the Spanish and Portuguese department but also to various members of the Dartmouth community who are interested in experiencing the incredible artwork of other cultures.
“I Am Where I Come From: Native American College Students and Graduates Tell Their Life Stories,” edited by education professor emeritus Andrew Garrod, Native American studies professor Melanie Benson Taylor and Robert Kilkenny, executive director of the Alliance for Inclusion and Prevention, details the stories of 13 Native American students who currently attend or recently graduated from Dartmouth. Although the College was founded to educate Native Americans, Dartmouth took over two centuries to truly embrace this mission as an institution. The preface of “I Am Where I Come From” details how the administration recommitted to the College’s mission to educate the Native American community in 1970, creating the Native American program and building what today is a vibrant community of Native American scholars, especially through the creation of the Native American studies department in 1972. A few of these students agreed to share their experiences and life stories in “I Am Where I Come From,” which was published this month.
Music professor Ashley Fure, a composer of acoustic and electroacoustic music, recently added the Rome Prize to her list of impressive accolades in this year alone. Recently, she received a Guggenheim Fellowship, and her composition “Bound to the Bow” was a Pulitzer Prize finalist. Fure, who holds a Ph.D. in music composition from Harvard University, joined Dartmouth’s faculty in 2015.
“The Leftovers” may currently be in the middle of its third and final season, yet I find it no easier to describe the show now than I did when it first started. In fact, I’ve rewritten this particular review more than any other because it’s nigh impossible to explain the hypnotic power of this show.
This past Friday, April 21, Friday Night Rock brought rapper Saba to perform at Sarner Underground. The 22-year-old Chicago native has worked with artists like Noname and Mick Jenkins, and he was recently featured on “Angels,” a single from Chance the Rapper’s 2016 album, “Coloring Book.” Saba released his own project in 2016 as well, titled Bucket List Project. Before the show, The Dartmouth sat down with Saba to talk about his music, his influences and his city.
This year’s Spring Sing will feature the Dartmouth Brovertones, one of Dartmouth’s three all-male a cappella groups, as its headliners and hosts. The Spring Sing, an annual a cappella show whose hosting rights rotate between all of the College’s a cappella groups, will likely feature the group’s longest set until its next turn for hosting duties. Fall Fling and Winter WhingDing, the other two major a cappella shows on campus, operate in the same way, so that each group is able to host one of these major shows approximately every two to three years.
This Sunday, Fred Haas is bringing a brilliant sextet lineup and a deeply personal set of jazz arrangements to the ChamberWorks concert series entitled, “ChamberWorks: From the Heart.”
Alexander Stockton ’15, a film and media studies and economics double major, will screen his first feature-length film, entitled “Transient,” at Loew Auditorium on Monday, April 24 at 8:30 p.m. He wrote and filmed the entirety of “Transient” during his junior year at Dartmouth. Stockton currently works for VICE News Tonight on HBO as a graphics editor.
“Gifted” will be the third consecutive film that I’ve given a negative rating. I want to make it absolutely clear that I don’t enjoy that fact in the slightest.
Peeking into the Jaffe-Friede gallery in the Hopkins Center this month, one will glimpse at the still lifes produced by Susan Walp, the studio art department’s current artist-in-residence. Walp currently has work displayed in the Hood Museum as well as the National Academy Museum in New York. Over her career she has received awards including a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship, a Guggeinheim Fellowship and a Bogliasco Fellowship. Additionally, Walp has served as a studio art guest lecturer at the College.
Local residents and students can experience Hanover’s burgeoning live music scene at tonight’s performance by The Mammals, an American folk group based in Woodstock, New York.
Henry Joseph Russell ’15 majored in English and religion while at Dartmouth. His recently published novel, “The Talisman Cock!,” is about two best friends attending boarding school, one of whom procures “Jesus Powers” that allow him to fashion the perfect life for himself. Though the book may seem silly, it is rooted in meaningful concepts such as religion, the Christ story, metaphysics and faith.
Like the film I reviewed last week, “Ghost in the Shell” is a live-action remake of an animated classic. Though, unlike “Beauty and the Beast,” I’ve never seen the original “Ghost in the Shell.” However, a good film should be able to stand on its own without prior knowledge of its source material. Nonetheless, I acknowledge that any problems I have with this remake may be resolved or non-existent in the original anime.
I used to think of myself as a person who likes large quantities of good books, small quantities of good movies and miniscule quantities of very, very bad television. While I never missed an episode of “The Bachelor,” that one episode would fill my brain-melting quota for the week — that is, until a spring break wisdom-teeth removal gave me a week in bed on Percocet, and an unsuspecting Tinder match gave me his HBO GO password.