Thursday 27 October 6:30pm
The Department of Portuguese and Brazilian Studies presents a screening of two films as part of a series highlighting works by Francisco Manso. The first film, The Consul of Bordeaux, focuses on the story of Aristides de Sousa Mendes, who defied direct orders as the Portuguese General Consul during WWII and issued 30,000 visas to refugees seeking safe passage to Portugal. Set in the mountainous backdrop of Cape Verde, the second film, Testamento, begins with the death of a wealthy business man who leaves a trove of cassettes to his illegitimate daughter about his life and success. The films will be shown at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday and Friday, respectively, in the Salomon Center for Teaching, Room 001, the College Green.
Monday 31 October 12:00pm
Marco Buti of the European Commission will deliver a Watson Distinguished Speaker Series lecture titled "Overcoming Europe’s Policy Trilemmas: Economics, Politics and Governance in a Union Under Stress." Named the director-general for economic and financial affairs at the European Commission, the executive arm of the European Union, since December 2008, Buti has written extensively on the Economic and Monetary Union, macroeconomic policies, welfare state reforms and European unemployment. The event begins at noon in the Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs, Joukowsky Forum, 111 Thayer St.
Monday 31 October 12:30pm
As part of a Halloween Program sponsored by the Cogut Center for the Humanities, pianist and composer Benjamin Nacar '12 will perform several spooky and not-so-spooky compositions. The program includes works by J. S. Bach and Ferruccio Busoni, Toccata and Fugue in D minor; Paul Dukas and Benjamin Nacar, The Sorcerer's Apprentice; Frederic Chopin, Barcarolle; and Maurice Ravel, La Valse. The event begins at 12:30 p.m. in Pembroke Hall, Room 305, 172 Meeting St.
Monday 31 October 11:55pm
Brown University Organist Mark Steinbach will perform on the historic Hutchings-Votey pipe organ as part of the annual Halloween Midnight Organ Recital, sponsored by the Office of the Chaplains and Religious Life. A senior lecturer in music, Steinbach has performed solo organ recitals in major venues in Boston, New York, Washington, D.C., San Francisco, Austria, Germany, and Italy. The Hutchings-Votey organ in Sayles Hall is the last remaining organ of its type, weighing in at about 25 tons and with pipes standing up to 32 feet in height. Visitors are encouraged to bring pillows and blankets in lieu of seating. Halloween costumes are encouraged. Free and open to the public, the event begins at 11:55 p.m. in Sayles Hall, the College Green.