May 2013


Cinema, Transnationalism, and Colonial India: Entertaining the Raj

by Babli Sinha, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of English and Director of Media Studies, Kalamazoo College

Babli Sinha uses the lens of cinema to elaborate the political, cultural, and ideological cross-effects influencing the United States, Britain and India. She argues that American films of the 1920s posited alternative notions of whiteness and the West compared to those of Britain, which stood for democracy and social mobility even at a time of virulent racism. She explores the impact that the American cinema had on Indian filmmakers of the period, who were integrating its conventions with indigenous artistic traditions to articulate an Indian modernity. American films in the 1920s presented an orientalist fantasy of Asia, which obscured the realities of anti-Asian sentiment and legislation in the period as well as the exciting engagement of anti-imperial activists who sought to use the United States as the base of a transnational network. Sinha analyses the American ‘empire films’ of the 1930s, which adapted British narratives of empire to represent the United States as a new global paradigm.

Woman of Valor

by William H. Zuspan '61

The first time Bill met Lois - though they shared friendly looks and teaching techniques (they were only a room apart) - he saw no indication that her past was fraught with tragedies and heartaches. They were teaching at the same Sunday school and hit it right off very quickly. But she did not return for the next school year, and they didn't see each other again for nearly ten years. Lois's reappearance into Bill's life was the start of a beautiful friendship, which turned into a romantic relationship, and then into a marriage that was founded in trust and a deep love for one another. For Bill, Lois had become the calming angel in his life, something he didn't experience with his ex-wife, which made him strive to give Lois the strong support she needed. As for Lois, Bill had become the rock that she could lean on, steadfast as he was, and something she didn't feel with her ex-husband. And through Lois's debilitating sickness, Bill was there for her, up to the last moment, sharing in her courage, suffering, and happiness.

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