WATERVILLE — Colby College announces the following free events:

* A talk: Message, Meaning, and Form in Holocaust Monuments in Israel, will begin at 7 p.m. today at the Pugh Center, Cotter Union.

The Jewish Studies Program at Colby, in collaboration with University of Maine at Augusta and the Holocaust and Human Rights Center, hosts Israeli scholar and artist Dr. Batya Brutin, who will talk on art and the Holocaust.

For more information, e-mail [email protected]

* Visiting Writers Series: Jenny Boylan and Cecily von Ziegesar is set for 7 p.m. today in the Robinson Room, Miller Library.

Professor of English Jenny Boylan and “Gossip Girl” author Cecily von Ziegesar will read from their popular stories of young adult fiction.

For more information, e-mail [email protected]

* A talk: Safe Passage: Education and Refuge in the Guatemala City Municipal Dump Community is set for 7 p.m. tomorrow in Room 122, Diamond Building.

Safe Passage is a nonprofit founded in 1999 by Hanley Denning, a 1992 Bowdoin graduate. It provides educational programs for the children of families living in the municipal garbage dump in Guatemala City. In 2007 Denning, 36, died in Guatemala in a traffic accident. But Safe Passage continues her mission. It offers Guatemalan children and their families educational support, food, medical assistance, and a chance to socialize, gain confidence, and teach others.

* Noontime Art Talk: Landscape and Memory: Susan Hiller’s The J. Street Project is set for 12:30 p.m. tomorrow at the Colby College Museum of Art.

Steve Wurtzler, associate professor of cinema studies, will discuss Hiller’s exhibit. Complimentary lunch (served noon to 12:30 p.m.) for the first 40 visitors is made possible by the John Payson Education Endowment Fund.

For more information, e-mail [email protected]

* Israeli Society Through The Lens of Cinema: “Shiva: The Seven Days” will begin at 7 p.m. Thursday in Room 141, Diamond Building.

Yoav Kosh, the Schusterman Visiting Artist at Colby, has been an active filmmaker and teacher in Israel for 25 years. His cinematography credits include about 25 feature-length movies and dozens of television shows, drama series, and documentaries.

“Shiva – The Seven Days” A film by Ronit Elkabetz and Shlomi Elkabetz. In this emotional rollercoaster, acclaimed Israeli actress Ronit Elkabetz teams up with her brother, Shlomi Elkabetz, to direct a portrait of a Moroccan family as they gather to mourn the sudden death of their brother.

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