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Napoleon Dynamite Lives Comes to Indiana

What is better than watching “Napoleon Dynamite” on the big screen? Having your picture taken with a llama, eating tater tots while watching the movie, then interacting live with beloved characters Napoleon, Pedro and Uncle Rico. Sweet!

The Hanover College Enrichment Series will present “Napoleon Dynamite Live Comes to Indiana,” Friday, Feb. 3, in Collier Arena. The event will feature a screening of the movie, followed by an in-person, free-wheeling 60-minute question-and-answer session with film stars Jon Heder (Napoleon), Efren Ramirez (Pedro) and Jon Gries (Uncle Rico).

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Past Events

Drawing to be Understood: German Neopronouns and the Queer Experience

Oct. 28, 2022, 11:30 a.m.

“Masel Tov Cocktail” and conversation with director Arkadij Khaet

Nov. 9, 2022, 7:30 p.m.


Friday, Oct. 18, 7 p.m., Ogle Center

All audiences free, reserved tickets required
Donations will be accepted to support Looking Back, Moving Forward

Mariatu Kamara was raised during Sierra Leone’s brutal 11-year civil war. At age 12, she was raped and impregnated. Her village was attacked by rebel soldiers and, while held captive, the soldiers cut off both her hands and left her to die. She survived, eventually begging in the streets for three years while living in amputee camps. In 2002, through the kindness of a Canadian family, she immigrated to Toronto.

Kamara, a Voices of Courage Award recipient, has traveled the world sharing her story, chronicled in the 2008 book, “The Bite of the Mango.” She is founder of the Mariatu Foundation, which provides refuge and healing for women and children in her homeland. She also serves as UNICEF Canada’s special representative for children in armed conflict and works with Free the Children to promote children’s rights and condemn the impact of war on children.


Friday, Nov. 8, 7 p.m., Fitzgibbon Recital Hall
Adults: $20
Students: Free (all schools, all ages)
Hanover ID: Free

Food and wine connoisseur Antoni Porowski stirs the senses with his contributions on “Queer Eye,” as well as his recently released cookbook, “Antoni in the Kitchen,” and his New York City restaurant, The Village Den. Porowski – and the members of the “Fab Five” – were listed among 2018’s top entertainers of the year by “Entertainment Weekly.” That year, he was also a finalist for the People’s Choice Awards top reality television star honor and winner of Eater’s 2018 #Brand of the Year.

Inspired by chefs Julia Child, Jacques Pépin, Anthony Bourdain, and – most importantly – his own mother, Porowski has worked in restaurants from Montreal to New York City, where he honed his craft and discovered his place in the culinary world. He continues to connect with audiences around the globe, uniquely influenced by his underlying culinary philosophy: food should tell a story and the heart and the stomach are inter-connected.


Friday, Nov. 15, 2019, 7 p.m., Fitzgibbon Recital Hall
All audiences free, reserved tickets required. Parental discretion advised.

For 20 years, “The Animation Show of Shows” has presented innovative short films to appreciative audiences around the world. The series has included 11 Academy Award-winning films and 38 Oscar-nominated works. This year’s collections blends 15 shorts representing six countries.

This installment of “The Animation Show of Shows” features “The Green Bird,” winner of a 2018 Gold Student Academy Award, which uses computer animation in the style of classic mid-20th century cartoons, and Oscar-winning director John Kahrs’ “Age of Sail,” part of Google’s “Spotlight Stories,” which chronicles an old sailor who rescues a teenaged girl.

The film collection also explores relationships through Hikari Toriumi’s “Polaris,” about a young polar bear leaving home for the first time, “One Small Step,” Bobby Pontillas and Andrew Chesworth’s inspiring story of a girl’s dream of being an astronaut, and “Weekend” by Trevor Jimenez, which explores the emotions of a boy and his recently divorced parents.


“In Caricature: Racial Profiling and Its Impact on Black America”
Friday, Jan. 24, 7 p.m., Fitzgibbon Recital Hall
Adults: $20
Students: Free (all schools, all ages)
Hanover ID: Free

Celebrated intellect, educator and author, Michael Eric Dyson has had a profound effect on American ideas and was named one of the 150 most powerful African-Americans by “Ebony” magazine. A two-time NAACP Image Award winner, Dyson has appeared on nearly every major media outlet and is a contributing editor to “TIME” magazine. His National Public Radio program, “The Michael Eric Dyson Show,” delivers thoughtful analysis of today’s biggest stories from pop culture to race relations.

Dyson, a former welfare father, factory worker and pastor, has authored 20 books, including “Come Hell or High Water: Hurricane Katrina and the Color of Disaster,” which earned an American Book Award, and “The Black Presidency: Barack Obama and the Politics of Race in America,” which was a finalist for the Kirkus Prize. His 1993 work, “Reflecting Black: African American Cultural Criticism,” helped establish the field of black American cultural studies. His most recent book, the 2019 New York Times bestselling nonfiction work “Jay-Z: Made in America,” received two starred reviews from Publishers Weekly and the Library Journal and speaks on Jay-Z’s career and his role in making this nation what it is today.