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ACADEMY OF SENIOR PROFESSIONALS' PUBLIC FORUM SERIES, Friday, 4 p.m., Lewis House: "The Elements of Smart Power: Reinventing Public Diplomacy in the Obama Administration" — Donna Oglesby, diplomat-in-residence at Eckerd College. Oglesby teaches courses on the politics and process of U.S. foreign policy and the relationship between media, public opinion and foreign policy. She brings to her courses more than 25 years of experience as an American diplomat culminating in service as counselor of agency, the ranking career position in the United States Information Agency.
INTERNATIONAL CINEMA SERIES, Friday, 7 p.m., Miller Auditorium: Mind Game, directed by Masaaki Yuasa, in Japanese, 103 minutes, 2004. This mind-bending animation and innovative feature follows Nishi, a loser with a crush on his childhood girlfriend, on a psychedelic journey to heaven and back, chased by Yakuza. Definitely not for children.
PRESIDENTIAL EVENTS SERIES — ART EXHIBIT, Saturday to May 1, Armacost Library: "Native American Images: Paintings from the Tom and Mary James/Raymond James Financial Art Collection," featuring artists who are Indian and artists who depict Indian images: Tony Abeyta, Roy Andersen, Joe Beeler, Shonto Begay, Earl Biss, Dan Bodelson, Don Crowley, Thomas P. Darro, Darren Vigil Gray, Bruce Greene, Mike Larsen, Z.S. Liang, David Mann, Guy Manning, Buck McCain, Dan Namingha, Stan Natchez, Paul Pletka, Tom Saubert, Gary Schildt, Frank Schively, Ray Swanson, Robert Taylor, Poteet Victory, Veloy Vigil, and David Yorke. Hours: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Friday; noon to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.
PRESIDENTIAL EVENTS SERIES — DANCE, Monday, 7 p.m., Bininger Theatre: "An Evening with Umdabu South African Dance Company." Based out of Birmingham, Ala., Umdabu Dance Company is a dance troupe dedicated to the preservation and presentation of traditional and contemporary South African history and culture, particularly that of the Zulu people.
PRESIDENTIAL EVENTS SERIES — LECTURE/BOOK SIGNING, Tuesday, 7:30 p.m., Fox Hall: "The Lost Gospel of Mary: the Mother of Jesus in Ancient Texts." Frederica Mathewes-Green, author, columnist and movie reviewer on religion and popular culture has more than 600 articles and several books, including Facing East: A Pilgrim's Journey into the Mysteries of Orthodoxy, The Illumined Heart: The Ancient Christian Path of Transformation and most recently, The Lost Gospel of Mary: The Mother of Jesus in Three Ancient Texts. A regular contributor to NPR's All Things Considered and Morning Edition, Mathewes-Green is a regular columnist for Beliefnet.com and writes movie reviews for National Review Online and Christianity Today Movies. Part of the Center for Spiritual Life Burchenal Lecture Series.