Stephen L. Esquith, dean of the Residential College in the Arts and Humanities at Michigan State University, responds to artist Beatriz Caravaggio’s film Different Trains. Based on Steve Reich’s minimalist musical composition of the same name, Different Trains is equally complex and evocative. Esquith will ask what the film adds to the music from a critical perspective. Then, he will lead a discussion of what memories and feelings toward this mode of transportation, combined with its sights and sounds, evokes in us today. Esquith has been involved in democratic political education and peace-building in Eastern Europe and West Africa. He is the author of The Political Responsibilities of Everyday Bystanders (Pennsylvania State University Press, 2010).