The start of the academic year at Connecticut College is also the start of a busy season of arts and events on campus. The following are free and open to the public unless otherwise noted:
•Now through Oct. 20: Faculty Exhibition, Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Saturday-Sunday, 1-4 p.m., the galleries of Cummings Arts Center. The Connecticut College Department of Art presents two unique exhibitions by two of the department’s newest faculty members, Assistant Professors of Art Nadav Assor and Chris Barnard. The captivating new show comprises Assor’s “Ruins of the Map” and Barnard’s “Engagement Party.” There will be an artist reception open to the public on Wednesday, Sept. 18, from 5 to 6 p.m., with an artist talk in the galleries from 4:15 to 5 p.m. For more information, contact the art department at 860-439-2740.
•Sept. 20: “Knoxville: Summer of 1915 – A Music Faculty Showcase Concert,” 7:30 p.m., Evans Hall. Adjunct Assistant Professor of Voice J?rat? Švedait?-Waller performs the titular masterpiece by Samuel Barber, along with Benjamin Britten’s “Sinfonietta” and chamber works for small ensembles. Tickets are $10 for general admission and $5 for students and seniors. The event is free to Connecticut College students, staff and faculty. For more information, call the music department at 860-439-2728.
•Sept. 21: “What is an Herbarium? The Art and Science of Preserving Plant Specimens,” 10 a.m., New London Hall Room 101. The Connecticut College Arboretum presents a workshop with Chad Jones, the George and Carol Milne Assistant Professor of Life Science. $7 for Arboretum members; $9 for the general public. For more information, call the Arboretum at 860-439-5020.
•Sept. 21: “Boston vs. New York -- A Night with ESPN's Best,” 6-10 p.m., 1962 Room in the College Center at Crozier-Williams. ESPN analysts Bob Ryan, representing Boston, and Stephen A. Smith, representing New York, will be on campus for a lively discussion moderated by Jackie MacMullan P’14, an award-winning sportswriter and panelist on ESPN’s “Around the Horn.” The event will include refreshments and a silent auction to benefit the women’s basketball team. Advance tickets $35; student tickets $25; tickets purchased at the door $50. Tickets for a VIP reception from 5 to 6 p.m. are $100 and include entry to the main event. For more information, call the athletics department at 860-439-2541.
•Sept. 24: “Who’s Hungry,” a lecture by Dan Froot, 7:30 p.m., Martha Myers Dance Studio in the College Center at Crozier-Williams. Froot, a producer, writer, composer, saxophonist, dancer and director, will discuss the works of American activist puppeteers and “Who’s Hungry,” his collaborate production based on the lives of five homeless and/or hungry residents of Santa Monica, Calif. For more information, call the dance department at 860-439-2830.
•Sept. 25: “Feministing On Campus: Zerlina Maxwell,” 7 p.m., Ernst Common Room of Blaustein Humanities Center. Maxwell, a contributor to the women’s political and social blog Feministing, will deliver “Power, Privilege and Patriarchy,” a talk about the intersection between race and gender as they relate to privilege. For more information, contact the women’s center at firstname.lastname@example.org.
•Sept. 26: “Living Thinkers: An Autobiography of Black Women in the Ivory Tower,” a film screening and discussion by director Roxana Walker-Canton, 4 p.m., Charles Chu Asian Art Reading Room in Charles E. Shain Library. Walker-Canton will screen and discuss her documentary, which examines the intersection of race, class and gender in the experiences of contemporary black female professors and administrators through their education narratives from girlhood to their present status in academia. For more information, email email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org.
•Sept. 28: “Celebrating the Steinway,” 4 p.m., Fortune Recital Hall. This performance, by four members of the faculty and two advanced piano students, marks the debut of the College’s new Steinway Model B piano, made possible by a generous gift from Nancy Marshall Athey ’72 and Preston Athey. The program — featuring works by Chopin, Prokofiev, de Falla, Schubert and Debussy — was specifically chosen to complement the beautifully intimate performance space. For more information, call the music department at 860-439-2728.
•Sept. 28: onStage at Connecticut College presents “Einstein's Happiest Thought” by Adele Myers and Dancers, 7:30 p.m., Palmer Auditorium. This is a world premiere of Myers’ new full-length work, which folds dance, film, music and scripted performance into a seamless expression of the charged state of imbalance. The work excavates the tension between risk and control while the five female performers command the stage in Myers’ signature style as athletes of the heart. Tickets are $24 for general admission, $21 for seniors and $12 for students. For more information, call 860-439-2787.