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From water conservation to dance to star gazing, April has something for everyone

03/30/2009

Experts will discuss everything from water conservation to beer science. Art lovers can catch Paul Taylor Dance, a Chamber Choir concert or the Theater Department's production of "Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead." Students can learn about green jobs or gaze at the stars. It's all happening in April at Connecticut College. All of the following events are open to the public, and are free unless otherwise noted.

Wednesday, April 1

- "Screaming Queens: The Riot at the Compton's Cafeteria," a film screening, April 1, 4:30 p.m. in the LGBTQ Resource Center, Burdick Residence Hall.

- "Computer Audition: What the Computer Hears," an endowed directorship lecture by Ozgur Izmirli, the Judith Ammerman '60 Director of the Ammerman Center for Arts and Technology, 6:30 p.m. in the Ernst Common Room, Blaustein Humanities Center.

Thursday, April 2

- "Honor Killings in Modern Day Europe: Challenges and Prospects," by Unni Wikan, author and professor of social anthropology at the University of Oslo, Norway, 4:30 p.m. in the Charles Chu Asian Art Reading Room, Shain Library.

- SOAR Dinner: "Race and the Environment." The Society Organized Against Racism (SOAR) is hosting a dinner and discussion with Jane Dawson, professor of government; Colleen Butler-Sweet, visiting associate professor of psychology, and Mark Mitchell, president of the Connecticut Coalition for Environmental Justice, 5 p.m. in the 1941 Room, Crozier-Williams student center. Tickets are $7 at the door.

Friday, April 3

- "Water Use and Abuse: Innovations in Conservation," a lecture by Amy Vickers, president of Amy Vickers and Associates Inc., an international consulting practice specializing in water conservation, 7:30 p.m. in the Ernst Common Room, Blaustein Humanities Center. This keynote lecture is part of the 2009 Elizabeth Babbott Conant Interdisciplinary Conference on the Environment.

- "Human Rights Now!: Stop Human Trafficking," a lecture by human trafficking expert Ray Bechard, 8 p.m. in Room 210, Blaustein Humanities Center.

- "Paul Taylor Dance Company," one of the world's most highly respected dance troupes, performs as part of the onStage at Connecticut College series, April 3, 8 p.m. in Palmer Auditorium. Tickets are $28, 24, 20 for the general public, $25, 21.50, 18 for seniors, and $14, 12, 10 for students. Call 860-439-ARTS for tickets.

Saturday, April 4

- Spring Star Gazing, 8 - 10 p.m. in the observatory, atop the F.W. Olin Science Center.

Sunday, April 5

- "Major Dilemma: Young Alumni Show What's Possible," an alumni panel discussion about majors and careers, 3 p.m. in Cro's Nest, College Center at Crozier-Williams student center.

Monday, April 6

- "Sensuality and Spirituality: an Interactive Common Hour," an exploration of connection between sensuality and spirituality through poetry, music and food with Claudia Highbaugh, dean of religious and spiritual life, 4:30 p.m. in the LGBTQ Resource Center, Burdick Residence Hall.

- "Neurological Models of Bipolar Disorder," a Spring Psychology Department Colloquium Series lecture by Aude Henin, director of the Cognitive Therapy Program, Pediatric Psychopharmacology Unit, Massachusetts General Hospital, 4:30 p.m. in the Silfen Auditorium, Bill Hall.

- "Breaking the Bamboo Ceiling: Redefining the Image of Asians in U.S. Culture," an Asian/ Pacific Islander Heritage Month convocation event, 7 p.m. in the 1941 Room, College Center at Crozier-Williams.

Tuesday, April 7

- "Early Family Literacy and Math," by Joanne Knapp-Philo, co-author of "Learning to Read the World: Language and Literacy in The First Three Years," 1:15 p.m. in Room 1, Holmes Hall.

- "The Science of a Simple Meal: Bread, Cheese and Beer," a Chemistry Department seminar by Casey C. Raymond, associate professor of chemistry at the State University of New York at Oswego, 4:30 p.m. in Brown Auditorium, Hale Laboratory.

Wednesday, April 8

- "The State of American Museums," a panel discussion featuring Agnes Gund, a 1960 Connecticut College graduate and chair emerita of the Board of the Museum of Modern Art; Carl R. Nold, president and CEO of Historic New England and chair of the American Association of Museums; and Jock Reynolds, director of the Yale University Art Gallery, 4 p.m. in Evans Hall, Cummings Arts Gallery. - "TransAmerica," a film screening, April 8, 4:30 p.m. in the LGBTQ Resource Center, Burdick Residence Hall.

Thursday, April 9

- "Are There Any Limits on the Growth of the Federal Government's Power?" A book talk by John Nugent, senior research analyst at Connecticut College, 4 p.m. in the Charles Chu Asian Art Reading Room, Shain Library.

- "Rap Sessions Panel: Hip-Hop and Gender," a discussion about hip-hop culture, sexism and homophobia, 4:30 p.m. in Room 014, Olin Science Center.

- "Telling Maggie's Story: Exploding the Myths About Dating Violence," by Susan Omilian, an attorney, published author and long-time advocate to end violence against women, 4:30 p.m. in the Ernst Common Room, Blaustein Humanities Center.

Friday, April 10

- Spring Visit Day for high school students and their families, featuring information sessions, campus tours, student presentations and tips on the admission process, 10:30 a.m. in the Admission office, Horizon House.

- "Common Hour: Experience the World with a Watson Fellowship," with two alumni Watson fellows and the Connecticut College Watson Selection Committee, 11:45 a.m. in Room 210, Blaustein Humanities Center.

- "The Physics of Information," by Michel Devoret, professor of applied physics at Yale University, 1:30 p.m. in Room 111, F.W. Olin Science Center.

- "Foreign Service Careers," with Hagen Maroney '98, who will answer questions and discuss his career in as an officer with the Foreign Service, 4:30 p.m. in Room 210, Blaustein Humanities Center.

Tuesday, April 14

- Take Back the Night, an annual rally and march in conjunction with the nation-wide event to raise awareness about sexual violence and assault, 7 - 10 p.m. at the College Center at Crozier-Williams.

Wednesday, April 15

- Senior Art Minor Exhibition Reception, 4 p.m. in the Manwaring Gallery, Cummings Art Center.

- "Anthropology of a Runaway Train: Consumer Choice and Absentee Regulation at an HMO in Puerto Rico," by Jessica Mulligan, the Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow in the Holleran Center for Community Action and Public Policy, 4:30 p.m. in Room 203, Blaustein Humanities Center.

- "How Can You Be a Lesbian - You're Jewish!" A public reading of poetry and short stories by Leslea Newman, the award-winning author of "Heather Has Two Mommies," 7 p.m. in the Charles Chu Asian Art Reading Room, Shain Library.

- "Brian Skonberg and Jim Fryer's Borderline Jazz Band," a musical performance with visiting faculty member John Clark (clarinet) and guest musicians Jimmy Mazzy (banjo), trumpeter/singer Brian Skonberg and multi-instrumentalist Jim Fryer, 7 p.m. in Evans Hall, Cummings Art Center. Tickets are $10 for the general public, $5 for students and seniors. Call 860-439-ARTS for tickets.

Thursday, April 16

- "Dance Department Senior Thesis Concert," with choreography by Connecticut College dance majors and guest artist Tania Isaac, 7:30 p.m. in Palmer Auditorium. Tickets are $12 for the general public and $5 for students and seniors. Call 860-439-ARTS for tickets. Performances are also scheduled for April 17 at 7:30 p.m. and April 18 at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.

Friday, April 17

- Spring Visit Day for high school students and their families, featuring information sessions, campus tours, student presentations and tips on the admission process, 10:30 a.m. in the Admission office, Horizon House.

- Relay For Life - The American Cancer Society walk comes to Connecticut College for the first time. The walk begins at 6 p.m. on Tempel Green. Saturday, April 18 - New York Bus Trip, sponsored by the Department of Art History. The trip is $30 for students and $40 for faculty, staff and the general public. The bus leaves at 8 a.m. and will return at 10:30 p.m. For more information, contact Debbie Radachy at darad@conncoll.edu.

- Earth Fest! with outdoor music, food and activities, 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. on Tempel Green. (Rain date is April 19).

Sunday, April 19

- "Brass Quintet," a musical performance with faculty members Tom Brown (trumpet) and Heather Doughty, (French horn), and guest musicians Gino Villarreal (trumpet), Vince Yanovitch (trombone) and Adam Crowe (tuba), 1:30 p.m. in Evans Hall, Cummings Arts Center.

Monday, April 20

- "Pathways Through Midlife: Results of a 40-Year Study of Adult Personality and Change," a Spring Psychology Department Colloquium Series lecture by Susan Krause Whitbourne, professor of psychology at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, 4:30 p.m. in Silfen Auditorium, Bill Hall.

Wednesday, April 22

- "Ground Truth," a look at real-time sonic and visual representations of Arctic weather patterns by Andrea Polli, director of interdisciplinary film and digital media at the University of New Mexico, 4:30 p.m. in Room 014, F.W. Olin Science Center. This lecture is part of the Ammerman Center New Media Colloquia Series: Studio Works.

- "Invasion Ecology: The Entanglements of Science and Social Contexts," by Wei Ying Wong, the Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow in the Goodwin-Niering Center for Conservation Biology and Environmental Studies at Connecticut College, 4:30 p.m. in the Charles Chu Asian Art Reading Room, Shain Library.

Thursday, April 23

- Green Career Fair, featuring opportunities to learn about environmental jobs, careers and graduate programs, 1 p.m. in the 1941 Room, Crozier-Williams student center.

- Spotlight on Human Rights, featuring a compilation of dance, music, speakers and improvisation performances, 8 - 10 p.m. in Oliva Hall, Cummings Arts Center. Tickets are $5.

- "Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead," a Theater Department presentation directed by Monica Raymunt '09, 8 p.m. in the Tansill Theater. Tickets are $8 for the general public and $6 for students. Call 860-439-ARTS for tickets. Performances are also scheduled for April 24 at 8 p.m., April 25 at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. and April 26 at 2 p.m.

Friday, April 24 - Spring Visit Day for high school students and their families, featuring information sessions, campus tours, student presentations and tips on the admission process, 10:30 a.m. in the Admission office, Horizon House.

- "Self-objectification and Women's Attitudes Toward Breastfeeding and Menstruation," a Psychology Department Conference keynote address by Ingrid Johnston-Robledo, associate professor of psychology at the State University of New York at Fredonia, 9 a.m. in Silfen Auditorium, Bill Hall.

Monday, April 27

- "Connecticut College Chamber Choir Concert," 4:30 p.m. in Harkness Chapel. Tickets are $5 for the general public, $3 for students and seniors. Call 860-439-ARTS for tickets.

- "How Corticotropin-Releasing Factor and Stress Affect Sensori-Motor Gating," a Spring Psychology Department Colloquium Series lecture by Lisa H. Conti, assistant professor of psychiatry at the University of Connecticut Health Center, 4:30 p.m. in Silfen Auditorium, Bill Hall.

Thursday, April 30

- "Is Sex Tax Deductible?: Reminiscences of a Connecticut College Professor," a book talk by Bernard Murstein, the May Buckley Sadowski Professor Emeritus of Psychology, 4:30 p.m. in the Charles Chu Asian Art Reading Room, Shain Library.

For media inquiries, please contact:
Deborah MacDonnell (860) 439-2504, dmacdonn@conncoll.edu



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