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Holiday performances, lectures and student recitals at Connecticut College this December

11/30/2009

 Renowned performance artist Karen Finley poses.

Renowned performance artist Karen Finley poses.

"Make We Joy," an annual celebration of the winter solstice, "Christmas Vespers: A Service of Lessons and Carols" and the "Connecticut College Percussion Ensemble and the New Music Ensemble in Concert," with director Peter Jarvis, adjunct assistant professor of music, are among the exciting events happening at Connecticut College this December. All events are open to the public and free, unless otherwise noted. The schedule of events is:

• Dec. 1, "Hope for a Heated Planet: Can Students Stop Global Warming?" A lecture and book signing with Robert K. Musil, adjunct professor at American University's School of International Studies, 4:30 p.m., Olin Auditorium, Olin Science Center.

• Dec. 2, "Recent Studies on Cheetahs and Other Large Cats in Botswana," a lecture by Andrew Stein '99, field research coordinator for Botswana Predator Conservation Trust, 11:45 a.m., New London Hall 112.

• Dec. 2, "A Reading and Signing of 'The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao' with Pulitzer Prize Winner Junot Díaz," 7:30 p.m., Ernst Common Room, Blaustein Humanities Center.

• Dec. 3, "The Jackie Look," a solo by renowned performance artist Karen Finley, 8 p.m., Meyers Dance Studio, Crozier-Williams Student Center. Finley's piece contemplates Jackie Kennedy Onassis' life in pictures and society's projection onto her as a monument of grief.

• Dec. 4, "The End of Race: Racial Moments and Movements in the Age of Obama," a lecture by Ricky Jones, associate professor of political science at the University of Louisville, 11:45 a.m., Blaustein Humanities Center 210. • Dec. 4, "Student Recital," noon, Fortune Hall, Cummings Arts Center.

• Dec. 4, "Student Guitar Recital," a performance directed by James McNeish, adjunct assistant professor of music, 4 p.m., Evans Hall, Cummings Arts Center.

• Dec. 6, "Make We Joy," 4 p.m. and 7 p.m., Harkness Chapel. "Make We Joy" is a community celebration of the winter solstice featuring dance, drama and a performance by the Saint Nicholas Songsters.

• Dec. 7, "Connecticut College Jazz Ensemble in Concert," 7 p.m., Evans Hall, Cummings Arts Center. Gary Buttery, adjunct assistant professor of music, will direct the ensemble. Tickets are $5 for general admission and $3 for seniors.

• Dec. 8, "String Student Recital," 6 p.m., Fortune Hall, Cummings Arts Center.

• Dec. 9, "Getting out of a rut: Long overdue change in fishery management in New England," a biology seminar series lecture by Sally McGee, director of the Northeast Regional Policy, Oceans Program, Environmental Defense Fund, 11:45 a.m., New London Hall 112.

• Dec. 9, "Student Voice Recital," 7 p.m., Fortune Hall, Cummings Arts Center.

• Dec. 9, "The Problem of Egypt in Western Civilization: Philosophy, Religion, History and Race," a lecture by Troy Allen, associate professor of history at Southern University, 4:30 p.m., Blaustein Humanities Center 210.

• Dec. 10, "Connecticut College Percussion Ensemble and the New Music Ensemble in Concert," 7 p.m., Evans Hall, Cummings Arts Center. Peter Jarvis, adjunct assistant professor of music, will direct the performance. Tickets are $5 for general admission and $3 for seniors.

• Dec. 12, "Senior Recital with Lydia Waldman '10," 2 p.m., Fortune Hall, Cummings Arts Center. Waldman will play the violin.

• Dec. 13, "Connecticut College Concert Band," directed by Gary Buttery, adjunct assistant professor of music, 7 p.m., Evans Hall, Cummings Arts Center. Tickets are $5 for general admission and $3 for seniors.

• Dec. 14, "Black Athena, Interdisciplinarity, Multiculturalism, and the Modern University," a lecture by Mary Lefkowitz, Professor of Classics Emerita at Wellesley College, 4:30 p.m., Blaustein Humanities Center, Room 210.

• Dec. 16, "Christmas Vespers: A Service of Lessons and Carols," a candlelight program of lessons and carols, 4:30 p.m., Harkness Chapel.

• Dec. 16, "Charles Shackford Memorial Student Composers Concert," 6:30 p.m., Evans Hall, Cummings Arts Center. Arthur Kreiger, the Sylvia Pasternack Marx Professor of Music at Connecticut College, will direct the student composers.

• Dec. 19, "Eastern Connecticut Symphony Chorus Holiday Concert," 8 p.m., Harkness Chapel. The concert will include excerpts from Mendelssohn's Elijah. Tickets are $20 for general admission and $18 for seniors and students.

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



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