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Dance, film, music, theater, science, humanities and more at Connecticut College this April

04/3/2012

 Founders Day, the anniversary of the signing of Connecticut College's charter, is April 5. The College is celebrating its 101st birthday with a series of events.

Founders Day, the anniversary of the signing of Connecticut College's charter, is April 5. The College is celebrating its 101st birthday with a series of events.

April is packed with events showcasing art, humanities and cutting-edge science at Connecticut College. The following events are open to the public and free unless otherwise noted:

Art

- April 4-25: "Senior Art Minor and All Student Exhibition 2012,"featuring the work of Connecticut College art students, Cummings Arts Center, Manwaring Gallery. Gallery hours are Monday-Friday from 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

Dance

- April 5: "Twyla Tharp's 'The One Hundreds,'" 4:15 p.m., 1962 Room, College Center at Crozier-Williams, 1962 Room. This recreation of Twyla Tharp's "The One Hundreds," by Jason McDole, will be performed by Connecticut College students, faculty, administrators and staff, along with members of the greater New London community, as part of the College's Founders Day celebration, which commemorates the anniversary of the signing of the College's charter on April 5, 1911.

- April 19-21: "Dance Department Senior Concert,"featuring original choreography by dance majors from the College's Class of 2012, dance professor Adele Myers and guest artist David Parker, 7:30 p.m. each night in Palmer Auditorium. This performance also features a reconstruction of Laura Dean's "Sky Light." Tickets are $12 for general admission and $6 for students and seniors.

Film

- April 2: "The Kids are Alright," an LGBTQ Center and Spectrum movie screening, 4:30 p.m., Burdick House, LGBTQ Resource Center. A discussion of the film is April 3 at 4:30 p.m. in the LGBTQ Resource Center.

- April 3 and 10: "Tuesday Night Sayles," a screening of several films by independent filmmaker John Sayles, 7:30 p.m., Blaustein Humanities Center, Room 210. This screening is in preparation for Sayles visit to campus on April 13.

- April 12: "Afro Diasporic French Identities," a documentary by Nathalie Etoke, assistant professor of French and Africana studies at Connecticut College, 6 p.m., Olin Science Center Room 014. Following the screening, Etoke will be joined for a discussion by Léonora Miano, an award-winning French writer featured in the documentary.

- April 13: Screenings of and discussion of films by independent filmmaker John Sayles, 3 p.m., Olin Science Center Room 014.

- April 13: "White Scripts and Black Supermen: Black Masculinities in American Comic Books," with filmmaker Jonathan Gayles, 4:15 p.m., Blaustein Humanities Center Room 210.

- April 27: "Ma Vie En Rose,"an LGBTQ Center and Spectrum movie screening and discussion, 8 p.m., LGBTQ Resource Center, Burdick House.

Music

- April 5: "onStage at Connecticut College presents the Asphalt Orchestra," 8 p.m., Palmer Auditorium. A radical new street band that brings ambitious processional music to the mobile masses, the Asphalt Orchestra will perform its innovative street versions of rock, jazz and classical music. Tickets are $20 for general admission, $18 for seniors and $10 for students. Discounted tickets are available for Connecticut College faculty and staff. For tickets and information, call (860) 439-ARTS or visit http://onstage.conncoll.edu.

- April 10: Senior Recital featuring Rose Wall '12 on the bass, 8 p.m., Fortune Recital Hall, Cummings Arts Center.

- April 13: Faculty Concert featuring Kumi Ogano, adjunct assistant professor of music, on the piano, 8 p.m., Evans Hall, Cummings Arts Center.

- April 13: "Shwiffs Spring Concert," an annual concert by this all-female a cappella group, 8 p.m., Harkness Chapel.

- April 14: Senior Recital featuring Alex Owen '12 on the trumpet, 2 p.m., Harkness Chapel.

- April 22: Senior Recital featuring Anne Kearney '12 on the clarinet, 2 p.m., Harkness Chapel.

- April 26: Senior Recital featuring Shuang Song '12 on the piano, 7 p.m., Fortune Recital Hall, Cummings Arts Center.

- April 29: "Chamber Choir Concert," directed by music professor Paul Althouse, 7:30 p.m., Harkness Chapel.

Theater

- April 13: "Friday the 13th: The Musical," 7 and 10 p.m., Oliva Hall, Cummings Arts Center. After being resurrected from the grave for the umpteenth time, serial killer Jason Voorhees returns to his old stomping grounds at Camp Crystal Lake, where a new crop of counselors is reopening the camp. Through song and dance, the body count continues to rise on this very bloody Friday the 13th.

- April 26-29: "Hay Fever," a Connecticut College Theater Department production, directed by Molly Clifford '13. The play, by Noel Coward, is a romping pastoral comedy from the roaring '20s. The Blisses, a thoroughly bohemian family, have, unbeknownst to each other, each invited a guest to their country home for the weekend. The chaos that ensues is delightfully charming as the family slowly drives their guests toward the very brink of lunacy. Performances are in Tansill Theater at 8 p.m. April 26-29, with matinee performances at 2 p.m. on April 28 and 29. Tickets are $8 for general admission and $6 for students. Call 860-439-2605 for tickets and more information.

- April 27: "Upright Citizens Brigade,"an original improvisational comedy performance, 10 p.m., 1962 Room, College Center at Crozier-Williams.

Other Events

- April 3: "Nanomorphology Studies of Polymer/ Clay Heterointerfaces for Solar Application," a Chemistry Department Seminar Series lecture by Michael Hagerman, associate professor of chemistry at Union College, 4:30 p.m., Hale Laboratory, Brown Auditorium.

- April 5: "Founders Day Tea and Birthday Party," a celebration of the 101st anniversary of Connecticut College's founding, 3 p.m., 1962 Room, College Center at Crozier-Williams. The celebration will include a telling of the story of the founding of the College, a performance of the Centennial Song by the Connecticut College Chamber Choir and an interactive dance performance, "Twyla Tharp's 'The One Hundreds,'" featuring Connecticut College President Leo I. Higdon Jr., students, faculty, staff and members of the greater New London community.

- April 5: "Lupine Facilitation Versus Competition in the Tree Establishment in Iceland," a Biology Seminar Series lecture by Dennis Riege, collegiate associate professor of biology at the University of Maryland University College, 4:30 p.m., Olin Science Center Room 014.

- April 6: Spring Visit Day, an open house designed to introduce high school students and their parents to Connecticut College and the college admission process, 10:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.

- April 6: "New Institutions for Environmental Justice in Latin America: Social Conflict, Institutional Change and Extractive Industries," a lecture by Anthony Bebbington, the Higgins Professor of Environment and Society and professor of geography at Clark University, 11:50 a.m., Charles Chu Asian Art Reading Room, Shain Library.

- April 10: "Chemical Approaches to Studying and Controlling Cell Migration," a Chemistry Department Seminar Series lecture by Gabriel Fenteany, associate professor of biological and organic chemistry at the University of Connecticut, 4:30 p.m., Hale Laboratory, Brown Auditorium.

- April 10: "Race, Sexuality and Justice in America: A Community Discussion," 4:30 p.m., Charles Chu Asian Art Reading Room, Shain Library.

- April 12: "Homonationalism Gone Viral: The Affective Politics of Discipline and Control," a lecture by Jasbir Puar, professor of gender and women's studies at Rutgers University, 4:30 p.m., Charles Chu Asian Art Reading Room, Shain Library.

- April 13: "Beaver Brook: Beyond Art Black Comic Book Culture," a discussion of African-American graphic novels and comic book culture with Rebecca Wanzo, associate professor of women, gender and sexuality studies at Washington University in St. Louis; John Jennings, professor of visual studies at SUNY Buffalo; and Qiana Whitted, professor of English and African-American Studies at University of South Carolina, 9:30 a.m., Charles Chu Asian Art Reading Room, Shain Library.

- April 13-14: Relay for Life, an overnight fundraiser for the American Cancer Society, 4 p.m. - 9 a.m., College Center at Crozier-Williams. For more information, visit http://main.acsevents.org/site/TR?fr_id=41218&pg=entry.

- April 14: Holleran Center Student Research Presentations, 3-6 p.m., College Center at Crozier-Williams and Shain Library. Senior scholars in the College's Holleran Center for Community Action and Public Policy will present research from their Senior Integrative Projects in a series of six panel discussions on topics of education, youth, health, economic development and human rights.

- April 14: "iNite International Show," a night of dance, music and spoken word pieces, designed to raise cultural awareness through the theme of migration, 6:30 p.m., Ernst Common Room, Blaustein Humanities Center.

- April 15: Sundays with Alumni panel discussion, 4 p.m., Cro's Nest, College Center at Crozier-Williams.

- April 16: "The Role of Attention in Visual Perception Over Space and Time," a Psychology Department Spring 2012 Colloquium Series lecture by Jason E. Reiss, assistant professor of psychology at Wheaton College, 4:30 p.m., Silfen Auditorium, Bill Hall.

- April 19: "Yom Hashoah: Holocaust Memorial Observance," featuring prayers, candle lighting and a film screening, 4:30 p.m., Blaustein Humanities Center Room 210.

- April 19: "Conservation in an era of climate change: Can we save salt marsh birds as the oceans rise?" a Biology/Botany Seminar Series lecture by Chris Elphick, associate professor of ecology and evolutionary biology at the University of Connecticut, 4:30 p.m., Olin Room 014.

- April 20: Spring Visit Day, an open house designed to introduce high school students and their parents to Connecticut College and the college admission process, 10:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.

- April 20: "The Eurozone Crisis: Causes and Consequences," a panel discussion featuring Connecticut College Professors Purba Mukerji (Economics), Luis Gonzalez (Hispanic Studies), John Qunjian Tian (Government) and David Patton (Government), 11:50 a.m., Blaustein Humanities Center Room 210.

- April 24: "Synthetic Antibodies: Concepts and Applications to Viral Epitopes," a Chemistry Seminar Series lecture by Jonathan Lai, assistant professor of biochemistry at Albert Einstein College of Medicine, 4:30 p.m., Brown Auditorium, Hale Laboratory.

- April 28: National Astronomy Day Star Gazing, hosted by the Department of Physics, Astronomy and Geophysics, 7-9:30 p.m., Olin Observatory.

- April 30: "The 99s," a discussion with Naif Al-Mutawa, a clinical psychologist and author of "The 99," a unique comic book based on Islamic culture and society, 4:30 p.m., Charles Chu Asian Art Reading Room, Shain Library.

- April 30: "Lifestyle Intervention in the Prevention and Treatment of Type 2 Diabetes," a Psychology Department Spring 2012 Colloquium Series lecture by Rena R. Wing, professor of psychiatry and human behavior at Brown University, 4:30 p.m., Silfen Auditorium, Bill Hall.

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



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