James Downs, associate professor of history and American studies, will spend the 2015-16 academic year studying medical anthropology at Harvard University.
The College's Centennial celebrations continue in 2012, with the Department of Music presenting "Centennial Chamber Music Recital - Then and Now" on Saturday, Feb. 4, at 7:30 p.m. in Evans Hall of Cummings Arts Center. The concert -- by music faculty Thomas Labadorf (clarinet), Rebecca Noreen (bassoon), Daniel Lee (violin) and guest Annette Shapiro (piano) -- will feature music written either in 1911 or by composers born in 1911. Those criteria created an intriguing program for the concert. "It gives an interesting perspective of the sound that 'cutting-edge' music had in that year and an aspect of its evolution," said Labadorf, an adjunct assistant professor. "A cross-section of nationalities provides for an interesting diversity in tonal and compositional styles. And as a visual effect, we also plan to wear the type of clothing that was typical for performances in 1911." The concert is one in a series of music performances to honor the Centennial, a celebration enthusiastically embraced by the department's faculty, according to Midge Thomas, associate professor of music. "The early decades of the 20th century were incredibly rich for music," she explained. "They marked an exhilarating turning point for many composers of art music, as they moved away from traditional tonality and experimented with exciting new ways of organizing music, and they featured the emergence of new styles of American popular music, most notably jazz. These developments inspired Connecticut College's music faculty in their concert programming for 2011-2012, in many different ways." Tickets are $10 for general admission, $5 for seniors and students and free to Connecticut College staff, faculty and students. To view other events on campus this month, visit the Connecticut College calendar of events.