James Downs, associate professor of history and American studies, will spend the 2015-16 academic year studying medical anthropology at Harvard University.
If you're looking for things to do in November, there's much to be thankful for at Connecticut College. The following events and performances are free and open to the public unless otherwise noted: - Through Dec. 7: "Systema Naturae: The Order of Nature," an art exhibition showcasing works by Swedish artists Carina Fihn and Berit Jonsvikm that were inspired by the life and work of 18th-century Swedish naturalist Carl Linnaeus, who is best known for creating the systems used to name and classify plants and animals. The exhibition, curated by Connecticut College Professor of Art Andrea Wollensak, is in the Cummings Arts Center Galleries, open 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday through Friday and 1-4 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. There will be a public lecture on Tuesday, Nov. 6, at 4:15 p.m. in Room 308, Cummings Arts Center, followed by an artist reception at 5:15 p.m. - Nov. 1: "What Happens After Election Day," a talk by columnist and Emmy-award winning reporter Bob Franken, sponsored by the Department of Government, 4:30 p.m., 1941 Room in the College Center at Crozier-Williams. - Nov. 1: "Garnet Poems: An Anthology of Connecticut Poetry Since 1776," a reading and discussion of this recently published book, 4:30 p.m., Charles Chu Asian Art Reading Room in Charles E. Shain Library. The book features the works of 42 poets, including Charles Hartman, Connecticut College professor of English and Poet-in-Residence, and other notable poets, including Wallace Stevens, William Meredith and Harriet Beecher Stowe. Presenters include Hartman, poet Sophie Cabot Black and the book's editor, poet Dennis Barone. The event is sponsored by the Department of Literatures in English. - Nov. 2: "The Evolution of a Morphological Novelty: Butterfly Eyespots," a Biology/Botany Series Seminar presentation by Antonia Monteiro, assistant professor of evolutionary developmental biology at Yale University, 11:50 a.m., Room 101 of the Science Center at New London Hall. - Nov. 2: Chocolate Cooperative Kallari Presentation, a chocolate tasting and educational presentation, 4:30 p.m., Room 203 of Blaustein Humanities Center. Hosted by the Department of Anthropology, the event features an Amazon cocoa grower and experienced chocolatier who will talk about the regional flavors of cocoa beans, the process involved in chocolate making and the economic impact of the world's third most important commodity. - Nov. 3: Connecticut in the War of 1812 Conference, an Association for the Study of Connecticut History conference during which participants will evaluate how the war transformed the political, economic and social landscape of Connecticut and New England, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m., Hood Dining Room of Blaustein Humanities Center. Sponsored by the Department of History. For details, visit www.asch-cthistory.org. (Campus version only) - Nov. 3: onStage at Connecticut College presents "Trojan Women (after Euripides)" by SITI Company, one of the most innovative theater companies in the U.S., 8 p.m., Palmer Auditorium. The play was adapted from the classic Greek tragedy. Tickets are $28 for general admission, $25 for seniors and $14 for students. Visit http://onstage.conncoll.edu or call 860-439-ARTS (2787). - Nov. 4: Connecticut College Chamber Choir Concert, conducted by Professor of Music Paul Althouse, who will retire in December after 42 years at Connecticut College, 4 p.m., Harkness Chapel. The Department of Music will celebrate Althouse with a special reception following the concert. - Nov. 5: "The Complexities of Responding to Genocide," a Human Rights Speaker Series talk by Kurt Mills, senior lecturer in international human rights at the University of Glasgow, 4:30 p.m., Charles Chu Asian Art Reading Room in Charles E. Shain Library. A reception will follow the question and answer period. - Nov. 6: "Make Like a Leaf: Manganese Water-Oxidation Catalysis for Solar Fuels," a talk by Kari Young, a member of the Green Energy Consortium at Yale University, 4:30 p.m., Brown Auditorium in Hale Laboratory. - Nov. 9: onStage at Connecticut College presents "BélO - Haitian Singer/ Songwriter," 8 p.m. in Evans Hall. BélO, a young, socially conscious singer and songwriter with a sophisticated sound, has been hailed as Haiti's musical ambassador to the world. His musical style, known as "Ragganga," combines reggae, jazz, rock, worldbeat and "Rara" traditional Vodou rhythms. Tickets are $22 for general admission, $20 for seniors and $11 for students. For tickets and information, visit http://onstage.conncoll.edu or call 860-439-ARTS (2787). - Nov. 10: Autumn Harvest Arrangement Workshop, an Arboretum holiday event with gardening writer Carol King, 10 a.m., Room 311 of Olin Science Center. Participants will create a Thanksgiving centerpiece using an easy and versatile technique that can be adapted for other seasons of the year. Registration is $27 for Arboretum members and $32 for the general public. The fee covers the cost of all materials. Call 860-439-5060 to register. - Nov. 10: Water, Water Everywhere, an Arboretum workshop that will teach children ages 6-10 about the properties of water and how the water cycle works, 10 a.m., Olin Science Center Lounge. Call 860-439-5060 to register. - Nov. 15 - Nov. 18: "Four Dead in Ohio - Antigone at Kent State," a collectively adapted performance based on Sophocles' "Antigone," featuring an ensemble of students who will approach the core text and the 1970 killings of students at Kent State University by the National Guard. Performances are in Tansill Theater at 7:30 p.m. Thursday-Saturday and 2 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. Tickets are $8 for general admission, $6 for students. For more information, call 860-439-ARTS (2787). - Nov. 16: "An Initial Bioassessment of the Niantic River Estuary: How Organisms Can Inform Us About the Health of the River," a Biology/Botany Series Seminar presentation by Stephen Loomis, the Jean C. Tempel '65 Professor of Biology at Connecticut College, 11:50 a.m., Room 101 of the Science Center at New London Hall. - Nov. 17: Mamacoke Island Hike, an Arboretum hike with Connecticut College's Beverly Chomiak, senior lecturer in geophysics and environmental studies, who will introduce participants to Mamacoke Island's long and complex geological history, 9 a.m., meet near the railroad tracks on Benham Avenue. Registration is required and the cost is $11 for Arboretum members, $13 for the general public. This is a two-hour hike that involves vigorous walking. Call 860-439-5060 to register. - Nov. 17: "Let's Explore the Arctic Tundra," an Arboretum workshop for children ages 4-10, 10 a.m., Olin Science Center Lounge. Participants will explore North American animals and their habitats, and catch a glimpse of the beautiful blaze of the northern lights. Each child will construct from clay an animal that lives in the tundra. Call 860-439-5060 to register. - Nov. 28: Human Rights Lecture Series event featuring Mahvish Khan, a Pashtun-American lawyer and writer who worked as an interpreter for defense attorneys representing detainees held at Guantanamo Bay, 4:30 p.m., Ernst Common Room in Blaustein Humanities Center.