109th Convocation gets Conn’s academic year off to a sharp start
Connecticut College is hosting a number of exciting performances and events in October, including the Martha Graham Dance Company, star gazing, scientific lectures and cultural discussions focused on everything from gender to immigration. All events are open to the public and free, unless otherwise noted. The schedule of events is: • Oct. 1, "Pluralism in American Judaism: Historical Perspectives," a memorial lecture by Deborah Dash Moore, the Frederick G. L. Huetwell Professor of History at the University of Michigan, 4:30 p.m., Charles Chu Asian Arts Reading Room. For more information, visit http://aspen.conncoll.edu/news/5561.cfm. • Oct. 2, "Militarization and Resistance: the Amazing Struggle for Democracy in Honduras and Why We Should Care," 11:45 a.m., Blaustein 210. Honduran immigrants and U.S. citizens Sydney Frey and Patty Adams will discuss Honduras´ struggle for democracy. • Oct. 2, Lecture by Nigel Alderman, assistant professor of English at Mount Holyoke College, 4:30 p.m., Coffee Grounds. Alderman will discuss Harold Pinter´s "The Caretaker" and late modernism. •Oct. 3, "Diversions of Angels," an onStage performance by Martha Graham Dance Company, 8 p.m., Palmer Auditorium. Tickets are $28, $24, $20 for the general public, $25, $21.50, $18 for seniors and $14, $12, $10 for students. For more information, visit http://aspen.conncoll.edu/news/5508.cfm. • Oct. 5, John Clark and Henry "Thins" Francis in concert, 6:30 p.m., Fortune Hall, Cummings Arts Center. Clark, a 1990 Connecticut College graduate and visiting professor of music, will play the clarinet and saxophone with Francis, a renowned exponent of stride piano. • Oct. 6, "Finding Solidarity Across Difference: Gender in a Slumdog Millionaire World," a lecture by Ram Mahalingam, associate professor of psychology at the University of Michigan, 4:30 p.m., Blaustein 210. This lecture is part of Connecticut College´s Holleran Center´s Challenges of our Times series. • Oct. 7, "How Young is too Young? Teen Motherhood and Fast Life Histories," a lecture by Karen L. Kramer, associate professor of biological anthropology at Harvard University, 11:45 a.m., New London Hall 112. • Oct. 12, "Laramie Project 10 Years Later - An Epilogue," an onStage at Connecticut College performance, 8 p.m., John C. Evans Hall, Cummings Arts Center. Tickets are $12 for the general public, $10 for seniors and $6 for students. For more information, visit http://aspen.conncoll.edu/news/5596.cfm • Oct. 13, "The Synthesis of Carbohydrate-Porphyrin Conjugates ´Carbophyrins´ via Palladium Catalyzed Cross Coupling Approach," a chemistry seminar series lecture by Nicole Snyder, assistant professor of chemistry at Hamilton College, 4:30 p.m., Brown Auditorium, Hale Lab. For more information, visit http://aspen.conncoll.edu/news/5503.cfm. • Oct. 16-18, "Undocumented Hispanic Migration: On the Margins of a Dream," a multidisciplinary conference featuring lectures and panel presentations by more than 100 scholars, health and social-service providers, attorneys, activists, educators, immigrants and government personnel. Registration is $100, or $40 for residents of New London County. For more information, visit http://aspen.conncoll.edu/news/5583.cfm. • Oct. 19, "Shock and Awe in the New World: Conquistadors, Amerindians, and Romanticism," a reading by Joselyn Almeida-Beveridge, assistant professor of English at the University of Massachusetts, 4:30 p.m., Coffee Grounds, Almeida-Beveridge will read and discuss Thomas Carlyle´s "Dr. Francia" and "The Negro Question" and W.H. Hudson´s "The Purple Land." • Oct. 19, film screening of "Autumn Gem," 6 p.m., Blaustein 210. This independent documentary film explores the extraordinary life of the Chinese revolutionary heroine and women´s rights activist Qiu Jin (1875-1907). • Oct. 21, "Carbon Budgets in Coastal Regions," a biology seminar series lecture by Penny Vlahos, a doctoral candidate at the University of Connecticut, 11:45 a.m., New London Hall 112. • Oct. 21, "Piano Duo Master Class," 1:15 p.m., Evans Hall, Cummings Arts Center. Hui-Mei Lin, professor of piano at Sacred Heart University, and Bari Mort, professor of piano at Sarah Lawrence College, will perform together. • Oct. 21, Connecticut College Concert Band and Jazz Ensemble, 7 p.m., Evans Hall, Cummings Arts Center. Tickets are $5 for general public and $3 for seniors. • Oct. 22, "The Tempest," 8 p.m., Tansill Theater. Connecticut College´s Theater Department presents Shakespeare´s play about an exiled Duke and his daughter. Tickets are $8 for the general public and $6 for students. For more information, visit www.conncoll.edu/alumni/9319.htm. • Oct. 23, "If I Can Save a Life, Should I? Affluence, Morality and the Problem of World Poverty," a conversation with Peter Singer, the Ira. W. DeCamp Professor of Bioethics at Princeton University and author of "The Life You Can Save," and panelists, 2 p.m., Evans Hall, Cummings Arts Center. • Oct. 23, "The Tempest," 8 p.m., Tansill Theater. • Oct. 24, "The Tempest," 2 p.m. and 8 p.m., Tansill Theater. • Oct. 24, Fall Star Gazing with Leslie Brown, associate professor of physics and astronomy, 6:30 p.m., F.W. Olin Science Center. This event includes hands-on activities for kids, interactive computer programs and star gazing in the college´s Olin Observatory. • Oct. 25, "The Tempest," 2 p.m., Tansill Theater. • Oct. 31, Halloween Concert, 8 p.m., Harkness Chapel. Featuring John Anthony, professor of music, on the organ.