‘The choice is yours:’ Academic year opens with 108th Convocation
February is packed with events at Connecticut College, with art exhibits, concerts, classical theatrical performances and lectures on diverse topics from black history to the revitalization of Connecticut´s cities. All events are open to the public and free, unless otherwise noted. The schedule of events is: • Now-Feb. 26: "Visual Inquiries," an explorative art exhibition featuring the works of Frederick Lynch, Cummings Arts Center galleries. Lynch will give a lecture on his exhibition Feb. 24 at 4:15 p.m. in the Cummings Arts Center galleries. Exhibition hours are Monday through Friday from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday from 1-4 p.m. • Feb. 4: "Their Eyes Were Watching God" book discussion, noon, Haines Room, Shain Library. English Professor Courtney Baker will lead a discussion on Zora Neale Hurston´s "Their Eyes Were Watching God," a novel about a young African American woman´s journey. • Feb. 4: "The Wedding Gift," a book talk by author Marlen Bodden, who will discuss her compelling historical novel that explores how planters controlled slaves and free women alike, 4:30 p.m., Blaustein 210. • Feb. 5: Kinodance´s "Denizen," an onStage performance, 8 p.m., Palmer Auditorium. The performance will also include a preview of Kinodance´s "New London Calling." Tickets are $22, $18 and $15 for general admission; $20, $16 and $13.50 for seniors; and $11, $9 and $7.50 for students. • Feb. 7: "The Art of Wilfredo Lam," a lecture by Jalane Schmidt, assistant professor of religious studies at the University of Virginia, 1 p.m., Lyman Allyn Art Museum. Schmidt will discuss the Cuban artist´s work and how it revives Afro-Cuban spirit and culture. • Feb. 9: "Reimagining the Human," a discussion of the life of Caribbean-American writer, poet and activist Audre Lorde with Jason Harris, a graduate student at Yale Divinity School, 4:30 p.m., Blaustein 210. • Feb. 9: "Energy and Pollution: Global Warming, Health and the Environment," a lecture by Robert Mendelsohn, professor of forest policy and economics at Yale University, 4:30 p.m., Charles Chu Asian Art Reading Room, Shain Library. • Feb. 10: The Acting Company and Guthrie Theater´s "Romeo and Juliet," an onStage performance, 8 p.m., Palmer Auditorium. Tickets are $26, $21 and $16 for general admission; $23.50, $19 and $14 for seniors; and $13, $10.50 and $8 for students. • Feb. 12: "Four the Hard Way: North Carolina A&T Students as Catalyst for Change Throughout the 1960s," a lecture by Kelton Edmonds, assistant professor of history at the California University of Pennsylvania, 11:45 a.m., Blaustein 210. • Feb. 12: "Amelia Piano Trio," featuring violinist Anthea Kreston, adjunct assistant professor of music; cellist Jason Duckles, adjunct assistant professor of music; and pianist Albert Kim, 8 p.m., Evans Hall. Tickets are $10 for general admission and $5 for seniors. • Feb. 18: "Meet Putto," a lecture by Michael Rees, sculptor of Connecticut College´s "Putto 4 over 4: The Public and The Private," 4 p.m., Charles Chu Asian Art Reading Room, Shain Library. Rees will discuss how his sculptures link art and technology. • Feb. 19: "Connecticut College Responds to the Disaster in Haiti," 11:45 a.m., Blaustein 210. Haiti´s history, the situation on the ground, the process of long term recovery and fundraising will be discussed. • Feb. 19: "Poet´s Love and Death," a performance of Schumann and Mussorgsky songs by Maksim Ivanov, a Connecticut Lyric Opera baritone, 8 p.m., Harkness Chapel. Tickets are $10 for general admission and $5 for seniors. • Feb. 19-20: "Vagina Monologues," a performance that aims to end violence against women, 7 p.m., Evans Hall. Tickets are $7 for general admission and $5 for seniors. • Feb. 24: Frederick Lynch´s Lecture on "Visual Inquiries," an explorative art exhibition currently on display at Connecticut College, 4:15 p.m., Cummings Arts Center galleries. A reception will immediately follow. • Feb. 25-27: "Dance Club Spring Performance," 7:30 p.m., Myers Studio, College Center at Crozier-Williams. Tickets are $7 for general admission and $5 for seniors. • Feb. 26: "Revitalizing Connecticut Cities," a lecture by Tom Condon, editorial page editor for the Hartford Courant and editor of the weekly feature page "Place," and Bruce Becker, a prominent architect in the urban revitalization movement, 11:45 a.m., Blaustein 210. • Feb. 26: "A Taste of History," a lecture about soul food, 4 p.m., Pepsico Room, Unity House. Samples of soul food will be served, and a discussion about the history of soul food will follow. • Feb. 26: "The Connecticut College Reed Trio," a performance by oboist Libby Van Cleve, adjunct assistant professor of music; clarinetist Thomas Labadorf, adjunct assistant professor of music; and bassoonist Rebecca Noreen, adjunct assistant professor of music, 8 p.m., Evans Hall. Tickets are $10 for general admission and $5 for seniors.