Past Events

Fall 2016

>> Butoh Medea by Yokko
*This event was supported by the Alcoa Foundation Cultural Affairs Program Fund*
Wednesday, September 21st
7:00pm – 8:30pm in the Edson R. Miles Black Box

  • East meets West: Japanese Butoh dance and Greek theatre breathe new life into the ancient tale of Medea.

    Using the Japanese dance form Butoh and an adapted text, Yokko brings the spirit of Medea to life. This fusion of Eastern dance and Western drama puts the audience inside Medea’s dark and desperate struggle. Trapped in the underworld, she is forever cursed to relive her tragic journey through love, hate, and ultimate loss.

Spring 2016

>> Hip Hop Theatre, Privilege, and Performance
*This event was supported by the Hovey/Brown Endowment for the Arts and the Alcoa Foundation Cultural Affairs Program Fund.*

“Theatre of the Privileged” Workshop
Facilitator:  Jeb Middlebrook, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Sociology, California State University, Dominguez Hills
Monday, March 14th
5:00pm – 6:45pm in Noble Center, 109

  • Theater of the Privileged is an improvisational rehearsal technique for non-actors and actors developed by Jeb Middlebrook that mobilizes embodied privileges (based on race, class, gender, sexuality, ability, etc.) in the service of transformative visions and practices of social justice. This workshop, inspired by the work of Paulo Freire and Augusto Boal, repurposes privilege through play toward recognition, reparation, and reconciliation for a more just world.

by Rickerby Hinds
**Followed by Talkback**
Participating in the talkback:  Rickerby Hinds, Jeb Middlebrook and J. Michael Kinsey
Tuesday, March 15th
7:00pm – 8:10pm in Gulick Theatre

  • "Dreamscape" is a riveting hip hop theatre play that is loosely based on the true story of a young woman who was shot to death by officers while sitting in her car unconscious. The play is central to conversations surrounding situations like Ferguson, as it explores policing and surveillance and the devastating effects this phenomenon has had on communities of color.

Fall 2015


Papermaking Workshops with Velma Bolyard of Wake Robin
Saturday, September 5th and Saturday, September 12th
9:00am – 1:00pm at the Sustainability Semester

  • You will make paper pulp by chopping, cooking, rinsing, and beating a variety of plant fibers. On September 12th each participant will make handmade papers from the plant pulps.

Drop-in Papermaking with Drew Matott of Peace Paper
Monday, September 7th – Thursday, September 10th
9:00am – 4:00pm at the Student Center

  • Make paper from locally grown fibers.

Papermaking at TAUNY’s Open House with Drew Matott of Peace Paper
Thursday, September 10th
5:30pm – 7:00pm at TAUNY

  • Come to TAUNY’s annual Open House to explore many kinds of arts and crafts, including paper-making.

Papermaking on the Village Green with Drew Matott of Peace Paper
Friday, September 11th
10:00am – 2:00pm at the Canton Village Green

  • Bring your kids to make paper from locally grown fibers while you shop the farmer’s market!

Poetry Writing with Poetry for Peace
Monday, September 21st
4:30pm – 6:00pm at the Brush Art Gallery

  • Special Poetry for Peace event featuring readings from the community and a chance to write a poem on paper handmade from locally grown fibers. You may take your poems home with you, or submit them to be planted in the Poetry Garden.

Drop-in Poetry Writing
Tuesday, September 22nd – Friday, September 25th
11:00am – 1:00pm at the Student Center

  • Write a poem on paper handmade from locally grown fibers. You may take your poems home with you, or submit them to be planted in the Poetry Garden.

Poem-Planting and Ceremonial Reading
Saturday, October 3rd
11:30am – 1:00pm at the Sustainability Semester

  • Join us as we read and plant poems along with hostas, daylilies, and irises sourced from the community at this celebratory event. An additional reading will be planned to coincide with the first flowering of the garden in the Spring of 2016.

>> Restorative Justice, Atonement and the Power of Literature:  A Visit with Shaka Senghor
*Sponsored by the John F. O'Loughlin Leadership Series Endowment*

“Restorative Justice, Atonement and the Power of Literature” Lecture
Wednesday, November 4th; 7:00pm – 8:30pm; Peterson-Kermani Performance Hall

  • Unpacking baggage from my childhood and getting at the core of my anger and bitterness allowed me to take responsibility for the crime I committed and redirect my energy and talents.  As a result of years of reading and self-study, I have been able to transform my life and begin atoning for the things I did to hurt other people.  I have come to realize that atonement is a very delicate and complex process; it starts first with acknowledging that your words or actions have caused someone harm, then offering a sincere apology, which I have found to be one of the hardest things to do, and finally taking action to right your wrong.  In this talk, I address the themes of acknowledgement, apology and atonement and discuss The Atonement Project, a global initiative that seeks to facilitate healing and understanding between victims of violent crimes and violent offenders through the use of art, literature and technology.  I also the discuss the role that literature played in my transformation and the possibilities that exist for others to do the same.

“You:  The Remix” Workshop
Thursday, November 5th; 7:00pm – 8:30pm; Griffiths 123

  • No matter what you've done or where you've been in life, you can rewrite your story.

    The standard fare in self-help and leadership development workshops is two, three or more days starting at 8am and ending after dark. Inspired by the TED model -- big ideas in 18 minutes or less -- we have built a workshop that delivers big impact in a short amount of time.  Developed with the busy professional in mind, YOU: the remix is a one-day workshop designed to help participants reimagine their lives and rewrite their story so that they can maximize their personal and professional talents.

    Some of pop culture’s hottest songs have been remixed and remastered, taking the best from the original work, adding new energy, and making it even hotter.  This same concept can be applied to your life!  In this workshop, participants learn how to break out and break through the internal obstacles -- low self-esteem, guilt, shame, self-defeated thinking -- that prevent them from overcoming life’s external obstacles and stepping into their greatness.

Spring 2015

>> Waterwell:  A Theater Company
*This event is supported by the Hovey/Brown Endowment for the Arts and the Alcoa Foundation Cultural Affairs Program Fund.*

  • Waterwell is a unique ensemble of theater artists dedicated to the creation of new work and the bold re-interpretation of classics. Founded in 2002 by Arian Moayed and Tom Ridgely, the company’s special blend of music, theater and social dialog has been nominated for three IT awards, a Drama Desk, a New York Magazine Culture Award and Village Voice Best of NYC.  the company’s special blend of music, theater, and social dialogue has been nominated for three IT awards, a Drama Desk, a New York Magazine Culture Award, and the Village Voice Best of NYC. Waterwell made its mark upon the New York theater scene through its adaptations of classical and canonical texts. Their shows tend to look at the current moment through the lens of the distant past. For example, they’ve done a cabaret version of Lope’s Fuenteovejuna, a nightclub adaption of Aeschylus’s The Persians, and a vaudevillian Marco Millions based on the play by Eugene O’Neill. The Village Voice calls Waterwell, “Dynamic, resourceful and relentlessly entertaining,” and the New York Times hails their work as, “Brilliant, original and inspired. Alive enough to surprise even the performers themselves.”

Improv Comedy and Scenework Workshop
Monday, March 9th ~ 7:00pm ~ Griffiths Hall, Room 040

Theatre Workshop on “Devising”
Tuesday, March 10th ~ 7:00pm ~ Griffiths Hall, Room 040

A Presentation of A.Jax, Watertwell’s latest, in-progress production, adapted from Sophocles’s Ajax
Wednesday, March 11th ~ 7:30pm ~ The Underground

Fall 2014

>> Moving In: Finding the Self and Other through Dance ~ Residency ~ Anikaya Dance Theatre

  • The mission of ANIKAYA is to break down the perceived boundaries between people, cultures and art forms. ANIKAYA's performances weave together music, dance and storytelling, modern and traditional, secular and sacred, aural and visual.

Master Dance Classes
Saturday, September 13th ~ 12:00pm and Sunday, September 14th ~ 9:00am ~ Noble Center 107

Performance:  The Knocking Within
Sunday, September 14th ~ 2:00pm ~ Peterson-Kermani Performance Hall

Performance:  The Knocking Within
Monday, September 15th ~ 12:00pm ~ Peterson-Kermani Performance Hall

Performance:  Lilith
Tuesday, September 16th ~ 5:30pm ~Peterson-Kermani Performance Hall

>> Globalization, Hip Hop Music and Culture in Ghana
*This event is also being funded by African American Studies, Art and Art History, Center for International and Intercultural Studies, First-Year Program, Global Studies, Mellon Humanities Grant, Music, Performance & Communication Arts, Sociology and Student Life.*
Featuring M.anifest (Kwame Ametepee Tsikata)

  • Internationally acclaimed award-winning musician from Accra, Ghana and Dr. Halifu Osumare, Professor and Director of African American Studies, University of California-Davis and Author of The Hiplife in Ghana:  West African Indigenization of Hip Hop

Lecture:  “The Hip Life in Ghana:  West African Indigenization of Hip Hop”
Tuesday, October 14th ~ 7:00pm ~ Hepburn Auditorium
by Dr. Halifu Osumare followed by discussion with M.anifest

Lecture:  “Globalization, Music and the Formation of Complex Identities in the Internet Era”
Wednesday, October 15th ~ 6:00pm ~ Bloomer Auditorium
by M.anifest
Student Respondent:  Rutendo Chabikwa ’17

Musical Performance by M.anifest
Thursday, October 16th ~ 7:30pm ~ Underground

>> Campus Residency by Poet Samantha Thornhill

  • SAMANTHA THORNHILL is a Brooklyn-based poet from Trinidad & Tobago. She’s been invited to share her versatile works in a variety of contexts across the US, Europe, Africa, and the Caribbean. After graduating with her MFA in poetry from the University of Virginia, Samantha settled in New York City, where she teaches poetry to actors at The Juilliard School. Seventeen literary journals and anthologies have featured her poems, and she has also published commercially for younger audiences. She has been a scholarship recipient for five retreats, such as Hedgebrook and Cave Canem. She is currently producing and co-directing a documentary about the teenage daughters of incarcerated fathers, and is the founding curator of Poets in Unexpected Places, that was profiled in the New York Times in 2012. Follow Samantha on Facebook, or find her online at

Lecture:  Poetry as Passport
Tuesday, October 28th ~ 8:00pm ~ Sykes Common Room

Master Class
Wednesday, October 29th ~ 4:00pm  ~ Richardson 104

Spring 2014

Studio Matejka from The Grotowski Institute
Magdalena Koza, Alexandra Kazazou, Daniel Han, and Karol Jarek

  • Studio Matejka is a physical theater laboratory exploring 21st century performance techniques that specifically work across borders: Borders between performance genres, borders between training techniques, and borders between individual expression and collective resonance. Through practical investigation, the performers work to develop the strength, agility and dexterity to physically ‘speak’ through a diverse range of ideas, images and vocabularies. Studio Matejka does not work to create something ‘other’ to existing performance approaches and training regimes, rather it uses such established methods as a springboard for pedagogic and creative exploration, charting individual discoveries, drawing out patterns and/or contradictions and integrating these findings into its ongoing work. Studio Matejka emerged from the work and experience of its founder Matej Matejka and his interest in physical expression and the actor's processes. 

Performance:  Charmolypi
Wednesday, February 12th ~ 7:30pm ~ Peterson-Kermani Performance Hall

Public Master Class
Sunday, February 16th ~ 3:00pm ~ Noble Center, Room 107

Interdisciplinary Discussion and Presentation
Monday, February 17th ~ 4:00pm ~ Noble Center, Room 109

>> Phyllis Kornfeld:  Author ~ Artist ~ Teacher of Art to Incarcerated Men and Women

  • Prisoners are human beings with the same potential for good as the rest of us. The evidence of this is an art - born in the penitentiary – that challenges stereotypes of inmates. Kornfeld speaks from her personal experience with the artists, their processes, and the prison environment in which the work was created. She quotes men and women in institutions from county jail to death row who are candid and insightful about their lives, their art, and their imprisonment.

Cellblock Visions Exhibition
Monday, March 3rd – Saturday, April 12th ~ Richard F. Brush Art Gallery

Cellblock Visions:  Set Free in the Penitentiary Lecture
Tuesday, March 25th ~ 7:00pm ~ Griffiths 123

Fall 2013

>> Peace Paper Project with Drew Matott and Margaret Mahan

  • Panty Pulping workshops bring people together to share their strengths and joy through the transformation of their most intimate garments into paper. The concept of creating paper from clothing with personal significance reaches a new level as participants of all ages snip, beat, and reform their underwear together. When we pulp our underwear, we make a statement that violence will not be tolerated. We stand together in solidarity for survivors, for the global advancement of women, and for creative revolutions. 

Panty Pulping and Papermaking Workshop
Monday, September 9th and Tuesday, September 10th ~ All afternoon ~ In front of the Student Center

Panty Pulping and Papermaking Workshop
Wednesday, September 11th and Thursday, September 12th ~ All morning (beginning at 9am) and afternoon ~ In front of the Student Center

Panty Pulping and Papermaking Showcase
Friday, September 13 ~ All Day ~ In front of the Student Center

>> Pouring Tea
*This event is funded by the Alcoa Foundation Cultural Affairs Program Fund*
“Pouring Tea:  Black Gay Men of the South Tell Their Tales”
Performance   -   Q & A   -   Book Signing

Monday, September 30th ~ 7:00pm ~ Peterson-Kermani Performance Hall

  • This performance is a dramatic, Reader’s Theatre rendering of the oral histories collected in Johnson’s book, Sweet Tea: Black Gay Men of the South–An Oral History, published by the University of North Carolina Press. The oral histories are from black gay men who were born, raised, and continue to live in the South and range in age from 19 to 93. This performance covers the following topics: coming of age in the South, religion, sex, transgenderism, love stories, and coming out. Johnson embodies these and others’ stories in the show.

“Gathering Honey:  Oral History and Performance of Black Southern Women Who Love Women” Lecture
Tuesday, October 1st ~ 4:30pm ~ Peterson-Kermani Performance Hall

  • This lecture ," will address his current ethnographic work with Southern black lesbians.

Spring 2013

>> A WEEK OF IMPROVISATION, PERFORMANCE and DIALOGUE on the theme of remembering
‘risking permeability’ two day workshop
Tuesday, February 19th and Wednesday, February 20th ~ 6:00pm ~ Noble Center 109

‘clumsy praying fist’ performances
Friday, February 22nd and Saturday, February 23rd ~ 7:00pm ~ Edson R. Miles Black Box Theatre Theatre

Fall 2012

>> The Urban/Rural Preservation Days at St. Lawrence
Guided Tour
Saturday, September 9th ~ 10:00am ~ Camp Santanoni Trailhead
Workshop: Historic Building and Preservation Crafts
Tuesday, September 11th ~ 2:00pm ~ Student Center
“Historical Preservation: Why Should We Care?”
Tuesday, September 11th ~ 7:00pm ~ Winston Room, Student Center

  • A lecture by Dr. Michel Bonnette - a UNESCO expert from Quebec City/Canada - will be followed by a panel discussion composed of preservation specialists from three cities on the UNESCO World Heritage List: Michel Bonnette – Quebec City, Canada; Francesco Lupi - Florence, Italy; Katarína Vošková - Banská Štiavnica, Slovakia. Also participating are representatives of the preservation movement in the North Country: AARCH Executive Director Steven Engelhart and master craftsman Michael Frenette.

>> Eleanor O’Brien Residency
Creating a Solo Show Workshop
Thursday, October 2nd ~ 4:00pm ~ Noble Center 109

  • If you have a dream that you might have something to say, a story to tell, a character you must introduce to the world, we hope you’ll consider coming to this workshop.

Good Girls Guide:  Dominatrix for Dummies
Friday, October 5th ~ 8:00pm ~ Edson R. Miles Edson R. Miles Black Box Theatre Theatre

  • Solo show starring Eleanor O'Brien. "By turns raunchy, hilarious and heartwarming, Good Girls’ Guide: Dominatrix for Dummies is Eleanor O’Brien’s solo show about training to be a dominatrix in New York City. Deliciously funny and unabashedly graphic, O’Brien portrays an unforgettable cast of sex workers and clients." (

>> Middle Eastern Dance & Drum Residency with Nikolai Ruskin and Aegela
Public Performance
Tuesday, October 30th ~ 5:30pm ~ Dana Dining Hall
Public Workshop: Intro to Middle Eastern Drumming with Nikolai Ruskin
Thursday, November 1st ~  12:00pm ~ Winston Room
Public Lecture: Working Western in an Arab World
Thursday, November 1st ~ 4:30pm ~ Griffiths 123
Public Workshop: Intro to Belly Dance with Aegela
Friday, November 2nd ~ 12:00pm ~ Noble Center 107
Public lecture/demonstration and hafla with guest performers
Friday, November 2nd ~ 6:00pm

Spring 2012

>> Meet Korean Modern Dance Residency

  • Lee K. Dance is a professional contemporary dance company established by the choreographer Kyung Eun LEE in 2002. Based on the art philosophy that 'true art with the spirit can easily communicate with anyone,' it is a major contemporary dance company in Korea heading toward its tenth anniversary. Lee K. Dance is evolving into a distinct identity through its collaborations with other genres based on its passion for creation, its open mind, and its flexible yet powerful dance techniques.

    Kyung Eun Lee (Director/Choreographer/Dancer)  |  Ryung Eun Kwon (Dancer)  |  Jung Ah Chung (Dancer)  |  Kyung Suk Baek (Producer)

Contemporary Dance Techniques and Improvisation ~ All levels are welcome
Thursday, February 9th ~ 3:00pm ~ Edson R. Miles Black Box Theatre Theatre

Main Performance
Saturday, February 11th  ~ 8:00pm ~ Edson R. Miles Black Box Theatre Theatre

>> Your Pen Will Finally Pour Its Ink Into A Poem:  A Symposium on Handwritten Documents
Handwritten Documents Exhibition
March 19th – April 20th ~ Frank and Ann Piskor Reading Room
Symposium Afternoons:
Tuesday, April 10th and Tuesday, April 17th ~ 3:00pm ~ Monaco Room, Student Center
Stress Busting Handwriting for Students
Reading and Discussion with Local Poets, Alan Casline and John Behrbrich
Monday, April 23rd ~ 4:30pm ~ Ireland Room, Noble Center
Book Making Exercise
Tuesday, April 24th ~ 4:30pm ~ Sykes Common Room
Hand to Mouse: How the Way We Write is Changing Who We Are Lecture by Christine Rosen, Senior Editor, The New Atlantis: A Journal of Technology & Society
Tuesday, April 24th ~ 7:30pm ~ Sykes Common Room

>> Contemporary Ceramic Sculpture with Gert Germeraad and Jennifer Forsberg
*This event is co-sponsored by the Hovey/Brown Endowment for the Arts*
Back-to-back lectures by both artists
Wednesday, March 21st ~ 7:00pm ~ Griffiths 123         
From Woodfired Blobs to Plastic Clouds by Jennifer Forsberg

  • Jennifer will talk about artistic choices, dead-end roads, challenges and curiosity. She will talk about contemporary ceramics, some gender issues, travelling, as well as working and living.

Face to Face, and the Consequences of the Art of Reading Faces by Gert Germeraad

  • For many years people have tried to read and interpret the faces of the people they meet. The ancient Greeks had their theories on bodily fluids like blood, slime and bile which would determine basic character in humans. Later on, people constructed theories on how to read character from facial features, like lumps on the head, the size of the nose, the placement of the ears or the color of the skin. All this would help to determine The Other. From this it was a small step to theories of race and character which was practiced in Europe and America by the Nazis and eugenic movements.

Contemporary Ceramic Sculpture Workshop
Friday, March 23rd ~ 9:00am

  • Come watch Gert and Jennifer making their projects.

>> Donald S. Sutherland Residency
16th Century Musicianship Class ~ Open to all
Thursday, March 22nd
8:30am ~ Gunnison Chapel

Class Visit with Metaphilosophy and Survey Art ~ Open to all
Thursday, March 22nd
12:30pm ~ Gunnison Chapel

Class Visit with Music Theory Class ~ Open to all
Friday, March 23rd
9:40am ~ Gunnison Chapel

Lecture/Demonstration:  The Hidden Meaning of the Orgelbüchlein (Little Organ Book)
6:00pm ~ Gunnison Chapel

Donald Sutherland playing the organ
Saturday, March 24th ~ 6:10pm ~ Gunnison Chapel

Fall 2011

>> Tibet in Song:  Film Screening followed by Q & A with filmmaker Ngawang Choephel
Wednesday, September 7th ~ 7:00pm ~ Eben Holden

  • Sundance Special Jury Award Winner Tibet in Song introduces us to Tibetan folk music, and reveals how Chinese policies have systematically tried to destroy it since the takeover of Tibet in 1949. The film weaves a mesmerizing story of beauty, pain, brutality and resilience, introducing Tibet to the world in a way never before seen on film. Ngawang Choephel's breathtaking personal story as filmmaker turned political prisoner guides the film, while the Tibetans he films bravely speak out to the world, for the first time, to proclaim the richness and beauty of their musical heritage, and to herald the dark truth about their sufferings in the struggle for artistic freedom under China's iron fist.

>> Banaras Soul Music ~ North Indian Classical Music
Sunday, October 30th ~ 4:00pm ~ The Underground

  • Traveling from the musically rich city of Banaras, India, renowned sitarist Rabindra Goswami and tablaist Ramchandra Pandit will play a concert of North Indian classical music. Unlike many classical musicians who have become well known in the West, these dynamic performers play pure, traditional raga music. Don't miss this rare opportunity to hear traditional North Indian music by two of its finest exponents.

>> Budrus:  Film screening followed by Q & A with Suhad Babaa, Online Content Associate at Just Vision
Tuesday, November 8th ~ 7:30pm ~ Eben Holden

  • Award-winning film Budrus, hailed in the New York Times as "this year's must-see documentary," tells the story of a Palestinian community organizer who succeeds in uniting Palestinians from all political factions together with Israelis in an unarmed movement to save his village from destruction by Israel's Separation Barrier. Budrus has won numerous awards at top international festivals, has been featured in major press outlets such as The Washington Post, The Economist, Charlie Rose, MSNBC and others. Budrus is now playing before a variety of Israeli and Palestinian audiences in the region and is being screened in theaters, think tanks, universities and community centers across America. In the US, highlights have included a screening on Capitol Hill with Members of Congress and their staff, a screening at the State Department's Foreign Service Institute and a large screening at the UN.

Spring 2011

>> “E-lumination” with Matt Burnett and Scott Fuller
Illuminated art display on the quad after sunset
January 31st – February 4th

  • “E-lumination” is intended as an unexpected spectacle, a provocation of reverie and environmental presence in the heart of icy winter.  Using banked snow, the artists will mold multiple snow forms which will subsequently be carved into spherical, human scale forms on the quad.   The snow spheres will be projected  with abstract colorful imagery, evoking natural textures and elements of different seasons and ecosystems. They will be completely illuminated and the imagery will change each night.

    Community members are invited to meander through “E-lumination” each night, January 31st through February 4th. The unexpected color and light in the dark of winter, combined with the encompassing scale of the project is intended to evoke a sense of community, presence and inspiration, a reflection on the contrasts of the season and the elements.

Elemental Art Lecture
Monday, January 31st ~ 7:00pm ~ Carnegie 10

  • Join artists Matt Burnett and Scott Fuller as they unveil their latest environmental installation at St. Lawrence. The artists will discuss working with natural processes, the previous projects and the challenges of mixing traditional and contemporary processes.

>> Hugo Perez ~ Producer / Director

  • Independent Filmmaker Hugo Perez will share his experiences producing documentaries in Cuba, making the transition from non-fiction to fiction filmmaking, and his experiences as a Latino filmmaker who’s been described as a ‘Latino Almodovar.’

Portrait of the Cuban American Artist as a Young New York Filmmaker
Thursday, February 24th ~ 4:30pm ~ Sykes Common Room

  • This program is half lecture and half screening of Hugo’s short films, both narrative and documentary. Hugo will walk the audience through his life career as an indie filmmaker who straddles the documentary/narrative divide.  He developed this program in conjunction with the Woodstock Film Festival for a small tour he did in Spring 2009.  Full program information can be found here.

The Craft of Documentary Filmmaking Workshop
Friday, February 25th ~ 3:30pm ~ Herring-Cole

  • An overview of the form with discussion of creative aspects like story structure and character development in non-fiction, as well as technical and practical considerations, and distribution possibilities in the age of new media. 

>> Theatre InterAkt:  Nina Norén and Sara Larsdotter

  • Theatre InterAkt is a theatre group based in Malmö and Lund, Sweden whose aim is to use theatre as a healing power for individuals and society, to develop and maintain international cooperation and to inspire and make possibilities for young people to come into the world of theatre.

Songs from a Silent Voice Performance
Saturday, March 5th ~ 8:00pm ~ Edson R. Miles Black Box Theatre Theatre

  • The performance "Songs from the silent voice" is the first in a trilogy about human border zones. This performance explores the border zones between life and death, between fantasy and reality.

    In "Songs from the silent voice," Nina Norén recreates her own experiences of suffering from mental illness, and of the so-called “nursing” she has been exposed to. With fragments from her former life in transparent plastic bags, she enters the grey desolateness of the scene - the psychiatric care - where the bags, like the dissolved powerlessness of the split self, soon fall helplessly to the floor. Out of these bags the sparse properties are taken out, accompanying the painful journey; a contemporary journey along three different roads: the illness, the bureaucracy of the nursing system and the recovery.

>> Dance in the Middle East
Silent Joy:  The Truth About Life and Dance in the Middle East (with Aegela)
Thursday, March 24th ~ 7:00pm ~ Griffiths 23

  • Aegela will begin with a presentation about the lives of the everyday woman in the Middle East and how dance--as well as other facets of their lives--are hidden from public view. Learn about professional dancers and their place in celebration and cultures, and learn specifically about dance culture in Egypt.  Students are encouraged to participate in a discussion about the current crisis in Egypt.

Introduction Belly Dance Class offered as a follow-up to Aegela’s Visit (with Basimah)
Friday, April 1st ~ 12:00pm ~ Griffiths 40

>> The Artist, The Community, and the Creative Process

  • When Eck, an award winning visual arts educator, joins forces with Michael Frenette, a Tupper Lake traditional furniture artisan; Paul Pedersen, a blue-collar artist whose life experiences are reflected in his art; and A'Keitha Carey, a Bahamian dance educator, performance artist, choreographer and scholar, the creative process soars.

12:45 p.m.     Talk by Lórien Eck, discussion - round table in NC 109

2:00 p.m.       Art demonstrations, community project begins in front of Noble Center
                     (University Quad).  In case of rain, check Noble Center lobby for location.

3:50 p.m.      Discussion about art work, debrief, reflect and appreciate art and artists

5:00 p.m.      Afro-CaribFunk Dance Workshop in NC 107

Fall 2010

>> Debutante Balls ~ Scott Turner Schofield

  • "Debutante Balls" is a theatrical stand-up comedy dance through the fascinating culture of the Southern Debutante Ball.  Schofield's wicked sense of self-aware humor and poetic sensibility guide us gently through the many ways he "came out" into Southern Society (as a lesbian, radical feminist, and finally, as a transgender man).

Trans 101:  Queer Theory in Practice Workshop
Wednesday, October 6th ~ 9:00pm ~ Carnegie 10

  • Participants are introduced to definitions of gender, and the sticky parts of our labels, through interactive lecture and personal Q&A. Heritage, class, physical ability, sexuality and more are discussed as complimentary and complicating factors to aid participants in deciding how to be good allies, and build community.

Debutante Balls Main Performance
Friday, October 8th ~ 8:00pm ~ Edson R. Miles Edson R. Miles Black Box Theatre Theatre, Griffiths

  • In Debutante Balls, performance artist Scott Turner Schofield blends theatre, dance, and stand-up comedy so as to escort his audiences to the fascinating culture of the Southern Debutante Balls.  Schofield’s wicked sense of self-aware humor and poetic sensibility guide audiences gently and genteelly through the many ways he “came out” in Southern Society (as a lesbian, radical feminist, and finally, as a transgender man), poking fun along the way at gender roles and sniffing the vapors of nostalgia gone-with-the-wind in these modern times.  An excerpt from Debutante Balls can be found on YouTube, and more information about Scott Turner Schofield can be found on his website.

>> Rumi in Performance
Main Performance
Wednesday, November 3rd ~ 7:00pm ~ Peterson-Kermani Performance Hall

  • Renowned Rumi translator, author and performer Shahram Shiva and world music multi-instrumentalist Rich Goodhart and flutist and multi-instrumentalist John Ragusa will bring another luminous evening of Rumi poetry and music. Rumi is the greatest exponent of the ecstatic intoxication of sacred love. Shahram Shiva’s passionate performances capture the essence of Rumi’s message and include his own English renditions as well as Rumi’s original Persian verses. Featuring the original accompaniment of Rich Goodhart and John Ragusa. This union of spoken verse and live music melds magic with love. Following the concert, Shiva will guide the group into an ecstatic whirling experience through his own proven method.

>> Unwrapping the Christmas Carol: The History and Cultural Impact of Popular Holiday Songs
Chris Kenney '96

  • There are many ways of knowing, and many ways of learning. This program capitalizes on the power of music to allow participants to take an in-depth look at the history and condition of the United States - and other areas of the world - in the mid-20th Century. Through lecture and piano performance of popular Christmas carols, one learns the background on the composition of the piece, a biographical sketch of the composer(s), events in American and World history, and the emotional undercurrents that buoyed the songs to prominence. Social implications of the songs are further stressed using research from Karal Ann Marling’s book Merry Christmas.

Holiday Inn Film Screen
Sunday, November 14th ~ 7:00pm ~ Carnegie 10

Carillon Workshop
Monday, November 15th ~ 8:00pm ~ Gunnison Chapel

Main Performance
Wednesday, November 17th ~ 8:00pm ~ Peterson-Kermani Performance Hall

Spring 2010

>> 350 Reasons to Combat Climate Change

  • The following movies will be screened in the Winston Room of Sullivan Student Center:

Weather Report February 9 8:30 p.m.
Everything’s Cool February 23 7:00 p.m.
The 11th Hour March 2 7:00 p.m.
The Truth about Climate Change March 16 7:00 p.m.
One Degree Matters March 23 7:00 p.m.
The Age of Stupid March 30 7:00 p.m.
No-Impact Man April 23 7:00 p.m.
Light refreshments and informal discussion will follow screenings.

>> Shower of Stoles Project

  • A collection of over a thousand liturgical stoles and other sacred items representing the lives of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people of faith. This extraordinary collection celebrates the gifts of LGBT persons who serve God in countless ways, while also lifting up those who have been excluded from service because of their sexual orientation or gender identity.

    450 stoles will be on display February 15th - February 19th in the Student Center, ODY Library, Dana and the Chapel.

"The Stories Cry Out:  Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender people in the Christian Church" by Jane Spahr
Tuesday, February 16th ~ 7:00 p.m. ~ Herring-Cole

>> Urban Verbs: Where Hip Hop Meets Life Hip Hop Conservatory and Theater

*This event is funded by the Alcoa Foundation Cultural Affairs Program Fund.*

Poetry Performance Workshop
Thursday, February 25th ~ 5:30pm - 7:00pm ~ Carnegie 10

  • This workshop will focus on bringing the self into writing, encouraging participants to reveal who they are through the cultural lens of Hip Hop.

Main Performance
Friday, February 26th ~  7:30pm - 9:30pm ~ Eben Holden

  • A show that explores and blurs the lines between music, poetry and the daily grind.  This work-in-progress excursion will travel the much celebrated and controversial border between poetry and music, namely SPOKEN WORD and HIP HOP.

>> [REACTANCE] Residency by Kimberly Mayhorn

  • Examines the invisible boxes that humans often erect around themselves, and the lack of courage to step outside of them.  Through a combination of intense sound, movement, text and projected images, this audiovisual installation with live art and dance explores a black woman’s biographical memory and journey of stepping outside the boxes she has created.

“Inside/Outside” WORKSHOP
Tuesday, March 2nd ~ 4:30pm ~ Noble Center 109

“Stepping Outside the Box” MOVEMENT WORKSHOP
Wednesday, March 3rd ~ 4:30pm ~ Noble Center 109

[REACTANCE] Performance
Thursday, March 4th ~ 8:00pm ~ Gulick Auditorium

>> Jake Norton:  Climbing the Mountains in Your Life
Nationally recognized mountaineering guide Jake Norton is a photographer, videographer, and motivational speaker.
“Climb Your Everest”
Monday, March 22nd ~ 7:00 p.m. ~ Eben Holden

  • An inspiring 2-hour multi-media talk focused on motivating individuals to reach for high goals in their lives. The presentation covers the ascent of Mt. Everest that Jake led during which the body of George Mallory was miraculously discovered over half a century after he died attempting to be the first person to climb the mountain. The talk really focuses on how every one of us has an inner “Mt. Everest” we need to climb.

>> Salt Lines Spoken Word Residency

A Spoken Word:  A Night of Release, Revolt and Redemption
Tuesday, March 23rd ~ 8:00pm ~ Winston Room

  • Andrea Gibson (Women of the World Poetry Slam Champion), Denise Jolly (Seattle Poetry Slam), and Sonya Renee (Individual National Poetry Slam Champion) represent some of the strongest and most respected talent coming out of the Poetry Slam circuit. They are performers, educators, facilitators, and believers in the human ability to create change by honoring and expressing personal, cultural, and social history. Their celebration is one of being basic to the earth as salt. Necessary, life allowing, wound stinging, and let’s face it, tasty.

Salt Lines Workshop
Friday, March 26th ~ 4:00pm ~ Sykes Formal Lounge

  • Using contemporary poems as prompts for writing and discussion, they’ll talk about their experiences and you'll explore Gender Queer identities, and walk away knowing at least one new thing about the pitfalls of things with lids.  Come curious and open to diversity.