February 2015 ~ Events Calendar
Sat., Jan. 30 – Fri., March 13
The Soul Selects her own Society: Women Artists from the Miller Meigs Collection
Fri., Jan. 30, 7 p.m.
Public Conversation and Opening Reception
Public conversation between Sarah Miller Meigs ‘84 and Stephanie Snyder. Opening reception to follow. The compelling works in this group exhibition of women artists span a wide range of media, materiality and visual language. Curated from the Oregon based Miller Meigs Collection, the disparate practices assembled here coalesce into a cohesive whole by balancing expansiveness and intimacy in their consideration of what Snyder beautifully describes as their effort to “reveal the nuances of the female self—as process, space, affect, and cultural condition, as a selected society that is palpably greater than any individual object.” The exhibit includes work by Louise Bourgeois, Ann Hamilton, Jessica Jackson Hutchins, Kristan Kennedy, Ana Mendieta, Kimsooja, Sam Taylor-Johnson, Su-Mei Tse, Sara VanDerBeek, Heather Watkins, Hannah Wilke and Bobbi Woods. Sarah Miller Meigs is a patron of the arts and collector based in Oregon. Her generosity has made this exhibition at the Law Warschaw Gallery possible. Stephanie Snyder is the John and Anne Hauberg Curator and Director of the Douglas F. Cooley Memorial Art Gallery at Reed College in Portland, Ore.
Gallery hours: M-W and F, 10 am – 4 pm; Thu. 10 am – 8 pm; Sat. and Sun., noon – 4 pm.
+ Law Warschaw Gallery, Janet Wallace Fine Arts Center & Gallery 130 Macalester Street, St. Paul, Minn. FREE 651-696-6416.
Tue., Feb. 3
New Music Series presents “INTERSECTION: Jazz Meets Classical Song”
Celebrated recording artist Patrice Michaels presents a concert of familiar and newly composed blues, ragtime, ballads and art songs by Macalester Music Professor Randall Bauer, Tibor Harsanyi, Laurie Altman, Chuck Israels, John Musto and others. The concert is a musical conversation in a unique genre linking jazz and classical music. Sponsored by the Rivendell Foundation and the Pulliam Fund.
Thu., Feb. 12
Thirty-fourth Annual G. Theodore Mitau Endowed Lecture with Prof. Adolph Reed: “How the Left Redefined Social Justice: Capitalist Class Power and Inequality from FDR to Obama”
University of Pennsylvania Prof. Adolph Reed will present the 2015 Mitau Lecture, “How the Left Redefined Social Justice: Capitalist Class Power and Inequality from FDR to Obama.” Reed, who teaches political science, has emerged as one of the nation’s leading scholars on American and Afro-American political thought. Among his many books are Renewing Black Intellectual History: The Ideological and Material Foundations of African American Thought and Stirrings in the Jug: Black Politics in the Post-Segregation Era.
+ Ruth Stryker Dayton Campus Center, John B. Davis Lecture Hall, 1600 Grand Ave., St. Paul, Minn., 4:45 p.m., FREE, 651-696-6290.
Sat., Feb. 14
African Music Ensemble Concert
The African Music Ensemble performs traditional African music through singing and using a variety of African instruments including xylophones, marimbas, flutes, horns, and an assortment of drums and gourds. Sowah Mensah directs.
Tue., Feb. 17
Black History Month Keynote: Dr. Joy DeGruy – “Post-Traumatic Slave Syndrome”
Dr. Joy DeGruy, the critically acclaimed author of the groundbreaking book Post-Traumatic Slave Syndrome: America’s Legacy of Enduring Injury and Healing, which addresses the residual impacts of trauma on African descendants in the Americas, is this year’s Black History Month keynote speaker. She is an engaging lecturer and educator who has contributed to many journals, books, and documentaries, including the recently released Cracking the Codes: The System of Racial Inequality.
+ Alexander G. Hill Ballroom, Kagin Commons, 1600 Grand Ave., St. Paul, Minn., 7 p.m., FREE 651-696-6243.
Thu., Feb. 19
16th Annual American Studies Conference with Prof. Christina Greer: “Race, Immigration, and the Pursuit of the American Dream. A discussion of Black Ethnics”
Keynote speaker, Christina Greer, assistant professor of Political Science at Fordham University – Lincoln Center (Manhattan) campus, will talk about “Race, Immigration, and the Pursuit of the American Dream. A discussion of Black Ethnics.” In her talk, Greer will analyze the differing political negotiations of Black American, Afro-Caribbean, and African immigrant groups once they settle into the American polity. She’ll look at questions surrounding incorporation, assimilation, and acceptance and use historical analyses to explain diverse attitudes of the three black groups. Greer’s book Black Ethnics: Race, Immigration, and the Pursuit of the American Dream (Oxford University Press) investigates the increasingly ethnically diverse black populations in the U.S. from Africa and the Caribbean. Held every February during Black History Month, the conference brings renowned scholars to campus to present their work and engage with faculty, staff, students, alumni and Twin Cities’ residents. The conference seeks to highlight the links between scholarship, activism and civic engagement. Each year a different theme is selected based on pertinent issues.
+ Alexander G. Hill Ballroom, Kagin Commons, 1600 Grand Ave., St. Paul, Minn., 5:30 p.m., FREE, 651-696-6410.
Thu., Feb. 19
Chamber Music at Macalester: Brahms Clarinet Quintet with Osmo Vänskä
Osmo Vänskä, music director of the Minnesota Orchestra, puts down the baton and picks up his clarinet to join Macalester faculty and friends in an intimate evening of chamber music for clarinet and strings. This program will feature the Quintet in B minor by Johannes Brahms as well as the world premiere of a new work for clarinet quintet by Macalester Music Professor Randall Bauer. Other participating musicians include Minnesota Orchestra concertmistress violinist Erin Keefe, cellist Wilhelmina Smith, and Macalester string faculty, violinist James Garlick and violist Rebecca Albers.
Thu., Feb. 19
Macalester’s Theatre and Dance Department presents “Statements After an Arrest Under the Immorality Act”
An Athol Fugard play, “Statements After an Arrest Under the Immorality Act” is about miscegenation under apartheid, telling of the tragic relationship between a teacher of color and a white librarian and their arrest. Directed by James A. Williams, local and nationally recognized August Wilson actor and Macalester alum, the play was first produced at The Space Theatre in Cape Town to an invited audience on May 25, 1972.
+ Main Stage Theater, Janet Wallace Fine Arts Center & Gallery, 1600 Grand Ave., St. Paul, Minn. 7:30 p.m. Tickets: General $7; Seniors/Groups $5; Students $2. 651-696-6359.
Fri, Feb. 20 and Sat. Feb. 21 at 7:30 p.m.
Sat., Feb. 21 at 2 p.m.
Sun., Feb. 22
Religion and Conflict Speaker Series featuring Prof. Michael Jerryson, “States of Exception: Buddhism and Violence?”
Jerryson, professor in the Philosophy and Religious Studies Department at Youngstown State University, looks at the intersections between identity and violence and the ways in which we associate religious identities with peace and violence. In many ways, Buddhist-inspired violence may seem like an oxymoron; however, there is a robust history of revolts, just war theory, and violence in the history of Buddhism. This talk will explore Buddhist scriptures that provide an exception to Buddhist prohibition on violence and how the exception becomes reified in times of war and conflict.
+ Weyerhaeuser Board Room, 1600 Grand Ave., St. Paul, Minn. 4:30 p.m., FREE, 651-696-6141.
Fri., Feb. 27
Imaging Disaster: Tokyo and the Visual Culture of Japan’s Great Earthquake of 1923
Gennifer Weisenfeld, Duke University professor of Art History and Visual Studies and Northeast Asia Council Distinguished Speaker, will discuss the Great Kantō Earthquake, a landmark catastrophic event that devastated Tokyo and surrounding areas in 1923, as she examines how different media produce modes of seeing, understanding, and, eventually, remembering disaster. Sponsored by Macalester’s Department of Art and Art History and Department of Asian Languages and Cultures.
+ Neill Hall, Room 226, 1600 Grand Ave., St. Paul, Minn., 5 p.m., FREE, 651-696-6279.