Tuesday, November 3
Inaugural Lecture of Ruthanne Kurth-Schai as DeWitt Wallace Professor of Educational Studies
This is the Inaugural Lecture of Ruthanne Kurth-Schai as DeWitt Wallace Professor of Educational Studies. Her talk is titled “Education Reform in Times of Crisis: Finding Hope, Meaning, and Integrity in a Globalized World.”
+ John B. Davis Lecture Hall, Ruth Stricker Dayton Campus Center, 1600 Grand Ave., St. Paul, Minn., 4:45 p.m., FREE, 651-696-6302
Friday, November 6
“From Civil Rights to Black Lives Matter: African American Political Leadership in the Age of Ferguson, Mass Incarceration, and Obama” – Mahmoud El-Kati Distinguished Lectureship
Peniel E. Joseph, professor at Tufts University and author of award winning Stokely: A Life, is the keynote speaker and his address is titled, “From Civil Rights to Black Lives Matter: African American Political Leadership in the Age of Ferguson, Mass Incarceration, and Obama” He is a frequent national commentator on issues of race, democracy, and civil rights, and the founder of the “Black Power Studies” subfield of American History and Africana Studies. This lecture is a part of the Mahmoud El-Kati Distinguished Lectureship in American Studies, co-sponsored by the Kente Brotherhood of Minnesota to honor Professor El-Kati’s career as a lecturer, writer, and commentator on the African American experience.
+ John B. Davis Lecture Hall, Ruth Stricker Dayton Campus Center, 1600 Grand Ave., St. Paul, Minn., 7 p.m., FREE, 651-696-6410
Friday, November 6 – Friday, December 11
The Beginning (Again): New Paintings by Chris Willcox
+ Opening Reception: Friday, November 6, 7 p.m.
+ Artist’s Talk: Thursday, November 19, 7 p.m.
Macalester professor Chris Willcox’s paintings of figures passing through seemingly empty landscapes allude to transitions in multiple ways: the transition between daylight and twilight, between life and death, between the past and present, and even between realms of existence. The figures or animals take center stage, serving as the “witnesses” to the larger historic events that have left behind traces on the surface of the land. But Willcox also stresses the importance of the quieter parts of the paintings—the distant spaces, faint traces of things that remain on the ground, or trees which frame the emptiness. Willcox was born and raised in Toronto, Ontario. She moved to the Twin Cities in 2000 to accept a position at Macalester, where she is now a tenured professor in the Art and Art History Department. Her work has been shown at galleries in the U.S. and Canada, and she is the recipient of numerous grants.
+ Law Warschaw Gallery, Janet Wallace Fine Arts Center, 130 Macalester Street, St. Paul, FREE 651-696-6416.
+ Gallery hours: Mon. – Fri. 10 a.m.- 4 p.m.; Thu. 10 a.m. – 8 p.m.; Sat. & Sun.Noon – 4 p.m.
Friday, November 6
As You Like It – A play by William Shakespeare – Directed by Barbra Berlovitz
Shakespeare’s As You Like It is a play full of lovers, tyrants, fools, and foolishness. It’s where two distinct worlds clash: the cold, rigid city, and the open, natural country. Some of the players are exiled while others flee the tyrannical Duke and his court, to find relief in the wild forest. There they are free to choose how they will live, who their friends are and how they will love. In the forest, lovers of all types and genders meet, confuse, part, and finally—having found real love—marry.
+ Mainstage Theatre, Janet Wallace Fine Arts Center, 1600 Grand Ave., St. Paul, Minn., 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $7 general admission, $5 for seniors and groups, and $2 for students with ID. 651-696-6359.
Saturday, November 7, 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, November 8, 2 p.m.
Thursday – Sunday, November 12-14, 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, November 8
Pipe Band Concert
Featuring the Macalester Pipe Band under the direction of Michael Breidenbach.
+ Mairs Concert Hall, Music Building Janet Wallace Fine Arts Center,130 Macalester Street, St. Paul, Minn., 2 p.m., Admission: $10 for adults, $5 for children, free with Macalester ID, 651-696-6695
Wednesday, November 11
ACTC Reading by Poet Lynn Emanuel
Lynn Emanuel is the author of five books of poetry, Hotel Fiesta, The Dig, Then, Suddenly–, and, most recently, Noose and Hook. In addition, a volume of her new and selected poetry, The Nerve Of It was published September 2015. She is the recipient of numerous awards including two fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, The National Poetry Series Award, the Eric Matthieu King Award from The Academy of American Poets and, most recently, a fellowship from the Ranieri Foundation.
+ John B. Davis Lecture Hall, Ruth Stricker Dayton Campus Center, 1600 Grand Ave., St. Paul, Minn., 7 p.m., FREE, 651-696-6387
Sunday, November 15
The Chopin Society presents pianist Alexander Gavrylyuk
Alexander Gavrylyuk is a Ukrainian pianist and naturalized citizen of Australia, where he settled in his teens. His gold medal competition wins include the 1999 Vladimir Horowitz Competition, the 2000 Hamamatsu Competition and, most notably, the 2005 Arthur Rubinstein Piano Master Competition in Tel Aviv. Now living in Berlin, he is in high demand with major orchestras and conductors for his noble and compelling interpretations and has earned special praise for his performances of Russian music. Program includes music by Schubert, Chopin, Prokofiev, Rachmaninoff, and Balakirev
Sunday, November 15
Chamber Ensembles Concert
Featuring student chamber ensembles.
Friday, November 20
Featuring the Concert Choir and the Chorale under the direction of Michael McGaghie.
Sunday, November 22
Wind Ensemble Concert
Featuring the Macalester Wind Ensemble under the direction of Shelley Hanson.