fall 2012 events

Vermin Supreme
September 18, 2012 - 7 p.m.
Clements Hall, Ivey Science Center

Vermin Supreme is an anarchist, activist, and candidate for President of the United States. He has been called the “Merry Prankster” by the Boston Globe and “The Protestor who would be President” by CNN. He is currently the subject of a documentary film called "Who is Vermin Supreme," a film that will hopefully include footage from Vermin's Colby Sawyer event. Vermin refers to himself as “A Friendly Fascist” with a bold 4 plank political platform:

• A Pony for every American
• Mandatory tooth brushing to reverse our “moral and oral decay”
• Zombie Preparedness
• Fully funded time travel research

Vermin has been very active during the Presidential campaign and has become something of an infamous internet meme. He was recently featured on the front page of CNN.com for his antics during the Republican Convention in Tampa, and would like to spread his message of political engagement (and oral hygiene) to the Colby Sawyer community.

Despite the boot that he wears on his head and giant toothbrush in his hands, Vermin's satire comes from a deep understanding of our political process, and how seemingly democratic policies can be used toward undemocratic ends.

Vermin's unabashed enthusiasm for a political system that he views as deeply flawed is an excellent way to engage our campus community and show that there are multiple ways to enact political change. As Vermin's unofficial (and completely uncompensated) New London campaign manager, I strongly encourage you to come to Vermin's rally on Tuesday. Believe me, it will be something to remember!

The Film: Albert Nobbs
September, 24, 2012 - 7 p.m
Clements Hall, Ivey Science Center

Albert Nobbs struggles to survive in late 19th century Ireland, where women are not encouraged to be independent. Posing as a man, so she can work as a butler in Dublin's most posh hotel, Albert meets a handsome painter and looks to escape the lie she has been living. There will be a brief discussion after the film led by Colby-Sawyer College Faculty. This event is free and open to the public.

Ed Webster Presents “Everest The Hard Way”
October 3, 2012 - 7 p.m.
Clements Hall, Ivey Science Center

Born on March 21, 1956, in Boston, ED WEBSTER grew up in Lexington, Massachusetts and obtained a Bachelor's degree in Anthropology from Colorado College in Colorado Springs in 1978. Married, he now lives in Maine, and is an acknowledged expert on the history of Mount Everest, George Mallory, and Tenzing Norgay. An author, lecturer, publisher, and photojournalist, Webster also has written two definitive guidebooks, Rock Climbs in the White Mountains of New Hampshire and Climbing in the Magic Islands to the Lofoten Islands of Arctic Norway. His 1988 Everest Kangshung Face new route, climbed with Robert Anderson (USA), Paul Teare (Canada), and Stephen Venables (UK), has been hailed as the last of "the great" Everest expeditions, and one of the most audacious mountaineering feats of all time. Many mountaineers dream of climbing Mount Everest or Chomolungma, the Goddess Mother of the World, as Tibetans and Sherpas call her. But Ed Webster wanted to summit the world's tallest mountain in the absolute purest and best style that he could dream of - up a never-before-attempted route, with no bottled supplementary oxygen, without using radios, and with no Sherpa assistance. With a team of four, up Mount Everest's hardest, most remote, least explored -- and possibly it's most dangerous side -- up the 12,000-vertical-foot-high Kangshung Face in Tibet.

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Project Trio
October 16, 2012 - 7 p.m.
Sawyer Center Theater, Sawyer Fine Arts Center

With a cello, a bass and a flute this trio produces modern and trendy sounds that appeal to a large variety of audiences. All three were trained and grew up in a classical music tradition. However they had an urge to experiment and branch into more trendy genres of music. This led them to leave mainstream chamber music and start what has become a worldwide hit, Project Trio. Bursting onto the scene with their landmark videos, right out of the internet generation, Project Trio is a musical experience defining a new level of entertainment. They not only write and play, but also teach and inspire young musicians around the world. They have already completed tours of various countries including Australia and Hong Kong. This event is open to the public. This event is sponsored in part by the Helen L. Eberle Endowment for Music Performance. Tickets are on sale now! To purchase tickets, click here.

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Film "People of a Feather" followed by a discussion lead by director Joel Heath
October 23, 2012 - 7 p.m.
Clements Hall, Ivey Science Center Featuring groundbreaking footage from seven winters in the Arctic, People of a Feather takes you through time into the world of Inuit on the Belcher Islands in Hudson Bay. Connecting past present and future is a unique cultural relationship with the eider duck. Eider down, the warmest feather in the world, allows both Inuit and bird to survive harsh Arctic winters. Recreations of traditional life are juxtaposed with modern life in Sanikiluaq, as both people and eiders face the challenges posed by changing sea ice and ocean currents disrupted by the massive hydroelectric dams powering eastern North America. The eyes of a remote subsistence culture challenge the world to find energy solutions that work with the seasons of our hydrological cycle. For more information check out here.

Film: One Day in September
November 5, 2012 - 7 p.m.
Clements Hall, Ivey Science Center

The 1972 Munich Olympics were interrupted by Palestinian terrorists taking Israeli athletes hostage. Besides footage taken at the time, we see interviews with the surviving terrorist, Jamal Al Gashey, and various officials detailing exactly how the police, lacking an anti-terrorist squad and turning down help from the Israelis, botched the operation. From director Kevin Macdonald.

“The Presidents Own Band” US Marine String Quartet
November 8, 2012 - 7 p.m. Pre Concert Talk, 7:30 Concert (1.5hours)
Sawyer Center Theater, Sawyer Fine Arts Center

"The President's Own" US Marine String Quartet is comprised of members of the US Marine Band and Chamber Orchestra. Established by an Act of Congress in 1798, the Marine Band is America's oldest continuously active professional musical organization. "The President's Own" has a unique mission--to provide music for the President of the United States and the Commandant of the United States Marine Corps.

This US Marine String Quartet program features some of the most beloved and virtuosic pieces for quartet, including works by Schubert and Mozart in addition to Debussy's monumental Quartet in G minor. The quartet will be joined by clarinetist Gunnery Sergeant William Bernier, performing Osvaldo Golijiov's The Dreams and Prayers of Isaac the Blind for Klezmer Clarinet and String Quartet.

This event is free and open to the public. No tickets are needed for admittance.

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Adam Zagajewski
November 14, 2012 - 7 p.m.
Library Archives

Adam Zagajewski was born in Lvov, Poland, in 1945; as an infant he was relocated with his family to western Poland. He lived in Berlin for a couple of years, moved to France in 1982, and has taught at universities in the United States, including the University of Houston and the University of Chicago. Zagajewski writes in Polish; many of his books of poetry and essays have been translated into English. Zagajewski was considered one of the “Generation of '68” or “New Wave” writers in Poland; his early work was protest poetry, though he has moved away from that emphasis in his later work. Zagajewski's prose collections include Two Cities: On Exile, History and the Imagination (1995) and the 2000 memoir Another Beauty. Zagajewski has won the Prix de la Liberté as well as fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation and the Berliner Kunstleprogramm.

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Jamila Raqib and a screening of the film:“How to Start a Revolution”
November 28, 2012 – 7 p.m.
Clements Hall, Ivey Science Center

Jamila Raqib is the executive director of The Albert Einstein Institution in Boston, Mass. The Albert Einstein Institution is dedicated to advancing the study and use of strategic nonviolent action in conflicts throughout the world. Since 2002, Raqib has worked closely with Dr. Gene Sharp, the foremost authority on strategic nonviolent struggle, providing editorial, writing and research support. She has also served as a commentator on nonviolent action for various media, including the BBC, National Public Radio, Voice of America and The New York Times. Recently, Raqib authored the case study on the Tunisian Revolution in the Sharp's Dictionary of Power and Struggle, by Gene Sharp (Oxford University Press, October 2011). In 2010, she collaborated with Dr. Sharp to produce “Self-Liberation,” a revised curriculum for groups that wish to independently develop a comprehensive strategy of non- violent action. A native of Afghanistan, Raqib studied business and international relations at Simmons College.

We will screen the film “How to Start a Revolution”. Following the film Jamila Raqib will discuss the film and her work.