spring 2014 events

Film and Discussion Series Presents 'Wild Strawberries'

Monday, February 10 – Clements Hall, 7 p.m. Free.

Gibney Distinguished Professor of Humanities Dr. Patrick Anderson, author of In Its Own Image: The Cinematic Vision of Hollywood and host of “Reel Talk,” opens the series with 'Wild Strawberries.' Ingmar Bergman's 1957 classic follows an aging doctor who confronts his own mortality.

Faculty Colloquium Series Features Jon Keenan

Thursday, Feb. 20 - Wheeler Hall, Ware Student Center, 4 p.m. Free.

Fulbright Scholar and Joyce J. Kolligian Distinguished Professor of Fine and Performing Arts Jon Keenan launches the Faculty Colloquium Series with his presentation "Festivals and Nature in Japanese Art."

With expertise in Japanese language and culture, East Asian art history, studio ceramics and ceramic history, Professor Keenan has been recognized with awards from the National Endowment for the Arts, New England Foundation for the Arts, and the New Hampshire State Council on the Arts. Professor Keenan's studio work explores raku and high-fired glazed ceramics, along with anagama wood-fired functional and sculptural clay work. He has exhibited, lectured and consulted on acquisitions throughout the United States and abroad.

Film and Discussion Series Presents 'Being John Malkovich'

Monday, March 3 - Clements Hall, Ivey Science Center, 7 p.m. Free.

Colby-Sawyer Student Film Club President Abhineet Kumar '16 hosts 'Being John Malkovich.' Directed by Spike Jonze, the 1999 American comedy-fantasy features an all-star cast including John Cusack, Cameron Diaz, Catherine Keener and John Malkovich, who construct the tale of a puppeteer who finds a portal into actor John Malkovich's mind.

Faculty Colloquium Series Features Paul Robertson

Tuesday, March 18 - Wheeler Hall, Ware Student Center, 4 p.m. Free.

Humanities & Multidisciplinary Studies Teaching Fellow Paul Robertson presents "Comparing the Incomparable: Flattening Data From Different Religions and Cultures."

Professor Robertson received a B.A. in the interdisciplinary classics/religion major at Reed College in 2006, and a Ph.D. in religious studies at Brown University in 2013. He teaches courses in humanities, religion, literature, writing and multidisciplinary studies. His current research explores the letters of the early apostle Paul. Professor Robertson uses interdisciplinary theory and quantitative mapping to understand and relate ancient Mediterranean social practices and texts from the purportedly different cultures of Greece, Rome, Judaism and early Christianity that actually suggest pan-Mediterranean phenomena. His other interests include early-Christian group formation, tracing the origins and developments of Western morality, defining religion, the role of religion in human evolution and cognition, the multi-disciplinary overlaps between the humanities and sciences, and philological projects in Byzantine paleography and early Syriac literature.

Pulitzer-Prize Winning Author and Civil Rights Activist Diane McWhorter

Thursday, March 20 — Wheeler Hall, Ware Student Center, 7 p.m. Free.

Journalist, commentator and author Diane McWhorter lectures extensively on race, freedom, justice and civil rights. McWhorter's book Carry Me Home: Birmingham, Alabama: the Climactic Battle of the Civil Rights Revolution, a dramatic account of the civil rights era battle in her hometown, earned her the 2002 Pulitzer Prize for General Non-Fiction.

McWhorter's young-adult history of the civil rights movement, A Dream of Freedom was selected a New York Times' nine “Notable Children's Books of 2004,” and USA TODAY'S “Best Children's History” of 2004.

A graduate of Wellesley College, McWhorter is a member of the Society of American Historians and has held fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the Rockefeller Foundation, the American Academy in Berlin, and the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard. A frequent contributor to The New York Times and USA TODAY, her essays and articles have also appeared in Harper's, People, Slate, The Washington Post, and other publications. Currently, McWhorter serves as the A.M. Rosenthal Writer-in-Residence at the Shorenstein Center on Media, Politics, and Public Policy at Harvard's Kennedy School of Government.

Acoustic Guitar Legend Calum Graham

Wednesday, April 2 - Wheeler Hall, Ware Student Center, 7 p.m. Free.

Singer, songwriter and finger-style guitar sensation, 22-year-old Calum Graham performs his unique style of jazz, pop and acoustic blues that has garnered rave reviews throughout the world. Born in British Columbia and currently residing in Toronto, Graham began playing the guitar at age 13 and is completely self-taught. He has performed at both the 2010 Winter Olympic Games in Vancouver and the 2012 Summer Olympic Games in London. In the summer of 2010, he won the first place title at the Canadian Guitar Festival – a feat that no other teenager has accomplished in the Festival's history. In 2013 Graham signed with one of the biggest acoustic guitar labels worldwide, CandyRat Records, and is currently working on his next solo album as well as a full-band CD that will feature Graham on electric guitar and lead vocals.

Film and Discussion Series Presents 'Vagabond'

Monday, April 7 - Clements Hall, Ivey Science Center, 7 p.m.

Associate Professor of Humanities Melissa Meade Ph.D. hosts Colby-Sawyer's monthly film and discussion series. Professor Meade's areas of expertise include media history and theory, gender and media, feminism and communication technology. Her film selection, 'Vagabond' by New Wave French director Agnès Varda, is a critically-acclaimed portrait of the final weeks of a female drifter's life.

Faculty Colloquium Series Features Kate Turcotte

Thursday, April 17 - Wheeler Hall, Ware Student Center, 4 p.m. Free.

Assistant Professor of Sociology Kate Turcotte presents "The Fate of a People: Oppression, Economic Shift, Climate Change and Human Agency in Kivalina, Alaska."

Professor Turcotte received her M.A. and Ph.D. in sociology from the University of New Hampshire and teaches Individual and Community, Social Problems, and Race and Ethnic Relations at Colby-Sawyer. She has also taught courses on research methods, statistics, sociology of the family, sociology of gender, and sociology in film. Professor Turcotte's areas of interest include poverty, economic and social inequality, and community well-being. Prior to joining the Social Sciences and Education Department at Colby-Sawyer in 2013, she traveled to Alaska to study native populations in the Northwest Arctic and their sustainability, health and well-being. She has also led a student-driven research project on local issues, community health, and coping strategies in the face of personal and community adversity.