colby-sawyer events calendar

Upcoming Public Events & Activities

Colby-Sawyer College hosts a wide variety of educational and cultural events that are open to the public. For more information, please call (603) 526-3000. For information about alumni events, visit Alumni & Friends and for athletic events, visit Colby-Sawyer Athletics.

October 2015

Fine and Performing Arts Department Presents ‘Working Women: 36 Contemporary Women Artists’

Now through Tuesday, Nov. 3. Gallery hours are Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. – Marian Graves Mugar Art Gallery, Sawyer Fine Arts Center

The Marian Graves Mugar Art Gallery at Colby-Sawyer College is proud to exhibit the work of 36 outstanding contemporary women artists. The engaging and diverse work encompasses painting, drawing, printmaking, sculpture, photography, ceramics and graphic design. "Working Women" features emerging artists and demonstrated masters, many of whom reside in the Northeast, as well as artists living and working throughout the United States.

Free and open to the public.

An Interview with John Sununu

Thursday, Oct. 8 –Archives Reading Room, Susan Colgate Cleveland Library/Learning Center, 4:30 p.m.

Led by notable interviewer of public figures, Talmage Boston, Esq., former N.H. Governor (1983-89) and White House Chief of Staff (1989-1991) John Sununu discusses his book The Quiet Man: The Indispensable Presidency of George H.W. Bush and offers a long overdue appreciation of George H.W. Bush and his presidency.

Free and open to the public.

‘Did You See What She Wore?! Women in Politics and the Media’ with Professor Meade

Friday, Oct. 16 – Wheeler Hall, Ware Student Center, 2:30 p.m.

There are more women in Congress than ever before and we have female presidential candidates in both parties. But what does this actually mean for women? What do the media get right and wrong in their coverage of women in politics? Join Associate Professor and Chair of Humanities Melissa Meade as she leads this important discussion.

Free and open to the public.

Screening of Alumni-Produced Film '100: Head/Heart/Feet'

Friday, Oct. 16 – Wheeler Hall, Ware Student Center, 7 p.m.

Filmed by a crew of 20 Colby-Sawyer students, alumni and faculty, “100: Head/Heart/Feet” follows ultra-runner Zak Wieluns ’02 during his third attempt to finish the Vermont 100 Endurance Run. The award-winning documentary also tells the stories of handlers, pacers and crew, while revealing the reasons for Wieluns’ dedication to his goal and the impact on his friends and family.

Since its premiere at Colby-Sawyer’s Windcrossing Film Festival in 2014, Hammer & Saw Films has shown “100: Head/Heart/Feet” 100” to audiences at more than 20 film festivals. Learn more at

Free and open to the public.

New Hampshire Primary Symposium

Monday, Oct. 19 – Curtis L. Ivey Science Center, Room 201, 12 p.m.

New Hampshire Secretary of State Bill Gardner, co-author of Why? New Hampshire: The First-in-the-Nation Primary State, discusses his book and his experiences overseeing the presidential primary as New Hampshire’s Secretary of State since 1976.

Free and open to the public.

Back by Popular Demand: Canadian Musician Calum Graham

Wednesday, Oct. 21 - Wheeler Hall, Ware Student Center, 7 p.m.

Alberta-based singer, songwriter and renowned fingerstyle guitarist Calum Graham returns to Colby-Sawyer for a highly anticipated encore performance. A self-taught guitar prodigy who emerged into the Canadian music scene at age 13, the now 23-year-old musician has released four acclaimed albums, won major national music competitions, performed at the Olympic Games in both Vancouver and London, racked up commendable views on YouTube, and was most recently named one of the top 30 guitarists in the world under 30 by Acoustic Guitar Magazine.

Free and open to the public.

Faculty Colloquium Series: Sherlock Holmes and a Case of Appropriation

Thursday, Oct. 22 – Wheeler Hall, Ware Student Center, 4 p.m.

Associate Professor of Humanities Michael Jauchen discusses how appropriative writing—writing that heavily borrows from other sources, often without attribution—challenges our most fundamental ideas about creativity and creative writing. With an overview of works by select contemporary appropriative writers, including an excerpt from his brand-new Sherlock Holmes mystery, Professor Jauchen examines some major questions surrounding this growing field of literary experimentation.

Free and open to the public.

November 2015

Fine and Performing Arts Department Presents ‘Miss Woman’

Thursday, Nov. 5 through Saturday, Nov. 7 – Sawyer Center Theater, Sawyer Fine Arts Center, 7 p.m.

Colby-Sawyer presents the premiere of “Miss. Woman,” directed by Assistant Professor of Fine and Performing Arts and Technical Director Mike Lovell. The play was written and adapted for the Colby-Sawyer community by playwright K.K. Gordon. It tells the story of an aspiring playwright and graduate of Colby-Sawyer interviewing an elderly woman living in New London whose exaggerated stories from her youth culminate in a suspenseful mystery.

Colby-Sawyer featured Gordon’s  “Killing Naked Roses” on the Sawyer Center stage in 2012. Gordon is a resident of Scranton, Pa.

Tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for students/children and may be purchased at or at the Sawyer Center Box Office (603-526-3670 or

Activist and World Affairs Correspondent Dr. Joseph Gerson Presents ‘Nuclear MADness for Power and Profit’

Wednesday, Nov. 4 – Wheeler Hall, Ware Student Center, 7 p.m.

Dr. Joseph Gerson of the American Friends Service Committee (AFSC) discusses his views on nuclear weapon abolition and alternatives to militarization. Drawing on experiences in Hiroshima and Nagasaki, as well as his participation in several international conferences and summits on the humanitarian consequences of nuclear weapons, Dr. Gerson will explain environmental, economic and social justice issues surrounding U.S. nuclear spending; the political and geopolitical history of nuclear attacks; the diplomatic isolation of the U.S. and the other nuclear powers; and the effectiveness of nuclear disarmament movements and initiatives.

Dr. Gerson has served on the AFSC since 1976 and is currently disarmament coordinator, director of programs and director of the Peace and Economic Security Program for New England. A long-time peace and justice advocate, Dr. Gerson established Peace and Planet and the Working Group for Peace and Demilitarization in Asia and the Pacific. His books include Empire and the Bomb: How the U.S. Uses Nuclear Weapons to Dominate the World; With Hiroshima Eyes: Atomic War, Nuclear Extortion and Moral Imagination; The Sun Never Sets…Confronting the Network of U.S. Foreign Military Bases and The Deadly Connection: Nuclear War and U.S. Intervention.

Annual Faculty Exhibition Features Professor Michael Lovell

Opening Reception on Thursday, Nov. 12 – Marian Graves Mugar Art Gallery, Sawyer Fine Arts Center, 5 p.m.

Colby-Sawyer Fine Arts faculty display their recent work in ceramics, graphic design, painting, photography, printmaking and sculpture. Following the reception, the exhibition remains open through Wednesday, December 16. Gallery hours are Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Free and open to the public.

Kearsarge Chorale Presents Annual Fall Concert

Sunday, Nov. 15 – Sawyer Center Theater, Sawyer Fine Arts Center, 3 p.m.

The popular local ensemble of 60 singers, accompanied by a brass quintet and pianist, perform classical and contemporary pieces including a Bach Cantata and a Jazz Mass by Will Todd.

General admission seating with a $10 suggested donation appreciated.

The History of Modern Myth with Dr. Robert A. Segal

Thursday, Nov. 19 – Clements Hall, Curtis L. Ivey Science Center, 7 p.m.

University of Aberdeen, Scotland, Sixth Century Professor of Religious Studies, Dr. Robert Segal, explains the effects of 19th and 20th century theories of myth on modern day study.  Exploring the 19th century view of myth as the primitive counterpart to natural science versus the 20th century belief of myth as almost anything but an explanation of the physical world, Dr. Segal examines whether myth can be brought back to the physical world for the 21st century in a way that is compatible with science. 

Dr. Segal received his Ph.D. from Princeton University and taught in the U.S. before relocating to the United Kingdom in 1994—first to Lancaster University, England, and then to Aberdeen in 2006.   He teaches courses on the study of myth and the study of religion and written on Joseph Campbell (Joseph Campbell:  An Introduction), ancient Gnosticism (The Poimandres as Myth), C. G. Jung (The Gnostic Jung and Jung on Mythology), myth and ritual (The Myth and Ritual Theory) and theories of myth (Myth: A Very Short Introduction and Theorizing About Myth).

Free and open to the public.

Faculty Colloquium Series: The Dreams and Nightmares of a Social Psychologist – A New Paradigm for Selecting the Perfect Juror

Monday, Nov. 30 – Wheeler Hall, Ware Student Center, 4 p.m.

Many social psychologists cringe at the use and misuse of scientific research in the booming industry of trial consulting. Based on recent research, Associate Professor of Social Sciences Lynn Garrioch rejects the common jury selection practice used by trial consultants as biased and unjust, and offers a new paradigm for selecting the perfect juror.

Free and open to the public.

December 2015

Fine and Performing Arts Department Presents 'Reflections' Dance Ensemble

Friday, Dec. 4 – Sawyer Center Theater, Sawyer Fine Arts Center, 7 p.m.

More information to follow.

CSC Singers Host Annual Holiday Concert

Friday, Dec. 11 – Sawyer Center Theater, Sawyer Fine Arts Center, 7 p.m.

More information to follow.

Ninth Annual New London TubaChristmas

Saturday, Dec. 19 – Wheeler Hall, Ware Student Center, 2 p.m.

Created in 1974 as a tribute to tuba player and teacher William Bell, the first TubaChristmas concert was held in New York’s Rockefeller Plaza. It has grown to more than 250 locations throughout the United States and several countries. The New London TubaChristmas, led by Aarne Vesilind, features tuba, sousaphone, euphonium and baritone horn musicians playing Christmas carols, first with instruments only and then with the audience singing along.

Free and open to the public.