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.

September 2015


The 10th Annual Colby-Sawyer College Community Dash & Stroll

Saturday, Sept. 12 - Registration on Front Lawn begins at 9:30 a.m. (rain location Thornton Living Room, Colgate Hall)

Start time for walkers is 9:45 a.m. and 10 a.m. for runners.

Join President Thomas C. Galligan Jr. for the non-competitive run and walk that he established during his first year at the college. Since 2006, the 5K has celebrated opening week at Colby-Sawyer and the relationship between the college and its neighboring communities. Beginning at Colgate Hall, the route winds through downtown and residential areas and ends back on campus. Community members of all ages are invited to participate free of charge.

Dash & Stroll Map

Summer Music Associates Presents The Tamburitzans

Saturday, Sept. 12 – Sawyer Center Theater, Sawyer Fine Arts Center, 7:30 p.m.

The Duquesne University Tamburitzans are a unique ensemble of talented young folk artists dedicated to the performance and preservation of the music, songs, and dances of Eastern Europe and neighboring folk cultures. As America's longest-running multicultural song and dance company, The Tamburitzans bring audiences to their feet through song and dance with authentic instruments and costumes.

Tickets are $25 for adults and $5 for students. For tickets and more information visit www.summermusicassociates.com or call (603) 526-­8234.

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

Opening Reception on Thursday, Sept. 17 – Marian Graves Mugar Art Gallery, Sawyer Fine Arts Center, 5-8 p.m.

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.

The exhibition runs through Tuesday, Nov. 3. Gallery hours are Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The opening and exhibition are free and open to the public.

Screening and Discussion of ‘Peter and John’

Monday, Sept. 28 – Wheeler Hall, Ware Student Center, 7 p.m.

Critically acclaimed independent filmmaker and director Jay Craven hosts a screening and discussion of his 2015 production “Peter and John.” Based on the 19th century novel Pierre et Jean by Guy de Maupassant, the film takes place in 1872 Nantucket during the island’s “ghost period.” Following the decline of whaling, before the rise of tourism and in the shadow of the Civil War, the film tells the story of two brothers whose relationship becomes strained when one receives news of an unexpected inheritance and both become attracted to the same woman.

View the “Peter and John” trailer here.

Free and open to the public.

October 2015


CSC Players Presents Fall Theater Performance

Thursday, October 1 through Saturday, October 3 – Sawyer Center Theater, Sawyer Fine Arts Center

More information to follow.

Cultural Events Committee Presents 'Baseball is Better than Democracy: The National Pastime as National Tragedy'

Monday, Oct. 5 - Archives Reading Room, Susan Colgate Cleveland Library/Learning Center, 4 p.m.

Associate Professor of English at Western Connecticut State University, Donald P. Gagnon, Ph.D., discusses sexuality in the history of baseball. With research interests that include early American literature, modern drama, African American literature and LGBTQ literature, Dr. Gagnon has published and presented fiction and criticism on a wide range of topics at variety of venues. He has served as board representative to the Northeast Modern Language Association and is active as advisor of the English and English Honors societies, as well as the Gay/Straight Alliance.

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.

Fasten Your Pink Ribbon 5k Run/Walk

Friday, Oct. 16 – Pierce Park: Registration at 3 p.m., Start time at 4 p.m.

In conjunction with Alumni Fall Festival, the Health Professions Association and the Guild of Artistic Thinkers host a community 5K event to benefit the American Cancer Society.

Open to public with a $10 entry fee.

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 www.hammerandsawfilms.com.

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.

November 2015


Fine and Performing Arts Department Theatrical Production

Thursday, Nov. 5 through Saturday, October 3 – Sawyer Center Theater, Sawyer Fine Arts Center

More information to follow.

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.

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.