Thanks to grants from the Sherman Fairchild Foundation, Connecticut College faculty are able to collaborate each year on a program that offers opportunities for multidisciplinary study with arts at the core. This year's program merges sustainability and the arts and, in addition to the coursework at the heart of this program, scholars and artists have been invited to deliver lectures around the theme. These speakers represent diverse fields of study including religion, performance, dance, architecture, design, urban studies, theater, literature and anthropology.
"The support from the Sherman Fairchild Foundation enables us to enrich our academic community through its focus on interdisciplinary collaboration and provides us with the ability to bring significant artists and scholars to campus," said Robert Richter, director of arts programming at the College and co-director of the Sherman Fairchild program.
The final event of the semester is "Being Alive: a Talk in Three Acts," by Ann Pellegrini, associate professor of performance studies and religious studies and director of the Center for the Study of Gender and Sexuality at New York University. She will speak on Wednesday, Nov. 9, at 4:30 p.m. in the Charles Chu Asian Art Reading Room in Shain Library. This event is co-sponsored by Connecticut College's LGBTQ Resource Center.
Previous events in the lecture series were:
- "Cave, City and Eagle's Nest: An Interpretive Journey through the Mapa de Cuauhtinchan No. 2," by David Carrasco, the Neil L. Rudenstine Professor of the Study of Latin America at Harvard Divinity School.
- "Beyond the Crisis: Dance Sustainability," by Randy Martin, professor of art and public policy and director of the graduate program in arts politics at New York University's Tisch School of the Arts.
- "Naming/Re-naming/Un-naming," by Tim Durfee, professor of design and director of Like Now at the graduate Media Design Program at Art Center College of Design.
- "Lamentation as a Research Tool: Mourning and Representation," by Erik Ehn, professor and head of playwriting at Brown University.
- "Open Year Round," by Lynn Richardson, assistant professor of sculpture at Keene State College. Her talk kicked off an exhibition of her work on display in Gallery 66 and the Manwaring Gallery through Dec. 9.
All lectures in this series are open to the public.