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October arts and events

Art, music, theater and 100 years of great beginnings are on display at Connecticut College this October. The following events are open to the public and free unless otherwise noted:


On display now through Oct. 23:
Connecticut College Fall Faculty Exhibition 2011. The exhibition, on display in the Cummings Arts Center galleries, features works by faculty and artwork from Connecticut College's collection. Participating faculty include Gregory Bailey, Ted Hendrickson, Pamela Marks, Timothy McDowell, Denise Pelletier, Andrea Wollensak, Brad Guarino and Jane Masters. Gallery hours are Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday, 1 to 4 p.m. Galleries are closed Oct. 8-11.


Saturday, Oct. 1: "Bach, Before and Beyond," a program of works by J.S. Bach and his contemporaries by Daniel S. Lee and Alexander Woods, Baroque violin; Ezra Seltzer, Baroque cello; and Jeffrey Grossman, harpsichord, 7:30 p.m., Harkness Chapel. Tickets: $10 for general admission, $5 for students and seniors.

Saturday, Oct. 15: "Songtracks: New Music and Dance," featuring works by Richard Schenk, a musician and composer in the dance department, with faculty, students and special guests of the music and dance departments, 7:30 p.m., Evans Hall in Cummings Arts Center. Tickets: $10 for general admission, $5 for students and seniors. This event is free for Connecticut College students, staff and faculty.  

Wednesday, Oct. 19: Connecticut College Concert Band and Jazz Ensemble Performance, under the direction of Gary Buttery, 7 p.m., Evans Hall in Cummings Arts Center. Tickets: $5 for general admission, $3 for students and seniors.

Saturday, Oct. 22: onStage at Connecticut College presents The Mingus Big Band, a Grammy-nominated group that performs around the world honoring the music of the legendary Charles Mingus. The band's unique instrumentation includes bassoon, bass clarinet, French horn and harp - instruments rarely heard in traditional jazz bands. 8 p.m., Palmer Auditorium. Tickets (reserved seating): $28, 24, 20 for general admission; $25, 21.50, 18 for seniors; $14, 12, 10 for students. Call 860-439-ARTS (2787) for tickets and information.

Sunday, Oct. 30: "Art of the Jazz Trio," with Kent Hewitt, piano; Nathan Lassell, drums; and Mark McCormick, bass, 8 p.m., Evans Hall in Cummings Arts Center. Tickets: $10 for general admission, $5 for seniors and students. This event is free for Connecticut College students, staff and faculty. For tickets and information, call 860-439-2720. - Monday, Oct. 31: Halloween Concert with Connecticut College Music Professor John Anthony on organ, 8 p.m., Harkness Chapel. Tickets: $10 for general admission, $5 for students and seniors.


Thursday, Oct. 20 - Sunday, Oct. 23: "Foundations, Dreams and Inspirations: The Centennial Project," an original evening of theater celebrating the 100th anniversary of Connecticut College's founding. The piece will be created entirely by the cast during the rehearsal process using personal experiences and items from the college archives, news articles and stories from alumni and faculty. Directed by Michael Lerner, a graduate of the Class of 1989. Tickets: $8 for general admission, $6 for students. Performances are in the Tansill Theater at 8 p.m. Thursday - Saturday, with 2 p.m. performances on Saturday and Sunday. For more information, call 860-439-2605.


Monday, Oct. 3: "Psychobiology, Culture and Pain," a Connecticut College Psychology Department Fall 2011 Colloquium Series presentation by Maria Jose Corral Lopez from the University of Barcelona, Spain, 4:30 p.m., Silfen Auditorium in Bill Hall.

Saturday, Oct. 8: "Recognizing Trees at a Glance," a workshop sponsored by the Connecticut College Arboretum. Grounds Supervisor Jim Luce will focus on identifying trees by their leaves. The book "Trees of the Eastern and Central United States and Canada," by William M. Harlow, is essential to the class and is part of the registration fee ($15 for members; $18 for general public - those who already own the book can deduct $9 from the fee), 10 a.m., meet at the Buck Lodge in the Native Plant Collection, Williams Street. To register call 860-439-5060.

Monday, Oct. 10: "Global Mental Health: Psychology in Translation," a Connecticut College Psychology Department Fall 2011 Colloquium Series presentation by Jill Betz Bloom, Massachusetts School of Professional Psychology, 4:30 p.m., Silfen Auditorium in Bill Hall.

Wednesday, Oct. 12: "Women's Education as a Feminist Project: Iranian Women Today," a Gender and Women's Studies Centennial lecture by Norma Moruzzi, associate professor of gender and women's studies, history and political science at the University of Illinois at Chicago, 4:30 p.m., Blaustein Common Room.

Thursday, Oct. 13, and Friday, Oct. 14: "Sufism as a Mediating Force in South Asia," a two-day symposium sponsored by Connecticut College and the American Institute for Sri Lankan Studies. This event will bring together religion professors from across the country to discuss the impact of Sufism - an ascetic, mystical dimension of Islam - on other forms of Islam. Plenary lecture on Thursday, Oct. 13, at 7 p.m.; panel sessions on Friday, Oct. 14, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Ernst Common Room, Blaustein Humanities Center. For more information, email Professor Sufia Uddin at

Thursday, Oct. 13: "Naming/Re-naming/Un-naming," a lecture with Tim Durfee, professor of design and director of Like Now Art Center College of Design, 4:30 p.m., Room 210 of Blaustein Humanities Center.

Thursday, Oct. 13: "The John Carlos Story: The Sports Moment That Changed the World," a book discussion with co-authors John Carlos and Dave Zirin. The book is about the moment Carlos, an American sprinter, raised the black power salute on the podium at the 1968 Olympic Games, 7 p.m., Shain Library.

Monday, Oct. 17: "Schizophrenia as a Disorder of Neurocognition," a psychology Department Fall 2011 Colloquium Series presentation by Matthew M. Kurtz of Wesleyan University, 4:30 p.m., Silfen Auditorium in Bill Hall.

Tuesday, Oct. 18: "Lamentation as a Research Tool: Mourning and Representation," a lecture with Erik Ehn, head of playwriting and professor of theatre arts and performance at Brown University, 4:30 p.m., Shain Library.

Tuesday, Oct. 18: "The Hunt for Protein Kinase C Substrates in Breast Cancer Cells," a lecture with Susan Rotenberg, a professor in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at Queens College and The Graduate Center of the City University of New York, 4:30 p.m., Hale Laboratory.

Wednesday, Oct. 19: "Syndemics, Sex and the City: Understanding Sexually Transmitted Diseases in Social and Cultural Context," a lecture with Pamela Erickson, a medical anthropologist at University of Connecticut, 11:45 a.m., Room 014, Olin Science Center.

Friday, Oct. 21 - Sunday, Oct. 23: Fall Weekend 2011 is the culminating event of Connecticut College's Centennial year. Take part in the traditional favorites - Harvestfest, fireworks and picnic on Tempel Green - as well as special events to mark this significant milestone in the history of the college. Visit for more details and a schedule of events, call 860-439-2300 or email

Saturday, Oct. 22: An Autumn Walk with Glenn Dreyer. Enjoy the beauty of autumn on this walk through the Arboretum with Dreyer, the Charles and Sarah P. Becker '27 Director of the Arboretum. He will explain the chemical process behind the phenomena of changing leaf color and will point out the species with the most colorful foliage, 9 a.m., meet at the main gate of the Native Plant Collection on Williams Street. To register, call 860-439-5060.

Saturday, Oct. 22: "100 Years of Great Beginnings," the big event of the Connecticut College Centennial celebration. See Connecticut College like you have never seen it before at this multimedia event, 9:45 a.m., Palmer Auditorium.

Saturday, Oct. 29: "Edible Houseplants: Growing Microgreens at Home," a workshop with Mark Braunstein, visual resources librarian at Connecticut College and the author of "Sprout Garden: Indoor Grower's Guide to Gourmet Sprouts." Braunstein will demonstrate a clean and cheap technique for indoor gardening of microgreens that is adapted from that of professional farmers, 10 a.m., $14 for Arboretum members; $16 for general public. The event will take place in a private residence and registration is required. To register, call 860-439-5060.

September 27, 2011