Pomona College News
With a title that speaks for itself, In the Next Room or The Vibrator Play is a rousing comedy that takes playgoers back to the 1880s when electricity and human imagination collide. Created by playwright Sarah Ruhl in 2009, the play explores the role of sexual pleasure in the treatment of “hysteria” in women. See the play at Pomona College March 5-7.
From films to music lectures, March brings a wide range of events you won’t want to miss including a Nobel Laureate on "The Origins of Life," RE:BOOK kickoff event, the Vertigo@Midnight Film Series, a historic debate between candidates for principal chief of the Cherokee Nation, music and dance of Bali, Eyes of Africa events and the western semifinal of the International Championships of A Cappella, and more.
In his latest op-ed piece for the Los Angeles Times, Assistant Professor of Politics and International Relations Mietek Boduszynski addresses the human rights crisis unfolding in Libya four years after the overthrow of Moammar Kadafi. The professor, a former U.S. Foreign Service officer who was stationed in Libya, writes that the North African nation is now a “broken country.”
The “Vertigo@Midnight Film Series” showcases films, shorts and trailers that illuminate the vertigo of diaspora, both its dislocations and advantages. The films will be screened Friday and Saturday, February 27-28, and repeated the weekend of March 6-7. Highlights include: Brother From Another Planet, Pumzi, Last Angel of History and Danger Word. Vintage and more contemporary videos featuring Grace Jones, Missy Elliott, Janelle Monaé, Michael Jackson, Janet Jackson, Erykah Badu and Santigold will also be screened.
“American Spring: A Cause for Justice,” 23 story quilts that narrate the Trayvon Martin shooting in Florida, will be on display at Pomona College, beginning Feb. 23. The quilts come from the Fiber Artists of Hope Network and reveal reactions to Martin’s death in 2012 and hopes for a better America.
Candidates for principal chief of the Cherokee Nation will participate in a series of historic debates in three cities, starting at Pomona College, on Saturday, March 7. The Pomona event will be held in the Bridges Hall of Music. Doors will open at 3 p.m. and will close promptly at 3:45 p.m. The event is open to all but priority seating will be given to citizens of the Cherokee Nation.
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Seniors Hong Deng Gao and Joyce Nimocks are recipients of the 2015 Napier Award, a $12,000 prize that recognizes creative leadership and funds projects that advance endeavors for peace, social justice and environmental sustainability.
Six students from Biology Professor Nina Karnovsky’s research lab presented posters at the Pacific Seabird Group conference in San Jose last weekend, an international gathering of scientists focused on seabird ecology, behavior and conservation.
Nobel Prize recipient Dr. Jack Szostak will give four lectures on “The Origins of Cellular Life,” March 2-4, in the 53rd Robbins Lecture Series. A co-recipient of the 2009 Nobel Prize in Medicine or Physiology for the discovery of how chromosomes are protected by telomeres, his current research is in the laboratory synthesis of self-replicating systems, the origin of life and applied evolutionary chemistry.
Pomona College seniors Tessa Bertozzi and Dillon Dong were awarded Downing Scholarships to study at Downing College at the University of Cambridge for 2014-15. The award covers tuition, fees, living expenses and round-trip travel, as well as a stipend for books, local travel and personal expenses.