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Pomona College March 2009 Events

Pomona College, one of the nation’s premier liberal arts colleges, is sponsoring the following on-campus events. Each of these events is open to the public, and there is no cost to attend unless otherwise noted.

March 1—Concert: Pomona College Orchestra
Pianist Elisha Nuchi '09, winner of the Pomona College Orchestra 2008 Concerto Competition, joins the orchestra in Chopin's Piano Concerto No. 1 in E Minor. Also on the program, led by guest conductor Raymond Burkhart, is Mendelssohn's Symphony No. 4 in A Major "Italian.” The concert will be held in Bridges Hall of Music (150 E. Fourth St., Claremont) Contact: (909) 607-2621 or e-mail: concerts@pomona.edu or visit: www.music.pomona.edu.

March 2—Performance: Comedian Bill Santiago “Pardon My Spanglish”
Comedian Bill Santiago will perform and discuss his book, Pardon My Spanglish: One Man's Guide to Speaking the Habla,” at 7 p.m. in the Doms Lounge at Pomona College (Smith Campus Center, 170 East Sixth Street, Claremont). Santiago has appeared on Comedy Central Presents, Late Night with Conan O'Brien, Que Locos, American Latino and Comedy Central's Premium Blend. This event is organized by the Latin American Studies Program and the Draper Lecture Fund. Contact: (909) 621-8938.

March 2—Cuban Film Series: Thirteen Days
As part of the Pomona College History Department’s Cuban film series Estreno Cubano, is a screening of Thirteen Days, a film about the Cuban missile crisis in 1962. This event begins at 7 p.m. and will be held in the Pomona College Rose Hills Theatre (Smith Campus Center, 170 E. Sixth St., Claremont). Contact: (909) 607-2919.

March 2— Colloquium: "Stone Cold Science: Bose-Einstein Condensation and the Weird World of Physics a Millionth of a Degree Above Absolute Zero."
As part of the Physics and Astronomy Department’s 2009 Colloquium, Eric Cornell, 2001 Nobel Laureate in physics, will discuss "Stone Cold Science: Bose-Einstein Condensation and the Weird World of Physics a Millionth of a Degree Above Absolute Zero." The lecture will be held in Seaver North Auditorium (645 N. College Ave., Claremont), beginning at 8 p.m. Contact: (909) 621-8724 or visit: www.physics.pomona.edu/events.shtml.

March 3— Colloquium: “What's Special About the World of Two Dimensions: Example with Cold Atoms”
Eric Cornell, 2001 Nobel Laureate in physics, will discuss “What's Special About the World of Two Dimensions: Example with Cold Atoms” beginning at 4:30 p.m. The colloquium will be held in Pomona College’s Seaver North Auditorium (645 N. College Ave., Claremont). Refreshments will be serves at 4:30 p.m. Contact: (909) 621-8724 or visit: www.physics.pomona.edu/events.shtml.

March 3—Literary Series: Poet Will Alexander
Will Alexander, poet and author of six poetry collections, including Vertical Rainbow Climber and Towards the Primeval Lightning Field, will give a reading at 7:30 p.m. in the Ena Thompson Reading Room 108 at Pomona College (Crookshank Hall, 140 W. Sixth St., Claremont). Contact: (909) 607-2122.

March 4—Concert: Kenny Endo “Wind & Water” Taiko Lecture & Demonstration
In a lecture/demonstration, guest artist Kenny Endo will present original and traditional works combining taiko with melodic and other percussive instruments, including the odaiko (large drum), taiko set (combination of various sized drums), kotsuzumi (hand drum from Kabuki theater), and fue (bamboo flute). Endo, a performer, composer, and leading teacher of taiko with numerous awards and accolades, blends Japanese taiko with world rhythms into original melodies and improvisations. This concert begins at 4:15 p.m. in Pomona College’s Lyman Hall (Thatcher Music Building, 340 N. College Ave., Claremont). Contact: (909) 607-2621 or e-mail: concerts@pomona.edu or visit: www.music.pomona.edu.

March 5—Sociology Lecture: Los Angeles Families and Neighborhoods
Anne R. Pebley, Community Health Sciences chair and professor of sociology at UCLA, will present a lecture on “Los Angeles Families and Neighborhoods” Pebley's research focuses on fertility and marriage patterns, children's health and welfare, and family organization in the United States and other countries. She is co-director of the Los Angeles Family and Neighborhood Survey (L.A.FANS), a longitudinal study of families in Los Angeles County and the neighborhoods where they live. The lecture begins at 11 a.m. in the Pomona College Hahn Building, Room 108 (420 N. Harvard Ave., Claremont). Contact: (909) 607-3026.

March 6 – Tournees Film Festival: Persepolis
Persepolis, the 2007 animated film based on Marjane Satrapi’s autobiographical novel of the same name, is a coming of age story set during the Iranian Revolution, an unhappy sojourn in Austria, depression and return to Iran, and again having to flee the country. The film won the 2007 Cannes Film Festival Jury Prize and was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Animated Feature. The screening, part of the Tournees Film Festival ’09, the College’s first French-language film festival, will begin at 6:30 p.m., in the Pomona College Smith Campus Center Rose Hills Theatre (170 E. Sixth St., Claremont). Contact: (909) 267-4001.

March 6—Friday Noon Concert Series - Dvorak: Piano Trio in F minor
Pomona College faculty musicians Rachel V Huang (violin), Roger Lebow (cello), Gayle Blankenburg (piano) will play Dvorak's Piano Trio in F minor. This concert begins at 12:15 p.m. in Scripps College’s Balch Auditorium (10th and Columbia Ave., Claremont), and is sponsored by the Music Departments of CGU, Pomona, and Scripps Colleges. Contact: (909) 607-3266.

March 6—Concert: Chamber Music Through the Ages
Pomona College's faculty clarinetist Joshua Ranz, with fellow members of the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, will perform music by Brahms, Haydn and Steiger. The concert begins at 8 p.m. and will be held in Bridges Hall of Music (150 E. Fourth St., Claremont) Contact: (909) 607-2621 or e-mail: concerts@pomona.edu or visit: www.music.pomona.edu.

March 7—Concert: Student Recital
Soprano Leanne Welds ‘10 will perform music by Falla, Schumann, Walker, and others. The recital begins at 8 p.m. and will be held in Lyman Hall (Thatcher Music Building, 340 N. College Ave., Claremont). Contact: (909) 607-2621 or e-mail: concerts@pomona.edu.

March 8—Concert: The Organ Music of J.S. Bach
Pomona College faculty member and organist William Peterson will perform a recital of music by J. S. Bach. Peterson has worked extensively, both as a performer and scholar, on French and Belgian organ music of the 19th and early 20th centuries. Peterson will perform on the Pomona College Hill Memorial Organ built by C.B. Fisk, Inc. The 3,519-piped instrument is eclectic, combining facets of the work of 19th-century French organ-builder Aristide Cavaillé-Coll, a tradition of more powerful reed stops, and German organ-making traditions going back to the 14th century. The concert begins at 3 p.m. and will be held in Bridges Hall of Music (150 E. Fourth St., Claremont) Contact: (909) 607-2621 or e-mail: concerts@pomona.edu or visit: www.music.pomona.edu.

March 10—Lecture: A Writer's China
Yu Hua, one of China's most celebrated and translated writers, is the author of Chronicle of a Blood Merchant (2004) and To Live (2003), named two of the most influential books in China in the 1990s. Hua will discuss “ A Writer’s China” in a lecture beginning at 4:15 p.m. His satirical epic, Brothers, a bestseller in China, was just released in English this year. This lecture is organized by the College’s Asian languages and literatures department, the Asian studies program and the Pacific Basin Institute (PBI). This event begins at 4:15 p.m. and will be held in Pomona College’s Hahn Building, Room 101 (420 N. Harvard Ave., Claremont). Contact: (909) 621-8934.

March 11—Film: A Thousand Years of Good Prayers
The Pacific Basin Institute at Pomona College will present the film A Thousand Years of Good Prayers as part of their spring film series. The movie is about an elderly Beijing gentleman who pays a visit to his daughter in America, during which skeletons in both of their lives’ closets emerge and the father strikes up a poignant friendship with a matronly Iranian immigrant. The screening begins at 7 p.m. and will be held in the Pomona College Rose Hills Theatre (Smith Campus Center, 170 E. Sixth St., Claremont). Contact: (909) 445-9386.

March 12—Hart Institute Lecture: "Green to Gold: How Smart Companies Use Environmental Strategy"
Daniel Esty from Yale Law School will lecture on "Green to Gold: How Smart Companies Use Environmental Strategy," as part of the Hart Institute for American History series "The Environment and American Society." The lecture begins at 11 a.m. and will be held in the Pomona College Rose Hills Theatre (Smith Campus Center, 170 E. Sixth St., Claremont). Contact: (909) 607-9435.

March 23—Cuban Film Series: Azucar Amarga
As part of the Pomona College History Department’s Cuban film series Estreno Cubano, is a screening of Azucar Amarga (Bitter Sugar), in which a young Havana Communist’s faith in the new Cuba is tested. This event begins at 7 p.m. and will be held in the Pomona College Rose Hills Theatre (Smith Campus Center, 170 E. Sixth St., Claremont). Contact: (909) 607-2919.

March 28—Concert: Piano Recital with Boris Berman
Pianist Boris Berman, hailed by the Boston Globe as "a performer with a technical polish equal to the best and a musician of a great refinement and taste," will perform works by Chopin and Debussy at a concert beginning at 8 p.m. The concert will be held in Bridges Hall of Music (150 E. Fourth St., Claremont) Contact: (909) 607-2621 or e-mail: concerts@pomona.edu or visit: www.music.pomona.edu.

March 29—Concert: “Women's Voices”
Pomona College faculty musicians Gwendolyn Lytle (soprano) and Genevieve Feiwen Lee (piano) will present a program featuring music by Wallach, Laitman, and 20th-century Latin-American composers. The concert begins at 3 p.m. and will be held in Bridges Hall of Music (150 E. Fourth St., Claremont) Contact: (909) 607-2621 or e-mail: concerts@pomona.edu or visit: www.music.pomona.edu.

March 30-31—Religion Lecture Series: "Creative Conflict and Creative Exchange: Revisiting the Public and Its Problems"
Victor Anderson, professor of Christian ethics at Vanderbilt University Divinity School, is the invited speaker for the 2009 Clark-Horowitz Lectures in Religion. In his most recent, book, Creative Exchange: A Constructive Theology of African American Religious Experience (2008), Anderson examines creative potential within a recovery and reconstruction of the notion of “beloved community.” In two talks he will examine recent national history, the revival of a political public and the intersection of theology and democratic activity. Both lectures begin at 11 a.m. and will be held in Rose Hills Theatre (Pomona College, Smith Campus Center, 170 E. Sixth St., Claremont). Contact: (909) 607-3025 or e-mail: darryl.smith@pomona.edu.

March 30—Lecture: "Empire Strikes Back: Japan in Manchuria, Manchuria in Japan”
Louise Young, history professor at University of Wisconsin, Madison, will lecture on "Empire Strikes Back: Japan in Manchuria, Manchuria in Japan." She is the author of Japan's Total Empire: Manchuria and the Culture of Wartime Imperialism (1998), which examines the changes in the Japanese empire from the end of World War I to 1931 and thereafter. This lecture is organized by the Pomona College Department of History, and co-sponsored by the Asian Studies Program and the Pacific Basin Institute (PBI). Contact: (909) 607-3075 or e-mail: gina.espinoza@pomona.edu.

March 30—Cuban Film Series: Fresa y Chocolate
As part of the Pomona College History Department’s Cuban film series Estreno Cubano, is a screening of Fresa y Chocolate (Strawberry and Chocolate), a story about a young homosexual who falls in love with a young heterosexual communist full of prejudices and indoctrinated ideas. This event begins at 7 p.m. and will be held in the Pomona College Rose Hills Theatre (Smith Campus Center, 170 E. Sixth St., Claremont). Contact: (909) 607-2919.

March 31—Concert: Student Recital
Pomona College senior Noah Dietterich will perform his recital, featuring his compositions. The concert begins at 9:15 p.m. and will be held in Pomona College’s Lyman Hall (Thatcher Music Building, 340 N. College Ave., Claremont). Contact: (909) 607-2621 or e-mail: concerts@pomona.edu or visit: www.music.pomona.edu.

Continuing Exhibitions
Jan. 24 - April 12 - Exhibition: Suddenly!

SUDDENLY: where we live now comprises a set of exhibitions, an annotated reader and a series of public events that attempt to re-imagine cityscapes with contemporary art, literature, and the conversations they spark. Suddenly includes a range of projects and media such as painting, photography, and video, and community-based activities such as communal dinners, spontaneous public lectures, and a citywide poster initiative. The artists include: Marc Joseph Berg, Zoe Crosher, Michael Damm, Molly Dilworth, Hadley + Maxwell, Fritz Haeg, Elias Hansen, Frank Heath, Michael Hebb, Michael McManus, Mike Merrill, Mostlandian Citizens Lady O and Junior Ambassador, Shawn Records, Storm Tharp, and Oscar Tuazon and Metronome Press, Paris.

The Pomona College Museum of Art (330 N. College Avenue, Claremont) is open Tues.-Fri., 12-5 p.m.; Sat-Sun., 1-5 p.m. Contact: (909) 621-8283 or visit www.pomona.edu/museum.

Pomona College, founded in 1887, was named the 2009 Best Value in higher education among private colleges by Kiplinger’s Personal Finance Magazine and named among the 10 best values among private colleges and universities by Princeton Review. Both rankings evaluated quality of academics and affordability. Located in Claremont, CA, Pomona’s hallmarks include small classes, close relationships between faculty and students and a range of opportunity for student research.