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Pomona College February 2012 Events

Anna Deavere Smith

Anna Deavere Smith will perform on February 29 as part of Pomona's Distinguished Speaker Series

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 free of charge unless otherwise noted.

Feb. 1

Claremont Center for Mathematical Sciences Colloquium — 4:15 p.m., Freeburg Forum (LC 62), Kravis Center, Claremont McKenna College (888 Columbia Ave., Claremont). Speaker: Benny Sukakov (UCLA). Contact: ccms@claremont.edu or (909) 607-8012.

Feb. 2

The Rembrandt Club: The First Thursday Lecture Series—1:30 p.m., Pomona College Lyman Hall (Thatcher Music Building, 340 N. College Ave., Claremont). Kathleen Hough, chief curator of Palm Springs Museum of Art, will give an overview of their collection with emphasis on the glass collection. This event will be followed by tea and reception at Seaver House (Pomona College, 305 N. College Ave., Claremont). Contact: (909) 625-5347.

Feb. 2

Brackett Observatory Open House — 7:30-9:30 p.m., Pomona College Brackett Observatory (420 Amherst St., Claremont). Come see Jupiter and the moon through 14" telescopes.  Astronomers and students will be on hand to help explain some of the astronomical splendors. This event begins at 7:30 p.m., and is free and open to the public. Parking is available at the Southern Parking garage at Pomona College. Contact: (909) 621-8727 or visit: http://www.astro.pomona.edu/blog/2010-astro/?page_id=19.

Feb. 2

Art After Hours Lecture and Exhibition Walk-Through —5 p.m., Pomona College Smith Campus Center Room 208 (170 E. 6th St., Claremont) and Pomona College Museum of Art. A lecture will be given by Glenn Phillips, principle project specialist, Getty Research Institute, co-curator of “It Happened at Pomona: Art at the Edge of Los Angeles 1969-1973,” and co-director of the Pacific Standard Time Performance and Public Art Festival. Contact: (909) 621-8283 or museuminfo@pomona.edu or visit: www.pomona.edu/museum.
 

Feb. 3

20th Annual Ussachevsky Memorial Festival of Electronic Music — 8 p.m., Lyman Hall, Thatcher Music Building (340 N. College Ave, Claremont). Festival performers include Genevieve Feiwen Lee and Aron Kallay, pianos; Cynthia Fogg, viola; William Peterson, organ; Rachel Rudich, flute; Roger Lebow, cello; Chakisapa and Ullanta the Robot Levin, robots; Pomona College Band, Graydon Beeks, conductor. Selections will include works by Benjamin Broening, Tom Flaherty, HyeKyung Lee, Frederick Lesemann, Olivier Messiaen, Eric Moe, Thea Musgrave, Barry Schrader, Frank Stemper, Barry Werger-Gottesman and Frances White. Contact: concerts@pomona.edu or (909) 607-2671.

Feb. 4

20th Annual Ussachevsky Memorial Festival of Electronic Music: Lecture/Demonstration— 3 p.m., Lyman Hall, Thatcher Music Building (340 N. College Ave, Claremont).  Benjamin Broening, composer. Contact: concerts@pomona.edu or (909) 607-2671.

Feb. 4

20th Annual Ussachevsky Memorial Festival of Electronic Music: Concert II — 8 p.m., Bridges Hall of Music (150 E. 4th St, Claremont). Festival performers include Genevieve Feiwen Lee and Aron Kallay, pianos; Cynthia Fogg, viola; William Peterson, organ; Rachel Rudich, flute; Roger Lebow, cello; Chakisapa and Ullanta the Robot Levin, robots; Pomona College Band, Graydon Beeks, conductor. Selections will include works by Benjamin Broening, Tom Flaherty, HyeKyung Lee, Frederick Lesemann, Olivier Messiaen, Eric Moe, Thea Musgrave, Barry Schrader, Frank Stemper, Barry Werger-Gottesman and Frances White. Contact: concerts@pomona.edu or (909) 607-2671.

Feb. 5

Non-Western Concert – TBA — 3 p.m., Bridges Hall of Music (150 E. 4th St, Claremont). Contact: concerts@pomona.edu or (909) 607-2671.

Feb. 7

American Jazz Classics — 4:30 p.m., Lyman Hall, Thatcher Music Building (340 N. College Ave, Claremont).  Bobby Rodriguez, director, leads the Pomona College Jazz Ensemble in a program of jazz classics. Contact: concerts@pomona.edu or (909) 607-2671.

Feb. 8

Claremont Center for Mathematical Sciences Colloquium—4:15 p.m., Freeburg Forum (LC 62), Kravis Center, Claremont McKenna College (888 Columbia Ave., Claremont). Speaker: Solomon Golomb (USC). Contact: ccms@claremont.edu or (909) 607-8012.

Feb. 9

The Rembrandt Club's Famous Bus Trip—9:30 a.m.-5 p.m., leave from St. Ambrose Episcopal Church (830 W. Bonita Ave, corner of Bonita and Mountain, Claremont). The Rembrandt Club of Pomona College will be taking a coach to the Palm Springs Art Museum to see "Backyard Oasis: The Swimming Pool in Southern California Photography; 1945-1982." Other exhibits include "Contemporary Glass," the paintings of Lockwood de Forest, and contemporary works from the permanent collection. The bus leaves at 9:30 from St. Ambrose Episcopal Church and will return around 5 p.m.. Parking is available on the south side of the parking lot. Cost: $45.00, not including lunch, non-refundable, reserve by Feb. 5. Contact: (909) 626-4676. 

Feb. 9

Art After Hours — 5-11 p.m., Pomona College Museum of Art (330 N. College Ave., Claremont). Live entertainment accompanies special “Art After Hours” events at the Museum. Contact: (909) 621-8283 or museuminfo@pomona.edu or visit: www.pomona.edu/museum.

Feb. 12

Concert: Christoph Bull: First & Grand — 3 p.m., Pomona College Bridges Hall of Music (150 E. 4th St, Claremont). Organist Christoph Bull offers selections from his latest recording “Music from the Disney Concert Hall Organ,” including music by Bach, Bruhns and Bull. Contact: concerts@pomona.edu or (909) 607-2671.

Feb. 13

Asian Migration to Non-U.S. Destinations Lecture Series: “Producing a ‘New’ Indian Culture in the Diaspora: Views from the U.S. and South Africa” — 4:15 p.m., Pomona College Hahn Building, Room 108 (420 Harvard Ave., Claremont). Sociologist Smitha Radhakrishnan (Wellesley College), drawing from fieldwork among upwardly mobile information technology professionals in the Silicon Valley and South Africa, will argue that particularly in a moment of heightened global cultural flows, Indians in disparate locations with divergent histories jointly produce a surprisingly well-defined discourse of belonging. Contact: kayo.yoshikawa@pomona.edu or (909) 607-7467.

Feb. 15

Kayono: Shojo Girls Comics in Action — 4:15 p.m., Pomona College Hahn Building, Room 101 (420 Harvard Ave., Claremont). Japanese manga artist, Kayono, will give a lecture/demonstration, discussing her creative process, how she comes to a story, how she builds them into a manga narrative ,and how she draws and publishes her manga. Contact: (909) 607-9508 or mgosiaco@pomona.edu.

Feb. 15

Gender & Women’s Studies: Poetry Reading — 4:15 p.m., Pomona College Smith Campus Center, Doms Lounge (170 E. 6th St., Claremont). Speaker: Marjorie Agosin. Contact: gydl4747@pomona.edu

Feb. 15

Claremont Center for Mathematical Sciences Colloquium — 4:15 p.m., Freeburg Forum (LC 62), Kravis Center, Claremont McKenna College (888 Columbia Ave., Claremont). Speaker: Jon McCammond (UC Santa Barbara). Contact: ccms@claremont.edu or (909) 607-8012.

Feb. 15

Geology Woodford-Eckis Lecture: “Going to Gale: A Search for Habitable Environments on Mars”—8:15 p.m., Pomona College Rose Hills Theater (Smith Campus Center, 170 E. Sixth St., Claremont).  Speaker: John Grotzinger (Cal Tech). Contact: (909) 621-8675.

Feb. 16

Geology Woodford-Eckis Lecture: “Building Curiosity”—11 a.m., Pomona College Rose Hills Theater (Smith Campus Center, 170 E. Sixth St., Claremont). Speaker: John Grotzinger (Cal Tech). Contact: (909) 621-8675.

Feb. 16

Art After Hours — 5-11 p.m., Pomona College Museum of Art (330 N. College Ave., Claremont). Live entertainment accompanies special “Art After Hours” events at the Museum. Contact: (909) 621-8283 or museuminfo@pomona.edu or visit: www.pomona.edu/museum.

Feb. 16

Pomona Student Union: Islam and The West: A Conversation with Dr. John Esposito—7 p.m., Pomona College Edmunds Ballroom (Smith Campus Center, 170 E. Sixth St., Claremont). John Esposito is the professor of religion and international affairs and Islamic studies at Georgetown University and founding director of the Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Center for Muslim-Christian Understanding at the Walsh School of Foreign Service. Contact: rigreen7@gmail.com.

Feb. 17

Friday Noon Concert—12:15 p.m., Balch Auditorium (Scripps College, 1030 Columbia Ave, Claremont). Todor Pelev (violin) and Douglas Ashcraft (piano) perform César Franck’s Sonata for Violin and Piano. Contact: concerts@pomona.edu or (909) 607-2671.

Feb. 17

10-Minute Play Festival — 4 p.m. Pomona College Blue Room, Frank Dining Hall (260 E. Bonita Ave., Claremont). The Department of Theatre and Dance in collaboration with the Pomona College Elemental Arts Initiative presents this year's 10-Minute Play Festival. Five original scripts selected by a panel of students, staff, and faculty will be produced and performed, each featuring water as a significant theme or device. This year's play selections are: Sunk by Michael Beam and directed by Zoe Fiske; Divining, written and directed by Emily Miner; Tap, written and directed by Eliza Pennell; The Current by Alex Samuels and directed by Katherine Snell; Unpierceable by Elise Wanger and directed by Laura Steinroeder. Contact: mtr04747@pomona.edu.

Feb. 18

11th Annual High School Physics Teachers Workshop — 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m., Pomona College Millikan Laboratory (610 N. College Ave., Claremont). Pomona College will host its 11th Annual Physics Teachers Workshop, providing Southern California high school physics teachers with free resources and instructions for hands-on physics experiments designed to inspire high school students.The workshop includes two hands-on activities. Pre-registration and a refundable deposit are required for the workshop, for which 5.5 contact hours are awarded for participation.  Registration forms are online at: http://www.cns.cornell.edu/cipt/workshops.html. Contact: cathi.comras@pomona.edu.

Feb.18

Pomona Student Union: Remembering David Foster Wallace—time and location TBD. Speakers: Dan T. Max (staff writer at The New Yorker and author of the upcoming biography on David Foster Wallace); Bonnie Nadell (David Foster Wallace's U.S. literary agent); Jonathan Lethem (Pomona College's Roy E. Disney Professor in Creative Writing); and Laura Miller (senior writer for Salon). Contact: rigreen7@gmail.com.

Feb. 18

Concert: A Choral Celebration — 8 p.m., Pomona College Bridges Hall of Music (150 E. 4th St, Claremont). Millennium Consort Singers, conducted by Martin Neary and Pomona College Choir conductor Donna M. Di Grazia, join to premiere Tom Flaherty’s Water Ruminations. The program also features music by Copland, Howells, Morley, Stanford, Tippett and others performed by the Millennium Consort Singers. Contact: concerts@pomona.edu or (909) 607-2671.

Feb. 19

It Happened at Pomona: Part 2 Artist Conversation Hosted by Helene Winer — 3 p.m., Pomona College Rose Hills Theater (Smith Campus Center, 170 E. 6th St., Claremont). In conjunction with "Part 2: Helene Winer at Pomona," this conversation features John Baldessari, William Leavitt and Allen Ruppersberg discussing the cutting-edge curatorial programs that Helene Winer presented at Pomona College. Reception to follow at Pomona College Museum of Art. Contact: (909) 621-8283 or visit www.pomona.edu/museum.

Feb. 20

Lecture: “Authenticity Paradigms and Intimate Recognition/Regulation: The Case of Chinese Marital Immigrants to Taiwan” — 4:15 p.m., Pomona College Hahn Building Room 108 (420 Harvard Ave., Claremont). Anthropologist Sara Friedman (Indiana University) will explore how authenticity has become the dominant register for evaluating intimacy in cross-border marriages and asks what effects this authenticity paradigm has on women who move transnationally through marriage. Contact: kayo.yoshikawa@pomona.edu.

Feb. 22

Claremont Center for Mathematical Sciences Colloquium — 4:15 p.m., Freeburg Forum (LC 62), Kravis Center, Claremont McKenna College (888 Columbia Ave., Claremont). Speaker: Ken Ono (Emory University) Contact: ccms@claremont.edu or (909) 607-8012.

Feb. 22

Lecture: “Let Us Join Hands: Feminism, Social Justice and the Scholar/Activist” — 4:15 p.m., Pomona College Hahn Building Room 101 (420 Harvard Ave., Claremont). Professor Bettina Aptheker (UC Santa Cruz) will present the Phebe Estelle Spalding Lecture “Let Us Join Hands: Feminism, Social Justice and the Scholar/Activist.” Aptheker will reflect on this historic moment, its intergenerational links, and the issues of economic justice, racial oppression, environmental degradation, LGBT pride, and the feminist aspirations that give rise to it. She will then consider how feminist scholarly work combined with political activism contributes to greater global responsibility and compassion. Aptheker is the author of How I Grew Up Red, Fought for Free Speech & Became a Feminist Rebel. Contact: pardis.mahdavi@pomona.edu or (909) 607-7854.

Feb. 22

Student Recital — 8:15 p.m., Pomona College Lyman Hall, Thatcher Music Building (340 N. College Ave, Claremont). Students in private lessons perform solos, duets and chamber selections they’ve worked on this year. Contact: concerts@pomona.edu or (909) 607-2671.

Feb. 23

Art After Hours — 5-11 p.m., Pomona College Museum of Art (330 N. College Ave., Claremont). Live entertainment accompanies special “Art After Hours” events at the Museum. Contact: (909) 621-8283 or museuminfo@pomona.edu or visit: www.pomona.edu/museum.

Feb. 24

Friday Noon Concert — 12:15 p.m., Balch Auditorium Scripps College (1030 Columbia Ave, Claremont). Cornucopia Baroque Ensemble: Alfred Cramer (baroque violin); Roger Lebow (viola da gamba) and Graydon Beeks (harpsichord) perform the music of Buxtehude. Contact: concerts@pomona.edu or (909) 607-2671.

Feb. 26

Concert: Trans-Atlantic Steel: Appalachian Strings and Zimbabwean Keys — 3 p.m., Pomona College Lyman Hall, Thatcher Music Building (340 N. College Ave, Claremont). Joti Rockwell (guitar, banjo, mandolin and fiddle) and Tony Perman (mbira) bring together instruments of southern Appalachia with the indigenous instruments of Zimbabwe. The program includes selections drawn from the mbira tradition in Zimbabwe as well as American old-time and bluegrass repertoires. The performers combine features of each heritage together in an unusual synthesis of sounds. Contact: concerts@pomona.edu or (909) 607-2671.

Feb. 27

Oldenborg Luncheon Colloquiums: “Queering International Marriages” — 12 p.m., Oldenborg Dining Hall (350 N. College Way, Claremont). Sociologist Rhacel Parrenas (USC) will examine the constitution of love and romance in the Filipino migrant community of Japan. Using interviews with Filipina hostesses, the lecture examines their motivations for marriages and shows how their structural location—as foreigners in Japan—makes it impossible for them to marry purely for love; as foreigners, the marriage of Filipina hostesses to Japanese men always leads to the material gain of a long-term residency visa. This lecture attempts to disrupt the binary of "marrying for love" or "marrying for money" and challenges us to reevaluate the hegemonic view that people must always marry for love. Parrenas’ most recent book is Illicit Flirtations: Labor, Migration and Sex Trafficking in Tokyo (2011). Contact: kayo.yoshikawa@pomona.edu or (909) 607-8035.

Feb. 28

Lecture: Native American Art — 4:15 p.m., Pomona College Smith Campus Center Room 208 (170 E. 6th St., Claremont). Ruth Phillips (Carleton University) researches visual and material culture as aspects of larger processes of culture contact and colonization in order to contribute to the development of new approaches to museological and academic representations of First Nations art. The talk will be followed by a walk-through and reception at the Native American Collection Study Room in the Bridges Auditorium foyer. Contact: museuminfo@pomona.edu.

Feb. 28

Ena H. Thompson Lecture Series: The Origins of Islam, Revisited:  “The Study of Islam’s Origins: Old Problems, New Approaches”—11 a.m., Pomona College Rose Hills Theater (Smith Campus Center, 170 E. Sixth St., Claremont). Historian Fred M. Donner (University of Chicago) is most recently the author of, Muhammad and the Believers—At the Origins of Islam (2010), which explores how early Islam coalesced as a religion.  Donner is currently the president of the Middle East Studies Association of North America. Contact: gina.espinoza@pomona.edu

Feb. 29

Anthropology Distinguished Lecture Series: Moshe Shokeid — 4 p.m., Pomona College Hahn Building Room 101 (420 Harvard Ave., Claremont). Moshe Shokeid, professor emeritus of anthropology at Tel Aviv University, will speak on “Concealments and Revelations in Ethnographic Research.”  His recent publications include A Gay Synagogue in New York and Three Jewish Journeys Through an Anthropologist's Lens. A reception precedes the event. Contact: gail.orozco@pomona.edu or (909) 607-3027.

Feb. 29

Literary Series: Charles Bernstein — 4:15 p.m., Pomona College Crookshank Hall Room 108 (140 W. Sixth St., Claremont). Charles Bernstein is the author of over 40 books, ranging from large-scale collections of poetry and essays to pamphlets, libretti and collaborations. His most recent works include Attack of the Difficult Poems: Essays and Invention (2011) and All the Whiskey in Heaven: Selected Poems (2010). Contact: nancy.jugan@pomona.edu.

Feb. 29

Claremont Center for Mathematical Sciences Colloquium — 4:15 p.m., Freeburg Forum (LC 62), Kravis Center, Claremont McKenna College (888 Columbia Ave., Claremont). Speaker: Chiu-Yen Kao (Claremont McKenna College). Contact: ccms@claremont.edu or (909) 607-8012.

Feb. 29

Distinguished Speaker Series: Anna Deavere Smith — 7 p.m., Pomona College Bridges Auditorium (450 N. College Way, Claremont). Anna Deavere Smith is an actor, a teacher, a playwright and the creator of an acclaimed series of one-woman plays based on her interviews with diverse voices from communities in crisis. She has won numerous awards, among them two Obies, two Tony nominations, a Drama Desk Award, the USA Susan V. Berresford Award from United States Artists, and a MacArthur fellowship. She was runner-up for the Pulitzer Prize for her play Fires In the Mirror. She has been said to have created a new form of theater; her work combines the journalistic technique of interviewing her subjects with the art of interpreting their words through performance. Television and movie credits include Nurse Jackie, The West Wing, The American President, Philadelphia and others. Smith is the founding director of Anna Deavere Smith Works, a nonprofit that convenes socially committed artists whose work addresses the world's most pressing problems and brings them into dialogue with scholars, scientists, activists, students and politicians. She is also the founder of the Institute on the Arts and Civic Dialogue at Harvard University. Honorary degrees include those from Juilliard, Northwestern and a Radcliffe Medal. She is a professor at New York University. This is free, ticketed event. Limit two tickets per person.

Tickets are available on January 23 for those with 7-C IDs (students, faculty, staff) and February 6 for the general public at the Bridges Auditorium box office from 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Monday through Friday.

Continuing Exhibition

Dec. 3, 2011 – Feb. 19, 2012

It Happened at Pomona: Art at the Edge of Los Angeles 1969-1973 – “Part 2: Helene Winer at Pomona”—Tues.-Fri. 12-5 p.m.; Sat.-Sun., 1-5 p.m., Pomona College Museum of Art  (330 N. College Ave., Claremont). This exhibit chronicles an era of intense artistic ferment at Pomona College and provides revelatory insight into the art history of post-WWII Los Angeles. The second of the three-part exhibition, “Part 2: Helene Winer at Pomona,” includes: John Baldessari, Ed Moses, Allen Ruppersberg and William Wegman, as well as work by Bas Jan Ader, Ger van Elk, Jack Goldstein, Joe Goode, Hirokazu Kosaka, William Leavitt, John McCracken, Allen Ruppersberg, Wolfgang Stoerchle and John White. The show and related events are part of the Getty Foundation’s Pacific Standard Time: Art in L.A. 1945-1980 initiative. Contact (909) 621-8283 or visit www.pomona.edu/museum.