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Pomona College April 2013 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 free of charge unless otherwise noted.

April 3

Literary Series: Patrick DeWitt—4:15 p.m., Pomona College Crookshank 108 (140 W. Sixth St., Claremont). Novelist Patrick DeWitt is the author of Ablutions (2010) and The Sisters Brothers (2012). The latter won Canada's Governor's General Award, was short-listed for the Man Booker Prize, and was described by the Los Angeles Times as “A bloody, darkly funny western…the kind…Cormac McCarthy would have concocted, if he had a sense of humor.” Contact: nancy.jugan@pomona.edu.

April 3

Concert: Pomona College Student Recitals—8:15 p.m., Pomona College Lyman Hall, Thatcher Music Building (340 N. College Ave., Claremont).  Students perform selections they've studied through private lessons. Contact: concerts@pomona.edu, or (909) 607-2671, or visit: www.music.pomona.edu.

April 4

Lecture: “Whose Planet? Whose Economic Development? Coal and Human Rights in Colombia?”—noon, Pomona College Oldenborg Dining Hall (350 N. College Way, Claremont).  The Ena H. Thompson Visiting Professor of History Aviva Chomsky will analyze the human impact of coal mining in Colombia in global context. She will talk about how indigenous and Afro-Colombian communities are being displaced and destroyed as foreign companies have developed some of the world's largest open-pit mines to extract coal for export to Europe and the United States. She will examine how the U.S. economy and its ideas about economic development are linked to social and environmental destruction in Colombia. She is the author of They Take Our Jobs! And 20 Other Myths About Immigration (2007); Linked Labor Histories: New England, Colombia, and the Making of a Global Working Class (2008); and A History of the Cuban Revolution (2010). She has been active in Latin American solidarity and the immigrant rights’ movement for over 25 years. Chomsky is a history professor and coordinator of Latin American studies at Salem State University. Contact: tammi.rendon@pomona.edu, or visit http://oldenborg.pomona.edu/ and click on “Speaker Series.”

April 4

Lecture: “The Death of the Artist: A Postmodern Postmortem on Complicity and Resistance”—4:15 p.m., Pomona College Hahn 101 (420 N. Harvard Ave., Claremont). Jonathan D. Katz, director of the visual studies program at University of Buffalo, will discuss different artistic strategies of AIDS-informed political resistance—from artists whose work embraced direct confrontation to those who instead sought to seed ironic subterfuge. He will assess how postmodern theory and institutional and market imperatives can often travel a parallel course. Contact: qrcclaremont@gmail.com.

April 4

Art After Hours: Movie Screening of Akira Kurosawa's Rashomon—5-11 p.m.; screening begins at 9 p.m., Pomona College Museum of Art (330 N. College Ave., Claremont). Current exhibitions will be on view and Akira Kurosama’s film Rashomon, a tale that centers around a rape and murder told from four different and contradictory points of view, will be screened. Contact:  (909) 607-7543 or museuminfo@pomona.edu, or visit: www.pomona.edu/museum.

April 5

Lecture and Screening: Follow Me Down: The New Work of Louisiana Prison Song—noon, Pomona College Rose Hills Theatre (Smith Campus Center, 170 E. Sixth St., Claremont). Ben Harbert, professor of music at Georgetown University, will screen his new documentary Follow Me Down: The New Work of Louisiana Prison Song, on the role of music at three Louisiana prisons. Contact: fpohl@pomona.edu.

April 5

Concert: Friday Noon Concert Series—12:15 p.m., Scripps College Balch Auditorium (Tenth St. and Columbia Ave., Claremont). Danielle Ondarza (Pomona), horn; Stephen Klein (Pomona), tuba; Maria Perez-Goodman, piano; and Jason Goodman, percussion, will perform music by Beethoven, York and others. Contact: (909) 607-3266.

April 6

Concert: West African Music and Dance—8 p.m., Pomona College Bridges Hall of Music (150 E. Fourth St., Claremont).  CalArts African Music and Dance Ensemble, Yeko Ladzekpo-Cole and Andrew Grueschow will offer an evening of traditional repertoire from the Ewe and Dagomba people of Ghana, Togo and Benin, West Africa. Contact: concerts@pomona.edu, or (909) 607-2671, or visit: www.music.pomona.edu.

April 7

Concert: Vocal Chamber Music with Gwendolyn Lytle—3 p.m., Pomona College Bridges Hall of Music (150 E. Fourth St., Claremont). Gwendolyn Lytle, soprano; Cynthia Fogg, viola; Tom Flaherty, cello; and Genevieve Feiwen Lee, piano, will perform. Contact: concerts@pomona.edu, or (909) 607-2671, or visit: www.music.pomona.edu.

April 8

Sustainability Dialog: “Overshoot! The Fierce Urgency of Now”—7 p.m., Pomona College Hahn 101 (420 N. Harvard Ave., Claremont). As part of the Sustainability Dialog Series, Marilyn Hempel, co-founder and executive director of the organization Blue Planet United, will discuss how “no matter what your cause, it’s a lost cause without population stabilization.” Contact: virginia.routhe@pomona.edu, or visit: www.pomona.edu/sustainability.

April 9

“Other Landscapes, Other Lives: A Poetry Reading and Discussion”—noon, Pomona College Oldenborg Dining Hall (350 N. College Way, Claremont). Ramón Garcia (Cal State, Northridge) will give a reading of his work, which depicts the gray landscapes of suburbia, the dystopian margins of Los Angeles, the shadows of Paris and the traffic and noise of Accra. García is author of Ricardo Valverde (2013) and Other Countries (2010). His poetry has appeared in Best American Poetry (1996), Ambit, Poetry Salzburg Review, Los Angeles Review and Mandorla: New Writing from the Americas. Contact: tammi.rendon@pomona.edu, or visit http://oldenborg.pomona.edu/ and click on “Speaker Series.”

April 9

Film Screening: The Future's Past —7 p.m., Pomona College Rose Hills Theatre (Smith Campus Center, 170 E. Sixth St., Claremont). The film The Future’s Past explores how Cambodia's younger and older generations come to terms with history as the Khmer Rouge Tribunal progresses. A discussion with the director Susanne Brandstatter follows the screening. Contact: kayo.yoshikawa@pomona.edu.

April 11

Lecture: “Guilt, Nostalgia and Victimhood: Korea in the Japanese Theatrical Imagination”—noon, Pomona College Oldenborg Dining Hall (350 N College Way, Claremont). Carol Fisher Sorgenfrei (UCLA, theatre) will present a talk on  Guilt, Nostalgia and Victimhood: Korea in the Japanese Theatrical Imagination.” Using the tools of the guilt, nostalgia, and the valorization of victimhood that are embedded in the idea of hōganbiiki (“sympathy for the loser/victims”), the talk will examine several recent plays to analyze Japan's often contradictory, flip-flopping self-image as both victimizer and victim in relation to Korea and resident Koreans. Contact: tammi.rendon@pomona.edu, or visit http://oldenborg.pomona.edu/ and click on “Speaker Series.”

April 11

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 Pomona College Museum of Art. Contact:  (909) 607-7543, or museuminfo@pomona.edu, or visit: www.pomona.edu/museum.

April 11

Pomona Student Union Presents The Great Debate: The Drug War—8 p.m., Pomona College Edmunds Ballroom (Smith Campus Center, 170 E. Sixth St., Claremont).  Eugene Jarecki, director of The House I Live In, Best Documentary at Sundance 2012 winner, and Kevin Sabet, founder of Smart Approaches to Marijuana, director of the University of Florida's Drug Policy Institute and former advisor to the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy, will debate the pros and cons of the drug war and discuss whether a new approach is needed. Contact: benjamin.bleiberg@pomona.edu.

April 11-14

Krunk Fu Battle Battle—Thurs.-Sat., 8 p.m.; Sat.-Sun., 2 p.m., Pomona College Seaver Theatre (300 E. Bonita Ave., Claremont). Directed by Joyce Lu, this hip-hop musical follows the journey of young Norman Lee who, when forced to move from Connecticut to Brooklyn, must battle with the “baddest b-boy crew at school in order to win a place for himself, as well as the heart of slam poet Cindy Chang. Can Norman bring justice to the black-top at Sunset Park High?” Tickets are $10 general admission, $5 students, faculty, staff and seniors. Box Office: (909) 607-4375 or email: seaverboxoffice@pomona.edu.

April 12

Lecture: “Certified Lives: Producing Transparency in Fair-Trade Organic Coffee”—noon, Pomona College Oldenborg Dining Hall (350 N. College Way, Claremont).  Geographer Tad Mutersbaugh (University of Kentucky) will look at the practices of organic and fair-trade coffee production in Oaxacan indigenous villages. He will discuss interesting and unexpected positive effects, including the higher farmer incomes, but also the increase in the number of Oaxacan women organic farmers and the creation of village job opportunities in high-tech inspections. The talk will also analyze the negative effects of organic and fair-trade coffee production: the burden of endless certification, the alienation involved in becoming a village organic coffee inspector, and organizational burnout due to certification management. Contact: tammi.rendon@pomona.edu, or visit http://oldenborg.pomona.edu/ and click on “Speaker Series.”

April 12

Friday Noon Concert Series—12:15 p.m., Scripps College Balch Auditorium (Tenth St. and Columbia Ave., Claremont). Eric Lindholm (Pomona), cello, and Genevieve Feiwen Lee (Pomona), piano, will perform music of Brahms and Lindholm. Contact: concerts@pomona.edu, or (909) 607-2671, or visit: www.music.pomona.edu.

April 12

Concert: Pomona College Student Chamber Music—8 p.m., Pomona College Lyman Hall, Thatcher Music Building (340 N. College Ave., Claremont).  Students studying music at Pomona College perform works by William Appleton ’14 (Pomona) and others. Contact: concerts@pomona.edu, or (909) 607-2671, or visit:www.music.pomona.edu.

April 13

Concert: Reflections from the Piano with Barry Hannigan—8 p.m., Pomona College Bridges Hall of Music (150 E. Fourth St., Claremont). Pianist Barry Hannigan, “a wonder to watch and hear” (Richmond News Leader), will perform music by Bonds, Burnson, Duckworth, Silverman and Schoenberg. Contact: concerts@pomona.edu, or (909) 607-2671, or visit: www.music.pomona.edu.

April 14

Concert: Hidden Treasures for Cello & Piano—3 p.m., Pomona College Bridges Hall of Music (150 E. Fourth St., Claremont). Roger Lebow, cello, and Gayle Blankenburg, piano, will perform music by Fauré, Guix, Saint-Saëns and others. Contact: concerts@pomona.edu, or (909) 607-2671, or visit: www.music.pomona.edu.

April 15

Lecture: “The U.S. Pivot to Asia: Where Does that Leave Europe?”noon, Pomona College Oldenborg Dining Hall (350 N. College Way, Claremont). Karel Kovanda, former Czech ambassador to the United Nations and former deputy-director general for foreign relations at the European Commission, will discuss the pivot of U.S. policy towards Asia, the implications for Europe and the state of relations between the U.S. and Europe. Contact: tammi.rendon@pomona.edu, or visit http://oldenborg.pomona.edu/ and click on “Speaker Series.”

April 16

Lecture: “Keeping the Immigrant Bargain: The Costs and Rewards of Success in America”—noon, Pomona College Oldenborg Dining Hall (350 N. College Way, Claremont). In a lecture titled, “Keeping the Immigrant Bargain: The Costs and Rewards of Success in America,” Harvard University Professor of Education Vivian Louie will discuss the lives of 37 foreign-born Dominican and Colombian parents and their 76 young adult offspring—the majority of whom were enrolled in or had graduated from college. While not all immigrants achieve such rapid success, her study shows how powerful the combination of self-motivation, engaged families and strong institutional support can be. Contact: tammi.rendon@pomona.edu, or visit http://oldenborg.pomona.edu/ and click on “Speaker Series.”

April 18

Lecture: “Art as Public Experience: Allan Kaprow and Siah Armajani”—4:15 p.m., Pomona College Lebus Court 113 (145 E. Bonita Ave., Claremont). Historian Casey Blake (Columbia University) will explore the art of Allan Kaprow and Siah Armajani as two artists working within the American pragmatist tradition. Contact: fpohl@pomona.edu.

April 20 & 21

Inland Pacific Ballet: Cinderella—Sat., 1 p.m. and 7 p.m.; Sun., 1 p.m., Pomona College Bridges Auditorium (450 N. College, Way, Claremont). Prices start at $28. Box Office: (909) 621-8032.

April 22

Lecture: “Sustaining Activism: A Brazilian Women’s Movement and a Father-Daughter Collaboration”—noon, Pomona College Oldenborg Dining Hall (350 N. College Way, Claremont). In 1986, a group of young Brazilian women started a movement to secure economic rights for rural women and transform women's roles in their homes and communities. Together with activists across the country, they built a new democracy in the wake of a military dictatorship. The talk will recount the behind-the-scenes story of a remarkable movement. As a father- daughter team, Emma Sokoloff-Rubin (GothamSchools) and Jeffrey W. Rubin (Boston University) will discuss the challenges of ethnographic research and how their collaboration shaped their methodology and gave them a unique window into a fiery struggle for equality. Contact: tammi.rendon@pomona.edu, or visit http://oldenborg.pomona.edu/ and click on “Speaker Series.” 

April 22

Lecture: “The Other 1492”—4 p.m., Pomona College Hahn 101 (420 N. Harvard Ave., Claremont). Teo Ruiz (UCLA) will present a lecture on, “The Other 1492.” Contact: kbw14747@pomona.edu.

April 22 & 24

Clark Horowitz Lecture in Religion: “Transfigurations: Transgressing Gender in the Bible” and Discussion—7:30 p.m., Mon. lecture at Pomona College Allen Theatre (Seaver Theatre Complex, 300 E. Bonita Ave., Claremont); 4:15 p.m., Thurs, Q&A and reception at Pomona College Smith Campus Center 201 (170 E. Sixth St., Claremont). Peterson Toscano, actor, playwright, Biblical critic and gay activist, performs original one-person comedies, which incorporate Biblical texts, historical events, interviews he has conducted, personal experience and poetry. Toscano's performance style incorporates character acting, comedy, storytelling and drama. He has been featured at many conferences and presented at universities in North America and the UK, including American University, Rice University, Colgate University, University of Cambridge, University of York and University of Southampton. Contact: vac04747@pomona.edu or (909) 262-8510.

April 23

Lecture: “Refashioning the Self through New Therapeutics in Urban China”—4:15 p.m., Pomona College Hahn 108 (420 N. Harvard Ave., Claremont). A new mass psychological counseling movement is unfolding in contemporary China. In this talk, anthropologist Li Zhang (UC Davis) will explore how, through this movement, middle-class Chinese seek to refashion "the self" (ziwo) by turning it into an object of intense inquiry and pursuing personal development and fulfillment through therapeutic projects centered on the notion of self-management. Contact: kayo.yoshikawa@pomona.edu.

April 24

Lecture: “Reading War: Goya, Photography, Critique”—4:15 p.m., Pomona College Lebus Court 113 (145 E. Bonita Ave., Claremont). Michael Iarocci (University of California, Berkeley) is a recognized leader in 18th and 19th-century Spanish literary and cultural studies. The subject of his talk involves an analysis of Francisco Goya's relationship to the photojournalism of war and the history of visual images in the 19th century. A reception will follow the talk at the Pomona College Museum of Art. Contact: mary.coffey@pomona.edu.

April 26 & 28

Pomona College Choir & Orchestra—Fri., 8 p.m.; Sun., 3 p.m.,  Pomona College Bridges Hall of Music (150 E. Fourth St., Claremont). Conducted by Donna M. Di Grazia and Eric Lindholm, the Pomona College Choir and Orchestra will present Brahms’ Nänie and Haydn’s Mass in B-flat, Hob. XXII:12, “Theresienmesse.” Contact: concerts@pomona.edu, or (909) 607-2671, or visit: www.music.pomona.edu.

April 29

Concert: Pomona College Afro-Cuban Drumming Ensemble—8 p.m., Pomona College Lyman Hall, Thatcher Music Building (340 N. College Ave., Claremont). The student ensemble will perform Afro-Cuban drumming, directed by Joe Addington. Contact: concerts@pomona.edu, or (909) 607-2671, or visit: www.music.pomona.edu.

Exhibitions

Pomona College Museum of Art (330 N. College Ave., Claremont) hours: Tues.-Sun., noon-5 p.m. Thursdays: Art After Hours 5-11 p.m. Contact: (909) 607-3558 or museuminfo@pomona.edu or visit: www.pomona.edu/museum.

Jan. 22-April 14, 2013

“Nuance of Sky: Edgar Heap of Birds Invites Spirit Objects to Join His Art Practice” unites the work of Hock E Aye Vi Edgar Heap of Birds with historic Native American art works from the collection of the Pomona College Museum of Art. The exhibition, curated by Heap of Birds, places paintings, mono-prints and sculptures by Heap of Birds in dialogue with objects from the late 19th and early 20th centuries, including Plains beadwork, Navajo turquoise and Pomo feather basketry.

Jan. 22-April 14, 2013

“Project Series 45: Kirsten Everberg: In a Grove”  consists of a suite of four new paintings based on Everberg’s exploration of the 1950 Japanese crime drama  Rashomon  by filmmaker Akira Kurosawa. In strikingly beautiful paintings, she explores how images work and how images mark the elusive passage of time.

Jan. 22-April 14, 2013

“Art and Activism in the US: Selections from the Permanent Collection” contains a sampling of art from the 20th- and 21st-centuries that have been an integral part of political activism, drawn primarily from the permanent collection of the Pomona College Museum of Art and curated by Pomona College Professor in the Humanities and Art History Frances Pohl, in conjunction with the art history seminar “Art and Activism.”