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March 2014 Events at Pomona College

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.

March 1 - Water Scarcity and Solutions: Global to Local—9-5 p.m., Scripps College Garrison Theatre (Scripps College Performing Arts Center, 241 E. Tenth St., Claremont). This conference will probe problems and solutions related to water scarcity. There will be four sessions, each with a different scope: global, national, California and Southern California. The keynote speaker is Peter Gleick, president and co-founder of the Pacific Institute, with a number of Claremont faculty presenting as well, including Pomona College Professors Char Miller, Heather Williams and Richard Hazlett; Branwen Williams (Keck Institute); and Brinda Sarathy (Pitzer). Contact: (909) 607-8343 or char.miller@pomona.edu or visit: www.taipdconference.com.

March 1 - Farm Volunteer Hours—10 a.m.-noon, Pomona College Organic Farm (130 Amherst Ave, Claremont). All ages and skill levels are welcome to assist with work on the Organic Farm. Volunteers can take produce home. Contact: (909) 607-8341 or farm@pomona.edu or visit: www.farm.pomona.edu.

March 1 - Susan Lamb Cook and Gayle Blankenburg in a China Tour Preview Concert—8 p.m., Bridges Hall of Music. Gold Coast Trio cellist Susan Lamb Cook and Pomona faculty member Gayle Blankenburg, piano, perform.  Contact: (909) 607-2671 or concerts@pomona.edu or visit: www.music.pomona.edu.

March 2 - Pomona College Orchestra with Pianist Johnny Wang (’17), 2013 Concerto Winner—3 p.m., Bridges Hall of Music. Conductor Eric Lindholm leads the orchestra featuring the winner of the 2013 Pomona College Orchestra Concerto Competition, pianist Johnny Wang (’17). Contact: (909) 607-2671 or concerts@pomona.edu or visit: www.music.pomona.edu.

March 3 Robbins Lecture Series: “Biomaterials and Biotechnology: From the Discovery of Angiogenesis Inhibitors for Treating Cancer to the Development of Drug Delivery Systems”—8 p.m., Pomona College Seaver North Auditorium (645 N. College Ave., Claremont). Prof. Robert Langer (Massachusetts Institute of Technology) will present a lecture. Contact: (909) 621-8448 or lbell@pomona.edu.

March 4 - Robbins Lecture Series: "Biomaterials and How They Will Change Our Lives”—11 a.m., Pomona College Seaver North Auditorium (645 N. College Ave., Claremont). Prof. Robert Langer (Massachusetts Institute of Technology) will present a lecture on "Biomaterials and How They Will Change Our Lives.” Contact: (909) 621-8448 or lbell@pomona.edu.

March 4 - Robbins Lecture Series: "Creating and Implementing Breakthrough Technologies”—4:30 p.m. Prof. Robert Langer (Massachusetts Institute of Technology) will present a talk on "Creating and Implementing Breakthrough Technologies.” Contact: (909) 621-8448 or lbell@pomona.edu.

March 5 - Lecture: “Statistics and Big Data at Google”—4 p.m., Pomona College Rose Hills Theater (Smith Campus Center, 170 E. Sixth St., Claremont). Tim Hesterberg, senior ad quality statistician at Google, will discuss how the company uses data and statistics, how Google is always experimenting to make improvements and how the tech powerhouse adapts statistical ideas to do things that have never been done before. Contact: (909) 621-8409.

March 6 - Lecture: “Diasporic Doubles and Double Sightings: Rene Magritte and the Filipino Security Guards at the L.A. County Museum of Art”—noon, Pomona College Oldenborg Center (350 N. College Way, Claremont). Pearlie Rose Baluyut, project manager of The Philippines at the Venice Biennale 2015 Project, will discuss the Los Angeles County Museum of Art’s landmark exhibition of René Magritte (1898-1967). Through an art historical analysis of the choreographed provocations of the museum, she will review the violent collision of class, race, and gender, interrogate the spectacle of the other, and offer a double sighting not just of the enigmatic Magritte, but the uncanny Jose Rizal—a diasporic signifier of the economy and mythology of (trans)nationalism. For information on Oldenborg Lunch Colloquium events, visit www.oldenborg.pomona.edu/ and click on “Speaker Series.” Students swipe meal cards and CUC faculty, staff, and community members sign-in at the entrance. Contact: oldenborg@pomona.edu.

March 6 - The Rembrandt Club: First Thursday Lecture and Tea—1:30 p.m., Pomona College Lyman Hall (Thatcher Music Building, 340 N. College Ave., Claremont). Isabel Rojas-Williams, executive director of the Mural Conservancy of Los Angeles, will discuss “The Murals of Los Angeles.” Tea follows at Seaver House. Contact: (909) 981-7245 or cheryl_kugler@yahoo.com.

March 6 - Lecture: “The Invention of ‘Chinese Food’ Within and Outside China”—4:15 p.m., Pomona College Hahn 101 (420 Harvard Ave., Claremont). Charles Hayford will discuss whether people in China eat “Chinese food,” arguing that most Chinese would say that they simply ate “food” or “Beijing” or “Sichuan” or “hometown” food, not “Chinese.” He will examine Chinese American restaurants’ pre-World War II invention of “Chinese food” by selecting, reworking, and renaming various dishes, many of which did not exist in their ancestral homeland. Contact: kayo.yoshikawa@pomona.edu.

March 6 - Art After Hours—5-11 p.m., Pomona College Museum of Art (330 N. College Ave., Claremont). Live music co-sponsored by KSPC accompanies Pomona College Museum of Art exhibitions and programming. Contact: (909) 607-7543 or museuminfo@pomona.edu.

March 6 - The Heart of the Liberal Arts Lecture Series: Kathleen Fitzpatrick on “The HumanitiesDigital Futures”—8 p.m., Pomona College Rose Hills Theater (Smith Campus Center, 170 E. Sixth St., Claremont). Kathleen Fitzpatrick (director of scholarly communication, Modern Language Association, and visiting professor of English, New York University) will discuss “The Humanities’ Digital Futures” as part of the year-long speaker series on "The Heart of the Liberal Arts: Humanities in the Liberal Arts College," which brings prominent speakers from various disciplines to campus to explore the changing role and the continuing importance of the humanities in the context of a liberal arts education. Contact: (909) 607-8032 or kevin.dettmar@pomona.edu.

March 6-9 - “Tartuffe” by Molieré—Thurs.-Sat., 8 p.m.; Sat.-Sun., 2 p.m., Pomona College Seaver Theatre (300 E. Bonita Ave., Claremont). First performed in 1664, in Molieré’s comedy clever servants and wise wives help to keep a balance in a world threatened by maniacal fathers and cunning knaves. Tickets are $10 general admission, $5 students, faculty, staff and seniors. Contact: (909) 607-4375 or visit: www.theatre.pomona.edu/contact/ticket-information/.

March 8 - Curtain Raisers of the Claremont Colleges Dinner and Theatre Night—6 p.m., Pomona College Blue Room (Frank Dining Hall, 260 E. Bonita Ave., Claremont). Join the Curtain Raisers of the Claremont Colleges for their annual dinner and theatre night, with a performance of "Tartuffe" with comments before the show from Pomona College Prof. of Theatre Leonard Pronko. Tickets are $40. Contact: (909) 621-8189 or hilary.laconte@pomona.edu.

March 10 - Noh Theatre Class—4:15 p.m., Pomona College Seaver Theatre Large Studio (300 E. Bonita Ave., Claremont).  The general public is welcome to observe this Noh Theatre class. Contact: pbi@pomona.edu.

March 11 - Lecture: “The NASA Curiosity Rover's New Findings from Mars”—11 a.m., Pomona College Rose Hills Theater (Smith Campus Center, 170 E. Sixth St., Claremont). Dr. John Grotzinger (NASA Jet Propulsion Lab, Caltech), chief scientist of the Curiosity Mission, will speak on “The NASA Curiosity Rover's New Findings from Mars.” Contact: (909) 621-8675 or lorraine_keala@pomona.edu.

March 11 - Lecture and Demonstration: “What is Noh Theatre?”—noon, Oldenborg Center (350 N. College Way, Claremont). Lecture and demonstration by Noh actors Tatsushige Udaka and Haruna Tanaka. Contact: (909) 607-8035 or pbi@pomona.edu.

March 11 - Lecture and Demonstration: “Noh Theatre: The Oldest Continuously Practiced Theatre in the World”—7 p.m., Pomona College Seaver Theatre (300 E. Bonita Ave., Claremont). Lecture and demonstration by Noh actors Tatsushige Udaka and Haruna Tanaka. Contact: (909) 607-8035 or pbi@pomona.edu.

March 11 - Pomona College Jazz Ensemble—4:30 p.m., Lyman Hall. Barb Catlin directs the Pomona College Jazz Ensemble. Contact: (909) 607-2671 or concerts@pomona.edu or visit: www.music.pomona.edu.

March 12 - Lecture: “The Devil's Favorite Pet: Shel Silverstein, an American Iconoclast”—4:15 p.m., Pomona College Crookshank 108 (140 W. Sixth St., Claremont). Joseph Thomas, director of the National Center for the Study of Children's Literature at San Diego State University, will deliver a talk. He has published Poetry's Playground: The Culture of Contemporary American Children's Poetry, which was the Children's Literature Association's Honor Book in 2009, and a book of poetry titled Strong Measures. He is working on an analytical biography of Shel Silverstein. Contact: vac04747@pomona.edu.

March 13 - Holmes Lecture: “Ornament and Law: 22 Lewd Chinese Women”—4:15 p.m., Pomona College Crookshank 108 (140 W. Sixth St., Claremont). Anne A. Cheng, professor of English and director of the Center for African American Studies at Princeton University, will present a talk on “Ornament and Law: 22 Lewd Chinese Women.” Contact: nancy.jugan@pomona.edu or (909) 607-2212.

March 13 - Farm Stand—4 p.m., Pomona College Smith Campus Center Courtyard (170 E. Sixth St., Claremont). Produce from the Pomona College Organic farm will be available for purchase. Contact: (909) 607-8341 or farm@pomona.edu or visit: www.farm.pomona.edu.

March 13 - Art After Hours—5-11 p.m., Pomona College Museum of Art (330 N. College Ave., Claremont). Live music co-sponsored by KSPC accompanies Pomona College Museum of Art exhibitions and programming. Contact: (909) 607-7543 or museuminfo@pomona.edu.

March 20 - Art After Hours—5-11 p.m., Pomona College Museum of Art (330 N. College Ave., Claremont). Live music co-sponsored by KSPC accompanies Pomona College Museum of Art exhibitions and programming. Contact: (909) 607-7543 or museuminfo@pomona.edu.

March 24 - Lecture: “The Plow that Broke the Steppes: Researching the Environmental History of Russia's Grasslands”—4:15 p.m., Pomona College Smith Campus Center 208 (170 E. Sixth St., Claremont). Historian David Moon of the University of York (UK) will give a lecture based on his recent book, The Plough that Broke the Steppes: Agriculture and Environment on Russia's Grasslands, 1700-1914. He will speak about environmental change in Russia while making connections to the Great Plains of North America. Contact: pey-yi.chu@pomona.edu or (909) 607-0421.

March 25  - Phebe Estelle Spalding Lecture: “Getting Uncomfortable:  Religion, Sex, Politics, & Other Things You Should Never Discuss at Family Dinners”—4:30 p.m., Pomona College Crookshank 108 (140 W. Sixth St., Claremont). Ann Pellegrini (New York University) will present a lecture titled “Getting Uncomfortable:  Religion, Sex, Politics, & Other Things You Should Never Discuss at Family Dinners.” She will examine ongoing debates in the United States that pit gender and sexual equality against religious liberty, looking at how this opposition is more than rhetorical, but lies at the heart of the Affordable Care Act's contraception mandate cases—Sebelius v. Hobby Lobby Stores, Inc. and Conestoga Wood Specialties Corp. v. Sebelius—which the Supreme Court hears on March 25, 2014. Pellegrini is the director of the Center for the Study of Gender and Sexuality. Contact: amy.crown@pomona.edu or (909) 607-3452.

March 27 - Lecture: “Korean Cuisine and the Forces of History”—4:15 p.m., Pomona College Hahn 101 (420 N. Harvard Ave., Claremont). Kataryzna Cwiertka (Leiden University) will demonstrate how the forces of history are revealed in Korean cuisine and how the unexpected and relatively unknown, yet quite pervasive, consequences of colonialism and war have affected the lives of both North and South Koreans today. Contact: (909) 607-8035 or pbi@pomona.edu.

March 27 - Farm Stand—4 p.m., Pomona College Smith Campus Center Courtyard (170 E. Sixth St., Claremont). Produce from the Pomona College Organic farm will be available for purchase. Contact: (909) 607-8341 or farm@pomona.edu or visit: www.farm.pomona.edu.

March 27 - Art After Hours—5-11 p.m., Pomona College Museum of Art (330 N. College Ave., Claremont). Live music co-sponsored by KSPC accompanies Pomona College Museum of Art exhibitions and programming. Contact: (909) 607-7543 or museuminfo@pomona.edu.

March 27 - “Must See” Asian Film Series: Memories of Murder—7 p.m., Pomona College Mason Hall (550 N. Harvard Ave., Claremont). Memories of Murder (South Korea, 2003) will be screened as part of the “Must See” Asian Film Series, sampling some of the most popular and critically respected films from East Asia. Contact: pas34747@pomona.edu or (909) 607-1211.

March 30 - Chamber Music of Aaron Copland—8 p.m., Bridges Hall of Music. Pianist Robert Edward Thies and members of the Long Beach Symphony perform. Contact: (909) 607-2671 or concerts@pomona.edu or visit: www.music.pomona.edu.

Exhibitions

Jan. 21-April 10 - Spring Exhibitions at Pomona College Museum of Art — noon-5 p.m., Tues.-Sun.; noon-11 p.m., Thursdays. Pomona College Museum of Art (330 N. College Ave., Claremont).  Spring exhibitions on view at the Pomona College Museum of Art are: “Mowry Baden: Dromedary Mezzanine”; “Witness: Käthe Kollwitz”; “Portraits, Abstractions, and the In-Between: Gathering the Work of Frederick Hammersley”; and “Project Series 48: Andrea Bowers: #sweetjane.” Contact: (909) 607-7543 or museuminfo@pomona.edu or visit: www.pomona.edu/museum.