The list of arts and cultural activities for the 2017-2018 academic year is replete with on-campus events of interest to the College and greater community and visitors, among them: 

 

 

Literature

Poet Ocean Vuong, photo by Tom Hines

Ocean Vuong: Poetry Reading and Discussion

Ernst Common Room, Blaustein Humanities Center

Thursday, Sept. 20

“Reading Vuong is like watching a fish move: he manages the varied currents of English with muscled intuition...His lines are both long and short, his pose narrative and lyric, his diction formal and insouciant. From the outside, Vuong has fashioned a poetry of inclusion.” — The New Yorker

Ocean Vuong’s work is both globally informed and personally intimate – his poems touch on themes of immigration, gender and sexuality, violence and war, and are often lyrical, intimate and meditative, playing with formal and colloquial registers and the prose/poetry divide. Vuong will read from his collection “Night Sky with Exit Wounds” (2016), winner of the 2017 T.S. Eliot Prize and a New York Times Top 10 Book of 2016.

 

Literature

Book cover of Exit West by Mohsin Hamid

One Book, One Region: Mohsin Hamid

Palmer Auditorium

Wednesday, Sept. 26

Connecticut College is partnering with the One Book, One Region initiative to present author Mohsin Hamid, author of the extraordinary novel “Exit West.” Mohsin Hamid is the author of four novels, “Moth Smoke,” “The Reluctant Fundamentalist,” “How to Get Filthy Rich in Rising Asia,” and “Exit West,” and a book of essays, “Discontent and Its Civilizations.” His writing has been featured on bestseller lists, adapted for the cinema, and translated into over thirty-five languages. Born in Lahore, Pakistan, he has spent about half his life there and much of the rest in London, New York, and California.

 

Music

Jazz Ensemble performance, 2013

Prism: An Ensemble Sampler

Evans Hall

Friday, Sept. 28

A varied Fall Weekend program featuring Camel Heard, Concert Band, Jazz Ensemble, Orchestra, New Music Chamber Ensemble, Traditional Jazz Band.

Free Admission

 

onStage Guest Artist Series, Dance

Dance Theater of Harlem: Artists Stephanie Rae Williams and Choong Hoon Lee in Return. Photo by Rachel Neville.
Image by Rachel Neville

Dance Theater of Harlem

Palmer Auditorium

Saturday, Sept. 29, 2018

Virginia Johnson, Artistic Director

Dance Theater of Harlem is embarking on their 50th anniversary tour. Founded by Arthur Mitchell, an acclaimed principal dancer with George Balanchine’s New York City Ballet, Dance Theater of Harlem brings new life to the art form of classical ballet. Performing a forward-thinking repertoire that includes treasured classics, neoclassical works by George Balanchine and resident choreographer Robert Garland, as well as innovative contemporary works that use the language of ballet to celebrate African-American culture, the Company is known for its thrilling performances that successfully challenge preconceived notions.

Tickets: $28; Seniors: $25; Students: $14 (General Admission)

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Theater

We Are Proud to Present a Presentation About the Herero of Namibia, Formerly Known as South West Africa, From the German Südwestafrika, Between the Years 1884-1915

Tansill Theater

Friday, Sept. 28, 7:30 p.m.; Saturday, Sept. 29, 2 and 7:30 p.m.; Sunday, Sept. 30, 2 p.m.

By Jackie Sibblies Drury
Directed by Jude Sandy

A group of actors gather to tell the little-known story of the first genocide of the 20th century. “We Are Proud to Present ...” takes place largely in a rehearsal room that descends from collaborative to absurd as a group of idealistic actors—three black and three white—attempt to recreate the extinction of the Herero tribe at the hands of their German colonizers. Along the way, they test the limits of empathy as their own stories, subjectivities, assumptions and prejudices catalyze their theatrical process. Eventually the full force of a horrific past crashes into the good intentions of the present, and what seemed a faraway place and time comes all too close to home.

Tickets: $15; Seniors: $6; Students: $6; Military: $6 (General Admission)

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Music

Guest Artists: Syria in my Heart: Classical Music by Contemporary Syrian Composers

Harkness Chapel

Sunday, Oct. 21

Syrian-German violinist Ashraf Kateb and Iraqi- Syrian-Finnish pianist Hamsa Alwadi perform contemporary Arab classical compositions. Co-sponsored by the Department of Music and Global Islamic Studies.

Free Admission