Visiting Artist Amanda Turner Pohan will speak about her artwork and current project, Maize Mediation, an installation and site-specific work in the McCarthy Art Gallery and the Saint Michael's Natural Area investigating the history of corn production and consumption. This project is guest curated by Overnight Projects, a curatorial initiative directed by Abbey Meaker.
Opening Reception for Amanda Turner Pohan's Maize Meditation. The artist will transform the McCarthy Art Gallery into a library of archival materials documenting a timeline of corn cultivation, from the practices of the Abenaki Nation of Vermont to the rise of American agricultural biotech corporations. To mark the final year of harvest of the 66 acre cornfield leased from St. Michael's by a local farmer, this project invites participants to attend an event in the gallery on the weekend of the fall equinox. This event will draw connections between traditional agricultural practices and the techniques that produce the genetically modified corn consumed today. This exhibition is guest curated by Overnight Projects, a curatorial initiative directed by Abbey Meaker.
For the month of September, artist Amanda Turner Pohan will transform the McCarthy Art Gallery at St. Michael’s College into a library of archival materials documenting a timeline of corn cultivation, from the practices of the Abenaki Nation of Vermont to the rise of American agricultural biotech corporations. To mark the final year of harvest of the 66 acre cornfield leased from St. Michael's by a local farmer, this project invites participants to attend an event in the gallery on the weekend of the fall equinox. This event will draw connections between traditional agricultural practices and the techniques that produce the genetically modified corn consumed today.
Mathematics students will share their experiences from this past summer.
Divided We Fall with director Sharat Raju has won a dozen international awards, and became known as the go-to documentary on post-9/11 hate crimes. Discussion led by Dr. Traci Griffith, Chair of the Journalism department and Dr. Katherine Kirby, Professor of Philosophy and Global studies
Interfaith Engagement in Times of Islamophobia
Chemistry alumnae Katelyn Billings (Ph.D. Yale) will be talking about her work at the pharmaceutical company GSK.
THE INAUGURATION OF DR. D. E. LORRAINE STERRITT, Seventeenth President of Saint Michael's College, will take place at Saint Michael’s College on Saturday, September 22, 2018 at 2:30 p.m. in the Vincent C. Ross Sports Center on campus. Related events on the Inauguration weekend include the annual Academic Convocation on Friday, September 21 in the McCarthy Arts Center at 3:30 p.m. On Saturday, September 22, an Inaugural Prayer Service will be at 12:30 p.m. in the Chapel of Saint Michael the Archangel, followed by the 2:30 p.m. Inauguration Ceremony in Ross, with a Reception immediately following. Regular Sunday Mass will be at 11 a.m. on Sunday, September 23, in the Chapel.The Inauguration will take place during Saint Michael’s Alumni and Family Weekend. With so many events on campus during Inauguration Weekend, parking will be limited. The Vermont Room in Alliot Hall will be open for academic regalia robing for delegates beginning at 1:30 p.m. Procession line-up will begin at 2 p.m. in order to begin the Inauguration Ceremony promptly at 2:30 p.m. Information: President’s Office, 802-654-2211.About Dr. Sterritt: Most recently, Dr. Sterritt served as President of Salem Academy and College in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. Born and raised in Ireland, Dr. Sterritt holds a bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree in French from Queen’s University Belfast, and a master’s degree and a doctorate in French from Princeton University. Her career in the United States started at Chatham Hall, an all-girls college-preparatory boarding school in Chatham, Virginia, where she was Director of School and also taught French and Latin from 1985 to 1991. From 1991 to 1996, Dr. Sterritt studied at Princeton University, where she also served as Assistant Master of Wilson College. From 1996 to 2000, she served as Assistant and then Associate Dean of Freshmen at Harvard University before moving to the University of Pennsylvania, where she served as Dean of Freshmen and Director of Academic Advising. From 2004 to 2010, she worked at Stanford University in administrative and teaching roles. From there she moved back to Harvard, where she was a member of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences at Harvard University and Dean for Administration at Harvard College. Dr. Sterritt and her husband, Norbert Lain, moved to Vermont in the summer of 2018, and Dr. Sterritt assumed her duties as President of Saint Michael’s College on July 1.
Visiting Artist Amanda Turner Pohan will lead a participatory performance as part of her exhibition in the McCarthy Art Gallery that will include consuming corn-based foods. It will begin in the gallery foyer and conclude with a group walk to the cornfield where Abenaki corn will be served.
A lecture by Jordan Alexander Stein, Associate Professor of English and Comparative Literature at Fordham University.Nina Simone is having a moment. More than ten years after the singer’s death in 2004, she is the subject of documentaries and biopics, of blog posts and magazine profiles. Her songs appear on soundtracks, her face on t-shirts, her samples on hip hop tracks. Simone has far more wide-spread popularity now than she ever did in her musical heyday in the late 1950s and 1960s. In the time of Black Lives Matter, we look to Simone’s anthems and her example as a proud, black woman and feminist as we search for a usable past. Nina Simone is undeniably the subject of contemporary fantasies about a world that was and that could be.Our fantasies of Nina Simone are not, however, identical to her own fantasies. Her prolific musical career repeatedly circled around performances, cover songs, and writings that betray a tacit presumption that self-expression itself is masculine – that to have a public voice is to speak as a man. Not being one, and yet not entirely refusing this chauvinism, Simone’s solution was to speak men’s words. Her performances were complex acts of gender ventriloquism, while the deep cadences of her contralto lent a seemingly natural energy (and, often, a lamenting sadness) to these acts. “Fantasies of Nina Simone” offers a meditation on these discrepant fantasies—ours of her, hers of her—as a way of beginning to understand the shifting histories of musical performance and racial and sexual politics between the Civil Rights Era and now.
Talking about race and racism can be difficult -- especially with children. But that does notmean we shouldn't have these conversations. This discussion group addresses the impact ofracism on our children. It is designed to help people discuss these issues with children in ameaningful and age-appropriate way. It includes resources, discussion, and role playing. Highly encouraged for leaders of mentor programs; must attend all 3 sessions.
Omar Pérez (Havana, Cuba) is an award-winning writer who has long pursued unexpected transformations. He unsettles civic discourse with interference from Zen Buddhism, multilingualism, passages of children’s verse and popular music, humor, and more. He is also a prizewinning essayist, a literary translator, an editor, and a carpenter. Pérez has become increasingly committed to exploring interdisciplinary arts and performance. In 2014 he was a Fellow with the University of Iowa’s International Writing Program, and he has presented his work in many countries around the world.
The Escalating Threat of White Supremacist Violence and Intimidation, and the struggle for Inclusive American Citizenship.
Films in French with English subtitles.Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z4_79dnJeNUBPM is a fictionalized account of the history of Act Up-Paris, the triumphant true story of some of the great heroes of our era: the men and women who fought for the recognition and improved treatment of HIV and AIDS patients at a time when a diagnosis was a death sentence. As an original member of Act Up, writer-director Robin Campillo brings a detailed, thoroughly researched authenticity to his reconstruction of the activist organization’s politically and emotionally charged group meetings, its colorful protests, and the intimate relationships that bound the tight-knit group together. Yet BPM is anything but a dry history lesson: Campillo intelligently divides the film in two sections, the first of which establishes Act Up’s historical importanceby focusing on its internal dynamics and political actions, while the second delivers the emotional punch of its impact on individual fates through a love story between two of its members, one of whom is dying of AIDS. In crafting this remarkable elegy, Campillo achieves a rare blend of celebration and outrage, remaining true to the activists’determination, humor, and youthful vibrancy. Above all, BPM is a remarkable testament to the power of regular citizens to effect change by banding together to demand justice.