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March 22, 2010 - March 28, 2010
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Monday Memo

SaratogaArtsFest 2010
SaratogaArtsFest 2010

SaratogaArtsFest announces line-up, new features
The fourth annual citywide arts festival will celebrate local talent and offer some fresh approaches this year.

Alumna to deliver Harder Lecture March 23
Top international executive Cynthia Carroll '78 will offer her perspective on the global economy.

Interplanetary exploration to be Strock Lecture topic
Cornell astronomer Steven Squyres to discuss the Mars Rover expeditions.

Leading feminist scholar to lecture this week
Barbara Smith has played a groundbreaking role in the national dialogue about the intersections of race, class, sexuality, and gender.

Borealis Wind Quintet to headline inaugural Woodwind, Brass Festival
The Filene Concert Series artists will perform March 27.

Faculty-Staff Achievements
David Peterson wins silver medal, Matt Littrell's bakery earns notice, and more.

Thoroughbred Athletics
Mike Heyward '11 earns raves as a coach, and an update on spring-break team action.

Daily Events

Monday 3/22

  "Black Feminism: My Next Chapter" a lecture with Barbara Smith
Time: 7:00 PM

Location: Palamountain Hall: Gannett Auditorium

Barbara Smith is an author and independent scholar who has played a groundbreaking role in opening a national cultural and political dialogue about the intersections of race, class, sexuality, and gender. She will give her Black History Month keynote lecture, "Black Feminism: My Next Chapter" on Monday, March 22 at 7pm in Gannett Auditorium.

Tuesday 3/23

  CRUDE: The Real Price of Oil
Time: 7:00 PM

Location: Palamountain Hall: Emerson

Beginning in the 60's, Chevron Texaco began an expansive drilling project in northeast Ecuador on the ancestral lands of local indigenous groups. They left behind 917 toxic oil waste pits and dumped or spilled 18 billion gallons of oil into the Amazon Rainforest - the equivalent of 30 Exxon-Valdez oil tanker spills. The result has been severe environmental contamination, of food, water and shelter as well as extremely high rates of cancer, birth defects, and other health issues.

"Crude: The Real Price of Oil" documents the ongoing lawsuit filed against Chevron on behalf of the 30,000 Amazon residents seeking justice as Chevron attempts to evade accountability. With potential damages assessed at over $27 billion, this could be the largest environmental lawsuit in history.

This film has already won numerous awards and was part of the 2009 Sundance Film Festival.

There will be an informal discussion following the screening and snacks will be provided!

Bring your friends, possibly some money to donate to the Clean Up Ecuador Campaign, and check out for more information about Chevron and the pollution of the Ecuadorian Amazon.

  F. William Harder Endowed Lecture: Speaker, Cynthia Carroll
Time: 7:00 PM- 8:30 PM

Location: Palamountain Hall: Gannett Auditorium

F. William Harder Endowed Lecture

  Men's Lacrosse vs. Tufts
Time: 7:00 PM

Location: Wachenheim Field

Wednesday 3/24

  Pi Mu Epsilon Induction Ceremony and Lecture: "Graphs and Symmetry"
Time: 5:30 PM

Location: Palamountain Hall: Emerson Auditorium

My goal in this talk is to provide intuition about graphs, their symmetries, and a few of the questions that have been studied recently. No background in graph theory will be assumed.

A graph is a collection of objects (called vertices) with a relationship (called an edge) between some pairs of objects. For instance, the vertices could be Facebook pages with an edge between them if they are Facebook friends. The vertices could be computers with an edge between them if they have a direct cable connection. We often "draw" graphs to help our intuition about their structure. However, the drawing is not a required part of the graph and a given graph can have many different drawings. We can talk about the symmetries of a given graph. A symmetry is a rearrangement of the objects that preserves the relationships. If we have a "nice" graph drawing, we may be able to "see" some of the symmetries in the same way we can see the symmetries of a square or a pentagon. However, many of the symmetries may not be visible in this way.

Some of the questions that have been asked about graphs and their symmetries in recent years are:

- Can a given graph be embedded in Euclidean space (of some dimension) so that its Euclidean symmetries are precisely its graph symmetries? If so, how many dimensions are required?

- What is a smallest set of vertices with the property that every symmetry is uniquely determined by its action on this set of vertices?

I will introduce these concepts, give examples to build intuition, and show a few of the current results.

  Strock Lecture: "Roving Mars: Spirit, Opportunity and the Exploration of the Red Planet"
Time: 8:00 PM

Location: Palamountain Hall: Gannett Auditorium

In January of 2004, twin robotic explorers named Spirit and Opportunity landed on Mars. Expected to last for 90 days, the two rovers have now been exploring the martian surface for more than six years. Their objective is to search for evidence of past water on Mars, and to determine if Mars ever had conditions that would have been suitable for life.

Spirit landed in Gusev Crater, a large impact crater in the southern highlands of Mars. Finding only ancient lava on the crater floor, Spirit drove a mile and a half to the base of the Columbia Hills, a mountain range near the landing site. There Spirit ascended Husband Hill, the highest summit in the range, finding strong evidence that the rocks were modified long ago by water. More recently, Spirit has found strong evidence for ancient hot springs on Mars.

Opportunity landed on Meridiani Planum, a smooth plateau near the martian equator. In the first few weeks after landing, Opportunity found compelling evidence for long-ago water on Mars. This evidence included thick deposits of sulfate salts, concretions that precipitated from liquid water, and rocks that preserve ancient ripples formed when water flowed over sand. Opportunity has driven more than ten miles across the martian surface, and has recently explored Victoria Crater, a spectacular impact crater half a mile in diameter.

To develop Spirit and Opportunity, a team of more than 4,000 highly motivated engineers and scientists overcame a host of technical challenges. The challenges were multiplied by an extraordinarily tight schedule that was driven by the motions of the planets. The talk will provide an up-to-date summary of the missions of Spirit and Opportunity, from their initial conception through their development, launch, landing, and operations on the surface of Mars.

Thursday 3/25

  Caribbean Theme Night Dinner-Fundraiser for Haiti Relief
Time: 5:00 PM- 7:30 PM

Location: Murray-Aikins Dining Hall

Caribbean themed food and music. Raffles and cash donations collected will support the renovation of classrooms at the University of Fondwa in Haiti. Haitian craft work available for purchase. General public is welcome to this family friendly event! $10.50 at the door, all-you-can-eat dining.

  We are all terrorists: From the Tarnac 9 to SHAC 7, Counter Terrorist Policies in France and the USA
Time: 5:00 PM- 7:00 PM

Location: Palamountain Hall: Gannett

What are we talking about when we talk about counter-terrorism? Have you heard of the Tarnac 9 Case? Of SHAC 7? Of the "Green Scare"? Do you wonder why it is so hard to be an environmental activist or a political radical? Steve Best, PhD at the University of El Paso, and animal rights activist and Bill NOT BORED!, a web-zine editor, and free lance author, will talk about several illuminating cases, and reveal the other side of "counter-terrorism". They will tell us about the laws that label activists or off-the-grid communities as "terrorist", "organized group", and "criminal association for the purposes of terrorist activity." It seems that anyone questioning the order of the world might soon be considered a terrorist.

  "Speech Matters" Bias Response Group Panel Discussion
Time: 7:00 PM

Location: Palamountain Hall: Davis Auditorium

Join the Bias Response Group for a student panel discussion and community forum about why speech matters.

Friday 3/26

Jeff Dinardo '83 of Dinardo Designs Alumni Back to Campus Info Session (Open to campus community only.)
Time: 3:00 PM- 4:30 PM

Location: Starbuck Center: 2nd Fl Conf Rm

An opportunity to discuss careers in graphic design and children?s publishing with alum Jeff Dinardo. Jeff plans to hire a graphic design intern this summer.

Senior Voice Recital by Victoria Lowe, soprano with Patricia Hadfield, piano
Time: 6:00 PM- 7:30 PM

Location: Arthur Zankel Music Center: Ladd Concert Hall

Saturday 3/27

  Skidmore Winds and Brass Festival featuring The Borealis Wind Quintet
Time: 8:00 PM

Location: Arthur Zankel Music Center: Helen Ladd Concert Hall

Filene Concert Series: The Borealis Wind Quintet, as part of the Skidmore College Winds and Brass Festival

Sunday 3/28

  Baseball vs. Vassar (Doubleheader)
Time: 12:00 PM

Location: Castle Diamond

  Softball vs. Utica (Doubleheader)
Time: 1:00 PM

Location: Softball Diamond

  Student Piano Recital featuring Zoe Coppola
Time: 4:30 PM

Location: Arthur Zankel Music Center: Helen Ladd Concert Hall

Senior Piano Recital featuring student Zoe Coppola

Sunday Eucharist
Time: 8:00 PM- 9:00 PM

Location: Wilson Memorial Chapel

Ongoing Events

  [6/6 - 4/25] Amazement Park: Stan, Sara and Johannes VanDerBeek

Location: Tang Teaching Museum: Tang Museum

Amazement Park; Stan, Sara and Johannes VanDerBeek-a yearlong exhibition

  [2/6 - 6/6] Tang Exhibition-"Fred Tomaselli"

Location: Tang Teaching Museum: Malloy Wing

Tang Exhibition: "Fred Tomaselli" February 6 - June 6, 2010 This survey shows the trajectory of Tomaselli's career, from early experiments with photography and collage to recent paintings and prints that combine abstraction with allusions to current events. Tomaselli's paintings explode in mesmerizing patterns that appear to grow organically across his compositions.

  [2/9 - 3/28] Schick Exhibition: 2010 Skidmore Student Exhibition
Time: 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM

Location: Saisselin Art Center: Schick Art Gallery

Guest juror for this year's Skidmore Student Exhibition is NYC artist Dawn Clements. She will select a number of works in a variety of media that were completed by Skidmore students during 2009. Original ceramics, communication design, drawing and painting, electronic media, fiber arts, metals, photography, printmaking, and sculpture will be submitted. About one third of submissions are typically chosen for exhibit, and around 200 entries are received annually. Visit the gallery website for details.