Office of Communications
April 12, 2010 - April 18, 2010
Scope Weekly

Monday Memo


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Beach Patrol
: On a Gulf Coast island, seven Skidmore students spent their spring break marking restricted areas for birds.

Tonight: 'Zen Buddhism and the Anxiety of Modernity'
The Office of Religious and Spiritual Life is hosting a lecture and meditation session with Konrad Kyrushin Marchaj, Sensei and Abbot of the Zen Mountain Monastery.

College to host inaugural 'Career Jam' April 16
Nearly 40 parent and alumni volunteers will share career information, job-search ideas, interviewing tips, and job opportunities with students in a two-hour session taking place in the Payne Room at the Tang.

Saratoga Reads to wrap season with special event 
Background on this year's book of choice and a thank-you reception will be highlights on April 16.

Jazz superstars to perform at Zankel
The Redman/Mehldau Trio is slated to present April 16 concert.

North Woods Stewardship Day to offer walking tours
April 18 activities will include two tours and trail clean-up. Everyone is welcome.

'Designer as Author' to be Malloy Lecturer Ellen Lupton's topic
The 'communication designer extraordinare' will talk about the excitement of design in her April 22 talk.

Faculty-Staff Achievements
Pushkala Prasad wins prestigious award; David Karp co-leads conference; Pat Oles writes about voter engagement.

Big weekend wins for Thoroughbreds
Baseball and softball teams notch no-hitters; women's tennis and lacrosse are victorious.

Daily Events

Monday 4/12

  The Patron's Turn: Giotto, Enrico Scrovegni, and the Arena Chapel in Padua
Time: 5:30 PM

Location: Palamountain Hall: Davis Auditorium

Why did Enrico Scrovegni construct the Arena Chapel and commission its elaborate fresco program? Recent scholarly assessments see the nexus between the patron and his civic context as untroubled. We will make the case that the program strikes a delicate balance between ostentation and penitence. Both with documentary and visual evidence, we argue that the patron's efforts reflect more than civic magnanimity; he also seeks to represent himself as reintegrated into the Christian community."


FEATURED EVENT
  Zen Buddhism and the Anxiety of Modernity: The Practice of Meditation
Time: 7:00 PM- 8:15 PM

Location: Palamountain Hall: Gannett Auditorium

I am pleased to announce an unusual opportunity to hear a Zen teacher speak at Skidmore College. Please mark your calendars and join us for: Konrad Ryushin Marchaj, Sensei, Abbot of Zen Mountain Monastery, Mainhouse of the Mountain and Rivers Order of Zen Buddhism. His talk is titled "Zen Buddhism and the Anxiety of Modernity: the Practice of Meditation," scheduled for Monday, April 12, 2010 in Gannett Auditorium from 7 p.m. to 8:15 pm. For those interested, a Meditation Session will be held immediately following the talk at Wilson Chapel from 8:30 - 9:00 pm. The event is sponsored by the Office of Religious and Spiritual Life, the Department of Religion, and Asian Studies.


  ABKCO Records, Music, Film, and the Future: A Talk with Jody Klein '85
Time: 8:00 PM- 10:00 PM

Location: Arthur Zankel Music Center: 117

A conversation with Jody Klein '85, the CEO of ABKCO Records.

ABKCO owns the recording catalogs of the Rolling Stones, Herman's Hermits, the Animals, Sam Cooke, and others from the sixties. More recently, ABKCO has branched into film.

Our conversation will range from the management of recording catalogs (copyright, royalties, etc.) to the future of media companies like ABKCO.


Tuesday 4/13

  Holocaust Memorial Day - A conversation with Jennifer Roy
Time: 5:30 PM- 6:30 PM

Location: Case Center: Intercultural Center

A conversation with Jennifer Roy Author of the award winning book, Yellow Star Syvia is a young Jewish girl living in Poland. When the Nazis invade, Syvia's family is forced to move into the Lodz Ghetto. For the next five-and-a-half years Syvia, her parents, and sister Dora struggle to survive horrific conditions and Nazi brutality. Yellow Star is based on the true story of Jennifer Roy's aunt Syvia's childhood in the Lodz Ghetto. While a quarter of a million Jews entered the ghetto, only 800 were left alive when liberation came in 1945. Twelve of them were children. Jennifer Roy's aunt Syvia was one of those children.

Yellow Star provides readers a rare look at family life inside the Lodz Ghetto. Syvia's story is profoundly moving, suspenseful, uplifting, and even humorous at times. And it really happened.

Ms. Roy won the following awards for her book. A 2006 Boston Globe-Horn Book Award 2007 Sydney Taylor Book Awards Honor Book 2007 ALA Notable Children's Book 2006 National Jewish Book Awards Finalist 2006 School Library Journal Best Book 2006 The New York Public Library "100 Titles for Reading and Sharing" Starred Reviews: Publishers Weekly Booklist, School Library Journal VOY.

This conversation is a part of the Religious Life Dialogues that are co-sponsored by the Office of Religious and Spiritual Life and the Office of Jewish Student Live and Interfaith Programming.

As with all of our dialogues, there will be a light vegetarian meal served.


NYS First Lady Michelle Paige Paterson
Time: 6:00 PM- 7:00 PM

Location: Palamountain Hall: Gannett Auditorium


Lecture:"Fourier Series, Spherical Harmonics, and a Model for 3D Shape Discrimination"
Time: 7:00 PM

Location: Palamountain Hall: Davis Auditorium

Spherical harmonics can be thought of as a generalization of Fourier series to the unit sphere, and they have proven to be important in many theoretical and practical applications, including electron configurations, gravitational and magnetic fields of planetary bodies, indirect lighting in 3D computer graphics, as well as the representation and retrieval of 3D images in computer databases. Over the past few years, a group working in Professor Flip Phillip?s Vision Lab at Skidmore College has been studying how spherical harmonics may be used in the development of a metric for the discrimination of 3D shape that corresponds to human perception of shape. In this talk we will give an introduction to the mathematical theory of Fourier series and spherical harmonics, we will explore the practical side of working with spherical harmonics for the creation of 3D shape, and we will discuss our progress in the development of our 3D shape metric.


Wednesday 4/14

Skidmore Autism Awareness Event
Time: 4:30 PM- 6:00 PM

Location: Bolton Hall: 382

Adults with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD's) are a fast-growing segment of the population. Learn more about the high functioning people with ASD's that you might meet in your neighborhood, job site, or college community. Hear aspiring writer Melanie Hecker talk about her experiences as a teen with high functioning ASD. Miss Hecker will also read from her original poetry.


FEATURED EVENT
  "How to Cool the Planet": a Lecture by Jeff Goodell
Time: 7:00 PM- 8:30 PM

Location: Palamountain Hall: Gannett Auditorium

Environmental journalist Jeff Goodell returns to Skidmore to speak about his newest book, "How to Cool the Planet: Geoengineering and the Audacious Quest to Fix Earth's Climate," due out in April 2010. In his book, Goodell investigates the viability of geoengineering: ambitious, mostly unproven strategies to "deliberately engineer the earth's climate to counteract global warming." Despite his promise to avoid the "wacky ideas proposed by wannabe geoengineers," Goodell still must ask the question: "at what point does the urgent and heroic goal of fixing the planet become just another excuse to make a quick buck?" In a genre dominated by doomsday scenarios, Goodell's treatment is refreshingly lighthearted, but two questions haunt him: "What kind of person dreams of engineering the entire planet? and Can we trust him?" He warns, "Technology has taken us farther away from nature, not drawn us closer to it," and his provocative account achieves a fine balance between the inventor's enthusiasm and the scientist's skepticism.


Autism: The Musical
Time: 7:00 PM- 8:30 PM

Location: Tang Teaching Museum: Somers

Autism: The Musical is a touching and uplifting documentary that brings attention to a modern-day epidemic while celebrating the value of the human spirit in overcoming any challenge. The film introduces five autistic kids, who along with their parents take part in a groundbreaking theatrical workshop. The film captures the struggles and triumphs of their family lives and observes how this musical production gives these performers a comfort zone in which they can explore their creative sides.


  "One Night Stand" Talent Show
Time: 9:00 PM

Location: Case Center: Spa

Join the Office of Student Diversity Programs for the 'One Night Stand' talent show! Cash prizes for winners.


Thursday 4/15

Three Worlds Dinner
Time: 6:00 PM- 8:00 PM

Location: Case Center: Faculty/Staff Lounge

Learn about world hunger over dinner followed by speaker Elaine A. Hills "Cultivating Food Justice: People, the Planet, and You"

Get your tickets at Case Center on April 5th-8th or at the door.

Suggeted donation of $2.00 to support Oxfam and the fight against world hunger.


FEATURED EVENT
Discussion:"Amazement Park: The VanDerBeek Family's Life in Art"
Time: 7:00 PM

Location: Tang Teaching Museum

Discussion:"Amazement Park: The VanDerBeek Family's Life in Art". The yearlong exhibition that combines work by influential filmmaker and artist, Stan VanDerBeek, with works by his daughter Sara and son Johannes. The exhibition closes on April 25th, 2010.


How America Can Be a Nation of Immigrants and a Nation of Laws: The case for comprehensive immigration reform
Time: 7:00 PM- 8:30 PM

Location: Palamountain Hall: Gannett Auditorium

Sponsored by the Department of Government. Co-sponsored by the Student Speakers Bureau, The Economics Department, The International Affairs Program and the Latin American Studies Program.


Here and Now Theater Company Production
Time: 8:00 PM

Location: Arthur Zankel Music Center

Join Asian Cultural Awareness for a production by the Here and Now Theatre Company in which they share stories of the Asian-Americans experience.


Friday 4/16

Softball vs. Cazenovia (Doubleheader)
Time: 3:30 PM

Location: Softball Diamond


FEATURED EVENT
  Concert featuring Joshua Redman and Brad Mehldau
Time: 8:00 PM

Location: Arthur Zankel Music Center: Helen Ladd Concert Hall

Filene Concert Series Guest Artists Joshua Redman and Brad Mehldau will perform.


FEATURED EVENT
  The Grand Guignol; Le Baiser Dans La Nuit by Maurice Level and the World Premiere of Nunky Gruel
Time: 8:00 PM

Location: Janet Kinghorn Bernhard Theater: Mainstage

From the depths of turn-of-the-century Paris came the Grand Guignol, a brand of theater so terrifying, so shocking, audience members either fled the theater scandalized or convulsed in the aisles in states of cardiac arrest.


Saturday 4/17

  Softball vs. Rochester (Doubleheader)
Time: 2:00 PM

Location: Softball Diamond


  Student Voice and Conducting Recital featuring Ashley Prickel
Time: 3:00 PM

Location: Arthur Zankel Music Center: Helen Ladd Concert Hall

Senior Voice and Choral Conducting Recital featuring student Ashley Prickel


Student Recital featuring Audrey Wronski and Madeline Warner
Time: 8:00 PM

Location: Arthur Zankel Music Center: Helen Ladd Concert Hall

Senior Recital featuring Filene Scholars Audrey Wronski, bassoon and Madeline Warner, oboe


FEATURED EVENT
  The Grand Guignol; Le Baiser Dans La Nuit by Maurice Level and the World Premiere of Nunky Gruel
Time: 8:00 PM

Location: Janet Kinghorn Bernhard Theater: Mainstage

From the depths of turn-of-the-century Paris came the Grand Guignol, a brand of theater so terrifying, so shocking, audience members either fled the theater scandalized or convulsed in the aisles in states of cardiac arrest.


Sunday 4/18

FEATURED EVENT
  The Grand Guignol; Le Baiser Dans La Nuit by Maurice Level and the World Premiere of Nunky Gruel
Time: 2:00 PM

Location: Janet Kinghorn Bernhard Theater: Mainstage

From the depths of turn-of-the-century Paris came the Grand Guignol, a brand of theater so terrifying, so shocking, audience members either fled the theater scandalized or convulsed in the aisles in states of cardiac arrest.


  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


FEATURED EVENT
  [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.


FEATURED EVENT
  [4/8 - 6/27] Schick Art Gallery Exhibition: The Figure Five Ways

Location: Saisselin Art Center: Schick Art Gallery

A figurative exhibition featuring five contemporary artists: Hugo Crosthwaite, Michael Ferris, Jr., Susan Jamison, Sophie Jodoin, and Emily Metzguer.


FEATURED EVENT
[4/10 - 8/7] Opener 19: Los Carpinteros
Time: 12:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Location: Tang Teaching Museum: Wachenheim Gallery

Everyday things from domestic items to urban architecture permeate the work of Havana-based duo Los Carpinteros. Marco Castillo and Dagoberto Rodriguez's exquisitely crafted sculptures and drawings twist these reco'nizable objects into surreal amalgamations-a bed in the shape of a roller coaster or a building with drawers for windows-that beg us to re-examine these ubiquitous objects and our relationship to them.


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