Office of Communications
November 8, 2010 - November 14, 2010
Scope Weekly

Monday Memo


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Kress leads first faculty meeting as acting president
Calling the transition "a very strange thing for me," she describes how a book left by President Philip Glotzbach has helped her keep things in perspective.

Preparing students to make a difference in the arts

The College's new program in Arts Administration is off to a great start, with 35 students enrolled in the foundations course, says David Howson, Arthur Zankel Director of Arts Administration. "We need to prepare students to analyze and creatively solve problems that we can't yet imagine."

Panel to focus on 'The Longest War'

The Greenberg Middle East Scholar series continues, with a discussion featuring two writers with on-the-ground experience in some of the world's most volatile locations.

Music faculty to celebrate new home with concert
Pulitzer Prize and Grammy award-winning composer Jennifer Higdon has written a composition that will have its premiere at Zankel.

Tang to offer symposium on abstract art
Sponsored by the Tang's Alfred Z. Solomon residency, the Nov. 11-12 event will explore the nature of abstract art, how various audiences perceive and experience it, and how it is presented to the public.

Faculty-Staff Achievements
Simon joins select group of William James lecturers; Conway named a hometown ambassador; Seyb, Turner analyze the 2010 election.

Thoroughbred Sports update
Field hockey "three-peats" to win Liberty League title.






Daily Events

Monday 11/8

Overland Information Table (Open to campus community only.)
Time: 12:00 PM- 2:00 PM

Location: Case Center - 2nd Floor Case Center, Burgess Cafe area

Overland offers outdoor trips, community service projects, language study and summer writing programs to young adults ages 11 to 18 from across the country and around the world.


FEATURED EVENT
 

Lecture: "Prejudice: A Decade of Research--Knows, Don't Knows, and Should Knows"
Time: 5:00 PM- 8:00 PM

Location: Palamountain Hall - Davis Auditorium

A decade of research about prejudice has taught us a lot about who is and who is not prejudiced. However, there are still large empty spots on our knowledge map. One of those empty spots is the explanation of territorial differences in prejudice--differences between nations. This lecture will give a general summary of what we know about prejudice as well as what we are only beginning to understand about territorial differences in prejudice


Overland Summer Programs Information Session (Open to campus community only.)
Time: 6:00 PM- 7:00 PM

Location: Ladd Hall - 206

Overland offers outdoor trips, community service projects, language study abroad and summer writing programs to young adults ages 11 to 18 from across the country and around the world. Now in our 27th year, Overland is proud of our tradition of small groups, carefully-crafted programs and superlative leadership.


 

Lecture: "FEDICAMP Re-Greening Northern Nicaragua"
Time: 7:00 PM

Location: Palamountain Hall - Emerson Auditorium

Miguel ángel Marín Vásquez, President of FEDICAMP, and Jim Burchell, Director of PeaceWorks in New Jersey, will speak on their organization's involvement with rural Nicaraguan communities, emphasizing the environmental, community development and gender issues faced in this third-world country.

PeaceWorks is a nonprofit, tax-exempt organization that works to aid the peoples of the Americas and support progressive change by empowering people to act for justice throughout the Americas. PeaceWorks has sponsored Miguel Marin's visit to the United States to help inform the public of FEDICAMP's work first hand. FEDICAMP is a Nicaraguan nonprofit organization founded in February, 2002 that promotes the holistic development of rural communities through the implementation of sustainable programs and projects. FEDICAMP seeks the full and long-term participation of families as their principal vehicle of the social development process. FEDICAMP fosters agricultural development by promoting programs and projects on sustainable agriculture, food security and the environment, that expand peoples' livelihoods and diet. They achieve this by developing technical, methodological and organizational capacity among community leaders and organizers through a "peasant to peasant" peer learning approach.


Tuesday 11/9

 

Yoga-type Movement and Meditation
Time: 5:10 PM- 5:55 PM

Location: Wilson Memorial Chapel

A mixture of chanting, silent meditation and pilates and yoga-type movements focused on cultivating positive attributes of the soul. Every Tuesday afternoon through 11/30/2010 (no program on 11/23/2010.) All are welcome. Come whenever your schedule permits. Wear loose comfortable clothing and bring a yoga mat or blanket.


Living The Liberal Arts in Social Work Career Panel and Reception (Open to campus community only.)
Time: 5:30 PM- 7:00 PM

Location: Murray-Aikins Dining Hall - 2nd Floor, Room 4

Various alumni, students and faculty explore careers in Social Work.

If you are considering majoring in this discipline or are a current major, this program is for you!

Life During and After Majoring in Social Work: Come hear what Skidmore Social Work majors/minors are doing now.


 

The Order of Orgies: Sex and the Cinematic Romans
Time: 6:00 PM- 7:00 PM

Location: Bolton Hall - Davis Auditorium

Join Professor Raucci as she explores the sexual mores of the Romans as depicted on the silver screen and on television. We know the Romans were decadent, but what do depictions of Roman decadence say about contemporary attitudes toward sex and sexuality? Does orgiastic excess hold up a mirror to the viewing audience?

Professor Raucci received her B.A. from Wellesley College and her M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Chicago. Her scholarly interests focus on the reception of the ancient world, and her course offerings include the ancient world in film and sex and gender in classical antiquity.


 

Shades of Gray: Religious Freedom in America
Time: 7:00 PM- 8:00 PM

Location: Palamountain Hall - Gannett Auditorium

Shades of Gray: Religious Freedom in America A two night panel discussion on the topic of religious freedom both on Skidmore's campus and in America. Panelists will include Skidmore professors, students, and outside guests.


FEATURED EVENT

The Longest War: Insurgency and Civil War in Afghanistan and Pakistan
Time: 8:00 PM- 9:30 PM

Location: Palamountain Hall - Davis Auditorium

A panel discussion with Amil Khan and Andrew Exum. Amil Khan works in Pakistan for Radical Middle Way and writes on issues connected to terrorism and extremism as Londonstani on the Abu Muqawama blog. His book about the development of extremism, The Long Struggle, will be published later this year. Andrew Exum is a Fellow with the Center for a New American Security. Exum served on active duty in the U.S. Army from 2000 until 2004, in Iraq and Afghanistan, and as an advisor on the CENTCOM Assessment Team. He is the author of This Man's Army: A Soldier's Story from the Frontlines of the War on Terror (Gotham, 2004) and has published opinion pieces in the New York Times, the Washington Post, the Guardian and many other newspapers. Exum studied classics and English literature at the University of Pennsylvania (class of 2000), earned a master's degree in Middle Eastern Studies from the American University of Beirut and is a doctoral candidate in the Department of War Studies at King's College London. Andrew is the founder of the counter-insurgency blog Abu Muqawama.


Wednesday 11/10

Teach for America Information Table (Open to campus community only.)
Time: 11:00 AM- 1:00 PM

Location: Case Center - 2nd floor Burgess Cafe area

Stop by to find what being a teach for America member is all about!

TFA works with a great sense of urgency to build the movement to eliminate educational inequity by enlisting our nation's future leaders in the effort.

The next TFA application deadline is Dec. 17th. Apply on their website today!


Teach for America Information Session (Open to campus community only.)
Time: 5:00 PM- 6:00 PM

Location: Starbuck Center - 2nd Floor Conference Room

Teach For America is the national corps of outstanding recent college graduates and professionals - of all majors, backgrounds, and career interests - who commit to teach for two years in urban and rural public schools and become lifelong leaders in expanding educational opportunity. This year 8,200 corps members are teaching in 39 regions across the country while 20,000 Teach For America alumni continue working from inside and outside the field of education for the fundamental changes necessary to ensure educational excellence and equity.


Pi Mu Epsilon "Family Feud" Night
Time: 7:00 PM- 9:00 PM

Location: Palamountain Hall - Emerson Auditorium

A mathematical version of the TV game show "Family Feud"


 

Survivor Series: Achoo! Do You Have a Tissue? (Open to students only)
Time: 7:00 PM

Location: Penfield Hall - Lounge

Sick, again? Health Services will teach you how to recover faster and prevent future illnesses.

Skidmore's Survivor Series is organized by the Office of Residential Life and provides support for first-year students adjusting to life at Skidmore College.


 

F to eMbody: A reconstruction of gender
Time: 8:00 PM

Location: Palamountain Hall - Gannett Auditorium

A gender-deviant, multi-media, spoken-word/homo-hop extravaganza.


Thursday 11/11

 

Wilderness Ventures Information Table (Open to campus community only.)
Time: 10:00 AM- 2:00 PM

Location: Case Center - 2nd Floor Burgess Cafe area

Stop by to find out about being a Leader with Wilderness Ventures!

Our leaders come to us from throughout the United states, having attended the finest colleges and universities. Because of our 37 years of experience and our reputation as a leader in teen adventure camps and teen summer programs, we receive hundreds of applications for a few openings each year. Our screening and selection process is the most thorough of any similar-appearing teen adventure program and involves a lengthy application, several written references, 4 background checks (driving record, CORI, SORI, police record), and oftentimes 2 or more personal interviews.

Because we possess the highest staff return rate of any similar-appearing teen adventure program, often approaching 65 percent, our teen adventure groups depart with the highest degree of professional experience possible. Our extensive leadership expeditions for college age students enable many former participants to assume leadership positions each year, providing us with the luxury of an entire staff fully committed to our program goals and philosophy. Each summer an average of 25 former Wilderness Ventures students are part of our staff team.


 

"Beckettshorts"
Time: 8:30 PM- 10:00 PM

Location: Tang Teaching Museum - Francis Young Tang Teaching Museum and Art Gallery
The Tang Museum is closed on Mondays and all major holidays. For information call 518-580-8080.

A short evening of short plays by Samuel Beckett at the Tang Museum and Art Gallery. The collection of Beckett plays is presented in conjunction with the museum's exhibit on abstraction, The Jewel Thief.

November 11, 12 & 13

All performances at 8:30pm.


Friday 11/12

 

Jennifer Higdon Flute Master Class
Time: 7:00 PM

Location: Arthur Zankel Music Center - Elisabeth Luce Moore Hall


 

"Beckettshorts"
Time: 8:30 PM- 10:00 PM

Location: Tang Teaching Museum
The Tang Museum is closed on Mondays and all major holidays. For information call 518-580-8080.

A short evening of short plays by Samuel Beckett at the Tang Museum and Art Gallery. The collection of Beckett plays is presented in conjunction with the museum's exhibit on abstraction, The Jewel Thief.

November 11, 12 & 13

All performances at 8:30pm.


 

Eastern College Career Day - Boston (Open to students only)

Location: Backbay Conference Center, Boston, MA

Seniors will have the opportunity to interview with Boston/New England employers for jobs in fields like Accounting, Education (certification not required!), Law, Marketing, Sales, Economics, Research, Consulting, Banking, Investments, Technology, and Mental Health/Human Services, and more.


Saturday 11/13

 

Jennifer Higdon Composition Class
Time: 10:30 AM

Location: Arthur Zankel Music Center - Elisabeth Luce Moore Hall


 

Men's and Women's swimming & diving vs. St. Rose
Time: 1:00 PM

Location: Williamson Sports and Recreation Center


FEATURED EVENT
 

Choreo II & Dance Production Showing
Time: 3:00 PM

Location: Dance Center

Choreography II students present a class showing of original group dance works in collaboration with the lighting designs of the Dance Production class.


 

Skidmore Music Faculty Celebration
Time: 8:00 PM

Location: Arthur Zankel Music Center

Pre-concert talk and Q&A with Pulitzer- and Grammy-winning composer Jennifer Higdon at 7 PM.

Featuring the world premiere of Flute Poetic, for flute and piano, by Jennifer Higdon.

An eclectic showcase of the rich and wide-ranging talents of Skidmore's music faculty, featuring works by Villa-Lobos, Vinci, and Vaughan Williams, plus Higdon, Handel and Head, as well as Barber and Bolcom, and not to mention Piazzolla, Gershwin, and Castelnuovo-Tedesco.

Performed include Pola Baytelman, Jan Vinci, Anne Zwick Turner, Joel Brown, Michael Emery, John Nazarenko, Mark Vinci, Evan Mack, Rich Syracuse, Mark Foster, Randall Ellis, Michelle McLoughlin, Richard Hihn, and Ann Alton.

"If there were such a title as 'The People's Composer' in this country, Jennifer Higdon would be on the short list for receiving it. She is a composer in love with composing." -The Baltimore Sun

*This is part of the Filene Concert Series

TICKETS ARE FREE AND ARE AVAILABLE TO THE PUBLIC FRIDAY, 10/29.


 

"Beckettshorts"
Time: 8:30 PM- 10:00 PM

Location: Tang Teaching Museum
The Tang Museum is closed on Mondays and all major holidays. For information call 518-580-8080.

A short evening of short plays by Samuel Beckett at the Tang Museum and Art Gallery. The collection of Beckett plays is presented in conjunction with the museum's exhibit on abstraction, The Jewel Thief.

November 11, 12 & 13

All performances at 8:30pm.


Sunday 11/14

 

Film: "May I Be Frank"
Time: 7:00 PM

Location: Arthur Zankel Music Center

"May I Be Frank", an independent film about "sex, drugs and transformation" documents the transformation of Frank Ferrante's life. Frank is 54 years old, obese, depressed and addicted. He stumbles into a local raw, organic and vegan restaurant in San Francisco, Café Gratitude. When Ryland, a server at Café Gratitude asks Frank, "What is one thing you want to do before you die?" Frank replies, "I want to fall in love one more time, but no one will love me looking the way I do." Ryland, his brother Cary, and Conor, his best friend, are inspired by the possibility of helping Frank. For the next 42 days, Frank will eat only raw food, practice gratitude, visit local holistic practitioners, and get a weekly colonic. Ryland, Conor, and Cary get to support Frank's miraculous transformation. Frank gets a new body, a clearer mind, and most importantly, a soaring spirit. "May I Be Frank" documents the essence of the human condition and what it truly means to fall in love again.

The film has been endorsed by Alice Walker, Woody Harrelson, and Jason Mraz, among many others, and continues to open hearts and move to tears everywhere it is screened. It has been recognized and won awards at film festivals across the U.S. including the Awareness, Green Lifestyle, Kountze, Real to Reel, Saulsalito and Topanga Film Festivals.

After the screening, Frank Ferrante and Conor Gaffney, one of the filmmakers, will be discussing the film and answering any questions the audience may have.

To view a trailer, please go to: http://mayibefrankmovie.com/

This event is co-sponsored by the Skidmore Nutrition Action Council (SNAC) and Speakers' Bureau with additional support from the following Skidmore student organizations and academic departments: Health Promotions, Honors Forum, Students Promoting Social Change, Benef-Action, the Sociology, Anthropology and Social Work department, Environmental Action Club, the Exercise Science department, and the Film Appreciation Troupe.


 

Roman Catholic Mass
Time: 8:00 PM- 9:00 PM

Location: Wilson Memorial Chapel

Roman Catholic Mass.


Ongoing Events

FEATURED EVENT
  [7/17 - 4/17] Opener 20: Paula Hayes: Understory
Time: 12:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Location: Tang Teaching Museum - Payne Room
The Tang Museum is closed on Mondays and all major holidays. For information call 518-580-8080.

Paula Hayes creates living artworks that intimately connect people with the natural environment and each other. Her glass terrariums and indoor plantings fill the Tang's Payne Room, transforming it into an oasis-like setting for dinners and conversations around her custom designed table settings and dinnerware.


FEATURED EVENT
  [7/17 - 1/2] Opener 21: Suzanne Bocanegra: I Write the Songs
Time: 12:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Location: Tang Teaching Museum - Malloy Wing
The Tang Museum is closed on Mondays and all major holidays. For information call 518-580-8080.

From wall arrangements that map the work of the 17th century Flemish painter, Jan Brueghel the Elder, to a sound piece made in collaboration with a mathematician and classically trained opera singer, Suzanne Bocanegra's work springs from creative dialogues with a range of collaborators. Her most recent pieces have spilled out of the studio, taking the form of live performances that layer music, dance, theater, and audience interaction.


FEATURED EVENT
[9/7 - 1/2] Eye Rhymes
Time: 12:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Location: Tang Teaching Museum - Winter Gallery
The Tang Museum is closed on Mondays and all major holidays. For information call 518-580-8080.

Each of the works of art displayed in Eye Rhymes contains pictorial and linguistic elements that refuse to coexist but instead vie for the viewers attention-both sides grappling for power. While language can equalize, illuminate or de-saturate the image in front of us, the same image can just as easily intensify, distort or even betray the words we read.


FEATURED EVENT
[9/18 - 2/27] The Jewel Thief
Time: 12:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Location: Tang Teaching Museum - Wachenheim Gallery
The Tang Museum is closed on Mondays and all major holidays. For information call 518-580-8080.

"The Jewel Thief" combines works by sixty artists with eccentric arrangements to explore new ways to think about and experience abstract art. Through experiments with scale, color, material and space the exhibition will create an immersive environment that raises questions about art, and display and enables fresh takes on the specific works.


FEATURED EVENT
  [10/8 - 12/5] Selected Art Faculty Exhibition
Time: 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Location: Saisselin Art Center - Schick Art Gallery

Selected Art Faculty Exhibition by John Galt, Patrick Kelley, Sang-Wook Lee, Doretta Miller and Iona Park


  [10/8 - 12/3] weekly Torah discussion
Time: 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

Location: Case Center - Intercultural Center

Discussion of the weekly Torah portion of the Jewish liturgical calendar, linking the words of the text to the concerns of our lives, and drawing upon traditional and contemporary Jewish viewpoints and commentaries. Open to all members of the Skidmore community.


[10/9 - 2/27] Elevator Music 17: Peter Edwards
Time: 12:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Location: Tang Teaching Museum - Elevator
The Tang Museum is closed on Mondays and all major holidays. For information call 518-580-8080.

"Elevator Music 17 features a sound and light based sculpture by sound artist and instrument builder Peter Edwards. Describing himself as a "self-taught electrical engineer", Edwards' atypical approach to electronics has produced a unique and highly personalized outpouring of fantastical instruments. Edward's new work, consists of a cluster of reactive light and sound emitting orbs descending from the ceiling of the Tang's capacious elevator.


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