Office of Communications
November 7, 2011 - November 13, 2011
Scope Weekly

Monday Memo


Faculty Advising (Photo by Lyle Reed '12)

11.11.11@Skidmore
The 11th anniversary of Beatlemore Skidmania will rock Zankel this weekend.

'Y' and Skidmore partner on indoor tennis courts
Agreement will provide more court time for tennis teams.

Cahn's new books focus on Shakespeare
Skidmore's resident expert provides new scholarship on the Bard.

UVM scholar to explore ancient Greek music
Nov. 8 lecture to provide visual and audio survey.

19 years for nothing: An innocent man speaks

Frederick's Scribner Seminar to host talk by former prisoner.

Rogoff authors The Art of Gravity
He'll introduce new poetry collection at Nov. 13 area reading.

Faculty-Staff achievements
Domozych presents, publishes research; Swift inaugurates Tang series.

Thoroughbred sports update
Field hockey, volleyball are Liberty League champs; hockey earns weekend win.

Daily Events

Monday 11/7

Marriage Equality Workshop
Time: 2:00 PM- 3:00 PM

Location: Case Center - ICC

Curtis Chin is an award-winning writer and producer who has worked for ABC, NBC, Disney Channel, and more. As a community activist, he co-founded the Asian American Writers Workshop and Asian Pacific Americans for Progress. Curtis has also been active in LGBT rights, serving as the chair of the Gay Asian Pacific Islander Men of New York and as a member of API Equality in Los Angeles. He and his partner are one of the 18,000 couples officially married in California before Prop 8. He has been featured on CNN, MSNBC, in Newsweek, and other leading media.

Why is the government against same-sex marriage? What happened to the separation between church and state? Where?s the equality and freedom?

If these questions interest you, come have a discussion with Chin about his views on marriage equality, his struggles, and how he overcame it.


Alumni Regional Event: Seattle Wine Tasting at La Cote Cafe and Wine Bar
Time: 6:00 PM- 9:00 PM

Location: La Cote Cafe, Seattle, WA

La Cote Cafe and Wine Bar 2811 E Madison St Seattle, WA 98122 (206) 323-9800 www.lacotecreperie.com

Cost: $26 per person, includes wine and light refreshments

Please respond by November 1, 2011. Space is limited.


 

Documentary Film Showing: "Vincent Who?"
Time: 7:00 PM- 8:30 PM

Location: Murray-Aikins Dining Hall - 2nd Floor

In 1982, Vincent Chin was murdered in Detroit by two white autoworkers, who had mistakenly thought that he was Japanese. This event galvanized Asian Americans around the country to form a movement to demand civil rights. As for his killers, Ronald Ebens and Michael Nitz, they served no jail time, and were sentenced to three years? probation and a $3,000 fine. As for Judge Kaufman, who made this verdict, he defended his verdict saying, "These weren?t the kind of men you send to jail? You don't make the punishment fit the crime, you make the punishment fit the criminal."


Tuesday 11/8

 

The Archaeology of Ancient Greek Music
Time: 6:00 PM- 7:00 PM

Location: Palamountain Hall - Davis Auditorium

How did the music of ancient Greece sound? When and where did the Greeks hear music? What instruments did they play?

Join ancient ethnomusicologist John C. Franklin (University of Vermont) for the answers to these and other questions. Professor Franklin will offer a visual and audio survey of Greek music, both its technology and its social functions, from the age of Homer down to the Hellenistic era.

Professor Franklin is Associate Professor of Classics at the University of Vermont. His research interests include music archeology and archeoacoustics; song culture and oral tradition; Old, New, and Roman Comedy with reception; performance criticism; and music technology. He has reconstructed and recorded scores for plays by Aristophanes, and he served as narrator of and academic advisor/musical contributor to a three-part series on Greek music for ArtsEdge, a program of the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.


Internship Workshop (Open to campus community only.)
Time: 7:00 PM

Location: Bolton Hall - 280

Come hear about the importance of internships and how to look for and apply for them.


Wednesday 11/9

 

Outlook Workshop: Skidmore's new Windows Live
Time: 1:30 PM- 3:00 PM

Location: Harder Hall - 110

Skidmore has partnered with Microsoft to provide Windows Live to the campus community. It is a service that is used by current students, faculty, staff, alumni, and retirees. Windows Live offers access to many web based applications, including: Outlook.com?E-mail and calendaring with 10 GB of storage Messenger?Live chat, voice and video communication SkyDrive?25 GB of online storage Photo Gallery?Share photos and make slideshows


Alumni Regional Event: Chicago Happy Hour
Time: 5:30 PM- 8:00 PM

Location: Uncommon Ground, Clark Street, Chicago, IL

Uncommon Ground 3800 N. Clark Street Chicago, IL 60613

Free! Appetizer tasting provided, additional food and drinks available for purchase.


 

BRAZIL (film): Estomago (Open to campus community only.)
Time: 6:00 PM

Location: Palamountain Hall - Davis Auditorium


 

Paris Fall Seminar Interest Meeting (Open to students only)
Time: 6:00 PM

Location: Bolton Hall - 281

Information session about studying abroad in Paris with the 2012 Paris Fall Seminar, to be led by French professor John B. Anzalone. The seminar courses will focus on cross-cultural media studies in Paris via the cinema and the graphic novel.

**Prior French language study is not required for this program.


Thursday 11/10

 

Least-Squares Curve-Fitting Techniques For Improved Medicine Development
Time: 5:30 PM- 7:00 PM

Location: Palamountain Hall - Emerson Auditorium

In drug discovery, the effectiveness of medicines is based on fitting the Hill equation (shaped like a sigmoid) to experimental data points. These data points are sometimes noisy, and often fail to cover the full range of the sigmoid. This makes curve-fitting difficult.

In this talk, we qualitatively and quantitatively "explore" the geometric properties of this Hill model (slope and curvature) so as to be able to identify which samples can be fit reliably. In the field of statistical modeling, this "exploration" is called "domain knowledge," and this knowledge is then applied to obtain adequate fits on samples whose fits are uncertain.

This analysis should improve research efforts that aim to use mathematics and computers to develop better medicines and make the drug design process less expensive and time-consuming. This talk should appeal to any student interested in mathematics and scientific inquiry.


Alumni Regional Event: Boston Happy Hour at Dillon's
Time: 6:00 PM- 8:00 PM

Location: Dillon's Restaurant, Boston, MA

Dillon's 955 Boylston St. Boston, MA 02115-3106 (617) 421-1818

Admission free; cash bar

No RSVP required


Alumni Regional Event: NYC Happy Hour at Copper Door Tavern
Time: 6:00 PM- 10:00 PM

Location: Copper Door Tavern, NYC

The Skidmore NYC Alumni Association is thrilled to welcome all alums who have recently moved to the city including the class of 2011. Join us for happy hour at the Copper Door Tavern on Thursday, November 10, from 6 to 10 p.m. Mingle with old friends and be sure to check in with the alumni volunteers to receive drink specials and information about upcoming events.


Dark as Ink: Black Artists, Writers, and Fans' Experiences in the Comic Industry
Time: 6:00 PM- 8:00 PM

Location: Tisch Learning Center - 303


Friday 11/11

 

2011 Fall Open House (General)
Time: 8:00 AM- 4:15 PM

Location: Janet Kinghorn Bernhard Theater

Thank you for your interest in Skidmore College! We?re a creative, dynamic, intellectual community known for our innovative, interdisciplinary curriculum, close faculty-student collaborations, and fabulous Saratoga Springs setting.

We appreciate how challenging it is to identify a college that meets your educational needs and puts you on a path to success. That's why we encourage you to attend an open house this fall, including weekend programs for science/math, dance, art and theater.


Creative Responses to War Event Series
Time: 12:00 PM- 1:00 PM

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

Join in an informal lunchtime discussion with various individuals in the Saratoga and Skidmore communities who are creating projects in response to war. Each Friday features a different speaker. November 11 and 18, and December 2. Organized in conjunction with the Tang exhibition "Behind Those Planes Are The Stars."


Living the Liberal Arts in Biology: Career Panel and Reception (Open to campus community only.)
Time: 2:30 PM

Location: Murray-Aikins Dining Hall - Upstairs Banquet Room

Explore the links between liberal learning during your college years and post-graduate professional opportunities, advanced education, and career development.


Sharing Pleasures and Pains in Plato's Republic
Time: 2:30 PM- 3:30 PM

Location: Ladd Hall - 307

Citizens of the best city of Plato?s Republic will share pleasures and pains in common, we are told in Book V. The sharing of pleasures and pains is such that "all citizens, insofar as is possible, rejoice and are pained at the same gains and losses"(462b.) This "commonality of pleasures and pains," furthermore, indicates the high degree of civic unity possessed by the best city (the kallipolis.) But there are several puzzling features regarding the commonality of pleasures and pains in the kallipolis. For one, the kallipolis is already unified by occupational specialization and by substantial agreement among citizens regarding their governance. What additional unifying force can the sharing of pleasures and pains provide? For two, Plato has been intent throughout the Republic to carefully manage the destabilizing effects of various pleasures and pains. So how is the sharing of pleasures and pains conceived as a good-making feature of the kallipolis? And finally, different character types in the kallipolis have radically different capacities for knowledge and virtue. Can such divergent types really share pleasures and pains in any significant way? This presentation aims to try to work through some of these puzzles about the commonality of pleasures and pains in the Republic.


FEATURED EVENT
 

Beatlemore Skidmania
Time: 8:00 PM

Location: Arthur Zankel Music Center - Ladd Concert Hall

Roll up for the 11th Annual Beatlemania concerts! This year's theme of "Beatles and Beyond" includes the precedent-setting band's repertoire, as well as material that John, Paul, George, and Ringo recorded during their subsequent solo careers. Proceeds from this joint faculty-student extravaganza will benefit a local nonprofit organization. Tomorrow may rain, but on this 11th day, of the 11th month on the 11th year, here comes the sun.


Talk: "Vera Candiani, Mexico City's water drainage project: the health of a colonial and contemporary city"

Location: TBA


Saturday 11/12

 

Men's and Women's Swimming & Diving vs. St. Rose
Time: 1:00 PM

Location: Williamson Sports and Recreation Center


FEATURED EVENT
 

Beatlemore Skidmania II
Time: 3:00 PM

Location: Arthur Zankel Music Center - Ladd Concert Hall

Roll Up for the 11th Annual Beatlemania concerts! This year's theme of "Beatles and Beyond" includes both the precedent-setting band's repertoire, as well as material that John, Paul, George and Ringo recorded during their subsequent solo careers. Proceeds from this joint faculty-student extravaganza will benefit a local nonprofit organization.


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 designers in the Dance Production class.


Ongoing Events

FEATURED EVENT
  [9/3 - 12/30] Opener 22: Whiting Tennis
Time: 12:00 PM - 5:00 PM

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

Whiting Tennis creates paintings, sculptures, and drawings populated by mysterious forms that are at once recognizable yet otherworldly.


FEATURED EVENT
  [9/17 - 12/30] Tang Exhibition: "I Myself Have Seen It: Photography and Kiki Smith"
Time: 12:00 PM - 5:00 PM

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

"I Myself Have Seen It: Photography and Kiki Smith" is the first comprehensive survey of artist Kiki Smith's work in photography. The exhibition will explore four distinct roles photographs play as central elements in the development of Smith's aesthetic and in the creation of her art.


[9/22 - 12/15] Weight Watchers
Time: 11:45 AM - 1:00 PM

Location: North Hall & Hoge Heating Plant - Large Conf. Room #134

New Weight Watchers session beginning 9/22 in North Hall. Call Pat if interested. Open to anyone who is available attend at the noon time.


[10/27 - 12/8] Weekly meditation and movement
Time: 5:10 PM - 5:55 PM

Location: Wilson Memorial Chapel

A mixture of chanting, silent meditation and yoga-type movement, with each session focused on a positive quality or attribute of life. All welcome; come whenever your schedule permits. Wear comfortable clothing to facilitate easy movement.


FEATURED EVENT
  [10/28 - 12/4] Schick Art Gallery Exhibition: "A Resolution of the Art and Sciences"

Location: Saisselin Art Center - Schick Art Gallery

Skidmore students, faculty, and alumni present works that cross boundaries between the arts, sciences, and technology. Exhibition curated by a faculty / student team composed of Professors John Cunningham and Peter Stake, and students Rachel Fisher and Ali Carney-Knisely.


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