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Wed April 1, 2015
  • Bryan Stevenson: Just Mercy

    7 p.m.
    Gannett Auditorium, Palamountain Hall

    Bryan Stevenson grew up poor in Delaware. His great-grandparents had been slaves in Virginia. His grandfather was murdered in a Philadelphia housing project.

    Living in Atlanta in his 20s, Stevenson was sitting in his car in front of his apartment listening to the radio one evening when a police SWAT unit shined a light inside and pulled a gun. "Move and I’ll blow your head off!" an officer shouted. Stevenson says the officers suspected him of theft and threatened him—because he is black.

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    That incident has fueled Stevenson’s drive to challenge racial bias and economic inequities in the U.S. justice system. He is the founder and executive director of the Equal Justice Initiative, an Alabama-based group that has won major legal challenges, eliminating excessive and unfair sentencing, exonerating innocent prisoners on death row, confronting abuse of the incarcerated and the mentally ill, and aiding children prosecuted as adults. A Harvard Law School graduate and recipient of a MacArthur “genius” grant, he has argued six cases before the Supreme Court.

    In his April 1 lecture, “Mercy, Redemption and Restorative Justice for the Condemned,” Stevenson will share the story he tells in a TED talk that has registered more than 2 million views and in Just Mercy, his critically acclaimed memoir, which one reviewer described as “an inspiring story of unbreakable humanity in the most desperate circumstances, and a powerful indictment of our broken justice system and the twisted values that allow it to continue.”

  • Government Department Lecture

    5:30 p.m.
    Davis Auditorium, Palamountain Hall

    "Boko Haram in Nigeria and the New World (Dis)Order," by Megan Turnbull of Brown University.

    Conducting field research in Nigeria since 2011, Turnbull is exploring subnational variation in state responses to militias, looking specifically at cases of collaboration, toleration, and repression.

Thu April 2, 2015
  • Sociology Department Lecture

    6:45 p.m.
    Davis Auditorium, Palamountain Hall

    "A Generation Indebted: Student Loan Debt and the Pursuit of the American Dream," by Jason Houle of Dartmouth College

    Houle is interested in disparities in mental health and well-being, social stratification and mobility, and life-course sociology. Cosponsored by Student Affairs and the Department of Sociology.

Tue April 7, 2015
  • David H. Porter Classical World Lecture

    5:30 p.m.
    Gannett Auditorium, Palamountain Hall

    “Isis at a Roman Wedding: Gender and Ethnicity in Ovid’s Metamorphoses,” by Vassiiki Panoussi.

    The author of Greek Tragedy in Vergil’s Aeneid: Ritual, Empire, and Intertext, Panoussi will examine Ovid’s gender-bending story of Iphis and Ianthe, and how his complex portrait of the Egyptian goddess Isis serves as a window to understanding Roman conceptions of ethnicity, identity, and gender.

Wed April 8, 2015
  • D-III Week Lecture

    7 p.m.
    Gannett Auditorium, Palamountain Hall

    “The Herd: Challenging Groupthink in Sports and Culture,” by Brian Kenny, ESPN anchor and MLB Network host

    Kenny is a champion of using modern sports analytics to change unsuccessful traditional strategies. Presented by Skidmore’s Student-Athlete Advisory Committee.

Thu April 9, 2015
  • Lester W. Strock Lecture in Geosciences

    5:30 p.m.
    Davis Auditorium, Palamountain Hall

    “Tectonics and Geology of Lake Nicaragua: Potential Impacts on the Nicaraguan Canal Project” by Paul Mann of the University of Houston

Fri April 10, 2015
  • International Show and Tell

    Noon–1:00 p.m.
    Spa Lounge, Case Center

    Hear firsthand stories from eight Skidmore students who impressed a panel of judges with their ability to communicate—through photos, music, souvenirs, video, food, and other means—what their study-abroad experience was like. The winner will be awarded a $500 travel voucher to help him or her go abroad again.

Wed April 15, 2015
  • Distinguished Scientist Lecture

    4:15 p.m.
    Emerson Auditorium, Palamountain Hall

    “Research with Undergraduates: A Fabulous Career!” by George Shields of Bucknell University’s College of Arts and Sciences

Fri April 17, 2015
  • Kuroda Symposium in Early American Politics and Culture

    8 p.m.
    Gannett Auditorium, Palamountain Hall

    “Designing Histories of Slavery for the Age of the Database,” by Vincent Brown of Harvard

    Director of the History Design Studio at Harvard, Brown teaches Atlantic history and the African diaspora; he wrote The Reaper's Garden: Death and Power in the World of Atlantic Slavery and produced a documentary on anthropologist Melville Herskovits that was aired on the PBS series Independent Lens.

Thu April 23, 2015
  • Annual Art History Lecture

    5:30 p.m.
    Davis Auditorium, Palamountain Hall

    “The Social Life of Images: Nigerian Photographer J.A. Green (1873–1905),” by Skidmore art historian Lisa Aronson

    Her work on Green, funded through a Getty Collaborative Research Grant, is being prepared for a jointly authored book on the influential Nigerian artist. Aronson’s teaching and research focus mainly on African art and visual culture.

  • William E. Weiss Lecture in Economics

    5:30 p.m.
    Emerson Auditorium, Palamountain Hall

    “The Semiconductor Industry and its Contribution to Economic Growth,” by Unnikrishnan Sadasivan Pillai of the SUNY College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering

Wed April 29, 2015
  • Academic Festival: A salute to seniors

    Various times and locations, check website for program

    Excellence matters at Skidmore. Students write polished fiction, poetry, memoirs, and analytical papers; conduct original scientific, social-scientific, and mathematical research; create striking works in the plastic and visual arts; compose and perform their own music; mount high-quality theatrical productions, presentations, and exhibitions. In labs, at field sites, in libraries, and in studios, students have shaped the curriculum with which they engage. It’s this combination of creativity and excellence that characterizes the independent work on display during Academic Festival, where the College showcases and celebrates the highest achievements of seniors’ academic careers.

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    “More than 170 students, selected from departments and programs across the College, will present their work in poster sessions, panels, interdepartmental roundtables, readings, and performances,” says Kate Greenspan, director of the Honors Forum, which organizes the all-day event. Past Academic Festival works have ranged from the physics of stars to the economic efficiency of wolf hunting, from rehoming retired racehorses to the tax consequences of legalizing marijuana, from upward mobility among immigrants to the life of Samuel Johnson, from testing for very low levels of dangerous pollutants to postwar German film. Business majors who participated in the Skidmore-Saratoga Consulting Partnership have presented their recommendations from their pro-bono consulting work with area businesses; creative writing students have read their short stories, poetry, and memoirs; and classics majors have performed Icarus, an original Greek tragedy.

    But it’s not all deadly earnest. “There will be time between sessions for refreshments and conversation, and for lunch everyone is invited for free pizza at the Spa,” says Greenspan. “And at the end of the day, the community gathers for a closing reception to reflect on the day’s accomplishments and play the annual Trivia Challenge sponsored by the Literary Society.”

    The program will be finalized Monday, April 27.

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