Higgins School of Humanities

Events Calendar

Ongoing Events

Dialogues with Mother Earth: The Murals (in concert with the Higgins School of Humanities Fall 2016 dialogue symposium, "Home (De)Constructed")
Monday, 9/26/2016 - Thursday, 11/17/2016 9:00 AM-8:00 PM
Schiltkamp Gallery
The word home can have myriad associations for each person, but on a broad archetypal level, home conjures the realm of domestic life, a household with various members, a secure dwelling, private space, and a place of sanctuary and refuge. Home also can be seen as existing in concentric circles  the initial ring being that which encircles the individual and members of a household most closely  whether it be a private house, communal residence, apartment, or temporary shelter  followed by larger circles of hometown and ever expanding associations with region, nationality, and identity. But the home that every person and every other living being shares together is our planet  itself finite and fragile and ever-changing. And perhaps the sanctity of that home has never felt more threatened, nor have we ever felt so keenly that we are all fellow denizens of this small home.

This sense of being in a shared home is illuminated in Erica Daborns monumental mural cycle, Dialogues with Mother Earth, in which the artist focuses on our interconnectedness and mutual fate. These cautionary images illustrate the potentially apocalyptic results of human activity, consumption, growth, and conflict. The concept of mother is closely linked to that of home and the womb for everyone is our first home, so Earth can be seen as both our home and our source of life.
For more information, e-mail clarkarts@clarku.edu.

Dialogues with Mother Earth: The Murals, Opening Reception
Wednesday, 9/28/2016 - Thursday, 11/17/2016 4:00 PM-5:30 PM
Traina Center for the Arts, Schiltkamp Gallery
Come to the Opening Reception for Dialogues with Mother Earth: The Murals, and hear from the Artist herself, Erica Daborn.

The word “home” can have myriad associations for each person, but on a broad archetypal level, home conjures the realm of domestic life, a household with various members, a secure dwelling, private space, and a place of sanctuary and refuge. Home also can be seen as existing in concentric circles – the initial ring being that which encircles the individual and members of a household most closely – whether it be a private house, communal residence, apartment, or temporary shelter – followed by larger circles of “hometown” and ever expanding associations with region, nationality, and identity. But the home that every person and every other living being shares together is our planet – itself finite and fragile and ever-changing. And perhaps the sanctity of that home has never felt more threatened, nor have we ever felt so keenly that we are all fellow denizens of this small home.
This sense of being in a shared home is illuminated in Erica Daborn’s monumental mural cycle, Dialogues with Mother Earth, in which the artist focuses on our interconnectedness and mutual fate. These cautionary images illustrate the potentially apocalyptic results of human activity, consumption, growth, and conflict. The concept of mother is closely linked to that of home and the womb for everyone is our first home, so Earth can be seen as both our home and our source of life.

Gallery Hours: Schiltkamp Gallery: M-Th, 9-8:00 / Sa 12-4 / Su 12 – 8:00
This exhibition runs until November 17, 2016.

For more information, e-mail clarkarts@clarku.edu.

October 2016

L'Histoire du Soldat or "A Soldiers Tale"
Friday, 10/14/2016 7:30 PM-9:00 PM
Atwood Hall, Daniel's Theater - Free and open to the Public
Clark University’s Visual and Performing Arts Dept. will present a free, public concert:
"L'Histoire du Soldat " or "Soldier's Tale" by Igor Stravinsky in Atwood Hall, Daniel’s Theater, on Woodland St., Worcester MA.

Stravinsky’s “A Soldier’s Tale” is one of the most extraordinary parables about the futility of war and the danger of temptation to emerge from the First World War. Using powerfully simple musical means, which reflect Stravinsky’s recent discovery of American jazz, it brings to life the story of a young soldier who trades his violin to the devil in exchange for a magic book and the promise of easy riches. In the end, the soldier loses the bargain.

In this special collaborative performance as the narrator leads us through the tale, a cast of marvelous shadow puppets and marionettes act out the scenes of the story. It will be as entertaining as it is moving in its depiction of stark truths.

This project brings together three leading musicians along with the noted actor Jason Asprey and the puppetry of Dan Butterworth. It is generously supported by NEFA, the New England Foundation for the Arts, as well as Clark University's Stuart P. Anderson Endowed Fund, the Dean of the College, and the Music Program of the Department of Visual and Performing Arts. In addition to the evening performance; we will also offer a workshop that involves students in the craft of puppetry and a special afternoon performance of the complete production for students from several local schools.
Sponsored by: New England Foundation for the Arts
For more information, e-mail clarkarts@clarku.edu.

November 2016

'The Fairytale Lives of Russian Girls'
Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays, 11/3/2016 - 11/12/2016 7:30 PM-9:00 PM
Little Center, Michelson Theatre - $5 for public. Free with Student ID
'The Fairytale Lives of Russian Girls' peers into the history and sociology of the former Soviet Union through the sometimes horrific, sometimes humorous lens of czarist folklore. The play, written by Meg Miroshnik, is about a 20-year old woman named Annie who returns to Post-Soviet Moscow where on the outside is this glamour of dangerously high heels, designer bags and luxe fur coats. But underneath it all she finds an enchanted motherland teeming with evil stepmothers, wicked witches and ravenous bears.This subversive story haunts the audience, and carries a powerful message for young women living in a world where not everything ends up happily ever after.

For more information, e-mail clarkarts@clarku.edu.

Clark University Concert Choir
Friday, 11/4/2016 7:30 PM-9:00 PM
Atwood Hall, Daniel's Theater
Emily Isaacson, Direcor.
For more information, e-mail clarkarts@clarku.edu.

Solo Bach Recital Violin/Viola J.S. Bach: The Complete Solo String Works, Part 10
Thursday, 11/17/2016 12:00 PM-1:00 PM
Dana Commons, Fishbowl, second floor - Free and open to the Public
Peter Sulski was a member of the London Symphony Orchestra for seven years. While in England he served on the faculty of the Royal College of Music and Trinity College of Music and Drama. He is currently on the faculty as teacher of violin/viola/chamber music at Clark University and College of the Holy Cross
For more information, e-mail clarkarts@clarku.edu.

Clark University Sinfonia
Saturday, 11/19/2016 7:30 PM-9:30 PM
Traina Center for the Arts, Razzo Hall - Free and open to the Public
Peter Sulski, Director
For more information, e-mail clarkarts@clarku.edu.

December 2016

Clark University Concert Band
Thursday, 12/8/2016
University Center/Tilton Hall, 950 Main Street, Worcester, MA
Samantha McGill, Director
For more information, e-mail clarkarts@clarku.edu.

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