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This week: Cabinet of Curiosities revealed

March 23, 2015

Welcome back to campus! There is a wonderful array of events this week.

On Wednesday at 4:30 p.m., come to Clifford Art Gallery to celebrate the completion of a new installation by Mark Dion.

During the project “Mark Dion: The Phantom Museum — Wonder Workshop,” Dion invited the community at large to create three-dimensional objects based on illustrations of 16th- and 17th-century cabinets of curiosities. The completed objects were installed in a large cabinet specially built for the project.

Earlier on Wednesday, if you walk past the COOP in the afternoon, you’ll see the Fagbug, a Volkswagen Beetle owned by Erin Davies — who was a victim of a hate crime on the 11th Annual National Day of Silence. After the initial shock and embarrassment of finding discriminating graffiti on her car, Davies embraced what happened by embarking on a 58-day trans-American road trip to raise awareness of LGBT rights with the Fagbug.

Kicking off next week, on Sunday, March 29, at 12:00 p.m., A Staged Reading of Black History (Histoire de nègre) will be performed in Golden Auditorium at Little Hall.

Black History is a collaboratively authored, participatory drama performed by and for local audiences throughout Martinique. Originally published in 1972, it combines music, dance, image, and text into a three-act history of African peoples in the New World, from enslavement through neo-colonialism.

The reading by students is among the first performances of this historically important play in English, and the world premiere of the new translation by Professor Andrew Daily.

Daily is an assistant professor of modern French and global history at the University of Memphis and a specialist in French Caribbean intellectual history. He will be a guest at the reading on Sunday as well as the ALST brown bag lunch this Thursday at 111 Alumni Hall.

Also on Sunday afternoon, the Society for New Music (SNM) will hold a concert at 3:30 p.m. in Memorial Chapel.

Co-founded by Neva Pilgrim, Colgate’s voice teacher and artist-in-residence, the SNM is a 2010 recipient of the American Music Center’s Letter of Distinction and is described as “a driving cultural force for contemporary music in the United States.” During the concert, music professor Zhou Tian will present Morning after the Deluge.

These are just a few of the many events happening this week at Colgate. For a full listing, check out the Colgate calendar.


Noh performance shows glimpse of ancient Japanese culture

February 26, 2015
Yamai Tsunao,

Yamai Tsunao leads a workshop in Noh theater, a Japanese drama that is one of the oldest theatrical forms in the world. Photo by Nick Gilbert

The curtain in Brehmer Theater opened to reveal Yamai Tsunao kneeling under a single spotlight on stage. He was dressed in a stiff, dark-colored Hakama costume, and his only prop was a brightly colored fan. He sang in a deep, full voice, moving through a series of deliberate, careful gestures.

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C-Span2 Book TV to feature Colgate Professor Nina Moore this weekend

February 24, 2015
Professor Nina Moore speaks about race and the criminal justice system at a recent presentaiton.

Professor Nina Moore speaks in the O’Connor Campus Center. Cameras were on hand to record the presentation for broadcast on C-Span2 Book TV this weekend. (Photo by Zoe Zhong ’17)

C-Span2 Book TV will air this weekend a recent presentation by Colgate Associate Professor of Political Science Nina M. Moore in which she discusses her new book, The Political Roots of Racial Tracking in American Criminal Justice.

Moore’s thought-provoking presentation is slated for broadcast at 8:30 p.m. Saturday, February 28, and 4:30 p.m. Sunday, March 1. (EST)

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Visiting artist Mark Dion invites community members to make art with him on campus

February 11, 2015
This is a previous work by the artist Mark Dion.

This is a previous work by artist Mark Dion.

This semester, Colgate welcomes internationally acclaimed artist Mark Dion as the Christian A. Johnson Endeavor Foundation Artist in Residence.

Starting today until March 23, the community is invited to make art with Dion. Every day from 10:30 a.m.  to 4:30 p.m. and then 7 p.m. to 10:30 p.m., the Clifford Gallery will be transformed into a “Wonder Workshop” with Dion’s interest in cabinets of curiosities (Wunderkammern) at the core of the new installation to be created in collaboration with the community. Read more


Colgate Speaking Union offers students ways to learn and grow on a global stage

February 8, 2015
The Colgate Model UN Society competed in Peru last month.

The Colgate Model UN Society competed in Peru last month.

Colgate students earned three awards, including outstanding small delegation, as one of just three schools from the United States to participate in the Harvard National Model United Nations of Latin America in Peru last month.

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View a digital summary of Sophomore Residential Seminars

January 23, 2015
The image is of a huge table of fresh picked fruits and vegetables

Students in the Hunting, Eating, and Vegetarianism (ENST) seminar visit a co-op. (Photo by Ian Helfant)

Sophomore Residential Seminars provide accepted students with a chance to live and study together, then immerse themselves further in the learning experience through travel with their faculty member. The program, made possible with a significant grant from the Mellon Foundation, is now accepting applications for this coming fall.

During winter break, students in the currently offered seminars were able to travel widely, and some shared their experiences on social media. Here is a quick look at a few of their Instagram photos and tweets, collected by Julia Cooper ’17, social media intern at Colgate.

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Howard Fineman ’70, H’11 takes on global editorial role at Huffington Post

January 16, 2015
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Howard Fineman ’70, H’11, speaks at Commencement in 2011. (Photo by Andrew M. Daddio)

Howard Fineman ’70, H’11, one of Colgate’s most well-known alumni in the media field, has been appointed global editorial director at the Huffington Post. Fineman, who was previously an editorial director at the company, will now be in charge of supervising U.S. news coverage as well 13 international editions and others that will come online in the future.  Read more


Denise Battles ’85 tapped to lead SUNY Geneseo

January 13, 2015
Colgate Alumna Denise A. Battles has been selected to lead SUNY Geneseo

Denise A. Battles ’85 has been selected to lead SUNY Geneseo.

A Colgate University alumna with more than 25 years of experience in higher education, Denise A. Battles ’85, will become the new leader of SUNY Geneseo starting in July, the State University of New York Board of Trustees announced today.

Battles, a Central Square, N.Y., native, is currently provost and vice chancellor for academic affairs at the University of North Carolina Wilmington, according to a news release. Battles earned her bachelor’s degree in geology at Colgate, and a doctorate in geology from the University of California.

Read the full announcement here.

 


A step forward for dance at Colgate

December 16, 2014
Colgate Professor Tanya Calamoneri dances during one of her classes

Professor Tanya Calamoneri leads a contemporary dance class. Photo by Andrew Daddio

You wouldn’t expect to walk into a dance class and see 14 men and only two women. But that’s the makeup of Professor Tanya Calamoneri’s Dance Imagery and Improvisation course. Read more


Professor Peter Balakian takes part in cultural exchange about Armenian genocide

December 5, 2014

Colgate Professor Peter Balakian recently joined four other American writers on a U.S. State Department-sponsored trip to Istanbul, Turkey, and Yerevan, Armenia.

The trip, part of the University of Iowa International Writers Program, was a cultural exchange designed to encourage dialogue between the two countries as the 100th anniversary of the Armenian genocide draws near.

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Phones beat drones in PCON war-game simulation

November 24, 2014
Jacob Stoil finishes explaining the rules of engagement to the teams

Jacob Stoil explains the rules of engagement to the red team at a PCON war-game simulation. (Photo by Karen Harpp)

Two teams of students, one armed with phones and the other commanding flying drones, squared off in a simulated strategic battle of quick thinking versus in-depth planning and technology at the Colgate Bewkes Center, a space designed for science and study.

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Professor DeWitt Godfrey’s giant sculpture Odin fuses arts and sciences

November 21, 2014
A Colgate alum stands on scafolding during the construction of Professor DeWitt Godfrey's newest sculpture, Odin.

Chase Jackson ’13 stands atop scaffolding during the installation of DeWitt Godfrey’s Odin. (Photo by DeWitt Godfrey)

A confluence of art, engineering, and mathematics led to the creation of Colgate Professor DeWitt Godfrey’s latest sculpture, Odin, a giant steel structure now nestled in the courtyard between Olin Hall and the Robert H.N. Ho Science Center.

The sculpture shares a name with the ruler of Norse gods for a reason. Godfrey’s Odin weighs in at 13 tons, was cut from 38,000 pounds of steel, is 40-feet in diameter, and is composed of 240 unique conic sections, called frustums, held together at 2,500 individual points.

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Seeing the Beast plays with relationship between humans and deer

November 21, 2014
Colgate University Seeing the Beast play

Colgate University Theater performed Seeing the Beast (photo by Gerard Gaskin)

Last weekend, University Theater presented Seeing the Beast, an experimental play that was part TEDtalk, part fairytale, and part nature documentary.

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Institute of International Education ranks Colgate No. 1 for semester-long study abroad

November 17, 2014

The Institute of International Education (IIE) released its Open Doors 2014 data today, and Colgate has again risen on two important lists representing the number of students studying abroad. This news is most welcome as President Jeffrey Herbst and Provost and Dean of the Faculty Douglas Hicks have made study abroad one of several priorities related to globalizing Colgate.

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Longyear Museum presents exhibition featuring Native American baskets

November 12, 2014

The Longyear Museum of Anthropology will celebrate the opening of the exhibition Weaving Identities: Native American Baskets in the Longyear Museum Collection with a reception on Thursday, November 13, from 4:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. The reception will feature a Q&A by 15 students who researched the baskets as a project for the course Native Art of North America.

Basket weaving is an ancient Native American art, which has been practiced continuously over millennia and has developed various regional distinctions based on materials, form, and technique.

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Video: Colgate honors veterans and all those who support them

November 11, 2014

This Veterans Day, Colgate is paying tribute to the men and women of America’s armed forces.

The university wants to thank alumni, parents, and current students who have served their country — and the numerous alumni who work on behalf of veterans, helping them transition back to civilian life.

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Colgate’s experimentation with drones highlighted in Chronicle, Huffington Post

October 29, 2014
The Class of 2018, taken from the drone

A photo of the Class of 2018, taken from a drone.

In a Huffington Post story titled “10 Uses of Drones in Higher Education,” marketer Vala Afshar highlights Colgate University’s innovative use of a drone to capture the activity and spirit of the 2013 move-in day, when first-year students arrive on campus.

Here’s the video from that day, captured by a GoPro camera attached to a drone:

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Lauren Yeary ‘15, Farah Fouladi ‘15 organize trip to NYC with other female computer science majors

October 28, 2014
Colgate Women in Computer Science visit tech firms including Facebook

Colgate Women in Computer Science members visit tech firms, including Facebook. View more photos.

During midterm break, Lauren Yeary ‘15 and Farah Fouladi ‘15 organized a tech trip to New York City with nine other female computer science majors who are members of the Women in Computer Science Club (WiCS) at Colgate.

The trip included visits to Bloomberg, Facebook, Shutterstock, ZocDoc, Google, Twitter, and Foursquare. The two-day immersion trip was the brainchild of Yeary and Fouladi, developed while they were interning at tech companies.

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Lounge events showcase students’ talents

October 17, 2014
Bunche House is transformed into a coffee house atmosphere during Lounge, a regular event where students perform and display their artwork. Photo by Nicholas Gilbert '18

Bunche House is transformed into a coffee shop atmosphere during Lounge, a regular event where students perform and display their artwork. Photo by Nicholas Gilbert ’18

Hannah O’Malley ’17 stands in front of Bunche House’s fireplace, which has been transformed by student artwork and white lights strung across the mantle. Before the performances start, she tells the students who have congregated, “Love the people who are performing and show them respect, because it takes a lot of courage to get up here. Let’s make this a safe space.” Read more


Picker Art Gallery unveils Serra and Arbus exhibitions

September 25, 2014

The Picker Art Gallery, which closed in 2012 for an inventory of Colgate’s art collection, reopened last week with two exhibitions of artwork by prominent American artists Richard Serra and Diane Arbus. Read more


Exhibitions featuring works by Arbus and Serra mark reopening of Picker Art Gallery

September 15, 2014
The Colgate Picker Art Gallery reopens Thursday.

Picker Art Gallery, located in Colgate’s Dana Arts Center, reopens Thursday.

Two exhibitions of work by American art legends, Diane Arbus and Richard Serra, mark the first public Picker Art Gallery opening in the Dana Arts Center since staff closed the space in 2012 to embark on a major inventory of Colgate’s collection of 11,000 works of art.

The exhibitions, which open at 5 p.m. Thursday and run through January 10, 2015, feature 27 Arbus photographs from the collection of John Pelosi ’85 and Susan Manly Pelosi ’85, and 23 Serra prints from the collection of Trustee Emeritus Paul J. Schupf ’58. Read more


Professor Michael Johnston, Bertram Levine ’63 co-write Washington Post op-ed about corruption

September 9, 2014
Michael Johnston collaborating with Srikar Gullapalli

Michael Johnston is seen collaborating with Srikar Gullapalli ’13.

Michael Johnston, Charles A. Dana professor of political science, has been collaborating with Bertram Levine ’63, now a political science professor at Rutgers, for decades. The two scholars recently co-wrote an op-ed in The Washington Post called “Making campaign contributions anonymous.

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Ben Mandell ’14 spends summer as assistant director/producer of LONEtheater

September 1, 2014
Ben Mandell '14 played a role in the performance titled "Pact," part of LONEtheater, for which he also served as assistant director/producer.

Ben Mandell ’14 played a role in “Pact,” part of LONEtheater, for which he also served as assistant director/producer.

Colgate students are sharing their experiences conducting research with faculty members on campus and in the field. This post is by Ben Mandell ’14 who, after graduating with a theater major and Spanish minor, discovered a unique type of theater that combined both of his academic pursuits.

LONEtheater was a theatrical experience different than any other. Read more


Join the Colgate community for Living Writers on ColgateX

August 17, 2014

Twenty-five years ago, professor Frederick Busch designed Living Writers as a way to bring students together with famous writers.

Today, professors Jane Pinchin and Jennifer Brice continue to teach Living Writers, which they revamped in 2009 for a new generation of undergraduates, and a new generation of online book lovers.

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Professors team up to show Colgate first years The ’Gate Way

August 15, 2014

Some students adjust to college easily and naturally, while others struggle and even falter. A new online non-credit “course,” comprised of 13 short videos made by Colgate faculty, is designed to minimize the mystery about what it takes to succeed. The series also includes many student-produced video responses featuring current students and alumni. Read more