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Distinguished International
Visitor Lecture Series
Kicks Off on Feb. 8

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The FAU Distinguished International Visitor Lecture on Thursday, Feb. 8, features “Putting the United States into World History” by Professor Thomas Bender drawing from his new book titled A Nation Among Nations: America’s Place in World History (2006).  

Dr. Bender is a university professor of humanities and professor of history at New York University where he serves as the director of the International Center for Advanced Studies. His research and teaching interests are intellectual and cultural history, with an emphasis on U.S. cultural history, 19th century intellectuals and the comparative study of cities.
The lecture will be held from 3:30 to 5 p.m. in the Majestic Palm Room, University Center on the Boca Raton campus. A reception will follow. The lecture is free and open to the public. The lecture is co-sponsored by the Department of History of the Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts and Letters and the Harriet L. Wilkes Honors College (courtesy of a gift from Mr. and Mrs. Dick Gordon) and the Office of International Programs.


'Weavings of War, Fabrics of Memory'/'Banner Valance' Exhibitions Set to Open this Month

Intuthuku Sewing Group, Memory Quilt, 2004.

“Weavings of War, Fabrics of Memory,” a traveling exhibition, and “Banner Valance,” an installation by New York artist Allison Smith, will open Friday, Feb. 9 and run through April 7 in the Schmidt Center Gallery on the Boca Raton campus.

“Weavings of War” is an exhibition bringing together works of mostly women artists from worn-torn nations. The artists represent their personal and collective experiences with war in textile art ranging from narrative tapestries that depict scenes of executions, refugees fleeing war or ethnic cleansing, to simple garments and household objects with motifs of helicopters and machine guns. The artists represent more than 10 ethnic, linguistic or national groups, including Afghan Turkmen, the Quechua of Peru, Chileans and others. The works are supplemented by first-person narratives and information about each of the groups.

Music at Noon Series Celebrates 'Weavings
of War'

The Music at Noon Series in the Schmidt Gallery on Feb. 14 features "I Never Saw Another Butterfly" in conjunction with the “Weavings of War: Fabrics of Memory” exhibit.

"I Never Saw Another Butterfly" by Lori Laitman is a song cycle and multi-media presentation for voice and saxophone and will be performed by the Arden Duo: Sandra McClain, soprano and Carolyn J. Bryan, alto saxophone.

The presentation's artwork and poems are based on work created in the Terezin ghetto during WWII. Hitler allowed the arts a special place in order to impress the Red Cross.The artwork that has survived is now displayed in the Jewish Museum in Prague.

To complement the Weavings of War exhibition, the University Galleries invited New York artist Allison Smith to create a new artwork to be installed in the public space adjacent to the Schmidt Center Gallery. The project continues her investigations into the role of traditional craft media in the construction of national identity and the politics of war. Smith created and will premiere “Banner Valance,” a work directly influenced by the “Weavings of War” exhibition. It is a 120-foot-long valance or long narrow curtain of continuous fabric that Smith has had printed with images she selected to relate her reflections on war.

A series of public programs will also be presented beginning with a lecture on Thursday, Feb. 8 at 4:30 p.m. by Marsha MacDowell, co-curator of the “Weavings of War” exhibition and curator at the Michigan State University Museum. The lecture will take place in the Performing Arts Building, Room 101 (adjacent to the Schmidt gallery). Following the lecture at 6:30 p.m., there will be a panel discussion entitled “Weaving, Women and War.” The panel will include Allison Smith; Marsha MacDowell; Jeffrey Morton, FAU associate professor of political science and director of the Peace Studies Certificate Program; and Josephine Beoku-Betts, FAU associate professor of Women’s Studies. A public reception for the exhibitions will follow the panel discussion. On Friday, February 9 at 6:30 p.m., gallery talks will be given by both Smith and MacDowell.

All events are free and open to the public. The University Galleries open Tuesday through Friday, 1 to 4 p.m.; Saturdays, 1 to 5 p.m. and closed Sunday and Monday. Class, school and other group tours are welcome at other hours by appointment. For more information, call 561-297-2966 or visit www.fau.edu/galleries.

Greek Antiquity Lectures Offered Feb. 6-8

Demetrios Michaelides, professor of classical archeology at the University of Cypress presents three public lectures this month in the Board of Trustees Room (ADM 305) on the Boca Raton campus.

  • Medicine in Greek Antiquity
    Tuesday, Feb. 6 from 2-3:30 p.m.
  • Hellenistic and Roman Mosaics in Cyprus
    Wednesday, Feb. 7 from 4-5:30 p.m.
  • Food in Greek Antiquity
    Thursday, Feb. 8 from 6 to 7:30 p.m.

For more information, contact Dr. Konstantinos P. Nikoloutsos at ext. 7-0497 or nikolout@fau.edu.


Film and Discussion on Feb. 8: Nicholas Winston's 'The Power of Good'

Dr. Alan L. Berger, Raddock Family Eminent Scholar Chair in Holocaust Studies, and Dr. Miriam Klein Kassenoff will screen "The Power of Good" then lead a discussion about the film on Thursday, Feb. 8, at 7:30 p.m. in Room 101 of the Performing Arts Building on the Boca Raton campus.

In 1939, Nicholas Winton personally and by his own initiative saved the lives of 669 children, most of them Jewish, from soon-to-be Nazi-occupied Czechoslovakia and brought them across Hitler's Germany to his native Britain. For nearly 50 years, he kept secret how he rescued these children. Unlike Schindler and Wallenberg, Winton is today still alive and well at 97, and still diffident about why he kept his secret for so long. But, he also is an immensely compelling symbol of how the caring of one man can truly make a difference and truly demonstrate "The Power of Good." For more information, call 561 297-2979.


'Bus Stop' Opens Feb. 9

The Department of Theatre presents William Inge’s “Bus Stop,” a comic romance about bus passengers who find themselves stranded in a Kansas snowstorm. The play, directed by J. Barry Lewis, will run from Friday, Feb. 9 through Sunday, Feb. 18. Shows are at 8 p.m. on Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights and 2 p.m. on Sundays. The play is in the Studio One Theatre on the Boca Raton campus. General admission tickets are $20. FAU faculty, staff and alumni tickets are $10, and students may obtain tickets free at the door or ahead of time with a $5 reservation fee. Tickets can be purchased and student reservations made by calling 800-564-9539 or at the theatre two hours prior to the performance. Following the opening night performance, there will be a reception with the cast of the show that is free and open to the public.

The play, which takes place in the 1950s, opens at a roadside diner located about 30 miles west of Kansas City. As a snowstorm builds, a bus pulls in to escape the storm, and the passengers are told that they will have to stay at the diner until morning. The passengers include a cowboy named Bo, a nightclub singer named Cherie, Dr. Lyman and the bus driver. They, along with Elma and Grace, waitresses at the diner; the owner of the diner; and the local sheriff, create an eclectic group of sleepover guests that are forced to learn more than they need to know about each other.


Belgian Pianist Andre de Groote
to Perform on Feb. 10

Belgian pianist Andre de Groote will perform on Saturday, Feb. 10 at 7 p.m. in the Harid Conservatory at 2285 Potomac Street, Boca Raton. General admission is $15 at the door. FAU students, faculty, staff and alumni may obtain free admission with ID. De Groote is known all over the world for his mastery of and unique artistry in classical piano. The concert—part of FAU’s Chamber Music Concert Series—will offer a night of intimate and romantic music including “3 Intermezzi, op. 117” by Johannes Brahms, “Variations and Fugue on a Theme” by George Friderik Handell, and Franz Schubert’s “Sonata in B flat major, D. 960.” For more information, call FAU’s department of music at 561-297-3820.


Shemin Trialogue Seminar on Feb. 12

Boca Raton residents Rhoda and Emmanuel Shemin, along with Alan Berger, the Raddock Family Eminent Scholar Chair in Holocaust Studies in the Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts and Letters, present the first annual International Shemin Trialogue Seminar entitled “Christianity, Islam and Judaism after 9/11: Creating Conditions to Foster Clarity and Understanding.” The seminar will be held on Monday, Feb. 12 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the Live Oak Pavilion of the University Center on the Boca Raton campus. The seminar is free but registration is required by calling ext. 7-2979 or visiting www.fau.edu/shemin. The three keynote speakers for the event are Dr. John Pawlikowski, professor of social ethics at the Catholic Theologic Union and president of the International Council of Christians and Jews; Dr. Khaleel Mohammed, associate professor of religious studies at San Diego State University; and Rabbi Dr. Riccardo Di Segni, the chief rabbi of Rome, Italy. President Brogan will open the seminar, and Dr. Berger will serve as moderator.


'Books in Black: A New Page!' Exhibit to Open Feb. 13, Opening Reception Feb. 15

The Arthur & Mata Jaffe Center for Book Arts at FAU Libraries will exhibit “Books in Black: A New Page!” from Feb. 13 through April 14, at the S.E. Wimberly Library on the Boca Raton campus.

The exhibition is a unique collection of sculptural artists’ books that pay tribute to individuals of African ancestry who have made major contributions to society. The exhibit is curated by Ruth Edwards, founder of the New York based Books in Black, a network of individuals of African ancestry who have been dubbed “ordinary people making extraordinary books.” The group’s goal is to raise the public’s awareness of little known inventions and achievements of people of color. “Books in Black: A New Page!” is broad in scope and holds interest for children and adults. The show is for people of all races.

Books in Black: A New Page! will be on exhibit in the main lobby of the library, outside of the library’s administrative offices (second floor west) and in the Jaffe Center for the Book Arts (third floor east). The exhibition is free and open to the public. For additional information, call 561-297-0226.


'Adventures in Yiddishland' on Feb. 21

‘The Friends of Yiddish’ at FAU Libraries continues its 2006-07 series with “Adventures in Yiddishland,” a lecture and book signing by Jeffrey Shandler, a noted scholar of modern Jewish culture, on Wednesday, Feb. 21 at 3 p.m., in the Majestic Palm Room, University Center on the Boca Raton campus.

Jeffrey Shandler, noted scholar and associate professor of Jewish studies at Rutgers University will offers the third event of the series celebrating Yiddish culture and its evolution. The theme of this year’s program is KULTUR in the 21st Century. The program is free and open to the public. Seating is limited. For more information, call 561-297-2116, visit www.library.fau.edu/news/news.htm or e-mail librariespr@fau.edu.


More Events and Exhibitions

Robert Freedman to Lecture on Feb. 15
The Judaica Sound Archives (JSA) at FAU Libraries will host Robert Freedman, founder of the Robert and Molly Freedman Jewish Sound Archive at the University of Pennsylvania, on Thursday, Feb. 15 at 2:30 p.m., on the fifth floor of the S.E. Wimberly Library. Freedman, a Philadelphia attorney whose life passion has been studying Yiddish music, will lecture on “Transition to Modernity: Selected Yiddish Songs.” The program is free and open to the public. For more information, call Nathan Tinanoff, director of the JSA at (561) 297-2207 or Dr. Maxine Schackman, assistant director of the JSA at (561) 297-3765.

Drawn In/Drawn Out Exhibition
The University Galleries in Florida Atlantic University’s School of the Arts offers the four-person exhibition “Drawn In/Drawn Out” through Feb. 24 in the Ritter Art Gallery on the Boca Raton campus. The exhibition presents recent work by FAU department of visual arts and art history associate professor Carol Prusa along with three Miami-based artists, Glexis Novoa, Diego Singh and Frances Trombly. The artists in “Drawn In/Drawn Out” share drawing as a fundamental aspect of their finished works. High levels of detail, combining both naturalism and abstraction, and innovative approaches to traditional techniques and materials are traits common to all four of the artists. The content and intent of their art however is quite distinct. Info at www.fau.edu/galleries.

A Cultural Feast: A Deliciously Different Performance Event from the South Florida Storytelling Project
The South Florida Storytelling Project presents “A Cultural Feast: A Deliciously Different Performance Event.” This one-of-a-kind luncheon theatre series includes a buffet style lunch served by area restaurants where patrons will sample delicious cuisine from various cultures followed by a storytelling performance. The series will take place in the Willow Theatre at Sugar Sand Park in Boca Raton. Tickets are $22 for the lunch and performance, and the a three-performance series package is $54 (two performances are left). For more information, contact Caren Neile at cneile@fau.edu.

Ladies of the Night: Adventures in Adult Storytelling
Last month, the School of Communication & Multimedia Studies and the School of the Arts presented the first night of "Ladies of the Night: Adventures in Adult Storytelling," an innovative one-woman performance series. The series continues on Feb. 26 and March 19 at the Caldwell Theatre in Boca Raton. Tickets are $15/20. For more information, call 561-241-7432 or contact Caren Neile, Director, South Florida Storytelling Project, cneile@fau.edu, ext. (561) 297-0042.

MacArthur Campus Exhibits Molas Produced by Kuna Indians
through March 4

The Anne Wenzel Tapestry Collection, an exhibition of molas, some of which are sewn onto women’s clothing and some of which are wall hangings will be on display at the MacArthur Campus Library through March 4. Molas are textile panels produced by the Kuna Indians of the San Blas Islands, just off the shore of Panama’s Caribbean Coast. Designs range from geometric shapes that relate to the mythology of the Kuna to others that are supportive of recent political candidates. Some artifacts, including several wood carvings, are part of the exhibit. For more information, call 561-799-8530.

The Spring 2007 Colloquium Series
The Spring 2007 Colloquium Series presented by the Ph.D. in Comparative Studies in the Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts and Letters will be held on Mondays from 4 to 5:15 p.m. in SO 270 (the Social Sciences building) on the Boca Raton campus. For information, call 561-297-0155. Topics and dates are listed below:

February 12                                     
Half a Century Later:  Finding 50’s Reality on Stage
Den Kopani, Associate Professor, Department of Theatre
(Note: this lecture will be held in the Green Room, next the University Theatre on the Boca Raton campus)
February 19                      
Literature in a Postcolonial Empire:  Moby Dick (1851) and Invisible Man (1952)
Jonathan Arac, Andrew W. Mellon Professor of English, University of Pittsburgh
February 26                      
Gender and Engineering in Africa
Dr. Maurice Mbeda Ndege, Senior Lecturer, Post Graduate Studies,
University of KwaZulu-Natal
March 19                                     
New and Old Europe:  Rhetoric of Past, “Post” or Present
Noemi Marin, Assistant Professor, School of Communication
March 26                                                        
Dissertation Workshop II:  Ethical Issues
Robin Fiore, Associate Professor, Department of Philosophy
April 2                                 
Starting a National Park in the Bahamas:  the Exciting Discovery of Preacher’s Cave, Eleuthera, Bahamas
Jane Day, PhD in Comparative Studies
April 9                                 
The “Swissification” of Europe:  Multicultural Switzerland as a Study Case for the European Integration Process
Alfred Defago, Visiting Professor, Arts and Letters
April 16
Bathsheba’s Muse: Feminist Challenges to the Rhetorical
Tradition in the Works of Meredith Monk
Dr. Juan Carlos Gonzalez, English Instructor PBCC

Klezmer Goes 'Beyond the Tribes'
in Boca Raton Next Month

Florida’s innovative, critically-acclaimed Klezmer Company Orchestra, under the direction of Aaron Kula, will present “Beyond the Tribes,” a grand production with 40 performers, including New York vocalist Shira Lissek, on Sunday, March 4, at 3 p.m., in the Carole and Barry Kaye Performing Arts Auditorium on the Boca Raton campus. The orchestra defies classification with its high-energy performances and eclectic programming of traditional and non-traditional music. This production celebrates the musical fusion of exotic melodies from around the world. The concert features new arrangements of songs from the Mediterranean, Middle East, Latin America, Europe, Russia and America that blend jazz and classical musical traditions. Tickets are $25, $36, $45 and $60. Call toll free 1-800-564-9539, or visit www.fauevents.com. For more information, visit www.klezmercompany.com.

Frontiers in Science
Don't forget the Frontiers in Science Lecture Series; lectures continue through March (click for details).

For more events, visit the University's Calendar of Events.

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