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2014

September

Panel Discussion: The Science of A World of Dreams
Panel Discussion: The Science of A World of Dreams
Tuesday, September 30, 2014 at 4:30 PM
Main Gallery, Ezra and Cecile Zilkha Gallery
“The Science of A World of Dreams” will include panelists Robert Schumann Professor of Environmental Studies Barry Chernoff, John Monroe Van Vleck Professor of Astronomy William Herbst, Professor of Computer Science James Lipton, and Harold T. Stearns Professor of Earth Science Johan Varekamp, and as moderator, Dean of Natural Sciences and Mathematics and Professor of Molecular Biology and Biochemistry Ishita Mukerji.
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Recital: Filippo Mariottini
Recital: Filippo Mariottini
Sunday, September 28, 2014 at 4:00 PM
Emmanuel Episcopal Church, 50 Emmanuel Church Road, Killingworth
In co-operation with the American Guild of Organists, Wesleyan University presents Filippo Mariottini from Rome.
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Malavika Sarukkai: Rasamanjari
Malavika Sarukkai: Rasamanjari
Sunday, September 28, 2014 at 3:00 PM
Crowell Concert Hall
Acclaimed dancer Malavika Sarukkai presents the New England premiere of Rasamanjari, a celebration of the classical dance language of India, as the conclusion of the 38th annual Navaratri Festival.
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Saraswati Puja (Hindu Ceremony)
Saraswati Puja (Hindu Ceremony)
Sunday, September 28, 2014 at 11:00 AM
World Music Hall
This religious service, led by A. V. Srinivasan, marks the most auspicious day of the year for beginning new endeavors.
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Vishwa Mohan Bhatt and Keyboard Sathya
Vishwa Mohan Bhatt and Keyboard Sathya
Saturday, September 27, 2014 at 8:00 PM
Crowell Concert Hall
The United States debut of the duo of Grammy Award–winner Vishwa Mohan Bhatt (pictured), who plays Mohan Veena (a modified lap slide guitar), with 19-year-old virtuoso Keyboard Sathya.
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Film Screening: The Unseen Sequence
Film Screening: The Unseen Sequence
Saturday, September 27, 2014 at 3:30 PM
CFA Hall
Directed by Sumantra Ghosal, this new film celebrates Malavika Sarukkai’s distinctive intellectual and creative approach to Indian dance.
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Artist Talk: Tula Telfair
Artist Talk: Tula Telfair
Saturday, September 27, 2014 at 2:00 PM
CFA Hall
Tula Telfair shares her private vision of the beauty and majesty of the natural world.
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B. Balasubrahmaniyan: Vocal Music of South India
B. Balasubrahmaniyan: Vocal Music of South India
Friday, September 26, 2014 at 8:00 PM
Crowell Concert Hall
Vocalist B. Balasubrahmaniyan, Adjunct Assistant Professor of Music, is joined by Adjunct Assistant Professor of Music David Nelson on mridangam and L. Ramakrishnan on violin.
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Gallery Talk: Animal Dignity and an Ethics of Sight—Photography by Isa Leshko and Frank Noelker
Gallery Talk: Animal Dignity and an Ethics of Sight—Photography by Isa Leshko and Frank Noelker
Friday, September 26, 2014 at 4:30 PM
South Gallery, Ezra and Cecile Zilkha Gallery
Photographers Isa Leshko and Frank Noelker sensitively portray captive animals in an evocative exhibition that asks viewers to reflect on our complicated relationships with other animals.
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Henna and Chaat
Henna and Chaat
Thursday, September 25, 2014 at 7:00 PM
Olin Library Lobby
Experience South Asian culture through henna art and sampling of chaat (savory snacks), hosted by Shakti, Wesleyan's South Asian Students Association.
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Colloquium: Richard Wolf—The Voice in the Drum, Creative Non-Fiction, and Ethnomusicology
Colloquium: Richard Wolf—The Voice in the Drum, Creative Non-Fiction, and Ethnomusicology
Wednesday, September 24, 2014 at 4:15 PM
CFA Hall

Harvard Professor of Music & South Asian Studies Richard Wolf discusses his forthcoming novel about drummers, dancers, and other participants at a Sufi shrine in Lahore, Pakistan.

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Peter Blasser: Sidrazzi Gamelan
Peter Blasser: Sidrazzi Gamelan
Tuesday, September 23, 2014 at 9:00 PM
World Music Hall
Through compositions and improvisations, graduate music student Peter Blasser’s ensemble will weave the sidrazzi (an electronic organ) and gamelan together.
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When You’re Home: A Look Back at the Origins of In the Heights - A Talk by Lin-Manuel Miranda
When You’re Home: A Look Back at the Origins of In the Heights - A Talk by Lin-Manuel Miranda
Tuesday, September 23, 2014 at 7:00 PM
CFA Hall
Tony Award-winning composer/lyricist and actor Lin-Manuel Miranda ’02 speaks about the creation of the musical In The Heights during his time at Wesleyan.
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Women's Voice in the Hasidic Community
Women's Voice in the Hasidic Community
Tuesday, September 23, 2014 at 4:00 PM
Music Studios Room 301
A lecture by the Director of the Yiddish Language Institute at the Yiddish Book Center Asya Vaisman Schulman.
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Planet Hip Hop Festival Concert
Planet Hip Hop Festival Concert
Saturday, September 20, 2014 at 9:00 PM
Fayerweather Beckham Hall
Afternoon workshops and evening performances by international Muslim women in hip hop, including the U.S. debut of Montreal-based Algerian singer-songwriter and rapper Meryem Saci (pictured) as a solo artist, the New England debut of Washington, D.C.-based and Grammy Award-nominated singer-songwriter, poet, and emcee Maimouna Youssef a.k.a. Mumu Fresh as a solo artist, and Tavasha Shannon a.k.a. Miss Undastood of Queens, New York. The evening concert will be hosted by Boston's Mr. Lif, and will also feature the Nomadic Wax Collective, a live backing band that will include bass, drums, keys, guitar, and a DJ.

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Miss Undastood Workshop: The Art of Rhyme - Exploring Islam and Hip Hop through Verse Writing
Miss Undastood Workshop: The Art of Rhyme - Exploring Islam and Hip Hop through Verse Writing
Saturday, September 20, 2014 at 3:30 PM
World Music Hall
In this workshop, Miss Undastood will explore the topic of Islam and hip hop using poetry and verse writing, supported by a live DJ.
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Maimouna Youssef Workshop: Freestyling through the History of American Music - Improvisation 101
Maimouna Youssef Workshop: Freestyling through the History of American Music - Improvisation 101
Saturday, September 20, 2014 at 1:45 PM
World Music Hall

A hip hop workshop with Grammy Award-nominated singer-songwriter, poet, and emcee Maimouna Youssef a.k.a. Mumu Fresh, based in Washington, D.C.

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Meryem Saci Workshop: Music Is Medicine—Hip Hop Therapy for the Bifurcated Soul
Meryem Saci Workshop: Music Is Medicine—Hip Hop Therapy for the Bifurcated Soul
Saturday, September 20, 2014 at 11:00 AM
World Music Hall
In this workshop, Meryem Saci will explore her experiences as a refugee, an artist, and a Muslim woman. She will unpack the therapeutic and spiritual benefits that music can provide, pulling examples and lessons from her own history and life story.
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LeeSaar The Company: Princess Crocodile
LeeSaar The Company: Princess Crocodile
Friday, September 19, 2014 at 8:00 PM
CFA Theater
“In its emotional nakedness, free-associative logic, and frank sensuality, the work of the Israeli-born couple Lee Sher and Saar Harari is inventive and arresting.”
—The New Yorker
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Panel Discussion: Gender, Islam, and the 'Muslim Problem'
Panel Discussion: Gender, Islam, and the 'Muslim Problem'
Thursday, September 18, 2014 at 7:00 PM
CFA Hall
Organized and moderated by Professor of Religion Peter Gottschalk, this panel will include Associate Professor of French and Letters Typhaine Leservot, Lebanese American writer, performer, and teaching artist Leila Buck ’99 (pictured), Dr. M. Saud Anwar, mayor of South Windsor, Connecticut, and Aida Mansoor, president of the Muslim Coalition of Connecticut.
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Yiddish Foodways
Yiddish Foodways
Thursday, September 18, 2014 at 4:00 PM
The Bayit, 157 Church Street
A lecture and workshop on Jewish food traditions by culinary ethnographer Eve Jochnowitz.
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Women’s Voices, Verbal Ability, and Symbolic Power: The Case of Moroccan Shikhat
Women’s Voices, Verbal Ability, and Symbolic Power: The Case of Moroccan Shikhat
Wednesday, September 17, 2014 at 4:15 PM
Daltry Room (Music Rehearsal Hall 003)
Alessandra Ciucci analyzes a wedding celebration in Morocco to determine the role(s) of the shikhat, a class of professional female singer-dancers.
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Opening Reception: A World of Dreams—New Landscape Paintings by Tula Telfair
Opening Reception: A World of Dreams—New Landscape Paintings by Tula Telfair
Tuesday, September 16, 2014 at 5:00 PM
Main Gallery, Ezra and Cecile Zilkha Gallery
The exhibition includes new large-scale paintings in which Professor of Art Tula Telfair presents monumental landscapes and epic-scale vistas that are simultaneously awe-inspiring and intimate.
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Giacomo Gates: A Milestone Concert
Giacomo Gates: A Milestone Concert
Sunday, September 14, 2014 at 3:00 PM
The Russell House

Vocalist and Wesleyan Private Lessons Teacher Giacomo Gates, winner of DownBeat's 2012 Critics Poll for “Rising Star Male Vocalist,” performs tunes from the Great American Songbook, accompanied by guitarist and Wesleyan Private Lessons Teacher Tony Lombardozzi and bassist Jeff Fuller.

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Freedom Summer Symposium
Freedom Summer Symposium
Saturday, September 13, 2014 at 1:30 PM
Fayerweather Beckham Hall, 55 Wyllys Avenue
Featuring a keynote lecture by Margaret Burnham, Professor of Law and Founder of Civil Rights and Restorative Justice Institute at Northeastern University; and panel discussions with participants including Wesleyan alumni Ron Young '86, John Suter '67, and Stephen Oleskey '64 moderated by Wesleyan Professor of African American Studies and English Ashraf Rushdy.
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Youth Gamelan Ensemble Classes Start
Youth Gamelan Ensemble Classes Start
Saturday, September 13, 2014 at 10:00 AM
World Music Hall
Have your child learn the traditional music of Java, Indonesia, for only $30 for a semester of lessons and rehearsals. Open to ages 7 to 14. No prior experience necessary.

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Freedom Summer Rolling Concert
Freedom Summer Rolling Concert
Friday, September 12, 2014 at 6:00 PM
Cross Street Dance Studio, Olin Memorial Library Steps, Memorial Chapel
Featuring performances by the Unity Choir and Children's Choir of Cross Street A.M.E. Zion Church, Middletown High School Choir, Wesleyan Singers, Dar Williams '89, and Kim and
Reggie Harris
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Civil Rights Activism and Wesleyan
Civil Rights Activism and Wesleyan
Friday, September 12, 2014 at 3:00 PM
Special Collections and Archives, Olin Memorial Library, 252 Church Street
An exhibition featuring historic Civil Rights-era Wesleyan materials, documents, and photographs.
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Opening Reception: Call to Action— American Posters in World War I
Opening Reception: Call to Action— American Posters in World War I
Thursday, September 11, 2014 at 5:00 PM
Davison Art Center
Selected from the collection of the Davison Art Center, the exhibition includes more than 30 American World War I posters designed by James Montgomery Flagg, Howard Chandler Christy, and others.
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Artist Talk: Faye Driscoll
Artist Talk: Faye Driscoll
Thursday, September 11, 2014 at 4:30 PM
Cross Street Dance Studio
"A startlingly original talent" (The New York Times), choreographer and director Faye Driscoll is a Creative Campus Fellow at Wesleyan this fall, researching and developing Thank You For Coming: Play, one of a series of works she will be creating over the next several years.
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CD Launch Party: Walking Still
CD Launch Party: Walking Still
Wednesday, September 10, 2014 at 5:30 PM
Davison Art Center
Celebrate the release of the album Walking Still by the London-based choral group Vocal Constructivists, directed by Wesleyan Associate Professor of Music Jane Alden.
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Opening Reception: Not of This World
Opening Reception: Not of This World
Wednesday, September 10, 2014 at 12:00 PM
Mansfield Freeman Center for East Asian Studies Gallery
Uncover the hidden stories of East Asia's religion and folklore in this exhibition of the most compelling artworks from Wesleyan's College of East Asian Studies.
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Yiddish Song on Stage
Yiddish Song on Stage
Tuesday, September 9, 2014 at 4:00 PM
Daltry Room, Music Rehearsal Hall 003, 60 Wyllys Avenue
A musical presentation on song in the Yiddish theater by mezzo-soprano Monica Krajewska and pianist Natasha Ulyanovsky.
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Bach to School
Bach to School
Friday, September 5, 2014 at 8:00 PM
Memorial Chapel

Fifth annual Bach to School opening of the concert year by Artist in Residence and University Organist Ronald Ebrecht, performing music from his globe-spanning concerts. 

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Reinier van Houdt
Reinier van Houdt
Thursday, September 4, 2014 at 8:00 PM
Memorial Chapel
The Connecticut debut of Netherlands-based pianist Reinier van Houdt featuring works by Peter Adriaansz, Luc Ferrari, Jerry Hunt, and Michael Pisaro.
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July

This Is It! The Complete Piano Works of Neely Bruce: Part III
This Is It! The Complete Piano Works of Neely Bruce: Part III
Sunday, July 20, 2014 at 3:00 PM
Crowell Concert Hall
John Spencer Camp Professor of Music Neely Bruce presents the third of twelve CD-length recitals of his piano music.
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Joe Lovano Trio Fascination with special guest Judi Silvano
Joe Lovano Trio Fascination with special guest Judi Silvano
Thursday, July 17, 2014 at 8:00 PM
Crowell Concert Hall

The world premiere of Joe Lovano Trio Fascination with bassist Peter Slavov, drummer Lamy Istrefi and special guest vocalist Judi Silvano.

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Aaron Jafferis: How to Change the World with Hip-Hop Theater
Aaron Jafferis: How to Change the World with Hip-Hop Theater
Tuesday, July 15, 2014 at 12:10 PM
World Music Hall
Aaron Jafferis will discuss his work and demonstrate his approach to hip-hop theater.
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WESU 75th Anniversary Doo Wop Extravaganza
WESU 75th Anniversary Doo Wop Extravaganza
Saturday, July 12, 2014 at 8:00 PM
Middletown High School Performing Arts Center
88.1 FM WESU Middletown presents a fundraising concert in celebration of 75 years of community radio & 35 years of the "Moondog Matinee" radio show.
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Camille A. Brown and Dancers
Camille A. Brown and Dancers
Friday, July 11, 2014 at 8:00 PM
CFA Theater

The Connecticut premieres of excerpts from Mr. TOL E. RAncE (2012) and The Groove to Nobody's Business (2007), and New Second Line (2006); as well as the work-in-progress Black Girl, which will premiere at The Joyce Theater in New York in 2015, featuring a solo by Artistic Director Camille A. Brown, winner of the 2012 Mariam McGlone Emerging Choreographer Award.

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James Grashow: Art and Cardboard
James Grashow: Art and Cardboard
Tuesday, July 8, 2014 at 12:10 PM
CFA Hall
James Grashow returns to Wesleyan to discuss his recent work with corrugated cardboard.
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Zili Misik
Zili Misik
Wednesday, July 2, 2014 at 7:00 PM
CFA Courtyard [Rain Location: Crowell Concert Hall]
Bring a picnic, then dance with family and friends to the powerful New World Soul rhythms of Zili Misik at a free outdoor concert in the CFA Courtyard!
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Banning Eyre: Tales from the Afropop Road - Bringing the World to American Public Radio
Banning Eyre: Tales from the Afropop Road - Bringing the World to American Public Radio
Tuesday, July 1, 2014 at 12:10 PM
CFA Hall
Banning Eyre is an author, guitarist, journalist, and Senior Editor at Afropop.org.
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