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Pomona College April 2011 Events

Pomona College, one of the nation’s premier liberal arts colleges, is sponsoring the following on-campus events. Each of these events is open to the public and free of charge unless otherwise noted.

April 1

Friday Noon Concert – 12:15 p.m., Balch Auditorium (Scripps College, 1030 Columbia Ave., Claremont). Hao Hung will perform piano music by Liszt. Information: (909) 607-2671 or concerts@pomona.edu.

April 1

Concert: Junior Recital – 8 p.m., Pomona College Lyman Hall, Thatcher Music Building (340 N. College Ave., Claremont).  Beth Nitzan ’12 and Carrie Henderson ’12, sopranos, will perform music by Handel, Weckerlin, Wolf and others for their Junior Recital. Information: (909) 607-2671 or concerts@pomona.edu.

April 2

Concert: “Violin & Piano” -  8 p.m.Pomona College Bridges Hall of Music (150 E. 4th St., Claremont). Pomona faculty Andrew McIntosh, violin, and Gayle Blankenberg, piano, perform music by Ligeti, Schubert, Shostakovich and others. Information: (909) 607-2671 or concerts@pomona.edu.

April 3

Concert: Nick Humphrey Senior Recital – 3 p.m., Pomona College Bridges Hall of Music (150 E. 4th St., Claremont). Nick Humphrey ’11 performs music by Barrios, Mangoré, Sor, Weiss and Humphrey in his senior recital. Information: (909) 607-2671 or concerts@pomona.edu.

April 4-7

Chemistry Department 49th Annual Robbins Lecture Series: Peter Agre –Time & location TBD. Dr. Peter Agre (Johns Hopkins School of Medicine), shared the 2003 Nobel Prize for “discoveries concerning channels in cell membranes.” According to the Nobel release, “their discoveries have clarified how salts (ions) and water are transported out of and into cells of the body”…[which are] of great importance for our understanding of many diseases.” Information: (909) 621-8444.

April 4

Sustainability Dialog: Edible School Gardens – 7 p.m., Hahn Building, Room 101 (420 N Harvard Ave., Claremont) Join Daniel Allen of Farmscape and Sam Lewis, Pomona College senior, for a discussion of school gardens. Mr. Allen is the Chief Financial Officer of Farmscape, a Los Angeles-based urban farming company that sets up edible gardens for homes, organizations and businesses. Mr. Lewis is an Environmental Analysis major with experience at the Pomona College Organic Farm, as well as a variety of other urban agriculture projects. Most recently, he was rewarded a grant for creating the Cultivating Youth Earth Connections Summer Internship Program, an urban agriculture and community development program for local high school students. Information: bowen.close@pomona.edu or (909) 607-1765.

April 5

Ena Thompson Distinguished Lecture: “The Centrality of the United States in a Century of Mexican Migration” – 11 a.m., Pomona College Rose Hills Theatre (lower level, Smith Campus Center, 170 E. Sixth St., Claremont). Gilbert G. Gonzalez, filmmaker and professor of Chicano/Latino Studies, UC Irvine, is the 2011 Ena Thompson Distinguished Lecturer. In his lecture, Gilbert will talk about the purposeful and complex roles played by the United States in promoting and structuring migration from Mexico and challenge the mainstream understanding human migration. Information: (909) 607-2916 or tomas.sandoval@pomona.edu.

April 5

IRC: “Hidden Injuries of Racism: Asian Americans and Internalized Racial Oppression” – 12 p.m., Pomona College Oldenborg Center (350 N. College Way, Claremont) Karen Pyke, associate professor of sociology, UC Riverside, tackles some of the myths and misunderstandings surrounding the under-studied phenomenon of internalized racism with examples from the lives of second generation Asian Americans, drawing on her decade-long intensive interview study with 555 Korean and Vietnamese Americans. Pike is a member of the editorial board of Gender & Society and a deputy editor for the Journal of Family Issues. Information: (909) 607-8035 or 621-8018.

April 5

Anthropology Distinguished Lecture Series: “Brothels, Slumdogs and Big Screen Rescues: Cinematic Discourses on India and Prostitution”   – 4:15 p.m., Hahn Building (420 N. Harvard Ave., Claremont), Room 107. For the Anthropology Distinguished Lecture Series: Intimate Labor an Transnational Migration Reconsidered, Svati Shah, professor of anthropology at UMass Amherst will talk about her work “Brothels, Slumdogs and Big Screen Rescues: Cinematic Discourses on India and Prostitution.” Information: Pardis.Mahdavi@pomona.edu or (909) 607-3027.

April 5

Art History Lecture: ‘The Political Iconography of Sacred Ground: Birmingham’s Kelly Ingram Park” – 4:15 p.m., Lebus Court 113 (145 E. Bonita Ave., Claremont) Dell Upton, Professor of Art History, Dept. of Art History, UCLA will examine a remarkable array of monuments to the African-American past, erected between the late 1970s and the 1990s in Birmingham’s Kelly Ingram Park.  As products of the vagaries of local politics, including struggles for political leadership and – as important – the day-to-day realities of urban governance, he will show how these monuments challenge any easy evocations of concepts such as collective memory.  Information: (909) 607-2221

April 5

2nd Annual Sustainability Film Festival: “Up the Yangtze” & “Red Dust” – 7 p.m., Pomona College Rose Hills Theatre (lower level, Smith Campus Center, 170 E. Sixth St., Claremont). The Pomona College 2nd Annual Sustainability Film Festival presents a double screening. “Up the Yangtze” is an award-winning 2007 documentary that follows two young adults forever changed by the Three Gorges Dam project and flooding of the Yangtze River. Join "Cindy" and "Jerry" in their quest for prosperity, and understanding in a quickly modernizing world, as they take jobs (and Americanized names) aboard a luxury cruise liner on the fast-disappearing river. The 2010 short film “Red Dust” examines the costs of China's economic development and the efforts of workers at a nickel-cadmium battery factory to organize against occupational disease and injustice. Information: (909) 607-1765 or www.pomona.edu/sustainability.

April 7

Art After Hours - 5-11p.m., Pomona College Museum of Art (330 N. College Ave., Claremont) Live entertainment accompanies special “Art After Hours” events at the Museum. Information: (909) 621-8283 or www.pomona.edu/museum.

April 7

Ena Thompson Film & Discussion: “Harvest of Loneliness: The Bracero Program” – 7 p.m., Pomona College Rose Hills Theatre (lower level, Smith Campus Center, 170 E. Sixth St., Claremont). Screening of the documentary “Harvest of Loneliness: The Bracero Program” (2010), which examines one of the largest state managed migrations in history. Through the Bracero Program, millions of people were imported from 1942 to 1964 to work as cheap, controlled and disposable workers. The documentary features the men and women speaking of their experiences and addresses what to expect from a new temporary contract worker program. Director Gilbert G. Gonzalez, the 2011 Ena Thompson Distinguished Lecturer and professor of Chicano/Latino Studies, UCI, will participate in a Q&A following the film. Information: (909) 607-2916 or tomas.sandoval@pomona.edu.

April 7-10

The Colored Museum – 8 p.m., April 7-9; 2 p.m., April 9-10, Pomona College Allen Theatre (300 E. Bonita Ave., Claremont). The Colored Museum by celebrated playwright and director George Wolfe (Pomona ’76) is a biting satire of the African-American experience. Originally performed in 1986, The Colored Museum is divided into eleven vignettes that are constructed like museum exhibits. It is through this lens that the play examines and derides the exaggerations and stereotypes of Blacks throughout American performance history. Tickets are $10 general admissions and $5 for seniors and for students, faculty and staff of the Claremont Colleges. Guest directed by Nataki Garrett. Information: (909) 607-4375

April 8

Friday Noon Concert – 12:15 p.m., Balch Auditorium (Scripps College, 1030 Columbia Ave., Claremont). The Lykos Quartet: Rachel Huang, violin; Mark Menzies, viola; and Pomona faculty Roger Lebow, cello; and Gayle Blankenberg, piano; performs the music of Brahms. Information: (909) 607-2671 or concerts@pomona.edu.

April 11

Robert Efron Lecture in Linguistics and Cognitive Science: David Odden and Michael Marlo – 4:15 p.m. David Odden is Professor of Linguistics at The Ohio State University, and Michael Marlo is Assistant Professor of Linguistics at University of Missouri. Information: (909) 621-8947 or mary.paster@pomona.edu,

April 11

Film: Oxhide II - 7:30 p.m., Rose Hills Theater, (170 E. 6th St., Claremont). Director Liu Jiayin will screen and discuss her celebrated Oxhide II (2009, 133 mins), the impressive sequel to her stunning 2004 film Oxhide. Set around a kitchen table in a Chinese home, Oxhide II conveys the story of a family crisis through a powerful composition that uses only nine shots, which move in 45-degree increments. Considered to be one of the most original directors of her generation, Liu Jiayin studied screenwriting at the Beijing Film Academy, where she now teaches. Information: (909) 621-8283 or jessica.wembley@pomona.edu

April 12

Chemistry Lecture: Scott Silverman – 11 a.m., Seaver North Auditorium (645 N. College Ave., Claremont). Scott Silverman is professor of chemistry, biochemistry and biophysics, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. His lab focuses on developing, characterizing and applying DNA as a catalyst. Information: (909) 621-8444.

April 12

PBI: “Whose Loss and Whose Gain?: The Contradictory Politics of the Brain Drains” – 4:15 p.m., Pomona College Hahn Building (420 N. Harvard Ave., Claremont), room 108. Madeline Hsu, director for the Center for Asian American Studies and associate professor of history, University of Texas, Austin, explores the intersections between Cold War international relations agendas and changing immigration laws and policies in the United States through the prism of Taiwan's "brain drain," the largest migration flow of its kind during the 1960s, and the delayed return of entrepreneurs and engineers who helped develop the island’s now cutting-edge IT industries. Hsu is the author of “Dreaming of Gold, Dreaming of Home: Transnationalism and Migration Between the United States and South China, 1882-1943” (2000), which received the 2002 Association for Asian American Studies History Book Award and editor of “Chinese American Transnational Politics” (2010). Information: (909) 607-8035.

April 12

Film: Thomas Mao (Xiao Dongxi) - 7:30 p.m., Rose Hills Theater, (170 E. 6th St., Claremont). Director and novelist Zhu Wen will screen and discuss his intriguing feature Thomas Mao (Xiao Dongxi, 80 mins). Set in the countryside during the Beijing Olympics, Zhu Wen’s recounts the farcical story of an unexpected friendship that develops between a Western painter backpacking through the grasslands of Mongolia and an eccentric inn-keeper who lodges him. Inherent to the narrative are issues of translation, domination, and desire. Information: (909) 621-8283 or jessica.wembley@pomona.edu

April 13

Queer Faculty Symposium Series: "The Imperial Logic of Sexuality" - 4:30pm, Queer Resource Center (Walton Commons, 395 E. 6th St., Claremont) Gender and Women’s Studies Prof. Chris Guzaitis (Scripps College) will deliver a lecture: "The Imperial Logic of Sexuality." Information: (909) 607-1817

April 13

Film: I Wish I Knew (Hai Shang Chuan Qi) - 7:30 p.m., Rose Hills Theatre, (170 E. 6th St., Claremont).  Jia Zhangke’s I Wish I Knew (Hai Shang Chuan Qi) (2010, 138 mins) China’s most significant filmmaker of the décade, Jia Zhangke directs an alluring hybrid of documentary and fiction. Here Jia weaves a dense texture between amorously shot footage of contemporary Shanghai and the films the city created or inspired. Peeking through the gaps of an architecture menaced by permanent urban renewal, he finds the traces of a romantic or brutal past, and echoes the voices of survivors or those who went into exile. Preceded by: Ying Liang: Condolences (Wei Wen) (2009 19 mins). Information: (909) 621-8283 or jessica.wembley@pomona.edu

April 14

Film: Huang Weikai: Disorder (Xian Zai Shi Guo Qu De Wei Lai) - 7:30 p.m., Rose Hills Theater, (170 E. 6th St., Claremont).  Huang Weikai’s Disorder (Xian Zai Shi Guo Qu De Wei Lai) (2009, 58 mins) is a splendid, original experiment on how to translate urban texture on the screen. Huang Weikai collected more than 1,000 hours of footage shot by amateurs and journalists in the streets of Guangzhou. He then selected 20-odd incidents, reworked the images into quasi-surreal grainy black-and-white and montaged them to create a kaleidoscopic view of the great southern metropolis, in all its vibrant, loud and mean chaos. Preceded by: Ying Liang’s Condolences (Wei Wen) 2009 19 min. Information: (909) 621-8283 or jessica.wembley@pomona.edu

April 15

Friday Noon Concert – 12:15 p.m., Balch Auditorium (Scripps College, 1030 Columbia Ave., Claremont). Anne Harley, soprano, with Pomona faculty Gayle Blankenberg, piano, performs. Information: (909) 607-2671 or concerts@pomona.edu.

April 15

Concert: Pomona College Choir, CSU Long Beach Chamber Choir and Pomona College Orchestra – 8 p.m., Pomona College Bridges Hall of Music (150 E. 4th St., Claremont). The Pomona College Choir (Donna DiGrazia, conductor), CSULB Choir (Jonathan Talberg, conductor); Pomona College Orchestra (Eric Lindholm conductor); and Lucy Shelton ’65, soprano; join to perform Verdi’s “Requiem.” Information: (909) 607-2671 or concerts@pomona.edu.

April 16

Concert: Robert Luo ’11 Senior Recital – 8 p.m., Pomona College Lyman Hall, Thatcher Music Building (340 N. College Ave., Claremont). Robert Luo will perform music on the guitar, by Albéniz, Bach, Barrios, Mangoré, Rodrigo and others. Information: (909) 607-2671 or concerts@pomona.edu.

April 17

Concert: Pomona College Choir, CSU Long Beach Chamber Choir and Pomona College Orchestra – 3 p.m., Pomona College Bridges Hall of Music (150 E. 4th St., Claremont). The Pomona College Choir (Donna DiGrazia, conductor), CSULB Choir (Jonathan Talberg, conductor); Pomona College Orchestra (Eric Lindholm conductor); and Lucy Shelton ’65, soprano; join to perform Verdi’s “Requiem.” Information: (909) 607-2671 or concerts@pomona.edu.

April 18

Lecture: "Time's Up: The 2012 Maya End Times Calendar Follies" – 4:30 p.m., Millikan Laboratory, Room 134 (610 N. College Ave., Claremont). Edward Krupp (Pomona Class of '67), director of Griffith Observatory will deliver a talk, "Time's Up: The 2012 Maya End Times Calendar Follies." Refreshments will be served at 4:15 p.m. Information: bryan.penprase@pomona.edu.

April 19

Chemistry Lecture: Carole Bewley – 11 a.m., Seaver North Auditorium (645 N. College Ave., Claremont). Carole Bewley works in the Natural Products Section of the National Institutes of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK), NIH. Information: (909) 621-8444.

April 20

Queer Faculty Symposium Series: "Science, Power and Gender Identity" – 4:30 p.m., Queer Resource Center (Walton Commons, 395 E. 6th St., Claremont)  Pomona Biology Prof. Rachel Levin will deliver a lecture: "Science, Power & Gender Identity." Information: (909) 607-1817

April 20

Concert: Student Recital – 8:15 p.m., Pomona College Lyman Hall, Thatcher Music Building (340 N. College Ave., Claremont). Students in the Pomona College Music Department perform. Information: (909) 607-2671 or concerts@pomona.edu.

April 21

Pacific Basin Institute Archival Film Night – 7 p.m., Hahn Building, Room 108 (420 N. Harvard Ave., Claremont). Information: (909) 607-7856.

April 22

Friday Noon Concert – 12:15 p.m., Balch Auditorium (Scripps College, 1030 Columbia Ave., Claremont). The Mojave Trio (Sara Parkins, violin; Maggie Parkins, cello and Prof. Genevieve Feiwen Lee, piano) perform music by Ives and others. Information: (909) 607-2671 or concerts@pomona.edu.

April 22

Concert: New Music for Cello, Piano and Marimba – 8 p.m., Bridges Hall of Music (150 E. 4th St., Claremont). Music of Karl Kohn, Tom Flaherty and Osvaldo Golijov performed by Rogger Lebow, cello; Karl Kohn, piano; and Nick Terry, marimba. Information: (909) 607-2671 or concerts@pomona.edu.

April 23

Concert: Michael Prouty ‘11 and Cassie Nguyen ’11, Senior Recital – 8 p.m., Bridges Hall of Music (150 E. 4th St., Claremont). Michael Prouty ’11, piano, and Cassie Nguyen ’11, violin, perform music by Bach, Chopin, Fauré, Messiaen, Ravel, Wieniawksi and others. Information: (909) 607-2671 or concerts@pomona.edu.

April 25

Concert: Pomona College Afro-Cuban Drumming Ensemble – 8:15 p.m., Lyman Hall, Thatcher Music Building (340 N. College Ave., Claremont). Pomona faculty Joe Addington directs the Ensemble playing music from Cuba’s Afro-Cuban roots. Information: (909) 607-2671 or concerts@pomona.edu.

April 26

Concert: Pomona College Jazz Ensemble – 4:30 p.m., Lyman Hall, Thatcher Music Building (340 N. College Ave., Claremont). Faculty Bobby Bradford directs the ensemble in music from across the jazz spectrum. Information: (909) 607-2671 or concerts@pomona.edu.

April 26

Concert: Pomona College Cello Ensemble – 8:30 p.m., Lyman Hall, Thatcher Music Building (340 N. College Ave., Claremont). Music for two or more cellos. Information: (909) 607-2671 or concerts@pomona.edu.

April 27

Lecture: “Women, Gender, and the Making of Cuba's 1844 Slave Movement” – 4:15 p.m., Hahn 108 (420 N. Harvard Ave., Claremont). Aisha Finch, professor of Women's Studies and Afro American Studies at University of California, Los Angeles, will deliver a lecture titled, “Women, Gender and the Making of Cuba’s 1844 Slave Movement.” Information: (909) 607-2348.

April 27

Concert: Pomona College Mbira Ensemble – 7 p.m., Lyman Hall, Thatcher Music Building (340 N. College Ave., Claremont). Music from Zimbabwe directed by Anthony Perman. Information: (909) 607-2671 or concerts@pomona.edu.

April 27

Literary Series Reading: Lyn Hejinian – 4:15 p.m., Ena Thompson Reading Room (108), Pomona College Crookshank Hall (140 W. Sixth St., Claremont). Pomona College Department of English Literary Series hosts a poetry reading by Lyn Hejinian, whose books of poetry include Saga/Circus (2008); Situations, Sings (with J. Collom, 2008); My Life in the Nineties (2003); and The Fatalist (2003). She is also the author of a book of essays, The Language of Inquiry (2000). She is a professor at UC Berkeley. Information: (909) 607-2212.

April 28

Concert: Pomona College Glee Club – 8 p.m., Pomona College Bridges Hall of Music (150 E. 4th St., Claremont). Faculty Donna DiGrazia conducts the 25-member ensemble in choral chamber music from the 16th-century to present. Information: (909) 607-2671 or concerts@pomona.edu.

April 28-May 1

Spring Dance Concert 2011 – 8 p.m., April 7-9; 2 p.m., April 9-10. With an array of dance styles ranging from traditional to contemporary, Spring Dance 2011 features original works by senior majors, faculty, and guest artists. Prof. Laurie Cameron provides artistic direction. Information: (909) 621-8186

April 29

Friday Noon Concert – 12:15 p.m., Balch Auditorium (Scripps College, 1030 Columbia Ave., Claremont). Quartet Euphoria (Rachel Huang, violin, and Pomona faculty Jonathan Wright, violin; Cynthia Fogg, viola; and Thom Flaherty, cello) perform “Beethoven Quartet in F Minor” and “Op. 95 ‘Serioso.’” Information: (909) 607-2671 or concerts@pomona.edu.

April 29

Lavendar Graduation – 3:30 p.m., Balch Auditorium (Scripps College, 1030 Columbia Ave., Claremont). The Queer Resource Center will host Lavender Graduation. The celebration is an opportunity for students, faculty, staff, and community members to celebrate the accomplishments of The Claremont College's lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex, queer and ally (LGBTQIA) graduates. Information: (909) 607-1817 or adriana.dibartolo@pomona.edu.

April 29

Neuroscience Senior Thesis Presentations – 8 a.m.-6 p.m., Hahn 101 ((420 N. Harvard Ave., Claremont)Seniors graduating in Neuroscience will be presenting their experimental thesis projects. Open to the public with come and go privileges. There will be a break for lunch. Information: (909) 607-1025

April 30

Concert: Pomona College Band – 11:15 a.m., Pomona College Bridges Hall of Music (150 E. 4th St., Claremont). Pomona faculty Graydon Beeks, conductor, leads the ensemble in music by Bernstein, Bremer, Goodwin, Sousa and others. Information: (909) 607-2671 or concerts@pomona.edu.

April 30

Concert: Pomona College Glee Club – 1:30 p.m., Pomona College Bridges Hall of Music (150 E. 4th St., Claremont). Faculty Donna DiGrazia conducts the 25-member ensemble in choral chamber music from the 16th-century to present. Information: (909) 607-2671 or concerts@pomona.edu.

Art Exhibitions - Jan. 18 - Apr. 10

Pomona College Museum of Art, hours Tues.-Fri., 12-5 p.m.; Sat.-Sun., 1-5 p.m. Information: (909) 621-8283 or www.pomona.edu/museum.

“China: Insights”

A cross-section of contemporary documentary work from mainland China, exploring the transition from the rural/agrarian environment to the urban/industrial setting in the People’s Republic of China.  Seven documentary photographers—Chen Yuan Zhong, Hua Er, Jia Yu Chuan, Li Nan, Yang Yan Kang, Yu Haibo, and Zhang Xinmin—record the tensions engendered by rapid change and persistent tradition in a dynamic China.

“Stealing Fire: Prometheus”

On the 80th anniversary of “Prometheus,” which has looked down on Pomona’s Frary Dining Hall since 1930, the Museum presents “Stealing Fire.” Curated by Paulette Barros ’11 and theory friction practice ’12, the exhibit uses archival information to explain the mural’s Pomona history, its conservation and the student response to the mural over time.