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March 2012 Events at Pomona College

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.

March 1

Ena H. Thompson Lecture Series: The Origins of Islam, Revisited: “Nascent Islam as an Ecumenical Movement”—11 a.m., Pomona College Rose Hills Theatre (Smith Campus Center, 170 E. Sixth St., Claremont). Speaker: Historian Fred M. Donner (University of Chicago) is most recently the author of Muhammad and the Believers—At the Origins of Islam (2010), which explores how early Islam coalesced as a religion. Donner is currently the president of the Middle East Studies Association ofNorth America. Contact: gina.espinoza@pomona.edu.

March 1

Lecture: “The Daughter as Gypsy 'Other': George Sand's Narrative Revenge”—4:15 p.m., Pomona College Mason Hall, Room 220 (550 N. Harvard Ave., Claremont). Speaker: Professor of French Katherine A. Jensen (Louisiana State University). Contact: margaret.waller@pomona.edu.

March 1

Comedian Demetri Martin's 2012 Tour: “Telling Jokes in Cold Places”—8 p.m., Pomona College Bridges Auditorium (450 N. College Way, Claremont). Stand-up comedian, actor and writer Demetri Martin, named by Entertainment Weekly as one of the “25 Funniest People in America,” will perform. Tickets go on sale for students on Jan. 23 for $15 (limit two tickets per person); tickets for staff, faculty and the general public go on sale on Jan. 27 and are $27. Bridges Auditorium Box Office hours: Mon.-Fri., 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Box office: (909) 607-1139.

March 1-4

Theatre: "The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee"—8 p.m., Thurs., Fri., Sat., March 1-3; 2 p.m., Sat., March 3 and Sun., March 4, Pomona College Seaver Theatre (300 E. Bonita Ave., Claremont). The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee is a one-act musical comedy conceived by Rebecca Feldman with music and lyrics by William Finn, a book by Rachel Sheinkin and additional material by Jay Reiss. The show centers on a fictional spelling bee set in a geographically ambiguous Putnam Valley Middle School. Six quirky adolescents compete in the Bee, run by three equally quirky grown-ups. Guest director: Jack Reuler. Guest choreographer: Jessica Harris ’11. Tickets are $10 general admission; $5 students, staff, seniors. Call or email to reserve tickets:  (909) 607-4375 or seaverboxoffice@pomona.edu.

March 2

Friday Noon Concert—12:15 p.m., Scripps College Balch Auditorium (1030 Columbia Ave., Claremont). Jason Yoshida (Baroque guitar and lute) will perform
 music from French and Spanish Baroque composers Gaspar Sanz, Santiago De Murcia, Ennemond Gaultier and Charles Mouton. Contact: (909) 607-2671 or concerts@pomona.edu.

March 2 & 4

Pomona College Orchestra—8 p.m., Fri.; 3 p.m., Sun., Pomona College Bridges Hall of Music (150 E. Fourth St., Claremont). Eric Lindholm (conductor), the Pomona College Orchestra and piano soloist Roger Sheu ’14, winner of the Pomona College Orchestra 2011 Concerto Competition will perform Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 5, “Emperor” Mussorgsky: Pictures at an Exhibition (arr. Ravel). Contact: (909) 607-2671 or concerts@pomona.edu.

March 3

Bus Trip: Santa Barbara Museum—10 a.m.-5 p.m., leaving from Pomona College Museum of Art (330 N. College Ave., Claremont). Visit to the Pacific Standard Time exhibitions at the Santa Barbara Museum of Art (Pasadena to Santa Barbara: A Selected History of Art in Southern California, 1951-1969) and the Santa Barbara University Art Museum (Carefree California: Cliff May and the Romance of the Ranch). Space is limited, RSVP to Terri Geis: terri.geis@pomona.edu

March 3

Faculty Chamber Music—8 p.m., Pomona College Bridges Hall of Music (150 E. Fourth St., Claremont). Gary Bovyer (clarinet); Sarah Thornblade, (violin); RogerLebow (cello); Genevieve Feiwen Lee (piano), will perform Messiaen’s Quartet for the End of Time and music by Donald Crockett. Contact: (909) 607-2671 or concerts@pomona.edu.

March 5

Lecture: "On the Veranda: Approach and Observation," Hirokazu Kosaka—4:15 p.m., Pomona College Hahn Building, Room 101 (420 N. Harvard Ave., Claremont). Performance artist and ordained Shingon Buddhist priest Hirokazu Kosaka will examine the permeable boundaries between creativity, nature, and meditation as expressed through the in-between space of the veranda, a space that is “not a Yes or a No, but infinite maybes.”Hirokazu Kosaka is the Visual Arts Director at the Japanese American Cultural and Community Center. As a student at the Chouinard Art Institute, where he graduated with a BFA in painting in 1970, Kosaka began to explore the art of performance, looking toward artists such as Wolfgang Stoerchle, Allen Ruppersberg, William Leavitt and Chris Burden for inspiration. As a young artist, Kosaka also began to incorporate Eastern traditions in his art, drawing from his appreciation of the centuries-old traditions of Noh drama and Kabuki theater, his knowledge of the ground-breaking experimental art of Japan’s Gutai Group in the mid-1960s, as well as his own experience with Buddhist chanting and Zen archery. Today, Kosaka is known for his large-scale, performative pieces, which often use publicly accessible space as a platform for dance, performance and visual art practice. Co-sponsored by the Pomona College Museum of Art and the Department of Asian Languages and Literature. Contact: museuminfo@pomona.edu or (909) 621-8283.

March 5

Lecture: “The Rise and Fall of Diaspora Ties: Return-Migration and the Transformation of the Japanese-Peruvian Community in Lima, Peru” —4:15 p.m., Pomona College Hahn Building Room 108 (420 N. Harvard Ave., Claremont). Speaker: Sociologist Ayumi Takenaka (Bryn Mawr College and the Center of Social Stratification and Inequality at Tohoku University, Japan) conducts ethnographic work in Peru, the U.S., Japan, the U.K. and Mexico, and engages in comparative research across countries, looking at the movement of people, ideas, goods and food—their causes and consequences, as well as the notion of borders and boundaries, as seen through these movements. Contact: kayo.yoshikawa@pomona.edu.

March 5

Literary Series: Colson Whitehead—4:15 p.m., Pomona College Crookshank Hall Room 108 (140 W. Sixth St., Claremont).  Colson Whitehead’s  first novel, The Intuitionist (1999), was a finalist for the PEN/Hemingway and a winner of the Quality Paperback Book Club's New Voices Award. His second novel John Henry Days (2001), was an investigation of the steel-driving man of American folklore, and a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award, the Los Angeles Times Fiction Award, and the Pulitzer Prize. The novel received the Young Lions Fiction Award and the Anisfield-Wolf Book Award. His other books include The Colossus of New York, Apex Hides the Hurt, and Sag Harbor. His reviews, essays and fiction have appeared in the New York Times, The New Yorker, New York Magazine, Harper's and Granta, among other publications. He received a MacArthur Fellowship in 2002. Contact: (909) 607-2212.

March 5

Product Stewardship: Working Together to Minimize Waste—7 p.m., Pomona College Carnegie Hall Room 104 (425 N. College Ave., Claremont). Susan Collins will present for the California Product Safety Council as part of the Sustainable Dialog series. She will discuss how producers, cities and consumers are working together to reduce solid waste through Extended Producer Responsibility and what can be done in Claremont and the San Gabriel Valley. Contact: hilary.laconte@pomona.edu or (909) 621-8189.

March 6

Lecture: "Can We Just Get Along: An Alternative History of the American West"—4:15 p.m., Pomona College Mason Hall Room 5. Speaker: Historian Stephen Aron (UCLA) is chair of the Institute for the Study of the American West at Autry National Center. Contact: gina_espinoza@pomona.edu

March 7

Calligraphy Workshop and Kyudo (Zen Archery) Demonstration Hirokazu Kosaka—4:15 p.m., Pomona College  Frank Dining Hall Blue Room (260 E. Bonita Ave., Claremont). Join artist Hirokazu Kosaka to explore the practices of calligraphy and Kyudo (Zen Archery). Participants will learn about the ancient art of calligraphy as a moving meditation and view Kosaka’s rare brush collection, made with materials as diverse as the hair from an elephant’s ear and the eyelashes of an ostrich. Materials for practicing calligraphy techniques will be provided to each attendee. Kosaka will also give a demonstration of the standing meditation practice of Kyudo, which translates as the "way of the bow.” Practitioners of this ceremonial and contemplative form focus on attaining "the perfect shot." In order to accomplish this, one must have immediate action without any intervening thoughts; this entails proper form, physique, patience and dedication. Co-sponsored by the Pomona College Museum of Art and the Department of Asian Languages and Literature.Space is limited, RSVP to Terri Geis: terri.geis@pomona.edu.

March 7

Claremont Colleges Math Colloquium—4:15 p.m., Freeburg Forum, (LC 62) Kravis Center (Claremont McKenna College, 888 Columbia Ave., Claremont). Speaker: Jeffrey Vaaler (University of Texas atAustin) “The ABC Conjecture.” Contact:kris.graham@cgu.edu or (909) 607-8012.

March 7

Virginia Glee Club and Pomona College Men’s Blue and White—8:15 p.m., Pomona College Bridges Hall of Music (150 E. 4th St, Claremont). The Virginia Glee Club and Pomona College’s Men’s Blue and White concert will perform a wide range of pieces, including sacred music, glee club classics, folk songs, spirituals and songs of the University of Virginia. Featured composers include Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Franz Biebl, G. F. Handel, P.D.Q. Bach, Leonard Cohen and George Harrison. Contact: (909) 607-2671 or concerts@pomona.edu.

March 10-May 13

“It Happened at Pomona: Art at the Edge of Los Angeles 1969-1973” “Part 3: At Pomona”— Tues.-Fri. 12-5 p.m.; Sat.-Sun., 1-5 p.m., Pomona College Museum of Art  (330 N. College Ave., Claremont). “Part 3: At Pomona” explores the art at Pomona College between 1969 and 1973. For artists as diverse as Michael Asher, Bas Jan Ader, Lewis Baltz, Chris Burden (’69), Judy Chicago, Jack Goldstein, John McCracken, Allen Ruppersberg and James Turrell (’65), Pomona hosted major, and sometimes radical, new directions in their art. The show and related events are part of the Getty Foundation’s Pacific Standard Time: Art in L.A. 1945-1980 initiative. Contact (909) 621-8283 or visit www.pomona.edu/museum.

March 19

Lecture: “Global Inequities and Diasporic Return: Japanese American and Brazilian Encounters with the Ethnic Homeland”—4:15 p.m., Pomona College Hahn Building Room 108 (420 N. Harvard Ave., Claremont). Speaker: Anthropologist Takeyuki (Gaku) Tsuda’s (Arizona State University) areas of expertise include international migration, diasporas and ethnic minorities, with a regional focus on Japan and Brazil. Contact: kayo.yoshikawa@pomona.edu.

March 21

Claremont Colleges Math Colloquium—4:15 p.m., Freeburg Forum, (LC 62) Kravis Center (Claremont McKenna College, 888 Columbia Ave., Claremont). Speaker: Christian Ratsch (UCLA). Contact: kris.graham@cgu.edu or (909) 607-8012.

March 22

Theatre for Young Audiences— 11 a.m. and 7:30 p.m., Pomona College Seaver Theatre (300 E. Bonita Ave., Claremont). ‘Theatre for Young Audiences” is a collaborative community project with Fremont Academy in Pomona and Pomona College undergraduate students, featuring an original script about water and the Axolotl, an endangered South American aquatic salamander that people call the Water Monster. The performances are directed by Rose Portillo. This event is part of Pomona College’s Mellon Elemental Arts Initiative. Contact: yt.wong@pomona.edu.

March 22

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

March 23

Lecture: “European Union Environment Policy: Present Directions and Challenges”—noon, Pomona College Oldenborg Dining Hall (350 N. College Way, Claremont). Anne Burrill, deputy head of unit in Directorate-General Environment of the European Commission, and presently visiting European Union Fellow at University of Washington, will review the development of EU environment policy from end-of-pipe regulation in the 1970s to an approach today that aims to focus on drivers of environmental degradation. Burrill will consider how the policy is addressing the challenges of today’s world, including its relationship to other EU policies. Contact: zrahman@scrippscollege.edu or (909) 607-8103.

March 23

Friday Noon Concert—12:15 p.m., Scripps College Balch Auditorium (1030 Columbia Ave., Claremont). Gary Bovyer (clarinet), Danielle Ondarza (horn) and Genevieve Feiwen Lee (piano) perform music by Alec Wilder and John Steinmetz. Contact: (909) 607-2671 or concerts@pomona.edu.

March 24

Artist Conversation: “Art at Pomona College, Then and Now”—3 p.m., Pomona College Rose Hills Theatre (Smith Campus Center, 170 E. Sixth St., Claremont). The Pomona College Museum of Art will host a conversation between Pomona College alumni Chris Burden and Thomas Crow. The show and related events are part of the Getty Foundation’s Pacific Standard Time: Art in L.A. 1945-1980 initiative. Contact (909) 621-8283 or visit www.pomona.edu/museum.

March 24

Opening Reception: “It Happened at Pomona: Art at the Edge of Los Angeles 1969-1973” —“Part 3: At Pomona”—5-7 p.m., Pomona College Museum of Art  (330 N. College Ave., Claremont). The show and related events are part of the Getty Foundation’s Pacific Standard Time: Art in L.A. 1945-1980 initiative. Contact (909) 621-8283 or visit www.pomona.edu/museum.

March 24

Concert: Music of Norway with Annabel Guaita, piano—8 p.m., Pomona College Bridges Hall of Music (150 E. Fourth St., Claremont). Annabel Guaita (piano) with Alfred Cramer (violin) present a program featuring the music of 20th-century composer Fartein Valen, along with works by Schoenberg and Webern. Contact: (909) 607-2671 or concerts@pomona.edu.

March 25

Concert: Organ Recital with William Peterson—3 p.m., Pomona College Bridges Hall of Music  (150 E. Fourth St., Claremont). William Peterson, Pomona College organist, will offer a recital of music by Eben, Kohn, Krenek, Paumann and Sweelinck. Contact: (909) 607-2671 or concerts@pomona.edu.

March 26

Harry Carroll Spring Classics Lecture: “Demosthenes and Athenian Democracy: Between Biography & History”—4 p.m., Pomona College Pearsons Hall Room 101 (551 N. College Ave., Claremont). USC classics professor Susan Lape’s most recent book is Reproducing Athens: Menander's Comedy, Democratic Culture and the Hellenistic City (2003). She is currently working on two book projects, Demosthenes: Democracy in Difficult Times and The Racial Democracy: Hereditarian Thinking, History, and Citizen Identity in Ancient Athens. Contact: pearl.hutchens@pomona.edu or (909) 607-3452.

March 26

Literary Series: Jena Osman—4:15 p.m., Pomona College Crookshank Hall Room 108 (140 W. 6th St., Claremont). Jena Osman's books of poems include The Network (2010, selected for the National Poetry Series in 2009), An Essay in Asterisks (2004), and The Character (winner of the 1998 Barnard New Women Poets Prize). Her book Public Figures is forthcoming from Wesleyan University Press. Contact: nancy.jugan@pomona.edu.

March 28

Claremont Colleges Math Colloquium—4:15 p.m., Freeburg Forum, (LC 62) Kravis Center (Claremont McKenna College, 888 Columbia Ave., Claremont). Speaker: Rostislav Grigorchuk (Texas A&M University). Contact: kris.graham@cgu.edu (909) 607-8012.

March 28

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 present music they have been studying this semester. Contact: (909) 607-2671 or concerts@pomona.edu.

March 29

Africana Studies Speaker Series: Toni Yancey—4:15 p.m., Pomona College Edmunds Building Room 101 (185 E. 6th St., Claremont). Speaker: Toni (Antronette K.) Yancey, professor in the Department of Health Services, UCLA School of Public Health and co-director of the UCLA Kaiser Permanente Center for Health Equity. Her primary research interests are in chronic disease prevention, with a focus on organizational practice and policy change and adolescent health promotion.  She serves on the Institute of Medicine (IOM) Standing Committee on Childhood Obesity Prevention, and National Physical Activity Plan Coordinating Committee. She is also a poet/spoken word artist published in the public health journals, Preventive Medicine and the American Journal of Preventive Medicine, and in several newspapers. Contact: sonya_young@pitzer.edu or (909) 607-3070.

March 29

Lecture: “In Wonderland: The Surrealist Adventures of Women Artists in Mexico and the United States”—5 p.m., Pomona College Hahn Building Room 101 (420 N. Harvard Ave., Claremont). Curator Ilene Susan Fort will discuss the artists of the major exhibition at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, In Wonderland: The Surrealist Adventures of Women Artists in Mexico and the United States. She will discuss how North America represented a place free from European traditions for women Surrealists from the United States and Mexico, and émigrés fleeing war-torn Europe. While their male counterparts usually cast women as objects for their delectation and imagination, female Surrealists delved into their own subconscious and dreams, empowering them to create extraordinary visual images, both personal and universal. Reception to follow at the Pomona College Museum of Art (330 N. College Ave., Claremont). Contact:  museuminfo@pomona.edu or (909) 621-8283.

March 29

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

March 30

Senior Recital—8 p.m., Pomona College Lyman Hall (Thatcher Music Building, 340 N. College Ave., Claremont). Carolyn Bacon ’12 (soprano) and pianist (TBA) perform music by Barber, Charles, Debussy, Rodrigo and Rossini. Contact: (909) 607-2671 or concerts@pomona.edu.

March 31

Dance: 2nd Annual BalkanFest—10 a.m.-11 p.m., Pendleton Dance Center (210 E. 2nd St., Claremont). Six teachers from Southern California will teach dances from Croatia, Serbia, Greek Macedonia, Macedonia, Bulgaria, Oltenian Romania and Bukovinan Romania throughout the morning. Two live orchestras: The Varimezovs and Eastern Exposure, will play for an evening dance party. The entire festival is open to the public. The evening party begins at 7 p.m. The events are free to students from the 5Cs; general admission is $50 for the entire day; $30.00 for the classes; $20.00 for the evening party. Contact: (909) 621-8176 or anthony_shay@pomona.edu.

March 31

Concert: Notes on Water—8 p.m., Pomona College Bridges Hall of Music (150 E. 4th St., Claremont). Gwendolyn Lytle (soprano), Gary Bovyer (clarinet), Genevieve Feiwen Lee (piano) perform music by Argento, Schubert and others. Contact: (909) 607-2671 or concerts@pomona.edu.

Pomona College Museum of Art Exhibition:

March 10-May 13

“It Happened at Pomona: Art at the Edge of Los Angeles 1969-1973” “Part 3: At Pomona”— Tues.-Fri. 12-5 p.m.; Sat.-Sun., 1-5 p.m., Pomona College Museum of Art  (330 N. College Ave., Claremont). “Part 3: At Pomona” explores the art at Pomona College between 1969 and 1973. For artists as diverse as Michael Asher, Bas Jan Ader, Lewis Baltz, Chris Burden (‘69), Judy Chicago, Jack Goldstein, John McCracken, Allen Ruppersberg, and James Turrell (‘65), Pomona hosted major, and sometimes radical, new directions in their art. The show and related events are part of the Getty Foundation’s Pacific Standard Time: Art in L.A. 1945-1980 initiative. Contact (909) 621-8283 or visit www.pomona.edu/museum

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