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In Focus: 9/27/2012

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Collecting Compost

Junior Joey Kyle demonstrates the pedicab the community garden has obtained to help collect compostable materials from around campus. Garden members hope the pedicab will help raise awareness of composting on campus. At left is the large composter the materials will be put in.Junior Joey Kyle demonstrates the pedicab the community garden has obtained to help collect compostable materials from around campus. Garden members hope the pedicab will help raise awareness of composting on campus. At left is the large composter the materials will be put in.

 

Top News

ANTI-APARTHEID ACTIVIST TO SPEAK AT SOUTHWESTERN OCT. 4

imageAllan Boesak, an important figure in South Africa’s anti-apartheid movement,  will speak at Southwestern University on Thursday, Oct. 4. Boesak will give a talk at 4 p.m. in Mood Atrium titled “‘The Glory that is Not Steeped in Blood’: War and Peace in a Globalized World.” The lecture is free and open to the public.

Boesak also will give an address titled “Quietly Bringing Justice” at Southwestern’s 11:30 a.m. chapel service Oct. 4.

A native of Kakamas in the Northern Cape province of South Africa, Boesak entered the University of the Western Cape at the age of 17 to study for the ministry. He was ordained in 1968 and served his first congregation at Immanuel Dutch Reformed Mission Church, Paarl in the Western Cape.

In 1982, Boesak was elected president of the World Alliance of Reformed Churches, a position he held until 1991. He is largely credited for the leading ecumenical and public role the Dutch Reformed Mission church played nationally and internationally throughout that period. In January 1983, Boesak’s call for a united front resulted in the formation of the United Democratic Front (UDF), an umbrella organization that quickly became the main anti-apartheid group in South Africa.

In 1990, Boesak resigned his ecumenical position and became involved with politics full-time. In 1991, he was elected chair of the Western Cape region of the African National Congress, which has ruled South Africa since the establishment of majority rule in May 1994. 

Boesak has written numerous articles on theology and politics and is the author of 16 books, including a 2009 book titled Running with Horses: Reflections of an Accidental Politician which details his 30 years as an activist.

Read more here.

SOUTHWESTERN TO HOST CALLIGRAPHY CONFERENCE OCT. 8-10

Some of the most prominent calligraphers from around the world will be coming to Southwestern Oct. 8-10 as the university hosts an international calligraphy conference.

The conference is the 8th international conference of the American Society for Shufa Calligraphy Education. Carl Robertson, associate professor of Chinese at Southwestern, is active in the society and organized the conference. He expects about 20 scholars and artists to attend the conference, including calligraphers from China, Japan, Korea and Taiwan.

On Oct. 9-10, the Fine Arts Gallery will feature an exhibition by master calligraphers attending the conference. This 24-hour exhibition, titled “Crisscross 24,” will be organized by students in Kristen Van Patten’s course on how to organize gallery shows.

Read more here.

Events

SPANISH FILM FESTIVAL CONTINUES THROUGH OCT. 4 

The Spanish Department, along with the student groups Sigma Delta Pi (the Spanish honor society) and Latinos Unidos, are hosting a film festival featuring five films from Spanish-speaking countries. The film to be shown Sept. 27 is “Zona sur,” a 2011 film from Bolivia. The film is set in La Paz’s Zona Sur neighborhood, Bolivia’s most exclusive enclave, where a statuesque matriarch reigns over her spoiled offspring and indigenous servants. Social change, however unwelcome, is on its way. The festival concludes Oct. 4 with a showing of the Spanish film “Chico y Rita.”

The films will be shown in Olin 105 at 8 p.m.

Read more here.

FACULTY MEMBERS TO GIVE RECITAL FOR VIOLIN AND PIANO OCT. 6

Violinist Eri Lee and pianist Vincent Lam will give a faculty recital on Saturday, Oct. 6, at 7 p.m. in the Alma Thomas Theater. The program includes works by Ludwig van Beethoven, Claude-Achille Debussy, Alan Ridout, Astor Piazzolla, and Wilhelm Peterson-Berger.

The concert is free and open to the public. For more information, call 512-863-1504.

OCT. 11 RECITAL WILL FEATURE MUSIC FOR PIANO, HORN AND LOW BRASS 

Faculty members Eileen Meyer Russell (low brass), Kiyoshi Tamagawa (piano), and Patrick Creel (horn) will give a faculty recital Thursday, Oct. 11, at 7 p.m. in the Alma Thomas Theater. The recital will include works by Giovanni Battista Pergolesi, Enst Krenek, Henri Dutilleux, Allen Bonde, Jose Berghmans and Arthur Pryor. Russell will perform a solo euphonium piece by James Meador called “Six-Pack” and Creel and Tamagawa will perform some vocal duets by Johannes Brahms that have been transcribed for piano and horn. 

The performance is free and open to the public. For more information, call 512-863-1504.

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For a complete listing of upcoming Southwestern University events, visit http://www.southwestern.edu/calendar/

Media Coverage

The Williamson County Sun ran stories on the speakers for the upcoming Writer’s Voice lecture and the 2013 Shilling Lecture.

Notables

Helene Meyers, professor of English and McManis University Chair, has a review of Lesléa Newman’s October Mourning: A Song for Matthew Shepard in Lilith Magazine: the Blog. Read it here.

Kimberly Smith, professor of art history, gave an invited paper Sept. 15 as part of a public symposium held in conjunction with the “Human Beast Exhibition” of Expressionist art at the San Diego Museum of Art. The paper, titled “Franz Marc’s Abstractions: How To See Like An Animal,” took a small abstraction in the exhibition called Colored Flowers as a starting point for considering the shift in style that occurs in the artist’s late work, proposing that these abstract images represent a re-thinking of the possibilities of animal painting based on contemporary theories of divided perception. Read more here.