Monday, December 22, 2008

Spring Events Beckon at Agnes Scott College

Ingrid Saunders Jones of The Coca-Cola Company's global community relations program; Gwen Ifill, CNN managing editor; Deepika Bahri, associate professor of English and South Asian studies at Emory University and George J. Mitchell former U.S. Senator, international peace negotiator and Major League Baseball investigator highlight the spring 2009 events season at Agnes Scott College.

2009 Martin Luther King Jr. Convocation -- Ingrid Saunders Jones, senior vice president, Global Community Connections, The Coca-Cola Co. and chair, The Coca-Cola Foundation, delivers keynote remarks at Agnes Scott College, Wednesday, Jan. 14, 2009 at 10 a.m., Gaines Chapel, Presser Hall. Jones was named one of Essence magazine’s 11 national “Women of Influence” in 2007. Free and open to the public. Information: 404 471-6430.

Voice and Piano Concert -- Dawn Marie James and David D’Ambrosio, Sunday, Feb. 1, 2009 at 3 p.m. Julia Thompson Smith Chapel. Free and open to the public. Information: 404 471-5314.

Gwen Ifill -- CNN managing editor and moderator of the PBS news analysis program Washington Week and senior correspondent of The News Hour, Ifill will discuss the landmark campaign and the broad implications for African American political power. The Author of "The Breakthrough: Politics and Race in the Age of Obama" at Agnes Scott College Tuesday, Feb. 3, 2009 8 p.m., Gaines Chapel, Presser Hall. Ifill served as moderator of one of the recent 2008 presidential debates preceding the historic election of the nation's first African American President Barack Obama. This event is cosponsored by the Georgia Center for the Book. Free and open to the public. Information: 404 471-6430.

“All Small Redux” -- Art exhibition Feb. 12- March 22, 2009, The Dalton Gallery, Dana Fine Arts Building, Agnes Scott College. In a time of downsizing, minimal investment returns, reduced output and small budgets, it is refreshing to celebrate the fabulous preciousness of visual art and micro fiction. Opening reception Feb. 12 from 5-8 p.m. Free and open to the public. Gallery hours Monday-Friday from 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Saturday and Sunday, from noon-4 p.m. Information: 404 471-5361.

“Greeks, Romans and the Stars” -- Megan Drinkwater, assistant professor of classics at Agnes Scott College, speaks on Friday, Feb. 13, 2009 at 8 p.m. at the Bradley Observatory and Delafield Planetarium Spring Open House series. This lecture will examine how ancient Greek and Roman authors used celestial phenomena such as comets and constellations as inspiration for literary self-expression and political commentary alike. Information: 404 471-6266.

“Memories of WWII” -- Jane Marie Law, associate professor of Japanese religions at Cornell University, will speak on “A Present of Things Past: Memories of WWII in Japanese Current Day Cultural Discourse” at Agnes Scott College Tuesday, Feb. 17 at 7 p.m. in the Teasley Lecture Hall, Bullock Science Center. The lecture will talk about the effects of four themes: victimization, war guilt, altruism and imperialism. A variety of visual examples collected during her recent field research in Japan will be featured. Information: 404 471-6430.

Deepika Bahri -- associate professor of English and South Asian studies at Emory, Bahri will deliver the 2009 Dabney Adams Hart Distinguished Humanities Lecture. Her research focuses on postcolonial literature, culture and theory. She is the author of “Native Intelligence: Aesthetics, Politics, and Postcolonial Literature” (University of Minnesota Press, 2003) and co-editor of “Between the Lines: South Asians and Postcoloniality and Realms of Rhetoric. The annual lecture was established in 2005 to honor Hart, a 1948 Agnes Scott graduate and scholar. Wednesday, Feb. 18 at 6:30 p.m. Maclean Auditorium, Presser Hall, Agnes Scott College. This event is free and open to the public. Information: 404 471-6430.

George Mitchell -- former U.S Senate majority leader, speaks on "Making Peace" Thursday, Feb. 19 at 8 p.m. in Gaines Chapel, Presser Hall, Agnes Scott College. Now the chancellor of Queen’s University in Northern Ireland, Mitchell spent two years chairing the peace negotiations between Northern Ireland and the Irish Republic and was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize. In addition, Mitchell led an investigation of steroid use in Major League Baseball in 2007 and delivered findings that named 86 players involved in abusing the substance, including legendary players Roger Clemens, Barry Bonds, Miguel Tejada and Andy Pettitte. Free and open to the public. Information: 404 471-6430

“Ama and the White Crane” -- A delightful retelling of the classic children’s story using traditions from Japanese Kabuki theater in this theater -for-youth production performed by the Agnes Scott College Blackfriars, the oldest continually performing theater group in Atlanta. Winter Theatre, Dana Fine Arts Building. Thursday-Friday, Feb. 19-20, 9:30 and 11 a.m. and Saturday, Feb. 21 at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Tickets $5. Information: 404 471-6250.

Violin and Viola Recital -- Featuring Qiao Solomon with piano accompanist, David D’Ambrosio. Sunday, Feb. 22 at 3 p.m., Julia Thompson Smith Chapel, Agnes Scott College. Free and open to the public. Information 404 471-5314.

“The Agnes Scott I Remember -- The Agnes Scott I Envision” -- Harriet King, class of 1964 and Kimberley Kennedy, class of 1983, commemorate Agnes Scott College’s 120 years as a women’s college on Founders’ Day, February 25, 2009, 10 a.m., in Rebekah Scott Hall, Katherine Woltz Reception Room. Kennedy, a reporter for Atlanta’s WSB-TV, will interview King, chair of the college’s board of trustees, about memories of Agnes Scott and vision for its future. This event is free and open to the public. No ticket required. 404 471-6430. With a total of 30 years of service to Agnes Scott as a trustee and student, King has provided leadership to her alma mater as board chair for the last six years. King earned her law degree from Vanderbilt University and her LL.M., an advanced law degree, from Harvard University. She is associate professor of law emerita and former senior vice provost for academic affairs at Emory University.

The Rev. Barbara Brown Taylor -- The Episcopal priest named 2006 Georgia Author of the Year by the Georgia Writers Association, the Rev. Brown Taylor will talk about the role of the Sabbath in modern life when she delivers the annual James Ross McCain Faith and Learning Lecture at Agnes Scott College Tuesday, March 3 at 7:30 p.m., Gaines Chapel, Presser Hall. More information about the Rev. Taylor is available at Free and open to the public. Information: 404-471-6430

“Drop-By” Concert -- Agnes Scott’s Collegiate Chorale and Sotto Voce choral groups perform Tuesday, March 3 at 5 p.m. in the Julia Thompson Smith Chapel. Free and open to the public. Information: 404-471-5314.

Mary Brown Bullock, 2009 Grace Chao Lecturer – Former Agnes Scott President Mary Brown Bullock speaks on “China's Changing Global Role,” Wednesday, March 25 at 7 p.m. Free, no ticket required. Evans Hall, terrace level. Information: 404 471-6430. Bullock, a 1966 graduate of Agnes Scott who served as president of the college from 1995-2006, is a noted expert on China who presently serves as visiting distinguished professor of china studies at Emory University in the departments of history and political science. This lecture series is named for Grace Yao Ping Chao, an Agnes Scott College alumna from the class of 1958. The Grace Chao Lecture Series brings leading scholars to the campus each year to give lectures on cutting edge scholarship on China, with particular emphasis on the developments, problems and prospects between China’s past and future.

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