January 2017 News Archive

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Celebrated Russian pianist makes his Union College debut

Pianist Alexander Melnikov performs on Sunday, Jan. 29 at 3 p.m. in Memorial Chapel.

The series welcomes the celebrate Russian virtuoso Alexander Melnikov for his debut in a program of Rachmaninoff’s Chopin Variations, Op. 22 and Corelli Variations, Op. 42, and Debussy’s Préludes (Book II).

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Klemm Fellows go abroad to see the world, and they lend a hand

When Emma Stein ’17 arrived in Cape Town, South Africa, over the winter break, she was amazed at the dire conditions she encountered.

Two-thirds of the city lives in abject poverty, and nearly half its residents are unemployed. There is a clear divide between the super rich and the super poor.

Stein was intrigued by the method of urban planning used during apartheid, which created these conditions in part by using buffer zones to keep racial groups separate.

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Theater production highlights notorious hate crime

Though it may be easy to turn a blind eye on social injustices, Yulman Theater’s newest production, The Laramie Project, challenges audiences to take a closer look at the effects of prejudice and unjust treatment toward the LGBTQ+ community.

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Reading group forms for Afrofuturism exhibit

A new Schaffer Library exhibit, “Black Space: Reading (and Writing) Ourselves into the Future. A Celebration of the African Diasporic Imagination in Afrofuturism,” opens Jan. 31.

Among the events scheduled to coincide with the exhibit is the Afrofuturist Reading Group, which will meet three times during winter term. The group is open to all students, faculty and staff.

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Radical Kingdoms offers new perspectives on the art of nature

From detailed ink paintings of North American birds to mandala-like flower images, the works in the Mandeville Gallery’s new exhibition, Radical Kingdoms, offer a striking look at the wonders of the natural world. 

The show opens Jan. 21, with a reception scheduled for Jan. 26, 5-6:30 p.m. in the Nott Memorial. 

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Professor Andrew Morris wins prestigious humanities fellowship

Andrew Morris, associate professor of history, has been awarded a prestigious fellowship from the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Among the most competitive academic awards in the country, the fellowships support advanced research in the humanities, allowing recipients to produce articles, books, digital materials or other scholarly resources.

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Curtis@Union series launches with tenor Evan LeRoy Johnson

Talented young artist from the Curtis Institute perform on Sunday, Jan. 15 at 3 p.m. in Memorial Chapel. 

The series launches Curtis@Union, welcoming young artists from the venerable Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia – considered by many to be one of the leading conservatories in the world. Tenor Evan LeRoy Johnson will be joined by voice faculty Mikael Eliasen in a performance of Schubert’s classic cycle Die schöne Müllerin

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Union contingent to join the women's march on Washington

Dozens of students, faculty and staff members will join a bus ride to the Women’s March on the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 21, the day after the presidential inauguration. 

This opportunity for activism on a national level is “historical and monumental,” according to Women’s Union co-presidents Angelica DeDona ’19 and Gillian Singer ’19. 

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Leader of Phi Beta Kappa to speak at Founders Day

Frederick M. Lawrence, secretary and CEO of the Phi Beta Kappa Society, the nation's most prestigious academic honor society, will deliver the keynote address at Founders Day Thursday, Feb. 23, at 1 p.m. in Memorial Chapel.

The event commemorates the 222nd anniversary of the College’s charter.

Lawrence’s talk is free and open to the campus community and the general public.