Midday Muse: Roy Howat

Finding France in French Piano Music

Wednesday, November 9, 2016 - 12:30pm
Jewett Art Center Auditorium

Pianist and scholar Roy Howat will offer a lecture and concert, as well as class visits and a piano workshop, during his weeklong residency at Wellesley College. He and Professor Gurminder Bhogal will work closely in her course on French piano music, a subject for which Howat is known internationally.

Howat is one of the few British artists to be invited back repeatedly to play and teach French music at major French-speaking conservatoires and on French radio. However, his talents do not stop at the piano; he has also played violin in several major chamber orchestras and taught at universities in several countries, and his book The Art of French Piano Music was named the Book of the Year in 2009 by International Piano. Every volume of Howat’s Debussy editions can be found at the iTunes store, as well as his albums Fauré: Songs for Bass Voice & Piano and Belle Époque: A Portrait of Gabriel Fauré.

This lecture/demo Midday Muse and a full Friday evening concert will be free and open to the public.

This program is generously supported by the Marjorie Copland Baum Memorial Fund, and the Florence Jeup Ford ’22, Mary M. Crawford ’22, and Virginia Ford ’48 Artist in Residence Endowment Fund.

Hula and Lei Making Workshops

Halau O'Keikiali'l

Saturday, September 17, 2016 - 10:00am
Houghton Chapel Multi Faith Reception Area, Houghton Chapel Multi Faith Room

As part of their residency at Wellesley College, the Hawaiian dance troupe Hālau ‘O Keikiali’i will be leading a lei-making workshop. Early Polynesian voyagers introduced leis to Hawaiians during their voyage, and the tradition stuck. In ancient Hawaii, wearing a lei represented wealth, royalty, and rank. They were made out of flowers, leaves, shells, seeds, nuts, feathers, and even the bone and teeth of animals. Modern day leis, however, are made from various blossoms and leaves and are common symbols for love, friendship, celebration, honor or greeting. A lei can be worn, received, or given for almost any occasion, and are significant in the Hawaiian culture.

Hālau ‘O Keikiali’i is a renowned performing troupe that strives to help perpetuate the rich culture of the Hawaiian people. Kuma Kawika Alfiche, the group’s leader, has been teaching hula to youth and adults of all ages for more than 15 years. He has been a long-time advocate of the Hawaiian culture, and has been able to bring to the mainland the essence of past and present communities of the Hawaiian people, the traditional customs, values, and protocols.  The group is comprised of men and women, young and old, ranging from five to seventy-five years of age. They share what they learn with different communities so that others can benefit from a better understanding and appreciation of the old ways of Hawai’i, exposing the spirit of aloha to them through stage productions held for the general public throughout the year, as well as educational workshops, performances, and other cultural events. Through the stories they tell in mele (songs), with their morals and values, people can truly be enriched in their personal lives.

Registration is required for this event; the registration link will be available in August.

Photo above courtesy of Rj Muna

Early Music Tribute to Owen Jander

"In Memory of Owen Jander: Scholarship, Acquisition, Inspiration"

Saturday, September 24, 2016 - 7:30pm
Houghton Chapel Upper Chapel

Owen Jander, the Catherine Mills Davis Professor Emeritus of Music, was a professor at Wellesley from 1960 until his retirement in 1992. He began his career studying 17th-century Italian music, although his research shifted in the mid-1970s to the study of music history and period instruments. Best known for his introductory course Music 100, Jander was famous among his students for his class experiment using dripping molasses to illustrate the rhythmic flows of a musical melisma. He was spearheaded the effort to bring the 17th-century Fisk organ to Houghton Chapel in 1981. Professor Jander was featured in numerous publications, and received various prestigious academic awards, including fellowships from the Guggenheium Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts.

In memoriam, Wellesley performing music faculty members will perform the works of Stradella, Saint-Colombe, Leclair, Storace, Van Noordt, and Beethoven:

            Aaron Sheehan—Tenor

            Suzanne Stumpf—Traverso

            Jane Starkman—Baroque violin

            Laura Jeppesen and Andrew Arceci—Violas da Gamba

            Daniel Ryan—Harpsichord

            Lois Shapiro—Fortepiano

            James David Christie—Organ

            Glorianne Collver-Jacobson - Lute

Generously supported by the Majorie Copland Baum Memorial Fund, this concert will celebrate the research, scholarship, and inspiration Professor Jander provided the Wellesley College community and wider musical community. It is free and open to the public.


Heart and Minds Film Screening

with Director Peter Davis

Tuesday, November 1, 2016 - 7:00pm
Collins Cinema

Academy Award-winning HEART AND MINDS (1974) is widely regarded as the best documentary made about the US involvement in Vietnam. Introduction and Q&A with director Peter Davis.

Italian Film event

Friday, September 23, 2016 - 5:00pm
Founders 120 Lecture Hall

Italian Film event

Friday, October 21, 2016 - 5:00pm
Founders 120 Lecture Hall

Italian Film event

Friday, December 2, 2016 - 5:00pm
Founders 120 Lecture Hall

SOAC Constitution Workshop

Saturday, September 17, 2016 - 1:30pm
Wang Campus Center Meeting Room 413 by Elevator

Stop by the workshop to learn more about the process and get tips from our very own Organizations Coordinator if you are interested in constitution!

Prof. Fernando Rubio U. of Utah

Teacher and student interaction in blended language courses

Monday, September 19, 2016 - 3:30pm
Margaret Clapp Library Lecture Room

Graphic Design in the Digital Future

Lessons from the Renaissance Book—a Book Studies Symposium

Saturday, September 10, 2016 - 9:00am
Margaret Clapp Library Lecture Room

Our media landscape is changing radically. New technologies offer new ways of reading and new modes of presenting texts—but how completely can we really break with old paradigms? Do the design principles of the printed book have a place in our digital future? To find an answer, this conference compares our ongoing technological revolution with an earlier one: the invention of the printed book itself in Renaissance Europe. Lectures, workshops, and discussion by historians and practitioners of printing, web design, and typography will enable the audience to apply lessons from the Renaissance to the design challenges of the present.
Speakers and workshop leaders include Simran Thadani ’05, executive director of Letterform Archive; printer and type designer Russell Maret; Ken Botnick of emdash design studio and professor of art at Washington University in St. Louis; Wellesley Director of Design Soe Lin Post; Wellesley Senior Instructor in Computer Science Sohie Lee; Wellesley Book Studies and Book Arts Program Director Katherine M. Ruffin; and Margaret Clapp Library Curator of Special Collections Ruth R. Rogers.
The following lectures and discussions take place in the Margaret Clapp Library Library Lecture Room and are free and open to the public:
9:00am  Welcome

9:10am-11am Lectures
Simran Thadani, "(Book) History Repeats Itself: Some Observations on Mise-en-Page, Medieval to Early Modern"
Russell Maret, "Collaborating with the Past: Experiments in Alphabetical Dialogue"
Ken Botnick, "The Book as Algorithm"
11:00am  Refreshments
11:15am  Soe Lin Post, response
11:35am  Discussion
Lunch will be provided at 12:30 for participants in the afternoon workshops, which are open to all Wellesley faculty, staff, and students with advance registration. 75-minute workshops in letterpress printing and web design will be conducted at 2:00pm and 3:30, with a 15-minute break. The program will conclude with a reception and discussion, 4:45-6:00pm.
For further information (including locations), and to register for workshops, please e-mail Prof. Sarah Wall-Randell.
Organized by Sarah Wall-Randell, associate professor of English, and Simon Grote, assistant professor of history, and generously supported by the Andrew W. Mellon Fellowship in Critical Bibliography at Rare Book School.