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KSC Announces Spring Lectures

Winter is on my head, but eternal spring is in my heart” - Victor Hugo

This spring, Keene State will host a number of dynamic speakers and events of scholarship. Mark these dates in your calendars now:

Tuesday, Feb. 8

Sidore Lecture with Bishop Gene Robinson.

On June 7, 2003, Rev. Canon Gene V. Robinson was elected as Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of New Hampshire. Canon Robinson was the first openly gay man in the Episcopal Church to be elected as a bishop. His appointment was received with adulation from his community and with opposition from other churches in the U.S. and overseas, with many foreseeing the disintegration of the church. A year later, very few of those fears have been realized.

7 p.m., Mabel Brown Room, Student Center, free, 358-2899

Monday, March 7

Janisse Ray: Finding Wholeness in a Fragmented Land

Janisse Ray is Keene State’s writer-in-residence. Her memoir, “Ecology of a Cracker Childhood,” is the College’s 2004 Summer Reading Program title. In this talk at Keene Public Library, Janisse, who recently settled in Vermont, will read from new work.

7 p.m., Keene Public Library, free, 358-2692

Wednesday, March 23

James D. Ewing World Affairs Lecture

Tribal Peoples: The Dilemma of Change

Kirk Endicott and Robert Welsch, professors of anthropology at Dartmouth College and authors of “Taking Sides: Clashing Views on Controversial Issues in Anthropology,” will discuss the rights of indigenous peoples who are disrupted by economic development and nation building. The speakers will present case studies from around the world, looking in particular at issues of assimilation and the retaining of cultural identity.

7:30 p.m., Mabel Brown Room, Student Center, free, 358-2723

Wednesday, March 30

National Science Foundation-Ridge 2000 Distinguished Lecture

Keene State has been selected by the Ridge 2000 program to host Dr. Melanie Holland, one of its distinguished lecturers. Ridge 2000 is a research program to explore Earth’s last frontier, the floor of the ocean. Dr. Holland, a faculty research associate in the Department of Geological Sciences at Arizona State University, will speak about microorganisms that live in one of our planet’s most inhospitable environments, volcanoes and hot springs that are vented from the sea floor. The implications of this research are considerable

  • if microorganisms can live in habitats created solely by volcanoes, then volcanoes on other planets might also support life.

Time TBA, Mabel Brown Room, Student Center, free, 358-2093

Saturday, April 2

Fourth Annual Academic Excellence Conference

Now in its fourth years, the Academic Excellence Conference is a showcase of student scholarship, research projects, visual arts presentations, and performances. Nearly 100 students will be selected to present their studies in the conference.

9 a.m.-5 p.m. Student Center, free, 358-2118

Wednesday, April 13

Janet Grayson/Mason Library Lecture

“Will in the World: How Shakespeare Became Shakespeare”

Professor Stephen Greenblatt, John Cogan University Professor of the Humanities at Harvard University, is a world-renowned scholar of Shakespeare and Renaissance Studies and an admired public humanist. His most recent book, “Will in the World: How Shakespeare Became Shakespeare”, was nominated for the 2004 National Book Award, is a national best-seller, and is a readable, scholarly account of the life and times of William Shakespeare. A reception will be held following the talk.

4:30 p.m., Mabel Brown Room, Student Center, free, 358-2772

Saturday, April 16

“The Theater of Childhood”

The 14th Annual New England Conference on Storytelling features “The Theater of Childhood,” a daylong gathering with workshops and discussions. Vivian Gussin Paley, a long-time teacher and highly regarded author of books for children, will present the keynote address.

8 a.m.-5 p.m., Redfern Arts Center, $70, 358-2232

Monday, April 18

8th Annual Charles Hildebrandt Holocaust Studies Awards

7:30 p.m., Alumni Recital Hall, Redfern Arts Center, free, 358-2490

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