Jan. 16-Feb. 28: Art in the Arboretum, 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Monday–Friday, Frances Plecker Education Center, Edith J. Carrier Arboretum: A Photographic Art Exhibit by Celia Culver Rutt whose work reflects her fascination with the natural world, capturing the beauty and order of what is often unseen. While her work emphasizes the realm of nature macro photography, it encompasses expansive landscapes to the intricacies of ice crystals and wildflowers. For information, checkhttp://www.jmu.edu/arboretum or call (540) 568-3194. Free.
Jan. 16-Feb. 27: The Yeats Family: Life in Ireland, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday–Friday, Lisanby Museum, Room 1108, Festival Conference and Student Center: In a land of ruggedness and beauty, both solidarity and internal struggles are reflected in the art, poetry and business ventures of the Yeats family. Free admission. For more information, visit the Forbes Center website atwww.jmuforbescenter.com.
Jan. 16-Feb. 20: Jefferson Pinder Encore Artist, Mixed Media, noon-5 p.m. Monday–Friday, 2-5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Duke Hall Gallery of Fine Art: This Chicago-based video artist seeks to find black identity through the most dynamic of circumstances. Free admission. For more information, visit the Forbes Center website at www.jmuforbescenter.com.
Jan. 17: “Sleeping Beauty” Tea Party, 12:30 p.m., Grand Lobby/Mainstage Theatre, Forbes Center for the Performing Arts: Tea, a meet-and-greet with David Gonzalez, plus matinee tickets to “Sleeping Beauty,” This delightful event features finger sandwiches, bite-size desserts, games and more! For more information, visit the Forbes Center website atwww.jmuforbescenter.com.
Jan. 17: “Sleeping Beauty” Starring David Gonzalez, 2-4 p.m., Mainstage Theatre, Forbes Center for the Performing Arts: Master storyteller David Gonzalez returns to the Forbes Center with a modern twist on the classic tale of “Sleeping Beauty” replete with rhyming, live music inspired by Bach’s Goldberg Variations, image projections and exquisite lighting. For tickets and further information, visit https://www.jmu.edu/
Jan. 19: Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Classes do not meet. University closed.
Jan. 19: Martin Luther King Jr. Day Formal Program, doors open at 6:30 p.m., Wilson Hall Auditorium: The keynote speaker is Marc Morial, the president/CEO of the National Urban League. As president of the civil rights organization since 2003, Morial has been the primary catalyst for an era of change – a transformation for the nearly 100-year-old organization. His energetic and skilled leadership had expanded the league’s work around an empowerment agenda, which is redefining civil rights in the 21st century with a renewed emphasis on closing the economic gaps between whites and blacks as well as rich and poor Americans. His creativity has led initiatives such as the Urban Youth Empowerment Program to assist young adults in securing sustainable jobs, and Entrepreneurship Centers in five cities to help the growth of small businesses. For more information about the week, contact the Center for Multicultural Student Services at (540) 568-6636 or visit www.jmu.edu/multicultural.
Jan. 20: Eric Guinivan and Michael Overman, percussion, 8 p.m., Recital Hall, Forbes Center for the Performing Arts: JMU faculty members Eric Guinivan and Michael Overman team up for a spirited musical performance. For more information, visit the Forbes Center website at www.jmuforbescenter.com.
Jan. 22: Engineering Human Nature: Why Humanists Should Join Engineers to Think about Human Nature, 1-2:30 p.m., Room 306, Taylor Hall: The Cohen Center for the Study of Technological Humanism will host speaker Dr. Carl Mitcham, director of the Hennebach Program for the Humanities at the Colorado School of Mines. What it means to be human is the fundamental question of the humanities. As the modern sciences broke away from the humanities and the humanities themselves splintered – into competitive academic programs in philosophy, history, literature and linguistics, criticism and theory of the arts, religious studies, the qualitative social sciences and more – concepts of human nature have become increasingly differentiated and problematic. Each discipline tends to configure around its own conception of the human. The power and reach of engineering also rests on and advances a distinctive view of the human. In a progressively engineered world – one where everything from the human genome to the urban lifescape and from nanomaterials to the global climate is subject to engineered design – it is ever more important for humanities scholars and engineers to cross disciplinary boundaries and to struggle to think together about being human and the human condition.
Jan. 22: Trio Sorpresa, 8-10 p.m., Recital Hall, Forbes Center for the Performing Arts: One of the hottest trios today, Trio Sorpresa is a powerhouse of master musicians Wanchi Huang (violin), Robert Koenig (piano) and Jacob Braun (cello) known for their “superb technique” and “innate musicality.” For tickets and further information, visit https://www.jmu.edu/
Jan. 23–24: “Man-Speak-Dance” with Shane O’Hara and Ric Rose, 8-10 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Earlynn J. Miller Dance Theatre, Forbes Center for the Performing Arts: Longtime colleagues Shane O’Hara (James Madison University) and Ric Rose (University of Florida) reunite for a dance theatre performance that will have audiences laughing in their seats. For tickets and further information, visit https://www.jmu.edu/
Edith J. Carrier Arboretum, open daily dawn to dusk, off University Boulevard: Contains a wide variety of trees and plants native to Virginia; call (540) 568-3194 for tours; free.
“Dressing for Education: Carrier Library’s Diamond Jubilee 1939-2014” Exhibition, open during all library hours through spring semester 2015, historic west wing of Carrier Library: Presented by JMU Libraries and Educational Technologies, the exhibition features artifacts, images and ephemera from Special Collections paired with items from the School of Theatre and Dance’s Historic Clothing Collection. Additional images provided by the Harrisonburg-Rockingham Historical Society and JMU Facilities Management. Come experience campus fashion, technology and architecture circa 1939. Free.
JMU Meteorite Collection, open daily, first- and second-floor hallways, Physics and Chemistry Building: Features fragments of meteoroids that survived passage through the atmosphere to fall to the earth’s surface as masses of metal or stone; includes specimens from Diablo Canyon, Ariz., the Sahara Desert and the Central European Strewn Field; free.
Masks from Around the World Collection at the College of Education, 8 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday–Friday, lobby of War Memorial Auditorium, Memorial Hall: Featuring 50 masks, this collection was donated to the college for use by its students interested in studying the interplay between cultural ideals and masks; the collection includes masks used in performance, masks of Asia and masks of Europe; for information and to view the online gallery, see http://www.jmu.edu/coe; free.
JMU Mineral Museum, 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Monday–Friday, Room 6139, Memorial Hall: The Department of Geology and Environmental Science opens its collection of over 550 crystals and gemstones from around the world to the public; for information, call (540) 568-6130; free.
JMU Libraries and Educational Technologies’ Special Collections, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday–Thursday and by appointment, Room 207, Carrier Library: Features manuscripts, rare books and periodicals, oral histories and other resources for study, including many acquisitions focusing on the Central Shenandoah Valley; for information, call (540) 568-3612 or send email to [email protected]; free.
John C. Wells Planetarium, Miller Hall: The planetarium offers full-dome shows and special events for the public; groups can schedule visits by calling (540) 568-4071; check the planetarium’s website at http://www.jmu.edu/