Campus events and activities at James Madison University
From the JMU Office of Public Affairs
For the dates Oct. 10-19, 2014
(Check http://www.jmu.edu for updates on events at JMU)
Oct. 10-31: Art in the Arboretum, 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Monday–Friday, Frances Plecker Education Center, Edith J. Carrier Arboretum: Artist and educator Jewel Yoder Hertzler, who recently retired from teaching at Broadway High School, exhibits encaustic and oil paintings that reveal the play of light on color-rich tress and rocks, mountains and valleys. For information, check http://www.jmu.edu/arboretum or call (540) 568-3194. Free.
Oct. 10-Dec. 16: Seventh Annual Area Youth Art Exhibition, 8 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday–Friday, Memorial Hall first and second floors: More than 120 works of art created by students from Harrisonburg City Public Schools, Eastern Mennonite School, Redeemer Classical School and Woodland Montessori School showcase creativity and talent. Area art teachers select some of their prekindergarten through high school students’ best work for this open exhibition, which includes a wide range of media. Supported by JMU’s College of Education. Free. For more information, visit http://www.jmu.edu/coe/
Oct. 10-31: The Art of the Puppet, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday–Friday and by appointment, Institute for Visual Studies, Room 208, Roop Hall: This exhibition explores the art of both puppet making and performance. Visitors will see a range of puppets including marionettes and shadow puppets, and have the chance to create their own. For information, call (540) 568-5656.
Oct. 10: Martyr of Dixie Exhibition, noon-4 p.m., New Image Gallery, 131 Grace St.: The gallery presents the Martyr of Dixie Exhibition featuring Artist Pat Jarrett. A religious zealot who led an inferior army to victory against the United States, Thomas J. “Stonewall” Jackson did not live to lose the Civil War. He was martyred by friendly fire while on patrol during the battle of Chancellorsville. Because he died at the height of his career, he is remembered more fondly than almost any figure in the Civil War in the South. From the myth that he enjoyed sucking on lemons in battle to the headstone for his amputated left arm, Jackson’s legacy lives on today. The Stonewall Brigade Band still plays at the bandstand of the same name in Staunton’s Gypsy Hill Park and hundreds still march to honor the man during Lee-Jackson Day festivities in Lexington every year. Pat Jarrett is a photographer and digital media specialist with the Virginia Folklife Program, so he typically shoots with one eye toward the past. He uses digital photography and printing to create the photographs. His project about Stonewall Jackson is still in progress. For information, call (540) 568-7175.
Oct. 10: Wole Lagunju Exhibition, noon-5 p.m., Duke Hall Gallery of Fine Art: Wole Lagunju hails from Nigeria and now lives in North Carolina. His works are in the collection of institutions such as the World Bank and the Denver Art Museum as well as the image bank of the Pollack-Krasner Foundation. Lagunju, a lavish user of paint, uses acrylic liberally to fuse on canvas tradition and modernity, Yoruba icons unite with Euro-American iconic images, and modernity is defined by his Afro-diasporic sensibilities. Time collapses as Lagunju merges images from the Victorian era with Yoruba Gelede to create intriguing paintings, and as pop-culture becomes bedfellows with archetypal imagery in his kaleidoscopic works. Such genre-bending works speak to the notions of identity, gender, power, and difference. They also generate conversations about multiculturalism, globalization and transcultural ethos. For information, call (540) 568-6918.
Oct. 10: General Education Student Conference, 1:30-5:30 p.m., Rose Library: The 10th annual conference is designed to recognize the exceptional academic learning experiences JMU undergraduates have in their general education courses. Participants, nominated by their professors, are grouped into panels to present their outstanding work. Checkhttp://www.jmu.edu/gened/
Oct. 10: Colin Mochrie and Brad Sherwood: Two Man Group, 8 p.m., Wilson Hall Auditorium: These stars of the Emmy-nominated “Who’s Line Is it Anyway?” team up to present an evening of extraordinary improvisational comedy. For tickets and further information, visit https://www.jmu.edu/
Oct. 10-12: “Gone Missing,” 8 p.m. Friday–Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday, Studio Theatre, Forbes Center for the Performing Arts: Dubbed a “cunningly constructed show” by The New York Times, “Gone Missing” is a wry and whimsical documentary musical about things that go missing: keys, personal identification, a Gucci pump or one’s mind. Written by Steve Cossan from interviews by the Civilians. Music and lyrics by Michael Friedman. For tickets and further information, visit https://www.jmu.edu/
Oct. 11: JMU Pops! Music from Stage and Screen, 8:30 p.m., JMU Convocation Center: Some of JMU’s finest ensembles perform music from “Riverdance,” a medley of James Bond themes, John Williams’ unforgettable “Star Wars Suite,” plus songs from “Les Miserables” and Gershwin favorites. For tickets and further information, visit https://www.jmu.edu/
Oct. 12: Fall Color Horse-Drawn Carriage Rides, 2-5 p.m., Edith J. Carrier Arboretum: Celebrate the 2014 fall tree color in the arboretum in a memorable way. The beauty of the woods in fall color can be enjoyed in a carriage drawn by beautiful Percheron horses. For reservations and prices, check http://www.jmu.edu/arboretum or call (540) 568-3194.
Oct. 13-Dec. 12: “Beyond the 300: The Classical World and You,” 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday–Friday, James and Gladys Kemp Lisanby Museum, Room 1108, Festival Conference and Student Center: Learn how Greek and Roman ideas on religion, politics and medical practices have been adopted into today’s culture. For more information, visit https://www.jmu.edu/
Oct. 13, 15 and 17: Children’s Fall Art Workshop, 4:30-6 p.m. Monday, Wednesday and Friday, Frances Plecker Education Center, Edith J. Carrier Arboretum: Artist Jewel Yoder Hertzler teaches the three-session workshop for children ages 7 to 12. The fall-themed workshop is part of an ongoing series of seasonal workshops for children’s art instruction that will allow children to produce their own botanical journals. The October workshop focuses on drawing fall leaves, nuts and seed pods found in the arboretum. Cost is $35, which includes sketch journal and pencil. To register, check http://www.jmu.edu/arboretum or call (540) 568-3194.
Oct. 13: Visiting Scholars Program Lecturer Ed Sarath, 7 p.m., Room 2105, Harrison Hall: Ed Sarath, professor of music and director of the program in creativity and consciousness studies, University of Michigan, presents “Creativity, Consciousness and the Future of Education: Jazz as Change in the 21st Century Academy.” Sponsored by the College of Arts and Letters. For information, call (540) 568-6472. Free.
Oct. 13: Shawn Hagen, French horn, 8 p.m., Recital Hall, Forbes Center for the Performing Arts: Hagen is a member of the United States Army Band “Pershing’s Own” and is a frequent performer with the National Symphony Orchestra, Kennedy Center Opera House Orchestra and Washington Symphonic Brass. For tickets and further information, visit https://www.jmu.edu/
Oct. 14: Marianne Gedigian, flute, 8 p.m., Recital Hall, Forbes Center for the Performing Arts: Having served as acting principal flute with the Pittsburgh Symphony, Boston Pops Orchestra and Boston Symphony Orchestra, Gedigian can be heard on dozens of “Evening at Pops” television broadcasts and on the soundtracks for “Saving Private Ryan” and “Schindler’s List.” For tickets and further information, visit https://www.jmu.edu/
Oct. 15: “With Good Reason” Public Radio Program, 3 p.m., WMRA, 90.7 FM: The most celebrated African American poets in America pay homage to the life’s work of former Poet Laureate and Pulitzer Prize winner Rita Dove of the University of Virginia. The occasion was the inspiration of Dr. Joanne Gabbin, director of the Furious Flower Poetry Center at JMU. “With Good Reason” interviews Rita Dove and features readings from Dove, as well as readings by renowned poets Elizabeth Alexander, Ishmael Reed, Frank X Walker and Mariahadessa Ekere Tallie.
Oct. 15: Madison Modern Music Ensemble, 8 p.m., Recital Hall, Forbes Center for the Performing Arts: For tickets, visithttps://www.jmu.edu/
Oct. 16: Madison Vision Series: Jeff Rosen, 3-4 p.m., Concert Hall, Forbes Center for the Performing Arts: The Office of the President, in conjunction with the Madison Institutes of JMU Outreach and Engagement, welcomes Jeff Rosen. Rosen became president and chief executive officer of the National Constitution Center in 2013. He is a law professor at George Washington University as well as a noted journalist whose essays and commentaries have appeared in the New York Times Magazine, The Atlantic Monthly and The New Yorker and on National Public Radio. This event is free and open to the public.
Oct. 17: Visiting Scholars Program Lecturer Bessie House-Soremekun, 9 a.m., Allegheny Room, Festival Conference and Student Center: Bessie House-Soremekun, public scholar of African American Studies, Civic Engagement and Entrepreneurship and director of Africana Studies at Indiana University-Perdue University Indianapolis, presents “Rethinking Africana Studies for the 21st Century.” Sponsored by the College of Arts and Letters. For information, call (540) 568-6472. Free.
Oct. 17: 5th Annual Wind Energy Open House, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Small Wind Training and Testing Facility across from Rose Library: Breeze by the Small Wind Training and Testing Facility for a tour and to learn how the Virginia Center for Wind Energy is engaging communities at JMU, in Virginia and throughout the mid-Atlantic region. For information, call (540) 568-8770. Free.
Oct. 17: Treble Chamber Choir and the University Men’s, Women’s and Combined Choruses, 8 p.m., Concert Hall, Forbes Center for the Performing Arts: For tickets, visit https://www.jmu.edu/
Oct. 18: Children’s Harvest Festival, 1-5 p.m., Edith J. Carrier Arboretum: Gus Bus, the JMU Duke Dog, free children’s crafts, dancers, musicians and Harrisonburg’s favorite horses from Classic Carriage with their wagon, all join together with the Edith J. Carrier Arboretum for the 2014 Children’s Harvest Festival. Registration is not needed and admission is free. Severe inclement weather automatically cancels the outdoor family event. For information, check http://www.jmu.edu/arboretum.
Oct 19: Lieder unter Brudern, 2 p.m., Recital Hall, Forbes Center for the Performing Arts: JMU faculty members Kevin McMillan and Gabriel Dobner perform a program featuring German Lieder by composers Richard Wagner, Franz Liszt and Hugo Wolf. 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/