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Arts & Ideas Committee

Dr. Lisa Eck

Brian Bishop
Dr. Sarah Cole
Jennifer Donabed
Millie Gonzalez
Jonathan Lee
Dan Magazu
Roxana Marrero
Dr. Carlos Martinez
Bonnie Mitchell
Robin Robinson
Luis Rodriguez
Ben Trapanick
Dr. Linda Vaden-Goad
Dr. Samuel Witt

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"The Seas are Rising and So Are We"
Tuesday, February 24, 2015. 7 p.m., McCarthy Center Forum

The Hokule'a Worldwide Voyage is a 47,000 mile open-ocean journey around the globe to find and grow inspiring efforts to protect our Earth for future generations. As Polynesian voyagers blending tradition and technology to map a new course for the future, they invite people across the world to join in exploring values and practices that can sustain our planet. This event will consist of a talk given by a member of the Hokule'a crew, a slideshow, and a Polynesian dance performance.

Domingo Martinez "My Heart is a Drunken Compass"
Thursday, February 26. 4:30 p.m., Heineman Ecumenical Center

In his acclaimed debut, The Boy Kings of Texas, Domingo Martinez portrayed his tumultuous life growing up in a tight-knit family that was just getting by on the Texas-Mexico border. He writes with grit, lyricism, expansive humor, and heart-breaking honesty. Martinez provides a glimpse into a society where children are traded like commerce, physical altercations routinely solve problems, drugs are rampant, sex is often crude, and people depend on the family witch doctor for advice. The book won wide critical praise and was a Pushcart Prize nominee, a New York Times Best Seller, and a finalist for the National Book Award.
Now, in My Heart is a Drunken Compass, Domingo explores his complicated life after Brownsville, Texas in all its love, need, grief, passion, and darkness. At the center of Domingo’s story are the unendurable loss of his beloved baby brother Derek in an auto accident and his chaotic, primal relationship with a dangerously self-destructive woman whose life is shattered in a ferocious car crash. Despite reaching the very edge, he manages to find his “ninth life,” a state of redemption, insight, and acceptance that demands careful handling because it is a last chance.

Douglas Starr, “Police Interrogation Tactics and the Elicitation of False Confessions”
Tuesday, March 3, 2015 Time 4:30 p.m., Dwight Hall Performing Arts Center

Douglas Starr is Co-Director of the graduate Program in Science and Medical Journalism at Boston University.  The author of numerous books and articles, Starr will speak on the topic of police interrogation tactics and the elicitation of false confessions that have only now been brought to light due to DNA testing. In his talk, Starr will walk the audience through the police interrogation process, and will weave clips from actual interviews into his address.

Reject Dance Theatre: "The Territory Suites"
Thursday, March 12. 7 p.m., Dwight Hall Performing Arts Center

The Territory Suites marks RDT's first collaborative evening-length work. The piece explores "territory" from the perspectives of three unique choreographic voices and lenses:
Human Relationships, where we explore territory as it relates to the human body and psyche—What happens when our body/mind is infiltrated by an intruder?
Gender Identity, where gender performance and sexual politics are questioned—How do we navigate the world around us through politicizing our bodies? How do we negotiate the people around us both physically and sexually?
Animal Interactions, where we study animal movement and its translation onto the human body—Animals identify their territory through means of intimidation, body language, and physical confrontation. What can animal movements teach us about the human body?

A Wound too Deep to Heal? Conversations on the Armenian Genocide at 100
Monday, March 30, 2015. 5 to 7 p.m., Alumni Room

The year 2015 marks the one hundredth anniversary of the Armenian Genocide, the massacres and forced deportations that claimed the lives of more than one million Armenians.  The political and academic contention over the interpretation of this genocide continues to divide the communities of Armenians and Turks, despite efforts at dialogue and reconciliation. The speakers will deliberate on their own endeavors and hopes for a constructive conversation to heal the historical wounds.

Panel:Pamela Steiner, Ed.D.,
Fellow, FXB Center for Health and Human Rights, Harvard School of Public Health

Gonca Sönmez-Poole
Filmmaker/Founder of TAWA (Turkish-Armenian Women's Alliance)

Harry Parsekian
President, Friends of Hrant Dink

Paula Parnigian
President, World View Services

Patrick Parenteau "The 29th Day: Ensuring a Livable Planet for Future Generations"
Thursday, April 2, 2015 at 4:30 p.m., Alumni Room

A fact: those who are least responsible for causing climate change will be the most likely to suffer. This raises profound ethical questions, in the name of justice for all.  Professor Patrick Parenteau, from The Vermont Law School, has been involved in drafting, litigating, and implementing environmental law and policy for four decades. This presentation will explore solutions to the climate crisis by looking at specific public and private sector initiatives needed to de-carbonize our economy. 

Curlew Theatre Company Performance of Irish Drama
Thursday, April 9. 3:15 to 4:20 p.m., DPAC Stage

Performance of "Play for Voices" by Irish Poet Eamon Grennan.

Nell Braxtton Gibson, "Black Lives Still Matter: From Emmett Till to Michael Brown"
Tuesday, April 14. 4:30 p.m., Heineman Ecumenical Center

The 20th Century murder of Emmett Till, which fed the fires of the Civil Rights Movement has reached its long arm into the 21st Century with the death of Michael Brown. It now feeds the demands of new activists that seek justice in the name of innocent young blacks who find themselves in the wrong place at the wrong time.

Nell Braxton Gibson's commitment to justice began in the 1950s with the murder of Emmett Till in Money, Mississippi. Nell was 13 at the time and living only 60 miles away from where Till was lynched.  His death is still the defining moment in her commitment to social justice. In her newly published memoir, Too Proud to Bend: Journey of a Civil Rights Foot Soldier, she gives a first-hand account of growing up black in the segregated South and of the injustices that stoked the flames of the Civil Rights Movement and her life-long dedication to justice.


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