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Fall full of things to see, hear

With a promise of song, stanza, Shakespeare and more, there’s something for every taste.

September 18, 2018

Here are some highlights from our busy calendar of events. These events are all free and open to the public. For more information, check out the Community Calendar.  

New York Festival of Song Celebrates Bernstein, Sept. 21

This ensemble from New York sets the tone with their motto: No song is safe from us! You can expect the unexpected and delightful as NYFOS takes to The Bowld stage on Sept. 21 to perform works by Bernstein, including Arias and Barcarolles and pieces from the Bernstein Songbook. This Gilbert Concert Series event stars Rebecca Jo Loeb, mezzo-soprano; Joshua Jeremiah, baritone; Steven Blier and Michael Barrett, piano.

Check out The NYFOS Blog to learn more about the Grammy-winning ensemble.

Explorer Steve Elkins Speaks on Lost Cities, Oct. 9

Can technology help us discover lost civilizations? In “The Lost City:  Legends, Explorations, Discoveries and Consequences,” Steve Elkins will talk about his groundbreaking work using airborne LIDAR to discover two lost cities in the Honduran Mosquitia. Elkins followed up his discovery with a multi-disciplinary ground expedition to one of the sites. The results and ongoing work have been featured in The New Yorker, National Geographic, an episode of “National Geographic Explorer,” and in a New York Times bestseller, “The Lost City of the Monkey God.” Elkins lecture is sponsored by the Robbins Memorial Symposium.

See Elkins' recent TEDx talk for more on his work.

Lamont Poet Julia Alvarez, Oct. 10

Author of “How the Garcia Girls Lost Their Accents” and the poetry collection “The Woman I Kept to Myself,” Julia Alvarez writes about her life as a Dominican-American. Born in New York, Alvarez moved as an infant to the Dominican Republic, where she stayed until her father’s involvement in a political rebellion forced the family to return to New York. Her work — comprised of poetry, novels and essays — focuses on issues of identity, cultural expectations and assimilation. The New York Times recently published an appreciate for Alvarez's contributions.

In a tradition dating back to 1983, when Jorge Luis Borges arrived on campus as the first Lamont Poet, Alvarez will give a public reading on Oct. 10.

Ethicist Peter Singer on “Animals and Ethics,” Oct. 11 

Peter Singer, an Australian moral philosopher and professor of bioethics in the University Center for Human Values at Princeton University, will lead a discussion of animal rights. Long known for his work on behalf of animals, including his controversial 1975 book Animal Liberation, Singer is also co-founder of The Life You Can Save, a nonprofit based on Singer’s book of the same name, devoted to improving the lives of people struggling in extreme poverty.

Learn more about Singer and his work. 

Artist Talk with Photographer Gillian Laub, Oct. 25

In 2002, Gillian Laub travelled to Montgomery County, Georgia, for a magazine assignment to document the lives of teenagers in the American South. There she discovered that high school rituals (proms and homecomings) were still racially segregated. Nine years later, tragedy struck the region when a young unarmed black man was shot and killed by an older white man. “Southern Rites” is Laub’s photographic exploration of the causes and impacts of segregation and racially motivated violence in Montgomery County. Her evening talk immediately follows the opening reception for the exhibition at Lamont Gallery, on view Oct. 25-Dec. 15.

Learn more about “Southern Rites.” 

E/A Games, Nov. 10

The storied sports rivalry is at Andover this year, but don’t let that stop you from cheering on Big Red. Join with alumni, families, faculty and staff as they gather to watch field hockey, football, boys and girls soccer and volleyball. Can't make it to Massachusetts? There are Exeter-sponsored watch parties in the Bay Area, Dallas, New York and Toronto. Check our Athletics page for information on game times

A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Nov. 16, 17, 18

Join us in dreamland as Puck and his cohorts get into mighty mischief. This first fully staged performance on the mainstage of The Goel Center for Theater and Dance will be stunning, as PEA’s orchestra collaborates with the Department of Theater and Dance on a version of the Shakespeare classic that integrates Mendelssohn’s music and original choreography from dance faculty. It’s a grand and fitting celebration of the new building, which opened formally for classes and instruction this month.



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