January 20–26, 2018
Eighth Annual inspireDANCE Festival
Organized by the Program of Dance and Movement, the seven-day festival is open to the general public. This year's lineup features award-winning dance artist Maria Bauman and her dance company MBDance.
November 30–December 9, 2017
International Theatre Program Presents Octavia
Attributed to the Roman stoic philosopher Seneca, the play chronicles the dissolution of the marriage between Nero, the unstable, narcissistic emperor, and Octavia, his popular wife. The production opens on November 30 at Todd Theater on the River Campus.
November 30, 2017
Plutzik Reading Series Presents James Logenbach
James Logenbach, the Joseph H. Gilmore Professor of English at the University of Rochester, has published five books of poetry and is the recent recipient of an Academy Award in Literature from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. Logenbach will give a lecture at 5 p.m. in the Welles-Brown Room, Rush Rhees Library. This event is free and open to the public.
November 17–18, 2017
The Future(s) of Microhistory: A Symposium
This conference brings together a small group of established historians from a range of specialties to discuss the current and prospective relevance of microhistory and microhistorically-inflected work at a time when scholars are turning toward global issues and harnessing big data.
November 14, 2017
Two Icons Lecture Features Zanele Muholi
South African artist and visual activist Zanele Muholi is the speaker at the annual Two Icons Lecture, which explores the intersection of race and gender while honoring the legacy of Susan B. Anthony and Frederick Douglass. Join us at 5 p.m. in the Humanities Center, Conference Room D, in Rush Rhees Library. Free and open to the public.
November 7–12, 2017
Polish Film Festival 2017, Part II
The Skalny Center for Polish and Central European Studies presents the annual Polish Film Festival, now in its 20th year. Each fall, the festival features more than a dozen classic and contemporary films from the world of Polish cinema.
November 1, 2017
Kafka Prize Ceremony and Reading
The Susan B. Anthony Institute for Gender, Sexuality, and Women's Studies presents the annual Janet Heidinger Kafka Prize ceremony and reading. This year's recipient is Elizabeth Poliner, author of the novel As Close to Us as Breathing (2016). Join us at 6 p.m. in the Hawkins-Carlson Room, Rush Rhees Library. Free and open to the public.
October 25, 2017
Humanities Center Public Lecture Series: Orhan Pamuk
Author Orhan Pamuk will present "Memories and Myths" at 5 p.m. in the Interfaith Chapel. Pamuk won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 2006 and his novel My Name Is Red won the 2003 IMPAC Dublin Literary Award. His work has been translated into more than sixty languages.
October 6–7, 2017
Wallis Institute Annual Conference
The W. Allen Wallis Institute for Political Economy hosts its 24th annual conference at the Colgate Rochester Crozer Divinity School, 1100 South Goodman Street, Rochester, NY 14620.
October 5, 2017
An Evening with Douglas Crimp
Art and cultural critic Douglas Crimp, the Fanny Knapp Allen Professor of Art History and a professor of visual and cultural studies, will discuss Before Pictures, his new memoir and cultural history of New York City in the 1970s. The reading begins at 7 p.m. at the Memorial Art Gallery.
September 28, 2017
Plutzik Reading Series Presents Martha Rhodes
The author of five poetry collections (most recently, The Thin Wall) will give a reading at 5 p.m. in the Welles-Brown Room in Rush Rhees Library. Rhodes is the director of the annual summer Conference on Poetry at the Frost Place in New Hampshire and is a founding editor and director of Four Way Books in New York City. The event is free and open to all.
September 24, 2017
Reading by Joanna Scott
Novelist Joanna Scott, the Roswell Smith Burrows Professor of English, will read from her new novel, Careers for Women, at 3 p.m. at the Barnes and Noble Bookstore in College Town.
Arts & Sciences Dean's Lecture: A Conversation with Ambassador Thomas Pickering
Thomas Pickering, a retired U.S. diplomat and founding member of the Iran Project, will participate in a conversation with University President and CEO Joel Seligman at 3 p.m. on Tuesday, September 12, in Feldman Ballroom, Douglass Commons. Gloria Culver, dean of the School of Arts & Sciences, will moderate questions from the audience. The event is free and open to the public.
September 7, 14, and 18, 2017
Rationality, Evidence, and Public Discourse
When people disagree, and all involved in the discussion believe that theirs is the reasonable position, what's to be done? That question underlies a three-part lecture series by philosopher and former Dean of the College Richard Feldman. Feldman is the Romanell-Phi Beta Kappa Professor in Philosophy for this academic year.
June 19–20, 2017
Rochester Cultural Heritage Imaging, Visualization, and Education brings together university researchers and students with the goal of extending the corpus of mankind's cultural heritage. Conference topics include best practices for imaging (including the use of reference targets), the next generation of imaging systems, studies of materials (ink and parchments) and consideration of how this may impact imaging and image processing, and developing new imaging tools to assist codicologists and scholars.
April 27–May 6, 2017
International Theatre Program Presents Buried Child
Sam Shepard's Pulitzer Prize-winning play launched the career of one of the most important American playwrights of the last decades of the 20th century. A darkly comic portrait of a family in disarray, Buried Child explores how home is both a place you can never really leave or ever really return to. The production opens on April 27 at Todd Theater on the River Campus.
April 25, 2017
Plutzik Reading Series Welcomes Nnedi Okorafor
The author—whose award-winning works include the book Lagoon, the novella Binti, and the children's book Chicken in the Kitchen—will give a reading at 5 p.m. in the Welles-Brown Room in Rush Rhees Library. Her work has received awards and accolades from the British Science Fiction Association, Publisher's Weekly, and Amazon.com, among other organizations. The event is free and open to all.
April 20, 2017
Expressing Identities in Africa and the Diaspora
Christine Mullen Kreamer, Deputy Director and Chief Curator at the Smithsonian National Museum of African Art, will present "Fashioning Identities: Africa’s Textile Arts" at 4 p.m. in Hawkins-Carlson Room, Rush Rhees Library. This keynote lecture, part of the New Direction Symposium, is sponsored by the Frederick Douglass Institute for African and African-American Studies.
March 31, 2017
Susan B. Anthony Institute International Graduate Conference
The Susan B. Anthony Institute for Gender, Sexuality, and Women's Studies hosts its 24th annual International Graduate Conference. Graduate students from all disciplines will present, discuss, and explore research on the conference's theme: "On the Voice: Identity, Difference, Expression."
March 23, 2017
Plutzik Reading Series Welcomes Brooks Haxton
The award-winning poet and author of Uproar (2003), They Lift Their Wings to Cry (2008), and Fading Hearts on the River (2014) will give a reading at 5 p.m. in the Welles-Brown Room in Rush Rhees Library. The event is free and open to all.
March 23, 2017
Distinguished Visiting Humanist Talk: Wendy Doniger
Wendy Doniger of the University of Chicago presents "Life of Learning: How My Mother Prepared Me to Confront Hindu Fundamentalists in 2010." The lecture, which is free and open to the public, begins at 4 p.m. in the Hawkins-Carlson Room, Rush Rhees Library.
March 3, 2017
Science and Citizenship: A Teach-In
Faculty from the School of Arts and Sciences will present talks on a variety of topics, including uncertainty in climate modeling, evidence for evolution, and a scientist's thoughts on reading the media. The teach-in runs from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Attendees are welcome to stop by for one talk, multiple talks, or the whole day.
March 2–11, 2017
International Theatre Program Presents That Poor Girl and How He Killed Her
This contemporary play is by Jen Silverman, an emerging talent, whom critics have called “a fresh voice who takes chances, but also a playwright who plumbs the depth of humanity without sentimentality.” The production opens on March 2 at Todd Theater on the River Campus.
March 1, 2017
Phelps Colloquium: "Did Sgt. Pepper Really Teach the Band to Play?"
John Covach, professor of music theory, chair of the Department of Music, and director of the Institute for Popular Music, will present at 4 p.m. in the Frederick Douglass Commons Ballroom. The Phelps Colloquium series encourages faculty and administrative leaders from across the University to meet and discuss cross-discipline topics. Registration is required.
February 16, 2017
Plutzik Reading Series Welcomes A. Van Jordan
The poet and author of Rise, M-A-C-N-O-L-I-A, Quantum Lyrics, and The Cineaste will give a reading at 5 p.m. in the Welles-Brown Room in Rush Rhees Library. He has been awarded a Whiting Writers Award, an Anisfield-Wolf Book Award, and a Pushcart Prize. The event is free and open to all.
February 8, 2017
Nazerian Humanities Lectures Presents Laura Smoller
Professor of History Laura Ackerman Smoller will present a lecture titled "Dominicans and Demons: Possession and Temptation in the Cult of Saint Vincent Ferrer" as part of the annual Hagop and Artemis Nazerian Humanities Lectures. Her presentation begins at 5 p.m.