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April 26–May 5, 2018

International Theatre Program presents The Pinter Plays

Works by Nobel Prize-winning British playwright Harold Pinter will close out the International Theatre Program's season. The production, which includes The Collection and The Lover, considered two of Pinter's most shocking one-act plays, opens on April 26 at Todd Theater on the River Campus.

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April 26, 2018

Panel Discussion: Interdisciplinary Approaches to Climate Change

Take part in a crucial conversation about the importance of interdisciplinary perspectives on a topic that affects us all: climate change. The even takes place at 5 p.m. in the Welles-Brown Room, Rush Rhees Library. Sponsored by the Center for Energy and the Environment and Department of History, and co-sponsored by the Susan B. Anthony Institute for Gender, Sexuality, and Women's Studies. 

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April 24, 2018

Plutzik Reading Series Presents Rodrigo Fresán

Rodrigo Fresán is the author of ten novels, five of which are published or forthcoming from Open Letter Books. His works incorporate many elements from science fiction (Philip K. Dick in particular) alongside pop culture and literary references. The author 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.

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April 20, 2018

UpState 2018: Better Living Through Statistics

The seventh annual conference of the upstate chapters of the American Statistical Association welcomes statisticians and data scientists from all backgrounds to participate.

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April 12, 2018

Humanities Center Public Lecture Series Presents Daniela Schiller

Daniela Schiller will present “Forgetting Fear,” part of the Humanities Center’s Public Lecture Series—this year on the theme of memory and forgetting—at 5 p.m. in the Hawkins-Carlson Room at Rush Rhees Library.

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April 11, 2018

Tackling Harassment and Striving for Diversity

Join us for the inaugural AS&E Discussion on Topical Challenges Lecture, hosted by Gloria Culver, dean of the School of Arts and Sciences. We're welcoming Elizabeth Barkin Leight '89 (PsyD), a member of the AS&E National Council, for a talk and Q-and-A (from 3–4 p.m. in the Interfaith Chapel, River Level) followed by a reception (4–5 p.m. in the Eisenberg Rotunda, Schlegel Hall). This event is free and open to all students, faculty, and staff.

March 28, 2018

Revisiting the Cold War: History, Politics and Culture

Faculty from the Department of Political Science, Skalny Center for Polish and Central European Studies, Department of History, and Eastman School of Music will offer reassessments of the Cold War from the vantage point of nearly three decades of subsequent history. Join us in the Sloan Auditorium in Goergen Hall from 7:30–9 p.m.

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March 1–10, 2018

International Theatre Program presents We Don't Live on Mars Yet

Helmed by Australian-South African director, writer, and theatre artist Talya Chalef—and created with an ensemble of University students—the newly devised work asks, "Why do we insist on calling some people 'alien' and why is society so afraid of them? How do we conceive of 'home' and what does the notion of 'sanctuary' mean to us?" The production opens on March 1 at Todd Theater on the River Campus.

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March 1, 2018

Phelps Colloquium Presents Narayana Kocherlakota

Narayana Kocherlakota, the Lionel W. McKenzie Professor of Economics, will give a talk titled "Doing Better Next Time: Policy Lessons from the Great Recession and Not-So-Great Recovery." The lecture begins at 4 p.m. Visit the event page for updated location information.

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February 17, 2018

Pump It Up: A 40th Anniversary Celebration of New Wave

The Institute for Popular Music presents a celebration of late 1970s new wave, featuring the music of Elvis Costello, Blondie, Talking Heads, The Police, The Cars, Joe Jackson, Devo, the B-52s, and more. The concert begins at 8 p.m. in Strong Auditorium, and is free and open to the public.

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January 25, 2018

Humanities Lecture Series Presents Walid Raad

Conceptual artist Walid Raad ’96 (PhD), an associate professor of art at the Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art, will be the third speaker in the Humanities Center’s annual public lecture series, devoted this year to the theme of memory and forgetting. Join us for the lecture in the Hawkins-Carlson Room in Rush Rhees Library from 5 to 6 p.m.

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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.

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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.

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November 30, 2017

Plutzik Reading Series Presents James Longenbach

James Longenbach, 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. Longenbach 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.

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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.

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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.

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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. 

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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.

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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.

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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. 

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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June 19–20, 2017

R-CHIVE Conference

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.

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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.

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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, among other organizations. The event is free and open to all.

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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.

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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."

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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February 16, 2017

Plutzik Reading Series Welcomes A. Van Jordan

The poet and author of Rise, M-A-C-N-O-L-I-AQuantum 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.

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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. 

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Launched in 2011 by Arielle Friedlander ‘11 as a part of her Kauffman Entrepreneurial Year project, the inspireDANCE festival was created to give members of the community a chance to learn, teach, and perform alongside faculty and students at the University of Rochester.

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