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Arts & Ideas Committee

Dr. Linda Vaden-Goad
Dr. Lisa Eck
Movement and Migration Series Chair

Robert Alter
Brian Bishop
Dominique Bourdon
Dr. Sarah Cole
Mark Evans
Millie Gonzalez
Jonathan Lee
Bonnie Mitchell
Robin Robinson
Ben Trapanick

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Existentialism and Alienation: Kafka, Kurtag and the “True Path”
Mon, February 24, at 7 p.m.
Heineman Ecumenical Center

Throughout the nearly hour length work a persistent theme of “the path” (der Weg) emerges from György Kurtág’s Kafka Fragments. Sometimes this path is a place of physical movement, a brief glimpse of time passing, a stage of dramatic performance, or a more complicated metaphor for the existential path of life. These ideas will be explored through lecture (Dr. Christian Gentry) and experienced through the compelling performance of Aliana de la Guardia (soprano) and Gabriela Diaz (violin).

Dr. Lisa Patel “Youth Held at the Border: Immigration, Education and the Politics of Inclusion”
Thurs, March 6, 2014, from 4:30 to 6 p.m.
McCarthy Center, Alumni Room

Dr. Patel is a professor at the Lynch School of Education at Boston College. She is the author of Youth Held at the Border Immigration, Education, and the Politics of Inclusion, a sociological analysis of the liminal positions of immigrant, "undocumented," and/or DREAMer youth in American society. 

Dr. Afua Cooper: Historian and Poet, Two FSU 175th Anniversary Events
Wed, April 2, 2014
Research presentation 4:30 p.m.
Poetry Presentation 7 p.m.
Forum, McCarthy Center

Dr. Afua Cooper is a celebrated poet and historian, with specialties in slavery, abolitionism and women’s studies. She has done groundbreaking work in uncovering the hidden history of black peoples in Canada, including the amazing history of Framingham State University's first African American graduate: Mary Miles Bibbs, who emigrated to Canada with her husband, author and fugitive slave, Henry Bibbs. Dr. Cooper will bring to life experiences of the black diaspora by sharing her research and performing her poetry.

Cocktails: An Evening of Poetry with D.A. Powell
Event will be followed by a Q&A session with member of the English Department and Pride Alliance Club
Mon, April 14, at 7 p.m.
Forum, McCarthy Center

Douglas A. Powell is a celebrated poet and winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award for his poetry collection Useless Landscape: A Guide for Boys. Powell's first three books of poems are are about living with the AIDS virus. He currently teaches in the English Department at the University of San Francisco.




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