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Allegheny College Jazz Band To Perform Free Concert

April 7, 2014 — AC Jazz, the Allegheny College Jazz Band under the direction of Ronald Stitt, will present a free concert in the Campus Center lobby on Sunday, April 13, at 3:15 p.m.

Members of the Jazz Improv class under the direction of James Froman will present a pre-concert show at 2:30 p.m.

AC Jazz will perform a variety of music representing jazz styles from the Big Band Era to contemporary stylings. The program will include Woody Herman’s “John Brown’s Other Body,” Quincy Jones’ “Quintessence” and Jeff Jarvis’ “Critical Mass.”

Breana Gallagher, a junior at Allegheny College, will be the featured vocalist.

Creek Connections Symposium To Showcase Waterway Research by Students

April 4, 2014 – Creek Connections will host its 19th annual Student Research Symposium at Allegheny College on Friday, April 11 in the college’s Campus Center. Community members are invited to view students’ project displays from 10 a.m. to noon.

Creek Connections is an outreach program of Allegheny College that brings hands-on, inquiry-based education about watersheds to students ranging in age from elementary to high school.

Throughout the school year, participating students retrieve water samples and conduct research on various waterways, monitoring the conditions that affect the creeks’ water quality. At the research symposium, they come together to share interactive research displays, oral presentations and hands-on workshops with their classmates, teachers and the community. (more…)

Spring Dance Concert at Allegheny College To Showcase Student Performers

April 3, 2014 — Allegheny Dance and Movement Studies will present the program’s annual spring concert at 8 p.m. on April 10, 11 and 12 in the Montgomery Performance Space at Allegheny College. The concerts are free and open to the public.

This year’s program will highlight student performers in several dance styles, ranging from experimental contemporary to ballroom. Many of the dances will be accompanied by live music. (more…)

Bryan Stevenson, Founder of Equal Justice Initiative, To Give Keynote Address for Year of Civil Rights

Bryan Stevenson SmallApril 2, 2014 — Bryan Stevenson, founder and executive director of the Equal Justice Initiative, will speak at 7 p.m. on Friday, April 11 in Ford Chapel at Allegheny College. The talk is free and open to the public.

His presentation is a keynote address in the college’s Year of Civil Rights, which celebrates the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act and explores the state of civil rights, broadly defined, in our world today.

The EJI is a nonprofit organization that provides legal representation to indigent defendants and prisoners who have been denied fair and just treatment in the legal system.

A widely acclaimed public interest lawyer, Stevenson has dedicated his career to helping the poor, the incarcerated and the condemned. Under his leadership, the EJI has won major legal challenges eliminating excessive and unfair sentencing, exonerating innocent death row prisoners, confronting abuse of the incarcerated and the mentally ill and aiding children prosecuted as adults. (more…)

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Phi Beta Kappa Visiting Scholar David P. Forsythe To Lecture on International Human Rights

March 31, 2014 – David P. Forsythe will give a lecture titled “International Human Rights: 1945-2013” at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, April 8 in the Tillotson Room of the Tippie Alumni Center at Allegheny College. Forsythe will spend two days at the college through the Visiting Scholar Program of Phi Beta Kappa.

Forsythe will be visiting classes and meeting with Allegheny students and faculty in addition to his lecture, which is open to the public. His visit to Allegheny is also part of the college’s Year of Civil Rights.

Forsythe is University Professor and Charles J. Mach Distinguished Professor of Political Science, Emeritus at the University of Nebraska. His work focuses on international human rights, international law and organization, American foreign policy and international relations. (more…)

Creek Connections to Showcase Waterway Research by Pittsburgh Area Students

IMG_1536March 28, 2014 – Creek Connections will host its 12th annual Pittsburgh area student research symposium on Friday, April 4 at YMCA Camp Kon-O-Kwee in Fombell, just west of Zelienople. Community members are invited to view students’ project displays from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. at the camp.

Creek Connections is an outreach program of Allegheny College that brings hands-on, inquiry-based education about watersheds to students ranging in age from elementary to high school.

Throughout the school year, participating students retrieve water samples and conduct research on various waterways, monitoring the conditions that affect the creeks’ water quality. At the research symposium, they come together to share interactive research displays and hands-on workshops with their classmates, teachers and the community. (more…)

Single Voice Reading Series To Present Mark Statman and Joy Katz

March 27, 2014 — The Single Voice Reading Series at Allegheny College will present Mark Statman and Joy Katz at 7 p.m. on Thursday, April 3 in the Tillotson Room of the Tippie Alumni Center. All events in the Single Voice Reading Series are free and open to the public.

statman newMark Statman is the author of two books of poetry, “A Map of the Winds” and “Tourist at a Miracle,” and two books of translations: “Black Tulips: The Selected Poems of José María Hinojosa” and, with Pablo Medina, Federico García Lorca’s “Poet in New York.” Statman is an associate professor of literary studies at Eugene Lang College, The New School for Liberal Arts. His work has been nominated for numerous prizes, including the Pushcart Prize and the National Translation Award.

Photo(c)2011 by Star Black8Joy Katz is the author of three books of poetry: “Fabulae,” winner of the Crab Orchard award; “The Garden Room,” winner of Tupelo Press’s Snowbound Series prize; and “All You Do Is Perceive,” a Stalecher Selection at Four Way Books. She is also co-editor, with Kevin Prufer, of the acclaimed anthology “Dark Horses: Poets on Overlooked Poems.” Honors for her work include a Pushcart Prize and fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the MacDowell Colony and Stanford’s Wallace Stegner program. She is currently at work on “Frayed,” a book about race and voice, for which she received a 2013 Pittsburgh Foundation individual artist grant. She teaches in the MFA program at Chatham University.

For more information about the Single Voice Reading Series, contact Associate Professor of English Christopher Bakken at cbakken@allegheny.edu.

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The Rev. Dr. Traci West To Address “Racism, Christianity, and Our Moral Values That Support Sex-Trafficking” in Year of Civil Rights Event

March 27, 2014 – The Rev. Dr. Traci C. West, professor of ethics and African American studies at Drew University Theological School, will speak at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 3 in Ford Chapel at Allegheny College. Her lecture, titled “Racism, Christianity, and Our Moral Values That Support Sex-Trafficking,” is part of the Year of Civil Rights at the college.

During her visit, West is also meeting with students and faculty in classes and at other campus events. Her teaching, research and activism focus on constructive liberative Christian social ethics in churches and society related to issues of race, gender and sexuality.

She is the author of “Disruptive Christian Ethics: When Racism and Women’s Lives Matter” and “Wounds of the Spirit: Black Women, Violence, and Resistance Ethics” and editor of “Our Family Values: Religion and Same-sex Marriage.” She is currently working on antiracist, narrative ethics, research that includes interviews she conducted in Ghana, Brazil and South Africa with activist leaders working to end gender-based violence. (more…)

Cast and Director/Producer To Join Screening of “There Are No Goodbyes”

March 26, 2014 — John C. Lyons, director and producer of the independent film “There Are No Goodbyes,” will attend a free screening of the film at Allegheny College on Thursday, April 3. Several members of the cast will also attend the screening, at 6 p.m. in Room 111 of the Vukovich Center for Communication Arts. A Q&A will be held following the movie.

“There Are No Goodbyes,” a story about choices and finding purpose in one’s life in the context of the current sociopolitical climate of blue-collar America, is the second feature-length film from Lyons Den Productions LLC.

Filming took place in Erie and Pittsburgh, as well as in Poland, Czech Republic and Ireland.

More information about the film, including trailers, can be found at ThereAreNoGoodbyes.com.

The screening is sponsored by the Allegheny Film Union, which promotes independent filmmaking among students at Allegheny College.

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Allegheny College Junior Grant Richman Receives Critical Language Scholarship from U.S. Department of State

March 24, 2014 — Grant Richman, a junior at Allegheny College, has been selected for the Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) Program sponsored by the U.S. Department of State. The highly competitive scholarship will allow Richman to study Arabic in the Middle East this summer.

Richman, from Chatsworth, Calif., is a double major in political science and environmental science with a minor in Middle Eastern studies.

In addition to being a member of Pi Sigma Alpha, the political science honors society, he is vice president of Inter-Fraternity Council, a senator in Allegheny Student Government and an admissions tour guide.

Richman has also participated in an Experiential Learning tour to Israel, one of a number of international study opportunities offered at Allegheny College.

The CLS Program, part of a U.S. government effort to expand dramatically the number of Americans studying and mastering critical foreign languages, offers intensive summer language institutes in 13 critical foreign languages.