Fall convocation calendar offers Centre students a wide array of enrichment opportunities
This fall, Centre students will have the opportunity to attend more than 20convocations, including lectures from well-known authors, performances by world-renowned musicians and much more.
A variety of Norton Center events will be convocations this year — and for the first time, students will also have chances to interact with performers on a personal, educational level as part of the ReImagine initiative at the Norton Center.
On Sept. 29, students can attend a talk with Hahn-Bin, a violin virtuoso described as “the love-child of fiery violinist Paganini and super-diva Grace Jones,” who will perform in Weisiger Theatre the following night.
Similar opportunities for education and personal interaction with performers will continue on Oct. 4 and 5 with members of the Luciana Souza Trio, an award-winning Brazilian group that has taken the entertainment world by storm. On Oct. 4, the trio’s percussionist, Cyro Baptista, will hold a rhythm workshop, and the following day, the entire trio will present a panel to discuss the ethnic and cultural influences that have shaped Brazil’s musical traditions.
Convocation opportunities continue at the Norton Center on Nov. 1, when YAMATO: Drummers of Japan will perform their fusion of high-energy drumming, music and theater. Dailey & Vincent, one of the most heralded new acts in bluegrass music, will perform at the Norton Center on Nov. 4.
Students will also be able to attend convocations starring their peers. DramaCentre will present “The Dining Room” as the Family Weekend show, which will run Sept. 21-24. The comedic production is produced, directed, designed, built and stage-managed entirely by students for the first time in a number of years.
At the Musicians’ Showcase on Oct. 30, Centre’s top instrumentalists, vocalists and composers will put their talents on display by playing and singing a wide array of music. The fall drama production, “Bus Stop,” will run Nov. 9-12. The play is set in a diner in rural Kansas during a snowstorm from which bus passengers must take shelter.
Several award-winning writers will come to Centre to give convocation addresses this fall. James Fallows, a National Book and Emmy award-winning journalist for The Atlantic, will give an address on Sept. 21 called “Postcards from Tomorrow Square: China’s Economic Lives,” in which he will present China as an important nation in progress. On Nov. 14, Elizabeth Strout, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of “Olive Kitteridge,” “Abide With Me” and “Amy and Isabelle,” will read from her new and still unpublished novel, as well as her other well-known works.
Numerous other convocation addresses will be given this fall by experts in a wide array of fields. On Sept. 19, The Honorable Judge John Rogers will give the annual Constitution Day address on “The Supremacy Clause and International Law.” On Sept. 26, four Centre professors will present a panel called “The Arab Spring: One Year Later,” which will focus on how countries in the Middle East and North Africa have transformed since the revolutions began almost a year ago.
Rounding out the fall convocation calendar will be cellist Ben Sollee, who will play in Weisiger Theatre on Nov. 17. Sollee, originally from Lexington, also takes time in between songs to discuss the importance of environmental responsibility, and focuses particularly on the effects of mountaintop removal.