Colorado College News: English, Katie Sandfort ’17 to Run at NCAA Track & Field Championships Mon, 22 May 2017 16:15:00 MDT <p style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt;"><span style="color: #000000; font-family: Calibri; font-size: medium;" size="3" face="Calibri" color="#000000">Colorado College's Katie Sandfort &rsquo;17 will participate in the 10,000-meter race at the 2017 NCAA Division III Outdoor Track &amp; Field Championships at the SPIRE Institute in Geneva, Ohio, on Thursday, May 25.<br /><br /></span><span style="color: #000000; font-family: Calibri; font-size: medium;" size="3" face="Calibri" color="#000000">Sandfort, who graduated on Monday, May 22 with a degree in English, qualified for the national meet with a time of 35:25.40 on May 11 at the Dr. Keeler Invitational Track and Field Meet in Naperville, Illinois. She shattered her own school record by more than&nbsp;a minute and it is the seventh fastest 10K time in Division III this season.<br /><br /></span><span style="color: #000000; font-family: Calibri; font-size: medium;" size="3" face="Calibri" color="#000000">&ldquo;We are excited that Katie will run at the Division III Championships,&rdquo; says head coach Ted Castaneda. &ldquo;Also, hats off to assistant coach Alex Nichols who did a terrific job coaching her this year.&rdquo;<br /><br /></span><span style="color: #000000; font-family: Calibri; font-size: medium;" size="3" face="Calibri" color="#000000">Sandfort, from&nbsp;Coppell, Texas, is the first Colorado College female to run at the Division III Championships since 1998, when four Tigers participated, including heptathlon champion Heather O&rsquo;Brien, Gretchen Grindle, Megan Klish, and Julie Cole.<br /><br /></span><span style="color: #000000; font-family: Calibri; font-size: medium;" size="3" face="Calibri" color="#000000">The 10K race is scheduled for 9:45 a.m. (ET) on Thursday.</span></p> <p><span style="color: #000000; font-family: Times New Roman; font-size: medium;" size="3" face="Times New Roman" color="#000000"> </span></p> Focusing a Lens on Music Thu, 16 Mar 2017 00:00:00 MDT ]]> <p>By <strong>Laurie Laker &rsquo;12</strong></p> <p>At the heart of all great photography is opportunity, and luck. Being in the right place, at the right time, with the right equipment makes the world of difference. What counts more, however, is skill.</p> <p>The immense skill of storied photographer Colorado Springs&rsquo; own Larry Hulst, whose iconic work spans decades of music history, is on display at the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center. The exhibition, titled&nbsp;<a href="">&ldquo;Front Row Center,&rdquo;</a> runs until May 21, and features some of the most important figures in modern music. What Hulst does so masterfully is capture the energy of moments, those seconds you tell your friends about after the show, the sight of sonic history.</p> <p>Collaborating with the Fine Arts Center on the exhibition catalog are many CC faculty, each focusing their lenses of expertise on Hulst&rsquo;s work, the artists captured, and their own passions for music. Assistant Professor of Music Ryan Ba&ntilde;agale focuses his energies on Paul McCartney and Willie Nelson; Assistant Professor of Theatre and Dance Idris Goodwin, also a spoken word and hip-hop artist, turns his attentions to Lauryn Hill, Muddy Waters, and Robbie Robertson. Associate Professor of English Steven Hayward, who edited the catalog, reflects on the live ferocity of guitarist Pete Townsend and the &ldquo;supercool&rdquo; of Michael Hutchence of INXS, while his department colleagues Natanya Pulley and Michael Sawyer capture the majesty of David Bowie, the honed (in)sanity of Iggy Pop, and the electric wizardry of Jimi Hendrix.</p> <p>These historic artists, and many more, are caught in light and noise in Hulst&rsquo;s photographs. Their legacies, living or otherwise, are almost audible from the pictures.</p> <p style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt;"><span style="color: black; font-family: 'Arial',sans-serif; font-size: 10pt;">A panel consisting of the CC faculty members who worked on the book, as well as special guests Joy Armstrong, Natanya Pulley, and Kirsten Turner, will discuss the exhibit and the photographs this coming First Monday on March 27, at 11:15 a.m., in the Kathryn Mohrman Theatre.</span></p> <p style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt;"><span style="font-family: 'Calibri',sans-serif; font-size: 11pt;"><span style="color: #000000;" color="#000000"><span style="color: #000000; font-family: Times New Roman; font-size: medium;" color="#000000" face="Times New Roman" size="3"> </span></span></span></p> <p><span style="color: #000000; font-family: Times New Roman; font-size: medium;" color="#000000" face="Times New Roman" size="3"> </span></p> George Butte Publishes New Book on Fiction and Film Thu, 09 Feb 2017 14:15:00 MST <p>by <strong>Laurie Laker &rsquo;12<br /><br /></strong>Colorado College Professor of English George Butte has published a new book, &ldquo;Suture and Narrative: Deep Intersubjectivity in Fiction and Film.&rdquo;<br /><br />The culmination of more than a decade&rsquo;s worth of research, the book &ndash; Butte&rsquo;s second &ndash; offers a new understanding of how fiction and film narratives use particular techniques to create, represent, and bring about the experience of community. Studying texts and titles ranging from Henry James, to J.M. Barrie&rsquo;s Peter Pan tales, to the Coen brothers&rsquo; classic &ldquo;Raising Arizona,&rdquo; to &ldquo;(500) Days of Summer&rdquo; by English major <strong>Marc Webb &rsquo;96</strong>, Butte examines narratives that represent insight and blindness, as well as love and loss, highlighting each connection and disconnection in a discussion of technique.<br /><br />Butte&rsquo;s new work, which already is earning impressive reviews, represents the published extension of much of his classroom teaching at Colorado College. An expert in narrative theory across multiple genres of literature and film, Butte teaches a wide variety of classes at CC from introductory classes in film and literary theory to the 19th-century British novel to senior seminars on narratology.<br /><br />&ldquo;This book demonstrates what is best about teaching at Colorado College &ndash; the chance to extend one&rsquo;s reach, to experiment, to learn anew,&rdquo; says Butte.<br /><br />&ldquo;When I first came to the college, it would never have occurred to me to write about film, or narrative theory, or the Peter Pan stories.&rdquo;<br /><br />Joining CC in 1974, Butte holds a Ph.D. in English from Johns Hopkins University where he was a Woodrow Wilson Fellow; he was also a Rhodes Scholar at the University of Oxford from 1968-1970. He has served as chair and associate chair of the Department of English on multiple occasions, and on the review committees for both the Rhodes and Fulbright Scholarship programs in the Colorado region.</p> <p>&ldquo;Suture and Narrative: Deep Intersubjectivity in Fiction and Film&rdquo; is published by Ohio State University Press, 2017.</p> Libretto by David Mason Wins Prestigious Award Thu, 12 Jan 2017 16:30:00 MST <p>Colorado College Professor of English David Mason has been awarded the prestigious Domenick Argento Chamber Opera Award from the National Opera Association for the opera &ldquo;After Life.&rdquo; The piece, by composer Tom Cipullo and librettist Mason, was commissioned by Music of Remembrance and beat out more than 45 other new operas for the award. The winner was announced last week at the association&rsquo;s convention in Santa Barbara, California, following performance of excerpts from the three finalist operas</p> <p>&ldquo;After Life&rdquo; is an intense one-act opera that explores the role of art in a troubled world through a confrontation between the ghosts of Pablo Picasso and Gertrude Stein. In life, the two maintained a fraught friendship, complicated by their starkly divergent ideas about art and politics. When their spirits meet in the opera, they argue over their legacies until a nameless young victim of the Holocaust enters and challenges them to think further about life and death, and about how they responded to evil in the world through their art.</p> <p>Music of Remembrance produced the world premiere of &ldquo;After Life&rdquo; in Seattle and San Francisco, recording it on the Naxos label. <em>Gramophone Magazine&rsquo;s</em> review of the recording notes, &ldquo;Cipullo weaves David Mason's ingenious, rhapsodic libretto into an absorbing, often lively . . . narrative told in words and music that is translucently scored and makes full use of the five-member ensemble's colours, astonishingly vocal at times in their effect.&rdquo;</p> <p>The website DC Metro Theater Arts writes, &ldquo;From verbally combative and scathingly accusatory to contemplative and reflective, with music that soars and roars, sears and weeps . . . this imaginatively conceived hypothetical meeting is operatic in both the most elevated, and most elemental sense of the word.&rdquo;</p> <p>&ldquo;Working with Tom Cipullo and the great musicians at Music of Remembrance has been a dream,&rdquo; says Mason. &ldquo;I hope we've created something that will have a long afterlife.</p> <p>As winner of the Dominick Argento Chamber Opera Competition, &ldquo;After Life&rdquo; will be presented in its entirety at the 2018 National Opera Association convention in New Orleans. Cipullo and Mason currently are collaborating on another Music of Remembrance commission, &ldquo;The Parting,&rdquo; scheduled for late 2019.</p> <p>Mason, a 1978 graduate of Colorado College and Colorado&rsquo;s poet laureate emeritus, also was the librettist for composer Lori Laitman&rsquo;s &ldquo;The Scarlet Letter.&rdquo; The opera, based on Nathaniel Hawthorne&rsquo;s classic novel, was performed by Opera Colorado last spring and <a href="">garnered rave reviews.</a></p> David Mason Publishes ‘Unusual Christmas Poem’ Mon, 19 Dec 2016 12:15:00 MST <p>Living in a Greek village in the early 1980s changed his life forever, says <strong>David Mason &rsquo;78</strong>, Colorado College Professor of English and department chair. The lingering influence of the experience comes through in much of Mason&rsquo;s writings, including his most recent poem, which he calls &ldquo;a rather unusual Christmas poem.&rdquo;</p> <p>The story told in <a href="">&ldquo;First Christmas in the village,&rdquo;</a> published in <em>The New Criterion</em>, is true, says Mason, and one that he had previously related in prose in his 2010 memoir, &ldquo;News from the Village.&rdquo; But Mason began to feel another rhythm for it while in England last Christmas, researching his wife's ancestors. &ldquo;Once I began to retell the story in verse, it took on another life, with new details &mdash; none of them made up &mdash; getting more emphasis.&rdquo;<br /><br />Mason acknowledges his debt to skeptical&nbsp;Christmas poems by Thomas Hardy and T. S. Eliot, &ldquo;and I know very well those poets were in my mind when I wrote this new version,&rdquo; he says. &ldquo;I wanted to emphasize the distance between the timeless ideal of Christmas &mdash; the love and peace so often lost in both Christian and commercial thinking &mdash; and the reality of an ordinary human life in time.&rdquo;</p> <p><em>The New Criterion</em> was founded in 1982 by art critic Hilton Kramer and pianist and music critic Samuel Lipman. It is a monthly review of the arts and intellectual life, known particularly for its poems and trenchant reviews.</p> Exhibit Examines Black Female Identities Fri, 16 Dec 2016 10:15:00 MST ]]> <p>An exhibit currently on display at Louisiana&rsquo;s Alexandria Museum of Art titled <a href="">&ldquo;Beyond Mammy, Jezebel, &amp; Sapphire: Reclaiming Images of Black Women&rdquo;</a> was co-curated by&nbsp;<strong>Jessica Hunter-Larsen &rsquo;90</strong>, Colorado College&rsquo;s director of academic engagement and curator of interdisciplinary arts, and includes essays by four Colorado College faculty members. The exhibit recently received rave reviews in a <em>Huffington Post</em> article titled <a href="ttp://">&ldquo;Black Women Artists Tackle the Dangerous Stereotypes That Have Never Defined Them.&rdquo;</a></p> <p>The exhibit, which will be on display at CC&rsquo;s InterDisciplinary Experimental Arts (IDEA) Space for almost eight weeks in the spring, beginning<em> </em>March 27 and running through May 16, seeks to deconstruct the limiting categorizations mainstream culture allows black women. The artists reveal the shoddy nature of the stereotypes in favor of challenging, poetic, and thorough visualizations of black culture ― the myth, the archetype, the self-portrait, and beyond.&nbsp;</p> <p>Colorado College faculty members who contributed essays are Heidi R. Lewis, assistant professor and associate director of Feminist and Gender Studies, author of &ldquo;Who Will Sing a Black Girl&rsquo;s Song? A Case for Black Feminist and Womanist Exhibit Engagement&rdquo;; Claire Oberon Garcia, professor of English and director of Race, Ethnicity and Migration Studies, author of &ldquo;African American Women Artists&rsquo; Magical Truths&rdquo;; and Kate Leonard, professor of art, and Jean Gumpper, lecturer in art, co-authors of &ldquo;Poetry of Process.&rdquo;<br /><br />&ldquo;This exhibition has presented a wonderful opportunity to share the work of a dynamic group of artists,&rdquo; says Hunter-Larsen. &ldquo;I am particularly thrilled by the accompanying publication, which features the contributions of an exciting group of scholars, artists, and writers. Together, the exhibition and publication provide multiple approaches to the issues surrounding representation.&rdquo;<br /><br />Notes the <em>Huffington Post</em> review, &ldquo;Despite the monolithic representations that appear so often in TV series, advertisements, films and the imaginations of those who digest them, artists have long worked to provide images that speak to the depth and sweet fallibility of all human beings ― black women included.&rdquo;<br /><br />The Schnitzer Foundation, home of the collection of prints from which the show was curated, is producing the exhibition catalogue, which will be available at the IDEA Space exhibition, says Hunter-Larsen.&nbsp;For a preview of the catalogue scholarship, Lewis&rsquo;s article, &ldquo;Who Will Sing a Black Girl&rsquo;s Song? A Case for Black Feminist and Womanist Exhibit Engagement,&rdquo; is published in <a href=""><em>The Feminist Wire</em></a><em>. </em></p> <p>The IDEA Space, located in the Edith Kinney Gaylord Cornerstone Arts&nbsp;Center, 825 N. Cascade Ave.,&nbsp;is open 1-6 p.m. Monday-Friday and 1-5 p.m. Saturdays; closed holidays and CC block breaks.</p> CC Professors Co-Author Article on ‘Imperial Privilege’ Mon, 24 Oct 2016 15:00:00 MDT <p>Colorado College faculty members Rashna Batliwala Singh and Peter Matthews Wright&nbsp;have co-authored an op-ed piece, titled <a href="">&ldquo;Imperial Privilege: On War and Violence Near and Far,&rdquo;</a>&nbsp;in Common Dreams. In the article, Singh, visiting professor of English and Race, Ethnicity, and Migration Studies, and Wright, chair of the Religion Department and associate professor of religion, write that <span>&ldquo;the ability of the American electorate to shrug off the plight of those who suffer as the direct result of U.S. foreign policy is so pervasive that it deserves a name. We call it &lsquo;imperial privilege.&rsquo;&rdquo;</span></p> <p>Part of that privilege is the luxury of tuning out images of violent conflict, they say. &ldquo;Whether by turning off the TV and heading to the mall, the movies, or for a hike in the great outdoors, Americans may turn off war with a click. People in countries such as Yemen where U.S. armament sales fuel the devastation of war do not enjoy that option,&rdquo; they write.</p> <p>Singh and Wright contend that &ldquo;imperial privilege has distorted the political conversation in the United States by allowing some questions of conscience to be heard while silencing others.&rdquo;</p> Anne Basting ’87 Named MacArthur Fellow Thu, 22 Sep 2016 11:45:00 MDT ]]> <p><strong>Anne Basting &rsquo;87</strong>, who graduated <em>cum laude</em> from Colorado College with a degree in English, has been named a 2016 MacArthur Fellow. She is the second Colorado College graduate in two years to receive the esteemed MacArthur Foundation&rsquo;s highest honor, also known as the &ldquo;genius grant."</p> <p>Basting, a professor of theatre in the Peck School of the Arts at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, focuses on community-engaged performance. As a theatre artist and educator, Basting&rsquo;s work emphasizes the power of storytelling, artistic performance, and interactive creative experiences to build vital human connection among seniors suffering from dementia and cognitive impairment. She was recently <a href="">interviewed on NPR </a>by Kelly McEvers.</p> <p>In naming Basting an award recipient, the MacArthur Foundation notes that &ldquo;the overarching goal of Basting&rsquo;s work is to change the way we think about aging. Her improvisational, community-centered theatre pieces demonstrate that the strength of creativity remains regardless of age or cognitive status and can improve the lives of the elderly, their families, and caregivers.</p> <p>&ldquo;Across a variety of formats and platforms &mdash; theater, memoir, narrative, collaborative public performance, and academic research &mdash; Basting has developed an alternative concept of aging, one that focuses on its possibilities as well as its challenges and views sustained emotional connections as critical to our well-being as we age,&rdquo; notes the MacArthur Foundation.</p> <p>Basting is one of 23 fellows who will receive a $625,000 no-strings-attached grant in recognition of their exceptional creativity and potential for future contributions to their fields.</p> <p>Basting&rsquo;s breakthrough project, &ldquo;TimeSlips,&rdquo; is an improvisational storytelling method in which older adults with cognitive impairment imagine stories and poems in response to inspiring cues. Basting used a collection of poems by the residents of Luther Manor Home in Wisconsin to create and stage a theatre piece with the residents in 2000. She then refined and transformed &ldquo;TimeSlips&rdquo; into a formal therapy protocol guided by her fundamental insight that the creation of new stories can be an enriching substitute for lost memories. She has since created several theatre pieces with elder collaborators around specific themes or community issues. The most ambitious of these, "The Penelope Project," grew out of a series of writing, visual arts, and music and movement exercises that imagines the life of Penelope as she awaits the return of Odysseus in Homer&rsquo;s tale. Other projects have encouraged community engagement, promoted intergenerational interactions, and raised awareness around elder safety.</p> <p>Basting&rsquo;s perspective on aging and the power of stories is changing the perceptions of caregivers, family members, and policy makers around the artistic and creative capabilities of older adults, regardless of age or cognitive status. Her nonprofit, <a href="">TimeSlips Creative Storytelling</a>, offers online and in-person training programs and has helped long-term care facilities and caregivers around the world implement the program.</p> <p>In addition to receiving a B.A. from Colorado College, Basting holds an M.A. from the University of Wisconsin and a Ph.D. from the University of Minnesota.</p> <p>Basting joins <strong>John Novembre &rsquo;00</strong> as a Colorado College recipient of the MacArthur Foundation&rsquo;s genius award.</p> Professor Mason’s ‘Scarlet Letter’ Getting Rave Reviews Thu, 12 May 2016 18:15:00 MDT <p class="p1">The world premiere of the &ldquo;The Scarlet Letter,&rdquo; with libretto by Colorado College Professor of English <b>David Mason &rsquo;78</b> and<b> </b>music by composer Lori Laitman, has been garnering rave reviews.</p> <p class="p2"><span class="s1">The opera, based on Nathaniel Hawthorne&rsquo;s classic novel and performed by Opera Colorado, opened in Denver last weekend. The work has broad appeal and enduring themes. Set in 17th-century Puritan Boston, Massachusetts, &ldquo;The Scarlet Letter&rdquo; explores moral injustice and religious intolerance. So compelling is the work that the sufferings and indignities Hawthorne forces upon his heroine, Hester Prynne, remain hurtful even today. Mason, the former Colorado Poet laureate, says Prynne is one of the great feminist characters in all of literature &mdash; full of dignity and courage. The story remains relevant, he says, even though it depicts an era hundreds of years old.</span></p> <p class="p2"><span class="s1">&ldquo;We are still in a time when we need to see figures like that,&rdquo; Mason says. &ldquo;And we need to understand what it is that confronts them and oppresses them in our culture. We&rsquo;re not as far removed from Puritanism as we might want to be.&rdquo;<br /> <br /> <a href=""><span class="s2">The (Boulder) Daily Camera</span></a> calls the opera &ldquo;all-around superb,&rdquo; saying &ldquo;Mason's adaptation of Nathaniel Hawthorne&rsquo;s revered but famously dense novel is astoundingly brilliant, maintaining the compelling narrative of the original but adding a layer of poetic beauty that might have made the Transcendentalist author envious.&rdquo;</span></p> <p class="p3"><span class="s3"><a href="">The Denver Post</a></span><span class="s1"> notes that Mason &ldquo;deconstructs Hawthorne&rsquo;s thick prose with his own sure hand. He breaks the story into six sections, starting with Hester&rsquo;s condemnation on the public scaffold and ending with Dimmedale&rsquo;s demise on the same spot.&rdquo;</span></p> <p class="p3"><span class="s1">In writing the libretto, Mason says &ldquo;My goal was to be as true to Hawthorne as I could, but with a much simpler, lyrical poetic rendition that would be comprehensible for a modern audience. I worked hard to find language that would convey the emotional material of the scene without being as dense and overwrought as Hawthorne&rsquo;s prose.&rdquo;</span></p> <p class="p2"><span class="s1">The story also was carried by <a href=""><span class="s2">PBS NewsHour,</span></a> and features a Colorado Public Radio interview with Mason.</span></p> <p class="p3"><span class="s1">The opera is playing at the Ellie Caulkins Opera House at the Denver Performing Arts Complex, 1385 Curtis St., Denver, with two performances remaining, 7:30 p.m. Friday, May 13, and 2 p.m. Sunday, May 15. Tickets begin at $20.</span></p> Jane Hilberry, Jessy Randall Host Book Launch Party Tue, 12 Apr 2016 13:00:00 MDT ]]> <p>Two well-known Colorado College poets, Jane Hilberry, professor of English, and Jessy Randall, curator of special collections at Tutt Library, will hold a book launch to celebrate the publication of their books at 7 p.m., Saturday, April 30, in the Screening Room at the Cornerstone Arts Center, 825 N. Cascade Ave.</p> <p>Their most recent works, Hilberry&rsquo;s &ldquo;Still the Animals Enter&rdquo; and Randall&rsquo;s &ldquo;Suicide Hotline Hold Music,&rdquo; were released a day apart this week by the same publisher, Red Hen Press. Additionally, both had videos made featuring their poems: <a href="">Hilberry&rsquo;s poem &ldquo;All A&rsquo;s&rdquo;</a> is produced by filmmaker, poet, and CC alumna <strong>Cynthia Lowen &rsquo;01,</strong> and Randall&rsquo;s <a href="">&ldquo;Superhero Pregnant Woman&rdquo;</a> by a group of high-school students in&nbsp;Elk River, Minnesota. They plan to show the videos (or &ldquo;motionpoems,&rdquo; as they are sometimes called) at the launch party.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> Hilberry and Randall are traveling the country giving readings, together and separately. They have read in New York City (together on March 15) and will be giving additional readings in Ann Arbor, Detroit, Boulder (together on Thursday) University of Colorado&mdash;Colorado Springs&rsquo; Heller Center (together on April 28) Washington, D.C., Los Angeles (together on August 23), and Ridgway, Colorado.</p> <p>In &ldquo;Still the Animals Enter,&rdquo; Hilberry does not shy away from the difficult; rather, she looks into loneliness, a friend&rsquo;s suicide, the death of a parent. Her poems have been called &ldquo;earth-rich, lush, and vibrant,&rdquo; and in her poems, Hilberry &mdash; by way of her speakers &mdash; wrestles with inheritance, prudence, fear, desire.&nbsp; &ldquo;These are songs of a long skirmish, songs of a hard-won innocence steeped in experience.&nbsp; The vision within is both wise and generous,&rdquo; says poet Kate Northrop, who has presented her work at CC as part of the Visiting Writer&rsquo;s Series.<br /> <br /> Other books by Hilberry include &ldquo;Body Painting,&rdquo; which won the 2006 Colorado Book Award for poetry, &ldquo;This Awkward Art: Poems by a Father and Daughter,&rdquo; and &ldquo;The Burden of Beholder:&nbsp; Dave Armstrong and the Art of Collage,&rdquo; which she edited.&nbsp;</p> <p>Randall&rsquo;s &ldquo;Suicide Hotline Hold Music&rdquo; is a collection of poems, mostly short ones, and poetry comics (&ldquo;poorly-drawn, mostly-text, sometimes-funny, things,&rdquo; says Randall). Scott Poole, the house poet for Public Radio International&rsquo;s &ldquo;Live Wire!&rdquo; says &ldquo;Funny, playful, and vibrating magic from the quotidian, these poems and comics, if they don&rsquo;t solve all universal riddles for you, will reintroduce wonder to your heart.&rdquo;&nbsp;</p> <p>Randall&rsquo;s other books include &ldquo;A Day in Boyland,&rdquo; which was a 2008 finalist for the Colorado Book Award, &ldquo;Injecting Dreams into Cows,&rdquo; and &ldquo;There Was an Old Woman.&rdquo;</p>