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National Endowment for the Humanities Professorship

NEH Lecture Series

Fall 2015 Schedule

STEPHANIE ELIZONDO GRIEST
Monday, Sept. 14, 7 p.m., Gaylord Hall
Performer and memoirist, author of “Around the Bloc: My Life in Moscow, Beijing, and Havana;” “Mexican Enough: My Life Between the Borderlines;” and the guidebook “100 Places Every Woman Should Go.”

MATTHEW MUGMON
Wednesday, Sept. 23, 7:30 p.m., Packard Hall.
Musicologist and University of Arizona professor lecturing on “Copland, Mahler, and the Hidden Ancestry of American Music.” How did the legacy of Gustav Mahler, a 19th-century Austrian composer, shape the music of Aaron Copland, who we know today as the creator of an unmistakably “American” sound that still resonates today?

DANA GIOIA: WORDS AND MUSIC
Concert of Gioia’s poems set by various composers:
Wednesday, Sept. 30, 7:30 p.m., Packard Hall
Poetry Reading: Thursday, Oct. 1, 7 p.m., Packard Hall
Poet, critic, librettist, and former chair of the National Endowment for the Arts, whose books include “Can Poetry Matter?” “Interrogations at Noon,” and “Pity the Beautiful.”

CHUCK D
Friday, Oct. 2, 7 p.m., Armstrong Hall Theater
Founder of Public Enemy, one of the most colossal figures in the history of hip-hop and one of its most respected intellectual presences. Chuck D discusses his career and how the primary concerns of America’s most controversial art form have changed over the years.

WILLIAM LOGAN
Thursday, Oct. 8, 7 p.m., Gaylord Hall
Controversial critic and poet whose books include “Our Savage Art;” "Guilty Knowledge, Guilty Pleasure: The Dirty Art of Poetry;” “The Whispering Gallery;” and “Madame X.”

SUSAN GRACE AND STEVEN BECK WITH GUESTS ANDREW STEVENS AND SERGEI VASSILIEV
Tuesday, Oct. 13, 7:30 p.m., Packard Hall
Rare live performances of American composer Charles Ives' “Three Quarter-Tone Piano Pieces” and Hungarian Gyorgy Kurtag's “Életút Lebenslauf,” both for piano, quarter-tone piano, and the latter including basset horns. Followed by Danish composer Poul Ruders' “Cembal D'Amore” for piano and harpsichord. “The Journey (Tango de viaje)” by CC Professor Ofer Ben-Amots, written for the duo, along with works by Stefan Wolpe.

US CONDUCTORS: AN EVENING OF THEREMIN WITH SEAN MICHAELS, JEFF TREVIÑO, DORIT CHRYSLER
Monday, Nov. 2, 7 p.m., Cornerstone Mainspace
Novelist and critic Sean Michaels, founder of the influential music blog Said the Gramophone begins the night with a reading from his Giller Award-winning novel “Us Conductors.” Following the reading, Professor Jeffrey Treviño, newest member of the Colorado College Music Department, will lecture briefly on the technology behind the theremin as a preface to a concert featuring theremin virtuoso Dorit Chrysler.

DANIEL HANDLER (A.K.A. LEMONY SNICKET)
Thursday, Nov. 5, 7 p.m., Armstrong Hall Theater
Author of the novels “The Basic Eight,” “Why We Broke Up,” and “We Are Pirates.” As Lemony Snicket, Handler has written the best-selling series “A Series of Unfortunate Events” and “All the Wrong Questions,” which together have sold more than 60 million copies.

LORI EMERSON
Thursday, Nov. 19, 7 p.m., Gaylord Hall
“Theory and Practice of 'Doing' in the Media Archaeology Lab” Associate professor and director of the Media Archaeology Lab at UC Boulder, Emerson will discuss the subversive potential of humanities labs by focusing on the history and philosophy of the Media Archaeology Lab and the way the lab situates itself as a kind of non-hierarchical anarchive.

GUY VANDERHAEGHE
Tuesday, Dec. 1, 7 p.m., Gaylord Hall
Canadian storyteller and two-time Governor General’s Award winner, author of five novels, four collections of short stories, and two plays, including “The Last Crossing,” “The Englishman’s Boy,” and, most recently, “Daddy Lenin.”

PERCIVAL EVERETT
Thursday, Dec. 3, 7 p.m., Gates Common Room
Recipient of the Academy Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters and the Hurston/Wright Legacy Award and author of many works of fiction, including “Assumption;” “I Am Not Sidney Poitier;” “Erasure;” and “Glyph.”

About the N.E.H. Professorship

The NEH Distinguished Teaching Professor is a member of the Colorado College faculty who exhibits exemplary teaching and scholarship, as well as interest in developing interdisciplinary connections in the humanities.

Steven Hayward

Associate Professor of English Steven Hayward is the author of four books, including the Canadian National Bestseller “Don't Be Afraid” and, most recently, the acclaimed collection of short fiction, “To Dance the Beginning of the World”. He also is one of the hosts and co-executive producers of the KRCC radio program “Critical Karaoke”.