Lawrence University’s sustainable garden was featured recently in an episode of The Wisconsin Gardner on Wisconsin Public Television. Watch as Professor of Environmental Studies Jeff Clark shares the history of SLUG.
Lawrence alumni working in the entertainment industry visited campus Saturday to share their advice on pursuing careers in Hollywood. Alumni panelists working as actors, writers, directors, producers, and agents said Lawrence’s liberal arts education provides a solid foundation for successful careers in business – even “show business.” Read more.
Lawrence alumnus Christopher W. Murray ’75, was nominated yesterday by President Obama to serve as Ambassador to the Republic of the Congo, a position in the U.S. Department of State.
In announcing Murray’s and other nominations, Obama said, “It gives me great confidence that such dedicated and capable individuals have agreed to join my administration and serve the American people. I look forward to working with them in the coming months and years.”
Murray is a career member of the Senior Foreign Service. He currently serves as Deputy Chief of Mission at the U.S. Mission to the European Union in Brussels. He previously served as Deputy Chief of Mission at the U.S. Embassies in Lebanon and in Algeria. His other overseas assignments include Syria, a prior posting in Brussels, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, and Jamaica. At the State Department in Washington he has served in the Bureaus of Nonproliferation, European Affairs, International Organizations, and African Affairs. Murray received a B.A in Government from Lawrence University and a J.D. from Cornell Law School.n the U.S. Department of State.
“Company Retreat,” a film written and directed by Campbell Scott ’83 will be shown twice this week at the Warch Campus Center, with Scott taking questions from the audience after both screenings.
The film follows the development of a fictional game show which places white-collar workers on teams opposite their company’s blue-collar workers. The zany characters clash as the stakes rise in the isolation of New York’s Adirondack mountains.
“It’s ostensibly a mockumentary in the Christopher Guest vein about a reality TV show doomed from its inception. It’s about what happens to a bunch of people when they end up in the mountains with nothing to do,” Scott said.
Scott has had a long and successful career, starring in such movies as “Longtime Companion,” “Roger Dodger,” “Music and Lyrics” and “The Secret Lives of Dentists.” His directorial efforts include the movies “Big Night,” “Off the Map” and “Company Retreat.” Scott’s most recent acting performances include recurring roles on the television shows Damages and Royal Pains.
“Company Retreat” will be shown at the Warch Campus Center Cinema at 7:15 p.m. Friday, May 21 and at 1:30 p.m. Saturday, May 22. Audience members are invited to stay after the film for a brief question and answer session with Scott.
Scott will also be participating in the Lawrence Scholars in Business Entertainment Industry Summit May 22 from 4-6 p.m., where alumni will be discussing careers in entertainment with Lawrence students. Click here for more information about the summit.
The beautiful new Lawrence Riverwalk opened today, May 14, 2010. The quarter-mile-long trail is the innovative idea of 12 Lawrence students who participated in an environmental studies symposium with Associate Professor of Geology Andrew Knudsen.
The two-level trail loop, located just east of S. Lawe St. between the Warch Campus Center and the Fox River, features a crushed stone surface on its upper tract (designed to be bicycle and wheelchair accessible) and a natural wood-chip surface on the lower trail next to the riverbank.
The trail includes interpretive signs composed by Lawrence students on three subjects: the historic relationship between Lawrence and the Fox River; the early people who lived in the area; and the geological history of the Fox River. Professors Peter Peregrine, Carol and Ron Mason, Jeff Clark and Monica Rico in the anthropology, geology and history departments, respectively, assisted the students in developing the signs.
Highlighting the trail are two African sculptures created from serpentine stone by members of the Shona tribe of Zimbabwe. The two art works were part of a gift from Milwaukee art gallery owner David Barnett and his wife, Susan, a 1981 Lawrence graduate.
The trail also includes several large limestone benches for repose and reflection.
Crossing Lawe Street, the trail continues past the Sustainable Lawrence University Garden, visitors will notice several improvements including gated entrances to the garden, a new garden shed and arbor, and improved landscaping. Progress on the Gilboy Council Ring continues. A gift from Steven ’62 and Joan Gilboy P’90, it features a fire pit surrounded by a stone floor and limestone benches. When completed, the Gilboy Council Ring will add a picturesque meeting place to the Lawrence campus.
The Riverwalk adds a new dimension to the Lawrence campus. The proximity to the river and the restful quality of the trail, benches and art are welcome amenities to be enjoyed by members of the Lawrence and Fox Valley communities for years to come.
With subjects ranging from capitalism in contemporary China, to red-haired women featured in the paintings of Dante Gabriel Rossetti, to building a better oarsman, the Harrison Symposium recognizes the outstanding research done by Lawrence students in the humanities and social sciences. The 13th annual Harrison symposium will be held Saturday, May 15, 2010, in Lawrence University’s Main Hall. Presenters are nominated by faculty and invited to submit abstracts of their research papers. Based on the abstracts, students are selected to present their work at the symposium in the format used for professional meetings of scholars in the humanities and social sciences.
8:45 Light Refreshments – Strange Commons in Main Hall
9:00 Welcome by Provost and Dean of the Faculty, David Burrows
Session One: Panel A, Main Hall 201
Moderator: Professor Barrett
9:15 Kelsey Platt: “Space for the Individual”
9:45 Melody Moberg: “Radically Subversive Domesticity: The True Implications of Rachel Halliday’s Kitchen”
10:15 Alicia Bones: “Aunt Jemima and Aunt Chloe: Moving Within and Outside of the Mammy Myth”
Session One: Panel B, Main Hall 211
Moderator: Professor Tsomu
9:15 Lindsey Ahlen: “The Impact of Local Media on West African Political Systems and Figures”
9:45 Carolyn Schultz: “Managing Crises: The Arab-Israeli Conflict from the Perspectives of the Johnson and Nixon Administrations”
10:15 Jihyun Shin: “Capitalism in Contemporary China”
Session One: Panel C, Main Hall 216
Moderator: Professor Carlson
9:15 Marie Straquadine: “Objects of Desire: Women with Red Hair in Rossetti’s Paintings”
9:45 Sarah Young: “Shamanism or “Stubborn Rationality”: Joseph Beuys and the Dilemma of Post-War German Masculinity”
10:15 Dani Simandl: “Girls Gone Wild, String Instrument-Style: Performing Instrumental Music for a Popular Culture”
Session One: Panel D, Main Hall 401
Moderator: Professor Frederick
9:15 Elizabeth Nerland: “No Middle Ground: The Rise and Fall of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee”
9:45 Caitlin Williamson: “Ojibwe and Canis lupus: cultural, historical, and political influences on contemporary wolf management in the Great Lakes region”
10:15 Gustavo Guimaraes: “Latin American Ethnicity; Not So “Black and White”
Session One: Panel E, Main Hall 404
Moderator: Professor Williams
9:15 Nicholas Miller: “Building a Better Oarsman: Conceptual Integration and Motor Learning in Rowing Instruction”
9:45 Madeline Herdeman: “Cognitive Models and the Partisan Divide: A Study of the Debate over Health Care Reform”
10:15 Alex Macartney: “A Democratic Purge?: The United States and the Denazification of Austria, 1945 – 1950”
Session Two: Panel A, Main Hall 201
Moderator: Professor Thomas
11:00 Nicolas Watt: “Ethics in Dostoevsky: A Narrative Analysis of The Idiot”
11:30 John Bettridge: “Tabari, Ghazali and Qutb: The Development of Modern Qur’anic Exegesis”
12:00 Christopher McGeorge: “Subverting Morality: Idealization in Victorian Art and Literature” ~ 2009 Harrison Award Winner
Session Two: Panel B, Main Hall 211
Moderator: Professor Vilches
11:00 Jennifer Gabriele: “Federico García Lorca: La obra escrita y plástica de Poeta en Nueva York y la autorrepresentación polifacética”
11:30 Elizabeth Hoffman: “La maternidad, el espacio público y feminismo: Las Madres de Plaza de Mayo”
12:00 Matthew Ingram: “La Construcción del Género: La Lucha Lingüística entre la Biología y la Identidad Social”
Session Two: Panel C, Main Hall 216
Moderator: Professor Jenike
11:00 Rebecca Hayes: “Misconstruing Misogyny: Reworking the Witchcraft Trials of Early Modern Europe Beyond the Limits of Second Wave Feminism”
11:30 Harjinder Bedi: “Social Poetry of Adzogbo: Context and Meaning of a West African War Dance”
12:00 Michael Korcek: “Drag Kinging in Amsterdam: Queer identity politics, subcultural spaces, and transformative potentials”
Session Two: Panel D, Main Hall 401
Moderator: Professor Rico
11:00 Katie Van Marter-Sanders: “The Various Reinterpretations of the Sultana Tragedy”
11:30 Jennifer Roesch: “The Hindenburg: A Disaster Waiting to Happen”
12:00 Kaye Herranen: “Artists’ Responses to the Firebombing of Dresden”
We are sad to share the heartbreaking news that Ryan Broderick ’11, a student on leave from Lawrence University this term, was killed in a hiking accident Friday, April 30, 2010, three days before his 21st birthday. The Mariposa County Sheriff’s Department says Ryan was with five friends who had climbed up the slope called Briceburg Grade, near Yosemite National Park. He slipped on the surface and fell down the cliff. He was pronounced dead at the scene.
“The Lawrence community is deeply saddened by Ryan’s death, and our prayers and thoughts of sympathy go out to his family and friends,” said Lawrence University President Jill Beck.
Ryan came to Lawrence in 2007 after graduating from El Segundo High School in El Segundo, California. He was a member of the Lawrence University Writer’s Club, the Philosophy Club and PAWs (People for Animal Welfare). Ryan traveled many places and touched many lives. He was known for his open-hearted spirit, enthusiastic zest for life and generous nature. His contagious smile and bright eyes will always be in our hearts.
Ryan was born May 3, 1989 in Santa Monica, California. He is survived by his loving parents, Chris and Lisa Broderick, El Segundo, California; and his sisters, Cathy and Nikki. The funeral service will be Saturday afternoon at El Segundo United Methodist Church. To honor Ryan’s memory, the family asks that any donations be made to Ryan’s Place, c/o Three Springs Community, 59810 Road 225, North Fork, CA 93643, or Food Not Bombs, Donation LA, 2140 E. 7th Pl., Los Angeles, CA 90021. You are invited to sign the guestbook.
Lawrence University received one of the state’s most coveted construction honors last night (April 21, 2010) when The Daily Reporter and Wisconsin Builder magazine named the Warch Campus Center “Best of Show” at the magazine’s annual Top Projects awards ceremony in Pewaukee. One of 31 construction projects in the state selected to compete for the award, Wisconsin Builder’s highest honor was a closely guarded secret until it was announced.
Joining Lawrence’s Lynn Hagee for the “Best of Show” recognition were representatives from The Boldt Co., the Appleton-based general contractor for the campus center, and Uihlein/Wilson Architects Inc., Milwaukee, one of the architectural firms working on the project.
A panel of independent judges were asked to consider the challenges the project overcame during construction, the benefit the project had on the community and any advancement it provided to the state’s commercial construction industry. The project’s team members were praised for constructing a stunning building on a challenging site. Built into a bluff over the Fox River, the judges said the Warch Campus Center presented “every challenge regarding earth-retention, limited space and support systems.”
Here’s video from the Top Projects Awards.
Ten-time Grammy winner Bobby McFerrin joins the Lawrence University Jazz Ensemble, Studio Orchestra and Hybrid Ensemble at 8 p.m., February 19, for the sold-out U.S. premiere of “Migrations: One World, Many Musics.”
Composed by Lawrence’s own Fred Sturm, Kimberly Clark Professor of Music and director of jazz studies, “Migrations” was commissioned in 2007 by McFerrin and the NDR Big Band in Hamburg, Germany. The work is a “musical plea for world unity” that illustrates both the distinct and shared characteristics of indigenous music from 18 countries on six continents.
Collaborating with a former Lawrence student, Brian Pertl ’86, an ethnomusicologist and, at the time, the manager of Microsoft’s Media Acquisitions Group, Sturm researched more than 2,000 recordings from around the globe. Sturm transcribed, arranged, orchestrated and “recomposed” about two-dozen indigenous recordings to create the magical two-hour concert showcasing McFerrin.
“The music we selected for ‘Migrations’ is centuries old,” Sturm said. “It’s pure, innocent, beautiful and powerful. Though the character and styles are as varied as the world’s people who created this music, there is a prevalent common linkage between the selections. Bobby’s improvisations and interpretations of the material I’ve scored are intended to illustrate the musical unity of the world’s people.”
With a four-octave vocal range and a wide array of vocal techniques, McFerrin is one of the natural wonders of the world. Famous for his 1989 hit “Don’t Worry, Be Happy,” he is an ardent spokesman for music education. His collaborations with other artists such as Yo-Yo Ma, Chick Corea, and Herbie Hancock have established him as an ambassador of both the jazz and classical music worlds.
The concert will also feature Pertl, now the dean of the Lawrence University Conservatory of Music, playing the didjeridu and jaw harp, and Dane Richeson, professor of music at Lawrence, on drums and percussion.
Sturm will host a pre-concert lecture at 7 p.m. in Stansbury Theatre, Music Drama Center, 420 E. College Ave, west of Lawrence Memorial Chapel. The concert is sold out, however, the public is invited to enter a contest to win one of 10 pairs of tickets for this special performance beginning Wednesday, February 10.