For Immediate Release – Wednesday, March 21, 2007

SUNY Geneseo Calendar of Events for Mar. 29 - Apr. 4

THURSDAY, MARCH 29:

LOCKHART GALLERY:  The Lockhart Gallery, located in the McClellan House, 26 Main St., Geneseo, presents "Girl Power: The Supremes as Cultural Icons."  Relive the '60s celebrating one of the most important and influential of American music groups, The Supremes.  This collection, amassed by SUNY Geneseo alum Tom Ingrassia '74 includes original photographs, records, record covers, films, trade ads, newspaper and magazine clippings and promotional material and follows The Supremes through their first attempts to "make it" as teen-agers to worldwide fame in just a few years. The gallery is open from noon-4 p.m. Mondays-Saturdays and noon-8 p.m. Thursdays. The exhibit runs through Friday, April 13, and is free and open to the public. For more about the exhibit, go to: http://www.geneseo.edu/news/nrap.php?pg=Supremes.Geneseo.html.

FILM SERIES:  The Alan Lutkus International Film Series will present the Spring 2007 Program: Celebrating the Strength of Women.  The third film, "Ballad of a Soldier," will be screened at 7 p.m. Thursday, March 29, in 204 Newton Hall and runs 89 minutes.  The film is a powerful and poetic examination of the Russian WWII experience from the point of view of Alyosha, a soldier fighting his way to get home, and the women who encounter him along the way.  In Russian with English subtitles. Discussant: Margaret Stolee (History).

CLUB REVUE:  The School of the Arts will present the Musical Theatre Club Revue at 8 p.m. Thursday, March 29, through Saturday, March 31, in the Alice Austin Theatre in Brodie Hall.  The revue is free and open to the public.

LEDERER GALLERY:  The School of the Arts and Bertha V.B. Lederer Gallery in Brodie Hall present "Up 'Till Now: A Senior Student Thesis Exhibition." SUNY Geneseo School of the Arts graduating studio majors present final bodies of work representing the sum and conceptual application of the skills and techniques learned during their years of undergraduate study at SUNY Geneseo.  The gallery is open from noon-4 p.m. Sundays–Wednesdays and 5-8 p.m. Thursdays-Saturdays.  The opening reception is from 5-7 p.m. Saturday, March 31.  The exhibit runs through Thursday, April 12.  The event is free and open to the public.

PHOTO EXHIBIT:  The SUNY Geneseo Chapter of Habitat for Humanity will display photographs portraying the devastating loss and reconstruction efforts in the wake of the 2005 Gulf Coast hurricanes in an exhibit on campus. "Operation Home Delivery: Habitat for Humanity Responds to the Gulf Coast Hurricanes" will be on display through April 1 in 213 Milne Library. Habitat for Humanity staff photographers captured the images beginning just days after Hurricane Katrina struck the coast. The series of photos show the initial destruction and the cleanup and rebuilding that is taking place in communities along the devastated area. "As other issues capture our attention, it is easy to forget that people affected by hurricanes Katrina and Rita are still struggling to recover," said Catherine Urban, president of the Geneseo chapter of Habitat. "This exhibit is a vivid and compelling reminder - not only of the terrible loss, but of the amazing resilience of those affected and the incredible work of Habitat for Humanity volunteers to rebuild." Immediately after Hurricane Katrina and then after Hurricane Rita, Habitat for Humanity's Operation Home Delivery program began putting plans in place to help low-income families in Louisiana, Mississippi, Texas and Alabama affected by the storms build homes as part of the region's long-term reconstruction. The Geneseo chapter is always looking for more members. Habitat for Humanity meets at 7 p.m. Thursday bi-monthly. For more information, visit http://www.geneseo.edu/~habitat/ or e-mail habitat@geneseo.edu.

FRIDAY, MARCH 30:

LOCKHART GALLERY:  (See Thursday, March 29).

QUARTET:  The Tremont String Quartet will perform at 8 p.m. in the Central Presbyterian Church, 31 Center St., Geneseo, NY.  Admission is free and open to the public.

CLUB REVUE: (See Thursday, March 29).

LEDERER GALLERY: (See Thursday, March 29).

PHOTO EXHIBIT:  (See Thursday, March 29).

LECTURE:  The Asian/Asian American Studies and Programming and the philosophy department will offer a series called "Sacred Words, Sacred Spaces," this spring. The next lecture will be at 9:30 a.m. this Friday, March 30, in 208 Brodie Hall. Charles Hiroshi Garrett, a professor at the University of Michigan, will deliver a lecture titled "Honolulu, America Loves You: Tin Pan Alley, Exoticism, and the Hawaiian Music Craze." The talk is free and open to the public and co-sponsored by the University at Buffalo's Asian studies program. The series will include guest speakers, field trips and dining out that will focus on Hinduism, Buddhism, Islam and Taoism. All lectures are free and open to the public. Students and faculty members who would like to help with carpooling, please contact Randy Barbara Kaplan, associate professor in the College's School of the Arts and coordinator of the Asian/Asian American Studies and Programming, at kaplanr@geneseo.edu.

JABALI ACROBATS:  Limelight & Accents will present Jabali Acrobats at 8 p.m. in Wadsworth Auditorium. Originating in Kenya, this group of artists/acrobats have wowed audiences with their contortions and balance.  They bring together a breathtaking combination of athleticism and art. With in-your-face excitement, the Jabali Acrobats deliver a motivational and high-energy performance accentuating youth and positive thinking. Tickets are $5 for students, $12 for faculty/staff/alumni and $15 for the general public. To purchase tickets, call the Student Association Ticket Office at (585) 245-5873 or (800) 525-2070 or visit www.geneseo.edu/~ticketoffice. The SUNY Geneseo Limelight & Accents Series is funded by mandatory Student Association fees and coordinated by the college's Activities Commission.

SPORTS:  Men's lacrosse vs. Clarkson at 2 p.m. on Lower Merritt Field. Free and open to the public.

CLUB REVUE: (See Thursday, March 29).

LEDERER GALLERY: (See Thursday, March 29).

PHOTO EXHIBIT:  (See Thursday, March 29).

SUNDAY, APRIL 1:

LOCKHART GALLERY:  (See Thursday, March 29).

LEDERER GALLERY: (See Thursday, March 29).

PHOTO EXHIBIT:  (See Thursday, March 29).

PIANO SERIES:  Friends of Music will present pianist Beverly Smoker at 3 p.m. in Wadsworth Auditorium. General admission is $8; tickets are $5 for members, seniors and students.  Tickets may be purchased at the door.

MONDAY, APRIL 2:

LOCKHART GALLERY:  (See Thursday, March 29).

LEDERER GALLERY: (See Thursday, March 29).

LECTURE: Maria Varela will speak at 7 p.m. in the MacVittie College Union Ballroom. Varela joined the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) in 1962 and worked with the organization in Alabama and Mississippi until 1967 when, responding to a request from the leadership of the Hispano land rights movement, she moved to New Mexico. Since then, she has organized rural communities in New Mexico and the Southwest to create sustainable enterprises to achieve economic and cultural self-determination. In 1990, she was awarded a MacArthur Fellowship for her work. Varela has been the subject of a Smithsonian article on conflicts between environmentalists and land-based people, was listed as 'Hero for Hard Times' by Mother Jones magazine and inducted into the "Bad Girl Hall of Fame" by Ms. magazine. Varela is an internationally recognized authority on rural economic development and has co-authored a text on environmentally sustainable rural development. Recently, she added writing and teaching at Colorado College to her primary work of community organizing.

TUESDAY, APRIL 3:

LOCKHART GALLERY:  (See Thursday, March 29).

LEDERER GALLERY: (See Thursday, March 29).

AIDS DOCUMENTARY:  Robert Bilheimer will screen his gripping documentary on HIV/AIDS, "A Closer Walk," at 5 p.m. April 3 in 202 Newton Hall. The original screening date was rescheduled because the College canceled classes due to severe winter weather. The film, recently re-released, follows the HIV/AIDS epidemic across the globe, from Uganda to Switzerland to New York City. In the film, Bilheimer shares stories from all walks of life: orphans, doctors, government officials, researchers and others. Following the screening, Bilheimer will field questions from the audience. The Geneseo Anthropological Association is organizing the event, which also is sponsored by the following departments: anthropology, biology, English, geography, psychology, sociology and the School of the Arts; the college's GOLD Program; the Student Association, the Academic Affairs Committee; and the Office of the Provost. Filmed on four continents over a period of three years, "A Closer Walk" depicts the harsh realities of global AIDS, and explores the intricate relationship between health, dignity and human rights. The film's rendering of the world through the prism of AIDS takes the viewer to locations in the United States, Ukraine, Uganda, South Africa, India and Haiti, and offers deeply personal stories of children, women and men around the world affected by the disease. Those caring or advocating for people living with AIDS are featured prominently in the film as well. For more about the film, go to: http://www.acloserwalk.org/about_the_film/view_the_trailer.php?size=3Dlarge or http://www.pbs.org/previews/closerwalk/.

DIVERSITY LECTURE: Troy Duster, Chancellor's Professor of Sociology at the University of California at Berkeley and Director of the Institute for the History of the Production of Knowledge and professor of sociology at New York University, will deliver the college's fourth annual President's Lecture on Diversity at 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 3, in the MacVittie College Union. The lecture is free and open to the public.

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 4:

LOCKHART GALLERY:  (See Thursday, March 29).

LEDERER GALLERY: (See Thursday, March 29).

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