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Art, gospel music, and dance: on campus this month

January 8, 2013

Though the spring 2013 semester is not officially underway, there are still a number of events already planned for the campus and greater Beloit community in January.

The remainder of the month sees a whole week of events honoring the memory and legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr.—readings, the annual convocation, a gospel music concert—as well as a reading by author Valerie Laken and the Chelonia dance showcase.

Below, you’ll find details about these artistic offerings.

Closing Panel Discussion on Looking Ahead
Friday, Jan. 18, 7p.m.

This closing panel discussion will give visitors an opportunity to address questions or raise conversational topics centering on the multiple themes of the show Looking Ahead: Portraits from the Mott-Walsh Collection. Themes include the integration of black portraiture into traditional portrait shows, the convergence of established artists (both black and white) within the art history cannon, and the history and future of the use of the black face and head in popular culture and fine art. Serving on the panel will be Marijuana Sawyer-Clardy, the director of the Future Teacher Program and coordinator of recruitment and retention for the College of Education and Professional Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater; Wanda Sloan, the H.R. diversity/staff development specialist at Blackhawk Technical College; and Beloit College Art and Art History Professor George Williams Jr. This event will take place in the courtyard of the Wright Museum of Art.

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Convocation
Monday, Jan. 21, 4 p.m.

Please join Beloit College for the annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Convocation held in Eaton Chapel. Speakers will include Beloit College President Scott Bierman, local community advocate Linda Fair, a selected Beloit College student, and others with music performed by the Beloit Community Ministers’ Fellowship Youth Choir. Following convocation, guests are invited to a reception in the courtyard of the Wright Museum of Art for the Looking Ahead: Portraits from the Mott-Walsh Collection. The exhibition was made possible by the new George S. Parker Exhibition Fund.

“Do You See What I’m Saying?” reading
Tuesday, Jan. 22, 4 p.m.
“Do You See What I’m Saying” is a play that recounts the history of the Fairbanks Flats, which formerly served as a segregated housing complex for Fairbanks Morse Engine’s African American workers. Associate Professor of Theatre Arts Amy Sarno has been working on the play in collaboration with the Shore Drive/Maple Avenue Neighborhood Association, Beloit College students, and Darren Kelly. The first act of “Do You See What I’m Saying” will be held in the courtyard of the Wright Museum of Art.

“Martin Luther King, Jr. and the ‘N’ Word” by Dr. Eddie Moore
Tuesday, Jan. 22, 8 p.m.Dr. Eddie Moore, Jr., founder of The White Privilege Conference, will give a lecture titled “Martin Luther King, Jr. and the ‘N word” in Moore Lounge of Pearsons Hall.


“Lessons & ‘Letters from a Birmingham Jail’” poetry and spoken word special event
Wednesday, Jan. 23, 8 p.m.

The Office of Intercultural Affairs will present “Lessons & ‘Letters from a Birmingham Jail’,” a student-produced poetry/spoken word event featuring the “Soulshakers,” the Beloit Poetry Club, and a special performance by Beloit College sophomore Calago Hipps as Dr. King. The event is scheduled for 8 p.m. in Moore Lounge of Pearsons Hall.

Gospel  Music Concert
Thursday, Jan. 24, 7 p.m.
A gospel music concert featuring local faith community choirs including the New Royal Travelers and the Christian Jubilees taking place in Eaton Chapel.

Reading by author Valerie Laken
Wednesday, Jan. 30, 7 p.m.

Rockford, Ill., native Valerie Laken will be reading segments from her first novel, Dream House, and her short story collection, Separate Kingdoms. Both pieces of work revolve around modern socio-economic issues. Laken’s work has appeared in many publications including the Chicago Tribune, Michigan Quarterly Review, and the Antioch Review. She currently teaches creative writing at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. The reading will take place in the courtyard of the Wright Museum of Art.  

Chelonia Dance Concert
Thursday, Jan. 31-Saturday Feb. 2, 8 p.m.
Sunday, Feb. 3, 2 p.m.

After months of rehearsing, a December dance performance, and extensive preparation, student choreographers and dancers will showcase their work alongside faculty and guest choreographers in this annual spring dance exhibition held in Neese Theatre. Tickets are $4 for students, $5 for senior citizens, and $8.50 for general admission.