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NASA scientist, award-winning poet among highlights of spring guests

Friday, January 11, 2013

MEDIA CONTACT: Hilary Dickinson at or 608-363-2849

Beloit College is gearing up to welcome an array of speakers and residency holders coming to campus this spring to conduct lectures, give readings and perform in concert. All events are free and open to the public.

Dr. John Grotzinger, lead scientist for the Mars Curiosity expedition

Friday, Feb. 1

Grotzinger will accept the Roy Chapman Andrews Distinguished Explorer Award at 4:30 p.m. in Eaton Chapel where he will also discuss his research and discoveries on the red planet.

Richard J. Bernstein, the Vera List Professor of Philosophy at The New School

Wednesday, Feb. 13

Bernstein, this year’s Selzer Visiting Philosopher, will give a lecture titled “The Pragmatic Turn,” at 7:30 p.m. in Moore Lounge, Pearsons Hall. Based on his 2010 book of the same name, it argues that many philosophical themes from the past 150 years are derived from classical American pragmatists.

Artist Rico Gatson

Wednesday, Feb. 20

The 2013 Ginsberg Family Artist-in-Residence will give a lecture at 8 p.m. in Richardson Auditorium, Morse-Ingersoll Hall. Gatson is an artist whose sculptures, videos and paintings serve as politically and racially charged commentary on the American landscape. His exhibitions have been displayed at the Santa Monica Museum and Studio Museum in Harlem, N.Y. , among others.

Poet Kevin Young

Friday, April 5

Young is the author of seven books of poetry, including Ardency: A Chronicle of the Amistad Rebels, the winner of an American Book Award, and Jelly Roll, a finalist for the National Book Award and the Los Angeles Times Book Prize and winner of the Paterson Poetry Prize. He will give the Lois and Willard Mackey Chair reading at 8 p.m. in Moore Lounge, Pearsons Hall.

Artist Paul Notzold and Amy Horst, John Michael Kohler Arts Center deputy programming director

Thursday, April 11

For the 7th Annual Duffy Colloquium, Notzold and Horst will present a lecture titled “From Point A to Point B – Powered by Public Art,” at 8 p.m. in Richardson Auditorium, Morse-Ingersoll Hall. The event is sponsored by the Beloit College Duffy Community Partnerships, the department of sociology, and the John Michael Kohler Arts Center.

Justice Diego García-Sayán from the Inter-American Court of Human Rights

Friday, April 12

This year’s Weissberg Chair in International Studies will give a lecture titled “Human Rights in Latin America: Transitional Justice and Rule of Law” at 8 p.m. in Eaton Chapel.

Musician Tony Scodwell

Saturday, April 27

Beloit native Tony Scodwell, a trumpeter, soloist and headliner of stage and studio, will perform a concert at 7:30 p.m. in Eaton Chapel called Tony Scodwell with Big Band. He is the 2013 Victor E. Ferrall, Jr. Endowed Artist-in-Residence.