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In Focus: 2/5/2010

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ELLSWORTH PETERSON RECEIVES SOUTHWESTERN’S 2010 ‘COLLEGE TOWN’ AWARD

Retired music professor Ellsworth Peterson received the fifth annual Martha Diaz Hurtado College Town Award during the Georgetown Chamber of Commerce banquet Jan. 29.

Southwestern created the award in 2006 to recognize citizens, organizations or businesses whose exemplary efforts have enhanced the “college town” environment for students, faculty and staff at Southwestern.

Peterson grew up in Georgetown, attended Southwestern University, and returned to the university in 1965 to teach music after receiving a master’s degree and Ph.D. from Harvard. He held the Margarett Root Brown Chair in Fine Arts from 1965 until his retirement from full-time teaching in 2002.

After retiring from Southwestern, Peterson started the Georgetown Festival of the Arts as a way to give something back to his hometown. He also wanted to do something to bring people from Southwestern, Sun City, the Georgetown Independent School district and downtown together. The festival is now in its sixth year, and draws musicians and music scholars from around the world to Georgetown for a week of lectures and performances focusing on the work of one composer.

“Ellsworth Peterson has had an enormous impact on Georgetown and on Southwestern University,” said Southwestern President Jake B. Schrum. “He inspired generations of Southwestern students as the Brown Chair holder in musicology, and his latest vision, the Georgetown Festival of the Arts, has taken the role of the arts in Georgetown to a new and unprecedented level. No one is more deserving of this award.”

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STUDENTS RAISE MONEY TO SUPPORT EARTHQUAKE VICTIMS IN HAITI

Thirteen different student organizations at Southwestern are teaming up to raise funds for victims of the earthquake in Haiti and to help others learn more about the poverty-stricken Caribbean island.

The effort was started by members of Alpha Phi Omega (APO) and Rotaract. The groups have called their initiative “Project Haiti.”

“Usually, I feel like I cannot contribute when something horrific like this happens,” said Rotaract President Alexis Kropf. “However, as a part of a close knit service organization, I knew we could play a role in helping those in dire need.”

Other organizations participating in the project include the Student Peace Alliance, Circle K International, Student Congress, Student Foundation, SEAK, Office of Civic Engagement, Pan-Asia, Model UN, Sigma Phi Lambda, Omicron Delta Kappa and Feminist Voices. 

One of Project Haiti’s main goals is to raise funds for Partners In Health, a Boston-based organization that has been providing medical care in Haiti for more than 20 years. They chose Partners in Health because of its history and current relationship with Haiti.

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HBO MOVIE FILMED AT SOUTHWESTERN TO AIR FEB. 6

The HBO movie on the life of Temple Grandin that was filmed at Southwestern in the fall of 2008 will premiere on Saturday, Feb. 6, at 8 p.m. Eastern Time. A viewing party on campus will be held in the Cove.

To see the trailer for the movie, go to     http://www.hbo.com/movies/temple-grandin

Events

FEB 11-12 BROWN SYMPOSIUM WILL FOCUS ON THE ART OF EMPIRES

The 32nd annual Brown Symposium will be held on Thursday, Feb. 11, and Friday, Feb. 12, in the Alma Thomas Theater. The symposium is titled “IMPERIVM: The Art of Empire in Rome and America” and has been organized by Thomas Howe, professor of art and art history and holder of the Herman Brown Chair. Guest speakers include Karl Galinsky from The University of Texas at Austin, Margaret Malamud from New Mexico State University, Edward Lucie-Smith from London, Alexander Stille from Columbia Universit and Edward Luttwak from the Center for Strategic and International Studies. 

The symposium also includes an art exhibition and a performance of early music by the group Organographia (see below). For a complete schedule of events or to register, go to www.southwestern.edu/brownxxxii. Read more about the symposium here.

FEB. 11 CONCERT FEATURES MUSIC OF THE ANCIENT GREEKS AND ROMANS

The Oregon-based Ensemble De Organographia will present a concert featuring music and instruments of the Ancient Greeks and Romans on Thursday, Feb. 11, at 8 p.m. in the
Alma Thomas Theater.

The concert will include demonstration of ancient instruments such as the trichordon, kithara, lyra, psithyra, krotala, syrinx monokalamos, salpinx, aulos, kroupezon and psithyra.

The concert is free and open to the public.

EXHIBIT ON ‘WHO OWNS CLASSICISM’ OPENS FEB. 11

An exhibit titled “Who Owns Classicism?” will open in the Fine Arts Gallery Feb. 11 and run through March 7.

The exhibit is curated by art history professor Thomas N. Howe and artist Edward Lucie-Smith as part of the The 2010 Brown Symposium at Southwestern University titled “IMPERIVM: The Art of Empire in Rome and America.” It features photographs by Lucie-Smith, as well as artwork by Santa Fe artist Francisco Benitez and Bosnian artist Mersad Berber. All three are attracted to classicism, but relate to the art of the Greco-Roman tradition in very different ways.

Lucie-Smith will give a gallery talk about the exhibit at 4 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 11, in the Fine Arts Gallery.

SONGS OF BILITIS TO BE PERFORMED FEB. 12

“Songs of Bilitis,” a historic recreation of music by Claude Debussy and poems by Pierre Louys, will be presented by members of the Southwestern music faculty and guest artists on Friday, Feb. 12, at 7 p.m. in the Alma Thomas Theater.

The production is based on a salon performance given in Paris in 1901 and includes a combination of recitation, chamber ensemble, mime and tableaux vivants (living paintings). Faculty performers include pianist Kiyoshi Tamagawa, mezzo-soprano Carol Kreuscher, harpist Delaine Fedson, flutist Adrienne Inglis and narrator Kathleen Juhl. Guest performers are pianist Anthony Tobin and flutist Magen Comley.

The performance is free for Southwestern students, faculty and staff. Members of the public may purchase tickets in advance by going to www.southwestern.edu/boxoffice or by calling the box office at 512-863-1378. General admission tickets are $12 for adults, $10 for seniors and $5 for students. For more information and artist bios, visit     http://www.southwestern.edu/sarofim/bilitis/

Media Coverage

Gilbert St. Clair, part-time professor of political science, was interviewed by the Williamson County Sun for an article about how fundraising translates into performance in state representative races.

The Williamson County Sun did an article on the presentation of Southwestern’s 2010 College Town award to Ellsworth Peterson and an article on the debut of the HBO movie that was filmed at Southwestern.

Notables

Richard Anderson, vice president for fiscal affairs, has been appointed by the Georgetown City Council to the Georgetown Transportation Enhancement Corporation (GTEC) Board.  GTEC is a non-profit corporation created to enhance funding for public transportation projects and maintenance.

David Asbury, assistant professor of music, performed a solo concert at the Kennedy Center Tuesday night. 

Ron Swain, who serves as senior advisor to Southwestern University President Jake B. Schrum, received the Owen W. Sherrill Lifetime Achievement Award from the Georgetown Chamber of Commerce Jan. 29. The award is presented to persons whose dedication to economic development over a number of years has significantly enhanced the creation of jobs and wealth in the community.