Dr. Jeffrey Diamond (NIH) will give a research seminar titled “Specialized synapses shape visual signals in the retina.” He will discuss how his laboratory uses the retina as a model system to understand how the brain receives, computes, encodes, and transmits information, and how synapses and neurons perform specific computations relevant to visual processing. Free and open to the public.
Come on the new arboretum tour which now highlights important avian habitat areas.
Born in Frederick, Maryland, Brea Souders studied art at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, and currently lives and works in New York City. Souders’ chosen subject matter includes personal effects and specific props that she arranges in pictorial space as a visual analogy for that which is described in her titles. Her works function as experiments—a physical acting out of an abstract concept or layered subject, they balance between the literal and the figurative. Souders often employs a particular palette and light-hearted tone that belies her consideration of weighty and essential topics. Despite Souders’ preference for control over the creation of her images, her intuition is to always honor chance and the unknowable. She says of her work, “Illumination isn’t guaranteed”. Everyone is invited to bring their lunch with them for this mid-day event.
Sponsored by the Artist House Program
Happy Birthday, St. Mary’s!
Help celebrate the 175th anniversary of this institution and the official kick-off of the dodransbicentennial.
Remarks and cake cutting by President Tuajuanda C. Jordan at 12:15 pm.
The Center for the Study of Democracy welcomes back its 2014-15 Visiting Scholar, Azie Dungey. Her lecture topic is “Laugh Until You Cry: Comedy, Satire and Historical Trauma.”
Originally a tour guide at Mt. Vernon, Ms. Dungey gained popularity through her viral YouTube series, “Ask a Slave.” Currently a writer for the new Netflix series “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt,” Ms. Dungey will give the Chaney Visiting Scholar Lecture, followed by a Q&A session.
Arthur and Alice Fleury Zamanakos Noon Concert Series
Brian Ganz continues his popular series of concerts exploring little known works of the Romantic composer alongside familiar and beloved works. On this recital he will play well-known Ballades, Preludes and Etudes along with rarely heard works such as the brief but lovely Cantabile in B-flat major and the almost unknown Fugue in A minor. Free and open to the public.
The Center for the Study of Democracy is pleased to present the return of its 2014-15 Visiting Scholar, Azie Dungey. Ms. Dungey is currently a writer for the new Netflix series “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt,” created by Tina Fey. She will screen the pilot episode and answer questions. Light refreshments provided.
Come and hear the select vocal ensemble PING perform the music of Clausen, Rachmaninoff, Pergolesi, and SMCM alum Scott Humberg’s setting of Lucille Clifton’s “blessing the boats” in the intimate setting of the Boyden Gallery. PING directed by Larry Vote.
Dr. Jeremy Young, SMCM class of ’06, will present a public lecture on his forthcoming book, The Age of Charisma: Leaders, Followers, and Emotions in American Society, 1870-1940.