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Calendar of Events

Written by Barbara Geehan

The following events and lectures at St. Mary's College of Maryland are open to the public and, unless marked with a "$," are free. Please check for up-to-date changes.

Through Oct. 4 - Exhibit
Across the Ages: An Alumni Art Exhibit features the work of 24 artists who have attended St. Mary's between 1972 and 2006. Art spans multiple media, including glass, photos, ceramics, jewelry, and paintings. Boyden Gallery in Montgomery Hall. M-F 11 am to 5 p.m. Wed: 11 a.m. 7 p.m.


Sept. 30 – Lecture Mario Livio, a senior astrophysicist with the Hubble Space Telescope Science Institute in Baltimore, will speak from his book Is God a Mathematician, which wonders if math was invented by humans or is part of the fabric of nature to only be discovered by humans. Part of Natural Science and Math Colloquium. Schaefer Hall, 4:40 p.m

petsOctober 1 – Lecture Katherine C. Grier, professor of history at the University of Delaware, has spent her career studying the history of pets in America. Sponsored by the Museum Studies Program, Grier will talk about “At Home with Animals: The History of Pets and Why It Matters.” Auerbach Auditorium of St. Mary’s Hall, 4:30 p.m.

October 2-4 - SMCM Family Weekend
Hawktober Festival includes a golf tournament Friday at Cedar Point Golf Course, the annual Petruccelli 5K Run/Walk Saturday to support the SafeRide program and alumni scholarship, and sports competitions, live music and vendors. Pre-register for the golf tournament and 5K.

October 2 - Reeves Lecture
Jeffrey Hammond, English professor and the George B. and Willma Reeves Endowed Chair, and regular River Gazette columnist, goes back to his childhood for the topic of the annual Reeves Lecture as he muses about "Toy Story: The Themed PlaySet in Post-War America." During the economic boom and patriotic fervor that marked the 1950s, the quintessential boys' toy was the themed playsets, including the Roy Rogers Ranch, Fort Apache, and various World War II battleground sets. What lessons did they instill? And why did so many of these lessons need to be unlearned? Cole Cinema in Campus Center, 8 p.m.

Magnasco and CardinaleOctober 3 – Concert
As part of the Guest Artist & Faculty Recital Series, pianist Alessandro Magnasco and violinist Andrea Cardinale, of Portofino, Italy, have performed together extensively in the United States and Europe. Auerbach Auditorium of St. Mary’s Hall, 8 p.m.

October 5 - Lecture
Neuroscience Seminar, "Excitatory Synapses Get the Blues: Dysregulation of Serotonin Signaling in Depression," given by Scott Thompson, University of Maryland School of Medicine. Goodpaster Hall 195, 4:45 pm.

October 7 - Lecture
Immunologist Robert Maile, with the Division of the North Carolina Jaycee Burn Center of the University of North Carolina Department of Surgery. Host: Natural Science and Math Colloquium. Schaefer Hall 106, 4:40 p.m.

October 15 - Reading
Poet, educator, and literary activist E. Ethelbert Miller also is board chair of the Institute for Policy Studies, a progressive think tank in Washington, D.C., and director of the African American Resource Center at Howard University. The author of two memoirs and several collections of poems, his book, How We Sleep On The Nights We Don’t Make Love, was an Independent Publisher Award finalist. Part of VOICES Reading Series. Daugherty-Palmer Commons, 8:15 p.m.

October 17 – Admissions Open House Reserve by contacting or call 800-492-7181

October 21 – Goodpaster Lecture  Formerly with The New York Times and The New Yorker, Elizabeth Kolbert will talk about her most recent book, Field Notes from a Catastrophe: Man, Nature and Climate Change. Begun as a three-part series in KolbertbookThe New Yorker, Kolbert recounts her journeys from the Arctic to The Netherlands to Alaska talking with global warming experts. Says reviewer Sylvia Nasar, author of A Beautiful Mind: “Reading Field Notes from a Catastrophe during the 2005 hurricane season is what it must have been like to read Silent Spring 40 years ago.” Mandatory reading for all new St. Mary’s students. Athletic & Recreation Center, 8 p.m.

October 22 – Concert Beethoven Triple Concerto: Pianists Brian Ganz and Beverly Babcock, with violin and cello. Auerbach Auditorium of St. Mary’s Hall, noon.

October 27 – Ike Weiner Lecture  Devorah Schoenfeld, SMCM assistant professor of religious studies and the Ike Weiner Professor of Judaic Studies will speak on “Medieval Jewish Proofs for the Existence of God.” Daugherty-Palmer Commons, 7 p.m.

October 28 – Lecture  Natural Science & Math Colloquium, Schaefer Hall 106, 4:40 pm

November 4 – Lecture  Physicist Larry Weinstein, of Old Dominion University, will use lighthearted problems from his popular book, Guesstimation: Solving the World’s Problems on the Back of a Cocktail Napkin, to unlock the power of estimation using plausible assumptions. Book signing follows lecture. Sponsored by Natural Science & Math Colloquium. Schaefer Hall 106, 4:40 p.m.

November 6 – Concert  St. Mary’s College of Maryland Choir and Chamber Singers and St. Mary’s College of Maryland Brass Ensemble featuring John Rutter’s “Gloria” plus the music of Josquin des Prez, Anton Bruckner, and Morten Lauridzen. Montgomery Hall 25, 4 p.m. and 8 p.m.

November 9 – Lecture Paz Galupo, professor of psychology and director of the Institute for Academic Diversity and GalupoInclusion at Towson University, focuses on understanding identity and its influence on social and personal relationships. Part of the Diversity and Multiculturalism Speakers Series. Cole Cinema, 4:45 p.m.

November 10 – Lecture “Myths about Mexico.” This year’s Alice Fenwick Fleury Zamanakos Endowed Lectureship in History will be given by Mary Kay Vaughan, history professor at the University of Maryland. Her book, Cultural Politics in VaughnRevolution: Teachers, Peasants, and Schools in Mexico, 1930-1940, received the Herbert Eugene Bolton Prize as the most outstanding book in Latin American history in 1997 and the Bryce Wood Award of the Latin American Studies Association for best book on Latin America published in English. Auerbach Auditorium of St. Mary’s Hall, 8 p.m. Book signing after at The James P. Muldoon River Center.

November 11 – Veteran’s Day Show a military ID and visit Historic St. Mary’s City for free.

November 11 – Artist Talk Author, artist, and educator Mary Stewart, with Florida State University and co-founder of the Integrative Teaching Think Tank, a national organization devoted to strengthening college-level teaching, gives workshops and lectures on creativity, curriculum design, visual communication, arts advocacy and arts leadership. Her most recent book, Launching the Imagination: A Comprehensive Guide to Basic Design, has been adopted by over 400 colleges and universities. Library 321, 8:30 p.m.

November 12-15, 19-22 – Play George Bernard Shaw’s Arms and the Man, directed by St. Mary’s theater professor Michael Ellis-Tolaydo, depicts Eastern Europe in 1885. In Shaw’s hilarious look at the times, Bulgaria and Serbia are at war; an enemy Serbian soldier hides in a young Bulgarian woman’s bedroom. Add a jealous lover, a bumbling father and a social climbing mother. Bruce Davis Theater, Montgomery Hall Fine Arts Center. Nov. 12-14 & 19-21 at 8 p.m., Nov. 15 & 22 at 2 p.m. $.Reservations: 240-895-4243 (ext. 4243), or e-mail $4-$6

November 12 - Harvest Reading  A Writer's Harvest: A Student Reading for a More Sustainable Harvest. Students will share recipe collections and food fiction. Part of VOICES Reading Series. $ Donations go to Food and Water Watch. Daugherty-Palmer Commons, 8:15 p.m.

November 13 - Concert St. Mary's College of Maryland Jazz Combo with Don Stapleson conducting. Montgomery Hall 25, 8 p.m.

November 14 - Admissions Open House Reserve by contacting or call 800-492-7181

November 15 - Concert St. Mary's College Orchestra with Jeffrey Silberschlag conducting. Montgomery Hall, Room 25, 3 p.m.

November 16 - Lecture Neuroscience Seminar, "Human Generated Noise and Aquatic Life," given by Arthur Popper, University of Maryland College Park. Goodpaster Hall 195, 4:45 pm.

November 17 - Concert Pianist Brian Ganz gives a solo recital at Auerbach Auditorium of St. Mary's Hall, 8 p.m.

November 18 - Piano Talk Pianist Brian Ganz gives one of his delightful piano talks at Auerbach Auditorium of St. Mary's Hall, noon.

November 19 - Concert Part of the Guest Artist & Faculty Recital Series, the Haydn Trio Eisenstadt chamber music ensemble from Vienna, Austria, (Harald Kosik, piano; Verena Stourzh, violin; and Hannes Gradwohl, cello) will perform at Auerbach Auditorium of St. Mary's Hall, 8 p.m.

November 19 - Reading Laurie Clements Lambeth's debut poetry collection, Veil and Burn, was selected by Pulitzer prize winner Maxine Kumin for the National Poetry Series. Lambeth's poetry seeks ways to understand the subtleties of living with multiple sclerosis. Her work has been published in the Paris Review, Indiana Review, and The Iowa Review. Part of the VOICES Reading Series. Daugherty-Palmer Commons, 8:15 p.m.

November 19-21 - Conference "The Early Chesapeake: Refl ecting Back, Projecting Forward" Join historians and archaeologists from across the nation as they converge on Southern Maryland to discuss what we know, and what we still need to learn, about Maryland and Virginia in the early colonial period. Sponsored by the Omohundro Institute of Early American History and Culture at the College of William and Mary with support from St. Mary's College of Maryland and Historic St. Mary's City. Events will be in St. Mary's City and Solomons. $ Registration is free and open to the public; fees for meals and select events will apply. For details:

November 25-27 - College closed for Thanksgiving Break