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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.

Thru December 9 – Exhibition
Artists Amze Emmons and Keiko Ishii Eckhardt show works influenced by human migration and refugee camps in “Interrupted Lives: Human Migration in War and Peace.” Boyden Galley at Montgomery Hall. Hours: M-F 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Co-sponsored by Boyden Gallery, the Center for the Study of Democracy and the Art and Art History Department.

hearth and homeNovember 27 & 28 − Hearth & Home in Early Maryland
Cold weather is approaching and Maryland’s first citizens are battening the hatches and keeping the home fires burning. Learn about making it through the winter without the luxury of grocery and discount department stores. Demonstrations and hands-on activities. 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Historic St. Mary’s City. $ Admission.

December 2 − Community Concert & Open House
Enjoy holiday harmonies by St. Maries Musica in the beautifully decorated State House. Historic St. Mary’s City. Doors open at 6, concert begins at 7 p.m.

December 4 – Lecture
Former St. Mary’s College professor Terell Lasane will share excerpts from his autobiographical chapter of a multidisciplinary volume on race, social class, and sexual orientation among higher education scholars, Resilience: Queer Professors from the Working Class. The Psychology Diversity Series Lecture, “Gender Role Orientation and Sexual Orientation in Elucidating College Student Academic Behavior,” is at 3 p.m. in Cole Cinema in the Campus Center.

decorating State HouseDecember 4-6, 11-13 − Madrigal Dinners
Welcome the holiday season in the State House with crackling fires and candlelight, fine food, and familiar music by St. Maries Musica. Begins 6:30 p.m. on Fridays, 5:30 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays. $ Reservations required: 240-895-4991 or

Don StaplesonDecember 4 − Concert
St. Mary’s College of Maryland Jazz Ensemble, directed by Don Stapleson. Auerbach Auditorium of St. Mary’s Hall, 8 p.m.

December 5 − Admissions Open House
Reserve your place online at or call 800-492-7181.

December 6 − Handel’s “Messiah”
Performed by St. Mary’s College of Maryland Choir, Chamber Singers, Orchestra, and soloists, directed by Larry Vote. 4 p.m., Immaculate Heart of Mary Church, Lexington Park.

Eliza GarthBrian GanzDecember 10 – Concert
The Guest Artist & Faculty Series: “Music for Two Pianos and Percussion” will be performed by Eliza Garth and Brian Ganz, piano, with guest artists Jonathan Haas and Ed Zaryky, percussion. To be played: Bela Bartók’s masterpiece, “Sonata for Two Pianos and Percussion,” as well as George Crumb’s luminous “Music for a Summer Evening.” Joining them will be New York percussionists Jonathan Haas and Ed Zaryky. 8 p.m. Auerbach
Auditorium of St. Mary’s Hall.

December 24 – January 1 Winter Break – College Closed

January 27-February 27 – Exhibit
Art from the College Collection: A student-curated exhibition. Boyden Gallery in Montgomery Hall.

January 18 – Breakfast
Martin Luther King Jr. Prayer Breakfast. 8 a.m. Campus Center.

January 25 - Film
Asian Film Series. 8 p.m. Cole Cinema.

Debra MarquartJanuary 28 – Reading
Poet and author Debra Marquart, English professor at Iowa State University, will give a reading at 8:15 p.m. in Daugherty-Palmer Commons. She has published two poetry collections, Everything’s a Verb and From Sweetness; a short story collection, The Hunger Bone: Rock & Roll Stories, which draws on her experiences as a road musician; and a memoir, The Horizontal World: Growing Up Wild in the Middle of Nowhere, which was awarded the 2007 PEN USA Creative Nonfiction Award. She’s currently at work on a novel, set in Greece titled Among the Ruins. Part of the VOICES Reading Series.

February 6 − Admissions Open House
Reserve online at or call 800-492-7181. 9:45 a.m. – 3 p.m.

February 11 − Reading
Barbara Hurd, professor at Frostburg State University and the University of Southern Maine, has authored five books, including the most recent, Walking the Wrack Line: On Tidal Shifts and What Remains (2008). The recipient of a 2002 NEA Fellowship for Creative Nonfiction and winner
of the Sierra Club’s National Nature Writing Award and Pushcart Prizes in 2004 and 2007, Hurd also has published in numerous journals. Part of the VOICES Reading Series. 8:15 p.m. Daugherty-Palmer Commons.

Jerry GabrielFebruary 25 − Reading
Fiction writer Jerry Gabriel holds degrees from The Ohio State University, Northern Arizona University and the University of Iowa Writers’ Workshop. He has taught writing at a number of  colleges and universities,including Cornell University’s Engineering Communications Program. Since the fall of 2008, he has been a visiting assistant professor of English at St. Mary’s College of Maryland. His fiction has appeared in One Story, Epoch, Cimarron Review, The Tampa Review, and Fiction, among other magazines, and has been short-listed for a Pushcart Prize. In 2004, he was awarded an artist grant by the New York Foundation for the Arts. His book, Drowned Boy, will be out in 2010. 8:15 p.m. Daugherty-Palmer Commons.

March 4-7, 9-11 − Play
“Willkommen. Bienvenue. Welcome!” Experience love and laughter in the seedy 1930s Berlin nightclub, the Kit Kat Klub in the second St. Mary’s play of the season, Cabaret. Kander and Ebb’s musical tour de force has been delighting audiences for 43 years. Directed by guest artist Bill Gillett, musical direction by Jeffrey Silberschlag. Bruce Davis Theater in Montgomery Hall. 8 p.m. March 4 - 6 and 9 – 11; 2 p.m. March 7. $ Reservations: 240-895-4243 or by e-mail at boxoffi

Unearthing the St. Mary’s Art Collection

student curatorsEver wonder what’s in the St. Mary’s College fine art collection? St. Mary’s College students explore this mystery in an upcoming exhibition in the Boyden Gallery. Ten student curators will highlight their favorite pieces in the collection, reveal their curatorial process, and ask the audience to participate by selecting the final pieces in the show. Stay tuned for more information and check out the exhibition website:

“What Lies Beneath” will be on exhibit January 27-February 27, 2010, at the Boyden Gallery in Montgomery Hall.