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The following cultural events and lectures are open to the public and, unless marked with an "$", are free. Please check for up-to-date changes.

Through April 10 – Annual Student Art Show

 Boyden Gallery in Montgomery Hall.

March 24-26 – Women Studies Colloquium

This year’s colloquium, “Caution: Women at Work,” focuses on women’s work and gender challenges. Includes: “Mama PhD,” panel discussion, March 24, Cole Cinema, 8 p.m.; “Women’s Work: The First 20,000 Years,” March 25, Cole Cinema, 4:45 p.m.; “Stand-Up Sister,” March 25, St. Mary’s Hall, 8 p.m.; On Meaningful Work,” March 26, Cole Cinema, 4:15 p.m.; Roundtable, March 26, Cole Cinema, 8 p.m.

March 25 - Lecture

Canopy biologist, Nalini Nadkarni, The Evergreen State College, will describe her field research in Washington state rain forests and the cloud forests of Monteverde, Costa Rica.  In addition to writing extensively on forest canopy ecology, she has received a Guggenheim Fellowship to communicate her research to non-scientists. Schaefer Hall 106, 4:40 p.m.

March 26 – Lecture

Aleksander Surdej, of the Department of European Studies, Cracow University of Economics, will talk about “New Politics in Old Europe”, part of the Democracy in Old and New Europe series. Blackistone Room, Anne Arundel Hall, 4:30 p.m.

March 26 – Concert

Guest Artist and Faculty Series: Eliza Garth (piano) and Suzanne Orban (cello). Auerbach Auditorium at St. Mary’s Hall. 8 p.m.

March 27 – Lecture

Richard Hastings, University of Bangor, Wales, will speak on “Behavioral Treatment of Children with Autism.” Sponsored by Lecture and Fine Arts, Psychology, Educational Studies, Diversity Series. Goodpaster Hall 195, 3:30 p.m.

March 27 – Lecture

Greg Ball, Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences, Johns Hopkins University, will give a neuroscience seminar.  Schaefer Hall 106, 3 p.m. 

March 30 – Lecture

Artist Richard Emory Nickolson, professor of painting, drawing and critical thinking at Herron School of Art and Design, Indiana University,  will present his work drawn from the Breton landscape and ‘l’architecture industrielle.” Library 321. 4:45 p.m.

March 31 – Concert

Piano concert by Brian Ganz. Auerbach Auditorium at St. Mary’s Hall. 8 p.m.

April 1 – Lecture

“Searching for Life on Extra-solar Planets: Photosynthetic Biosignatures from Adaptation to Other Suns and Atmospheres,” Nancy Kiang of NASA-Goddard. Schaefer Hall 106. 4:40 p.m.

April 3 – Lecture

“The Transformation of African American Life and the Rise of Barack Obama,” by author and University of Maryland professor Ira Berlin. Berlin, the inaugural speaker of the Alice Fenwick Fleury Zamanakos Endowed Lectureship in History, is the author of numerous books and articles on American history and particularly the history of slavery.  His 1999 book, Many Thousands Gone: The First Two Centuries of Slavery in Mainland North America was awarded the Bancroft Prize by Columbia University for the best book in American history.  Auerbach Auditorium at St. Mary’s Hall, 8 p.m.

April 3 – Reading

17th annual Women Writers Reading. Women from the tri-county community read their submissions. Daugherty Palmer Commons, 8 p.m.

April 3 – Concert

Jazz Combo led by Don Stapleson, Montgomery Hall, room 25, 8 p.m.

April 5 – Concert

Choir and Orchestra Concert, Athletics and Recreation Center, 3 p.m.

April 6 – Lecture

Mark Twain scholar Kerry Driscoll, professor at St. Joseph's College in Hartford, Connecticut, will speak on “Mark Twain and The Metaphysics of Indian Hating.” Blackistone Room at Anne Arundel Hall. 8 p.m.

April 6 – Lecture

Relevance of Sex Differences in the Brain to Mental Health Disorders, Margaret M. McCarthy, professor of physiology, University of Maryland School of Medicine, Goodpaster Hall 195, 4:45 p.m.

April 6 – Film

“Dirty Pretty Things,” part of Democracy in New and Old Europe Film Series. Cole Cinema, 8 p.m.

April 9 – Music Talk

Brian Ganz piano talk. Auerbach Auditorium at St. Mary’s Hall, noon.

April 9 – Concert

Guest Artist and Faculty Series: Giorgio Costa (piano). Auerbach Auditorium at St. Mar’s Hall. 8 p.m.

April 9-11, 16-19 – Drama

Naomi Iizuka’s Polaroid Stories will be performed in the Bruce Davis Theater of Montgomery Hall at 8 p.m. April 9-11, 16-18 and 2 p.m. April 11 and 19. Inspired in part by Ovid’s Metamorphoses and based on interviews playwright Iizuka conducted with young prostitutes and street kids, Polaroid Stories (1997) viscerally blends classical mythology with real life stories told by young people pushed to society’s fringe.  For reservations call 240-895-4243 or e-mail $

April 14 - Lecture

“The Global Superpowers of 2050. (The U.S. won’t be No. 1.  Neither will China.)”

Predicting is cheap, if it’s just talking.  But basing one’s predictions on trends already quietly present takes some care.  Come find out on which countries a long-time foreign correspondent for The Washington Post thinks you should place your bets, and why. T.R. Reid is this year’s Nitze Senior Fellow. Auerbach Auditorium at St. Mary’s Hall, 8 p.m.

April 15 – Lecture

Photographer Delilah Montoya, University of Houston, will present work which brings together influences from Aztec, Mexico and Spain.  Her projects investigate cultural phenomena, often confronting viewers’ assumptions. Library 321. 4:45 p.m.

April 16 – Lecture

“Hat Puzzles,” by Ezra Brown, Virginia Tech University. Schaefer Hall 106. 4:40 p.m.

April 16 – Concert

St. Mary’s College Orchestra Concert, Montgomery Hall. 7:30 p.m.

April 17 - Lecture

Neuroscience seminar, given by Michela Gallagher, Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences, Johns Hopkins University.  Cole Cinema, 3 p.m.  Free and open to the public.

April 21-22 – Forum

Patuxent Defense Forum 2009: Roles of the U.S. Military in Fragile and Failed States, Cole Cinema, co-sponsored by the Center for the Study of Democracy and the Patuxent Partnership.

April 23 – Reading

VOICES Reading Series. Mark Doty. the only American poet to have won Great Britain's T. S. Eliot Prize, is the author of six books of poems. In 2008, Fire to Fire: New and Selected Poems won the National Book Award. Doty teaches in the graduate program at the University of Houston. Auerbach Auditorium at St. Mary’s Hall. 8:15 p.m.

April 20-25 – Exhibition

St. Mary’s Projects Exhibition I. Boyden Gallery at Montgomery Hall. Reception April 20. 5 p.m.

April 24 – Concert

Jazz Band Concert led by Don Stapleson, Auerbach Auditorium at St. Mary’s Hall, 8 p.m.

April 26 – Concert

Chamber Singers Concert. Montgomery Hall, room 25, 3 p.m.

April 27-May 2 – Exhibition

St. Mary’s Projects Exhibition II. Boyden Gallery at Montgomery Hall. Reception 5 p.m. April 27. Presentations: 4-6 p.m. April 30.

April 29 – Concert

Brian Ganz and Beverly Babcock will perform the Grieg Piano Concerto in a minor and the Beethoven Piano Concerto No. 5 (Emperor) in E-flat Major. Auerbach Auditorium at St. Mary’s Hall. 8 p.m.

May 7 – Reading

Part of VOICES Reading Series, essayist and assistant professor of English at University of Missouri, Maureen Stanton, is the recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts Literature Fellowship.Using tools of fictionists and poets—along with the essayist’s tools of reflection, memory, and observation—Stanton’s work crosses the boundaries of literary journalism and the lyric essay. Daugherty Palmer Commons. 8:15 p.m.

May 16 – Commencement

Townhouse Green 10 a.m.

May 21-31 – Italy and USA Alba Music Festival

Fridays June 19-July 31 – Concerts

River Concert Series, 7 p.m. June 20: Special Night River Concert, 375th Celebration of Maryland. 7 p.m.

Reunion 2009

“Return to the Riverfront” June 12-14

After years of construction and limited access to the waterfront, St. Mary’s College is delighted to celebrate Reunion 2009 with a majority of events taking place on the “old” side of campus.

Alumni are invited to take a step back in time to reconnect with the place where some of their fondest memories began. They can discover the magnificent views of a summer sunset from the upper deck of the new River Center, catch up with old friends on  the pier, or venture out on the river for a leisurely cruise. There are also several lectures, many events for the kids, and the popular crab feast. New this year: On-campus housing accommodations include suites, apartments and camping, and a special area for alumni who wish to party until the sun comes up. In addition, blocks of rooms have been reserved at two hotels in Lexington Park. Reunions, we are reminded, are for everyone, not just those celebrating milestone anniversaries. Register at

Happy Birthday, Maryland!

Maryland Day kicks off the summer-long celebration of the state’s 375th anniversary with pageantry, wreath-laying, and speeches. See details at and 28,there will be an afternoon of 30-minute talks at St. Mary’s Hall at St. Mary’s College describing the first decade of the colony, 1-5 p.m. They include “Why Maryland? The Lords Baltimore and their Colonial Enterprises” (1:10 p.m.), “The Ark and the Dove: The Ships that Founded Maryland and their Crews (1:40 p.m.), “A Relation of Maryland’s Founding Voyage” (2:10 p.m.), “The Piscataway and Yaocomico Peoples of Maryland” (3:15 p.m.), “Manorial Maryland:  Establishing the Colony”  (3:45 p.m.), and “Maryland at the Beginning:  Significance and Legacy” (4:15 p.m.)

Then on March 29 at Historic St. Mary’s City, among many daylong events there will be theCeremony of the Flags featuring fourth-grade students from Maryland counties presenting their jurisdiction's colors and Gov. Martin O'Malley will be keynote speaker. 10 a.m.-5 p.m.<

The River Concert Series at the College will have a special concert June 19. Then on June 20, come to HSMC for hot-air balloons, skipjack rides, re-enactments, and birthday cake! All of this will be followed by a special River Concert and fireworks.

Pathway to Charles County History

Julia King, St. Mary’s College associate professor of anthropology, is getting to know Charles County, Maryland, from every angle. Last summer, she and several students discovered the long lost 17th-century county courthouse under a soybean field - just in time for the county’s 350th birthday. This winter, she and two other authors published a stunningly illustrated comprehensive history of the county from the earliest arrival of humans, about 10,000 years ago, to today.Published by the Smallwood Foundation, a non-profit educational organization based in the county, Pathways to History: Charles County, Maryland, 1658-2008 commemorates the 350th anniversary of the county and offers fresh perspectives on its history. Just 35 miles from the nation’s capital, Charles County is rich in natural and human history.  Created by the Maryland Assembly in 1658, this peninsula county, bordered by the Potomac, Wicomico and Patuxent rivers, is the birthplace of Revolutionary War heroes, Confederate agents and two of the most inspirational figures in African American history.  Today, it is one of the fastest growing counties in Maryland.

More than 370 illustrations accompany the text. Meticulously indexed, the book is a valuable reference work for students of rural American history on the eve of the 21st century and owes much to the citizens of Charles County who shared their stories and artifacts.Smallwood Foundation was formed in 1938 to restore the Charles County home of William Smallwood, Maryland’s highest-ranking Revolutionary War officer. Proceeds from the sale of this book will fund research, restoration, and preservation of Charles County’s history. Copies may be found at Borders in Waldorf and at the College of Southern Maryland’s Bookstore in La Plata, or ordered on the book’s website,