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Lecture-Concert Series for 2008-09
brings variety of events to ASU
Sept. 23, 2008 --
Lecture-Concert Series presents diverse programs to enrich the cultural
life of the campus, community, and region.
For more details, contact Dr. Gil
Fowler, associate dean for the Honors College, at (870) 972-2308,
or via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
View or print the
Lecture-Concert Series flyer.
2008-09 ASU Lecture-Concert Series Events
"Moments in Time: Photos and Stories from One of America's Top
DIRCK HALSTEAD – TIME Photographer
Monday, Sept. 22, 7 pm – ASU Student Union Auditorium
54 TIME magazine covers to his credit, Dirck Halstead is one of
the most gifted photojournalists of our time. He has enjoyed a front
row seat to the great events of the last half of the twentieth century
and beyond. “Moments in Time” is an evocative and memorable reminder of
the triumphs and turmoil, tragedies, and joy of the closing decades of
the twentieth century and the beginning of a new era. The performance is
a retrospective of his work with lots of inside stories about presidents
and movies. There are lessons to be shared by all generations. His
iconic photograph of Clinton embracing a then-unknown intern, Monica
Lewinsky, became the “smoking gun” image that was published all over the
world. Halstead is editor and publisher of The Digital Journalist,
a monthly online magazine for visual journalists.
Co-sponsored by the ASU Department of Journalism,
the President’s Partnership Fund and Canon USA's Explorers of Light
“Politics and Real Life …”
SHANKLIN – Political
Thursday, Oct. 2, 7 pm – ASU Student Union Auditorium
Memphis native, Paul Shanklin is an American conservative
political satirist, impressionist and comedian. Shanklin first came to
media attention after doing his vocal impersonation of Bill Clinton for
Memphis radio show host “The Big Kahuna,” Bill Young. Paul writes most
of, and voices the characters for the songs/satirical bits used by
conservative radio hosts Rush Limbaugh and Mike Fleming. Shanklin has
released 10 albums containing both parody songs and political skits
utilizing his skill and voice impressions. He has performed over 1,300
parody songs and skits incorporating over 80 voice impressions including
Bill Clinton, Ross Perot, Al Gore, George W. Bush, Joe Lieberman and
many others. His skits are heard worldwide on more than 650 radio
stations with an audience of more than 20 million.
Evening with The Graffe Strings”
GRAFFE STRING QUARTET
MICHIKO OTAKI, pianist
Monday, Oct. 20, 7:30 pm – Riceland Hall, ASU Fowler Center
Graffe String Quartet ranks among the best and most promising
ensembles of its generation. Founded in 1997 at the Brno Conservatory
(Czech Republic), the ensemble has been quite successful both on the
concert stage and in international competitions. Abroad, the Graffe
Quartet has been heard throughout Slovakia, Germany, Austria, the
Netherlands, and in the UK. Critics have often praised the youthful
freshness, temperament, expression, and interpretative ripeness of the
Quartet. The Czech Chamber Music Society in Prague, under the auspices
of the Czech Philharmonic, has named the Graffe String Quartet winner of
its 2008 Prize for most promising young ensemble. Pianist Michiko
Otaki, who has performed with them at international festivals, is
touring with the group.
Evening with Patrick Sheridan"
PATRICK SHERIDAN –
World Class Tubist
Tuesday, Oct. 21, 7:30 pm – Riceland Hall, ASU Fowler Center
As a former member of “The President’s Own” United States Marine Band,
Patrick Sheridan has thrilled audiences across the United States
with his amazing virtuosity and musicianship as one of the band’s
He is equally at
home with standard classical repertoire and as an entertainer in the
realm of pop music.
Recently featured on NBC’s Today Show, he is a regular on BBC Radio and
PBS and NPR broadcasts including the program, “All Things
Considered.” This year's touring schedule will take him to 20 countries
around the globe and 35 states across America. He has also co-authored
the popular pedagogy book, "The Breathing Gym," with Sam Pilafian.
Co-sponsored by ASU Bands and Jupiter Instruments.
“Women, Religion, Race & Civil Rights”
BETTYE COLLIER-THOMAS – Scholar, Civil Rights Authority
Tuesday, Nov. 11, 7 pm – ASU Student Union Auditorium
is a professor of History and director of the Temple University Center
for African American History and Culture. As the founding executive
director of the Bethune Museum-Archives Inc., National Historic Site,
she developed the nation's first museum and archives for black women's
history. As special consultant to the National Endowment for the
Humanities, she developed the agency's first program of technical
assistance to black museums and historical organizations. Dr.
Collier-Thomas is directing research and will write the first
comprehensive history of “African American Women and the Church,
1780-1970.” She has served on the faculties of Howard University,
Washington Technical Institute (UDC,) and the University of Maryland,
presentation is funded by Drs. Rosalee and Raymond Weiss of Teaneck, New
Jersey, in memory of Dr. Rosalee Weiss's mother, Corinne Sternheimer
Greenfield, through an endowment supporting an annual lecture in the ASU
College of Humanities and Social Sciences.
Beauty of Nature
– The Art
STORY MUSGRAVE – NASA Hall of Fame Astronaut
Tuesday, Nov. 18, 7 pm – ASU Student Union Auditorium
was selected by NASA as a scientist-astronaut in 1967 and participated
in six space shuttle missions. Musgrave holds seven advanced degrees and
has been awarded over 15 honorary degrees. He is not only a medical
doctor, but also a chemist, mathematician, biophysicist, physiologist
and computer scientist. A member of the U.S. Astronauts Hall of Fame, he
is a consultant to both Disney’s Imagineering group and Applied Minds in
California. He was the lead team member who helped design the space arm,
the first NASA astronaut to perform a space walk from the shuttle, and
he led the team who successfully fixed the Hubble telescope. His
PowerPoint presentation can be downloaded following his presentation.
Co-sponsored by The ASU Department of Chemistry and Physics.
Plays Virtuosic Masterpieces from the Romantic Era to the 21st Century"
MARCIN DYLLA – Classical
Tuesday, Jan. 27, 7:30 pm – ASU Fine Arts Recital Hall
After having won 17 first prizes in competitions around the world
between 1996-2004, Polish guitarist Marcin Dylla received his
most recent win in 2007 at the Guitar Foundation of America
International Competition, earning him a 50-concert tour of the United
States, Canada, and Mexico. His list of accolades also includes concerto
competition victories, audience prizes, and critics' awards. Born in
1976, Dylla was granted a Gold Guitar musical critics’ award for the
best upcoming young guitar player at the 7th International
Guitar Convent in Alexandria in 2002. Dylla
studied guitar at the Ruda Slaska Music Conservatory, at the Music
Academy of Katowice with Adi Wanda Palacz, at the Music Academy of Basel
with Oscar Ghiglia, at the Music Academy of Freiburg with Sonja
Prunnbauer and at the Music Academy of Maastricht with Carlo Marchione.
Co-sponsored by The ASU Guitar Guild and the Guitar Foundation of
Honors Lecture of the Year: “The Dumbest Generation”
BAUERLEIN – Author, Journalist, Professor
Tuesday, Feb. 10, 7 pm – ASU Student Union Auditorium
Dr. Mark Bauerlein
is professor of English at Emory University, and he has recently served
as director of research and analysis at the National Endowment for the
Arts. His most recent book is
Dumbest Generation: How the Digital Age Stupefies Young Americans and
Jeopardizes Our Future." Drawing upon exhaustive research, detailed
portraits, and historical and social analysis, "The Dumbest Generation"
argues that “the digital age stupefies young Americans” and lays out a
compelling vision for how society can address our future. Other
books include "Negrophobia: A Race Riot in Atlanta, 1906 (2001),"
"Literary Criticism: An Autopsy (1997)," and
"Civil Rights Chronicle: The African American Struggle for Freedom."
His articles and reviews have appeared in The Wall Street Journal, The
Washington Post, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, The Weekly Standard,
Reason Magazine, Yale Review, Partisan Review, and The Chronicle of
Co-sponsored by The Honors College,
the Graduate School, the College of Agriculture, the College of
Business, the College of Communications, the College of Engineering, the
College of Nursing and Health Professions, and the College of Sciences
and Mathematics at Arkansas State University.
“World Keys: Music from the Americas”
FAN – Yo-Yo
Monday, Feb. 16, 7:30 pm – Riceland Hall, ASU Fowler Center
Fan was born
in the United States to parents from
Taiwan. He began studying piano seriously at the
Juilliard School and has received both a
BA degree from Harvard and a Master of
Music degree in Piano Performance from the
Peabody Institute. Acclaimed as a “superb” (The Boston Globe),
“extraordinary” (The Village Voice), and “versatile and sensitive
pianist” (The Washington Post), Joel Fan combines virtuosity with
a gift for lyricism. Mr. Fan began his performing career with the New
York Philharmonic at age 11, as a winner of the Philharmonic’s Young
People’s Concert Audition, and has since appeared in recital and with
orchestras throughout the world. Fan is a member of Yo-Yo Ma’s Silk Road
Ensemble and has appeared in numerous group performances at venues such
as Carnegie Hall, the Kennedy Center, as well as on Good Morning America
and David Letterman.
Co-sponsored by The ASU Department of Music.
Journey Through an American Quilt of Songs: ‘Sole’ Music Featuring
CHARLES HOLT – Musician, Storyteller
Thursday, Feb. 19, 7:30 pm – Riceland Hall, ASU Fowler Center
Music and storytelling have always been integral parts of Holt’s life.
However, despite growing up in the shadows of the Grand Ole Opry and
country music in Nashville, with a grandmother who taught him church
hymns, and surrounded by a narrative environment, he never aspired to be
a performing artist. Yet performing and entertaining opportunities have
opened up for him. For the past eight seasons, Charles Holt has
received national acclaim for his 20-character portrayal and performance
of his one-man stage play, "Black Boy," based on the life of noted
author Richard Wright. His autobiographical landmark work, "The Voice
That Matters," is about his journey in finding his own unique voice and
will be published in 2009. Holt worked out for several NFL scouts as
defensive back and kick return specialists before turning to music and
by The Office of Diversity at ASU.
“Champion of Contemporary Percussion Music”
STEVEN SCHICK – Percussionist,
Thursday, Apr. 9, 7:30 pm – Riceland Hall, ASU Fowler Center
distinguished professor of music at the University of California-San
Diego, and a consulting artist in percussion at the Manhattan School of
Music, has championed contemporary percussion music as a performer and
teacher by commissioning and premiering more than one hundred new works
for percussion. Founder and artistic director of the percussion group,
“red fish blue fish,” Schick assumed the post of music director and
conductor of the La Jolla Symphony and Chorus in 2007. He has authored a
number of publications including
Art: Same Bed, Different Dreams" and "The Mathematics of Resonant Bodies"
on solo percussion music, and a comprehensive essay accompanying a 3 CD
set of the complete percussion music of Iannis Xenakis. Schick will
perform solo and with the Arkansas State University Percussion Ensemble.
Co-sponsored by ASU Bands, the ASU Department of
Music, and the Society of Composers, Inc. Student Chapter.