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Kennedy Center Dedication is Among Fallcoming, Family Weekend Highlights


A view of the front of the Kennedy Center for Theatre and the Studio Arts
A view of the front of the Kennedy Center for Theatre and the Studio Arts

Hamilton’s combined Fallcoming and Family Weekend, Oct. 9-12, will celebrate the arts with a number of exciting events including the dedication of The Kevin and Karen Kennedy Center for Theatre and the Studio Arts, the opening of the new Alyson Shotz exhibit in the Wellin Museum, and addresses by national leaders in the arts world. View the full schedule of the weekend’s events; Some highlights follow.


Thursday, Oct. 9

Noon to 5 p.m.  – Wellin Museum open, featuring the exhibit Alyson Shotz: Force of Nature

2 p.m. and 3 p.m. – Hour-long tours of the new Kennedy Center for Theatre and the Studio Arts. Meet on Kirner-Johnson side of the new building.

4:15 p.m. – Alumni Studio Art panel moderated by Adrienne Ruger Conzelman ’92; panelists include Lee Arnold ’94, Shannon Mims ’07 and Allie Pohl ’07. Kennedy Center 205 Critique Space.

4:15 p.m. – Lecture:  “Go-to Guy” in Film Finance
Film finance expert John Hadity ’83, executive vice president for EP Financial Solutions, will share the latest trends in film and television financing. With more than 20 years of studio experience, Hadity spent 12 years as the executive vice president of motion picture & television production finance for Miramax Films. Bradford Auditorium, KJ.

5 p.m. – Lecture: Visual Passports: Immigration and Comics
The Yellow Kid. Superman. Wonder Woman. Asterix. Persepolis. The Arrival.
These comics have played a crucial role in representing, constructing, and reifying the immigrant subject and the immigrant experience in the twentieth century.  Dr. Nhora Lucía Serrano, visiting scholar in the Department of Comparative Literature at Harvard University, will discuss how comics from around the world were shaped by the immigrant story, and how they inscribe and reinscribe the immigrant identity and experience. Red Pit, KJ.

5:30 p.m. – Senior Gift Campaign Kick-off Reception, KJ Commons area, first floor.

7 p.m. – Celebration of the Arts opening address by Robert Storr
Storr is professor of painting/printmaking and dean of the Yale School of Art as well as consulting curator of modern and contemporary art at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, and the commissioner of the 2007 Venice Biennale, the first American invited to assume that position. Bradford Auditorium, KJ.


Friday, Oct. 10

10 a.m. – Hour-long tour of the new Kennedy Center for Theatre and the Studio Arts. Meet on Kirner-Johnson side of the new building.

11 a.m. – Meet "Alex," Hamilton's new College Mascot
Hamilton's new mascot will be introduced. Stop by to welcome the newest member of our community and receive an Alexander Hamilton decal. Kitsos Plaza, Martin's Way adjacent to the Sadove Student Center at Emerson Hall.

1-4 p.m. – Studio Arts - Student Open Studios
Visitors are invited to talk with students working on current Studio Art projects in ceramics, sculpture, photography, video, printmaking, painting and drawing. Enter on KJ side of Kennedy Center for Theatre and the Studio Arts. A class/studio directory will be available on site.

1:30 p.m. – College Democrats vs. Republicans Debate
Will Democrats hold the Senate? Is the Electoral College outdated? Is estate tax necessary? Join College Republicans and Democrats for a lively debate. Featuring Brendan Cunningham '15, Gracie Hochberg '18, Sarah Larson '15 and Brady Sprague '15; moderated by Jim Helmer, coordinator, Oral Communication Center. Bradford Auditorium, KJ.

2:30 – Making Art Happen: Alumni Career Panel
Join alumni in "the business" for a discussion of careers in theatre and performance art. Moderated by Jennifer Potter-Hayes K'73, executive director of View, the Arts Center of the Adirondacks, speakers include: Sasha Kaye-Walsh '05, actress, writer and producer; William Lynch '82, director of leadership gifts at Brooklyn Academy of Music; and Rachel Weinstein '93, Broadway producer. Kennedy Center 217, Barrett Lab Theatre.

3:30 p.m. – Levitt Summer Research Posters
The Arthur Levitt Public Affairs Center funded students and faculty who conducted research on a number of topics. Come hear about their projects as they present posters and discuss their findings. KJ Commons area, second floor.

3:30 p.m. – Science Research Poster Session
Students who conducted collaborative research in the sciences with faculty last summer will present posters and explain their work. Come investigate science research at Hamilton and explore research topics in archaeology, biology, chemistry, computer science, geoscience, math, physics and psychology. 

4 p.m. – Celebration of the Arts Address: Mary Schmidt Campbell
For more than 35 years, Dr. Mary Schmidt Campbell, dean emerita, Tisch School of the Arts, has been a leader in the cultural life of New York City: she has served as curator, museum director, Cultural Affairs Commissioner for the city of New York, dean at New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts and associate provost for the Arts at NYU.  Wellin Hall, Schambach Center (*Note location change).

5:30 p.m. – Kennedy Center for Theatre and the Studio Arts Dedication and Reception
On the College Hill Road side of the Kennedy Center for Theatre and the Studio Arts. In case of rain, the dedication will move inside to the Wilhelm Lobby.

7:30 p.m. – Choral Song and Dance
The Hamilton College Choir and College Hill Singers join the Department of Dance and Movement Studies for a combined program with pieces for full choir and College Hill Singers. Wellin Hall, Schambach Center.

9 p.m. – World-Class Jazz
Pianist Dick Hyman H'02, again leads a stellar ensemble with guitarist Bucky Pizzarelli H'03, drummer Winard Harper, bassist Jay Leonhart and trumpeter Randy Sandke. Saxophonists Monk Rowe P'06, Deanna Nappi '15 and Syracuse trombonist Greg McCrea will augment the group to perform music arranged by Hyman.


Saturday, Oct. 11

10 a.m. – Hour-long tour of the new Kennedy Center for Theatre and the Studio Arts. Meet on Kirner-Johnson side of the new building.

10 a.m. – Crew (MW) Bridge to Bridge Regatta
Home Regatta Offsite; Rome, N.Y.

11 a.m.- 6 p.m. – Wellin Museum open, featuring exhibit by Alyson Shotz.

11 a.m.  – Women's soccer vs. Bowdoin, Love Field.

11 a.m.-4 p.m. Cross Country (MW) Invite 5K, Cross Country course.

12 p.m. – Football and field hockey vs. Bowdoin.

1 p.m. – Finding a Place for the Arts
Roundtable discussion led by Professors Carole Bellini-Sharp, Katharine Kuharic, Bruce Muirhead, and Bill Salzillo. Moderated by Wellin Museum Director Tracy Adler with special guest Dr. Mary Schmidt Campbell, dean emerita, Tisch School of the Arts. Kennedy Center 205 Critique Space.

1:30 p.m. – Change in the Making
Join a discussion of the Transformational Leadership and Social Innovation programming at the Arthur Levitt Public Affairs Center with Director Julio Videras, Associate Director Chris Willemsen and students who will report on their projects. Red Pit, KJ.

1:30 – Men’s soccer vs. Bowdoin

1:30 p.m. – Choral Song and Dance
The Hamilton College Choir and College Hill Singers join the Department of Dance and Movement Studies for a combined program with pieces for full choir and College Hill Singers. Wellin Hall, Schambach Center

2 p.m. – Volleyball vs. Bowdoin

3 p.m. – Artist in Conversation: Alyson Shotz
Talk by artist Alyson Shotz and curator Tracy Adler, director, Wellin Museum of Art. This event will be followed by an opening reception from 4- 6 p.m. Wellin Museum of Art.

3 p.m.  – Readings of Short Stories & Poetry
Fillius Events Barn Lobby, Fillius Events Barn

7:30 p.m. – Bit by Bit: Digital Artists at Work
Hamilton alumni David Gaynes, Lauren Koss, Jon Bellona and Ben Salzman will discuss their experiences working with the rapidly changing media of art-making provided by digital technology. Kennedy Center 124 Screening Room.

7:30 p.m. – Orchestra and Jazz Performance
The Hamilton College Jazz Ensemble and Orchestra share a two-part program. The orchestra plays Schubert's Symphony No. 5 and Schumann's Genoveva Overture. Wellin Hall, Schambach Center

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