Colorado College News: English http://www.coloradocollege.edu/newsevents/newsroom/cc-rss-news.html?cat=english, Visiting Writers Series Brings Variety of Authors to Campus Mon, 04 Sep 2017 14:15:00 MDT http://www.coloradocollege.edu/newsevents/newsroom/visiting-writers-series-brings-variety-of-authors-to-campus http://www.coloradocollege.edu/newsevents/newsroom/visiting-writers-series-brings-variety-of-authors-to-campus ]]> <p>Meet a collection of award-winning writers as part of Colorado College&rsquo;s <a href="https://www.coloradocollege.edu/visitingwriters/">Visiting Writers Series</a>. This fall&rsquo;s lineup includes Berlin Prize winner Lance Olsen, Pulitzer Prize poetry finalist Diane Seuss, and winner of the prestigious Ingeborg-Bachmann Prize Sharon Doua Otto.</p> <p>The popular series &ndash; free and open to the public &ndash; covers a diverse range of genres from fiction to poetry to creative writing. Here&rsquo;s the fall lineup:</p> <p><strong>Sept. 7: Lance Olsen</strong> <br /> The author of more than 20 books of and about innovative writing, including, most recently, &ldquo;Dreamlives in Debris,&rdquo; Olsen has been honored with Guggenheim and NEA Fellowships, as well as the Berlin Prize and a D.A.A.D. Artist-in-Berlin Residency. His work has appeared in <em>The Village Voice, BOMB, McSweeney&rsquo;s</em>, and &ldquo;Best American Non-Required Reading.&rdquo; <br /> 7 p.m., McHugh Commons, 1090 N. Cascade Ave. (Above <strong>The Preserve</strong> at the Western Ridge Apartment Complex.)</p> <p><strong>Oct. 2: Diane Seuss<br /></strong>Seuss is the author of three poetry collections, including &ldquo;Wolf Lake, White Gown Blown Open,&rdquo; winner of the Juniper Prize for Poetry, and &ldquo;Four-Legged Girl,&rdquo; which was a finalist for the 2016 Pulitzer Prize in poetry. Her new volume, &ldquo;Still Life with Two Dead Peacocks and a Girl,&rdquo; is forthcoming in 2018.&nbsp; Her work has appeared in <em>The New Yorker, Poetry</em> magazine, <em>Brevity</em> and <em>The Missouri Review</em>, as well as &ldquo;The Best American Poetry 2014.&rdquo;<br /> 7 p.m., Gaylord Hall, Worner Campus Center, 902 N. Cascade Ave.</p> <p><strong>Oct. 9: Sharon Dodua Otoo</strong><br /> Winner of the prestigious Ingeborg-Bachmann Prize at the 2016 Festival of German Language Literature, Otoo describes herself as a &ldquo;Black British mother, activist, author, and editor.&rdquo; Her novellas, &ldquo;the things i am thinking while smiling politely&rdquo; and &ldquo;Synchronicity,&rdquo; are published in both English and German. <br /> 5 p.m., Gaylord Hall, Worner Campus Center, 902 N. Cascade Ave.</p> <p><strong>Oct. 17: Michael Finkel</strong><br /> Finkel&rsquo;s book &ldquo;True Story: Murder, Memoir, Mea Culpa&rdquo; was adapted into a major motion picture. He has written for <em>National Geographic, GQ, Rolling Stone, The Atlantic</em>, and <em>The New York Times Magazine</em>. His most recent work is &ldquo;Stranger in the Woods: The Extraordinary Story of the Last True Hermit.&rdquo;<br /> 7 p.m., Gaylord Hall, Worner Campus Center, 902 N. Cascade Ave.</p> <p><strong>Oct. 26: Indigenous Reading Series with Layli Long Soldier, Byron F. Aspaas, and Jennifer Elise Foerster</strong><br /> Long Soldier has received a Lannan Literary Award for Poetry, a National Artist Fellowship from the Native Arts and Cultures Foundation, and a Whiting Award for her debut book of poetry, &ldquo;Whereas.&rdquo; Byron F. Aspaas is Din&eacute; and has earned his MFA in Creative Writing from the Institute of American Indian Arts. His work has appeared in <em>Red Ink, Yellow Medicine Review, As/Us: A Space for Women of the World, Denver Quarterly,</em> and <em>The Rumpus</em>. He is Red Running into the Water; born for the Bitter Water People. <br /> Foerster, whose first book of poems is titled &ldquo;Leaving Tulsa,&rdquo; was awarded a 2017 NEA Creative Writing Fellowship and a Lannan Foundation Writing Residency. A member of the Muscogee (Creek) Nation of Oklahoma, Foerster graduated from the Institute of American Indian Arts and held a Stegner Fellowship in Poetry at Stanford University.<br /> 7 p.m., Gaylord Hall, Worner Campus Center, 902 N. Cascade Ave.</p> <p><strong>Nov. 9: A Celebration of Colorado Poet Belle Turnbull</strong><br /> A new book in the Unsung Masters Series (Pleiades Press) reintroduces the work of Colorado writer Belle Turnbull, who published poems in <em>The New York Times, The Saturday Review of Literature, Poetry</em> magazine, and other publications. Writers including David Rothman, Uche Ogbuje, and David Mason will present and discuss Turnbull&rsquo;s work. <br /> 7 p.m., McHugh Commons, 1090 N. Cascade Ave. (Above <strong>The Preserve</strong> at the Western Ridge Apartment Complex.)</p> <p><strong>Nov. 30: Kathryn Kuitenbrouwer and Ramona Ausubel</strong><br /> Kuitenbrouwer&rsquo;s works of fiction include &ldquo;All the Broken Things,&rdquo; &ldquo; Perfecting,&rdquo; &ldquo;The Nettle Spinner,&rdquo; and &ldquo;Way Up.&rdquo; She received the Sidney Prize for Fiction and a Danuta Gleed Award, and her work has been shortlisted for Canada Reads, the Toronto Book Award, the ReLit Prize, and the Amazon.ca First Novel Award. <br /> Ausubel&rsquo;s &ldquo;Sons and Daughters of Ease and Plenty&rdquo; was a <em>San Francisco Chronicle</em> and NPR best book of the year. She is also the author of &ldquo;No One is Here Except All of Us,&rdquo; winner of the PEN Center USA Literary Award for Fiction, and &ldquo;A Guide to Being Born,&rdquo; a <em>New York Times</em> Notable Book.<br /> 7 p.m., McHugh Commons, 1090 N. Cascade Ave. (Above <strong>The Preserve</strong> at the Western Ridge Apartment Complex.)</p> Professor Emeritus James Yaffe Passes Away Wed, 07 Jun 2017 16:00:00 MDT http://www.coloradocollege.edu/newsevents/newsroom/professor-emeritus-james-yaffe-passes-away http://www.coloradocollege.edu/newsevents/newsroom/professor-emeritus-james-yaffe-passes-away <p>Colorado College Professor Emeritus of English James Yaffe died Sunday, June 4, at his home in Denver at the age of 90. He was born in Chicago on March 31, 1927 and moved to New York as a young child.<br /><br />Jim taught at Colorado College from 1966 until 2002, first as writer-in-residence, then as a full-time member of the English Department. He was a beloved teacher whose classes regularly had long waiting lists; he also taught literature courses on Shakespeare, Shaw, and Chekhov. With English Professors Joan Stone and Jane HIlberry, he co-founded the Creative Writing Track of the English major.<br /><br />Jim was the author of 11 novels, two short-story collections, and two works of nonfiction. His play &ldquo;The Deadly Game,&rdquo; based on a story by the Swiss writer Friedrich Durrenmatt, was produced on Broadway in 1960 and off-Broadway in 1966 and was adapted for television in 1982. A later play, &ldquo;Cliffhanger,&rdquo; ran off-Broadway in 1985.<br /><br />His writing career began early: <em>Ellery Queen&rsquo;s Mystery Magazine</em> bought one of his short stories when he was just 15. After serving in the U.S. Navy at the close of World War II and earning a bachelor&rsquo;s degree <em>summa cum laude</em> and Phi Beta Kappa from Yale University in 1948, he published his first book &ndash; &ldquo;Poor Cousin Evelyn,&rdquo; a short-story collection &ndash; in 1951. During the 1950s and &rsquo;60s, he wrote for television anthology programs such as &ldquo;The United States Steel Hour&rdquo; and &ldquo;Alfred Hitchcock Presents&rdquo; while continuing to publish novels and short stories.<br /><br />In 1966 he wrote &ldquo;The American Jews,&rdquo; a nonfiction look at a diverse and vibrant community. A second work of nonfiction titled &ldquo;So Sue Me!&rdquo; followed in 1973, telling stories mined from the archives of New York&rsquo;s Jewish community court.<br /><br />Jim was a lifelong fan of detective stories, on both the page and the screen, and between 1988 and 1992 he published a four-book mystery series starring a detective known simply as &ldquo;Mom.&rdquo; Originally featured in short stories that ran in <em>Ellery Queen&rsquo;s Mystery Magazine</em> in the 1950s and &rsquo;60s, Mom was a Jewish mother whose crime-solving prowess relied on a bone-deep knowledge of human nature gleaned from years of coping with troublesome neighbors and relatives.<br /><br />Jim is survived by his wife of 53 years, the former Elaine Gordon; three children, Deborah, Rebecca, and Gideon; and three grandchildren, David Yaffe-Bellany, Rachel Yaffe-Bellany, and Oona Yaffe. Funeral services were held Wednesday, June 7 in New York City. Donations may be made to the Elizabethan Club of Yale University.</p> Katie Sandfort ’17 Finishes Third at NCAA Championships Thu, 25 May 2017 11:30:00 MDT http://www.coloradocollege.edu/newsevents/newsroom/katie-sandfort-17-finishes-third-at-ncaa-championships http://www.coloradocollege.edu/newsevents/newsroom/katie-sandfort-17-finishes-third-at-ncaa-championships ]]> <p>Colorado College&rsquo;s <strong>Katie Sandfort &rsquo;17</strong> ran the race of her life Thursday morning to finish in third place in the 10,000-meters at the NCAA Division III Outdoor Track and Field Championships in Geneva, Ohio.</p> <p>Sandfort, who graduated May 22 with a bachelor&rsquo;s degree in English, posted the second-best finish in school history at the Division III Championships behind <strong>Heather O&rsquo;Brien &rsquo;99</strong>, who took the national title in the decathlon in 1998. Sandfort also broke her own school record Thursday with a time of 35:04.69. Her previous record was 35:25.40, set on May 11 at the Dr. Keeler Invitational Track and Field Meet in Naperville, Illinois.</p> <p>&ldquo;What a great way for Katie to wrap up a phenomenal career,&rdquo; head coach Ted Castaneda says. &ldquo;She ran a really smart race today. I have to give all the credit in the world to our distance coach, Alex Nichols, who helped her prepare for this moment. I could not be prouder of both of them.&rdquo;</p> <p>Sandfort is the first female in Colorado College history to earn All-America status in cross country and track in the same academic year. She finished 26th at the national cross country meet last fall. <strong>Annabel Arnott &rsquo;96</strong> is the only other female to earn All-America honors in both sports, but she accomplished it in different years.<br /><br />&ldquo;This was a great way to end my college career,&rdquo; Sandfort says. &ldquo;The race went perfectly. I made a move with two miles to go, which was our plan going into the race. I&rsquo;m so glad it paid off and I was able to make it into the top three.&rdquo;</p> <p>The Coppell, Texas, product is the fourth female in program history to earn All-America honors in outdoor track, along with O&rsquo;Brien, Arnott, and <strong>Sascha Scott &rsquo;97</strong>.</p> Katie Sandfort ’17 to Run at NCAA Track & Field Championships Mon, 22 May 2017 16:15:00 MDT http://www.coloradocollege.edu/newsevents/newsroom/katie-sandfort-17-to-run-at-ncaa-track-field-championships http://www.coloradocollege.edu/newsevents/newsroom/katie-sandfort-17-to-run-at-ncaa-track-field-championships <p style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt;"><span style="color: #000000; font-family: Calibri; font-size: medium;" size="3" face="Calibri" color="#000000">Colorado College's Katie Sandfort &rsquo;17 will participate in the 10,000-meter race at the 2017 NCAA Division III Outdoor Track &amp; Field Championships at the SPIRE Institute in Geneva, Ohio, on Thursday, May 25.<br /><br /></span><span style="color: #000000; font-family: Calibri; font-size: medium;" size="3" face="Calibri" color="#000000">Sandfort, who graduated on Monday, May 22 with a degree in English, qualified for the national meet with a time of 35:25.40 on May 11 at the Dr. Keeler Invitational Track and Field Meet in Naperville, Illinois. She shattered her own school record by more than&nbsp;a minute and it is the seventh fastest 10K time in Division III this season.<br /><br /></span><span style="color: #000000; font-family: Calibri; font-size: medium;" size="3" face="Calibri" color="#000000">&ldquo;We are excited that Katie will run at the Division III Championships,&rdquo; says head coach Ted Castaneda. &ldquo;Also, hats off to assistant coach Alex Nichols who did a terrific job coaching her this year.&rdquo;<br /><br /></span><span style="color: #000000; font-family: Calibri; font-size: medium;" size="3" face="Calibri" color="#000000">Sandfort, from&nbsp;Coppell, Texas, is the first Colorado College female to run at the Division III Championships since 1998, when four Tigers participated, including heptathlon champion Heather O&rsquo;Brien, Gretchen Grindle, Megan Klish, and Julie Cole.<br /><br /></span><span style="color: #000000; font-family: Calibri; font-size: medium;" size="3" face="Calibri" color="#000000">The 10K race is scheduled for 9:45 a.m. (ET) on Thursday.</span></p> <p><span style="color: #000000; font-family: Times New Roman; font-size: medium;" size="3" face="Times New Roman" color="#000000"> </span></p> Focusing a Lens on Music Thu, 16 Mar 2017 00:00:00 MDT http://www.coloradocollege.edu/newsevents/newsroom/focusing-a-lens-on-music http://www.coloradocollege.edu/newsevents/newsroom/focusing-a-lens-on-music ]]> <p>By <strong>Laurie Laker &rsquo;12</strong></p> <p>At the heart of all great photography is opportunity, and luck. Being in the right place, at the right time, with the right equipment makes the world of difference. What counts more, however, is skill.</p> <p>The immense skill of storied photographer Colorado Springs&rsquo; own Larry Hulst, whose iconic work spans decades of music history, is on display at the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center. The exhibition, titled&nbsp;<a href="http://www.csfineartscenter.org/exhibits/larry-hulst-front-row-center/">&ldquo;Front Row Center,&rdquo;</a> runs until May 21, and features some of the most important figures in modern music. What Hulst does so masterfully is capture the energy of moments, those seconds you tell your friends about after the show, the sight of sonic history.</p> <p>Collaborating with the Fine Arts Center on the exhibition catalog are many CC faculty, each focusing their lenses of expertise on Hulst&rsquo;s work, the artists captured, and their own passions for music. Assistant Professor of Music Ryan Ba&ntilde;agale focuses his energies on Paul McCartney and Willie Nelson; Assistant Professor of Theatre and Dance Idris Goodwin, also a spoken word and hip-hop artist, turns his attentions to Lauryn Hill, Muddy Waters, and Robbie Robertson. Associate Professor of English Steven Hayward, who edited the catalog, reflects on the live ferocity of guitarist Pete Townsend and the &ldquo;supercool&rdquo; of Michael Hutchence of INXS, while his department colleagues Natanya Pulley and Michael Sawyer capture the majesty of David Bowie, the honed (in)sanity of Iggy Pop, and the electric wizardry of Jimi Hendrix.</p> <p>These historic artists, and many more, are caught in light and noise in Hulst&rsquo;s photographs. Their legacies, living or otherwise, are almost audible from the pictures.</p> <p style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt;"><span style="color: black; font-family: 'Arial',sans-serif; font-size: 10pt;">A panel consisting of the CC faculty members who worked on the book, as well as special guests Joy Armstrong, Natanya Pulley, and Kirsten Turner, will discuss the exhibit and the photographs this coming First Monday on March 27, at 11:15 a.m., in the Kathryn Mohrman Theatre.</span></p> <p style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt;"><span style="font-family: 'Calibri',sans-serif; font-size: 11pt;"><span style="color: #000000;" color="#000000"><span style="color: #000000; font-family: Times New Roman; font-size: medium;" color="#000000" face="Times New Roman" size="3"> </span></span></span></p> <p><span style="color: #000000; font-family: Times New Roman; font-size: medium;" color="#000000" face="Times New Roman" size="3"> </span></p> George Butte Publishes New Book on Fiction and Film Thu, 09 Feb 2017 14:15:00 MST http://www.coloradocollege.edu/newsevents/newsroom/george-butte-publishes-new-book-on-fiction-and-film http://www.coloradocollege.edu/newsevents/newsroom/george-butte-publishes-new-book-on-fiction-and-film <p>by <strong>Laurie Laker &rsquo;12<br /><br /></strong>Colorado College Professor of English George Butte has published a new book, &ldquo;Suture and Narrative: Deep Intersubjectivity in Fiction and Film.&rdquo;<br /><br />The culmination of more than a decade&rsquo;s worth of research, the book &ndash; Butte&rsquo;s second &ndash; offers a new understanding of how fiction and film narratives use particular techniques to create, represent, and bring about the experience of community. Studying texts and titles ranging from Henry James, to J.M. Barrie&rsquo;s Peter Pan tales, to the Coen brothers&rsquo; classic &ldquo;Raising Arizona,&rdquo; to &ldquo;(500) Days of Summer&rdquo; by English major <strong>Marc Webb &rsquo;96</strong>, Butte examines narratives that represent insight and blindness, as well as love and loss, highlighting each connection and disconnection in a discussion of technique.<br /><br />Butte&rsquo;s new work, which already is earning impressive reviews, represents the published extension of much of his classroom teaching at Colorado College. An expert in narrative theory across multiple genres of literature and film, Butte teaches a wide variety of classes at CC from introductory classes in film and literary theory to the 19th-century British novel to senior seminars on narratology.<br /><br />&ldquo;This book demonstrates what is best about teaching at Colorado College &ndash; the chance to extend one&rsquo;s reach, to experiment, to learn anew,&rdquo; says Butte.<br /><br />&ldquo;When I first came to the college, it would never have occurred to me to write about film, or narrative theory, or the Peter Pan stories.&rdquo;<br /><br />Joining CC in 1974, Butte holds a Ph.D. in English from Johns Hopkins University where he was a Woodrow Wilson Fellow; he was also a Rhodes Scholar at the University of Oxford from 1968-1970. He has served as chair and associate chair of the Department of English on multiple occasions, and on the review committees for both the Rhodes and Fulbright Scholarship programs in the Colorado region.</p> <p>&ldquo;Suture and Narrative: Deep Intersubjectivity in Fiction and Film&rdquo; is published by Ohio State University Press, 2017.</p> Libretto by David Mason Wins Prestigious Award Thu, 12 Jan 2017 16:30:00 MST http://www.coloradocollege.edu/newsevents/newsroom/libretto-by-david-mason-wins-prestigious-award http://www.coloradocollege.edu/newsevents/newsroom/libretto-by-david-mason-wins-prestigious-award <p>Colorado College Professor of English David Mason has been awarded the prestigious Domenick Argento Chamber Opera Award from the National Opera Association for the opera &ldquo;After Life.&rdquo; The piece, by composer Tom Cipullo and librettist Mason, was commissioned by Music of Remembrance and beat out more than 45 other new operas for the award. The winner was announced last week at the association&rsquo;s convention in Santa Barbara, California, following performance of excerpts from the three finalist operas</p> <p>&ldquo;After Life&rdquo; is an intense one-act opera that explores the role of art in a troubled world through a confrontation between the ghosts of Pablo Picasso and Gertrude Stein. In life, the two maintained a fraught friendship, complicated by their starkly divergent ideas about art and politics. When their spirits meet in the opera, they argue over their legacies until a nameless young victim of the Holocaust enters and challenges them to think further about life and death, and about how they responded to evil in the world through their art.</p> <p>Music of Remembrance produced the world premiere of &ldquo;After Life&rdquo; in Seattle and San Francisco, recording it on the Naxos label. <em>Gramophone Magazine&rsquo;s</em> review of the recording notes, &ldquo;Cipullo weaves David Mason's ingenious, rhapsodic libretto into an absorbing, often lively . . . narrative told in words and music that is translucently scored and makes full use of the five-member ensemble's colours, astonishingly vocal at times in their effect.&rdquo;</p> <p>The website DC Metro Theater Arts writes, &ldquo;From verbally combative and scathingly accusatory to contemplative and reflective, with music that soars and roars, sears and weeps . . . this imaginatively conceived hypothetical meeting is operatic in both the most elevated, and most elemental sense of the word.&rdquo;</p> <p>&ldquo;Working with Tom Cipullo and the great musicians at Music of Remembrance has been a dream,&rdquo; says Mason. &ldquo;I hope we've created something that will have a long afterlife.</p> <p>As winner of the Dominick Argento Chamber Opera Competition, &ldquo;After Life&rdquo; will be presented in its entirety at the 2018 National Opera Association convention in New Orleans. Cipullo and Mason currently are collaborating on another Music of Remembrance commission, &ldquo;The Parting,&rdquo; scheduled for late 2019.</p> <p>Mason, a 1978 graduate of Colorado College and Colorado&rsquo;s poet laureate emeritus, also was the librettist for composer Lori Laitman&rsquo;s &ldquo;The Scarlet Letter.&rdquo; The opera, based on Nathaniel Hawthorne&rsquo;s classic novel, was performed by Opera Colorado last spring and <a href="https://www.coloradocollege.edu/newsevents/newsroom/professor-mason-s-scarlet-letter-getting-rave-reviews#.WHgAvUnrvcs">garnered rave reviews.</a></p> David Mason Publishes ‘Unusual Christmas Poem’ Mon, 19 Dec 2016 12:15:00 MST http://www.coloradocollege.edu/newsevents/newsroom/david-mason-publishes-unusual-christmas-poem http://www.coloradocollege.edu/newsevents/newsroom/david-mason-publishes-unusual-christmas-poem <p>Living in a Greek village in the early 1980s changed his life forever, says <strong>David Mason &rsquo;78</strong>, Colorado College Professor of English and department chair. The lingering influence of the experience comes through in much of Mason&rsquo;s writings, including his most recent poem, which he calls &ldquo;a rather unusual Christmas poem.&rdquo;</p> <p>The story told in <a href="http://www.newcriterion.com/articles.cfm/-i-First-Christmas-in-the-village-i--8559">&ldquo;First Christmas in the village,&rdquo;</a> published in <em>The New Criterion</em>, is true, says Mason, and one that he had previously related in prose in his 2010 memoir, &ldquo;News from the Village.&rdquo; But Mason began to feel another rhythm for it while in England last Christmas, researching his wife's ancestors. &ldquo;Once I began to retell the story in verse, it took on another life, with new details &mdash; none of them made up &mdash; getting more emphasis.&rdquo;<br /><br />Mason acknowledges his debt to skeptical&nbsp;Christmas poems by Thomas Hardy and T. S. Eliot, &ldquo;and I know very well those poets were in my mind when I wrote this new version,&rdquo; he says. &ldquo;I wanted to emphasize the distance between the timeless ideal of Christmas &mdash; the love and peace so often lost in both Christian and commercial thinking &mdash; and the reality of an ordinary human life in time.&rdquo;</p> <p><em>The New Criterion</em> was founded in 1982 by art critic Hilton Kramer and pianist and music critic Samuel Lipman. It is a monthly review of the arts and intellectual life, known particularly for its poems and trenchant reviews.</p> Exhibit Examines Black Female Identities Fri, 16 Dec 2016 10:15:00 MST http://www.coloradocollege.edu/newsevents/newsroom/exhibit-examines-black-female-identities http://www.coloradocollege.edu/newsevents/newsroom/exhibit-examines-black-female-identities ]]> <p>An exhibit currently on display at Louisiana&rsquo;s Alexandria Museum of Art titled <a href="http://themuseum.org/exhibits/beyond-mammy-jezebel-sapphire-reclaiming-images-black-women">&ldquo;Beyond Mammy, Jezebel, &amp; Sapphire: Reclaiming Images of Black Women&rdquo;</a> was co-curated by&nbsp;<strong>Jessica Hunter-Larsen &rsquo;90</strong>, Colorado College&rsquo;s director of academic engagement and curator of interdisciplinary arts, and includes essays by four Colorado College faculty members. The exhibit recently received rave reviews in a <em>Huffington Post</em> article titled <a href="ttp://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/black-woman-artists-stereotypes_us_58471907e4b016eb81d8868b?">&ldquo;Black Women Artists Tackle the Dangerous Stereotypes That Have Never Defined Them.&rdquo;</a></p> <p>The exhibit, which will be on display at CC&rsquo;s InterDisciplinary Experimental Arts (IDEA) Space for almost eight weeks in the spring, beginning<em> </em>March 27 and running through May 16, seeks to deconstruct the limiting categorizations mainstream culture allows black women. The artists reveal the shoddy nature of the stereotypes in favor of challenging, poetic, and thorough visualizations of black culture ― the myth, the archetype, the self-portrait, and beyond.&nbsp;</p> <p>Colorado College faculty members who contributed essays are Heidi R. Lewis, assistant professor and associate director of Feminist and Gender Studies, author of &ldquo;Who Will Sing a Black Girl&rsquo;s Song? A Case for Black Feminist and Womanist Exhibit Engagement&rdquo;; Claire Oberon Garcia, professor of English and director of Race, Ethnicity and Migration Studies, author of &ldquo;African American Women Artists&rsquo; Magical Truths&rdquo;; and Kate Leonard, professor of art, and Jean Gumpper, lecturer in art, co-authors of &ldquo;Poetry of Process.&rdquo;<br /><br />&ldquo;This exhibition has presented a wonderful opportunity to share the work of a dynamic group of artists,&rdquo; says Hunter-Larsen. &ldquo;I am particularly thrilled by the accompanying publication, which features the contributions of an exciting group of scholars, artists, and writers. Together, the exhibition and publication provide multiple approaches to the issues surrounding representation.&rdquo;<br /><br />Notes the <em>Huffington Post</em> review, &ldquo;Despite the monolithic representations that appear so often in TV series, advertisements, films and the imaginations of those who digest them, artists have long worked to provide images that speak to the depth and sweet fallibility of all human beings ― black women included.&rdquo;<br /><br />The Schnitzer Foundation, home of the collection of prints from which the show was curated, is producing the exhibition catalogue, which will be available at the IDEA Space exhibition, says Hunter-Larsen.&nbsp;For a preview of the catalogue scholarship, Lewis&rsquo;s article, &ldquo;Who Will Sing a Black Girl&rsquo;s Song? A Case for Black Feminist and Womanist Exhibit Engagement,&rdquo; is published in <a href="http://www.thefeministwire.com/2016/11/beyond-mammy/"><em>The Feminist Wire</em></a><em>. </em></p> <p>The IDEA Space, located in the Edith Kinney Gaylord Cornerstone Arts&nbsp;Center, 825 N. Cascade Ave.,&nbsp;is open 1-6 p.m. Monday-Friday and 1-5 p.m. Saturdays; closed holidays and CC block breaks.</p> CC Professors Co-Author Article on ‘Imperial Privilege’ Mon, 24 Oct 2016 15:00:00 MDT http://www.coloradocollege.edu/newsevents/newsroom/cc-professors-co-author-article-on-imperial-privilege http://www.coloradocollege.edu/newsevents/newsroom/cc-professors-co-author-article-on-imperial-privilege <p>Colorado College faculty members Rashna Batliwala Singh and Peter Matthews Wright&nbsp;have co-authored an op-ed piece, titled <a href="http://www.commondreams.org/views/2016/10/14/imperial-privilege-war-and-violence-near-and-far">&ldquo;Imperial Privilege: On War and Violence Near and Far,&rdquo;</a>&nbsp;in Common Dreams. In the article, Singh, visiting professor of English and Race, Ethnicity, and Migration Studies, and Wright, chair of the Religion Department and associate professor of religion, write that <span>&ldquo;the ability of the American electorate to shrug off the plight of those who suffer as the direct result of U.S. foreign policy is so pervasive that it deserves a name. We call it &lsquo;imperial privilege.&rsquo;&rdquo;</span></p> <p>Part of that privilege is the luxury of tuning out images of violent conflict, they say. &ldquo;Whether by turning off the TV and heading to the mall, the movies, or for a hike in the great outdoors, Americans may turn off war with a click. People in countries such as Yemen where U.S. armament sales fuel the devastation of war do not enjoy that option,&rdquo; they write.</p> <p>Singh and Wright contend that &ldquo;imperial privilege has distorted the political conversation in the United States by allowing some questions of conscience to be heard while silencing others.&rdquo;</p>