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Emanuel Ax at the Zankel

Skidmore’s McCormack residency program has brought artists ranging from former Poet Laureate Robert Pinsky to comedian and opera director Jonathan Miller to choreographer Bill T. Jones, and this fall it brought eminent pianist Emanuel Ax. A multiple Grammy win- ner, Ax is internationally famous for his virtuosity and passion in performance and for his collaborations with other leading musicians in a wide range of projects, from chamber classics to mod- ern works.

A close friend of the late Skidmore benefactor Arthur Zankel, Ax met with students and faculty and then performed

War and peace out loud

“Theater of War in a House of Peace,” organized by the religious and spiritual life office, has had Wilson Chapel hop- ping all year.

The series was conceived by campus chaplain Rick Chrisman to explore not so much the facts of the Iraq and Af - ghan istan wars but the lack of “emo- tional acknowledgment of these mortal facts,” he says. He wanted to foster ex- plicit and public dis- cussion of the wars and their costs in “an observance that is not funereal but inspira- tional of peace.” So far the events have included a visit by artist Jason Blue Lake Hawk Martinez, who created an exhi- bition in Wilson Chapel. Martinez dis- cussed his paintings, a contemporary inter- pretation of the tradi- tional 12 stations of the cross, and his kiva

Hedges, author of War Is a Force that Gives Us Meaning (2002), Empire of Illu- sion: The End of Literacy and the Triumph of Spectacle (2009), and other books. And Wissam Khalifa ’11 mounted an exhibit of art and diary entries by children liv- ing in his war-torn hometown of Fallu- jah, Iraq.

Looking ahead, Chrisman hopes the public discussion can address military re- cruitment policy. He says, “The human costs of our wars fall on just half a percent of our population. Perhaps we should look at some kind of universal national service with the op- tion of military, Peace Corps, health, educa- tion, or other civic service.”


(a Pueblo religious room) as avenues for exploring technological warfare from a spiritual viewpoint. There was a lecture by Pulitzer-winning former journalist and war correspondent Christopher

Next in the series: a multimedia show featuring a dance to Arvo Pärt’s Da Pacem, choreographed by

Prof. Denise Limoli and performed by students, slated for February. To get de- tails, click on “calendar” at the top of —SR

at the formal dedica- tion of the Arthur Zankel Music Center during Celebration Weekend. To accom- modate all who want- ed to see him, he also gave a concert preview and answered audi- ence questions. The dedicatory perform- ance featured solo and chamber works capped by a piano concerto with the Skidmore Orchestra. —SR


Expert influx

The faculty welcomed more than 30 new members this fall, including alumni lecturers Andrew Cencini ’01 in math and computer science, Adam Daily ’03 in art, and Susan Parillo ’05 in philosophy, as well as assistant professor Kendra Mur- phy ’03, a physicist with a Johns Hop- kins PhD on supermassive black-hole systems. Also notable are Phil Soltanoff, returning as a theater director, and Hillary Savoie, whose degrees from McGill’s architecture school and Rensse- laer Polytechnic landed her a job in … English, actually. Here are a few more, with their intriguing dissertation topics:

• Aditi Chandra (art history), blindness as a way of seeing in Vietnam War films

• Rebecca Krefting (American studies), cultural citizenship and charged humor

• Lisa Modenos (anthropology), ethno - graphy of peace-building in Cyprus

• Christopher More (philosophy), Socra - tic persuasion

• Leah Tembo (education studies), pre- serving child-centered education under No Child Left Behind

• Anouk Verheyden-Gillikin (biology), environmental change traceable in mangrove anatomy and composition




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