Monday, April 8, 2013
Tony Blair pays tribute to Margaret Thatcher in Lafayette College speech.
Although a divisive leader, Margaret Thatcher will be "missed profoundly" on both sides of the Atlantic, former British Prime Minister Tony Blair said Monday. Speaking at Lafayette College in Easton a few hours after Thatcher's death was reported, Blair said Thatcher was someone who believed in a strong bond between the United States and the United Kingdom. “Whether you agree with her or disagree with her, and I had plenty of times where I disagreed with her, she was a remarkable, empowering figure," Blair said at the start of his speech, which was the college's 2013 Lives of Liberty Lecture. Thatcher, 87, died Monday after suffering a stroke. She had led England's Conservative Party for nearly 12 years, the longest tenure of any 20th …
Tickets for Blair's speech are sold out, but the college will live stream the event at Colton Chapel.
Friday, March 29, 2013
DanceBrazil will play at the Williams Center next Wednesday.
DanceBrazil, an acclaimed Brazilian dance troupe, will return to Lafayette College's Williams Center next week. The group, which blends Afro-Brazilian and contemporary dance with a dance/martial arts form called Capoeira, will perform 8 p.m. on Wednesday, April 3. Tickets are $22 and can be purchased from the Williams Center box office at (610) 330-5009 weekdays from noon to 2 p.m., 4 to 5 p.m. and one hour before the show.
Tuesday, March 26, 2013
Tickets for Jane Goodall lecture are gone, but you can still get to see her to speak.
Tuesday, March 26
Tickets for Jane Goodall's lecture at Lafayette College next month are gone, but there's still a way to see the famed primatologist. Just as it's doing for Tony Blair's talk, the college will live-stream Goodall's lecture 7:30 p.m. April 11 and allow people to watch it live at Colton Chapel. In preparation for her talk, environmental studies Professor Rachel Brummer will present “Conservation and Complexity: Examining the Work of Jane Goodall and the Jane Goodall Institute,” at noon on April at Skillman Library. Goodall’s address is Lafayette’s Thomas Roy and Lura Forrest Jones Visiting Lecture for this year.
Saturday, March 23, 2013
Former British Prime Minister due to speak in Easton April 8.
Tickets for former British Prime Minister Tony Blair's speech at Lafayette College are sold out, but that doesn't mean you won't get to see it. The college will stream the event—scheduled for 4 p.m. on April 8—live at Colton Chapel. Seating is free and open to the public. To prepare for Blair's lecture, Lafayette will hold a panel discussion called In preparation of Blair’s lecture, government and law faculty will hold a panel discussion, “Tony Blair, Britain, and a Changing World,” on April 2 at 12:15 p.m. on in the Interfaith Chapel of Hogg Hall.
Tuesday, March 19, 2013
'The Virgin(?) Mary and Her Saucy Sisters' comes to Easton college Thursday.
Tuesday, March 19
She's an important part of the story of Jesus, a holy figure for Catholics around the world and even—thanks to a hit miniseries on the History Channel—a TV star. And now Mary, the mother of Jesus, will be the focus of a Lafayette College lecture this Thursday: “The Virgin(?) Mary and Her Saucy Sisters." That question mark isn't a typo. The lecture, by Claudia Camp of Texas Christian University, "tackles the notion that while the virgin birth is an important part of Christian doctrine, it hangs on a very thin literary thread, especially in the Gospel of Matthew," the college said in a news release. Camp will look at the women named in Jesus' geneology in the Bible, and how they "bring intimations of strangeness—illicit sex, deceit, and …
Tuesday, March 12, 2013
Japanese taiko drumming troupe Kodo will perform next week at the Williams Center.
Kodo, an acclaimed Japanese drumming troupe, will visit Lafyatte College next week. The group, which puts a modern spin on traditional Japanese drumming, will perform Wednesday, March 20 at 8 p.m. at the college's Williams Center. "Often referred to as 'samurai percussionists,' Kodo transforms the concert experience into a thrill ride while striving to preserve traditional Japanese drumming and reinterpret it in new and exciting ways," the school said in a news release. Tickets for the show are $35 and are very limited. You can get them by calling the box office at (610) 330-5009 weekdays between noon and 2 p.m., 4 to 5 p.m. and one hour before the show. Stand-by tickets will be sold at 7 p.m. the day of the performance. Before the show, …
Thursday, March 7, 2013
Choreographer Marie Chouinard's company will perform Stravinsky piece next week.
When composer Igor Stravinsky debuted his ballet Rite of Spring in 1913, the audience in Paris rioted. They just weren't ready for the "jagged rhythms, crunching discord, and the strange jerking of the dancers on stage," as NPR put it in 2008. One-hundred years later, "Rite of Spring" is recognized as a milestone in 20th century music, one you'll get to experience next week when it comes to the Williams Center at Lafayette College. Quebec choreographer Marie Chouinard and her company will perform the ballet March 13 at 8 p.m. The program will also include 24 Preludes, a dance using the music of Chopin. Before the performance, music professor Kirk O’Riordan and Carrie Rohman, a dancer and assistant professor of English, will discuss the two…
Lafayette knocks off Holy Cross and will play Lehigh University in semifinals Saturday in Patriot League Tournament.
The Lafayette Leopards are moving on. The Lafayette College mens basketball team knocked off Holy Cross Wednesday night, 77-54, in the Patriot League quarterfinals to advance to the next round. The team was sparked by star guard Tony Johnson, who scored 19 points. The No. 2 seeded Leopards will play No. 3 Lehigh University at 2 p.m. Saturday in the Kirby Sports Center in College Hill in a semifinals matchup. The tournament winner gets an automatic bid in the NCAA College Basketball Tournament. See video of the opening tip-off, some warm-ups and a section of Leopards fans cheering.
Wednesday, March 6, 2013
Geraldine Brooks will discuss 'The Art of Historical Fiction' March 14.
Geraldine Brooks, whose 2006 novel March won the Pulitzer Prize for fiction, will speak next week at Lafayette College. Brooks is scheduled to lecture on “The Art of Historical Fiction” at 4:30 p.m. Thursday, March 14 at the college's Williams Center. In March, Brooks imagines the Civil War through the eyes of Mr. March, father to the four March sisters in Louisa May Alcott's Little Women. Her talk—the 2013 John L. Hatfield ’67 Lecture—is free, and will be followed by a book signing and reception. Brooks' other books include Year of Wonder: A Novel of the Plague, and the non-fiction works Nine Parts of Desire: The Hidden World of Islamic Women, and Foreign Correspondence: A Penpal’s Journey from Down Under to All Over