Monday March 25 – 1:00pm
East Building Dance Studio
Tara Murphy, originally from Washington, D.C., began exploring her heritage through African studies at Yale University. She was awarded a Yale fellowship to study traditional dance and drumming at the University of Legon in Ghana, West Africa. Since returning to the U.S., for the past 20 years, she has studied closely with many African and Afro-Caribbean artists in Washington, D.C., New York City and Boston. Tara recognizes the practice of African dance and drumming as a tremendous force for healing, empowerment and community. It is her greatest honor to share the inspiration of these ancient traditions. Free and open to the public!
Saturday April 6 – 7:30pm
St. James Church
GCC Chorus presents “Baroque and Classical Choral Music.” Featuring sacred and secular music in several languages by Henry Purcell, Antonio Vivaldi, J. S. Bach, Christoph W. Gluck, Wolfgang A. Mozart, Franz P. Schubert, and Christian Latrobe. Led by Margery Heins, Conductor, and accompanied by Henry Gaida, Pianist. Soloists from the chorus will also perform.
Thursday April 18 – 4:30pm
GCC celebrates the arts! Join us for an evening of performances and exhibits:
4:30-4:45pm Dance performance, Sloan Theater
4:45-6:45pm SORRY, a play by Richard Nelson, Sloan Theater
6:45-7pm Chorus performance, South Gallery
7-9pm Contemporary & Jazz Ensembles, S358 Music Room
7-9pm Annual Art Student Exhibit opening, South Gallery
Wednesday April 24 – 12:00pm
C307 Macleish Room
Join us for a poetry reading by Polina Barskova, sponsored by the English Department and The Friends of MacLeish. Polina Barskova was born in then-Leningrad in 1976. She published her first book of poetry Christmas in 1991—last year her tenth book of poetry A Sunny Morning in the Square was published in Saint Petersburg.
Barskova left Russia at the age of twenty to pursue a Ph.D. in Russian Studies at UC Berkeley, having already earned a graduate degree and become an accomplished poet in her homeland. Three books of Barskova’s poetry were translated into English: This Lamentable City (Tupelo Press, 2010), (Melville House, 2011), and Relocations (Zephyr Press, 2015). As a professor of Russian literature at Hampshire College, Barskova began an archival project that resulted in Written in the Dark: Five Poets in the Siege of Leningrad (Ugly Duckling Presse, 2016), an anthology of work written during the siege that remained unknown for decades.
Barskova lives in Amherst with her daughter Frosia. At the end of 2015 she received the Andrey Bely Prize for her book of prose Living Pictures—her play with the same title has been staged at the Moscow Theatre of Nations.
From Mad Vatslav’s Diary
I was a coal-miner, water
Poured over my gray hair, my eyelashes.
My sister, alive and laughing,
Shepherded such glorious cows!
I was a soldier, and afraid of living
I did my best to die–but did not manage to stumble
Upon any bad luck. The tsar’s own daughter
Visited my cabin and gave me a magic rope.
I was a slave. My master’s wife
Adored us, the dark, forbidden Slavs.
The green sunrise was the strangest.
In sorrow I danced, swaying, trembling, on wooden porches.
Friday May 3 – 12:00pm
GCC students present their original research in science and humanities at our end-of-year symposium. Light refreshments provided. Stop in at any time and see what our amazing students have been up to!
Wednesday May 8 – 12:00pm
C307 Macleish Room
Former GCC professor of environmental studies and YA author Brian Adams reads from his newest novel Offline, a young adult romantic romp through the dark underbelly of technology. Free and open to the public.
Friday May 10 – 7:00pm
The Dance Department at GCC presents our 2019 spring concert featuring GCC students and faculty and guest performances from the community. Tickets are $5, available at the door.