GENEVA, N.Y.-Several events are planned at Hobart and William Smith Colleges around the November/December holiday season. Below, in date order, are the events scheduled so far:
- Colleges Chorale Fall Concert Held. The Colleges Chorale fall concert will be performed at 8 p.m. on Saturday, November 17, in St. John's Chapel and directed by Kelly Hudson, instructor in music.
- President's Forum. Kerry Kennedy Cuomo will speak at 7:30 p.m. on Monday, November 26, in the Sanford Room of the Warren Hunting Smith Library. Cuomo established the Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Center for Human Rights in 1988. She has worked on diverse human rights issues such as child labor, freedom of expression, ethnic violence, the environment, and women's rights. She is the wife of Andrew Cuomo. President Gearan established the President's Forum Series in the winter of 2000 as a way to bring a variety of speakers to campus to share their knowledge and ideas with the HWS community and neighbors.
- Responsible Forestry and A New Activism Talk. David Arens, the former U.S. Marketing Director of the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) and a principal of ForestWorld, a Vermont consulting firm that specializes in the marketing of sustainable forest products, will discuss forest certification, eco-labeling, and the consumer's uncertain role in the global rise of sustainable forestry at 7 p.m. on Monday, November 26, in the Geneva Room of the Warren Hunting Smith Library. Sustainable forestry strives to maintain the productivity of natural forests and protect wildlife and watersheds while, at the same time, allow trees to be harvested. Advocates of the leading forest certification program, the FSC, have as vigorously asserted that marketing sustainably-harvested forest products is essential for the success of its conservation efforts.
- Genocide in Rwanda. Justice in Rwanda: Genocide and the Arusha Trials will be an event in the Genocide in the 20th Century lecture series, and will be held at 8 p.m. on Tuesday, November 27, in Albright Auditorium. A film screening and lecture are planned. By sponsoring the Genocide series, the Colleges community hopes to improve understanding of all life-annihilation processes inherent in the modern world.
- The Fisher Center Presents Iraqi Filmmaker. b.h. Yael, a Toronto-based Jewish Iraqi filmmaker, will show her most recent film, “Fresh Blood” and will speak about the complexity of “belonging” at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, November 28, in the Geneva Room of the Warren Hunting Smith Library. A follow-up roundtable discussion will be held the following morning at 8:45 a.m. in the Fisher Center.
- President's Forum. Alan Keyes will speak at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, November 29 in Albright Auditorium. Keyes was one of the U.S. representatives to the United Nations during the Ronald Reagan administration. In the 1990s he became known as an outspoken champion for conservative causes via his radio talk program, The Alan Keyes Show. A Republican, Keyes ran for the U.S. Senate in Maryland in 1988 and 1992 and ran for U.S. president in 1996 and 2000.
- Advent Lessons and Carols Service Held. Join in at 5:30 p.m. on Saturday, December 1, at St. John's Chapel, to begin the season of preparation and anticipation with the Advent Lessons and Carols Service.
- Kwanzaa Celebration: Exploration of Minority Culture. Kwanzaa Celebration: Exploration of Minority Culture will be held at 6:30 p.m. on Saturday, December 1, at a location to be announced. The keynote speaker will be Kevin Powell, poet, journalist and member of the first cast of “Real World.” Donations, to Sankofa: BSU, will be accepted in place of charging for tickets. There will be an After Party in the Barn from 11:30 p.m. to 4 a.m.
- Chinese Poet to Read. Chinese Poet Bei Dao will give a reading at 8 p.m. on Monday, December 3, in the Geneva Room of the Warren Hunting Smith Library. The Colleges are working in partnership with Cornell University and Ithaca College to support the Ithaca City of Asylum (ICOA) project . ICOA is part of a worldwide network of Cities of Asylum, organized by the International Parliament of Writers, to support writers whose works are repressed and whose lives and livelihoods are endangered. In October, the project welcomed Chinese poet and democracy activist Yi Ping to a two-year residency in Ithaca, where he will write, translate, and teach. Yi Ping will visit the Colleges several times during the next two years. He will be here first informally on December 3, accompanying his friend, the acclaimed Chinese poet Bei Dao (earlier given asylum under the same program in Europe after being exiled from China), who will give a reading at 8 p.m. that evening.
- Community Chorus Concert. The Hobart and William Smith Colleges Community Chorus will present their holiday concert at 8 p.m. on Tuesday, December 4, in St. John Chapel. Admission is free. Directed by Sun Min Lee, the Chorus will present Vivaldi's Gloria, as well as a cappella works by Rachmaninoff, Lauridson, and Thompson.