January and February 2017

Start the new semester and the new year by attending a motivating talk with one of several guest speakers at the University. The Martin Luther King Jr. Commencement Address will feature renowned author and educator Joy DeGruy. The Humanities Center will feature several events, including a talk by comparative literature professor Carol Dougherty. The annual inspireDANCE Festival will host a guest performance by New York City dance company Dance Heginbotham and the Memorial Art Gallery will feature several new exhibitions and events. In late February, Jenny Nordberg, investigative reporter and author of The Underground Girls of Kabul, will read from her work as part of the Neilly Series Lecture Series. There are a wide-range of activities to choose from mid January through February. Explore the University Events Calendar daily for ongoing lecture series, health and wellness sessions, and traditional winter celebrations at the University.

Comparative Literature Scholar Talks House and Home

The Humanities Center will host a talk by Carol Dougherty, Margaret E. Deffenbaugh and LeRoy T. Carlson Professor in Comparative Literature at Wellesley College, at 5 p.m. Thursday, January 19, in the Humanities Center Conference Room D, Rush Rhees Library. Dougherty will present “It’s OK’: Improvising a Domestic Environment on The Road with Cormac McCarthy.”

inspireDance Festival Offers Workshops, Performances

twin_1_lizavoll_courtesyjacobspillowdance_hiliThe Program of Dance and Movement hosts its annual inspireDance Festival featuring six days of dance classes, workshops, and performances from Wednesday, January 25 through Monday, January 30, on the River Campus.

  • Wednesday, January 25: inspireDance Student Kickoff Concert – 8 p.m. Spurrier Dance Theater
  • Friday, January 27: Performance: Heginbotham Dance – 8 p.m. Spurrier Dance Theater
  • Saturday, January 28: Swing Dance Stomp — with live music by Roc City Jitterbugs 8 p.m. Spurrier Dance Theater
  • Sunday, January 29: inspireJAM Bboy/Bgirl Battle – 1 to 4:30 p.m. May Room, Wilson Commons

Tickets are required at most events. For more information or a complete schedule, visit the Program of Dance and Movement online or call (585) 273-5150.

Save the Date for Fitness Open House and Wellness Fair

The Fitness and Wellness Center will host a Wellness Fair and Open House on Thursday, January 26, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., at the Medical Center (G-5680).

Martin Luther King Jr. Commemorative Address

Joy DeGruy, author of Post Traumatic Slave Syndrome: America’s Enduring Legacy of Injury and Healing, will deliver the University’s 16th annual Martin Luther King Jr. Commemorative Address at 6 p.m. Friday, January 27, at Strong Auditorium. The event is cosponsored by the Office of Minority Student Affairs and the Office of the President.

Black Students' Union Presents Step Show

Step Show in Strong Auditorium 2015. Photo by Keith Walters (University Photo)

The Black Students’ Union annual step show is from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday, January 28, at Strong Auditorium. The event will feature performances by Rochester area groups. Tickets in advance are $3 for the University community and $7 for the general public. Admission at the door is $5 for the University community and $10 for general public.

Winter Fest Features Comedian Tig Notaro

Tig Notaro, a Grammy Award nominated standup comedian and storyteller, will perform comedy on the River Campus at 9 p.m. Saturday, February 4, at Strong Auditorium. Tickets are required.

Celebrate Annual Legacy Awards

The Susan B. Anthony Center will host the annual Legacy Awards Celebration and presentation of the Frederick Douglass Medal, from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., on Saturday, February 4, at the Memorial Art Gallery, 500 University Avenue. Tickets are required.

Attend the Rochester Summer Fair

The Office of Summer Programs and Wilson Commons Student Activities will host a Rochester Summer Fair from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. Wednesday, February 8, in Hirst Lounge in Wilson Commons. Learn more about summer courses, summer activities, research, volunteer, and study abroad activities. www.rochester.edu/summer.

Annual Tana Grady-Weliky Lecture: Karin Muraszko

The Office for Inclusion and Cultural Development’s Tana Grady-Weliky Lecture on Women and Diversity in Medicine will feature Karin Muraszko, who will speak on “Leadership Development in a Neurosurgical Residency,” from noon to 1 p.m. Friday, February 10, at the Class of ’62 Auditorium at the Medical Center. A reception will follow in the LeChase Assembly Hall. Register with Grace Fuller.

'Pax Kaffraria' Opens at the Memorial Art Gallery

kaffraria_highlightsMeleko Mokgosi’s Pax Kaffraria will open at the Memorial Art Gallery on Sunday, February 19. Mokgosi makes figurative paintings that fit together to form “chapters” in large installations that suggest stories or narratives. Another “chapter” of Mokogosi’s installation will be simultaneously exhibited at the Rochester Contemporary Art Center, from February 3 through March 19. Read more.

Neilly Series Lecture Features Award-Winning Journalist

Jenny Nordberg, award-winning journalist and author of The Underground Girls of Kabul, will give a talk as part of the Neilly Series Lecture at 7 p.m. Tuesday, February 28, in the Hawkins-Carlson Room, Rush Rhees Library.