September 10, 2002, Volume 20 number 2

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Tweed Museum of Art Schedule
The exhibit, “Selections from the Collection: Photographs and Photo-derived Artworks” will be on display through November 3. This exhibition presents prints and photographs from the permanent collection, many newly acquired. It also complements “Discontinuum: Photographs by Jane Calvin,” which is on display now through November 10.

A lecture by Jane Calvin will be presented at 6 p.m. on October 3. Densely layered and darkly seductive, Calvin’s photographs create and recreate references to the memories, impulses and fantasies that tug at the edge of our conscious minds. Her images are constructed by montaging projected imagery and found objects into room-sized assemblages, which she then photographs in color.

The exhibits, “Studio Glass from the Collection of Don and Carol Wiiken” and “Joel Philip Myers: New Works, 1996-2000” open with a lecture at 10 a.m. on September 27 by Carol Wiiken in the Tweed Lecture Gallery. The first exhibit is an exhibition premier from the collection of Don and Carol Wiiken of Oak Park, Illinois. The thirty-five glass works featured have been created by noted international artists including: Olle Alberiius, Sweden; Harvey Littleton, Joel Philip Meyers, Dale Chihuly, United States; Monica Eaton, Germany; Judi Elliott, Australia; Louis LeLoup, Belgium; and many others. The Wiikens, who have provided leadership to the Art Alliance for Contemporary Glass, have announced a generous gift to the Tweed Museum of Art that will begin a world-class contemporary glass collection unique to the Great Lakes region. Joel Philip Meyers, internationally renowned artist and a leader in the contemporary studio glass movement, will exhibit a unique glass installation in conjunction with the Wiiken exhibit. In this new work, Meyers deals with the complex issues of contemporary culture and the human condition. Meyers is professor emeritus from Illinois State University where he founded the studio glass program. He currently lives and works in Pennsylvania and in Denmark. Both exhibits run through December 21.

For more information regarding the exhibitions and lectures mentioned above, call Mary at the Tweed Museum of Art at 726-7823.

music EVENTS

Daniel Lipori, bassoon, will present a faculty artist recital at 7:30 p.m., on Tuesday, September 17, in 90 Bohannon Hall. Tickets will be sold at the door.

The inaugural celebration for the Weber Music Hall will be held October 24-27. Richard Stoltzman, clarinet, will present the first performance in the Weber Music Hall 2002-03 Ovation Guest Artist Series at 7:30 p.m. on October 25, 2002. The other three performances in the series include the Dale Warland Singers on November 9, T.S. Monk, on March 7; and the Turtle Island String Quartet will perform with the Ying Quartet on April 26. Call 726-8561, or 726-8877 for reservations and further information.


theatre EVENTS

The 2002–2003 theatre season offers five diverse performances. All shows are at 7:30 p.m. in the Marshall Performing Arts Center. Call 726-8561 to reserve tickets.

Brighton Beach Memoirs will run October 17-20 & 23 – 26. It’s 1937 at Brighton Beach, NY. The characters are a Jewish extended family struggling through the Depression and heading into the terrors of WWII. The household is crowded and financially depressed, but rich in spirit, love, hope, humor, and hormones! Be prepared to laugh and cry as the wide-eyed teenager, Eugene, takes the audience on a roller coaster journey as he “comes of age.”

The season includes Blur, from December 5 – 8 & 10 – 14; The School for Scandal, from February 13 – 16 & 19 – 22; The Philanthropist, from March 13 – 15 & 23 & March 25– 29; and Sweet Charity, from April 24 – 27 & April 30 – May 3.

EVENTS workshops

The first brown bag lunch in the 2002-2003 Alworth Institute International Brown Bag Series, “Bosnia: An Elusive Peace,” will be held on Thursday, September 12 at noon in the Bullpub. Khalil Dokhanchi (Haji), professor of Political Science at UWS, will show slides and speak about his summer 2002 trip to Bosnia. Dokhanchi, two other faculty members and several students visited Sarajevo, Tuzla, Mostar and Banja Luka. During their trip, they focused on the issues of rebuilding Bosnia economically, politically and socially, as well as the concerns of refugees and the impact of land-mines.

Maxim Herbach, retired communications manager at Minnesota Power/Allete, will present “A Native Son Returns to His European Roots,” on Thursday, September 19 at noon in Kirby Bullpub. Herbach will talk about his return to his Belgium and Jewish past, and his visits with re-discovered relatives, friends and acquaintances as they expressed their thoughts about their historical past and troubled present. Underneath the old continent’s charms, Europeans are haunted by dark visions spanning decades from the beginning of World War II in September 1939 to the aftershocks of the terrible acts of terrorism on September 11, 2001.

Tatiana Kostadinova, assistant professor of Political Science, will talk on “East European Public Support for NATO Membership: Fears, Aspirations, and Change” on Wednesday, September 25 at noon, in the Library Fourth Floor Rotunda. Kostadinova will provide an analysis of how people in Central and Eastern Europe feel about their countries’ possible membership in the North Atlantic military alliance. She will examine the so-called “security vacuum” and the East and Central European fears of falling under the control of the Russians again. In addition, she will discuss the impact of international events (the Kosovo crisis in particular), and the November Prague Summit when up to seven countries are expected to be invited to become new members, the largest addition to NATO since its creation.

For info call 726-8616 or e-mail

James Oliver Horton, the Benjamin Banneker Professor of American Studies and History at George Washington University and the director of the African American Communities Project of the National Museum of American History at the Smithsonian Institution, will give a lecture entitled “Presenting Slavery: Dealing with America’s Most Un-American History,” Thursday, September 19 at 7:30 p.m. in 120 Campus Center. In addition, Horton will participate in a seminar on the process of uncovering and saving African American History on Thursday, September 19 from 3:30 - 5 p.m. in 245 A.B.Anderson Hall. He will give a short presentation, “The Life and Times of Edward Ambush: Methods in Community Research,” which will be followed by a roundtable discussion about research on African American history in the Duluth area.

For information contact Drew Digby, 726-8657 or via email at

The Department of Biology welcomes David Bird as he presents "The American Kestrel: A Suitable White Mouse For Raptor Studies?” on Friday, September 13. The seminar, which is hosted by Jerry Niemi, will be held in Life Science 185 at 2 p.m. with coffee and cookies served at 1:45 p.m. For special accommodations, call the Biology Office at 726-6262. If you would like to visit with this seminar speaker, contact the Jerry Niemi.

EVENTS classes

See next issue of Currents.

glensheen EVENTS

Guided tours are offered at Glensheen from 9:30 a.m. - 4 p.m., daily through October. A fall exhibit, “Chester Congdon, A Man of the Land,” will run through November 3. The exhibit features more than 50 of Congdon’s personal items from the U.S. and around the world that show his interest and love of the land.

Call 218-726 8910 or toll-free: 888-454-GLEN (4536) for more information.

special EVENTS

In honor of the many sacrifices, acts of heroism, and loss of lives, UMD is holding a brief interfaith service at noon on Wednesday, September 11 in the Ballroom of the Kirby Student Center. For more information please call the office of the Vice Chancellor for Academic Support & Student Life, 726-8501.

Highlights of German cinema will be shown every other Thursday during the fall semester at 6:30 p.m. in 403 Humanities. The videos cover 70 years of German cinema, from the 1920s to the 1970s, and are followed by a discussion in German. For a listing of dates and films to be shown, see

The Sustainable Farming Association Farmers’ Market will be held every Wednesday through September at 2 p.m. under the Kirby overpass on Kirby Drive.

Paddle to the height of Land Portage, a special place during the fur trade era, to re-live the Voyageur’s rites of passage. This is the best time of year to visit the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness, with its beautiful fall colors, few people, and no bugs! Paul Sheridan will lead students on the adventure beginning at 4 p.m. on Friday, September 13 and returning at 6 p.m on Sunday, September 15. For information and registration call 726-7128.

The Newman Club invites students, faculty and staff to join in prayer on Mondays and Fridays at noon in Kirby 361. For info call 726-8755.

Planetarium shows are offered every Wednesday at 7 p.m. in 130 Marshall W. Alworth Planetarium. For more information contact or 726-7129.

Homecoming Weekend, which is Friday, September 27 through Sunday, September 28, will feature several events including a Battle of the Bands, Women’s Volleyball and Soccer, a 5K Run, an Alumni Gathering, campus tours, a Carnival, a Chili-Cook-off with Live Music, a Homecoming Parade, a Football Game, a Homecoming Dance on the Vista Fleet, and alumni events. For information see the web page at: For alumni information, e-mail

A Biology Alumni Homecoming and barbeque will be held from 11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m. on September 28 outside the UMD Greenhouse, located at 1110 Kirby Drive. There also will be a Life Science Open House from 1 - 3 p.m. Visit professors, tour labs, meet current students and meet with the local architects who designed the new James I. Swenson Science Building. To RSVP e-mail or call 726-6262.



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