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Misher Festival of Fine Arts 2014

Celebrating the 30th Anniversary of Arts & Sciences

The 2014 Misher Festival of Fine Arts & Humanities celebrates the 30th Anniversary of Arts & Sciences and former University President Allen Misher’s vision of an undergraduate education that embraces history, music, and literature alongside biology, chemistry, and more.

This year’s Misher Festival also celebrates our University’s vibrant cultural community, and we invite you to experience cultural offerings from the organizations that make our corner of Philadelphia such an exciting place to live and work.

Defining Community:  Digital Photo Contest

Opens August 15, 2014
Closes November 1, 2014

The 2014 Misher Festival of Fine Arts & Humanities photo contest, “Defining Community,” welcomes any image that explores our geographic, artistic or social networks. USciences students, faculty, staff, and alumni may submit. Limit one submission per person. Photos may be featured on USciences TV throughout the fall, 2014 semester; winners will be announced at an end-of-semester event (Dec. 3).

Send no more than ONE photograph in jpeg format, up to 10mb, tomisherfestivalcontest@usciences.edu. Submitting a file will be your way of affirming that it is your own photograph, not owned, taken, or retouched by anyone else, and that USciences has the permission to judge and to showcase your work. First prize: $100.

 

2014 Schedule of Events

Saturday, September 20

Woodlands Wobble 5K
10am
The Woodlands, 4000 Woodland Avenue

The Woodlands’ 54-acre undulating landscape sets the stage for this fun 5K destined to be a neighborhood classic. Registration and info.

Creative Compositions with Hope & Hayden: Poetry and Photography Workshops
10am–Noon
Pharmacology Toxicology Center (42nd & Woodland), Rooms 131 and 132

Meet two of USciences’ most beloved teachers: poet and professor Warren Hope offers a two-hour introductory poetry workshop; photography professor James Hayden offers a two-hour photography workshop. Choose one workshop; bring pen and paper or camera. Free and open to the public. To register, contact c.flanag@usciences.edu.

Alumni Cocktail Reception Celebrating Misher College of Arts & Sciences 30th Anniversary
5:00–6:30pm
McNeil Science and Technology Center, 337
Alumni, faculty and staff are invited to celebrate 30 years of Misher College during 2014 Reunion Weekend. Register for this and other Reunion event.

 

Sunday, September 21

The Barnes Foundation
2:30pm
2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia
www.barnesfoundation.org

The Barnes Foundation

Paul Cézanne, The Kitchen Table (La table de cuisine), 1888–90, oil on canvas, 33 3/8 x 39 1/2 in. (84.8 × 100.3 cm), Musée d'Orsay, Paris, RF 2819

The Barnes Foundation’s legendary art collection includes some of the world’s finest examples of post-impressionist and early modern works. The afternoon will begin with a 30-minute presentation of the museum’s history and a description of the collection, followed by a self-guided tour at your leisure. Visitors will also have access to the final day of the travelling exhibit, The World Is an Apple: The Still Lifes of Paul Cézanne. $5 students; $10 faculty, staff, alumni. Advance registration required: c.flanag@usciences.edu

 

Monday, September 22

Books through Bars
12 noon–1pm
Wilson 209-212
www.booksthroughbars.org
Books Through Bars
Learn about Books through Bars. Headquartered on 47th and Baltimore, Books through Bars distributes free books and educational materials to incarcerated people; they also offer programs that educate and engage the general public to think critically about issues of imprisonment. Year-round volunteer events offer participants a chance to read letters requesting books, select books, and help send them to men and women in prison.

 

 

Tuesday, September 23

Morning at the Museum: Wyeth at the Marvin Samson Center for the History of Pharmacy
8–10:30am
Griffith Hall Lobby
Marvin Samson Museum for the History of Pharmacy
Museum Curator and Director Michael J. Brody introduces guests to Wyeth: A History Through Artifacts, an exhibition celebrating the legacy of John Wyeth (1834-1907), a graduate of the Philadelphia College of Pharmacy. Over 300 objects on display document distinct moments in Wyeth’s complex 150-year history. Coffee and light breakfast fare served.  This exhibit is open through October 2, 2015.

Enigmatic Eakins: An Artistic Walking Tour of The Woodlands
1pm
The Woodlands, 400 Woodland Ave.

www.woodlandsphila.org
An Artistic Walking Tour of the WoodlandsSpend your lunch break on an artistic adventure through The Woodlands to discover the famed artist Thomas Eakins and his many portrait subjects at their final resting place. Meet at the front gates for a tranquil hour-long walking tour. Buried at The Woodlands, Thomas Eakins (1844 – 1916) is regarded as America's greatest realist painter. A born and bred Philadelphian, Eakins was a man of talent who provoked controversy, most famously during his tenure at Philadelphia Academy of Fine Arts. Walk The Woodlands grounds with us as we tell the story of his life, interwoven with stories of his subjects, including Dr. Samuel Gross of The Gross Clinic, the sculptor William Rush, and a number of famed Philadelphia physicians. Enhance your understanding of Philadelphia's art culture and the ways that Eakins and that culture influenced and shaped each other. No registration required—meet inside the front gate of The Woodlands.

USciences Faculty Music Recital at the Hamilton Mansion
7pm
The Woodlands, 400 Woodland Ave.

www.woodlandsphila.org
 
USciences music faculty Kim Robson (flute), Russ Ferrara (guitar), and Elizabeth Kaderabek (violin) perform in this evening concert celebrating the musical era surrounding the history of The Woodlands. Free and open to the public.

Open Poetry Reading at the Green Line on Locust
7pm
45th & Locust Sts.

www.greenlinecafe.com
Bring a poem (5 minutes long or less) or just simply come enjoy this open reading at the Green Line, hosted by poet Leonard Gontarek. Prizes awarded. The Green Line Café holds open readings every third Tuesday, September through June, free and open to the public. *Note address!  Sign up atgontarek9@earthlink.net.

 

Wednesday, September 24

Poetry Writing Workshop with Leonard Gontarek
12 noon
Wilson 209-212

www.leafscape.org/LeonardGontarek 

Bring a recent poem you’ve written, or come be inspired to create some new work! Host Leonard Gontarek, who was recently awarded the prestigious Philadelphia Writer’s Conference Community Service Award, offers a supportive environment that welcomes both new and experienced poets. Gontarek’s latest poetry collections include He Looked Beyond My Faults and Saw My Needs(2013), Déjà vu Diner (2006) and St. Genevieve Watching Over Paris (1984).

 

Thursday, September 25

The Ethics of Perception:  Misher Visiting Professor Melanie Rae Thon
1pm  
Astra Zeneca Auditorium  
McNeil Science and Technology Center

Melanie Rae ThonHow do our perceptions and interpretations of the natural world inform our actions and attitudes, our systems of belief, our use of language, and our spiritual imaginations?  Can heightened awareness of the vast animate environment compel us to re-evaluate our place and responsibilities within a more-than-human community?  Is it possible to use the language of poetry and storytelling to weave our way back into a more intimate engagement with all living beings? Through a multitude of diverse scientific and literary examples, Melanie Rae Thon will investigate these questions and offer suggestions for re-awakening curiosity and compassion through heightened sensory and linguistic attention and awareness.

We are honored to welcome Melanie Rae Thon as our 2014 Misher Visiting Professor of Humanities. Prof. Thon's most recent books are the novel The Voice of the River and In This Light: New and Selected Stories.  She is also the author of the novels Sweet Hearts, Meteors in August, and Iona Moon, and the story collections First, Body  and  Girls in the Grass.  Thon’s work has been included in Best American Short Stories(1995, 1996), three Pushcart Prize Anthologies  (2003, 2006, 2008),  and O. Henry Prize Stories  (2006).  She is a recipient of a Whiting Writer's Award (1997), two fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts  (1992 and 2008). Originally from Montana, Thon now lives in Salt Lake City, where she teaches in the Creative Writing and Environmental Humanities programs at the University of Utah.

Misher College of Arts & Sciences 30th Anniversary Celebration
2pm
McNeil Science and Technology Center Atrium

USciences’ college of arts and sciences turns 30—and we want to celebrate! Named in honor of former University President Allen Misher, Misher College’s mission is to create an exciting undergraduate education that embraces history, music, and literature alongside biology, chemistry, and more. Misher College Dean Suzanne Murphy welcomes all USciences students, faculty, and staff to join us for food and fun!

Night at the Museum: Wyeth at the Marvin Samson Center for the History of Pharmacy
7–9pm
Griffith Hall First Floor 
         
Marvin Samson Museum for the History of Pharmacy
Museum Curator and Director Michael J. Brody introduces guests to Wyeth: A History Through Artifacts, an exhibition celebrating the legacy of John Wyeth (1834-1907), a graduate of the Philadelphia College of Pharmacy. Over 300 objects on display document distinct moments in Wyeth’s complex 150-year history. Ice cream social to follow!

 

Friday, September 26

Fiction Reading with Melanie Rae Thon, Misher Visiting Professor of Humanities
12 noon
Wilson 209-212

Fiction writer Melanie Rae Thon's most recent books are the novel The Voice of the River and In This Light: New and Selected Stories.  She is also the author of the novels Sweet Hearts, Meteors in August, and Iona Moon, and the story collections First, Body  and  Girls in the Grass.  Thon’s work has been included inBest American Short Stories, Pushcart Prize Anthologies, and O. Henry Prize Stories.  Today, Thon reads from new work and answers questions about the craft of writing fiction.

 

Saturday, September 27

Mural Arts Trolley Tour
10am
McNeil Science and Technology Center Atrium

The Mural Arts Program has produced over 3,600 murals which have become a cherished part of the civic landscape and a great source of inspiration to the millions of residents and visitors who encounter them each year, earning Philadelphia international praise as the “City of Murals.” But as stunning as the murals are themselves, they are, most importantly, the visual products of a powerful and collaborative grassroots process in communities. The mural-making process gives neighborhood residents a voice to tell their individual and collective stories, a way to pass on culture and tradition, and a vehicle to develop and empower local leaders. Mural Arts’ mural-making process also engages thousands of Philadelphia’s at-risk children, youth, and adults who find their artistic voice, develop their self-confidence, and discover new ambitions while creating murals through numerous programs.  This trolley tour will take participants from the USciences campus on a two-hour journey through a selection of Philadelphia’s newest murals. $5 students, $10 faculty, staff, alumni.  Advance registration required: c.flanag@usciences.edu.

Our City, Our Vets: Celebrating the USciences Mural
12:30–2pm
McNeil Science and Technology Center Atrium

Our City Our VetsMural artists Willis Humphrey and Phillip Adams talk about their 2012 mural, “A Communion between a Rock and a Hard Place,” located at 4129 Woodland Avenue. Mural Arts and Warrior Writers brought the community together to support veterans returning to our city, hosting a series of events including art and writing workshops for veterans, community discussions, exhibitions, and painting activities, which culminated in the creation of a landmark mural. Lunch served; registration required: c.flanag@usciences.edu

Martha McDonald:  Performance and Art Installation
7pm
The Woodlands
4000 Woodland Avenue

marthalmcdonald.blogspot.com
Martha McDonald is an interdisciplinary artist whose work features handcrafted costumes and objects that are activated through gestures of making and unmaking, singing and autobiographical narrative. McDonald's practice often focuses on site-specific "interventions" in historic house museums, libraries and gardens where she develops a performative response to the site and its collection which mines the past to reflect on the present. $5 tickets for USciences students, faculty, staff and alumni. Contact c.flanag@usciences.edu.

 

Friday, November 14

The Frank Schaefer Project
Curio Theatre
4740 Baltimore Avenue

www.curiotheatre.org
Curio Theatre’s fall season opens with The Frank Schaefer Project, a play that explores the life of a Methodist pastor convicted by his pastoral peers for breaking his religious vows after officiating at his gay son’s wedding.  $5 Opening night tickets available for students, faculty, staff, and alumni.   Contact c.flanag@usciences.edu.

 

Wednesday, December 3

Defining Community:  Digital Photo Contest Winners Announced
12 noon
Griffith Hall A

This event presents the finalists and winning entry for the 2014 Misher Festival of Fine Arts & Humanities Photo Contest, “Defining Community.”

Contact:

Christine Flanagan 

Address:

Office Location: East Building, Room 205
University of the Sciences
600 South 43rd Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104-4495

Phone:

215-596-7543

Email:

c.flanagan@usciences.edu