Dee Craig installs first cloth murals in Europe

Many will remember the Mellon Creative Residency that brought Northern Ireland mural artist, Dee Craig, to the Tri-Colleges in the fall of 2014. Craig installed a collage in Kohlberg Hall and a large mural on the side of the Science Center, hosted an exhibit on mural arts in McCabe Library and guest lectured in classes across the Tri-Colleges.

Craig partnered with Paul Downie of the Community Arts Center and the City of Philadelphia Mural Arts Program to learn about the “parachute cloth” technique that is often used in Philadelphia’s mural scene.

Since he returned to Belfast, Dee has installed four murals using the parachute cloth technique, the first of their kind in Europe. Funding from the Office of the First Minister and Deputy First Minister of Northern Ireland made the projects possible, and three of the new murals focus on education.

Prof. Lee Smithey had the opportunity to catch up with Dee Craig this summer in Belfast and visited each of the new murals.

Youth from nearby Ballymac Friendship Centre designed the first at the bottom of the Newtownards Road in East Belfast. Girls feature prominently along with themes of racial and ethnic diversity, education, and dance. Robyn Buseman and Willis “Nomo” Humphrey from the City of Philadelphia Mural Arts Project flew to Northern Ireland to assist in the installation.

Dee Craig Dreams Mural Belfast 2016

A new mural in the Donegal Pass area of South Belfast encourages reading and the emphasizes the importance of education for local youth.

Dee Craig Education Mural, Belfast 2016

Another mural celebrating education adorns a wall of the newly renovated Ballymac Friendship Centre.

Dee Craig Ballymac mural Belfast 2016

Northern Irish and Polish youth cooperated to create a mural in Foxglove Street in East Belfast. Major-General Stanislaw F. Sosabowski led Polish Airborne Forces, who fought at the Battle of Arnhem in WWII. Sosabowski and his forces came to the rescue of the British 1st Airborne Division that had become surrounded by German troops.

Dee Craig Sosabowski mural, Belfast 2016

Congratulations to Dee and all of his partners as they build on the Tri-Colleges Creative Residency.

LONELINESS AT THE FOUL LINE, a solo performance (5/7 @ 12PM and 4PM)

The Department of Theater presents
A Solo Performance Thesis
by Michaela Shuchman ’16

Saturday, May 7th
12PM and 4PM
Matchbox Kuharski Studio

Before it gets toured to area middle schools, come see Michaela Shuchman perform, Loneliness at the Foul Line. This is the story of a girl named Sarah, the game of basketball, and the warrior within all of us.

RESERVATIONS REQUIRED for seating. Email lpacevents@swarthmore.edu

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May 2016 Dance Showings

Join us for showings in dance from our technique classes:
Dance Lab I 
Ballet Repertory students in excerpts from SWAN LAKE
Pointe and Partnering

Monday, May 2
5pm
LPAC Troy Dance Studio

Plus

The Performers: an experiment in progress
Directed and Choreographed by Erica Janko
Live music by Nirvaan Ranganathan
Advised by Jumatatu Poe

Monday, May 2 & Tuesday, May 3
4:15pm and 6:15pm
(with talkback after final showing on Tuesday)
LPAC Boyer Dance Studio

SEATING IS LIMITED for this showing and by reservation only, please email Erica Janko at ejanko1@swarthmore.edu for more information and reservations

A “performance” may be defined as all the activity of a given participant on a given occasion which serves to influence in any way any of the other participants.
– Erving Goffman, from The Presentation of Self in Everyday Life, 1959

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Spring 2016 Dance Concert

The Department of Music and Dance sends a warm invitation to all! This spring concert will feature dances and music from a variety of styles and from various cultural traditions including Ballet, Taiko, Modern, Tap, Flamenco and more! Come celebrate our students and faculty with this joyous end of the semester showcase. Free and open to the public without welcome. All ages are welcome.

Lang Performing Arts Center
Pearson-Hall Theater (MainStage)
Friday, April 29 at 8PM
Saturday, April 30 at 8PM

Stories that Live

The Lang Center for Civic and Social Responsibility along with Casey Lu Simon-Plumb ’18 present:

Renate Writes: Stories from a Holocaust Survivor
Thursday April 21 4:30 PM
Keith Room, Lang Center

Ronnie Brewslow is a current PA resident who escaped from Nazi Germany in 1939. She was on the St. Louis headed for Cuba, but when the ship was denied dockage went to Rotterdam West, a detention camp in Holland. Thanks to the tenacity of her mother they were able to find a boat leaving for the USA from Belgium and reunited with her father in the United States. Ronnie is coming to share her story with us and do a question and answer session following her presentation. Good and refreshments will be provided.

This event is part of Swarthmore’s Human Rights Awareness Week Organized by Prof. Krista Thomason’s PHIL 051 class.

The Perils of Marriage Equality

Please join us for the lecture: The Perils of Marriage Equality

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Katherine Franke
Isidor and Seville Sulzbacher Professor of Law
Director, Center for Gender and Sexuality Law
Columbia University

Thursday, April 21, 2016
4:30pm Kohlberg 115

Professor Franke will discuss her new book, Wedlocked: The Perils of Marriage Equality: How African Americans and Gays Mistakenly Thought the Right to Marry Would Set Them Free.

Sponsored by Peace and Conflict Studies, Philosophy, Sociology & Anthropology, Gender & Sexuality Studies, Lang Center for Civic & Social Responsibility

Dido & Aeneas by Henry Purcell (4/24 + 4/25 @ 7:30PM)

The Department of Music and Dance presents a fully staged production of Henry Purcell’s Didoforwebminiature operatic masterpiece, DIDO AND AENEAS, featuring an all-student cast and members of the Swarthmore College Orchestra. Stage Direction by Patrick Ross ’15; Musical Direction by Andrew Hauze ’04; Choreography by Assistant Professor of Dance Olivia Sabee; Costumes by Tara Webb ’94; Choral Direction by Joseph Gregorio; Musical Preparation by Debra Scurto-Davis; Assistant Musical Direction by J. Andrew Kim ’18; Stage Management by Aaron Slepoi ’17.

Lang Concert Hall
Sun April 24 at 7:30PM
Mon April 25 at 7:30PM

Free and open to the public without reservation. More info: 610-957-6159.

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