2016-17 Afternoon Sabbatical series offers diverse lineup

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The 2016-17 Afternoon Sabbatical series at Goshen College will feature musical performances, trips, meals and lectures focusing on topics from around the world to right here in Goshen.

Now in its 39th year, the series has worked to connect the community and the college through programs and presentations that highlights the expertise of both community members and Goshen College faculty.

Afternoon Sabbatical programs are typically held each second Tuesday of the month at 1 p.m. in the Goshen College Music Center’s Sauder Concert Hall or the Church-Chapel Fellowship Hall. The programs are usually free and open to the public, with exceptions on the luncheon and the bus trips. For more information on this year’s series, contact the Goshen College Welcome Center at (574) 535-7566.


Tuesday, Sept. 13, 2016, 1 p.m, Sauder Concert Hall, Music Center
Evolving With Language: When the Rules on Courtesy, Profanity and Other Usage Give Way,” lecture by Duane Stoltzfus, professor of communication
Duane Stoltzfus will talk about navigating standards in a shifting landscape. Communication is more important than rules, but standards also have their place. He’ll reflect on his own journey with language and engage his students, former professors and others in a conversation about how we best say what we want to say.Free and open to the public. Free and open to the public.

Balazs Pirot

Tuesday, Oct. 11, 2016, noon, Church-Chapel Fellowship Hall
International Luncheon: “Hungary – The Heart of Eastern Europe, hosted by Balazs Pirot, 2016 GC graduate
After a traditional Hungarian meal, Balazs Pirot, a recent Goshen College graduate and Hungarian citizen, will give a brief overview of the country’s history, economy, culture, famous personnel and sites such as capital, Budapest.
Cost: $22, $5 late fee after Oct. 3


Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2016, 1 p.m., Sauder Concert Hall, Music Center
“El Sistema: Transforming Lives through Music,” with Jose Rocha, associate professor of music
With El Sistema, a grassroots music education program, children of all ages and walks of life have learned to play instruments; neighborhoods and lives have been transformed. Interspersed with a cello performance, Jose Rocha will share the history of this movement, his experience with El Sistema in his home country, Mexico, and how GC is collaborating with Longy School of Music with an emphasis on music for social change. Free and open to the public.


Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2016, 1 p.m., Sauder Concert Hall, Music Center
“Curating Christmas,” with Beverly Lapp, professor of music and department chair
Beverly Lapp will perform her favorite piano arrangements of Advent and Christmas music, and will offer commentary on how the compositional techniques at play bring out the message and spirit of these beloved carols. Free and open to the public.



Tuesday, Feb. 14, 2017, 1 p.m., Sauder Concert Hall, Music Center
“I Heart Comics: The Cultural Power of Comics and Graphic Novels,” lecture by
Jessica Baldanzi, associate professor of English
Jessica Baldanzi designed and developed the college’s course on comics and graphic narratives, writes the comics review blog Commons Comics for the Elkhart Truth, and is co-editing a collection of scholarly essays on Kamala Kahn, the new Ms. Marvel. Her presentation will review the language of comics, as well as their unique power — from Art Spiegelman’s Maus, which won the Pulitzer Prize in 1986, to the new Ms. Marvel — to negotiate difficult cultural conversations. Free and open to the public.


Tuesday, March 14, 2017, 1 p.m., Sauder Concert Hall, Music Center
“Nurturing Our Entrepreneurship Ecosystem,” lecture by Michelle Horning, professor of accounting
The success of an entrepreneurship ecosystem depends on the robust and active interactions of individuals, organizations and the culture that surrounds them. Learn how the college’s entrepreneurship program provides a launching point for individual entrepreneurs who have been instrumental in helping to develop the local and regional entrepreneurship community. Free and open to the public.


Tuesday, April 4, 2017, 1 p.m., Sauder Concert Hall, Music Center
“Women’s World Music Choir: Creating, Sustaining, Disrupting,” with Debra Detwiler Brubaker, professor of music
In its 13 years of music-making, the college’s Women’s World Music Choir continues to celebrate the strength and energy of women from a diversity of cultures. Through singing, movement and spoken word, this program will embrace the themes of: sustaining individuals through hard times; creating joy as a response of gratitude to life’s gifts; and disrupting the attitudes held towards women. Free and open to the public.


Tuesday, May 16, 2017, 1 p.m., Sauder Concert Hall, Music Center
“Salzbergen: Bass-baritone Njål Sparbo and Friends,” with Njål Sparbo, Norwegian bass-baritone, 2009 Grieg Prize recipient; Luke Norell, piano program director, Community School of the Arts; and Mary Rose Norell, director, Community School of the Arts
Celebrate the connections between musical giants Edvard Grieg and Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart in a preview of “SALZBERGEN,” the inaugural conference of the Edvard Grieg Society of the Great Lakes, to be held at the college on May 19-20. This collaborative lecture performance includes vocal, solo and chamber music. Free and open to the public.


Sept. 19-21, 2017
Theater Trip to Niagara-on-the-Lake
Join us for a trip to the picturesque Victorian village of Niagara-on-the-Lake to attend theater by the highly recognized Shaw Festival Acting Company. We will stay at the historic Prince of Wales Hotel, centered ideally for walking, shopping, restaurants and the three theaters.
Cost: $575 includes coach travel, two nights lodging, two evening theater tickets and stop at Niagara Falls. A third play (matinee) can be added for additional cost. Size is limited to 35 guests. Make a $25 nonrefundable deposit to hold your place.