2010-11 News

Parents and Children through the College Years Addressed by Albion College Guest Speaker

"Becoming an Orphan: Estrangement and Education," a unique look at breaking the parent/child bond during one’s college years, is the subject of Albion College's 2011 Phi Beta Kappa lecture. Stanford University English professor Terry Castle presents this public discussion Monday, February 7, at 7 p.m., in the Norris center Towsley Auditorium.

Albion College Asian Awareness Group Host Chinese New Year Celebration

The Year of the Rabbit gets hopping with a celebration at Albion College Thursday, February 3, from 6 to 8 p.m. in the College's Kellogg Center.

The event will feature Chinese cuisine, a traditional lion dance, origami and calligraphy activities a performance on the Chinese zither and a presenter on the importance of the celebration to billions around the world.

The event is free but tickets are required for attendance and will not be available at the door. To reserve tickets or for more information, contact Asian Awareness Group president Sunil Yadav at at .

Black History Month Celebrations Focus on Albion Community, History

Events focused on Albion's history and community are front and center during Albion College's 2011 Black History Month celebrations. Unless otherwise specified, all events are free and open to the public. For more information, contact Keena Williams, interim assistant director for intercultural affairs, at or 517/629-0501.

Tuesday, February 1 Trinidad Steel Drum Band brings free Caribbean music to the lunch hour. Listeners are welcome to come and go, and can bring their own lunch if they so desire. The Eat Shop will also be open. 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Albion College Kellogg Center.

Wednesday, February 9 "Sustaining Community" conversation with Joyce Spicer, director of Albion’s Health Care Alliance. Spicer will lead an open discussion covering ideas for developing community. Lunch is free but advance reservations are required and can be made through the Office of Intercultural Affairs. Noon, Baldwin Hall.

February 23-25 Theatre production, "Once on This Island." Albion College junior Effrem Grettenberger directs this musical romance set in Haiti. $4 for students and seniors, $5 general admission. Contact Albion College Theatre at or 517/629-0344 to reserve tickets. 8 p.m. each night, Herrick Theatre in the Dow Recreation Complex.

Thursday, February 24 "Albion and the American Dream: A History of the City" is presented by History department chair and NAACP vice president Wes Dick. It is also the 2011 Coy James Memorial lecture. 7 p.m., Bobbitt Auditorium.

Sunday, February 27 The Albion College Symphonic Orchestra performs three classical pieces by African-American composers: "Afro American Symphony” by William Grant Still is an important work in the American orchestral repertoire. The orchestra will also perform “Suite from Porgy and Bess,” by Gershwin, written for an all-black cast and considered the first great American opera. 4 p.m., Goodrich Chapel.

Sunday, February 27 Taste of Blackness features an evening of African and African-American culture with their special guest, R&B singer Chinua Hawk. Tickets are available in advance from the Office of Intercultural Affairs. 4 p.m., Kellogg Center.

Responding to Crisis in Tucson: Jonathan Beeton, '93

Jonathan Beeton, '93In the aftermath of the Jan. 8 shooting of Arizona Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, her staff was praised for opening her Tucson office the following Monday morning. The work that awaited was overwhelming, notes Jonathan Beeton, ’93, who flew to Tucson following the shooting to assist Giffords’ staff with business that definitely was not as usual.

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