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A new form of theater and a new theater space will debut September 22 at Fresno Pacific University.

Other readings for 2016-2017 are:

Thursday, March 16 at 7:00 p.m.—A Raisin in the Sun by Lorraine Hansberry

Aiello will also direct The Mousetrap and Nickel A Raisin in the Sun. These productions will also be free and take place in Strasbourg Theater on the main FPU campus, 1717 S. Chestnut Ave., Fresno.
The staged reading series is a partnership between the theater program and the English department. The goal is to bring together students, faculty and staff to share great literature with an audience in a new way.
All actors remain onstage throughout the production and step forward to play their scenes. Lines are read, not performed from memory and without elaborate costumes, props and sets. “That’s one of the great things about staged readings; you can experience a great play but without all the hours and effort that go into fully produced plays,” said Julia Reimer, Ph.D., associate professor and theater program director.
Participants also don’t require extensive—or any—stage experience. “Anyone can do it, with a little effort and desire. That’s what we want to encourage,” Reimer said.
For more information on all FPU theater, email julia.reimer@fresno.edu or call 559-453-2056. See a complete list of university events at fresno.edu/events

March 23-April 1 – Defying Gravity by Jane Anderson

An impressionist fantasy in which a teacher’s quest to push the boundaries of space aboard the Challenger intersects with the journeys of a retired couple, a mechanic and his girlfriend, her grieving daughter, and the artist Monet.

Strasbourg Theater

Tickets: $12 General; $10 Students/Seniors

FPU Defying Gravity - web graphic 1

Box Office Information: www.fresno.edu/theater


Composer/pianist Walter Saul presents Quiltings

Friday, February 24, 2017

7:30 p.m. | McDonald Hall Ashley Auditorium, FPU main campus, 1717 S. Chestnut Ave., Fresno

$15 general admission and $10 seniors, payable at the door

Walter Saul, D.M.A., professor of music at Fresno Pacific University, has been named Composer of the Year in North Carolina and Oregon. His compositions have been performed globally and are recorded on seven CDs and a DVD. Naxos issued an “American Classics” CD of Saul’s orchestral music, Kiev 2014, which was celebrated by the world premiere of Kiev 2014: Rhapsody for Oboe and Orchestra by the Fresno Philharmonic, Theodore Kuchar, director. Saul teaches music composition, theory, piano, appreciation, scoring and arranging, and late music history at FPU, where he has served since 2003. Saul will perform his Quiltings, a suite of 47 piano pieces celebrating 118 pieces of fabric art by his sister-in-law, Ann Harwell, which will be on display in an accompanying video by his wife, Daphne Saul. More about Saul at waltersaul.com/

7:30 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, February 16-18, “Musical Review & Dessert,” great music, humorous sketches and delicious desserts, joint production of the Fresno Pacific University music and theater programs. Strasbourg Theater, main FPU campus, 1717 S. Chestnut Ave., Fresno. $10 general admission, $7 FPU community, registrations encouraged at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/musical-revue-and-dessert-tickets-30006569457. More at 559-453-2267,

Impetus Percussion Quartet

Sarah Basiletti, Michael Downing, Adam Pietz & Robert Strong

Thursday, March 23, 2017

7:30 p.m. | McDonald Hall Atrium, FPU main campus, 1717 S. Chestnut Ave., Fresno

$15 general admission and $10 seniors, payable at the door

The Impetus Percussion Quartet was founded by a group of friends from Fresno in 2015. The group—Adam Pietz, Michael Downing, Robert Strong, Sarah Basiletti—seeks to pursue and expand the percussion quartet repertoire. The word “impetus” describes the force, frequently intangible, which sets something into motion, providing dual context towards the group’s mission: to seek great composers and commission new works for percussion quartet, and to present stellar performances where the audience not only listens, but participates in a unique experience. Learn more at impetuspercussion.com

LECTURES

Noon-2:00 p.m. Thursday, February 23, “The Latin American Reformation, 1917-2017,” Todd Hartch, Ph.D., professor of history, Eastern Kentucky University. Part of the Fresno Pacific University ALAS Lecture Series. Steinert Campus Center 103, main FPU campus, 1717 S. Chestnut Ave., Fresno. Free, lunch provided. Register at latin-reformation.eventbrite.com

7:00-9:00 p.m. Thursday, February 23, “The Prophet of Cuernavaca: Ivan Illich and the Crisis of the West,” Todd Hartch, Ph.D., professor of history, Eastern Kentucky University. Part of the Fresno Pacific University ALAS Lecture Series. BC Lounge, main FPU campus, 1717 S. Chestnut Ave., Fresno. Free, lunch provided. Register at latin-reformation.eventbrite.com


Lecture Series at Fresno Pacific University

uses culture to understand diversity

A new lecture series at Fresno Pacific University offers the public, students, faculty, administration and staff tools to succeed in a diverse world.

The ALAS Lecture Series comprises six public events and a series of related student activities. ALAS is Spanish for “wings” and stands for Advancing Latino Academic Success.

Speakers will present on subjects such as education, history and art in public sessions, and meet with students for more informal talks. Funding comes from a five-year, $2.36 million U.S. Department of Education grant to encourage Hispanic and low-income students to enroll in and graduate from FPU, which began in the fall of 2015.

The grant also financed the ALAS Multicultural Learning Center, located in Steinert Campus Center on the main campus, as well as efforts to broaden cultural content in new and existing courses and, in the fourth year, a minor in Latin American studies. (More about the grant at fresno.edu/news/11/09/2015/fresno-pacific-university-wins-federal-236-million-grant-encourage-hispanic-student)

The objective of the grant in general and the series in particular is student retention and graduation. “The goal is to try to provide skills and tools to facilitate diversity and the changes in society,” said Francisco De Canto Viterale, Ph.D., ALAS Title V project coordinator. “The final goal of everything is students,” said Gina Ponce de León, Ph.D., ALAS program director and associate professor of Spanish.

Public lectures:

“Education and Racial Identity: Textbooks and Blackness in the Dominican Republic,” Sheridan Wigginton, Ph.D., California Lutheran University, 12:00 p.m. Friday, January 20, 2017, Steinert Campus Center. (In partnership with the FPU Provost’s Office.)

“The Latin American Reformation, 1917-2017,” Todd Hartch, Ph.D., Eastern Kentucky University, 12:00 p.m. Thursday, February 23, 2017, Steinert Campus Center. (In partnership with the FPU History Department and the School of Humanities, Religion and Social Sciences.)

“The Prophet of Cuernavaca: Ivan Illich and the Crisis of the West,” Todd Hartch, Ph.D., Eastern Kentucky University, 7:00 p.m. Thursday, February 23, 2017, BC Lounge. (In partnership with the FPU History Department and the School of Humanities, Religion and Social Sciences.)

“Relationship Between Ethnic Nationalist Groups and Catholicism and Protestantism in the 60s and 70s,” Felipe Hinojosa, Ph.D., Texas A&M University, 12:45 p.m. Thursday, March 16, 2017, Wiebe Educational Center.

“Latin American Art in the U.S.A.: East Coast West Coast Visual Artists of the 20th Century,” Lillian Mendez-Marzinek, Niagra University, 12:40 p.m. Thursday, April 6, 2017, Steinert Campus Center.

All events are free of charge and take place on the main FPU campus, 1717 S. Chestnut Ave., Fresno. For more information, contact Ponce de Leon at alas.coordinator@fresno.edu or 559-453-7183.


Art exhibits honor Mennonite women,

explore everyday life in Congo

A pair of upcoming art exhibits will honor women who led their families from suffering to peace and look at life in contemporary Congo.

“Along the Road to Freedom: Mennonite Women of Courage & Faith,” takes place March 14 through-May 6, 2017, in the Seminary Chapel, North Hall 123, on the main Fresno Pacific University campus, 1717 S. Chestnut Ave., Fresno. Admission is free.

The Ray Dirks Congo photography exhibit will be on display starting Sunday, March 12, 2017, at College Community Church Mennonite Brethren (CCMB), 2529 Willow Ave., Clovis. Admission is free.

The artist behind both exhibits is Ray Dirks, who has worked as an artist and curator in 30 countries, including the Democratic Republic of Congo, Zimbabwe and South Africa and hosted solo exhibits in Canada, the U.S., Cuba, Ethiopia, India and Trinidad and Tobago. He founded the Mennonite Heritage Centre Gallery in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada, becoming its first curator/director in 1998 after working for more than a decade as a freelance artist and curator.

In more than 20 paintings, “Along the Road to Freedom” tells the stories of mothers, daughters, grandmothers and sisters who led their families out of persecution in Russia to lives of freedom in North America. Viewers are asked to remember and honor these women—whether strong or frail, certain or unsure—who struggled to survive and provide for their families.

The photography exhibit focuses on the everyday life of the Congolese people. Dirks took the photos around the time of the 2006 presidential election there and during a 2005 trip with Pakisa Tshimika and Dalton Reimer, Ph.D., an FPU emeritus professor. Tshimika and Reimer represented the Fresno nonprofit Mama Makeka House of Hope, which Tshimika, an FPU graduate, founded.

In 2008 Dirks received the Above and Beyond for the Arts award from the Manitoba Foundation for the Arts. In 2011 he received Canadian Mennonite University’s Blazer Distinguished Community Service Award. His work is also in the coffee table book, In God’s Image: A Global Anabaptist Family, published by Herald Press in cooperation with Mennonite World Conference.

Schedule:

The CCMB exhibit opens Sunday, March 12, from 3:30-5:00 p.m. in the church Fellowship Hall. The exhibit will also be open from 9:30 a.m.-noon on the following Sundays through April 2.

Dirks will deliver the morning sermon at CCMB on Sunday, March 26. The service starts at 9:30 a.m. He will also speak in the adult Sunday school in the Fellowship Hall at 11:10 a.m.

The FPU exhibit will feature an artist’s reception and talk at 7:00 p.m. Monday, March 27 in the North Hall Chapel.

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