New College Hour to provide diverse events

hourglass logoSUNY Oswego’s College Hour will debut at 12:40 p.m. every Wednesday this semester with a schedule that includes performances, lectures, dance workshops, comedy, films and more.

College Hour activities are dedicated to student involvement, topical issues and personal enrichment during a time that will not conflict with classes. Events are free and open to the community.

First Amendment speaker Tim Riley, originally scheduled for Feb. 7, has been postponed.

Dr. Rhonda Mandel, interim dean of arts and sciences, said a major goal is to enhance the college’s sense of community at a time of maximum convenience. “A lot of these events are traditionally things we really want our students to attend, but they may be unable because of scheduling conflicts,” said Mandel, a member of the College Hour Committee. “And having the events in the middle of the day helps commuter students who may want to attend between classes.”

Headliners will include Muslim stand-up comic Tissa Hami presenting “A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Mosque” March 28, human-rights activist Arn Chorn-Pond exploring “Peace, Healing, Redemption and Activism” April 25, and comedian and eating-disorder survivor Stacey Prussman talking about “Looking Through Broken Mirrors: Understanding Eating Disorders” on May 2.

Under the theme of Arts and Music Across the College Hour will be interactive informances preceding evening performances in the Ke-Nekt Chamber Music Series: “Devils, Soldiers and Souls,” Feb. 14; Eastman Jazz Trio, March 7; and Miro Quartet, April 11. Other cultural activities will include student recitals, arts presentations, dramatic readings and West African dance classes.

The college’s Science Today lecture series will move to the College Hour, as well as “Conversations on Learning and Teaching,” sponsored by the Center for Excellence in Learning and Teaching and the Committee on Learning and Teaching. Other programming series slated for the College Hour include ones featuring women’s studies speakers, philosophy department colloquia, faculty and student presentations by the psychology and human-computer interaction departments, and films related to cognitive science.

In addition, “Haven” author Ruth Gruber will return to campus April 11, the SUNY Oswego Counseling Center will offer stress and anxiety screening March 7, and the college’s Oswego Reading Initiative kickoff for the 2007 selection, Anthony Grooms’ “Bombingham,” will take place May 9.

Activities were spearheaded by the College Hour Committee, with support and input from a wide range of faculty, staff and students, Mandel said. Major sponsors include the Student Association, Artswego, Office of the President, Hart Global Living and Learning Center, Office of International Education and Programs and other sources.

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(Posted: Jan 24, 2007)