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2014 Arts and Humanities Symposium

Program for the April 8 symposium presentations


SwampFire Retreat for Artists and Writers is the summer event of the Arts & Humanities Division. The 2013 retreat was held on June 14-16.

Art Talk . . .
Alunma Rachel Baker and Professor Emeritus Steve Smith

More . . . including retreats of previous years


Defiance College offers a wide range of events, including
lecture, performance, discussion, and social gatherings. These
events are sponsored by several divisions, programs, and majors,
often through interdisciplinary collaborations.

Here are some of the events that involve Arts & Humanities students and faculty:

Debating Defiance
Organized by Professor Todd Comer, this series includes panels of presenters who engage in debate over current issues and get the audience members involved too.

Here is the list of upcoming panel topics:

Spring 2014

4:00 pm, Thursday, January 23
There's an Ap for That: Mediatized Communication, or, Replacing Our Faces with Facebook (hosted by Professor Harper)

4:00 pm, Thursday, February 27
"Queer"? Says who?: Varied Perspectives on Sexual Orientation (hosted by Professor Francis)


DC Music Program and Theater
The 2013-2014 season will be rich in cultural offerings, with a wide range of music types.

It follows a successful choir tour in May 2013. Click here for photos and student blog on performances from Missouri to Colorado.

Andrew Schultz, who directs the Music Program and Theater offerings, has scheduled the following:

Fall 2013

Friday, October 25, 7:00pm — St. John UCC
DC Black Swamp Strings, Fall Concert

Sunday, November 3, 4:00pm & 6:00pm — St. John UCC
W. Oscar Jones Choral Festival

Tuesday, November 12, 7:30pm — Community Auditorium
Defiance College Community Band, Veteran’s Tribute Concert

Thursday–Saturday, November 21–23, 8:00pm — Schomburg Auditorium
Sunday, November 24, 2:00pm — Schomburg Auditorium
DC Players, Fall Musical

Tuesday, December 3, 7:00pm — Community Auditorium
Defiance College Community Band, Holiday Pops Concert

Thursday, December 5, 7:00pm — St. John UCC
DC Black Swamp Strings, Winter Concert

Saturday December 7, 7:00pm — St. John UCC 
DC Chamber Singers, Holiday Choral Concert

Sunday, December 8, 7:00pm — St. John UCC
Defiance College Choral Union, Handel’s Messiah — 42nd Annual

Spring 2014

Thursday-Saturday, February 20-22, 8:00pm — Schomburg Auditorium
Sunday, February 23, 2:00pm — Schomburg Auditorium
DC Players, Spring Play

Saturday, March 22, 7:30pm — Weaner Center
Defiance College Community Band, Cabaret Concert

Saturday, April 12, 7:00pm — St. John UCC
Defiance College Chamber Singers & Choral Union, Faure’s Requiem

Tuesday, April 29, 7:30pm — Community Auditorium
Defiance College Community Band, Spring Concert

Friday, May 2, 7:00pm — St. John UCC
DC Black Swamp Strings, Spring Concert

Thursday, June 5, 7:30pm — Veteran’s Park
Defiance College Community Band, Music in Your Parks


Schomburg Series
The yearly musical performance series of Defiance College is organized by Arts & Humanities Professor Doug Fiely, himself a musician and artist..

The 2013-2014 season includes these musical performances:

Fall 2013

Cordis Quartet October 1, 7:00pm — Schomburg Auditorium

Boilermaker Jazz Band October 10, 8:00pm — Location TBD

Trout Fishing in America November 12, 7:00pm — Schomburg Auditorium

Spring 2014

Vance Gilbert March 4, 7:00pm — Schomburg Auditorium

Valerie Vigoda April 8, 7:00pm — Schomburg Auditorium


Travel Opportunities

Stratford Shakespeare Festival
Every year students travel with faculty and staff to the Shakespeare festival for world-class theater in a European-style town which boasts wonderful food and great shops. The 9th annual trip to Stratford, Ontario, for The Merchant of Venice is sheduled for September 14-15. The yearly trip is supported by the English Department, Global Civilization Program, and Composition Program. For more information contact Mary Catherine Harper, English Department professor.
More . . . at the English Major website

Ann Arbor Film Festival
In March 2013 English Department professors Todd Comer and Mary Catherine Harper took students to Ann Arbor, Michigan, for the acclaimed annual international film festival, with its focus on experimental film. This trip was sponsored by the Defiance College Imagine Initiatives Program. Look for information on this year's Imagine Initiatives early in the fall semester.
Photos . . . at the English Major website

"Go With Van Gogh" to Chicago
In 2010 faculty of Arts and Humanities and students traveled to Chicago to the Art Institute. After lunch in the city, the group spent a leisurely afternoon in the museum. This year Arts & Humanities professors are again planning to take students to the Chicago Art Institute. Look for information in the fall.
Photos . . . at an Arts & Humanities page