Josh Orndorff '11
Best of R-MC Study Abroad Photo Exhibition in McGraw-Page Library
The photo exhibition illustrates moments of connection across the globe: exploring
geography, history, and archaeology in Israel, learning Spanish within a local community
in Costa Rica, discovering the Amazon in Brazil, studying Diasporic connections
in Ghana, and much more! Many of these intangibles can be difficult to articulate,
but as the cliché states, “A picture is worth a thousand words.”
In taking the time to enjoy this exhibit, visitors will see that the R-MC community
has a lot to say as they showcase photographs of their study abroad explorations
and adventures around the world.
The Tête à Tête from the Marriage à la Mode series (No. 2) 1743
“Surviving the Marriage Mart in Jane Austen's England”
Speaker: Victoire Sanborn
7:00 p.m., Topping Room of Old Chapel (lecture)
R-MC kicks off a three-part, interdisciplinary women’s studies series, titled “Survivors,”
by exploring one of the most treacherous places for a young woman: Regency England's
In Jane Austen’s day, husband hunting was serious business. One innocent mistake
could result in social ruin and the ignominy of spinsterhood. In “Surviving the
Marriage Mart in Jane Austen’s England,” Victoire Sanborn will discuss the many
ways a girl could go wrong, and what it took to find the right husband.
Sanborn is the owner and content developer of Jane Austen's World and Jane Austen,
which have attracted more than 3.6 million visitors and were included as resources
on the PBS web site for the 2007 Jane Austen Season.
This series is free and open to the public. It is sponsored by the Departments of
Women’s Studies, History, Modern Languages, Art History, and by The Committee on
Assemblies and Special Events (CASE).
M Butterfly by David Henry Hwang
8:00 p.m. Cobb Theatre, R-MC Center for the Performing Arts (drama presentation)
Based on the real-life story of a French civil servant in 1960’s China, and interwoven
ironically with thematic threads of Puccini’s opera Madama Butterfly. The play chronicles
the story and eventual trial for espionage of the diplomat who falls in love with
a Peking Opera star, a man masquerading as a woman for the stage—and spying for
The play is a dark love story, as well as a commentary on the West’s mistaken view
of the exotic East. The play won the Drama Desk Award for Best New play and the
Tony Award for Best Play in 1988 and the Pulitzer Prize for Drama in 1989. This
production will be directed by Charlotte Cathey ’12, as her senior project in drama.
*Audience alert: due to its content and images, the play should be considered R-rated.
The Box Office (a phone mailbox) begins taking reservations at 10:00 a.m. on February
6 at (804) 752-7316. Tickets are $5 per person, free to R-MC faculty, staff and
Michael Lease (found object photography/installation)
Opening reception: February 19, 2012, 3-5 p.m.
Gallery hours: 10-4, M-F and by appointment
Flippo Gallery, Pace-Armistead Hall (art exhibit)
Whether singularly or collaboratively produced, the chief concern of Michael Lease’s
work is the role photography plays in the navigation of realms both public and private.
Send Me the Pillow that You Dream On, a project most recently exhibited at the American
University Museum at the Katzen Arts Center in Washington, D.C. and the Athens Institute
for Contemporary Art in Athens, Georgia employs images the artist solicited from
a large group of people in order to examine the impact photographs exert as material
culture. In October 2010, Lease produced the multi-faceted performance So Long (not
Goodbye) Jonathan Vassar and the Speckled Bird perform a Slow Song for Swifts. The
event brought together a diverse group of viewers to witness the twilight roosting
of the Chimney Swifts at Grace and Adams streets in downtown Richmond.
In 2008 Lease’s collaborative, yearlong project SAMETIME 7:15 was featured on NPR’s
-Statement courtesy of the artist
This exhibit is free and open to the public.
"Surviving Spain’s Exodus of Men”
Speaker: Dr. Allyson Poska
7:00 p.m. Washington Room of Washington and Franklin Hall (lecture)
When Imperial Spain lay claim to the New World, many of her men fled the Old World,
never to return. The exodus of husbands and potential marriage partners had a practical
and profound effect on the women they left behind.
Allyson Poska of Mary Washington University will discuss how some Spanish women
coped with this new situation by deliberately opting out of marriage or figuring
out ways to maneuver around laws and customs that made surviving the absence of
husbands so challenging. Poska is the author of the award-winning Women and Authority
in Early Modern Spain: The Peasants of Galicia.
This event is free and open to the public. It is part two of R-MC’s three-part,
interdisciplinary women’s studies series, “Survivors,” which is sponsored by the
Departments of Women’s Studies, History, Modern Languages, Art History, and The
Committee on Assemblies and Special Events (CASE).
"Harlem: The 400 Year History of the Capital of Black America"
Speaker: Jonathan Gill
7:30 p.m. Multi-purpose Room, Andrews Hall (lecture)
Harlem is an iconic neighborhood in the American mind and culture. From Henry Hudson's
interactions with Native Americans through revolutionary war skirmishes to the growth
of an industrialized city, the history of Harlem is representative of the story
of the entire nation. As Harlem became an urban focal point for immigrants from
all over the world, it also became a center of the Civil Rights movement and African-American
Jonathan Gill, professor of American history and literature at the University of
Amsterdam and author of Harlem: The Four Hundred Year History from Dutch Village
to Capital of Black America, will be the featured speaker for R-MC's observance
of Black History Month.
Gill will sign copies of his book after the lecture. The book is available for
purchase in the R-MC bookstore and will also be available during the lecture.
This event is free and open to the public.