March 5, 2009

Things to Do: Week of March 6-13

Parched

A forum on "Water Sharing and Culture in the Mediterranean" will be held March 6-8 on campus with Mediterranean and local water experts, students and fellows from the Society for the Humanities. Maude Barlow, author and adviser to the United Nations on water issues, gives the keynote address March 7 at 8 p.m. in 165 McGraw Hall. Sessions to be held in A.D. White House include "The Gray Nile: Who gets the post-colonial lion's share?" "What role can the humanities play? Towards an ecology of water" and "Greece: scarcity, pollution and governance." See schedule at: http://einaudi.cornell.edu/Europe/about/waterculturesharing.asp.

TransRhetorics Conference

Scholars from around the nation arrive at Cornell March 6-8 for a weekend of events including talks, films and performances. The TransRhetorics Conference celebrates the diverse interdisciplinary approaches used in the field of transgender studies and the rhetoric that represents transgender lives. The conference also celebrates the transition of Cornell's LBG Studies Program to LGBT Studies Program, its new name. Schedule: http://www.arts.cornell.edu/lgbt.

Hail to the chef

Hotel School students will welcome celebrity chef José Andrés to the 20th Annual Guest Chef Series on March 6 at the Statler Hotel. Andrés is an internationally recognized culinary innovator best known for bringing traditional and avant-garde Spanish fare to America. He is the chef and owner of THINKfoodGROUP, a creative team responsible for several popular Washington, D.C., eateries. Andrés hosts the PBS series "José: Made in Spain." The series puts students' culinary, service and marketing skills to the test as they work alongside acclaimed chefs. Reservations: 607-254-2624.

Women advancing women

Rosemary Stasek '85 will deliver the keynote address March 8 at 2 p.m. in Willard Straight Hall during an event on International Women's Day that recognizes outstanding work for the advancement of women. Stasek brings grassroots help to women in Afghanistan through the nongovernmental organization A Little Help. Free and open to the public.

Guest Ensemble

The iO String Quartet, a New York City-based ensemble in residence at the Department of Music, culminates its visit to Cornell with a performance of quartets by Beethoven, Ravel and Fauré on Sunday, March 8, at 3 p.m. in Barnes Hall auditorium. Cornell pianist Miri Yampolsky then joins the ensemble for Brahms' Piano Quintet in F Minor, op. 34.

Music as political force

The Africana Studies and Research Center's spring colloquium series brings Travis Lars Gosa to campus to speak on "Hip-Hop Politics and the Obama Presidency" March 10 at 4:30 p.m. in the center's Multipurpose Room. Gosa, an associate professor at Williams College, will join the Cornell faculty in the fall. Gosa is interested in how black youth make sense of their own social worlds, and his research examines the social and cultural worlds of African-American youth, and how family, schooling and race intersect to place black youth at risk while creating advantages for others.

West African dance

Contemporary dance companies from West Africa will perform at the Schwartz Center for the Performing Arts March 10 at 7:30 p.m. Choreographers and primary dancers Lacina Coulibaly of the group Kongo Ba Teria and Olivier Tarpaga of Baker and Tarpaga Dance Project have created a new work, "Duna (the foreigner)" about the search for truth and freedom when faced with the unknown. "Duna" will be accompanied by musicians Souleymane Soro and Wilfried Souly, a djembé drummer. Tickets: 607-254-ARTS.

Crash

The documentary "Stranded: I Have Come from a Plane That Crashed on the Mountains" screens at Cornell Cinema March 12-14. The film revisits the crash in the Andes of a plane carrying a Uruguayan rugby team whose survivors turned to cannibalism. Interviews and re-enactments offer an intimate and complete picture of what the survivors faced.