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Things to Do, March 6-13, 2020

Chamber concert

The Cornell Chamber Orchestra, under the direction of Katherine Kilburn, performs March 8 at 3 p.m. in Barnes Hall. The concert is free and open to the public.

The concert program includes Mozart’s Serenade No. 6, “Serenata Notturna”; TJ Cole’s “Death of the Poet” and Beethoven’s Concerto for Violin and Orchestra with soloist Ariana Kim, associate professor of music.

Debate on work and inequality

Cornell Speech and Debate will hold a public debate on the question of whether unions are doing enough to eliminate inequality in the workplace, March 9 at 1 p.m. in 423 King-Shaw Hall. A Q&A will follow.

Cornell Speech and Debate Society, based at the ILR School, has more than 100 members from across campus.

In the debate, faculty members will be paired with current ILR graduate students. Samuel Nelson, director of forensics and ILR senior lecturer, will team with Estefania Palacios ’18; they will debate senior extension associate Lee Adler and David Alatorre-Lopez, who won the 2019 Portuguese Language World Debate Championship.

The event is part of the ILR Theme Project, which focuses on inequality and work.

“Cornell Speech and Debate is excited to have been selected to be a part of the ILR Theme Project,” Nelson said. “I love the fact that this will be offered during daytime hours. Hopefully lots of students, faculty and staff will come check it out and see what our world-class debate program is all about.”

Screenwriter visits

Cornell Cinema welcomes guest screenwriter Guinevere Turner to Willard Straight Theatre for screenings of two films she wrote: “Charlie Says,” March 9 at 6:45 p.m.; and “American Psycho” (adapted from the Bret Easton Ellis novel), March 10 at 6:45 p.m.

Guinevere Turner

Both screenings will be followed by a Q&A with the audience. The talk March 10 will be facilitated by Jeff Palmer, filmmaker and assistant professor of performing and media arts (PMA).

Turner will visit associate professor of history Claudia Verhoeven’s class Thinking about History with the Manson Murders on March 10, after students have seen “Charlie Says,” about the women who killed for Charles Manson. Turner also will give a Professional Development Series talk, March 10 at 4:30 p.m. in the Schwartz Center for the Performing Arts’ Film Forum, facilitated by PMA associate professor Austin Bunn.

Turner has taught screenwriting at Sarah Lawrence College; Columbia University; the University of Georgia; the University of California, Los Angeles; and New York University.

Her other feature film screenwriting credits include “Go Fish” and “The Notorious Bettie Page.” She was a writer, story editor and actor on Showtime’s “The L Word” and has written and directed seven short films, two of which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival.

The Filipino experience

Note: This event has been canceled and will be rescheduled.

Writer and activist M. Evelina Galang will read from her work exploring the experiences of Filipino immigrants and first-generation Filipino Americans, March 12 at 4:30 p.m. in Hollis E. Cornell Auditorium, 132 Goldwin Smith Hall.

The event is free and open to the public as part of the Barbara & David Zalaznick Creative Writing Reading Series. American Sign Language interpretation will be provided. A catered reception and book signing will follow the reading, with books available for purchase from Buffalo Street Books.

Galang is the Zalaznick Distinguished Visiting Writer for Spring 2020 in the Department of English. She is teaching a graduate creative writing special seminar and a section of the Advanced Narrative Writing course.

She is the author of the novels “One Tribe” (2006) and “Angel De La Luna and the Fifth Glorious Mystery” (2013); a story collection, “Her Wild American Self” (1996); nonfiction including “Lolas’ House: Filipino Women Living With War” (2017); and the editor of “Screaming Monkeys: Critiques of Asian American Images” (2003).

The San Francisco-based Filipina Women’s Network named Galang one of the 100 Most Influential Filipinas in the World in 2014. Her honors also include a Fulbright fellowship and a 2004 Gustavus Myers Outstanding Book Award, given to works advancing human rights.

Galang is a professor in the MFA Creative Writing Program at the University of Miami, and serves on the core faculty and as board president of Voices of Our Nations Arts Foundation, co-founded by Junot Diaz, MFA ’95.

Irish music

Lúnasa, one of the most influential bands in Irish traditional music, performs in the Cornell Concert Series March 13 at 8 p.m. in Bailey Hall. Tickets are $29-$36 general, $19 for students, available at UniversityTickets.

Celebrated Irish band Lúnasa performs in the Cornell Concert Series March 13 in Bailey Hall.

The group will also hold a free workshop for players of traditional Irish acoustic instruments March 13, 5-6:30 p.m., downstairs in Bailey Hall. Enter via the handicapped-accessible doors just to the left and down from the main entrance.

Named for an ancient Celtic harvest festival, Lúnasa formed in 1997 from members of some of the best Irish groups of the 1980s and ’90s, and was described in Folk Roots magazine as an “Irish music dream team.” The band has sold more than a quarter-million records, performed in 36 countries, won multiple awards and collaborated with singers including Natalie Merchant, Mary-Chapin Carpenter and Tim O’Brien.

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