May 1, 2003
Vol. 22 No. 15

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    May Highlights

       University of Chicago Festival of the Arts

    Friday, May 9 through Friday, May 16

    Locations across the Chicago campus. http://fota.uchicago.edu. Free.

    At this student-run arts festival, a wide range of artistic events will be held throughout campus. In addition to ongoing student art installations, highlights include the FOTA launch party, from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. Friday, May 9, at the Smart Museum of Art, 5550 S. Greenwood Ave., which will include modern dance performances, student designers and filmmakers, and an avant-garde clown group. Other highlights are a children’s workshop led by University Theater at 10 a.m. Sunday, May 11, in the Reynolds Club, 5706 S. University Ave., and Bartlett Dance room, 5640 S. University Ave.; “Lollapalivingroom,” performances by student musicians in the Reynolds Club courtyard at 6 p.m. Tuesday, May 13 and 10 p.m. Wednesday, May 14; “Wonderland,” an exhibition of student art inspired by Alice in Wonderland, at 10 p.m. Monday, May 12, in the Reynolds Club; and many more.

    A performance of Robin Barcus’s piece Helium will kick off FOTA at the Smart Museum

       The Renaissance Society
       Joëlle Tuerlinckx: “Chicago Studies: Les Étants Donnés–Space Thesis”

    Sunday, May 4 through Sunday, June 15

    10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday; noon-5 p.m. Saturday-Sunday.

    The Renaissance Society, room 418, Cobb Hall, 5811 S. Ellis Ave. 702-8670. Free.

    This exhibition showcases the work of the Brussels-based artist JoŽlle Tuerlinckx, which incorporates video and assemblages of odd local materials, conjuring for viewers the moment of discovery the artist encountered when viewing the gallery she was to fill. Tuerlinckx’s videos and slide projections, which will be viewed on screens that shift position as the day progresses, follow the trail of her gaze, and her collages mark her witty mind and wry sense of humor. There will be an opening reception at 4 p.m. Sunday, May 4, and the artist will talk from 5 to 6 p.m.

       The University of Chicago Presents
       The Tallis Scholars

    8 p.m. Friday, May 2

    Rockefeller Memorial Chapel, 5850 S. Woodlawn Ave. 702-8068. $30 general, $10 students.

    The internationally renowned Tallis Scholars will close the Howard Mayer Brown International Early Music Series with an all-English program marking the 400th anniversary of the death of Queen Elizabeth I. The program, with pieces written for the Queen’s Chapel Royal, features the work of Robert Parsons, William Byrd, Robert White and Thomas Tallis.

    The Tallis Scholars

       The Graham School of General Studies
       “The Futures of Higher Education”

    7 p.m. Friday, May 9

    Gleacher Center, 450 N. Cityfront Plaza Dr. 702-6033. Free, but registration is required.

    The chief academic officers of three research universities will convene to discuss academic freedom, affirmative action, diversity and the changing public role of the university from 7 to 9 p.m. Friday, May 9, at the Gleacher Center, 450 N. Cityfront Place Dr. in Chicago. The event, titled "The Futures of Higher Education," is free and open to the public, but reservations are required.

    The Graham School of General Studies is sponsoring the event to inaugurate a series of seminars and colloquia on major issues facing higher education while drawing upon the experience and insights of university provosts and chancellors.

    The issues addressed will range from the controversial, such as the recent debate over admission policies at the University of Michigan Law School, to the obscure, like quarrels over intellectual property in information technology and other rapidly changing areas that likely will have a deep impact on institutions of higher education.

    The May 9 event's speakers and topics are as follows:

    • Geoffrey Stone, the Harry Kalven Jr. Distinguished Service Professor in the Law School and former Provost at the University of Chicago, "Diversity, Affirmative Action and the Supreme Court."
    • Jonathan Cole, provost and dean of faculties and the John Mitchell Mason professor at Columbia University, "Defending the Idea of the University in Troubled Times."
    • Nancy Cantor, chancellor of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, "The University as a Public Good."
    Each of the speakers will present 30-minute talks, followed by a question-and-answer period moderated by Chicago Provost Richard Saller.

    To make reservations for the May 9 event, call Val Huston at (773) 702-6033, or e-mail vhuston@uchicago.edu.

    Geoffrey Stone