April 1, 2004
Vol. 23 No. 13

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    April Highlights

    Robert Creeley
    Poem Present Series
    Robert Creeley

    Poetry reading: 5:30 p.m. Thursday, April 1
    Presentation: 1 p.m. Friday, April 2
    The poetry reading will be held in Room 122, Social Sciences, 1126 E. 59th St. Creeley’s presentation will be in Classics 10, 1010 E. 59th St. 834-3403. Free.
    The Poem Present Series, the University’s ongoing contemporary poet project, will bring poet Robert Creeley to campus to read his poetry and give a talk. Creeley, the Samuel P. Capen professor of poetry and humanities at the State University of New York, Buffalo, has published over 60 books of poetry in the United States and abroad. Creeley, who corresponded with Ezra Pound and William Carlos Williams beginning in 1949, helped to create a movement in postwar poetry that challenged the literary establishment. Creeley’s honors include the Lannan Lifetime Achievement Award, the Frost Medal, the Shelley Memorial Award, a National Endowment for the Arts grant, a Rockefeller Foundation grant and fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation.

    The Vermeer Quartet
    Rockefeller Memorial Chapel
    The Vermeer Quartet

    8 p.m. Wednesday, April 7
    Rockefeller Memorial Chapel, 5850 S. Woodlawn Ave. 702-9075. $10 general, free for youth 17 and under.
    Composed in 1787, Handel’s The Seven Last Words of Christ was first presented on Good Friday in 1787 in Cadiz, Spain. The work’s seven main sections, each based on one of Jesus’ final phrases, were prefaced by brief spoken meditations. Reviving this traditional format, the Vermeer Quartet will perform the piece while a group of speakers from the University community and beyond will read meditations between movements. Speakers include Martin Marty, the Fairfax M. Cone Distinguished Service Professor Emeritus in the Divinity School; Jean Bethke Elshtain, the Laura Spelman Rockefeller Professor in the Divinity School; Alison Boden, Dean of Rockefeller Memorial Chapel; Rembert Weakland, former Catholic archbishop of the Milwaukee Diocese; Pandit Ashok Bhatt of the Chinmaya Mission, a school of Vedantic studies; Rev. B. Herbert Martin, pastor of Chicago’s Progressive Community Center; David Neff, editor of Christianity Today; and Rev. Virgil Elizondo, Mexican American Cultural Center, San Antonio. There will be a pre-concert discussion with the quartet at 7 p.m.

    The Pacifica Quartet
    The University of Chicago Presents
    Contemporary Chamber Players

    7:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 13
    Mandel Hall, 1131 E. 57th St. 702-8068. http://chicagopresents.uchicago.edu/. $30 general, $11 students.
    In a program titled “Imagine the Future,” University artists-in-residence eighth blackbird and the Pacifica Quartet, as well as saxophonist Jeremy Ruthrauff and conductor Cliff Colnot, will perform a series of trendsetting works by four diverse 20th-century composers. Pieces on the program include Olly Wilson’s A City Called Heaven, Elzbieta Sikora’s Lisboa, Tramway 28, Ruth Crawford-Seeger’s String Quartet, and Gyrgy Ligeti’s Melodien.

    International House and the Center for Latin American Studies
    The World Beyond the Headlines Project

    4 p.m. Monday, April 12
    Pick Hall Lounge, 5828 S. University Ave. 753-2274. Free.
    An education writer and former Mexico bureau chief at The New York Times, Sam Dillon will speak about the new book he co-authored, Opening Mexico: The Making of A Democracy. Dillon and his co-author Julia Preston won a Pulitzer Prize for reporting on Mexico. Claudio Lomnitz, Professor in History and the College, will moderate the discussion. The World Beyond the Headlines series aims to bring scholars and journalists together to discuss international issues and events and the ways in which those issues and events are (and sometimes are not) covered by the U.S. mainstream media.