University of Chicago Presidential Fellows in the Arts Series
The University of Chicago Presidential Fellows in the Arts Series will sponsor a presentation by Anne Bogart titled “The Role of a Theater Artist on the World Stage,” which will be followed by a public conversation moderated by Gretchen Helfrich. Bogart, artistic director and co-founder of the ground-breaking contemporary theater ensemble SITI Company, is the producer of Hotel Cassiopeia, one of SITI’s most acclaimed productions and now at Court Theatre. The production opened Sunday, Nov. 12, and continues through Sunday, Dec. 10. Chair of the graduate directing program and professor of theater arts at Columbia University, Bogart is the author of a book of essays titled A Director Prepares: Seven Essays on Art and Theater. Bogart’s forthcoming work is called And Then You Act: Making Art in an Unpredictable World. She has taught at more than a dozen colleges, universities and theater groups, including New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts, Harvard University, Williams College and Playwrights Horizons. President of the Theatre Communications Group from 1990 to 1992, Bogart has served on the National Endowment for the Arts Overview Committee, the Opera Musical Theatre Panel and the Fulbright Committee.
David Schloen, Associate Professor in the Oriental Institute and the College, will give a lecture on the Oriental Institute’s recent excavations at the site of Zincirli in southeast Turkey. Zincirli is a 40-hectare Bronze- and Iron-age urban center located immediately to the east of the Amanus mountain range in Gaziantep province of southeast Turkey. Early excavations from 1888 to 1902, conducted at the site by the German Oriental Society, revealed ceramics that indicate a long sequence of occupation in the Bronze Age. After the collapse of the Hittite Empire, Zincirli flourished as the center of an Iron Age city-state ruled by Luwian and Aramean kings. It was later incorporated into the Assyrian Empire and ultimately destroyed and abandoned in the seventh century B.C. The site is notable for its enormous double fortification wall with three gates and 100 bastions enclosing the as-yet-unexcavated lower town. Schloen’s lecture will present the first finds from this new project, which began in August. This event is free.
The Committee on Creative Writing
and the Department of English Language & Literature
From Richard Stern’s archive in the University Library comes a film never before screened in the United States about one of America’s most respected novelists, Chicago alumnus Philip Roth (A.M.,’55). Filmed in part on the University campus, where Roth studied and worked for two years, the film was originally made for French television by Claude Vajda, the cinematographer who worked for the documentary filmmaker Marcel Ophuls. The majority of the film is in English with French subtitles. Stern, the Helen A. Regenstein Professor Emeritus in English Language & Literature, will introduce the film and answer questions.
University of Chicago Department of Music
Handel’s Messiah, the most widely performed piece written by Handel and the annual autumn highlight of the Department of Music, will be performed at 8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 1, in Rockefeller Memorial Chapel. Performing the piece, which recounts the life of Jesus from birth to crucifixion and finally resurrection, will be members of the University Chorus and Orchestra as well as four soloists: Hyun Suk Jang, soprano; Lon Ellenberger, countertenor; Trevor Mitchell, tenor; and Andrew Schultze, bass. All four soloists are active Chicago-area performers. The University performance includes the entire first part of the piece as well as selections from the other two parts of the highly popular oratorio. James Kallembach, Director of Choral Activities at the University, will conduct.