Open Line Faculty-Staff Newsletter for the Week of Feb. 27, 2012

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Master trombone player and jazz musician Wycliffe Gordon joins Jazz Band, Feb. 28
Musical ambassador, master trombone player, and vocalist Wycliffe Gordon will join Puget Sound's Jazz Band for a public concert Tuesday, Feb. 28. The former collaborator with trumpeter Wynton Marsalis and pianist Billy Taylor will be a guest artist of the Jazz Band, under the direction of Wayne Horvitz, in celebration of Black History Month. The performance will start at 7:30 p.m. in Schneebeck Concert Hall. Admission is $7 with discounted prices for the campus community. Tickets are available at Wheelock Info Center and online.

Collins Memorial Library hosts author Kristina McMorris, Feb. 29
This Wednesday Collins Memorial Library and Pierce County READS 2012 present "An Evening With Kristina McMorris." The evening will include McMorris reading from her novel Bridge of Scarlet Leaves and a book signing. The event will begin at 7 p.m. in Library 020. A former actress, talk show host, and wedding/event planner, McMorris is now an award-winning author. Learn more about McMorris and the event on the Inside Collins blog.

Brown University scholar delivers Redford Lecture, March 1
Nicola Denzey Lewis, a prominent Brown University scholar, has a new interpretation of the story behind 12 ancient Egyptian books that changed our understanding of early Christianity when they were discovered in 1945. The books—including the only complete copy of the Gospel of Thomas purporting to report the “secret words” of Jesus—had been lost for 1,600 years. Thursday, March 1, Lewis will deliver the Redford Lecture in Archaeology, "The Mummy, the Book, and the Tomb: Rereading Early Egyptian Christianity Through its Artifacts," at 7 p.m., in Wyatt 109. She will share her ideas about just how and why these ancient texts were buried in the desert, and reveal a tale of Christian mummies, magical books, and a tomb robbing that changed the world. The lecture is free and open to the public.

Tired of procrastinating? Take action March 1
The Center for Writing, Learning, and Teaching will host the Long Night Against Procrastination Thursday, March 1, beginning at 3 p.m. This fun event is designed to help students (and anyone else on campus) overcome procrastination and recharge for midterms. The event was founded in German writing centers in 2009. Participants here at Puget Sound will celebrate along with others both in the U.S. and Germany. At 3 p.m. (German midnight), in addition to a public declarations of nonprocrastination, participants will enjoy German pastries and live Twitter feed with students in Germany, followed by quiet working time and snacks until midnight.

Metamorphoses continues onstage, March 1–3
Director John Rindo and Puget Sound theatre arts students will present Metamorphoses at Norton Clapp Theatre this weekend. Evening performances will be held at 7:30 p.m., March 2–3. Matinees will be at 4 p.m., Thursday, March 1, and at 2 p.m., Saturday, March 3. Set design is by Kurt Walls and costume design by Mishka Navarre, with assistance from Georgina Cohen ’12. Kealine Kine ’12 is the choreographer. Admission is $7 for faculty and staff. Tickets are available at Wheelock Info Center or online.

Know a great student writer? CWLT writing advisor positions open
The Center for Writing, Learning, and Teaching is seeking student applicants from all academic areas for the 2012–13 peer Writing Advisor positions. Faculty members should encourage qualified students to apply. Application instructions are available in CWLT (Howarth 105) and online. Completed applications should be returned to CWLT by Thursday, March 8, 2012. For more information contact Julie Nelson Christoph at

Professor Mott Greene to discuss anthropology in the Pacific Northwest at Daedalus Dinner; reservations due March 21
John Magee Professor of Science and Values Mott Greene, science, technology, and society, will discuss how Claude Lévi-Strauss (1908–2009) helped turn 20th-century anthropology from the analysis of the content of mythology to the study of its underlying structure at the Daedalus Dinner, Wednesday, March 28, at 6 p.m., in Murray Board Room, WSC. Lévi-Strauss had a special fascination with the ethnology of the Pacific Northwest and published two important books on the indigenous mythologies of the Puget Sound region.

Daedalus Dinners are open to faculty and staff members, who are encouraged to bring interested students as their guests. Each dinner begins with wine and hors d’oeuvres, followed by the featured presentation, a catered buffet dinner, coffee, dessert, and discussion. Reservations are $15 per person, and must be made by Wednesday, March 21, on a first-come, first-served basis. For more information or to make reservations, please call x3207.


Professor of Music Geoffrey Block was featured in two presentations during Community Day at The 5th, at The 5th Avenue Theatre in Seattle. He delivered the preshow talk "Oklahoma! The Groundbreaking Musical," and participated in the panel discussion "Our Great Indigenous Art Form: The Musical." Oklahoma!, starring Eric Ankrim ’03, runs through March 4 at The 5th Avenue Theatre.


Can't-miss events

Through Wednesday, Feb. 29: Collins Memorial Library Exhibit: Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Madness of Crows: The Art of Mark Hoppmann, Collins Memorial Library

Through April 7: Inchoate, Brian Benfer, and Selected Works from the Monsen Ceramics Collection Exhibit, Kittredge Gallery

Monday, Feb. 27: Art and Religion, Rebecca Parker ’75, Murray Board Room, WSC, 3:30 p.m.

Monday, Feb. 27: Kayak Pool Sessions, Wallace Pool, 8 p.m. Every Monday and Thursday

Tuesday, Feb. 28: Guest Artist Wycliffe Gordon with Jazz Band, Wayne Horvitz, director, Schneebeck Concert Hall, 7:30 p.m. Tickets: $7 general

Wednesday, Feb. 29: Leap Day

Wednesday, Feb. 29: Puget Sound Women's League lunch and meeting, Kilworth Memorial Chapel Lounge, 11:30 a.m., donation requested. More information:

Wednesday, Feb. 29: Lacrosse vs. Redlands, Lower Baker Field, 6 p.m.

Wednesday, Feb. 29: An Evening With Kristina McMorris, Library 020, 7 p.m.

Thursday, March 1–Friday, March 2: Men's Golf Logger Invitational, Fircrest Golf Club

Thursday, March 1: Long Night Against Procrastination, Howarth 109, 3 p.m.

Thursday, March 1: Career Fair, Wheelock Student Center, 4 p.m.

Thursday, March 1: Metamorphoses by Mary Zimmerman, directed by John Rindo, theatre arts, Norton Clapp Theatre, Jones Hall, 4 p.m. Tickets: $7 faculty/staff

Thursday, March 1: HIDE, BUT NO SEEK: Censorship in Art and in the Queer Community, Susan Owen, Zaixin Hong, Jeff Solomon, Trimble Forum, 5 p.m.

Thursday, March 1: Redford Lecture: The Mummy, the Book, and the Tomb, Nicola Denzey Lewis, Brown University, Wyatt 109, 7 p.m.

Friday, March 2: Men's Tennis, Tennis Pavilion, 6 p.m.

Friday, March 2: Metamorphoses by Mary Zimmerman, directed by John Rindo, theatre arts, Norton Clapp Theatre, Jones Hall, 7:30 p.m. Tickets: $7 faculty/staff

Friday, March 2: Wind Ensemble, Gerrard Morris, conductor, Schneebeck Concert Hall, 7:30 p.m.

Saturday, March 3: Track and Field Quad Meet, Peyton Field, 11 a.m.

Saturday, March 3: Softball vs. George Fox Doubleheader, East Athletic Field, noon, 2:30 p.m.

Saturday, March 3: Men's Tennis vs. Lewis & Clark, Tennis Pavilion, 1 p.m.

Saturday, March 3: Metamorphoses by Mary Zimmerman, directed by John Rindo, theatre arts, Norton Clapp Theatre, Jones Hall, 2 p.m. Tickets: $7 faculty/staff

Sunday, March 4: Softball vs. George Fox Doubleheader, East Athletic Field, noon, 2:30 p.m.