The spring 2010 Wednesday in the Commons cultural series at DeSales University will kick-off Black History Month with a double-header performance by spoken word poet Marc Marcel and music from the 5th L at 7:00 p.m., Wednesday, February 3, in the McShea Student Union. The event is open to the public free of charge.
Hosted by the DeSales University Cultural Affairs Committee, the Wednesday in the Commons series offers a variety of musical and literary performances from 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. on Wednesdays through April. Unless otherwise noted, all programs are held in the McShea Student Union and are open to the public free of charge.
- February 3 - Spoken Word Poet Mark Marcel and Music from the 5th L
Marcel is an internationally known spoken word artist who has toured throughout the world showcasing his craft at colleges and venues since 2000. He has published a novel, a poetry book and nine spoken word CDs. Through his work, he attempts to capture the emotions and feelings of several issues including politics, love, spirituality, self-revelation and the struggles of life. The 5th L is a spoken-word “poetry meets hip-hop soul” group. Based in Baltimore, the group has traveled and entertained worldwide. Members include David Ross, Native Son and Femi Lawal, and The Dri Fish. Their performance is described as an action packed poetry experience that delivers spoken word with the skilled theatrics of a Broadway show and the high energy of a rap artist on stage, while maintaining poetic integrity.
- February 10 - Hardway Connection
The Hardway Connection mixes old school, deep soul and blues to produce exciting, new variations of “oldies but goodies” melodies. Their smooth and passionate sound is said to produce an undeniable compulsion to dance. The group has opened for artists Johnny Taylor, Harvey Scales, Toni Terry, Chuck Brown, Sonny Warner, and other major acts.
- February 17- Haunted: An Evening of Spirits and Ghosts
Explore the world of spirits and ghosts through the arts. Hosted by DeSales faculty members Kristin Fieseler, assistant professor of dance, and Steve Myers, chairperson of the humanities department and author and poet. The program will include dance performances, poetry, and short story readings. DeSales University’s own ghost tales will be told by resident ghost hunter and author Dr. Katherine Ramsland, chairperson of the social sciences department.
- February 24 - Novelist Chris Torockio
Novelist Christopher Torockio’s first collection of stories, Presence, was published in 2000 by St. Andrews College Press, and recent fiction appears in the Antioch Review, The Gettysburg Review, The Iowa Review, Northwest Review, Denver Quarterly, and elsewhere. He received 2003 and 2004 Pushcart Special Mentions. His first novel, Floating Holidays, was published by Black Lawrence in 2007.
- March 3 - Herstory (Musical History of Women in America)
Celebrate Women’s History Month by reliving the legend of Susan B. Anthony and those involved in the Women’s Suffrage Movement. The stories of Abigail Adam’s enduring letters, Harriet Tubman’s Underground Railroad, and the courageous efforts of Native American Sarah Winnemucca, and others are brought to life in this multimedia program.
- March17 - Burning Bridget Cleary
Burning Bridget Cleary returns to DeSales, by popular demand. The high-energy band with a unique Celtic sound entertains the audience with fiery fiddles and lively step dancing. The trio formed on St. Patty’s Day of 2006, when DeSales student Genevieve Gillespie, Class of 2013, joined forces with father-daughter duo Lou and Rose Baldino. Their debut CD, “Catharsis,” was released in September 2006. Their most recent CD, “Everything is Alright,” was released November 25, 2008.
- March 24 - Speaker: Jenee Chizick, “What It Takes to Succeed”
Drawing from her own personal experience, Jenee Chizick will offer tips on how to utilize resources and take full advantage of your time in college and beyond to discover and then realize your dreams.
- March 31 - Writer/Poet Patrick Rosal
Patrick Rosal is the author of two, award-winning, full-length poetry collections. They include Uprock Headspin Scramble and Dive, which won the Members’ Choice Award from the Asian American Writers’ Workshop. Also, most recently, My American Kundiman, which won the Association of Asian American Studies 2006 Book award in Poetry, as well as the 2007 Global Filipino Literary Award.
- April 7 - Salsa Lessons
(Note: Details forthcoming.)
- April 14 - Alumni Dance Concert
(Note: Details forthcoming.)
- April 21- Locks of Love
The 9th annual hair drive to benefit Locks of Love will take place from 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. in McShea Commons. Locks of Love is a not-for-profit organization that makes wigs for children suffering from permanent hair loss. Anyone interested in donating hair (10 inches in length or longer) can pre-register with Maggie Riggins, assistant director of campus ministry at DeSales, at Magdalene.firstname.lastname@example.org or upon arrival on the evening of the drive.
Introduced in November 2005, the Wednesdays in the Commons series promotes cultural diversity and awareness to the students and faculty of DeSales. For more information, contact Chanel Greene, director of multicultural life at DeSales, at 610-282-1100, ext. 1721.
Press Release: Spring 2010 Wednesday in the Commons Series Kicks-Off Black History Month with Double-Header Performance, Wed., Feb. 3 | Posted on: 2/3/2010
For more info:
Tom McNamara, Executive Director of Communications
DeSales University | 2255 Station Avenue | Center Valley, PA 18034
610.282.1100 x1219 | Tom.McNamara@desales.edu