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  • LecturesTheaterClasses

    SeminarsThe Mitchell Gallery


    MAR | APRIL | MAY | JUNE 2015


    Friday night lectures are heldin the Francis Scott KeyAuditorium at 8 p.m.Community members areinvited to attend the questionperiod that follows eachlecture in the ConversationRoom.

    March 20 Steiner Lecture.Our Kinsman, Mr. Hawthorne, by WilfredMcClay, professor/Blankenship Chair, Universityof Oklahoma

    March 27 The Deduction ofTruth from the Phenomena inIsaac Newtons PrincipiaMathematica, by MaryDomski, professor, Universityof New Mexico

    April 3 The Life of Cordeliain Shakespeares King Lear,by Michael McShane,professor, Carthage College

    April 10 Aristotle on theArno, Plato on the Thames:Prudence, Performance, andProbability in the Decameronand the Canterbury Tales, by Robert Hanning, professoremeritus, ColumbiaUniversity

    April 17 In Want of a Wifeor a Husband, in Pride andPrejudice, by SusanPaalman, St. Johns Collegetutor

    All events are held at St. Johns College60 College Avenue

    Annapolis, Marylandunless otherwise noted.

    All events are free andopen to the public unless otherwise noted.

    The Calendar of Eventsis published by the Communications Office

    during the academic year.

    For more information call the Communications Office

    at 410-626-2539.

    Gregory Shook, editorgregory.shook@sjc.edu

    Jennifer Behrensart director

    St. Johns College does not discriminate in appointments, conditions of employment,

    admissions, educational policy, financial aid programs,athletics, or other activities on the basis of race,

    religion, age, sex, national origin, color, disability and/orhandicap, sexual orientation, or other characteristics

    protected by any applicable federal, state or local law.



    The King William Players, theSt. Johns student theatertroupe, typically presents twoperformances each semester.Unless otherwise noted, allplays take place in the FrancisScott Key Auditorium and arefree and open to the public.For more information:www.sjc.edu

    April 24 The King WilliamPlayers will perform Arcadia,a 1993 play by Tom Stoppard,who is regarded as one of the most significantcontemporary playwrights inthe English language. Praisedby critics, the play exploresthe relationship between pastand present, order anddisorder, certainty anduncertainty.


    These lectures are co-sponsored by the Friends ofSt. Johns College and theAnne Arundel County Trustfor Historic Preservation. Thelectures, which are free andopen to the public, are held at8 p.m. in the Francis ScottKey Auditorium. For moreinformation: www.sjc.edu or410-626-2881.

    March 10 The Treaty of ParisPeriod (1783-1787),presented by Mark Croatti,lecturer, the AmericanUniversity, the George


    One of the more uniquestructures on the St. Johnscampus is the Ptolemy Stone,an ancient Greek tool used tomeasure changes in themotion of the sun at itshighest point. Ptolemy isone of the very earliest totake something that seemsvery complicated and reduceit to rational andcomprehensible ideas, saystutor Nicholas Maistrellis.The Ptolemy Stone has onlyone function: it allows you tomeasure how high the sunrises at noon. By doing so, wecan measure how quickly orslowly the sun orbits aroundthe Earth.

    The tool is very importantfor studying Ptolemy, saysSt. Johns junior NinoBenashvili (A16). Ptolemystates in the Almagest thatthe suns highest point in thesky each day changes duringthe year due to its angularorbit around the Earth. Thisslanted revolution is whatcauses the differences inlength of daylight anddetermines the seasons.Continued on p. 5


    An Ear for Music, an Eye for Art:Selections from the Ahmet ErtegnCollectionMarch 11 to April 19This exhibition presentsmodernist works from the BakerMuseums largest and mostsignificant single collection,amassed by the late AhmetErtegn (St. Johns College, Classof 1944), the Turkish Americanmusician and businessman bestknown as the founder andpresident of Atlantic Records.

    Throughout his impressivecareer, Ertegn built anextraordinary collection of pre-1940 American abstract art thatreflects his inimitable approachto assembling subjects andthemes. Works by WernerDrewes, John Ferren, VaclavVytlacil, Dwinell Grant, IlyaBolotowsky, Burgoyne Dillerand Albert Swinden, amongothers, will be included.

    This exhibition is organizedand on loan from The BakerMuseum, Artis-Naples

    March 21 NexGen Event. Enjoylive music and swing dancingin the Great Hall, along withviewing the Ahmet ErtegnCollection exhibition.

    March 22 Opening Receptionand Family Program. ArtEducator Lucinda Edinbergwill lead a tour of the AhmetErtegn Collection followedby a hands-on workshop from3:30 to 5 p.m.

    March 26 Book Club. Joinmembers of the MitchellGallery Book Club for a docenttour of the Ahmet ErtegnCollection followed by a

    discussion of A Portrait of theArtist as a Young Man by JamesJoyce, from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. Themeeting will be led by BarbaraGoyette, vice president of St.Johns College. Registration isrequired. Contact Kathy Dulisseat 410-626-2556.

    March 31 Seminar. St. Johnstutor David Townsend and artistEbby Malmgren will lead aseminar related to the exhibitionat 7 p.m. Space is limited.Registration is required. Call 410-626-2556 to register.

    April 8 Art Express. Art EducatorLucinda Edinberg will give alunchtime gallery talk on the

  • Ahmet Ertegn Collectionfrom 12:15 to 12:45 p.m.

    April 19 Sunday Afternoon Tour.Art Educator Lucinda Edinbergwill lead a tour of the AhmetErtegn Collection at 3 p.m.

    St. Johns College Community ArtExhibition 2015April 26 to May 10This annual exhibition offersmembers of the St. JohnsCollege community anopportunity to explore the visualarts. The resulta diversecollection of ceramicspaintings, drawings, prints,sculpture, textiles, andphotographs, elegantlyrepresents the artistic talent ofthe community.

    April 26 Artists and OpeningReception from 3 to 5 p.m.

    May 7 Book Club. Join membersof the Mitchell Gallery Book Clubfor a docent tour of theCommunity Art exhibitionfollowed by a discussion of aselected text (TBD), from 2:30 to4:30 p.m. Registration is

    required. Contact Kathy Dulisseat 410-626-2556.

    Image & Imagination: Anne ArundelCounty Juried Exhibition 2015May 21 to June 7The Mitchell Gallery is pleased topresent this all-county, juried,multi-media biennial exhibitionof artists who live or work inAnne Arundel County. Workscreated in diverse media withinthe last two years will be ondisplay and the exhibit willfeature both two- and three-dimensional artwork. Erik H.Neal, director and president ofthe Chrysler Museum of Art, isthe exhibition juror.

    March 8 CLOSING DATE for Callfor Artists for Image andImagination: Anne ArundelCounty Juried Exhibition.(Opening date is February 6). Toenter online, visithttp://themitchellgallery.org.

    May 21 Opening Reception from5 to 7 p.m.

    The Mitchell Gallery at St. Johns College is a hidden treasure in historicAnnapolis. Accredited by the American Alliance of Museums in 2012, theMitchell Gallery is dedicated to bringing art of world renown to the Annapolis

    and wider communities since it opened in 1989. The galleryattracts more than 10,000 visitors a year to its museum-qualityexhibits and is a resource for viewing, discussing, and learningabout the visual arts.

    Unless otherwise noted, all exhibits and events take place in the MitchellGallery. For more information, hours, docent tours, and event registration:410-626-2556. Thanks to the support of members, gallery programs are freeand open to the public. To become a member, call 410-295-5551 or visit www.sjc.edu/mitchellgallery.

    The Mitchell Gallery Hours and AdmissionNoon to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday, and 6:45 to 7:45 p.m. Friday. Closed Monday. Docent tours Thursdays noon to 3 p.m.

    top: Oscar Bluemner, Ruggles Street, 1926, watercolor and gouache on paper. The Baker Museum ArtisNaples.

    bottom: Esphyr Slobodkina, Crossroads, 1943, oil on board. The Baker Museum, ArtisNaples.

  • Washington University,the University ofMaryland, and the U.S.Naval Academy. He alsocovers politics forAnnapolis magazine andis the director of TheAnnapolis Forum. Hislecture will explore theseries of crucial eventsthat took place inAnnapolis between theend of the Revolutionand the start of theConstitutionalConvention, includingGeorge Washingtonsresignation from theArmy in 1783 and theratification of the Treatyof Paris in 1784, amongothers.

    April 21 Annapolis1865: Peace At Last!presented by theAnnapolis HistoryConsortium, a group ofAnnapolis historians.The presentationconcludes a seriescovering each year inAnnapolis during theCivil War. In 1865,Annapolis experienced avisit from PresidentLincoln, victory andpeace celebrations, theassassination of thepresident, the departureof the Union Army, thereturn of the U.S. NavalAcademy, and manynumerous adjustmentsin Annapolis when thewar concluded.

    May 12 Uncovering theHistory of Anne ArundelCounty presented by AlLuckenbach, who servedas the Anne ArundelCounty archaeologist for 26 years. Thepresentation will explorethe significance of theAnne Arundel Countyarchaeology program,covering many of thesites he has exploredover the years.


    The Mitchell Gallery atSt. Johns College willpresent a lecture serieson Annapolisarchitecture from the20th and 21st centuries.Led by local historians,architects, and scholars,the series addresses thequestion of how toread buildings byidentifying style, design,and historical context.The lectures will be heldin the ConversationRoom in Mellon Hall onMarch 1, and June