Humanities  
 

Cultural Events

 
The Humanities Program provides us with an opportunity to study the achievements of past cultures and to consider, in the main, the high points of their artistic, societal, and cultural achievements. We benefit by studying the record of past cultural successes and failures and can trace the evidence of our forebears' struggles to understand their place in the universe down through the ages to our own moment in time.
 
The humanities focuses on the art, literature, architecture, and the social and religious activities of the peoples that created our Western tradition. All of our present-day institutions are built on the foundations that we will spend the next two semesters examining. Though not the only source of our intellectual, political, and social vitality, we are strongly connected to a relentless, western cultural flow that is featured in our syllabus.
 
To better understand our dependence on the humanistic legacy of the past, it is appropriate for all of us to experience the richness of our present culture and to reflect on its connections to the humanistic traditions of the past. In addition to in-class activity, Humanities students are expected to attend three campus or community cultural events with Humanities-related content.
 
For each chosen event, students will:
  • arrive on time and stay until the end of the event;
  • write a 250-300 word written response to the event.
The written response should (1) provide the name of the event and where and when it took place; (2) a description of the highlights of the performance/presentation; and (3) a statement on how material presented relates to our study of the Humanities (for example, you might comment on how a work of art, music, or literature reflects that specific characteristics of a period we have studied).
 
Finally, the written response must be submitted to your instructor within two class meeting days from the date of the event. There are several starting points - generally in the West Michigan area - that can serve to provide us with at least three cultural experiences during the course of this semester.
 
Cultural Events Calendar 2013-2014:
Date/Time Event Location/Additional Information
Sunday, January 18-Friday, February 13 "Between A Space and A Not So Familiar Place" by Patrick Maguire

Art & Music Center Gallery

Aquinas College

Cost: Free!

Sunday, January 25, 2:00 p.m.

West Michigan International Film Series Chiaroscuro- Under the Same Moon.

For more information visit: http://www.chiaroscurogr.org/

UICA

2 West Fulton, Grand Rapids

Cost: Free!

Monday, January 26, 12:30 p.m. Disputatio Round 2: This panel-style discussion will address the question: "Is philosophy vital to education?" Each of the four panelists will have time to address the question followed by a rebuttal with time for a Q&A at the end.

Loutit Room

Aquinas College

Cost: Free

Sunday, February 8, 2:00 p.m.

West Michigan International Film Series Chiaroscuro- Almanya: Welcome to Germany.

For more information visit: http://www.chiaroscurogr.org/

UICA

2 West Fulton, Grand Rapids

Cost: Free!

Wednesday, February 12, 7:30 p.m.

"Noah's Flood" Opera by Benjamin Britten. Email Barbara.McCargar@aquinas.edu or straujil@aquinas.edu for tickets.

Fountain Street Church

24 Fountain Street NE, Grand Rapids

Cost: Free!

Tuesday, February 17, 12:30 p.m. Aquinas Lecture Series: “A Protestant Appreciation of the Middle Ages" by Prof. Ralph Vunderink

Wege Ballroom

Aquinas College

Cost: Free!

Tuesday, February 17, 1:30 p.m. Tartuffe Lunchtime Watch Party

AB 157

Aquinas College

Cost: Free!

Sunday, February 22, 2:00 p.m.

West Michigan International Film Series Chiaroscuro- For My Father.

For more information visit: http://www.chiaroscurogr.org/

UICA

2 West Fulton, Grand Rapids

Cost: Free!

Thursday, February 26-28, 8:00 p.m., Sunday, March 1, 2:00 p.m.

Melancholy Play by Sarah Ruhl

Performing Arts Center

Aquinas College

Cost: $5 Students, $6 Faculty/Staff, $10 General Admission

Sunday, March 8, 2:00 p.m.

West Michigan International Film Series Chiaroscuro- English Vinglish.

For more information visit: http://www.chiaroscurogr.org/

UICA

2 West Fulton, Grand Rapids

Cost: Free!

Wednesday, March 18, 7:30 p.m. Contemporary Writers Series: Peter Ho Davies

Wege Ballroom

Aquinas College

Cost: Free!

Sunday, March 29, 4:00 p.m. Fountain Street Church Choir Oratorio Concert: 20th Century Musical Settings of Robert Frost and William Blake. At 3:30 p.m. a talk will be given by Prof. Gary Eberle before the performance.

Fountain Street Church

24 Fountain Street NE, Grand Rapids

Cost: Free!

Tuesday, March 31, 12:30 p.m. Aquinas Lecture Series: "Hildegard of Bingen meets Cecile Chaminade" by Prof. Barbara McCargar

Wege Ballroom

Aquinas College

Cost: Free!

Tuesday, April 7, 8:30 p.m. Jazz with Poetry. Come watch fellow students preform their poetry with improvised musical accompaniment provided by AQ's Jazz Band.

The Moose Cafe

Aquinas College

Cost: Free!

Saturday, April 11, 1:00 p.m.

Rewild!: Protecting All Life. This event will feature local speakers and a discussion led by world-renowned animal activist Dr. Marc Bekoff via Skype about the following topics: ethical treatment of animals, Christian perspectives on veganism, misconceptions about animal rights/welfare movement, and bee ecology.

 

RSVP to Nathan Poirier at poirnat@aquinas.edu

Wege Ballroom

Aquinas College

Cost: Free!

Tuesday, April 14, 7:30 p.m. Contemporary Writers Series: Sarah Kay

Wege Ballroom

Aquinas College

Cost: Free!

Thursday, April 16-18, 8:00 p.m., Sunday, April 19, 2:00 p.m.

I Hate Hamlet by Paul Rudnick

Performing Arts Center

Aquinas College

Cost: $5 Students, $6 Faculty/Staff, $10

General Admission

Tuesday, April 21, 12:30 p.m. Aquinas Lecture Series: "Plain Catholics of the North: Martin Van Buren and the Politics of Religion in the Making of the Democratic Party, 1825-1835" by Prof. Jason Duncan

Wege Ballroom

Aquinas College

Cost: Free!

Thursday, April 23, 12:30 p.m. Herbert Woodward Martin. Martin will be performing the poetic works of Paul Laurence Dunbar.

Wege Ballroom

Aquinas College

Cost: Free!

Wednesday, April 29, 7:00 p.m. Disputatio: Can We Ever Be Just? Join AQ philosiphy and theology students for the final philosiphy event as they consider the justifications for far.

Loutit Room

Aquinas College

Cost: Free!

Thursday, April 30, 7:30 p.m.

Friday, May 1, 1:00 & 8:00 p.m.

Saturday, May 2, 8:00 p.m.

Sunday, May 3, 2:30 p.m.

West Michigan Savoyards Presents: The Sorcerer

 

More information: www.westmichigansavoyards.org

Wealthy Theatre

1130 Wealthy St. SE, Grand Rapids, MI

Cost: 18$, 15$, and 9$

 
You are free to individually choose at least three activities from the following area institutions:
 
Other Entertainment Sources:
  • The Saint formerly the AQ Times (published twice monthly during the academic year)
  • Grand Rapids Press Weekend Magazine (available in the Grand Rapids Press every Thursday)