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
Tuesday, September 2-Sunday, September 28 2014 Faculty Art Exhibition AMC Gallery
Tuesday, September 9, 7:00 p.m. Catholic Studies Lecture: "The Catholicism of the Lord of the Rings," by Joseph Pearce

Wege Ballroom

Aquinas College

Cost: Free!

Wednesday, September 17, 7:30 p.m.

Contemporary Writers Series: Gregory Orr

Wege Ballroom

Aquinas College

Cost: Free!

Friday, September 19, 8:00 p.m. Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony

Devos Performance Hall

Cost: $18

Saturday, September 20, 8:00 p.m. Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony

Devos Performance Hall

Cost: $18

Tuesday, September 23, 10:45-12:15 p.m. Antigone Screening

Loutit Room

Aquinas College

Cost: Free!

Tuesday, September 23, 12:30 p.m.

Aquinas Lecture Series: "Dignity" by Prof. Bryan Pilkington

Wege Ballroom

Aquinas College

Cost: Free!

Wednesday, September 24-Sunday, October 12 Artprize

Downtown Grand Rapids

Cost: Free!

Wednesday, October 1, 9:30 p.m. Abbot Ven Deok Wun from the Grand Rapids Zen Center and Buddhist Temple talk on Buddhist religion and culture

Kretschmer Hall

Aquinas College

Cost: Free!

Thursday, October 2, 7:30 p.m.

Prof. Bob Marko, Prof. Wilson Miscamble, C.S.C. and Prof. David Solomon: Philosophy Panel on the Dropping of the Atomic Bomb in WWII

Wege Ballroom

Aquinas College

Cost: Free!

Tuesday, October 7, 12:30 p.m.

Aquinas Lecture Series: “Race, Religion, and National Identity in the Early American Republic” by Prof. John Pinheiro

Wege Ballroom

Aquinas College

Cost: Free!

Thursday, October 9-11, 8:00 p.m., Sunday, October 12, 2:00 p.m.

Up by Bridget Carpenter

Performing Arts Center

Aquinas College

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

Wednesday, October 18, 7:00 p.m.

Catholic Studies Lecture: "The Reformation Era and the Makings of Modernity" by Dr. Brad Gregory, Professor of History, Notre Dame

Wege Ballroom

Aquinas College

Cost: Free!

Wednesday, October 30, 7:00 p.m.

Contemporary Writers Series: John D'Agata

Wege Ballroom

Aquinas College

Cost: Free!

Friday, October 31, 7:30 p.m.

Grand Rapids Opera Presents: Carmen

To purchase student tickets call: 616-451-2741

DeVos Performance Hall

Cost: $5

Saturday, November 1, 7:30 p.m.

Grand Rapids Opera Presents: Carmen

To purchase student tickets call: 616-451-2741

DeVos Performance Hall

Cost: $5

Tuesday, November 4, 12:30 p.m. Aquinas Lecture Series: “Picturing the Invisible: Theo-aesthetics” by Prof. Gary Eberle will explore the history of depictions of the divine in western art, from ancient Greece to the 20th century, exploring the history of iconoclasm and how modern artists like Rothko and Barnett Newman tried to depict transcendent realities directly. Students may bring their lunches.

Wege Ballroom

Aquinas College

Cost: Free!

Thursday, November 6, 6:30-8:30 p.m.

The Famine Remembered: Lessons from Ukraine's Holodomor and Soviet Communism

More information here

Acton Institute -Mark Murray Auditorium

98 Fulton St. E, Suite 101

Grand Rapids, MI, 49503

Cost: $10 Students, $20 Adults

Friday, November 14, 7:00 p.m. The Jane Doe Project: An Aquinas tradition, this powerful student performance, begun by Aquinas alumna Cheyna Roczkowski, raises voices of Aquinas faculty, students, and staff in dramatic narratives testifying to experiences of sexual harassment and sexual assault in our campus community in an effort to provoke dialogue -and change.

Kretschmer Recital Hall

Aquinas College

Cost: Free!

Tuesday, November 18, 12:30 p.m.

Aquinas Lecture Series: “The New Science and British Roman Catholicism Prior to the Modernist Controversy” by Prof. Prof. Bethany Kilcrease

Wege Ballroom

Aquinas College

Cost: Free!

Thursday, December 4-6, 8:00 p.m., Sunday, December 7, 2:00 p.m.

Shout! The Mod Musical by By Phillip George and David Lowenstein

Performing Arts Center

Aquinas College

Cost: $10 Students, $12 Faculty/Staff, $20 General Admission

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

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

 
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)