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 19 - Friday, February 14 Mark Travanti and Margaret Clark Art Exhibit

Art and Music Center

Aquinas College

Gallery Hours

Cost: Free!

Saturday, January 25

Doors open at 5:45 p.m.

Medieval Dinner Theater

Wege Ballroom

Aquinas College

Cost: Free for students with a meal plan

Monday, January 27

10:40 a.m.

Aquinas College Jazz Combo: Paul Brewer

Academic Building

Aquinas College

Cost: Free!

Monday, January 27

12:30 p.m.

Lunch Time Lecture: The Liberal Arts in the Middle Ages and Renaissance

Presented by Dr. Charles Gunnoe, Provost

Wege Ballroom

Aquinas College

Cost: Free!

Tuesday, January 28

12:30 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.

Jane Hibbard Idema Women's Study Center Lecture: "Reflections on Dominican Values, Activism, and Social Justice"

Presented by Barbara Hansen, O.P.

Loutit Room, Wege Center

Aquinas College

Cost: Free!

Tuesday, January 28

7 p.m. - 8 p.m.

Hildegard Singers with student guest performers

Bukowski Chapel

Aquinas College

Cost: Free!

Thursday, January 30

7 p.m.

23rd Annual St. Thomas Aquinas Lecture: "Searching for the Elusive Saint: Francis of Assisi"

Presented by Fr. Augustine Thompson, O.P.

Wege Ballroom

Aquinas College

Cost: Free!

February 2 - April 27 Legacy: The Emily Fisher Landau Collection

Grand Rapids Art Museum

101 Monroe Center NW

Grand Rapids, MI

Cost: Tickets available through the Aquinas College Humanities Department

Tuesday, February 18

12:30 p.m.

Aquinas College Lecture Series presents: "Twenty Years a Humanist: A Tale of Two Visits to Florence"

Presented by Dr. Dan Brooks

Wege Ballroom

Aquinas College

Cost: Free!

February 20, 21, and 22 at

8 p.m.; February 23 at 2 p.m.

 

Aquinas College Theatre Presents: Austentatious

Performing Arts Center

Aquinas College

Ticket Information

Sunday, February 23

3 p.m.

"A Winter Experience" concert

Kretschmer Recital Hall

Art and Music Center

Aquinas College

Cost: Free!

Tuesday, March 26

12:30 p.m.

Aquinas College Lecture Series presents: "Aquinas College Women Composers"

Presented by the Music Department

Wege Ballroom

Aquinas College

Cost: Free!

Sunday, March 30

3 p.m.

College Chorus, Women's Chorus, and GR Chamber Choir Concert

East Congregational Church

1005 Giddings Ave. SE

Grand Rapids, MI

Cost: Free!

April 10, 11, and 12 at 8 p.m.; April 13 at 2 p.m. Aquinas College Theatre Presents: Cyrano De Bergerac

Performing Arts Center

Aquinas College

Ticket Information

Sunday, April 13

3 p.m.

College Chorus and Women's Chorus presents the "Rachmaninoff Vespers" with Concerto Winner

Immaculate Heart of Mary

1935 Plymouth Ave. SE

Grand Rapids, MI

Cost: Free!

Sunday, April 27

3 p.m.

College Band and Chamber Strings Spring Concert with Concerto Winner

Kretschmer Recital Hall

Art and Music Center

Aquinas College

Cost: Free!

 
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)