Things That Happened, Things To Do: Week of March 18

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  • The two-state option to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict may seem like an obvious answer to many people, but Dennis Ross, former special assistant to President Obama, delivered an address to the College on May 12, in which he explained why this idea is still languishing. He said that the primary problem lies in the beliefs (or “disbeliefs”) of the parties involved. The talk can be viewed here.
  • Last Saturday,women’s hockey had to let go—of the dream of a fourth NCAA championship, when they lost to Elmira in the title game in Wisconsin. On a more optimistic note, men’s basketball won a Sweet 16 game over Ithaca and will play in the quarterfinals in Salem, Virginia, on March 22.
  • The American Academy of Arts and Letters announced the 2013 Literature Award winners on March 16. Bill McKibben was one of eight recipients of the award in literature for exceptional accomplishments in any genre.
  • Students who study abroad in China seem to be able to put their best foot forward more often than those studying in other countries, and they seem to more easily embrace and get benefit from their identity as foreigners. Professor Hang Do reports on her research into this aspect of study abroad in a talk Wednesday evening, March 20, at the Franklin Environmental Center.
  • Thursday, March 21, is packed with to-do options. Among them:  At lunchtime, on March 21, Professor Chris McGrory Klyza talks about  environmental-policy debates and outcomes during Obama’s first term. His talk is called Change We Can Believe In? (We wish that question mark were an exclamation point.)  Over at BiHall, hot pizza served at 12:20 may attract even the technically clueless to  Sven Anderson’s (Computer Science Program, Bard College) talk about the problem of text simplification using computer-based artificial intelligence techniques. Anderson will report on his lab’s recent research.
  • The early evening of March 21, presents a tantalizing discussion with three editors of n + 1, one of the most highly regarded literary magazines in the U.S. Among the things they will talk about: the trials and tribulations making a living as a writer. And  there will be a screening of Five Broken Cameras, an award-winning film about popular resistance to the Israeli Occupation in a Palestinian village,  in Dana Auditorium.  Afterwards, Palestinian Professor Ahmad Almallah will discuss this complex situation.
  • The evening of March 21 includes an interesting program  at the Sheldon Museum. Professor Bill Hart will present a gallery talk about Henry Freeman, Class of 1849, who advocated that Negroes return to Liberia as “the only way by which the Negro of the U. S. can rise to the full status of manhood.” This talk is part of the museum’s ongoing series about African Americans in Vermont, marking the 150th anniversary of the Civil War.  And over in Mead Memorial Chapel, Nathan Laube will bring the building to life with an organ concert celebrating Johann Sebastian Bach’s birthday, March 21,1685. Laube, known for his brilliant playing, will also deliver a pre-concert lecture.
  • On Friday night as students head out for spring break, head over to 51 Main for festive fare from the kitchen and fresh Latin-jazz-fusion music by Mogani, a local band with some of the finest area musicians.

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