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Week of April 1, 2013

Mar 31, 2013, 09:46 pm - Carey Adams

Michael Benjamin Presents Faculty Lecture Series- Civil War Print Culture and the First Black Public Historian

April 12, 2013, Noon, Student Union’s Ogeechee Theater

In the winter of 1887, a decade into the period historian Rayford Logan has termed the “nadir” in the lives of African Americans, author and black historian Joseph Thomas Wilson published his study of black Civil War service called “The Black Phalanx.” Wilson’s publication was only the first of nine editions of this work that appeared during the nineteenth century. What motivated Wilson to publish this work? In short, did the Civil War’s print culture produce the first black public historian to answer claims of inferiority made about his ancestry thirty years earlier? In this paper Benjamin argues that it did.

Armstrong Holds Biodynamics Interactive Showcase

Armstrong State University’s Biodynamics and Human Performance Center announces the second annual Biodynamics Interactive Showcase fundraiser, sponsored by Spine & Sport. Guests will be able to participate in fun, hands-on activities throughout the evening. Staff and students of the Biodynamics and Human Performance Center will perform golf swing assessments, balance testing, strength testing, movement analysis, and exercise direction focused on perfecting each participant’s individual physique. The event, co-chaired by Chatham Orthopedic’s Dr. Spencer Wheeler and emceed by WJCL’s “Big Frank” Sulkowski, will be held on Thursday, April 4, from 5:30-8:30 p.m. at the Biodynamics Center in Armstrong’s Ashmore Hall, 11935 Abercorn St. The showcase is free and open to the public.

Leadership Lecture Series Hosts Janisse Ray

Armstrong announces the Leadership Lecture Series speaking event for spring 2013. Janisse Ray, renowned writer and environmental activist, will give her lecture and reading, “Leading by Example: Sustainability and Our Future,” on Thursday, April 11, 6:00 p.m., at the Armstrong Center, 13040 Abercorn St. The event is free and open to the public.

College of Education Holds Military Family Activity Day

The Military Parent and Children’s Activity Day will be held on Saturday, April 13, from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the Armstrong Sports Center on 11935 Abercorn St. The event is targeted for third through fifth graders and is free and open to the public.

Senior Art Exhibition: Picture The Future
Spring Student Art Exhibition

When: March 27th through April 11th

Where: Fine Arts Gallery
Admission: free admission, no tickets necessary

Graduating bachelor of fine arts and bachelor of arts degree candidates display their artwork produced for this capstone project.  Participating artists: Nekecia Barnes, Cat Counihan, Jeremy Duvall, Krystle Lannaman, Amanda Michael, Rebecca Moore, Kacy Tapley, Helena Thompson and Julio Varela.  Join the artists for a gallery reception at 5:30 p.m., Friday, April 5th.

Armstrong Jazz Ensemble Concert
Embraceable You

When: April 2nd; 7:30 p.m.,  Fine Arts Auditorium

Armstrong's Jazz Ensemble performs under the direction of Randall Reese, D.M.A.  Featuring guest saxophonist, Jody Espina, the ensemble parlays three arrangements of Gershwin hits including his opera-aria-to-become-jazz-standard "Summertime" from Porgy and Bess, his frequently remade-and-used-in-film But Not For Me, and his oft-recorded sentimental show tune Embraceable You, on a program that also includes standard charts by Matt Harris, Phil Woods, Sammy Nestico and Bob Mintzer.

University Chorale and Chamber Singers

When: April 9th; 7:30 p.m., Fine Arts Auditorium

Admission: $6 regular general admission; Armstrong free w/PirateCard

Armstrong's University Chorale and Chamber Singers perform under the direction of Robert Harris, D.M.A.  Underpinning this concert will be music by women composers spanning almost 1,000 years, including Hildegard von Bingen, Isabella Leonarda, Rafaella Aleotti and two contemporary Americans, Williametta Spencer and Emma Lou Diemer.  This program includes a multi-media presentation of Jonathan Willcocks’ entertaining comic choral spoof Musical Risotto, as melodramatically performed by dueling soprano music majors Allison Drinkard and Adrianna Perrucci as well as Magnificat, Isabella Leonarda's sacred motet for voices, two violins and basso continuo.