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Emerging Scholars Symposium Welcomes Up-and-Comers

Franklin & Marshall welcomes one of its own alumnae, and three other up-and-comers, for the inaugural Symposium for Emerging Scholars, on Friday, March 6, and Saturday, March 7, in the Bonchek Lecture Hall in the Barshinger Life Sciences & Philosophy Building.

The symposium, which focuses on the theme of “Resonance,” is sponsored by The Center for Liberal Arts and Society and Phi Beta Kappa National Honor Society.

“The symposium aims to engage the concept of resonance as it applies to texts, ideas, events and objects that are transformed, enhanced and enlarged as they travel and reverberate through space, matter and time,” said Eliza Reilly, director of CLAS.

The symposium begins with a keynote address by Michael Billig, professor of anthropology at Franklin & Marshall, on Friday at 5:30 p.m.

Melissa Stein ’99, a postdoctoral fellow in gender studies at Indiana University in Bloomington, is among the fellows invited to speak at the symposium.

Also attending the symposium as fellows are Sonja Trent-Brown, assistant professor of psychology at Hope College in Holland, Mich.; Timothy D. Arner, assistant professor of English at Grinnell College in Grinnell, Iowa; and Devon Powers, assistant professor of culture and communication at Drexel University in Philadelphia.

The presentations begin on Saturday at 9 a.m., with Brown, who will discuss “Voice Quality: Resonance Characteristics in Speaker Identification.’’ At 10:30 a.m., Arner will present “Through-out the world my belle shal be ronge: Resonance and Dissonance in England’s Troy Stories.’’ Stein will speak at 1 p.m. on “Nature is the Author of Such Restrictions: Science, Medicine, and Segregation, 1877-1915.’’ And at 2:30 p.m., Powers will present “What Is Hype? Circulating Popular Music from Beatlemania to the Blogosphere.”

Dinty Moore To Read at Writers House Friday

Dinty W. Moore comes to the Philadelphia Alumni Writers House on Friday, March 6, at 8 p.m., for a reading of his works.

Moore, a professor of creative writing at Ohio University, is the author of the memoir Between Panic & Desire, The Accidental Buddhist, Toothpick Men, The Emperor’s Virtual Clothes and the writing guide The Truth of the Matter: Art and Craft in Creative Nonfiction.

The evening is co-sponsored by the College Dispatch and is free and open to the public.

The Mask and Wig Club Presents “Oh, the Humanities”

The Mask and Wig Club will perform Oh, the Humanities! on Saturday, March 7, at 8 p.m., at the Roschel Performing Arts Center.

The Mask and Wig Club takes theatergoers to Florence, Italy, during the Renaissance, when Michelangelo is the next big thing on the city art scene. When Mona Lisa, the girlfriend of Mr. Renaissance himself, Leonardo Da Vinci, is seen smooching Mike in public, the story quickly makes the front page of the tabloids.

Suddenly, Mike is the talk of the town and Leo is yesterday’s news.

Enter political genius Machiavelli. Seeing Leo down and out, Machiavelli offers his help as an art agent. Overnight Da Vinci’s paintings are selling for mega-florins again and Mike is just a passing fad. Yet, all is not as it seems.

Tickets are $37 for adults and $17 for students.