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January 2023
Aging and the Lived Experiences of Transgender and Gender Non-conforming (T/GNC) Older Adults: Narratives through Art
Jan 23 - Mar 11, 2023
Pollak Gallery

Gallery Exhibitions

Aging and the Lived Experiences of Transgender and Gender Non-conforming (T/GNC) Older Adults: Narratives through Art

As told in their own voices through art and film this juried exhibit seeks to share some of the diverse lived experiences of transgender and gender non-conforming older adults (T/GNC). This  exhibit centers T/GNC individuals’ unique narratives and make their lives visible. The artwork chosen celebrates the strength and resiliency of these individuals while also sharing the painful challenges encountered. The process of living authentically may instill hope and bring joy, but often this process involves losses and pain as well. The purpose is to increase understanding and knowledge of the lives of T/GNC older adults while supporting Monmouth University’s commitment to create an inclusive, affirming, and equitable campus community.

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Eileen Sackman: The Elephant in the Room
Jan 23 - Mar 31, 2023
Rotary Ice House Gallery

Gallery Exhibitions

Eileen Sackman: The Elephant in the Room

The Elephant in the Room calls attention to threatened and endangered animals, encapsulating their expressive nature through emotional representation. By addressing the “elephant in the room” these wood fired portrait-esque pieces bring awareness to species that have been brought to the brink of extinction due to human interference and have been forever impacted by these interactions.

Illustrated Lecture: Thurs., Feb. 2 from 6 - 7 pm. Reception follows in the Ice House Gallery from 7 - 9 pm

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February 2023
Quo Vadis, Aida?
Wed Feb 1, 2023
7:30 PM Pollak Theatre

World Cinema Series

Quo Vadis, Aida?

Join us for a World Cinema Series film screening/discussion illuminating the theme “Wartime Lives: Enduring and Transcending Violence and Occupation” by analyzing the message and impact of the film Quo Vadis, Aida? (Bosnian, 2020). The film dramatizes the events of the Srebrenica massacre, during which Serbian troops sent Bosniak men and boys to death in July 1995 led by Serbian convicted war criminal Ratko Mladić. Named for its protagonist, Quo Vadis, Aida? exposes the events through the eyes of a mother named Aida, a schoolteacher who works with the United Nations as a translator. After three and a half years under siege, the town of Srebrenica, close to the northeastern Serbian border, was declared a UN safety zone in 1993 and put under the protection of a Dutch battalion working for the UN.

Free Event
The Doo Wop Project
Sat Feb 4, 2023
8 PM Pollak Theatre

Performing Arts Series

The Doo Wop Project

The Doo Wop Project takes audiences on a journey featuring foundational tunes from the Crests, Belmonts and Flamingos through the vocal artistry of Smokey Robinson, The Temptations, and The Four Seasons all the way to DooWopified versions of modern hits from Michael Jackson, Jason Mraz, Maroon 5, and Sam Smith. Featuring stars from the Broadway hits Jersey Boys, Motown: The Musical, and A Bronx Tale, The Doo Wop Project brings unparalleled authenticity of sound and vocal excellence to recreate—and in some cases entirely reimagine—the greatest music in American pop and rock history.

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The Night Sea Journey – An Artist Talk by Associate Professor Kimberly Callas
Mon Feb 6, 2023
6 PM The Great Hall Auditorium/Virtual

ArtNOW: Performance, Art, and Technology

The Night Sea Journey – An Artist Talk by Associate Professor Kimberly Callas

Associate Professor Kimberly Callas will give an artist talk on the artwork she created during a two-year Monmouth Fellowship, where she served as the artist-in-residence for the Urban Coast Institute. During the fellowship, Callas created a series of large-scale (10′) drawings that connect images of the ocean, ocean archetypes, and the human body. Inspired by historical nautical charts hand-drawn and mounted on muslin, Callas’ drawings are made of graphite, dye, and India ink on paper and dyed muslin. They are then mounted on canvas. In the drawings, Callas uses latitude, longitude lines, and depth charts to ‘specifically place’ the work in places that follow the Right Whales’ annual migration through the Jersey Shore. The drawings include symbols like the Whale, Fish, Boat, Net, and Horizon Line, and archetypes like ‘the night sea journey,’ a journey navigated by stars to a new shore.

Free Event
Sly and the Family Stone, There’s a Riot Goin’ On
Tue Feb 7, 2023
7:30 PM The Great Hall Auditorium/Virtual

Tuesday Night Record Club

Sly and the Family Stone, There’s a Riot Goin’ On

It’s just like book club but with albums! With new advances in technology, the way we consume music through our devices, apps and on demand streaming services like Pandora, Spotify and iTunes is making the idea of the “album” as an art form extinct. Get together with other music enthusiasts on Tuesday nights to discuss some of the greatest records of all-time! Listen to the album beforehand and then come prepared to discuss. This event will feature Sly and the Family Stone, There’s a Riot Goin’ On.

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Writing Memoir (Advanced)
Feb 9 - 23, 2023
2/9 at 7:30 PM2/16 at 7:30 PM2/23 at 7:30 PM Virtual

Adult Education Series

Writing Memoir (Advanced)

This three-session virtual course taught by Mike Farragher (88) builds on the wildly popular Intro to Memoir Writing workshops with an emphasis on character development, dialogue, and scene setting that will make any story a page turner. Practical lessons are interspersed with writing prompts to get the creativity going during this 3 week course. No prior writing experience needed and all levels welcome!

Class Schedule: Thursdays - Feb. 9, Feb. 16 and Feb. 23 | 7:30 - 9:00 PM

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From this Day Forward
Fri Feb 10, 2023
11 AM Pollak Theatre

Special Event

From this Day Forward

Please join us for a film screening/panel discussion of the film From This Day Forward with director Sharon Shattuck and her parents Trisha and Marcia Shuttuck. With her own wedding just around the corner, filmmaker Sharon Shattuck returns home to examine the mystery at the heart of her upbringing: How her transgender father Trisha and her straight-identified mother Marcia stayed together against all odds. From This Day Forward is a moving portrayal of an American family coping with the most intimate of transformations. As the film evolves into a conversation about love and acceptance in a modern American family, it raises questions relevant to all of us. As individuals how do we adapt to sustain long-term love and relationships? Where do sexuality and gender intersect? And how do families stay together, when external forces are pulling them apart?

Free Event
Questlove’s Music Is History
Tue Feb 21, 2023
7:30 PM Virtual

Tuesday Night Book Club

Questlove’s Music Is History

Join us for Tuesday Night Book Club! Hosted by Monmouth University’s Ken Womack, each month we’ll explore a different novel. All you have to do is Zoom in and join the discussion! This month’s novel is Questlove’s Music Is History.

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Los Lobos
Fri Feb 24, 2023
8 PM Pollak Theatre

Performing Arts Series

Los Lobos

Los Lobos has sold millions of records, won prestigious awards and made fans around the world. But perhaps its most lasting impact will be how well its music embodies the idea of America as a cultural melting pot. In it, styles like son jarocho, norteño, Tejano, folk, country, doo-wop, soul, R&B, rock ’n’ roll and punk all come together to create a new sound that’s greater than the sum of its parts.

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Sam Lipsyte
Mon Feb 27, 2023
6 PM The Great Hall -104

Visiting Writers

Sam Lipsyte

Sam Lipsyte is the author of five novels and two short-story collections, including The Ask, Hark and No One Left to Come Looking for You. His fiction and nonfiction have appeared in The New Yorker, Harper’s, The Paris Review, n+1, Noon, Open City, The Quarterly and Best American Short Stories, among other places. A Guggenheim Fellow and winner of the Believer Book Award, he lives in New York City and teaches at Columbia University’s School of the Arts.

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March 2023
As We Forgive
Wed Mar 1, 2023
7:30 PM Pollak Theatre

World Cinema Series

As We Forgive

Join us for a World Cinema Series film screening/discussion illuminating the theme “Wartime Lives: Enduring and Transcending Violence and Occupation” by analyzing the message and impact of the film As We Forgive (2009). Directed by Laura Waters Hinson and narrated by Mia Farrow comes the award-winning documentary of two Rwandan women who struggle with the face-to-face encounter with the men who slaughtered their families during the 1994 genocide. These women and men speak for a nation still wracked by the grief of a genocide that killed one in eight Rwandans. Overwhelmed by an enormous backlog of court cases, the government released 50,000 perpetrators back to the very communities they helped to destroy. Without the hope of full justice, Rwanda has turned to a new solution of reconciliation. Come experience through their eyes the journey from death to life through forgiveness. 

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The Crucible
Thu Mar 2, 2023
7:30 PM Pollak Theatre

National Theatre: Broadcast in HD

The Crucible

A witch hunt is beginning in Arthur Miller’s captivating parable of power with Erin Doherty (The Crown) and Brendan Cowell (Yerma). Raised to be seen but not heard, a group of young women in Salem suddenly find their words have an almighty power.  As a climate of fear, vendetta and accusation spreads through the community, no one is safe from trial. Lyndsey Turner (Hamlet) directs this contemporary new staging, designed by Tony Award-winner Es Devlin (The Lehman Trilogy). Captured live from the Olivier stage at the National Theatre.

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Psychedelia in Popular Music and Film
Mar 2 - 16, 2023
3/2 at 7:30 PM3/9 at 7:30 PM3/16 at 7:30 PM Virtual

Adult Education Series

Psychedelia in Popular Music and Film

This three-session virtual course taught by Russell Reising will examine some of the ways in which popular music and film from the mid-1960s to the present embodies many of the insights, ideas, and emotions generated by experiences with psychedelic substances(i.e., LSD, magic mushrooms, MDMA, and others). We will explore individual songs, individual performers, individual albums, and some of the primary themes common to psychedelic culture, including, but not limited to, altered states of mind and perception, commonalities with religious/spiritual experience, the self’s relation to nature and the cosmos. Instructor and class will be encouraged to share their own experiences and ideas.

Class Schedule: Thursdays - Mar. 2, Mar. 9 & Mar. 16 | 7:30 - 9:00 PM

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Cherish the Ladies
Sat Mar 4, 2023
8 PM Pollak Theatre

Performing Arts Series

Cherish the Ladies

One of America’s most heralded Irish music ensembles for the last 37 years, Cherish the Ladies has won the hearts of audiences worldwide with their rousing blend of traditional music, captivating vocals, and propulsive step dancing. Under the leadership of Joanie Madden, these extremely gifted women create a moving experience with a blend of virtuoso instrumentals, beautiful vocals, traditional and original arrangements along with stunning step dancing — all presented with extraordinary talent, creativity, and humor.

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Collaborative Performances for Social Justice by Tessa Carr
Mar 7 - 8, 2023
3/7 at 4:30 PM3/8 at 2:45 PM Plangere 235

ArtNOW: Performance, Art, and Technology

Collaborative Performances for Social Justice by Tessa Carr

Feminist theatre/performance studies scholar and artist Dr. Tessa Carr will give an artist talk about her experiences directing plays and developing devised performances with college students and in communities using a feminist ethics of care.

Free Event
Liz Phair, Exile in Guyville
Tue Mar 7, 2023
7:30 PM The Great Hall Auditorium/Virtual

Tuesday Night Record Club

Liz Phair, Exile in Guyville

It’s just like book club but with albums! With new advances in technology, the way we consume music through our devices, apps and on demand streaming services like Pandora, Spotify and iTunes is making the idea of the “album” as an art form extinct. Get together with other music enthusiasts on Tuesday nights to discuss some of the greatest records of all-time! Listen to the album beforehand and then come prepared to discuss. This event will feature Liz Phair, Exile in Guyville.

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Dinty W. Moore
Wed Mar 8, 2023
4:30 PM The Great Hall -104

Visiting Writers

Dinty W. Moore

Dinty W. Moore is a celebrated American essayist and a pioneering, early practitioner of creative nonfiction. He received the Grub Street National Book Prize for Non-Fiction for his memoir, Between Panic and Desire, in 2008 and, more recently, is also the author of the memoir To Hell With It: Of Sin and Sex, Chicken Wings, and Dante’s Entirely Ridiculous, Needlessly Guilt-Inducing Inferno, the writing guides The Story Cure, Crafting the Personal Essay, and The Mindful Writer, and many other books and edited anthologies.

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Edith Wharton’s The Custom of the Country
Tue Mar 14, 2023
7:30 PM Virtual

Tuesday Night Book Club

Edith Wharton’s The Custom of the Country

Join us for Tuesday Night Book Club! Hosted by Monmouth University’s Ken Womack, each month we’ll explore a different novel. All you have to do is Zoom in and join the discussion! This month’s novel is Edith Wharton, The Custom of the Country.

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Lohengrin
Sat Mar 18, 2023
12 PM Pollak Theatre

The Metropolitan Opera: Live in HD

Lohengrin

Wagner’s Lohengrin returns to the Met stage after an absence of 17 years with this atmospheric new staging by François Girard. Yannick Nézet-Séguin conducts a cast led by tenor Piotr Beczała in the title role of the mysterious swan knight. Soprano Tamara Wilson is the virtuous duchess Elsa, falsely accused of murder, going head-to-head with soprano Christine Goerke as the cunning sorceress Ortrud. Bass-baritone Evgeny Nikitin is Ortrud’s power-hungry husband, Telramund, and bass Günther Groissböck is King Heinrich.

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