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January 2023
REM’s Murmur
Tue Jan 10, 2023
7:30 PM Woods Theatre/Virtual

Tuesday Night Record Club

REM’s Murmur

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 REM, Murmur.

Past Event
Roots of Rock ’n’ Roll, Part III
Jan 12 - 26, 2023
1/12 at 7:30 PM1/19 at 7:30 PM1/26 at 7:30 PM Virtual

Adult Education Series

Roots of Rock ’n’ Roll, Part III

This three-session virtual course taught by Kit O’Toole explores the question – just what is rock?
The Beatles remain one of rock’s greatest bands, but their roots go beyond Elvis Presley or Buddy Holly. They stretch even further, spanning cultures and genres. This course examines lesser-known inspirations for some of their most well-known songs as well as rock and roll itself. British Music Hall, Blue Beat (predecessor to ska and reggae), swamp pop, the avant garde, and more will be explored In addition to multimedia presentations, class discussion and activities will enable attendees to identify elements of these genres in the Beatles’ music.

Class Schedule: Thursdays - Jan. 12, Jan. 19 & Jan. 26 | 7:30 - 9:00 PM

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Fedora
Sat Jan 14, 2023
1 PM Pollak Theatre

The Metropolitan Opera: Live in HD

Fedora

Giordano’s exhilarating drama Fedora returns to the Met for the first time in 25 years, starring soprano Sonya Yoncheva in the title role of the 19th-century princess who falls in love with her fiancé’s murderer, Count Loris, sung by tenor Piotr Beczała. Soprano Rosa Feola is the Countess Olga, Fedora’s confidante, and baritone Artur Ruciński is the diplomat De Siriex. Marco Armiliato conducts David McVicar’s intricate production, with a fixed set that unfolds to reveal the opera’s settings: a palace in St. Petersburg, a fashionable Parisian salon, and a picturesque villa in the Swiss Alps.

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Viet Thanh Nguyen’s The Sympathizer
Tue Jan 17, 2023
7:30 PM Virtual

Tuesday Night Book Club

Viet Thanh Nguyen’s The Sympathizer

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 Viet Thanh Nguyen, The Sympathizer.

Past Event
Pilobolus Big Five-Oh!
Sat Jan 21, 2023
8 PM Pollak Theatre

Performing Arts Series

Pilobolus Big Five-Oh!

For this 50th anniversary celebration, Pilobolus questions its own “givens,” turns its traditions sideways, and brings its past into the future. As fresh and vibrant as ever, Pilobolus –that feisty arts organism– puts the “Oh!” in ​BIG FIVE OH!​, and continues to morph its way thrillingly into audiences’ hearts and minds. The celebration includes signature works from vintage classics to their trend setting innovative work in shadow.

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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.

Free Event
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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Selections from the Monmouth University Permanent Art Collection
Jan 23 - Mar 10, 2023
DiMattio Gallery at Rechnitz Hall

Gallery Exhibitions

Selections from the Monmouth University Permanent Art Collection

Selections from the Monmouth University permanent collection featuring works by various artists, including: by Eduardo Arranz-Bravo, Hannah Barrett, Salvador Dali, Bruce Dorfman, Peter Milton, Joan Miro, and Russell Tyler, and more.

Free Event
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.

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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.

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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.

Free/Register
Writing Memoir (Advanced) – SOLD OUT
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) – SOLD OUT

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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Hip Hop in the Round
Wed Feb 22, 2023
7:30 PM Lauren K. Woods Theatre

Department of Music & Theatre Arts Productions

Hip Hop in the Round

This year being the 50th anniversary of the emergence of hip hop, on February 22nd, the Bruce Springsteen Archives & Center for American Music in association with Blue Hawk Records presents “Hip Hop in the Round,” an evening of conversation and music featuring hip hop artists from Monmouth University and Asbury Park. 

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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. 

Free Event
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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