Drew Forum 2016–2017 Season

This time around our lineup of nationally known speakers covers sports, politics, satire, show business and more.

Note: The Earl Monroe event originally scheduled for March 14 at The Concert Hall has been rescheduled to March 28 at Crawford Hall. Start time is still 8 p.m.

Ticket prices are listed with each event and individual tickets can be purchased online or by calling the box office at 973-408-3917, Monday through Friday, 10 a.m.–6 p.m.

The Drew Forum speaker series is generously sponsored by the Blanche and Irving Laurie Foundation and the Thomas H. Kean Visiting Lectureship.

First Folio! The Book That Gave Us Shakespeare is a national travelling exhibition organized by the Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington, D.C. to commemorate the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death.

The exhibition is produced in association with the American Library Association and Cincinnati Museum Center and is funded in part by a major grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities: Exploring the Human Endeavor and the generous support of Google.org, Lord Browne of Madingley, Vinton and Sigrid Cerf, the British Council, Stuart and Mimi Rose, Albert and Shirley Small and other generous donors.

First Folio, which was assembled in 1623, seven years after Shakespeare’s death, includes 36 of his plays—18 of which had never before been published. Without it, Julius Caesar, Macbeth, As You Like It, The Tempest and more could have been lost. The book will travel to all 50 states, Washington, D.C. and Puerto Rico. The exhibition, which also includes panels and digital content, exclusively features First Folios from the Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington, D.C., whose collection of 82 First Folios is the largest in the world.

Folger Shakespeare Library selected Drew as the sole exhibitor in New Jersey because of its renowned theatre program, wealth of Shakespeare courses and nexus with the Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey, which is based on Drew’s 186-acre campus. The book will arrive in late September and be displayed from Oct. 6 through Oct. 30 on the first floor of Mead Hall, with a bevvy of daily programming around it.

First Folio! The Book that Gave Us Shakespeare appears courtesy of the Folger Shakespeare Library. Books in the Time of Shakespeare is supported in part by the Delmas Foundation.

Exhibit Hours: Tuesday to Friday 4-8 p.m. and weekends 12-8 p.m.

Group Tours: For information on tours for groups up to 60, such as from schools, contact hryan@drew.edu or 973-408-3702.

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March 2017
Free

From Wittenberg to Madison: The Protestant Reformation, 1517–2017

March 13 - April 28
Drew Library,
36 Madison Avenue, Madison, NJ United States
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This exhibit commemorates that momentous event, featuring early editions of works by Martin Luther, as well as his friends and foes, and considers the connection between print culture and the rise of Protestantism.

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Free

Holocaust Memorials and Monuments

March 27 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Dorothy Young Center for the Arts,
Lancaster Road, Madison, 07940
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Margaret Kuntz, professor of art history at Drew, discusses how memorials and monuments shape our understanding of the Holocaust. This is the second of a three-part study seminar, with other talks on March 20 and April 24.

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Free

Nyasha Junior: Book Signing and Lecture

March 30 @ 5:00 pm
Seminary Hall

This assistant professor of Hebrew Bible at Temple University will discuss how some scholars use womanist approaches within biblical studies.

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Edible Book Festival

March 31 @ 3:00 pm
Drew Library,
36 Madison Avenue, Madison, NJ United States
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Create—and then consume!—a palatable paean to your favorite book, author, character or literary pun in this sweet contest.

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April 2017
$30 general public; Free to Drew students, staff and faculty

America Goes to War!

April 2 @ 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Mead Hall,
Mead Hall, Madison, NJ 07940 United States
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This all-day event, held on the 100th anniversary of the United States’ entry into its first modern global conflict, explores the events and forces that propelled America into World War I and its role, still retained today, as the indispensable world power.

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Free

Combatting Opioids and the Addiction Crisis

April 3 @ 8:00 am - 1:30 pm
Dorothy Young Center for the Arts – The Concert Hall,
Lancaster Road, Madison, NJ 07940 United States
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Leaders in the fight against opioid abuse and addiction discuss public health and community initiatives currently in place.

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Free

Out of the Vault and Around the World: Latin America

April 4 @ 4:00 pm
United Methodist Archives and History Center,
Archives & History, Madison, NJ 07940 United States
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This interactive session focuses on artworks and other items from Latin America.

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Free

A Symposium on Poetic Histories

April 9 @ 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Dorothy Young Center for the Arts – The Concert Hall,
Lancaster Road, Madison, NJ 07940 United States
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A Discussion on Documentary Expression in Contemporary Art Presented and generously funded by: The Andrew W. Mellon Arts and the Common Good Grant and the Drew University Music Department Drew Artist in Residence, composer Julia Wolfe, welcomes her artist-colleagues Beryl Korot (early pioneer in video art), Suzanne Bocanegra (performance/installation artist) and R. Luke DuBois (conceptual composer/new media artist) to join her in a discussion on documentary expression in contemporary art. These renowned artists draw from real-life events, different communities, and…

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Why Doctors Write: Finding Humanity in Medicine

April 17 @ 7:00 am - 7:00 pm
Ehinger Center, Crawford Hall

View a 17-minute
excerpt of the documentary film Why Doctors Write: Finding Humanity in Medicine and hear from its producer, Ken Browne, who makes the case that this renewed interest in creative
writing and reflective reading testifies to a growing desire to bring humanism back to medicine.

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Holocaust Remembrance Day

April 24 @ 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm
Mead Hall,
Mead Hall, Madison, NJ 07940 United States
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In commemoration of Yom HaShoah,or Holocaust Remembrance Day, survivor David Tuck, who as a teenager spent five years in several Nazi labor camps, including Auschwitz, speaks about his experiences.

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10-Year Anniversary: Peace Through Perseverance

April 24 @ 7:00 pm
Ehinger Center

Center on Religion, Culture and Conflict Fourth Annual Gala and Peacebuilder Award Ceremony
Celebrating 10 Years of Peacebuilding: 2017 Peacebuilder Award Recipient Former Senator and Peace Envoy to Northern Ireland George Mitchell

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Free

Steel Hammer: An Inside Look

April 24 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Dorothy Young Center for the Arts – The Concert Hall,
Lancaster Road, Madison, NJ 07940 United States
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This lecture demonstration with Julia Wolfe and the Bang on a Can All-Stars focuses on the making of Steel Hammer, previewing the composition’s April 26 performance.

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Julia Wolfe: Steel Hammer

April 26 @ 8:00 pm
Dorothy Young Center for the Arts – The Concert Hall,
Lancaster Road, Madison, NJ 07940 United States
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Julia Wolfe, the 2017 Mellon Artist-in-Residence at Drew, is a 2016 MacArthur Fellow, a 2015 Pulitzer Prize winner in music and a co-founder of the experimental music organization Bang on a Can. Steel Hammer reflects her love for the legends and music of Appalachia, culling from musical and oral traditions of the region.

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May 2017

Dean Hopper Graduate Student Conference: #QueerAF: (Re)presenting Gender and Sexuality in History and Cultural Studies

May 5 - May 6
Ehinger Center

Drawing on multiple disciplines and perspectives on gender and sexuality, this conference invites challenges to the heteronormative, cisgender, patriarchal discourse of history. Discussion is centered on three themes: historical and cultural studies, linguistics and theory—and activism and media. Members of the public are welcome with conference registration.

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Free

The Ambassador’s Life: Richard “Dixie” Walker in South Korea

May 8 - August 11
United Methodist Archives and History Center,
Archives & History, Madison, NJ 07940 United States
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Richard Walker C’44 was a scholar, educator, internationalist and ambassador to South Korea from 1981 to 1986. This exhibit celebrates his life in foreign relations and Asian studies and examines the lasting impact that he and his wife, Ceny, had on Korean-American relations.

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July 2017

Summer Music Institute

July 27 - July 28

Explore new ways of integrating music and liturgy in worship at this annual two-day event. Designed for pastors, worship leaders, congregation members and musicians, it uses spoken word, music, ritual and sacred text in ways that inspire justice, mercy and love.

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