Drew Forum 2018–2019 Season

This season’s roster of acclaimed headliners is sure to spark thought-provoking and spirited discussion among attendees.

Tickets can be purchased from The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey, 973-408-3917, Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Sunday, 12 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Tickets for all events are general admission.

Ticket prices are listed with each event and range from $32 to $75.* They may be purchased from The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey online or by calling 973-408-3917.

*Plus $6 handling fee per order.

Co-sponsored by The Casement Fund and the English department, the Writers@Drew reading series hosts a variety of published authors, who recite excerpts from their works for the Drew community throughout the academic year. The list of previous guest authors includes Drew alumni/ae, faculty, poets and fiction/nonfiction writers, such as Priscilla Becker, William Giraldi, Kathleen Graber, Phil Kay, Collum McCann, Sean Nevin, Patrick Phillips, Kevin Prufer, Jacqueline Woodson and Courtney Zoffness. At the end of the spring semester, the Drew Student Writing Prize winners read their award winning poetry and prose for the Drew community.

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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January 2019
Free

New York Semester on Contemporary Art: The First Decade, 1967-1977

January 14 - March 15
United Methodist Archives and History Center,
Archives & History, Madison, NJ 07940 United States
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This exhibition traces the early history of Drew’s pathbreaking New York Semester on Contemporary Art. Archival materials, photographs and ephemera in the exhibit will trace the genesis of the program and its unique use of New York City museums, galleries and artists’ studios as experiential learning venues.

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Free

Jack Ryan: Sound and Suspicion

January 24 - February 22
Dorothy Young Center for the Arts – Korn Gallery,
Lancaster Road, Madison, NJ 07940 United States
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Jack Ryan explores contemporary culture through sonic theory, sculpture and optics. His new works are loosely based on suspicion of early avant-garde sound production and its ties to governments interested in the practice for covert operations.

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February 2019
Free

Back to Classes

February 16 @ 8:00 pm
Dorothy Young Center for the Arts – The Concert Hall,
Lancaster Road, Madison, NJ 07940 United States
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The Drew a cappella groups present their first concert of the semester.

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Experience Drew Day

February 18

High school juniors and sophomores spend a half day learning how to select the right college. Chat with current students, dine with faculty and tour the campus. For more information, contact Undergraduate Admissions at 973-408-DREW or cadm@drew.edu.

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Free

Drag as an Art Form: with Pissi Myles and David Ayllon

February 19 @ 6:00 pm
United Methodist Archives and History Center,
Archives & History, Madison, NJ 07940 United States
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Pissi Myles (Joseph D’Angio) has been noted as one of the most talented drag queens in the New York area by fans, critics and peers.
Photographer David Ayllon’s work has been featured in the Huffington Post, the cover of Next Magazine and Rangefinder Magazine.
The discussion will focus on the history and culture of drag, and how it is recognized as an art form. Performance to follow.

Co-sponsored by The Sexuality and Gender Alliance, Women’s Concerns, the History Club, the Art History Club and the Graduate Student Association.

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$25

Computational Thinking: Paper Folding Saturday Workshop

February 19 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Brother’s College – Room 101,
Brothers College, Madison, NJ 07940 United States
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Many teachers work to bring the “real world” into the classroom, but “real” doesn’t have to mean utilitarian. It can mean anything that students can touch, make or imagine. Skills that students develop while learning to fold animals or geometric figures can be used to explore and explain a wide variety of ideas, foster conversations about concepts and provide motivation for developing common language.

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Free

Music at Noon

February 22 @ 12:00 pm
Dorothy Young Center for the Arts – The Concert Hall,
Lancaster Road, Madison, NJ 07940 United States
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Take a mid-day break! This season-long series features Drew students enrolled in private instruction classes. Presented by the Drew Music Department.

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$60

Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center: International Collection

February 23 @ 3:00 pm
Dorothy Young Center for the Arts – The Concert Hall,
Lancaster Road, Madison, NJ 07940 United States
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Debussy’s impressionist cello sonata and Brahms’s magisterial string sextet combine with Armenian Aram Khachaturian’s colorful clarinet trio and Welshman Huw Watkins’ piano quintet for a truly international flavor. A cast of powerhouse players promises an unforgettable performance.

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Tosca

February 24 @ 3:00 pm
Dorothy Young Center for the Arts – The Concert Hall,
Lancaster Road, Madison, NJ 07940 United States
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Puccini’s irresistible lyric genius has long made Tosca one of opera’s most breathtaking masterpieces. A cast of internationally acclaimed guest performers, assembled from Maestro Wroe’s extensive contacts in European and American opera houses, joins NJFO. Acted and in costume, Tosca is a gripping tale of love, lust, corruption and the ultimate struggle for survival.

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$10

New York Semester Production: Stillwater

February 25 @ 7:30 pm
Dorothy Young Center for the Arts – Directing Lab,
Lancaster Ave, Madison, NJ 07940 United States
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A group of exceptional Drew students have been selected to write, produce and stage an original production under the guidance of the internationally renowned Tectonic Theater Project. The play will be performed on campus in February, after which it moves to the Helen Mills Theater in Manhattan. This year’s theme is loss of innocence.

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$25

Computational Thinking: Paper Folding Saturday Workshop

February 26 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Brother’s College – Room 101,
Brothers College, Madison, NJ 07940 United States
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Many teachers work to bring the “real world” into the classroom, but “real” doesn’t have to mean utilitarian. It can mean anything that students can touch, make or imagine. Skills that students develop while learning to fold animals or geometric figures can be used to explore and explain a wide variety of ideas, foster conversations about concepts and provide motivation for developing common language.

Find out more »
$10

New York Semester Production: Stillwater

February 26 @ 7:30 pm
Dorothy Young Center for the Arts – Directing Lab,
Lancaster Ave, Madison, NJ 07940 United States

A group of exceptional Drew students have been selected to write, produce and stage an original production under the guidance of the internationally renowned Tectonic Theater Project. The play will be performed on campus in February, after which it moves to the Helen Mills Theater in Manhattan. This year’s theme is loss of innocence.

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Free

Mitchell S. Jackson

February 27 @ 4:00 pm
Mead Hall,
Mead Hall, Madison, NJ 07940 United States
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Mitchell S. Jackson’s debut novel, The Residue Years, won The Ernest J. Gaines Prize for Literary Excellence and was a finalist for the PEN/Hemingway award, the Hurston/Wright Legacy Award and The Center for Fiction’s Flaherty-Dunnan First Novel Prize. He is also the author of the forthcoming memoir Survival Math: Notes on an All-American Family. Jackson serves on the faculty of New York University.

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Free

The Holocaust and the Human Rights Movement

February 27 @ 4:00 pm
Dorothy Young Center for the Arts,
Lancaster Road, Madison, 07940
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Dr. Hans Morsink, Professor Emeritus of Political Science at Drew University, will give a talk based on his new book, The Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the Holocaust: An Endangered Connection. To sustain themselves, social movements need a master text, and The Universal Declaration is the master text of the human rights movement. Because it was born in the shadow of the Holocaust, it has incredible moral power.

Presented by the Center for Holocaust/Genocide Study at Drew University.

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Free

Plays in Process

February 27 @ 6:30 pm
Dorothy Young Center for the Arts,
Lancaster Road, Madison, 07940
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New student-written plays get their first public airing in this always lively program of staged readings. Playwrights can see how their plays work on the stage, and the audience is invited to join in a post-performance discussion for valuable feedback.

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$32*

Drew Forum Presents Ana Navarro

February 27 @ 7:30 pm
Dorothy Young Center for the Arts,
Lancaster Road, Madison, 07940
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One of the leading Hispanic Republican political voices in the United States, Ana Navarro is a political commentator on CNN, ABC, and Telemundo and is also co-host on The View. She frequently comments on political issues and current affairs in national and international print media and is known for her honest and blunt approach and speaking truth to power.

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$10

New York Semester Production: Stillwater

February 27 @ 7:30 pm
Dorothy Young Center for the Arts – Directing Lab,
Lancaster Ave, Madison, NJ 07940 United States
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A group of exceptional Drew students have been selected to write, produce and stage an original production under the guidance of the internationally renowned Tectonic Theater Project. The play will be performed on campus in February, after which it moves to the Helen Mills Theater in Manhattan. This year’s theme is loss of innocence.

Find out more »
$10

New York Semester Production:Stillwater

February 28 @ 7:30 pm
Dorothy Young Center for the Arts – Directing Lab,
Lancaster Ave, Madison, NJ 07940 United States
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A group of exceptional Drew students have been selected to write, produce and stage an original production under the guidance of the internationally renowned Tectonic Theater Project. The play will be performed on campus in February, after which it moves to the Helen Mills Theater in Manhattan. This year’s theme is loss of innocence.

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March 2019
Free

Out of the Vault: Folklore and Superstition

March 5 @ 4:00 pm
United Methodist Archives and History Center,
Archives & History, Madison, NJ 07940 United States
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Did you know the Drew University Special Collections houses a number of books on witchcraft? Books concerning folklore, superstition and magic are shelved throughout the collections, including prayers to ward off the plague, a book owned by a cannibalistic witch doctor and a book of ancient charms. Come and see what these mysterious volumes have to offer!

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$25

Google Educator Certification Series

March 12 - March 13
Brother’s College – Room 101,
Brothers College, Madison, NJ 07940 United States
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6:30-8:30 p.m. each day

Through this two-part course, teachers will earn their Google Educator Certification and participate in a follow-up virtual session focused on using Google apps in the classroom or field. Designed for K-12 educators of all content areas.

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Free

Gendering Borders and Media Infrastructures

March 12 @ 5:00 pm
Mead Hall – Founders Room,
Mead Hall, Madison, NJ 07940 United States
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Speaker: Dr. Radha S. Hegde, Professor of Media, Culture and Communication, New York University

Dr. Radha S. Hegde will discuss her research on the gendering and racializing of borders, especially in the current US context with some global examples as well.

The talk will be followed by a reception.

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Free

Plays in Process

March 13 @ 6:30 pm
Dorothy Young Center for the Arts,
Lancaster Road, Madison, 07940
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New student-written plays get their first public airing in this always lively program of staged readings. Playwrights can see how their plays work on the stage, and the audience is invited to join in a post-performance discussion for valuable feedback.

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George and Alicia Karpati Lecture: Dr. Omer Bartov

March 14 @ 8:00 pm
Dorothy Young Center for the Arts,
Lancaster Road, Madison, 07940
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The George and Alicia Karpati Lectureship was established in 2005, by Michael and Noémi Neidorff, in honor of her parents, to bring to campus outstanding authors and scholars in the fields of Jewish Studies, Eastern European history and Holocaust Studies.

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Free

Music at Noon

March 15 @ 12:00 pm
Dorothy Young Center for the Arts – The Concert Hall,
Lancaster Road, Madison, NJ 07940 United States
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Take a mid-day break! This season-long series features Drew students enrolled in private instruction classes. Presented by the Drew Music Department.

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$5

Choral Collage Concert

March 16 @ 7:00 pm
Dorothy Young Center for the Arts – The Concert Hall,
Lancaster Road, Madison, NJ 07940 United States
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Join the Drew University choirs and student a cappella groups for an evening of excitement that you won’t want to miss! The Drew University Chorale and Choral Union will also present their favorite choral pieces from all time periods and genres. Presented by the Drew Music Department.

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Free

The Herero Genocide

March 18 @ 4:00 pm
Dorothy Young Center for the Arts,
Lancaster Road, Madison, 07940
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Speaker: Dr. Paul Edwards, Harvard University

Dr. Paul Edwards will explore questions of race in the German treatment of the Herero, an ethnic group in South West Africa, during the early twentieth century. The talk is based on his scholarly essay about German satirical magazines and their response to German colonialism.

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$25

Arts & Letters Dinner

March 18 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Mead Hall,
Mead Hall, Madison, NJ 07940 United States
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Speaker: Dr. Laura Winters, Professor of Literature, Arts & Letters

Loss and Resilience in 20th and 21st Century Literature

Made possible by the generous support of Werner Kofler T’03, G’05. The Werner Kofler Arts & Letters Endowment was endowed in 2011 by Werner Kofler to provide a Doctor of Letters discussion group for the Arts & Letters program in the Caspersen School of Graduate Studies.

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Free

Steven Gilbert: Shelter

March 20 - April 24
Dorothy Young Center for the Arts – Korn Gallery,
Lancaster Road, Madison, NJ 07940 United States
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This photography exhibit centers on photographer Steven Gilbert’s former home, a farmhouse built before the American Revolution in Chaplin, CT.

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Free

Plays in Process

March 20 @ 6:30 pm
Dorothy Young Center for the Arts,
Lancaster Road, Madison, 07940
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New student-written plays get their first public airing in this always lively program of staged readings. Playwrights can see how their plays work on the stage, and the audience is invited to join in a post-performance discussion for valuable feedback.

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Free

Victor Wooten, Renowned Jazz Bassist

March 20 @ 7:30 pm
Dorothy Young Center for the Arts – The Concert Hall,
Lancaster Road, Madison, NJ 07940 United States
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Bassist Victor Wooten, five-time Grammy winner and founding member of the super-group Bela Fleck and the Flecktones, performs solo.

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Free

Senior Recital: Caitlin Shannon, clarinet

March 22 @ 8:00 pm
Dorothy Young Center for the Arts – The Concert Hall,
Lancaster Road, Madison, NJ 07940 United States
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The Drew University Music Department presents the senior recital of Caitlin Shannon, clarinet.

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$35

Rachel Lee Priday, Violin, and Marija Stroke, Piano

March 23 @ 8:00 pm
Dorothy Young Center for the Arts – The Concert Hall,
Lancaster Road, Madison, NJ 07940 United States
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Violinist Rachel Lee Priday, widely acclaimed for her “rich, mellifluous sound,” will bring the sounds of Mozart, Debussy, Pärt and Schubert to life. Her tone and imaginative curiosity explores the narratives of each piece, connecting the past to present. Priday will be performing with Steinway artist Marija Stroke, know for her ability to highlight the “stature and substance” of the music she performs.

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Free

All of the Above’s 25th Anniversary Concert

March 24 @ 3:00 pm
Dorothy Young Center for the Arts – The Concert Hall,
Lancaster Road, Madison, NJ 07940 United States
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All of the Above celebrates its 25th anniversary with a concert that will bring all three of Drew University’s a cappella groups together.

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Free

Colonialism and Genocide: The Rohingya Refugee Crisis in Myanmar

March 25 @ 4:00 pm
Dorothy Young Center for the Arts,
Lancaster Road, Madison, 07940
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Speaker: Dr. Joshua Gedacht, Rowan University

Dr. Joshua Gedacht will discuss the situation of the Rohingya Muslims. Since August 2017, over 700,000 have fled from the predominantly Buddhist nation of Myanmar to escape widespread military atrocities. This talk will provide an update on the ongoing refugee crisis and examine the historical roots of the conflict going back to the British colonial era.

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Free

Erika L. Sánchez

March 25 @ 6:00 pm
Mead Hall,
Mead Hall, Madison, NJ 07940 United States
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Erika L. Sánchez, the daughter of Mexican immigrants, is a poet, novelist and essayist living in Chicago. Her debut poetry collection, Lessons on Expulsion, was a finalist for the PEN America Open Book Award. Her debut young adult novel, I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter, is a New York Times Bestseller and a National Book Awards finalist. She was recently named a 2017-2019 Princeton Arts Fellow.

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$10

The Waiting Room

March 27 @ 7:30 pm
F.M. Kirby Shakespeare Theatre,
36 Madison Ave, Madison, NJ 07940 United States
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A dark comedy about the timeless quest for beauty—and its cost. Three women from different centuries meet in a modern doctor’s waiting room. Husbands, doctors, Freud, the drug industry and the FDA all come under examination. This play is a wild ride through medical and sexual politics, including the politics of the ever-present battle with breast cancer.

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$10

The Waiting Room

March 28 @ 7:30 pm
F.M. Kirby Shakespeare Theatre,
36 Madison Ave, Madison, NJ 07940 United States
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A dark comedy about the timeless quest for beauty—and its cost. Three women from different centuries meet in a modern doctor’s waiting room. Husbands, doctors, Freud, the drug industry and the FDA all come under examination. This play is a wild ride through medical and sexual politics, including the politics of the ever-present battle with breast cancer.

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$10

The Waiting Room

March 29 @ 7:30 pm
F.M. Kirby Shakespeare Theatre,
36 Madison Ave, Madison, NJ 07940 United States
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A dark comedy about the timeless quest for beauty—and its cost. Three women from different centuries meet in a modern doctor’s waiting room. Husbands, doctors, Freud, the drug industry and the FDA all come under examination. This play is a wild ride through medical and sexual politics, including the politics of the ever-present battle with breast cancer.

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$10

The Waiting Room

March 30 @ 2:00 pm
F.M. Kirby Shakespeare Theatre,
36 Madison Ave, Madison, NJ 07940 United States
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A dark comedy about the timeless quest for beauty—and its cost. Three women from different centuries meet in a modern doctor’s waiting room. Husbands, doctors, Freud, the drug industry and the FDA all come under examination. This play is a wild ride through medical and sexual politics, including the politics of the ever-present battle with breast cancer.

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TEDxDrewUniversity

March 30 @ 2:00 pm
Dorothy Young Center for the Arts,
Lancaster Road, Madison, 07940
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TEDxDrewUniversity is an independently organized TED event that welcomes people from a broad range of disciplines to share ideas worth spreading. At this event, TEDxDrewUniversity will present a forum for fostering curiosity, excitement and conversations that matter.

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$10

The Waiting Room

March 30 @ 7:30 pm
F.M. Kirby Shakespeare Theatre,
36 Madison Ave, Madison, NJ 07940 United States
+ Google Map

A dark comedy about the timeless quest for beauty—and its cost. Three women from different centuries meet in a modern doctor’s waiting room. Husbands, doctors, Freud, the drug industry and the FDA all come under examination. This play is a wild ride through medical and sexual politics, including the politics of the ever-present battle with breast cancer.

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April 2019
Free

Out of the Vault: DC vs. Marvel

April 2 @ 4:00 pm
United Methodist Archives and History Center,
Archives & History, Madison, NJ 07940 United States
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Come explore one of the greatest rivalries in comic book history: DC vs. Marvel! This tumultuous competition goes back 80 years, and has played itself out in the pages of comics and graphic novels. On display will be new donations of comic books accompanied by a discussion of comic adaptations and an exploration of the worlds of Marvel and DC.

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$25

Google Educator Certification (Virtual Session)

April 2 @ 8:00 pm - 9:00 pm
via Zoom

Through this two-part course, teachers will earn their Google Educator Certification and participate in a follow-up session focused on using Google apps in the classroom or field. Designed for K-12 educators of all content areas.

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Free

Music at Noon

April 5 @ 12:00 pm
Dorothy Young Center for the Arts – The Concert Hall,
Lancaster Road, Madison, NJ 07940 United States
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Take a mid-day break! This season-long series features Drew students enrolled in private instruction classes. Presented by the Drew Music Department.

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Free

Day of Scholars

April 5 @ 3:30 pm
Dorothy Young Center for the Arts,
Lancaster Road, Madison, 07940
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Join the Drew community in celebration of the Baldwin Honors Program and enjoy performances, research presentations and art exhibits by student scholars.

Presented by Drew University’s Baldwin Honors Program

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Free

Senior Recital: Nicolette Boillotat, Soprano

April 5 @ 8:00 pm
Dorothy Young Center for the Arts – The Concert Hall,
Lancaster Road, Madison, NJ 07940 United States
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The Drew University Music Department presents the senior recital of Nicollette Boillotat, voice. Photo credit: Catherine Revelas.

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Free

Senior Recital: Ashlie Sicilia, Soprano

April 6 @ 3:00 pm
Dorothy Young Center for the Arts – The Concert Hall,
Lancaster Road, Madison, NJ 07940 United States
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The Drew University Music Department presents the senior recital of Ashlie Sicilia, voice.

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$40

Bartók a la Mode

April 7 @ 3:00 pm
Dorothy Young Center for the Arts – The Concert Hall,
Lancaster Road, Madison, NJ 07940 United States
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Join Maestro Maull and members of The Discovery Orchestra as they traverse Bartók’s delightful Romanian folk dances. Presented by The Discovery Orchestra.

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$50/$75*

Drew Forum Presents Governor John Kasich

April 9 @ 8:00 pm
Simon Forum,
Simon Forum and Athletic Center, Madison, NJ 07940 United States
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Two-term former Ohio Governor John R. Kasich offers his reflections on business, government, the history of change—as well as the power of individuals to affect change at the local level.

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Free

Hokusai and Japan in the Floating World: with Tom Silver C’70

April 10 @ 4:00 pm
Dorothy Young Center for the Arts,
Lancaster Road, Madison, 07940
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Tom Silver C’70 will explore the work of Japan’s most famous artist, Katsushika Hokusai (1760-1849), in the context of his life and times. Mr. Silver showcases print masterpieces covering the 350-year history of the Japanese print genre. His current focus is Japanese prints of the Edo era, also known as the “Floating World.”

This program has been made possible by support from the Traphagen Distinguished Alumni Speaker Series Endowment.

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