Drew Forum 2017–2018 Season

This year's lineup of nationally known speakers will cover sports, politics, satire, science and more.

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.

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

*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 2018

Indexing the Leaves

January 22 - March 16
United Methodist Archives and History Center,
Archives & History, Madison, NJ 07940 United States
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The beauty and art of botanical books are on display in this artist-curated exhibit of material from Drew’s Special Collections.

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Gina Werfel: Interface

January 30 - March 2
Dorothy Young Center for the Arts – Korn Gallery,
Lancaster Road, Madison, NJ 07940 United States
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Like polyphony in music, Gina Werfel’s paintings layer stencils, naturalistic gestures, and clearly defined graphical lines to achieve texture from multiple, independent voices.

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February 2018
$10

Down Neck

February 21 @ 7:30 pm - February 24 @ 2:30 pm
F.M. Kirby Shakespeare Theatre,
36 Madison Ave, Madison, NJ 07940 United States
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Catch the premiere of this original play, the story of three families navigating the changing face of not only their neighborhood but the entire city of Newark in the aftermath of the 1967 rebellion.

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2018 Contested Traditions Lecture: The Legacy of Thomas C. Oden

February 22 @ 6:00 pm
Seminary Hall – Craig Chapel

Morris Davis, an associate professor at the Drew Theological School, considers the intellectual, scholarly and institutional legacy of Thomas C. Oden, the late Drew professor and evangelical theologian.

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Free

Phi Beta Kappa Visiting Scholar Lecture: U.S. Foreign Policy

February 22 @ 7:30 pm
Dorothy Young Center for the Arts – The Concert Hall,
Lancaster Road, Madison, NJ 07940 United States
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Hear preeminent scholar Stephen Walt, the Belfer Professor of International Affairs at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government, speak about the direction of U.S. foreign policy.

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Music at Noon

February 23 @ 12:00 pm
Dorothy Young Center for the Arts,
Lancaster Road, Madison, 07940
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Enjoy a little noon music, in this series featuring Drew students enrolled in private instruction courses.

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Frederick Douglass: From Fugitive Slave to Civil Rights Champion

February 23 @ 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Seminary Hall – Craig Chapel

Celebrate the 200th anniversary of the birth of Frederick Douglass, hearing from two experts with insights into the life and legacy of the great American statesman.

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$30

Suites

February 24 @ 8:00 pm
Dorothy Young Center for the Arts – The Concert Hall,
Lancaster Road, Madison, NJ 07940 United States
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Hear from Alexander Woods, hailed by TheNew York Times as a “showstopping” violinist and “deft and sensitive accompanist.”

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$40

Dueling Pianists Strike Again

February 25 @ 3:00 pm
Dorothy Young Center for the Arts,
Lancaster Road, Madison, 07940
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Sensational young artists Suejin Jung and Péter Tóth will leave you breathless with their performance of virtuosic gems by Franz Liszt, in a concert designed for ages 10 and up.

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Plays in Process

February 28 @ 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 airings in this always-lively program.

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$32

Drew Forum Presents In The Game: David Stern With Ira Berkow

February 28 @ 8:00 pm
Dorothy Young Center for the Arts – The Concert Hall,
Lancaster Road, Madison, NJ 07940 United States
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General Seating: $32* Purchase Tickets Online NBA Commissioner Emeritus David Stern sits down with Pulitzer Prize-winning sports journalist Ira Berkow. During his 30 years as NBA commissioner, Stern built the model for professional sports in league operations, public service, global marketing, television distribution and digital technology. He oversaw the NBA’s extraordinary growth with seven new franchises, a more than 30-fold increase in revenues, a dramatic expansion of national television exposure and the launch of two leagues, the Women’s National Basketball Association and the…

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March 2018

Madama Butterfly

March 4 @ 3:00 pm
Dorothy Young Center for the Arts – The Concert Hall,
Lancaster Road, Madison, NJ 07940 United States
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A cast of internationally acclaimed performers, assembled from European and American opera houses, joins the orchestra to present this heart-rending story.

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$15

Semester on New York Theatre Production: 4320p: IMMERSION

March 8 @ 7:30 pm - March 10 @ 2:00 pm
John Cullum Theatre,
314 West 54th Street, New York, NY United States
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See an original play developed by students enrolled in Drew’s New York Theatre program under the guidance of the internationally renowned Tectonic Theater Project, on stage in New York City.

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Here Be Dragons: A Look at Rare and Historical Maps

March 13 @ 4:00 pm
United Methodist Archives and History Center,
Archives & History, Madison, NJ 07940 United States
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Admire some of the strangest and most beautiful images in Drew’s rare book collections, highlighting more than 500 years of mapmaking.

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$10

Semester on New York Theatre Production: 4320p: IMMERSION

March 15 @ 7:30 pm - May 17 @ 2:00 pm
Dorothy Young Center for the Arts,
Lancaster Road, Madison, 07940
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See an original play developed by students enrolled in Drew’s New York Theatre program under the guidance of the internationally renowned Tectonic Theater Project.

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Music at Noon

March 16 @ 12:00 pm
Dorothy Young Center for the Arts,
Lancaster Road, Madison, 07940
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Enjoy a little noon music, in this series featuring Drew students enrolled in private instruction courses.

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$10

24th Annual New Jersey Flute Choir Day: Blended Luminosity

March 18 @ 4:00 pm
Dorothy Young Center for the Arts,
Lancaster Road, Madison, 07940
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Each year, flutists of all ages gather at Drew for a day of classes culminating in a concert of ensemble works. The program is open to students as well as adults.

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Film Screening: Joachim Prinz: I Shall Not Be Silent

March 19 @ 4:00 pm
Dorothy Young Center for the Arts,
Lancaster Road, Madison, 07940
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See the 2013 documentary film about Joachim Prinz, who fled Nazi persecution to become president of the American Jewish Congress and a leader of the civil rights movement, and hear from its co-creators.

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Writers@Drew: Nicole Sealey and John Murillo

March 19 @ 4:00 pm
Mead Hall – Founders Room,
Mead Hall, Madison, NJ 07940 United States
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Award-winning poets Nicole Sealey and John Murillo read from their works and answer audience questions in the latest installment of our Writers@Drew series.

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Born to Read: Rock Icons of the ’60s and ’70s

March 20 - May 18
Drew Library,
36 Madison Avenue, Madison, NJ United States
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This exhibit explores the lives and back stories—beyond concerts, parties and gold records—of the giants who shaped rock ‘n’ roll in its prime.

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Plays in Process

March 21 @ 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 airings in this always-lively program.

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Women’s and Gender Studies Visiting Scholar Lecture: Sterilizing the Poor— Eugenics and Welfare in American History

March 21 @ 7:00 pm
Drew University Library’s Learning Center – Room 28,
36 Madison Ave, Madison, NJ 07940 United States
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Hear an illuminating talk by Molly Ladd-Taylor, associate professor of history at York University and author of the new book Fixing the Poor: Sterilization and Child Welfare in the Twentieth Century.

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Group Exhibition: Primary

March 22 - April 25
Dorothy Young Center for the Arts – Korn Gallery,
Lancaster Road, Madison, NJ 07940 United States
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This exhibition explores the use of color within contemporary art and includes a range of artists who consider color as a core concern of their work.

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$25

Living Standards

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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Critically acclaimed drummer Karl Latham, legendary Grammy Award–winning bassist Mark Egan and internationally renowned guitarist Vic Juris explore iconic popular music standards from the 60s and 70s.

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Schubert & Beethoven

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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Join us for a program originally presented on March 14, 1824 in Vienna by violinist Ignaz Schuppanzigh.

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48th Annual Piano Competition

March 25 @ 2:00 pm
Dorothy Young Center for the Arts,
Lancaster Road, Madison, 07940
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Admire the artistry of serious, self-motivated student pianists, ages seven to 18, who are pursuing top-notch performing experience.

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Film Screening: From Swastika to Jim Crow

March 26 @ 4:00 pm
Dorothy Young Center for the Arts,
Lancaster Road, Madison, 07940
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See the 2000 documentary film exploring similarities between Nazism in Germany and racism in America while telling the story of Jewish scholars expelled from German universities who became teachers at traditionally black colleges in the segregated South.

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#DrewTEACH Workshop Series: Playing with Podcasts

March 26 @ 6:30 pm
Ehinger Center

The first of a three-part series, this workshop teaches educators to use podcasts as a digital tool for teaching student writers to craft strong arguments.

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Plays in Process

March 28 @ 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 airings in this always-lively program.

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Drew Forum Presents Vice President Joe Biden

March 28 @ 8:00 pm
Simon Forum,
Simon Forum and Athletic Center, Madison, NJ 07940 United States
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As the 47th vice president of the United States, Joe Biden served two terms and left a lasting legacy as a leading architect of domestic and foreign policy on some of the most pressing issues facing the country. Hear him share his experiences from a life dedicated to public service.

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April 2018

The Holocaust and Social Activism: A Personal Story

April 2 @ 4:00 pm
Dorothy Young Center for the Arts,
Lancaster Road, Madison, 07940
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Sue Lederman, a professor emerita at Kean University, links her experience as a hidden child during the Holocaust with her life in social activism.

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Music in the Archives: Hymns, Harmonies and High Notes

April 3 @ 4:00 pm
United Methodist Archives and History Center,
Archives & History, Madison, NJ 07940 United States
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Come see prized treasures spanning 300 years of hymnbook history, including our oldest (and largest) music book—a massive choral book from the 15th century.

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Plays in Process

April 4 @ 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 airings in this always-lively program.

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Frederick A. Shippey Lecture: Emerging Christianity in Africa and the African Diaspora

April 5 @ 6:00 pm
Seminary Hall – Craig Chapel

Afeosemime “Afe” Adogame, the Maxwell M. Upson Professor of Christianity and Society at Princeton Theological Seminary, speaks on new dynamics of religious experiences and expressions in Africa and the African diaspora.

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Music at Noon

April 6 @ 12:00 pm
Dorothy Young Center for the Arts,
Lancaster Road, Madison, 07940
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Enjoy a little noon music, in this series featuring Drew students enrolled in private instruction courses.

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Senior Recital: Ian Nadler, Baritone

April 7 @ 3:00 pm
Dorothy Young Center for the Arts,
Lancaster Road, Madison, 07940
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One sure sign of spring: music students, in their junior or senior years, performing a repertoire that represents the full range of their accomplishments in private instruction courses.

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Staged Readings: Robert Fisher Oxnam Award in Playwriting

April 11 @ 6:30 pm
Dorothy Young Center for the Arts,
Lancaster Road, Madison, 07940
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New works honored with an annual award recognizing excellence in playwriting by Drew undergraduates are performed by professional actors from the New York theater community.

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John Cage: Sonatas and Interludes

April 11 @ 8:00 pm
Dorothy Young Center for the Arts,
Lancaster Road, Madison, 07940
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Enjoy a rare opportunity to hear this groundbreaking piece, performed on a tricked-out grand piano using a set of preparations approved by John Cage himself.

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TEDxDrewUniversity

April 14 @ 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
Dorothy Young Center for the Arts – The Concert Hall,
Lancaster Road, Madison, NJ 07940 United States
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Student organizers bring video and live speakers to have discussions and make connections on a central theme.

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Jill Spurr Titus Memorial Scholarship Recital

April 15 @ 7:00 pm
Dorothy Young Center for the Arts,
Lancaster Road, Madison, 07940
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Enjoy chamber music by this year’s Jill Spurr Titus Scholars, Drew student instrumentalists chosen for their talent and dedication to music performance.

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Hana Berger Moran: Child Survivor of the Holocaust

April 16 @ 4:00 pm
Ehinger Center

Born in a concentration camp in Freiberg, Germany, Hana Berger Moran recounts the remarkable determination of her mother, Priska, to preserve her life, before and after her birth.

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Lecture: Honoring Women in Black Methodism

April 17 @ 12:00 pm
Ehinger Center

Hear from Bishop Vashti Murphy McKenzie, the first woman elected to the level of Episcopal office in the 200-year history of the African Methodist Episcopal (AME) Church.

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The History and Collecting of Board Games

April 17 @ 4:00 pm
United Methodist Archives and History Center,
Archives & History, Madison, NJ 07940 United States
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Listen as Drew professor Alex de Voogt, co-author of Moves in Mind: The Psychology of Board Games, shares the history of board games and stories about his own collection. Afterward, enjoy refreshments and board games new and old!

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#DrewTEACH Workshop Series: Loud Silence and Organized Chaos: Using Digital Discussions to Promote Argumentative Writing

April 17 @ 6:30 pm
Ehinger Center

The second of a three-part series, this workshop teaches educators to engage digital discussion as a technique for promoting the skills students need to craft effective argumentative writing.

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Worship Service with Bishop Vashti Murphy McKenzie

April 17 @ 7:00 pm
Seminary Hall – Craig Chapel

Join us for an evening worship service, featuring guest preacher Bishop Vashti Murphy McKenzie, the first woman elected to the level of Episcopal office in the 200-year history of the African Methodist Episcopal (AME) Church.

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$10

Spring Dance Show

April 17 @ 7:30 pm - April 20 @ 7:30 pm
Dorothy Young Center for the Arts,
Lancaster Road, Madison, 07940
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Student choreographers created exciting new dance pieces around the theme “immigrant,” informed by ethnographic studies and inspired by research into their family histories.

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Taxation University: Starting a Business in New Jersey

April 18
Drew University Library’s Learning Center – Room 28,
36 Madison Ave, Madison, NJ 07940 United States
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Ready to start a business or launch a business online? This workshop presented by the New Jersey Department of Taxation can help.

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Writers@Drew: Student Prizewinners

April 19 @ 6:00 pm
Ehinger Center

Enjoy readings and refreshments as talented Drew student writers share their prize-winning works.

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“An Island at the Center of the World”: Reconsidering Ireland’s Role on the Global Stage

April 20 - April 21
Mead Hall,
Mead Hall, Madison, NJ 07940 United States
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This conference invites scholars to expand conversations surrounding Ireland’s role on the international stage, with special commemoration of the 20th anniversary of the Good Friday Agreement.

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Chorale and Alta Voce Spring Concert

April 21 @ 8:00 pm
Dorothy Young Center for the Arts,
Lancaster Road, Madison, 07940
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Offering songs for spring are the student vocalists of Alta Voce, a new treble-voice ensemble for sopranos and altos, and Chorale, a mixed-voice chamber choir.

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