September 2014 Archives

Seymour Concert Series: Los Angeles Guitar Quartet


The Claremont Colleges Library's Seymour Concert Series is very pleased to present, with the support of Pomona College, the Grammy Award-winning Los Angeles Guitar Quartet in concert Friday, September 19, 8 pm, at Bridges Hall of Music.

The program "Global Guitars" will feature a wide variety of musical styles for example a samba, Celtic reels, a Renaissance dance suite, post-bop jazz, folk songs, and a work inspired by Indonesian gamelan. Selections include pieces that exhibit the Los Angeles Guitar Quartet's innovative abilities to evoke the sounds and rhythms from around the world.

Admission is free. Reception to follow.

Earlier in the day, from 3-5 pm, the group will hold a Master Class and Q & A session in Lyman Hall, Thatcher Music Building, Pomona College. Students are welcome to attend.

Over-There-Over-Here-blog-banner.pngIt was supposed to be "the war to end all wars," the Great War from 1914-1918. To this day, scholars still debate its origins and consequences. Descendants of the fallen and the public alike mourn the senseless slaughter of 10 million young men who perished in the trenches, battlefields, and open seas around the globe. Another 7 million civilians died in this conflagration: 1.5 million in the first modern genocide that occurred under the cover of the war in the Armenian populated regions of the Ottoman Empire.

The Claremont Colleges honors the lives lost by bringing to light new discoveries in its collections. "Over There, Over Here" has been researched and curated by students who completed Claremont McKenna College's history course, "The Great War," offered by Professor Wendy Lower. The multi-media display showcases artifacts from the conflict such as postcards written from German soldiers, uniforms, photographs, posters, music, and documentary film footage. These glimpses of the war reveal how ordinary soldiers and nurses experienced the carnage, how propaganda mobilized millions on the home front, and how human rights activists provided relief to widows and orphans in Belgium. The Pomona campus was transformed into a training ground. Five Pomona students died in the war; close to 300 served in the US Armed Forces, along with numerous faculty. Claremont Colleges' trustees William L. Honnold and Seeley W. Mudd participated in the Belgium relief campaign. Using materials from the Honnold/Mudd Library Special Collections and supplemented with objects loaned by faculty at Claremont McKenna College, these forgotten stories will now be told for the first time on this, the centenary of the start of the Great War. The exhibition will be on display from September 10 through October 5 in the Honnold/Mudd Library Special Collections Exhibition Gallery, located on the 2nd floor of Honnold.

Join us for an opening lecture and reception on Wednesday, September 10. Guest lecturer, Roger Chickering, professor emeritus of History at Georgetown University, will explore the "peculiar path" (Sonderweg) that Germany took into the era of the First World War during his presentation "Imperial Germany's Peculiar War: 1914-1918." Professor Chickering will pose the question whether Germany's experience of this war was different in basic respects from France's or Britain's. His comparison will focus on the role of the military and the longer-term developmental consequences of the war. The lecture will be hosted in the Honnold/Mudd Library Founders Room and will begin at 4:15pm. Tours of the exhibition "Over There, Over Here" will be given following the lecture. Refreshments will be served.

The Claremont Colleges Library is also hosting a Claremont Discourse lecture: "The Meaning of the Great War: Student and Faculty Perspectives" on Thursday, October 2. Wendy Lower, John K. Roth Professor of History and Evan Wollen, CMC Professor of Military Science and Director, CMC ROTC at Claremont McKenna, and a panel of students from the Claremont McKenna history course "The Great War" will share their experience of researching and curating the exhibition "Over There, Over Here." Join us in the Honnold/Mudd Library Founders Room at 4:15pm. Refreshments will be served.

The Marian Miner Cook Athenaeum is hosting a musical performance titled "The Great War in Poetry and Song" on Monday, November 10 at 6:45pm. For more information and to make reservations visit:

The Silent History: Book Reading and Publication Party

Silence.jpgThe Claremont Colleges Library, the Scripps College Humanities Institute, and the Scripps College English Department invite you to a book reading and publication party for the novel The Silent History. This groundbreaking novel was written and designed as an app for iPad and iPhone and is now out in paperback. Join us for a reading, book signing, and celebration of this remarkable work. Copies will be available for purchase at the event.

The Silent History: Book Reading and Publication Party
Eli Horowitz, author, editor, publisher, and Kevin Moffett, author and
visiting assistant professor of literature, Claremont McKenna College
Thursday, September 25 | 4:15pm
Founders Room, Honnold/Mudd Library

Silent-History-Cover-and-Caption.jpgAbout the novel:
It begins with a statistical oddity: a spike in children born with acute speech delays. Physically normal in every way, these children never speak and do not respond to speech; they don't learn to read, don't learn to write. As the number of cases grows to an epidemic level, theories spread. Maybe it's related to a popular antidepressant; maybe it's environmental. Or maybe these children have special skills all their own.

The Silent History unfolds in a series of brief testimonials from parents, teachers, friends, doctors, cult leaders, and impostors (everyone except, of course, the children themselves), documenting the growth of the so-called silent community into an elusive, enigmatic force in itself -- alluring to some, threatening to others.

This fall, the Humanities Institute explores the theory and practice of silence: voluntary and coerced, solitary and communal, literal and metaphoric. What are the politics of silence? How has silence been mandated and inflicted across historical periods and in a range of cultures and geographic locations? How are silence and gender related? Can silence be palpable, visual, deafening, architectural, dynamic? Hush. Let's think about it. Learn more about Silence.

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