‘Reimagining Dinosaurs’ to Air on Cal Poly Arts Website Feb. 24
For the past two years, Cal Poly Arts, in partnership with the Performing Arts Center, has presented a wildly popular series of evocative speakers from National Geographic Live. During this pandemic closure, Cal Poly Arts is proud to continue that tradition with a new four-part, virtual speaker series. Each 60-minute event will include stories and visuals; live, moderated conversation; and audience Q&A. Tickets are $16.50 per device, per event. The first event, “Reimagining Dinosaurs,” airs via the Cal Poly Arts website at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 24, and covers groundbreaking new science that is changing what we thought we knew about how dinosaurs looked, moved and lived. For example, in Chile, scientists have discovered a shocking new therapod. Unlike its cousins, Velociraptor and T. rex, Chilesaurus consumed a vegetarian diet. Join leading paleontologists and National Geographic explorers Nizar Ibrahim and Sebastián Rozadilla for stories and conversation about the evolving science of dinosaurs. Visit calpolyarts.org for tickets and more information.
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‘A Conversation with Michael Phelps’ to be Held Feb. 24
Join the conversation with author, mental health advocate, and one of the most decorated athletes of all time, Michael Phelps. ASI Events presents "A Conversation with Michael Phelps" at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 24, via Zoom Webinar. The event is free to access with @calpoly.edu email address for students, faculty and staff. Submit your questions for Phelps now for a chance to have them answered live during the event. Before the event, stream for free the 2020 documentary "The Weight Of Gold,” on which Phelps served as executive producer. "The Weight Of Gold" is available anytime on Feb. 23 starting at midnight. The documentary explores the personal struggles and mental health issues of Phelps and other athletes who share their own challenges and highlight the need for available support. To learn more, visit asi.calpoly.edu.
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Free Concert Featuring Bear Market Riot to be Held Feb. 26
The LIVE from the PAC free virtual concert series continues with local duo Bear Market Riot at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 26. Formed in 2014 on the Central Coast, their energetic blend of sounds from folk to funk resonates with audiences of all ages. They are two heartfelt voices singing in harmony playing five instruments with their hands and feet, telling tales of adventure, equality and romance. With a driving beat and layers of melody, Nick Motil and Kirk Nordby create a sound greater than the sum of its parts. This event will be streamed on Feb. 26 and will then be available to watch on demand. Any donations raised will be split between the artists and the Performing Arts Center. Full information about the show and how to watch can be found at pacslo.org. Tickets are not required.
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Poet, Activist Sonya Renee Taylor to Headline 19th Annual Change the Status Quo Conference
Award-winning performance poet and activist Sonya Renee Taylor will deliver the keynote address for the 19th annual Change the Status Quo (CSQ) Social Justice Leadership Conference to be held virtually from 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 27. The annual event, hosted by Cal Poly’s Center for Service in Action, is free for all community members and aims to empower students to use the Learn by Doing spirit to challenge social norms, ask critical questions, demand solutions and make lasting social change. This year’s event will focus on the theme “Action over Apathy” and will be headlined by Taylor, a former national and international poetry slam champion and founder and radical executive officer of digital media and education company The Body is Not An Apology. For additional information and to register, visit the Change the Status Quo webpage.
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‘Picture a Scientist’ Film Screening March 1-7, Panel Discussion March 4
The documentary “Picture a Scientist” will be available for free virtual screening for the Cal Poly community March 1-7. Faculty, staff and students are invited to view the film; engage in a discussion with their department, club or other group; and attend a virtual panel discussion with the film director and two Cal Poly science alumnae from 4-5 p.m. Thursday, March 4. The film chronicles the groundswell of researchers who are writing a new chapter for women scientists. A biologist, a chemist and a geologist lead viewers on a journey deep into their own experiences in the sciences, overcoming brutal harassment, institutional discrimination and years of subtle slights to revolutionize the culture of science. Register to view the film, watch a trailer or view more information about the event online. The event is sponsored by the College of Science and Mathematics. Email email@example.com with any questions.
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Illustrating the Intersections of Masculinity, Race and Ethnicity at March 4 Event
The Men and Masculinities Program is hosting “Pass the Mic” from 5:30-6:30 p.m. Thursday, March 4, on Zoom. Pass the Mic is an open-mic style event featuring student speakers, engaging media pieces, group discussion and open mic segments. This is a great opportunity for faculty and staff to connect students to an intersectional experience and an engaging conversation about masculinities. This event creates a unique experience for students to listen, discuss and share their perspectives on the intersections of masculinities, race and ethnicity. There will also be an opportunity to win a prize from one of the event sponsors. Use Zoom ID 892-3754-1722 to join. Questions? Contact Nick Bilich at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Streaming of ‘Shelter’ Starts March 6
Cal Poly Theatre and Dance Department presents “Shelter: An Immersive Theatrical Audio Experience in Your Living Space.” Streaming begins on March 6 and will play through the rest of this academic year. This devised play will explore our current circumstance of “sheltering in place” by creating a theatrical piece that examines the emotional connection to our homes through an autobiographical lens. The play features a cast of seven students plus production work by Theatre and Dance Department students, faculty and staff.
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Cal Poly Wind Bands to Present Virtual Concert Titled ‘Community’ on March 6
The Wind Ensemble and Wind Orchestra will present a virtual concert titled “Community” at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, March 6. “Music has the ability to bring together minds and souls,” Director of Bands Christopher J. Woodruff said. “For this concert, the members of the Cal Poly Wind Bands explore the connections between individuals that make us part of a larger whole, whether they are performing in person or remotely. We are excited to have this performance recorded in the Performing Arts Center’s Miossi Hall, which offers the student musicians an acoustical experience that brings out the best possible musical communication.” Compositions by Katherine Bergman, Percy Grainger and Rossano Galante will be performed. Woodruff and Associate Director of Bands Nicholas P. Waldron will conduct the concert. Tickets are sold at the Performing Arts Center, ext. 6-4849. For more information, visit the Music Department calendar website.
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International Women’s Day Activities Include Virtual Panel on March 8
On March 8-13, Cal Poly will honor International Women's Day by celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. From 11:10 a.m. to noon Monday, March 8, the Cal Poly International Center will host a virtual panel presentation, “Choose to Challenge Gender Inequity,” discussing cross-cultural frameworks for understanding gender, equality and equity. Panelists include Joni Roberts, assistant professor, Kinesiology and Public Health Department; Dawn Neill, associate professor, Interdisciplinary Studies in Liberal Arts; Ning Zhang, professor, Political Science Department; and Olivia Bảo-Khanh Trần, coordinator, womxn and gender equity initiatives, Student Diversity and Belonging. The panel is co-sponsored by the Men and Masculinities Program, the College of Liberal Arts and the College of Science and Mathematics. The panel will cover gender-related issues from cross-cultural and international perspectives, including how gender norms have shaped and influenced the career paths and academic achievements of Cal Poly faculty and staff. To find out more about International Women's Day and ways to celebrate, visit the International Center website or the Facebook event page. Then get ready to join the #ChooseToChallenge #IWD2021 #IWDCP conversation.
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Cal Poly Symphony’s Virtual ‘Soloist Showcase’ Set for March 12
The Cal Poly Symphony will present its annual Soloist Showcase through a virtual presentation at 7:30 p.m. Friday, March 12. The symphony held auditions in November for student soloists from a variety of majors for the opportunity to be featured in the showcase. The winners were computer engineering major Kiran Manikonda on clarinet and double civil engineering and music major Grant Smith on piano. Manikonda will play Gioachino Rossini’s “Introduction, Theme and Variations,” and Smith will perform the first movement from Ludwig van Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 3 in C Minor. The program will also include two movements from Gordon Jacob’s “Old Wine in New Bottles,” performed by the winds and brass of the orchestra, and Edvard Grieg’s “Two Elegiac Melodies,” performed by the strings. There will be a live Q&A session immediately following the recorded performance with Music Professor and conductor David Arrivée, the soloists and other students. Tickets are sold at the Performing Arts Center, ext. 6-4849. For more information, visit the Music Department calendar website.
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Cal Poly Choirs to Present ‘Breathe in Hope’ Virtual Concert on March 13
The choirs will present “Breathe in Hope,” a virtual winter concert that will feature a variety of selections on the theme of perseverance and hope at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, March 13. PolyPhonics will perform music by Camille Saint-Saëns and influential African American composer Adolphus Hailstork. The University Singers will present music by André Thomas, plus Ernst Toch’s celebrated “Geographical Fugue.” Dale Trumbore’s “Breathe in Hope” will be performed by the Cal Poly Women’s Chorus. The piece is based on a Facebook post in response to the killing of Philando Castile and Alton Sterling. The Cal Poly Chamber Choir will present a special mass with movements from a variety of Renaissance composers that showcase the development of the genres in that period. Scott Glysson conducts the Cal Poly Choirs, which are accompanied by Paul Woodring. Tickets are sold at the Performing Arts Center, ext. 6-4849. For more information, visit the Music Department calendar website.
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