APIDA Heritage Month Closing Event with Jose Antonio Vargas to be Held May 26
The campus community is invited to attend the Asian Pacific Islander Desi American (APIDA) Heritage Month closing keynote event, featuring Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Jose Antonio Vargas, at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 26. During this hourlong session, Vargas will engage us in a conversation about the importance of understanding intersectional APIDA identities and what it means to engage in activism and allyship. Learn more and register for this event. Questions? Contact Lilianne Tang at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Panel to Discuss Disability Experiences of the COVID-19 Pandemic on May 28
In honor of Global Accessibility Awareness Day, the Disability Faculty Staff Association and Disability Resource Center will host a community panel from 1:30-3 p.m. Friday, May 28. The panel will discuss the disability experience during COVID-19, including challenges, "silver linings" and practices the disability community hopes will continue post-pandemic. This event is free and open to all faculty, staff, students and the general public. Live auto-captioning and ASL interpreter will be provided. Learn more about Global Accessibility Awareness Day activities and register for this panel at accessibility.calpoly.edu.
‘Black Men in White Coats’ Screening and Panel Discussion May 22-26
A free screening of the 80-minute documentary film “Black Men in White Coats” will be offered Saturday through Wednesday, May 22-26, followed by a panel discussion from 6-7:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 26. The 2020 film dissects the systemic barriers preventing Black men from becoming medical doctors and the consequences to society at large. Only 2% of American doctors are Black men, and Black men have the lowest life expectancy in the U.S. A panel will discuss the systemic barriers the members faced in medicine and how to make the field more equitable moving forward. Panelists include: Dr. Joye Carter, forensic pathologist for San Luis Obispo County Sheriff’s Department and the first African American to be appointed as a chief medical examiner; Cal Poly alumnus and medical student Anthony Kilgore; and Dr. Joel Lopes, chief of the Department of Anesthesiology at Colquitt Regional Medical Center in Moultrie, Georgia. Register here to view the screening between 4 p.m. Saturday, May 22, and 7 p.m. Tuesday, May 25. Use this registration link to view after 7 p.m. May 25 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, May 26. Registration is also open for the panel discussion. For more information, visit the event webpage. The event is sponsored by the College of Science and Mathematics.
Virtual Theatre and Dance Production ‘Chatroom’ Available to Stream Through May 30
The Cal Poly Theatre and Dance Department presents Enda Walsh’s “Chatroom.” The virtual production will be streamed at 8 p.m. May 28-29, and at 2 p.m. on Sunday, May 30. How do we learn to love one another? Internet chat rooms of the early 2000s
, — precursors to today’s social networking media — allowed people to virtually meet others throughout the world with the same passions, interests, loves, hates and loneliness. When a teenager desperate for help reaches out to a chat room, several strangers respond. But what are their true intentions? This prescient 2005 play by Walsh (“Once,” “Disco Pigs”) explores the murky potential of online relationships — from cruelty to loving kindness. Reserve free tickets here and contact Christy Chand with questions.
Music Department to Present Virtual ‘RSVP XXVI: Electronic Music Showcase’ on May 29
The Music Department’s student production ensemble RSVP will present “RSVP XXVI: Electronic Music Showcase” virtually at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, May 29. The concert will feature premieres of original student-produced music that explores a variety of ways to create and transform electronic sounds. Students from the Music Department’s Sound Design classes have collaborated with Composition Forum Club members to produce new works ranging from lo-fi grooves and video game music, to experimental soundscapes and pop. The music will be synced with video games designed by members of Cal Poly’s Game Development Club and media by Art and Design students. The concert will conclude with the Sound Design students performing two works for laptop orchestra (lork), which functions similarly to a traditional ensemble but instead of playing acoustic instruments, the students will be generating sounds with laptop computers. Sound Design instructor Laura M. Kramer will direct the concert. Tickets are sold from the Performing Arts Center, ext. 6-4849. For more information, visit the Music Department calendar website.
‘The Muse Hour’ Concludes June 5 with Tommy Emmanuel
The conclusion of the second season of Cal Poly Arts’ virtual music and conversation series, “The Muse Hour,” will be held at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, June 5, with a concert from acoustic guitar legend Tommy Emmanuel. Considered among this planet’s greatest guitarists, the Australian plays multi-dimensional arrangements flawlessly on the acoustic guitar. His infectiously appealing joy is delivered with that smile of the ages and evidence of authentic, unbridled delight, that irresistibly invites listeners to feel his music as deeply as he does. Produced in cooperation with Tacoma Arts Live in Washington and The Luther Burbank Center in Santa Rosa, California, this event includes an exclusive pre-recorded concert, followed by a live virtual and moderated Q&A session with Emmanuel. Tickets to the second season of “The Muse Hour” are $11.50 per device, per event, and current Cal Poly Arts VIP Members at the $75 cameo level and up receive free access to all of “The Muse Hour” events. Visit calpolyarts.org for more information.
Cal Poly Choirs to Present ‘Ubi Caritas’ Concert Virtually on June 5
The Cal Poly Choirs will present a virtual concert “Ubi Caritas,” which will feature a variety of selections on the themes of charity and love, at 8 p.m. Saturday, June 5. Cal Poly’s Chamber Choir will present three 20th-century settings of the Latin text “Ubi Caritas,” all loosely based on the ancient chant melody. This portion will feature works by Maurice Duruflé, Ola Gjeilo and Luke Mayernik. The group will also perform several Italian and French secular works. The Cal Poly Women’s Chorus will present “Someone Will Remember Us” by Jocelyn Hagen. The choir will be accompanied by animal science major Hana AbdulCader on harp, plus a string trio of Music Department faculty members: Emily Lanzone, violin; Michael Whitson, viola; and Laura Gaynon, cello. PolyPhonics, Cal Poly’s premier ensemble, will perform music by Carlos Guastavino and Joseph Rheinberger, as well as a special comical selection. The University Singers will present music by J.S. Bach and R. Scott Coulter, among others. Tickets are sold from the Performing Arts Center, ext. 6-4849. For more information, visit the Music Department calendar website.
Wind Bands to Present Virtual ‘Voices in the Wind’ Concert June 6
The Wind Ensemble and Wind Orchestra will present a virtual concert “Voices in the Wind” at 3 p.m. Sunday, June 6. Most musical works on the program were composed in the past 10 years, including “A Mother of a Revolution!” by Omar Thomas, which was inspired by the Stonewall uprising of 1969 that brought to national attention the systemic oppression of the LGBTQ community in New York City. Faculty oboist Heidi Butterfield will perform the West Coast premiere of “Hidden Currents” for oboe and wind ensemble by Katherine Bergman. The piece depicts the seasonal changes along the northernmost stretch of the Mississippi River. Travis Cross’ “Let the Amen Sound” will conclude the concert. A live Q&A session with conductors Christopher J. Woodruff and Nicholas P. Waldron and some of the performers will be held after. Tickets are sold from the Performing Arts Center, ext. 6-4849. For more information, visit the Music Department calendar website.
Cal Poly Symphony to Present ‘Voices Past and Present’ Virtually on June 11
The Cal Poly Symphony will present its season finale, “Voices Past and Present,” through a virtual presentation at 7:30 p.m. Friday, June 11. The program will include music for winds and brass, music for string orchestra and music for everyone together. The winds and brass will conclude their yearlong exploration of Gordon Jacob’s “Old Wine in New Bottles,” a set of pieces based on old English folk songs. The orchestra’s string section will perform Chicago-based composer Stacy Garrop’s “Lo Yisa Goy,” an instrumental setting of the Jewish prayer for peace. Everyone will come together to play two works: Ralph Vaughan Williams’ “English Folk Song Suite,” orchestrated by Jacob, and Nkeiru Okoye’s “Voices Shouting Out,” written in response to the events of 9/11. A live Q&A session with conductor and music Professor David Arrivée and students will follow the recorded performance. Tickets are sold from the Performing Arts Center, ext. 6-4849. For more information, visit the Music Department calendar website.
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