Campus Theme Events Explore “Human Question”

September 14, 2011

Hartwick College has announced September events relating to its 2011-12 "Human Question" campus theme. All events are free, and the public is invited to attend.

On Thursday, September 15, the Department of Theatre Arts will hold a staged reading of The Guys, a play dealing with the emotional aftermath of the World Trade Center attacks on September 11, 2001. Less than two weeks after 9/11, Joan, a New York City editor, receives an unexpected phone call on behalf of Nick, a fire captain who lost most of his men in the attacks. Nick is looking for help writing eulogies he must deliver at memorial services for the fallen firefighters. Nick and Joan spend a long afternoon together, recalling the men through recounting their virtues and their foibles, and fashioning the stories into memorials of words. The Guys is based on a true story. The event will be held at 7 p.m. in Shineman Chapel House on the College campus.

On Friday, September 16, the first of two roundtable discussions on September's subtheme of "Community, Collective Memory, and Commemoration" will be held. This roundtable will reflect on the events of September 11, 2001, and will consider how we commemorate days like 9/11 as personal and collective memories. Professor of History Peter Wallace will lead a panel discussion at 12:30 p.m. in Eaton Lounge, Bresee Hall, on the College campus.

A second roundtable will be held on Thursday, September 22. Using 9/11 as a point of departure, this roundtable will consider the relationship between wisdom, memory, and the sustenance of collective identities like nationality. Assistant Professor of Education Jeffrey Pegram will lead a panel discussion at 7 p.m. in Eaton Lounge, Bresee Hall, on the College campus.

Finally, on Thursday, September 29, the College will host a film screening and discussion on the topic of race relations and sport in South Africa. Professor of Anthropology Connie Anderson will introduce the film and lead a panel discussion following the screening. The event will be held at 7 p.m. in Anderson Theatre, Anderson Center for the Arts, on the College campus. This event is co-sponsored by the Department of History and the Stevens-German Library

All events are sponsored by the 2011-12 'Human Question' campus theme. For more information, contact Dan Morse, coordinator of sustainability programs for the Pine Lake Institute for Environmental and Sustainability Studies, at 607-431-4666 or

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