Faculty Lecture Series

The series consists of lectures given during the academic year. Faculty presenters discuss research conducted with students and colleagues across the globe.

FALL 2021

All talks in the Faculty Lecture Series will take place in Eaton Lounge in Bresee Hall.

Friday, September 10, 12:20–1:20 p.m., Eaton Lounge

Barbara Kahl, “Unsustainable Theatre: Rethinking the Way We Design for the Stage”

Traditionally, theatre has not emphasized the importance of sustainability, ecological awareness, nor the health of theatre artists when creating productions. Chemicals used in theatre have been the cause of a range of health problems for practitioners, ranging from dermatitis to central nervous system impairment, while the use of synthetic materials are the cause of a range of “health problems” for the Earth. While some changes are being made, there is a long way to go towards habituating “green theatre” practices. Professor Barbara Kahl will discuss her research, including the growing of plants historically used for pigment, and how she has incorporated the use of the resulting natural dyes with renewable fibers, recycling and repurposing those materials to create many of her theatrical costume and scenic designs.

Hartwick will be allowing vaccinated guests and visitors on campus, both as attendees at college events (athletics, concerts, True Blue, etc.), and as guest lecturers, performers, etc. All campus visitors must be vaccinated for COVID-19 and will be required to provide either their vaccination card or the New York State Excelsior Pass. If a visitor requires an exception to this requirement they need to complete this form and receive prior approval from the College.


For more information, contact Bradley J. Fest at festb@hartwick.edu.