colby-sawyer events calendar

Upcoming Public Events & Activities

Colby-Sawyer College hosts a wide variety of educational and cultural events that are open to the public. For more information, please call (603) 526-3000. For information about alumni events, visit Alumni & Friends and for athletic events, visit Colby-Sawyer Athletics.

February 2016


‘Unassigned’ Features Works by Independent Artists

Opening Through Tuesday, Feb. 23 – Marian Graves Mugar Art Gallery, Sawyer Fine Arts Center, 5 p.m.

Colby-Sawyer’s latest exhibition features works by practicing designers and design educators from across the U.S. and includes experimental videos, photography, books, posters, collages, prints, letterpress broadsides, installations and systems. Gallery hours are Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Free and open to the public.

An Evening With the Matt Flinner Trio

Tuesday, Feb. 16 – Wheeler Hall, Ware Student Center, 7 p.m.

Multi-instrumentalist Matt Flinner has been recognized by Acoustic Guitar, Bluegrass Now and Jazz Times magazines as a premiere mandolinist and one of the finest composers in the industry. In 2006, he formed the Matt Flinner Trio with guitarist Ross Martin and bassist Eric Thorin. Together they have created an acoustic blend that falls outside any single genre; critics have characterized their unique sound as Americana, new acoustic and chamber grass music. The trio comes to Colby-Sawyer following the January release of their third album, “Traveling Roots.”

Free and open to the public.

Faculty Colloquium Series with David Ernster: ‘From a Cup of Tea to Sculpture’

Thursday, Feb. 18 – Wheeler Hall, Ware Student Center, 4 p.m.

Join Colby-Sawyer Artist in Residence David Ernster for a multimedia presentation on craft and ceramics. Featuring his own work, as well as pieces by contemporary and historical ceramic artists, Professor Ernster will explore issues and ideas relevant to craft in our daily lives.

Professor Ernster has taught at the college since 2011 and has expertise in ceramics, printmaking, metalworking, sculpture and jewelry-making. He holds a B.F.A. from the University of Iowa and an M.F.A. from West Virginia University.

Free and open to the public.

Third Annual Pushpin Art Exhibit ‘Pushes’ the Boundaries of Art

Thursday, Feb. 18 – Sawyer Center Lobby, Sawyer Fine Arts Center, 5 p.m.

Led by Gallery Director and Sonja C. Davidow ’56 Endowed Chair of Fine and Performing Arts Bert Yarborough, the pushpin project replicates artists’ creative process in a salon-studio setting. From sketches to finished pieces, artists are encouraged to install work at any stage of its development over a three-week period. The exhibition runs through Thursday, March 10. Gallery hours are Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Free and open to the public.

Diversity Dialogue: The History of African American Music

Monday, Feb. 29 – Wheeler Hall, Ware Student Center, 7 p.m.

In celebration of Black History Month, Colby-Sawyer’s Diversity Dialogue Series explores the history of African American music with Associate Professor of Music Emmett G. Price III, Ph.D., of Northeastern University. A professional musician, Dr. Price is one of the nation’s leading experts in African American music and culture. He fulfilled a fellowship at the W.E.B. DuBois Research Institute at Harvard University’s Hutchins Center for African & African American Research and has performed as a solo artist and sideman in Paris and throughout the United States, the Caribbean and the United Kingdom. Dr. Price holds a B.A. from the University of California, Berkeley and an M.A. and a Ph.D. from the University of Pittsburgh.

Free and open to the public.

March 2016


Tearing Hatred From the Sky: Acclaimed Activist and Filmmaker Bree Newsome Visits Colby-Sawyer

Wednesday, March 2 – Wheeler Hall, Ware Student Center, 7 p.m.

As Bree Newsome watched the June 2015 funeral of Reverend Clementa C. Pinkney, one of nine people shot and killed in the name of white supremacy at Mother Emmanuel Church in Charleston, S.C., she recognized the message being communicated at the South Carolina State House. There, the American and state flags flew at half-mast in honor of the victims while the Confederate flag flew high. As the Black Lives Matter movement was gaining momentum, Newsome refused to accept the premise of this image – that white supremacy is supreme, untouchable and invincible – and scaled the 30-foot flagpole in front of the state house to remove the Stars and Bars declaring, “This flag comes down today!” During her visit to Colby-Sawyer, the nationally known activist and award-winning filmmaker will discuss her civil rights protest in a multimedia presentation highlighting the continued struggle for equality.

Newsome earned a B.F.A. in film and television from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts. She works as an activist and youth organizer in North Carolina and serves as Western Field Organizer for the youth-led organization Ignite NC.

This event is free and open to the public.

International Festival

Saturday, March 5 – Wheeler Hall, Ware Student Center

More information to follow. Free and open to the public.

Exercise and Sport Sciences and Athletics Symposium

Monday, March 7 – Various Campus Locations, All Day

More information to follow. Free and open to the public.

Second Annual ‘Zing into Spring’ Event Sponsored by Kearsarge Magazine

Saturday, March 19 – Wheeler Hall, Ware Student Center, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Visit kearsargemagazine.com/zingintospring for event details.

Faculty Colloquium Series with Professor Ewa Chrusciel

Monday, March 21 – Wheeler Hall, Ware Student Center, 4 p.m.

More information to follow. Free and open to the public.

Diversity Dialogue: Women’s History Month

Monday, March 21 – Wheeler Hall, Ware Student Center, 7 p.m.

More information to follow. Free and open to the public.

Local Arts Forum with Photographer Becky Field

Thursday, March 24 – Archives Reading Room, Susan Colgate Cleveland Library, 4 p.m.

Becky Field, a resident of Concord, N.H., and former adjunct faculty member in the Natural Sciences Department at Colby-Sawyer, offers a multimedia presentation on cultural diversity and immigration in New Hampshire. Featuring photographs and stories of immigrant and refugee families from her 2015 book Different Roots, Common Dreams: New Hampshire’s Cultural Diversity, Field raises awareness of immigration issues, refugee resettlement and “the rich and colorful diversity in a state that is 92% white.” Copies of Different Roots will be available for purchase at the event. Co-sponsored by the Friends of the Cleveland Library and the Cultural Events Committee.

This event is free and open to the public.

43rd Juried Student Art Exhibition Presents Diverse Art and Media

Opening Reception and Awards Ceremony, Thursday, March 31 – Marian Graves Mugar Art Gallery, Sawyer Fine Arts Center, 5 p.m.

The Fine and Performing Arts Department hosts the 43rd Annual Gladys Greenbaum Meyers Juried Art Exhibition featuring students’ work in ceramics, drawing, graphic design, painting, photography, printmaking, sculpture, watercolor and mixed-media selected by faculty based on expressive and technical qualities. The exhibition runs through Thursday, April 14. Gallery hours are Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Free and open to the public.

Fine and Performing Arts Department Spring Theater Production: ‘Love and Information’

Thursday, March 31 through Saturday, April 2 – Sawyer Center Theater, Sawyer Fine Arts Center, 7:30 p.m.

More information to follow.

April 2016


Relay for Life of Colby-Sawyer College

Saturday, April 2 at 5 p.m. through Sunday, April 3 at 5 a.m. – Dan and Kathleen Hogan Sports Center

The fourth-annual Relay for Life event at Colby-Sawyer, organized by students, raises awareness and funds for the fight against cancer while honoring survivors and educating participants on how to reduce their risk of cancer. For more information contact Julie Crisafi Lynch, parent and community partnerships coordinator, at 603.526.3978 or jcrisafi@colby-sawyer.edu.

Free and open to the public.

N.H. Clothesline Project Returns to Colby-Sawyer

Monday, April 4 through Saturday, April 9 – Mercer Hall Gymnasium

Campus Safety and AmeriCorps host the 21st Annual N.H. Clothesline Project, a display of T-shirts created by violence survivors and their loved ones to demonstrate the impact of sexual, domestic and mental abuse. The display is open weekdays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., and Saturday from 9 a.m. to noon.

Free and open to the public.

Faculty Colloquium Series with Professor Ben Steele

Tuesday, April 5 – Wheeler Hall, Ware Student Center, 4 p.m.

More information to follow. Free and open to the public.

Local Arts Forum with Author Mimi Baird ’58

Wednesday, April 6 – Archives Reading Room, Susan Colgate Cleveland Library, 3:30 p.m.

Colby-Sawyer alumna Mimi Baird ’58 discusses her memoir and Washington Post Notable Nonfiction Book of 2015, He Wanted the Moon: The Madness and Medical Genius of Dr. Perry Baird, and His Daughter’s Quest to Know Him. Baird, the daughter of Harvard-educated physician Dr. Perry Baird, examines her father’s incarceration in a state mental hospital during World War II; his progressive experiments in the relationship between biochemistry and manic depression psychosis; and the silence of secrets that prevailed among families of her generation. The New York Times calls her book “an extraordinary Mobius strip of a book … Autobiography, biography, science, history and literature all in one, as instructive as any textbook and utterly impossible to put down.” Sponsored by the Friends of the Cleveland Library.

Free and open to the public.

Diversity Dialogue

Monday, April 11 – Wheeler Hall, Ware Student Center, 7 p.m.

More information to follow. Free and open to the public.

Pulitzer Prize-Winning Poet Jorie Graham

Thursday, April 14 – Archives Reading Room, Susan Colgate Cleveland Library, 4 p.m.

More information to follow. Free and open to the public.

Fine and Performing Arts Department Presents Spring Dance Ensemble

Friday, April 15 – Sawyer Center Theater, Sawyer Fine Arts Center, 7 p.m.

More information to follow. Free and open to the public.

Susan Colby Colgate Scholars’ Symposium

Tuesday, April 19 – Various Campus Locations, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The Colby-Sawyer community celebrates students’ commitment to scholarship at the annual symposium featuring interdisciplinary Capstone projects and undergraduate presentations.

Free and open to the public.

Fine and Performing Arts Department Annual Senior Art Exhibition

Opening Reception and Awards Ceremony Friday, April 22 – Marian Graves Mugar Art Gallery, Sawyer Fine Arts Center – 5 p.m.

The Fine and Performing Arts Department hosts the annual Senior Art Exhibition, featuring an opening reception, awards ceremony, and students' best work in ceramics, drawing, graphic design, mixed and new media, painting, photography, printmaking and sculpture. The exhibition runs through Saturday, May 7. Gallery hours are Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Free and open to the public.

CSC Singers Annual Spring Concert

Friday, April 22 – Sawyer Center Theater, Sawyer Fine Arts Center, 7 p.m.

More information to follow.

Kearsarge Chorale Spring Concert

Sunday, April 24 – Sawyer Center Theater, Sawyer Fine Arts Center, 3 p.m.

More information to follow.

May 2016


Scholars and Leaders Honored at Annual Awards Ceremony

Friday, May 6 – Sawyer Center Theater, Sawyer Fine Arts Center, 2 p.m.

The Scholars and Leaders Ceremony recognizes individuals and groups of students for academic with Capstone, Baccalaureate and Program Recognition Awards; honor society cords; and leadership, community and achievement awards.

Free and open to the public.

Nursing Pinning Ceremony

Friday, May 6 – Sawyer Center Theater, Sawyer Fine Arts Center, 4:30 p.m.

Faculty present graduating student nurses with pins and welcome them into the profession. For more information contact Rachel Parsons at rparsons@colby-sawyer.edu or 603.526.3795.

Free and open to the public.

Commencement Ceremony Recognizes the Class of 2016

Saturday, May 7 – Commencement Tent, Front Lawn, 10:30 a.m.

Colby-Sawyer College celebrates graduates and recognizes members of the college and greater community for outstanding contributions to Colby-Sawyer and its students.

Seating is limited and opens at 9:30 a.m. Free and open to the public.

Women Who Make a Difference Luncheon Honors the Achievements of Women

Wednesday, May 18 – Wheeler Hall, Ware Student Center, 11:30 a.m.

The 17th annual luncheon benefits Lake Sunapee Region VNA and Hospice. For more information and reservations contact Catherine Raymond at craymond@lakesunapeevna.org or 603.526.4077.

AIL Annual Meeting Celebrates Lifelong Learning

Thursday, May 19 – Wheeler Hall, Ware Student Center, 4 p.m.

The 17th annual meeting of Adventures in Learning celebrates lifelong learning programs for adults in the Kearsarge-Lake Sunapee Region.

Free and open to the public with reservations required. For more information or to R.S.V.P. contact adventures@colby-sawyer.edu or 603.526.3690.