This Week in Collo, 2/28…



  • Class tonight, 5:15 in the Great Room, is an open discussion. Everyone is invited to attend. No one is required to attend. This is an opportunity to talk about whatever you want to talk about with a (possibly, hopefully) diverse group of people. We’re putting the colloquy in colloquium. You bring the topics, I moderate. This is one opportunity for getting class hours. Other future opportunities include the Boland symposium, the pinning ceremony, the honors social, the other planned open discussion, and Academic Excellence Convocation (for those graduating).

Collo-related activities:

  • Tuesday, 2/28, 6:00 pm, Multicultural center, Black History Jeopardy (Unapologetically Black).
  • Tuesday, 2/28, 7:30 pm, Culp Ballroom, A Program Potpourri. The ETSU Wind Ensemble and Concert Band will present a program that highlights a mixture of classic and contemporary literature for wind band.
  • Thursday, 3/2, 12:00 pm, Multicultural center, Privilege Walk: “Gender Identity and Sexual Orientation,” facilitated by the ETSU organization, Helping to Educate Regarding Orientation, Equality, and the Spectrum (H.E.R.O.E.S.)
  • Thursday, 3/2, 5:15 pm, Ball Hall auditorium, LGBTQ & Allies Panel during ‘Tragic Disclosures’ by Dennis Greenwell exhibit reception. The ‘LGBTQ & Allies Panel’ shall discuss various issues and resources affecting the LGBTQ community with speakers representing various sectors from the academia, the community and the religious. The panelists include artist Dennis Greenwell, John Baker, Director of the Pride Community Center of the Tri-Cities, Beth Evelyn Barber, Facilitator for Safe Zone Program and Counseling Center at ETSU, a student representative from Helping to Educate Regarding Orientation, Equality, and the Spectrum (H.E.R.O.E.S.), Beth Sluder from PFLAG TriCities and Rev. Dr. Brian Wyatt, Pastor from the First Presbyterian Church of Elizabethton, TN, and moderated by Kelly Celeste Porter, faculty from the ETSU Department of Art & Design.
  • Thursday, 3/2, 7:00 pm, Ball Hall auditorium, Space Biology – Dos and don’ts. This is the second of four lectures in the Spring Basler Chair Lecture Series entitled “Creativity – Bridges between Arts and Science” presented by Professor Karl H. Hasenstein. 
  • Thursday, 3/2, 7:00 pm, 618 State St, Bristol, TN 37620, Bluegrass, Old Time, and Country Music Studies at the ACMA Pickin’ Porch. Several bands from ETSU Bluegrass, Old Time, and Country Music Studies will perform at the ACMA Pickin’ Porch. The Pickin’ Porch Show is a weekly two-hour Bluegrass and Old-time music show hosted by “Your Bluegrass Buddy”, Tim White. These wonderful performances feature the very best singers, musicians, and groups to be found anywhere, and most of them hail from right here in the Country Music Birthplace! The mission of the Pickin’ Porch is to honor the region’s deep musical roots and to promote Bluegrass and Old-Time music here and around the world. We invite you to join us every Monday night at 7:00 PM. All Pickin’ Porch shows are performed live at Foundation Event Facility, 620 State Street in Bristol, Tennessee. Admission is free, but an optional donation of $5 per person is greatly appreciated.

Ongoing Exhibitions:

  • Tragic Discourse: Dennis Greenwell at Slocumb Galleries, through 3/3. The Slocumb Galleries are open Monday – Friday from 9:00 am until 4:30 pm. The ‘Tragic Disclosures: Proclaiming Quotes of Desperation’ series by Greenwell features multimedia works inspired by text and letters by LGBTQ youth who have either taken their lives or have suffered from discrimination due to their gender orientation. Greenwell stated, “Witnessing the treatment of LGBT youth in our society has compelled me to create art to confront the situation. For these young people living a life of genuine self should be a basic human right.” The works incorporate the statements and phrases, on mixed media paintings as well as installation, photograph and video work.
  • Parting Shots Exhibition, Reece Museum, through 3/3. The Reece Museum is open Monday – Friday from 9:00 am until 4:30 pm. Mike Smith, Professor of Art in ETSU’s Department of Art and Design, will retire in May of 2017, after serving the university as its major professor in photography for thirty-six years. His exhibition at the B. Carrol Reece Museum, Parting Shots is a timely look at some of today’s most divisive political, social and cultural topics photographed in his own backyard, or rather within 25 miles of it. The work is culled from over twelve thousand images made during the past four years and represents a significant shift visually, conceptually, and technically for Smith.
  • Somewhere Along the Line Exhibition, Reece Museum, through 2/28. The Reece Museum is open Monday – Friday from 9:00 am until 4:30 pm. Over the past several years Joshua Dudley Greer has traveled and photographed throughout the United States in an effort to explore the impact and influence of the road on the contemporary American landscape. Forsaking the scenic routes and back roads commonly praised in adages like “the road less traveled”, Greer has instead chosen to focus his efforts on the periphery and culture of the American superhighway. The resulting photographs draw on references from history, film and literature and depict the roadscape as a kind of stage where narratives play out and opposing forces intersect. The boundaries that line this landscape, whether real or imagined, are examined by looking at the separations between public and private space, privilege and need, development and wilderness, and the countervailing ideas of home and escape.
  • Under the Influence Exhibition. Reece Museum, through 3/3. The Reece Museum is open Monday – Friday from 9:00 am until 4:30 pm. Mike Smith, Professor of Art in ETSU’s Department of Art and Design, will retire in May of 2017, after serving the University as its major professor in photography for 36 years.  Over his 36 years teaching students he has made quite the impact on his students. Under the Influenceis a group show comprised of multiple photographers with one thing in common, all were students of Mike. The goal for the exhibition is to create a visual connection, contradiction and conversation between students and their teacher.

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