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Dialogues with Mother Earth: The Murals (in concert with the Higgins School of Humanities Fall 2016 dialogue symposium, "Home (De)Constructed")
Monday, 9/26/2016 - Thursday, 11/17/2016 9:00 AM-8:00 PM
Clark University: Schiltkamp Gallery, 92 Downing St., Worcester, MA
The word home can have myriad associations for each person, but on a broad archetypal level, home conjures the realm of domestic life, a household with various members, a secure dwelling, private space, and a place of sanctuary and refuge. Home also can be seen as existing in concentric circles  the initial ring being that which encircles the individual and members of a household most closely  whether it be a private house, communal residence, apartment, or temporary shelter  followed by larger circles of hometown and ever expanding associations with region, nationality, and identity. But the home that every person and every other living being shares together is our planet  itself finite and fragile and ever-changing. And perhaps the sanctity of that home has never felt more threatened, nor have we ever felt so keenly that we are all fellow denizens of this small home.

This sense of being in a shared home is illuminated in Erica Daborns monumental mural cycle, Dialogues with Mother Earth, in which the artist focuses on our interconnectedness and mutual fate. These cautionary images illustrate the potentially apocalyptic results of human activity, consumption, growth, and conflict. The concept of mother is closely linked to that of home and the womb for everyone is our first home, so Earth can be seen as both our home and our source of life.
For more information, e-mail clarkarts@clarku.edu.

Dialogues with Mother Earth: The Murals, Opening Reception
Wednesday, 9/28/2016 - Thursday, 11/17/2016 4:00 PM-5:30 PM
Clark University: Traina Center for the Arts, Schiltkamp Gallery, 92 Downing Street, Worcester, MA
Come to the Opening Reception for Dialogues with Mother Earth: The Murals, and hear from the Artist herself, Erica Daborn.

The word “home” can have myriad associations for each person, but on a broad archetypal level, home conjures the realm of domestic life, a household with various members, a secure dwelling, private space, and a place of sanctuary and refuge. Home also can be seen as existing in concentric circles – the initial ring being that which encircles the individual and members of a household most closely – whether it be a private house, communal residence, apartment, or temporary shelter – followed by larger circles of “hometown” and ever expanding associations with region, nationality, and identity. But the home that every person and every other living being shares together is our planet – itself finite and fragile and ever-changing. And perhaps the sanctity of that home has never felt more threatened, nor have we ever felt so keenly that we are all fellow denizens of this small home.
This sense of being in a shared home is illuminated in Erica Daborn’s monumental mural cycle, Dialogues with Mother Earth, in which the artist focuses on our interconnectedness and mutual fate. These cautionary images illustrate the potentially apocalyptic results of human activity, consumption, growth, and conflict. The concept of mother is closely linked to that of home and the womb for everyone is our first home, so Earth can be seen as both our home and our source of life.

Gallery Hours: Schiltkamp Gallery: M-Th, 9-8:00 / Sa 12-4 / Su 12 – 8:00
This exhibition runs until November 17, 2016.

For more information, e-mail clarkarts@clarku.edu.

September 2016

The National Park Service: Celebrating 100 years
Friday, 9/30/2016 2:00 AM-3:00 AM
Briarwood Continuing Care Retirement Community: Birches Auditorium, 65 Briarwood Circle, Worcester, MA - Free
On August 25, 2016 the National Park Service turns 100! Briarwood resident and world traveler, Bob Whitney, will share his awe-inspiring slide presentation, "The National Park Service: Celebrating 100 Years."
For more information, e-mail amthomas@briarwoodsl.com.

October 2016

Lose Your Mother: A Reading and Conversation
Tuesday, 10/4/2016 7:00 PM-9:00 PM
Clark University: Dana Commons, Higgins Lounge, Second Floor, 950 Main Street, Worcester, MA - Free
In "Lose Your Mother" (2008), Columbia University professor Saidiya Hartman traces the history of the Atlantic slave trade and recounts her own journey along a slave route in Ghana. Following the trail of captives from the hinterland to the Atlantic coast, she reckons with the blank slate of her own genealogy and vividly dramatizes the effects of slavery on three centuries of African and African American history. The slave, Hartman observes, is a stranger —torn from family, home, and country. To lose your mother is to be severed from your kin, to forget your past, and to inhabit the world as an outsider. Combining scholarship and memoir, Hartman asks, “What place in the world could sate four hundred years of yearning for a home?”

This event is part of the African American Intellectual Culture Series.
Sponsored by: Higgins School of Humanities, the Office of the Provost, the Department of History, and the Africana Studies Program
For more information, e-mail jmcgugan@clarku.edu or call 508-793-7479.

Worcester in 3-D
Monday, 10/10/2016 12:15 PM-1:00 PM
Worcester Historical Museum, 30 Elm Street, Worcester, MA - Free with admission
Take a look at late 19th century Worcester in 3-D. Jan Seymour will lead this informal "History Bites" program as WHM shares these fascinating stereo views of a growing industrial city.
Bring your lunch, chat with staff and celebrate Worcester! Our city. Our history.
For more information, e-mail info@worcesterhistory.net.

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