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December 2010 Events Calendar

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December 1

The Grinch that Stole Hanukkah: Modernizing the Temple in the Second Century BCE The Center for Humanities at Tufts (CHAT) hosts a special talk and reception with Paula Fredriksen, the William Goodwin Aurelio Chair Emerita of the Appreciation of Scripture at Boston University. Ballou Hall, Coolidge Room, 5:30 p.m.

Chaplaincy Series: Religion in America Harvey Cox, Hollis Research Professor of Divinity, Harvard Divinity School. Goddard Chapel, 6 p.m.

Tufts Chamber Music Student chamber musicians present music for strings, winds, brass and piano featuring music from the 17th century to the present. Free, no tickets required. Granoff Music Center, Distler Performance Hall, 8 p.m.

December 2

Noontime Concert Respiro String Quartet. Goddard Chapel, 12:30 p.m.

Department of Mechanical Engineering Fall Seminar Series With Ezio Todesco, CERN. Anderson Hall, Nelson Auditorium. 3–4:15 p.m.

MFA Thesis Exhibition Sofia Botero, Robert Gross-Kennedy, John Guy Petruzzi, Emily Somma and Angela Lauren Speece, five artists in the joint graduate degree program of Tufts and the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, present their thesis work. Gallery talk with the artists: December 2, 5 p.m., followed by the public opening reception, 5:30–8 p.m. Tufts University Art Gallery, Aidekman Arts Center, through Dec. 19. Gallery hours are Tuesday through Sunday, 11 a.m.–5 p.m., and Thursdays until 8 p.m. For information, call 617-627-3518 or go to

Chaplain’s Table: A Look at Dealing with Loss “A Hindu Perspective on Loss,” with Swami Tyagananda, Hindu chaplain, Harvard University. MacPhie Conference Room, 5–7 p.m.

December 3

Philosophy of Law Lecture Series “Legal Positivism as an Idea about Morality,” with Martin Stone, Cardozo Law School and New School for Social Research. Eaton Hall, Room 206, 3:30–5:30 p.m.

New Music Ensemble “NME Turns 20!” A cavalcade of performers, including alumni and supporters of NME through the years, join the current New Music Ensemble led by Donald Berman and John McDonald in a celebratory evening of improvisation and cutting-edge work. Free, no tickets required. Granoff Music Center, Distler Performance Hall, 8 p.m.

December 4

Engineering and Math Promoting discussion between faculty and graduate students about active research in the Mathematics Department and what it means to do research in math. Bromfield-Pearson, Clarkson Conference Room, noon–1:30 p.m.

Saturday Family and Children’s Concert Series “Stories, Songs and Puppets!” Families should come early to build princess, prince and dragon puppets that will participate in the musical stories of the Tufts Wind Ensemble (all materials provided). This hour-long program is designed for preschoolers through 3rd graders. Free, no tickets required. Granoff Music Center, Distler Performance Hall, 1 p.m.

Tufts Jazz Orchestra “Strike Up the Band, Be Mesmerized, Be Surprised, Be There.” Join the Tufts Jazz Orchestra as they pay tribute to music from the great American songbook; Earth, Wind and Fire; Isaac Hayes and Stevie Wonder. Come be enchanted by familiar melodies set to contemporary cutting-edge arrangements infused with hypnotic pulsating rhythms and lush jazz harmonies. Goddard Chapel, 8 p.m.

December 5

Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine 12th Annual Timely Topics in Internal Medicine. Course Director: Linda Ross, associate professor in the Department of Clinical Sciences at the Cummings School. Register at Agnes Varis Campus Center, 8 a.m.–4 p.m. Grafton campus.

Community Concert Series Tufts Choruses present Bach’s Magnificat, BWV 243, and Brahm’s Fest- und Gedenksprüche, op. 109, under the direction of Jamie Kirsch. Granoff Music Center, Distler Performance Hall, 3 p.m.

Tufts Dance Ensemble “out in front (a little to the left),” a dance performance project developed collaboratively with students under the direction of choreographer Daniel McCusker, a senior lecturer, based on Thoreau’s Walden. Free and open to the public, but seating is limited; contact the Dance Program at or 617-627-2556 by December 1 to reserve up to two seats. Jackson Dance Lab, 7 p.m.

December 6

CEEO Seminar “Cross-disciplinary Ways of Thinking, Acting and Being.” As part of the STEM Education Lecture Series, Robin Adams, assistant professor of engineering education, Purdue University, will give a lecture. Anderson Hall, Nelson Auditorium, 4–5:30 p.m.

Tufts Dance Program World Dance Night, with demonstrations in African dance, kathak, hip hop and salsa. Free and open to all. Information: or 617.627.2556. Jackson Dance Lab, 50 Talbot Ave., 7 p.m.

Tufts Flute Ensemble Performances of traditional and new music for flute choir, including new compositions by Tufts undergraduate and graduate composers. Granoff Music Center, Distler Performance Hall, 8 p.m.

December 7

Center for the Humanities Brown Bag Lunch “Forms of Law: The Politics of Custom in Early Modern English Literature,” with Stephanie Elsky, Mellon postdoctoral fellow. 48 Professors Row, noon.

Electrical and Computer Engineering Seminar “Topics in Information Processing,” with Jed Khoury. For more information, go to Halligan 111, 2:50–4 p.m.

President’s Holiday Party Join Larry and Adele Bacow for a holiday celebration. Please bring one canned food item to be donated to the local food bank. School of Dental Medicine, One Kneeland Street, 15th floor, 3–5 p.m. Boston campus.

Tufts Early Music Ensemble “Music for a While,” a concert of theater songs, masques, fantasias and sonatas by Britain’s Orpheus, as well as Henry Purcell’s music for viols, recorders, violins, harpsichord and voices. The ensemble will be joined by several guest artists. Free, no tickets required. Granoff Music Center, Distler Performance Hall, 8 p.m.

December 8

A Public Conversation about Art Museums with Philippe De Montebello Hosted by Andrew McClellan, dean of academic affairs for Arts and Sciences and professor in art history, the event features Montebello, the director emeritus of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, and the Fiske Kimball Professor in the History and Culture of Museums at New York University. Free and open to the Tufts community. Barnum 008, 5:30–7 p.m.

The Art of Yiddish Song In celebration of the ensemble’s 10th anniversary, the Jumbo Knish Factory,  Tufts’ klezmer ensemble, will present a concert of Yiddish folk songs and theater numbers with special faculty guests Barbara Grossman and Leon Gunther. Free, no tickets required. Granoff Music Center, Distler Performance Hall, 8 p.m.

December 9

President’s Holiday Party Join Larry and Adele Bacow for a holiday celebration. Please bring one canned food item to be donated to the local food bank. Administration Building, Kohnstamm Conference Room, noon–2 p.m. Grafton campus.

Christmas Concert Traditional favorites for flute, piano and organ, followed by carols and tree lighting. Goddard Chapel, 4 p.m.

Cell, Molecular and Developmental Biology Seminar Series With Jarema Malicki, assistant professor, Division of Craniofacial and Molecular Genetics. 200 Harrison Ave., Posner Auditorium, 4 p.m. Boston campus.

Kiniwe Professor David Locke leads Kiniwe in a performance of traditional music and dance of the Dagomba and Ewe people of Ghana. Dagomba pieces will include the Takai dance and praise name drumming. Ewe pieces will include Agbadza singing, drumming and dancing. Kiniwe will be joined by the Agbekor Drum and Dance Society and students in the course Music of Africa. Free, no tickets required. Fisher Performance Room, 8 p.m.

December 10

Classes End for students on the Medford/Somerville campus.

University-wide Conference on Teaching and Learning “Really Fabulous, Out of the Box, Practical Ways to Enhance Your Teaching & Student Learning.” Includes free “lunch & learn” with Barbara Walvoord, fellow emerita of the Institute for Educational Initiatives and concurrent professor emerita of English at the University of Notre Dame. For more information and to register, go to Aidekman Arts Center, 9 a.m.–2:30 p.m.

Animal Matters Fall Seminar “Helping Hands: Monkey See, Monkey Do, Monkey Help” with Meghan L. Talbert, executive director of Helping Hands, Monkey Helpers for the Disabled, Inc., in Allston. Agnes Varis Lecture Hall, noon. Grafton campus.

Cummings School 3rd Annual Holiday Craft Fair & Student Sale The holiday craft fair is an opportunity for faculty, staff and students to display and sell their handmade art or crafts. Funds raised through the registration fees and raffle will benefit the Travis Fund. Agnes Varis Campus Center, Elms Café, noon–2 p.m. Grafton campus.

Tisch College Author Talk Richard Wolin, Distinguished Professor of History, Comparative Literature and Political Science at the City University of New York Graduate Center, discusses his new book The Wind from the East: French Intellectuals, the Cultural Revolution and the Legacy of the 1960s. His previous books include Heidegger’s Children and The Seduction of Unreason; he writes regularly in Dissent, the Nation and the New Republic. Co-sponsored by the Department of Romance Languages and the Center for the Humanities at Tufts (CHAT). Paige Hall, Crane Room, noon–2 p.m.

The Women’s Center Symposium on Gender and Culture “Lady Gaga’s Bad Romance with Feminism,” with keynote by Professor Nancy Bauer. Paige Hall, Terrace Room, 1–4:30 p.m.

December 12

Boston Modern Orchestra Project (BMOP) “Luminous Noise,” a concert featuring the work of woman composers, including music of Chen Yi, Judith Weir and Jennifer Johnson. Founded in 1996 by Gil Rose, BMOP is widely recognized as the leading orchestra in the United States dedicated exclusively to performing new music. Tickets are free with a Tufts ID (limit two per ID); $10, general admission. Call 617-627-3679 for tickets. Granoff Music Center, Distler Performance Hall, 3 p.m.

December 13

Reading Period for students on the Medford/Somerville campus.

December 14

Tuesdays at Tufts: A Monthly Lecture Series for the Small Animal Practitioner “Pharmacologic Treatments for Tumors,” with Lisa Barber, assistant professor of clinical sciences, Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine. For information and to register, go to Agnes Varis Campus Center, Agnes Varis Auditorium, 7–9 p.m. Grafton campus.

December 15

Final Examinations begin for students on the Medford/Somerville campus.

December 16

President’s Holiday Party Join Larry and Adele Bacow for a holiday celebration. Please bring one canned food item to be donated to the local food bank. Gifford House, 3:30–5:30 p.m.

December 22

Final Examinations end for students on the Medford/Somerville campus.

December 23

University Holiday

December 24

Christmas Eve University holiday.

December 30

University Holiday

December 31

New Year’s Eve University holiday.