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All events are free, unless otherwise noted.
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Art Gallery Opening: Mine, Yours, Ours
Artist: Monika Meler
Opening Reception: Thursday, September 9, 4:00 – 6:00 p.m.
Ending: Friday, December 10
Eric Dean Art Gallery
Gallery Hours: Monday – Friday, 9-5 p.m.

In Mine, Yours, Ours Monika Meler explores ideas related to the Anthropocene. The series of work suggests that humans can only love that which they touch, build, or are responsible for making.  There is clearly a contradiction between what is valuable and what humans, value. This contradiction defines the Anthropocene, a geological term for the age of humans, or more specifically the impact that humans have had on the earth especially through global warming, industrialization, and colonization.

Meler explores this contradiction through her process. Using printmaking, papercuts, and collage she incorporates shapes that resemble rocks, pieces of earth, or natural forms and images that were made from domestic objects intended to imitate nature, to examine the root of the problem of “value,” in its many manifestations and forms. Meler is interested in examining how we value the objects in our homes that are meant to mimic or celebrate nature while actual natural environments are left to perish.

Artist Biography

Originally from Brodnica, Poland, Monika Meler earned her B.F.A. from the Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design. She continued studies at Purdue University, where she earned an M.A., followed with an M.F.A from the Tyler School of Art, Temple University. While at Tyler, she spent a year studying in Rome, Italy.

Meler completed residencies at the Center for Contemporary Printmaking in Connecticut, the Frans Masereel Center in Belgium, the Cork Printmakers in Ireland and the Women's Studio Workshop in New York. Solo exhibits include Liminal Passages at Longwood College in Virginia, The Distance Between at the Limerick Printmakers Gallery in Ireland and Contain/Retain at the Cocoon Gallery in Kansas City.  Currently Monika is Associate Professor at the University of Saint Francis, Fort Wayne, IN.

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LaFollette Lecture
Thursday, September 16
Salter Concert Hall
4:45 p.m.

The LaFollette Lecture Series was established by the Wabash College Board of Trustees to honor Charles D. LaFollette, their longtime colleague on the Board. A successful businessman, Mr. LaFollette was a devoted friend of the humanities and the arts. 

The LaFollette Lecture is given annually by a Wabash College faculty member who is charged to address the relation of his or her special discipline to the humanities, broadly conceived. This year’s lecture is “Shaped by History”, presented by Department of Biology Professor Amanda Ingram.

A reception will follow in Littell Lobby.

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Glee Club Homecoming Concert
Saturday, September 18
Salter Concert Hall
7:30 p.m.

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President’s Distinguished Speaker Series: Dr. Jerome Adams
Monday, September 27
Salter Concert Hall
7:30 p.m.

Tickets are Required

After growing up poor and Black in a Southern rural community, Jerome Adams went on to lead the 6,000 person U.S. Public Health Service as “America’s Doctor” during a worldwide pandemic. As Surgeon General, he brought a passionate commitment to fighting issues that his own family and community experienced, including limited healthcare access, chronic disease, substance use disorder and ensuing stigma, tobacco addiction, maternal health, mental illness and the opioid epidemic. Dr. Adams’ talks merge his expertise at the forefront of national and global health policy with his own personal experiences: growing up with life-threatening asthma, as a brother to someone with substance use disorder, and as someone navigating politics to tirelessly champion the health of the vulnerable and voiceless during times of crisis.

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Theater Production: The Amateurs
By Jordan Harrison
Director Michael Abbott
Wednesday – Sunday, October 6-10
No performance October 8
Ball Theater
8:00 p.m.
Sunday 2:00 p.m.

Tickets are Required

An intrepid troupe of pageant players races across medieval Europe, struggling to outrun the Black Death. The arrival of a mysterious outsider sends Hollis, the leading lady, in search of answers that can only be found off-script... and soon the 14th-century plague begins to look like another, more recent one. This wildly inventive and funny new work examines the evolution of human creativity in a dark age: When does a crisis destroy us, and when does it open new frontiers?

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Moot Court Finals
Wednesday, October 23
Salter Concert Hall
7:30 p.m.

The finals of the 27th annual Wabash College Moot Court competition. Four Wabash students will argue a legal case before a panel of judges, including one Wabash College faculty member.

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Music Students Recital
Thursday, October 28
Salter Concert Hall
7:00 p.m.

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Theater Production: Studio One-Acts
Wednesday – Thursday, November 10 – 11
Experimental Theater
8:00 p.m.
This venue is not wheelchair accessible.
Tickets are not required.

The Studio One-Acts are presented by Wabash students in the acting and directing classes.

Viewer discretion is advised.

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Wamidan Fall Concert
Tuesday, November 16
Salter Concert Hall
7:30 p.m.

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Jazz Ensemble Fall Concert
Thursday, November 18
Salter Concert Hall
7:30 p.m.

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The 53rd Annual Christmas Festival of Music & Readings
Readings and music of the season by ensembles & soloists, with audience participation for well-known Christmas carols.
Wednesday, December 8
Pioneer Chapel
Prelude, 7:30 p.m.
Festival, 8:00 p.m.

The Christmas Festival, which started at Wabash in 1968, alternates performance of musical numbers, congregational hymns and carols, and readings from the Bible. It is modeled on the King’s College Festival of Lessons and Carols at Cambridge University in England. The musical prelude begins at 7:30PM. Reception to follow in the Sparks Center, Great Hall.

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Chamber Orchestra Concert
Sunday, December 12
Salter Concert Hall
8:00 p.m.

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Art Gallery Opening: Coding Me Softly
Artist: Janna Ahrndt

Opening Reception: Thursday, January 27, 4:00 – 6:00 p.m.
Ending: Friday, April 8
Eric Dean Art Gallery
Gallery Hours: Monday – Friday, 9-5 p.m.

Janna Ahrndt is part of a wave of new media artists rejecting the notion that craft and technology are directly opposed. Her work explores how deconstructing everyday technologies, or even making them for yourself can be used to question larger oppressive systems and create a space for participatory political action. Her activist and social art practice blur the lines between the materiality of craft and the digital realm of new media technologies to create socio-political interventions.

Her textile based new media project titled “P@TCH,” is like a Fitbit for your ethical performance, using light and social media to allow the user to track their progress as an advocate for an environmental, ethical stance. Ahrndt will conduct a P@tch workshop that will be free and open to the Wabash Community. P@tch Workshops are built to create a space for creativity and discussion surrounding the conflict between personal and corporate accountability to affect change. 

In P@tch workshops participants create their own critical design object that allows them to discuss boundaries that inhibit personal political action that shift from the online space to the physical realm, as well as question the limits of personal and corporate responsibility. Workshop participants will learn the basics of embroidery, conductive thread circuitry, to get them started making their own self-accountability-tracker that can be synced to their twitter feed.

Artist Biography

Janna Ahrndt received her MFA in Electronic and Time-Based Art from Purdue University and currently she is Visiting Assistant Professor of Digital Art at Indiana University. She has presented her research on the use of DIY electronics as a medium for participatory political art at ISEA 2019 in Gwangju South Korea and facilitated workshops for the P@tch project in collaboration with the Science Gallery in Melbourne Australia and the Science Gallery in Dublin Ireland.

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Visiting Artists Series: Daniel Martin
Thursday, February 3

Salter Concert Hall
7:30 p.m.

Tickets are Required

Daniel Martin has quickly become one of the most sought-after performers & presenters in the world. His high-energy performances are a thrilling fusion of Incredible Sleight of Hand & Playful Sleight of Mind that have been breaking box office attendance at theaters, universities & upscale events worldwide. 

This year Daniel began hosting the breakout hit travel show Tricks & Travels as well as launching his bespoke residency show Drinks & Deceptions in Michigan.

He has been awarded “Best Variety Artist" & "Best Male Performer" as well as the coveted "Entertainer of the Year" award. In addition, he has been recognized in his industry as the highest rated/best reviewed touring artist in the US! His awarding winning magic has been seen on the BBC's Now You See It, NETFLIX, CBS, NBC, Discovery & by millions of people live and online.

Daniel is hailed by his peers as one of the most creative acts and speakers working today with some of the biggest names in the corporate branding world and entertainment frequently choosing Daniel to consult on their own live shows and TV projects such as hit shows Scam School, Magic for Humans and Big Trick Energy.

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Roger Ide Organ Recital, Organist TBD
Sunday, February 20
Pioneer Chapel
3:00 p.m.

The Department of Music at Wabash College in Crawfordsville, Indiana is pleased to announce the 20th annual Roger H. Ide Organ Recital. On Sunday, February 16, 2019 at 3:00 p.m. in the Pioneer Chapel, a recital will be presented on the college's lovingly restored 1935 3-manual, 28-rank Aeolian/Skinner pipe organ. No tickets are required. Free and open to the public. A light dessert reception will follow.

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Theater Production: The 39 Steps
By Patrick Barlow
Director Rob Johansen
Wednesday – Saturday, February 23-26
Ball Theater
8:00 p.m.

Tickets are Required

In The 39 Steps, a man with a boring life meets a woman with a thick accent who says she’s a spy. When he takes her home, she is murdered. Soon, a mysterious organization called “The 39 Steps” is hot on the man’s trail in a nationwide manhunt that climaxes in a death-defying finale! A riotous blend of virtuoso performances and wildly inventive stagecraft, The 39 Steps amounts to an unforgettable evening of pure pleasure!

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Glee Club Tour Concert
Thursday, March 3
Salter Hall
7:30 p.m.

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Visiting Artists Series: ETHEL and Robert Mirabal, The River
Tuesday, March 15
Salter Hall
8:00 p.m.

Tickets are Required

“The River resides somewhere beyond the intersection of ceremony and show biz, at a place where multicultural collaboration becomes sacred art.” — The Seattle Times

The River is a journey in instrumental virtuosity, song, and storytelling, inspired by Water as the embodiment of Spirit and essential to life on Earth. This program continues an eight-year collaboration between ETHEL and Robert Mirabal, the renowned Native American flutist, instrument builder, and three-time GRAMMY® Award-winner.

Audiences are immersed in a flow of music, narrative, and ritual that evokes timeless Native American traditions through contemporary musical artistry. As delivered by these master performers, the effect is breathtaking, even ecstatic. From “An Kha Na” to “Peace Calls,” through rushing rapids and still, sacred spaces, ETHEL and Robert Mirabal evoke the magic and majesty of The River which connects us all.

The River was workshopped at The Hermitage Artist Retreat (FL) and at Denison University (OH). The project was brought to life on the Taos Pueblo, at Mirabal’s home. Each artist brought original music or poetry with special significance. These included Mirabal’s “An Kha Na” and his tribal “Wi-Wa”; Kip Jones’s “Jay-Red” and “TSOMA”; Dorothy Lawson’s “Gat’té”; and Ralph Farris’s “Rana Run” and “Tsintskaro Memory”; and the collective “Tuvan Ride.” As the Rio Pueblo rushed past the door, and storms came and went, and coyotes howled in the night, the artist’s compositions grew in scope and depth as each player contributed layers and insights. Influences were drawn from Hawai’i, Arizona, Mexico, Ecuador, Morocco, Nigeria, India, Mongolia, Tibet, Japan, and the Republic of Georgia.

In concert, the experience is dazzling and the spirit full of generosity, love, and gratitude as we find our hearts healed, and our hopes raised, by The River.

Established in New York City in 1998, ETHEL quickly earned a reputation as one of America’s most adventurous string quartets. More than 20 years later, the band continues to set the standard for contemporary concert music. Known for its enlivened playing, blending uptown, conservatory musicianship with downtown genre-crossing, ETHEL has been described as “indefatigable and eclectic” (The New York Times), “vital and brilliant” (The New Yorker), and “infectiously visceral” (Pitchfork). Since its inception, ETHEL has released nine feature recordings (one of them nominated for a Native American Music Award), performed as guests on 40+ albums, premiered 225 new works, won a GRAMMY® with jazz legend Kurt Elling, and performed in 14 countries, 45 states, and 250 cities.

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Brigance Forum
Dr. Lisa A. Flores
Tuesday, March 22
Korb Classroom
12:00 p.m.

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Visiting Artist Series: To Be Announced
Wednesday, March 23
Ball Theater
7:30 p.m.

Tickets are Required

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Music Student Recital
Thursday, March 31
Salter Concert Hall
7:00 p.m.

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Wamidan Concert
Thursday, April 7
Salter Concert Hall
7:30 p.m.

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147th Baldwin Oratorical Contest
Wednesday, April 13
Korb Classroom
7:30 p.m.

The Baldwin Oratorical Contest is the oldest continuous public speaking contest west of the Alleghenies. This event will be the 147th Baldwin Oratorical Contest.

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Jazz Ensemble Fall Concert
Tuesday, April 19
Salter Concert Hall
7:30 p.m.

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Theater Production: Where is the Beloved Community (working title)
Director Heidi Winters Vogel
Wednesday – Saturday, April 20-23
Ball Theater
8:00 p.m.

Tickets are Required

This devised theater piece will employ documentary theater techniques of story-gathering and witnessing by and with our students and community. Wabash students, faculty, and staff will work with interview-based materials and explore improvisatory story-telling techniques to create the production. The topic will be centered in stories and experiences related to equity and inclusion on our campus and the Crawfordsville community.

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Glee Club Spring Concert
Saturday, April 23
Salter Concert Hall
3:00 p.m.

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Art Gallery Opening: Senior Art Majors Exhibition
Artists: Wabash Art Majors Class of 2022
Opening Reception: Friday, April 23, 4:30 – 6:00 p.m.
Ending: Friday, April 29
Eric Dean Art Gallery
Gallery Hours: Monday – Friday, 9-5 p.m.
Also open May 13-15, 9-5 p.m.

Wabash senior Art Majors will exhibit their work. This exhibition represents a final rite of passage for these talented men who have dedicated their academic focus to the visual arts.

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Chamber Orchestra Concert
Sunday, May 1
Salter Concert Hall
7:30 p.m.