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Roman Temple Excavation

Susan Herringer '09 is one of several students spending part of July and August working with art history professor Rhys Townsend on the excavation of a Roman temple in Gazipasa,Turkey.

Peapod Squad wins Boston Beanpot Championship

For the second time in three years, Clark's improv troupe The Peapod Squad has won the Boston Beanpot College Bowl Tournament. The team beat out other fine teams from Holyoke, Boston College, Cornell, Northeastern, and finally Suffolk to win the overall title by one point. This year's team includes Danny Balel '08, Dan Derks '09, Mel Hardy '08, Sarah Jette '10, Kaylie Curran '10, Milo MacPhail '11, and Andrew Ninnemann '10.

The Peapod Squad performs throughout the year on Clark's Campus. According to Hardy, the team gained a lot of experience through those Clark performances.

"When the competition started getting rough, I told the team to just have fun and treat it like a regular show," said Hardy. "Once we got comfortable, we were pretty much unstoppable."

The Beanpot College Bowl Tournament is an annual event, organized by Boston's leading improv company, Improv Boston. Each scene is ranked Olympics-style, with judges giving separate scores for skill in meeting the game challenges, strength of storytelling in the resulting scenes and entertainment value. The Peapod Squad was originally founded over 10 years ago by then first year student Molly Hale. The squad's participation in the Improv Boston tournament was funded by a Clark Visual and Performing Arts Department's Michaelson Fund.

Clark sweeps top awards at Consortium Art show

ARTSWorcester announced the winners and honorable mentions from the fourth-annual Colleges of Worcester Consortium Show. Awards were presented at the opening reception on Friday, Feb. 15, at the ARTSWorcester Aurora Gallery. The exhibit will run from Feb. 15 through March 14.

Prizes awarded included first prize of $250 to Melissa Bickley '09, second prize of $150 to David Pitcher '09, third prize of $75 to Sarah Lawler '09, and an honorable mention for painting to Sarah Chickering-Burchesky '08.

The annual Colleges of Worcester Consortium Show is a juried group exhibition culled from among emerging student artists of the Worcester Consortium and includes works in mixed media, photography, works on paper, sculpture and painting. This exhibition, which began in 2005, highlights the wealth of artistic talent that exists within the local college community. Institutions participating include Anna Maria College, Assumption College, Clark University, College of the Holy Cross, Quinsigamond Community College, Worcester Polytechnic Institute and Worcester State College. College participation is coordinated by Catherine Wilcox-Titus, Ph.D., assistant professor of art history at Worcester State College. The exhibition is sponsored in part by the Colleges of Worcester Consortium and is free and open to the public.


Theater professor Gino DiIorio's play "Are You the Wife of Michael Cleary?" premiered at the Irish Arts Center in New York City on Jan. 15, 2008. The play was produced by the Stagemad Theatre Company of Waterford, Ireland. Stagemad Theatre Company has presented the play at various theaters throughout Ireland; performances in the United States are funded through a generous grant from Culture Ireland. DiIorio wrote the play with the help of a grant from the Higgins School of the Humanities.

Marvin D'Lugo (adjunct—screen studies) is researching his book project The Practice of Listening: The Formation of the Hispanic Transnation on Screen while on sabbatical leave this year; he will be traveling to archives in Spain, Mexico, Argentina and Cuba. In February, he will speak on The Cinematic Goya at a Dartmouth College symposium on "Goya and the Foundation of Modernity."

In April 2008, Benjamin Korstvedt (music) will talk on Brahms and Walter Benjamin's 'Angel of History' at the University of New Hampshire Brahms Symposium. An article entitled "Music Criticism as Cultural Text: the Case of Hugo Wolf" is forthcoming in the 2008 issue of Musicologica Austriaca.

This winter, Raymond Munro (theater) directs Appointment with a High Wire Lady by Russell Davis at the Schoolhouse Theater, a highly acclaimed professional regional theater located in Croton Falls, New York.