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In the Flesh: An Exhibit by Elli Crocker – Closes May 18

Clark University, Higgins Lounge, Dana Commons - 2nd Floor 36 Maywood Street, Worcester, MA

Prima Materia 1 Mind/body duality. The human place in the natural world. Clark University’s Elli Crocker (Studio Art) delves into these central motifs with her latest exhibit, In the Flesh, an evocation of the elemental connections that exist between the earth, the cosmos, and all living things. “Our living bodies are supported by the spirit […]

Benjamin Franklin’s Guide to Arithmetic and Abortifacients

Clark University, Higgins Lounge, Dana Commons - 2nd Floor 36 Maywood Street, Worcester, MA

In 1748, Benjamin Franklin reprinted an introductory arithmetic book from England with his own significant reworking and additions. One of the supplements to The American Instructor, which Franklin described as “better adapted to these American Colonies,” was a medical handbook that included a recipe for abortion. Today, we may not see the combination of abortifacients […]

With Dad: Artist Talk, Screening, and Reception

Clark University, Higgins Lounge, Dana Commons - 2nd Floor 36 Maywood Street, Worcester, MA

Gene: Marlborough, MA November 6, 2009 In his recently released photographic journal, With Dad, Clark University’s Stephen DiRado chronicles his father Gene’s decline into Alzheimer’s through a series of images captured over twenty-plus years. Poignant and unflinching, the book illustrates the complex impact of the disease on the entire DiRado family—Stephen, his brother Chris, sister […]

Declarations of Disgust: Reflections on an Ideological Dimension of Music Criticism, ca. 1900

Clark University, Higgins Lounge, Dana Commons - 2nd Floor 36 Maywood Street, Worcester, MA

Classical music criticism was a remarkably vibrant genre of journalism at the end of the 19th century. In this talk, Benjamin Korstvedt, Professor of Music at Clark University, will consider how the language of criticism engaged with the turbulent cultural politics of German-speaking Europe at that time. He will examine ways in which critics evoked […]

Language and the Future of Bodies

Clark University, Higgins Lounge, Dana Commons - 2nd Floor 36 Maywood Street, Worcester, MA

What are bodies? Elena Clare Cuffari, Assistant Professor of Philosophy at Worcester State University, outlines a theory of bodies and an intersectional and dialectical approach to managing tensions that emerge from the entanglement of diverse bodies. This new account explains humans, language, and mind in terms of continuity with all life. Humans are literally billions […]

ON DISPLAY: A Live Sculpture Court

Clark University, Academic Commons at Goddard Library 950 Main Street, Worcester, MA

ON DISPLAY is a deconstructed art exhibit/fashion show — a commentary on the body as spectacle and society's obsession with body image. Members of the disability, performance, and fashion worlds are often stared at and objectified in their daily lives. Reverting the gaze is integral to disability culture. In this installation, the performers have the […]

A Way In: Discovering the Connection Between Task and Truth

Clark University, Tilton Hall, Higgins University Center - 2nd Floor 950 Main Street, Worcester, MA

In this workshop, Heidi Latsky, Artistic Director of Heidi Latsky Dance, will guide participants through exercises from her MARS (mindful activation release study) inclusive practice, which is designed to enhance and deepen performance as a task-based experience. The warm-up will move into a structured improvisation that is the foundation of Latsky’s choreography ON DISPLAY. A […]

Interruptive Movements: Accessing Disruptive Bodies in Dance

Clark University, Tilton Hall, Higgins University Center - 2nd Floor 950 Main Street, Worcester, MA

Heidi Latsky Dance (HLD) is a New York-based integrated dance company that has incorporated performers with disabilities since 2006. Founder Heidi Latsky says her company’s mission is to redefine beauty and virtuosity through performance and discourse, featuring individuals with unique attributes to bring rigorous, passionate, and provocative contemporary dance to diverse audiences. Clearly this message […]

Urban and Unruly

A lecture by Asha Best Thursday, November 14 at 4:30 p.m. Higgins Lounge at Dana Commons 36 Maywood Street, Worcester, MA 01603 What does it mean to be urban? How might the everyday lives of Black women provide an archive for understanding the city? Clark University professor Asha Best (Geography) is an urbanist whose teaching […]

Bodies and Borders: A Community Conversation

Monday, November 11 at 6 p.m. Higgins Lounge at Dana Commons 36 Maywood Street, Worcester, MA 01603 Movement across borders is an entirely common occurrence in modern life. How and why do people transcend borders, and why is the movement of some bodies disproportionately monitored, regulated, and prohibited? What has led to a perceived and […]

The Horror Within: An Evening of Scary Stories

Wednesday, October 30 at 7 p.m. Higgins Lounge at Dana Commons 36 Maywood Street, Worcester, MA 01603 What draws us to twisted tales of zombies, mutants, and monsters? Why are we fascinated by stories of transfiguration wrought by death and disease, magic and the occult, experimental science and technology? As external threats, these dramatic transformations […]

An Evening with Tressie McMillan Cottom

Tuesday, October 29, 2019 at 7:00 p.m. Daniels Theater, Atwood Hall 153 Woodland Street, Worcester, MA 01610 In her most recent book, Thick and Other Essays, on beauty, media, money, and more, Tressie McMillan Cottom uses her characteristic melding of humor and irreverence, sociological expertise and deep cultural critique to show “precisely how the political, […]