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Heritage Week at RegisMarch 15, 2012
Regis Celebrates Global Cultures with Dance and Conversations
Regis College, which was founded by the Sisters of St. Joseph of Boston, will spend a week in March and part of April celebrating the heritage of local and global cultures through dance, lectures, conversations and food, all centered on the feast of St. Joseph marked on March 19.
Some of the events to be held on campus are open to the public; others are focused on the students and the college community in relation to the world.
On Friday, March 16 at 6 p.m. in the Upper Student Union at Regis, the Public Heritage Program at Regis will present a dinner for “The Vigilia Festa di San Guiseppe (Feast of St. Joseph) based on Sicilian customs. Open to the public; advance tickets are $20/$15 for students and may be obtained by contacting Katina at KFont872@regiscollege.edu. Tickets will be $25/20 at the door.
On Tuesday, March 20 - 12:30-1:45 p.m., in the Casey Theater in the Fine Arts Center at Regis, the Women’s Studies Program will present Angela Sanfillipo, President of the Gloucester Fishermen’s Wives Association speaking on the topic, “Grassroots Political Action and Global Efforts to Save Our Oceans: Local Fishing Industry and Environmentalists Working Together.” Free and open to the public.
On Saturday, March 24, the “Our Voices Festival of Women’s Plays” will be in the Black Box Theater in the Fine Arts Center at 7:00 p.m. Free and open to the public, but seating is limited.
Tuesday, March 27 will be “A Day with José Mateo.” The choreographer will speak on “Dance for World Community: Community Organizations Working Together to Create a Global Network,” at 12:30-1:45 p.m. in the Casey Theater. Free and open to the public. Other events with Mateo are for students only and a handful of faculty and administrators, such as the Informal Tea at 2:15 p.m. in the Gold Room of College Hall, and Mateo’s appearance as a guest artist between 3:30 and 6 p.m. in the Dance Studio for the “Styles of Dance in World Cultures” course. Open to all Regis students to observe.
Other events focus on the self and the college community in relation to the world and are not open to the general public. Thus, on March 15 at 6 p.m., the Kenya Seminar will host a lecture on “The Role of Women in Kenya’s Economy and Politics.” Monday March 19 will bring a focus on caring for oneself in the Lower Student Union, 11a.m.-2 p.m, and on Tuesday, March 20, students and Sisters of St. Joseph will gather at 4 p.m. in College Hall Foyer and conclude with dinner.
Between Wednesday, March 21 and Saturday, March 24, various student groups will focus on the arts and on community service. At 9 p.m., musician Kurt Scobie will be playing in the Lower Student Union, co-sponsored by the Black Student Organization (BSO). SU. The whole campus is invited to participate in a Red Cross Blood Drive on Thursday, March 22, followed that evening by a cultural celebration at 9 p.m. in the Lower Student Union. From Thursday to Saturday, March 22-24, the Dance Company will put on its shows. On Friday, March 23, campus ministry is sponsoring a Habitat for Humanity Build Day. Besides the “Our Voices Festival” on March 24, the college president, Antoinette M. Hays, PhD, RN, will host a luncheon with graduate students, and newly admitted undergraduate students will visit campus.
On Sunday, March 25, the whole campus community is invited to participate in the celebration of the Catholic Mass in the College Chapel.
Between April 11-14, the Oral History play called “Six Pair of Hands” developed by theater professor Professor Wendy Lement and her students in conjunction with research by students of history professor Raffaele Florio will be performed in the Casey Theatre and is also open to the public. The content of the play reflects the grassroots political experiences of the wives of Gloucester fishermen addressed in the lecture by Angela Sanfillipo on March 20. Ticket prices are listed on the FAC web page as follows: Admission: $15 general public; $10 seniors, students, Regis College faculty, staff & alumnae; $5 children under 12; free for Regis College students & LLARC members.