Lyceum Series

Each year, the Student Activities Office strives to assemble a stimulating lecture series for our College community. Comprised of prominent speakers, renowned artists and other dynamic guests, the Lyceum programs are well worth your time.

Thursday, February 4, 2016
Master Percussionist Neil Clarke             
Rhythm and Identity    
12:30 p.m., James and Betty Hall Theatre

Baba Neil Clarke is an internationally noted percussionist, who has been a student of his craft for more than fifty years. He studied through long-term apprenticeships with Chief James Hawthorne Bey among others, and has immersed himself in the rich cultural environments which surround his craft.

The majority of Clarke’s professional life has consisted of exploring the source, structure and foundations of the rhythmic dimensions of African culture in the Diaspora and how they maintain their presence in contemporary music contexts, most recently using his artistry in the jazz idiom for NEA Jazz Master Randy Weston. His work with Harry Belafonte (1979-1994) allowed Baba Neil’s music to have a social and political impact.

In addition to a professional performer, Mr. Clarke has been an educator and a consultant for four decades. Clarke has been engaged as both a presenter and moderator on subjects related to the exploration of the history and historical presence of the African drum in America. Clarke’s artist residences have included Harvard, NYU and Duke to name a few.

Currently, as an adjunct professor in the Music Department at CCNY since 2004, Mr. Clarke conducts a popular course of his own design on Traditional African Percussion Ensemble performance and theory.

February 11, 2016
Michael A. Lord                       
“Enslavement on the Hudson”                
12:30 p.m., James and Betty Hall Theatre

The Igbo of eastern Nigeria have a saying: “Until lions have their own historians, tales of the hunt will always glorify the hunter.” Although the history of enslavement in the Hudson River Valley is well documented and researched, its existence and significance to New York’s commercial and cultural development continues to be obscured, ignored, or misunderstood by many. Michael A. Lord, Associate Director of Content Development at Historic Hudson Valley, examines the issues, events, and individual choices surrounding enslavement in the Hudson Valley from the perspective of the enslaved. Lord’s presentation traces the development of slavery in NY, everyday life for those enslaved in the Hudson River Valley, resistance to the institution, and why this most American of stories continues to be relevant.

March 3, 2016
Bonnie Jo Campbell                  
Mothers, Tell Your Daughters: 
A Reading and Signing
12:30 p.m., James and Betty Hall Theatre

Bonnie Jo Campbell is the author of the National Bestselling novel Once Upon a River (Norton, 2011), a river odyssey with an unforgettable sixteen year old heroine. Her short fiction collection American Salvage (Wayne State University Press, 2009) was a finalist for the National Book Award and the National Book Critic’s Circle Award. She has received her MA in mathematics and her MFA in writing from Western Michigan University.

Tuesday, April 5, 2016
Matt Finley and Rio Jazz                  
29th Annual Evening of Brazilian Jazz            
7:30 p.m., Drumlin Hall

You are cordially invited to the 29th anniversary of Matt Finley and the Rio Jazz Performing at Dutchess Community College. Join us for one of our favorite nights of the year and listen to bossa nova, sambas and original compositions by the band members. It is a great night of Brazilian jazz not to be missed. Admission is free and refreshments will be served. In celebration of Jazz Appreciation Month.

Multi-instrumentalist Matt Finley has played professionally for 50 years and has performed and recorded with many of the finest jazz musicians in the world. He studied composition with Edgar Curtis, Director of the Albany Symphony Orchestra. A CD of Matt’s compositions, “Brazilian Wish,” has garnered international recognition, and two of his compositions were finalists at the Los Angeles Music Awards. Matt is a retired professor of computer information systems and former Dean of Academic Affairs at Dutchess Community College.

Thursday, April 7, 2016
Dorian T. Warren                       
12:30 p.m., James and Betty Hall Theatre

Dorian T. Warren is a Fellow at the Roosevelt Institute, an MSNBC contributor, and Board Chair of the Center for Community Change. He is the Host and Executive Producer of “Nerding Out” on MSNBC’s digital platform; www.shift.Manbc.com.

A scholar of inequality and American politics, he taught for over a decade at the University of Chicago and Columbia University, where he was co-director of the Columbia University Program on Labor Law and Policy, and serves as a Research Associate at the Institute for Research in African-American Studies.

Sponsored by the Handel Foundation Endowed Faculty Chair, the Dutchess Community College Foundation and the DCC Student Government Association.