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Arts and Issues

2017-2018 Season

Arts & Issues and SIUE Xfest present:

Sidra Bell Dance New YorkSidra Bell New York

Friday, Sept. 15, 2017 7:30 p.m.

Dunham Hall Theater

Sidra Bell Dance New York is rapidly gaining an international reputation for work that reveals aspects of the human condition through a distinctly female lens. Bell's creations have been described as brainy, exuberant, and audacious by the San Francisco Chronicle. She’s received many international commissions and has produced more than 100 new works seen throughout the United States and around the world. 

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Arts & Issues, the Center for Spirituality and Sustainability and SIUE’s College of Arts & Sciences Native American Studies Program present:

Joanne Shenandoah (SOLD OUT)

Joanne Shenandoah

Saturday, Oct. 7, 2017, 7:30 p.m.
Center for Spirituality and Sustainability 


Joanne Shenandoah is one of “America’s most celebrated and critically acclaimed Native American musicians of her time” according to the Associated Press.  She’s won more than 40 music honors including 14 Native American Music awards. Nominated three times for a Grammy, she won in 2006 for her work on the album Sacred Ground. Her original compositions combined with a striking voice enable her to embellish the ancient songs of the Iroquois using a blend of traditional and contemporary instrumentation.

"She weaves you into a trance with her beautiful Iroquois chants and wraps her voice around you like a warm blanket on a cool winter's night."
-Robbie Robertson, lead guitarist for The Band

Other related events:

Healing and Sound: A Workshop with Joanne Shenandoah (Oneida)

Saturday, October 7, 1:00 p.m.
Center for Spirituality and Sustainability
$20 at the door

Columbus Day Presentation at Cahokia Mounds
Honoring the First People of This Land
Sunday, October 8, 3:00 p.m.
Cahokia Mounds Interpretive Center
Presentation by representatives of the Iroquois/Six Nations-Haudenosaunee

Aboriginal Law and Justice with Doug George-Kanentiio (Mohawk)
Monday, October 9, 7:30 p.m.
Center for Spirituality and Sustainability
No Charge

For information contact Greg Fields 618-650-2461 

The Wee Trio

Wee Trio

Tuesday, Oct. 17, 2017, 7:30 p.m.
Dunham Hall Theater

The Wee Trio burst onto the scene in 2008 with their release “Capitol Diner, Vol. 1,” which received international attention and was considered one of the top 10 albums of the year by The San Francisco Chronicle, Boston’s Patriot Ledger and All About Jazz. The trio, which calls both Nashville and New York City home, tours around the world. With James Westfall on vibraphone, Jared Schonig on drums and SIUE’s own Dan Loomis, BA in Music ’02 and Chancellor’s Scholar, The Wee Trio is making a name for themselves. Don’t miss this exciting and innovative group with the added bonus of our SIUE jazz faculty opening the show!

 “The Wee Trio is the kind of band that undermines conventional expectations of what a jazz group is, besides being outstanding musicians . . . one of the few jazz bands that started out with as much love for Nirvana as Monk.”
-Marcus Crowder, The Sacramento Bee 


Clint Hill and Lisa McCubbin
Five Days in November: A Multimedia Presentation with Clint Hill

Clint Hill

Lisa McCubbin

Tuesday, Nov. 7, 2017, 7:30 p.m. Meridian Ballroom, Morris University Center

November 22, 2017, will mark the 54th anniversary of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. In a riveting presentation filled with rare slides and video footage, former Secret Service Agent Clint Hill is interviewed by co-author Lisa McCubbin about five days that changed the world forever. On November 21, 1963, Clint Hill was with President and Mrs. Kennedy as they departed the White House for Texas—traveling that day to San Antonio, Houston and Fort Worth. On November 22, Hill was with the Kennedys as they traveled to Dallas, was in the motorcade when JFK was assassinated, and stayed by Jacqueline Kennedy's side for the next three days through the heart wrenching funeral of the President. Hear the dramatic story from someone who was there and how those five days changed America forever.

Tickets will be available for sale at the door on the night of the show.

Dr. Guion "Guy" Bluford, Jr.
The Future of the Space Program and International Space Station

Dr. Mae C. Jemison

Monday, Feb. 19, 2018
Meridian Ballroom, Morris University Center

In 1983, Dr. Guion “Guy” Bluford, Jr. (Colonel, USAF, Ret.) was the first African American to fly in space. He was the first African American to be awarded NASA’s coveted Astronaut Pin and the U.S. Air Force’s Command Pilot Astronaut Wings. Dr. Bluford was inducted into the International Space Hall of Fame in 1997 and the U.S. Astronaut Hall of Fame in 2010. He has logged more than 5,200 hours in high performance jet aircraft and has flown 688 hours in space on four Space Shuttle missions. He flew 144 combat missions in southeast Asia as an F-4C fighter pilot, with 65 missions over North Vietnam. Bluford received his doctor of philosophy degree in aerospace engineering with a minor in laser physics from the Air Force Institute of Technology in 1978.

SIUE and SIUC Combined Orchestras Featuring Rachel Barton Pine
Michael Mishra, SIUE Conductor, Edward Benyas, SIUC Conductor

Rachel Barton Pine

Monday, April 23, 2018, 7:30 p.m.
Dunham Hall Theater

Once again, the orchestras of both Southern Illinois University campuses will be combined for an exceptional musical event. Michael Mishra, professor of music and director of Orchestral Studies at SIUE, and Edward Benyas, music director of the SIUC Symphony Orchestra, will conduct this concert. The guest artist will be violinist Rachel Barton Pine. Pine has appeared as a soloist with many of world’s most prestigious ensembles and holds prizes from several of the world’s leading competitions, including a gold medal at the J.S. Bach International Violin Competition in Leipzig, Germany. 

“An exciting, boundary-defying performer – Pine displays a power and confidence that puts her in the top echelon.” 
-The Washington Post

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