The stars are taking center stage this month at The College of Idaho as the Whittenberger Planetarium hosts its April public show as well as the annual Astronomy Day event. The fun begins April 17 with a public show investigating asteroids, including the asteroid belt and near-Earth asteroids, which sometimes collide with our planet and other solar system residents. The show, which begins at 7 p.m. inside Boone Science Hall on the C of I campus in Caldwell, also will include a tour of the constellations and planets visible in the Idaho night sky this month.
The College of Idaho Theatre Department is pleased to present its spring 2013 main stage production The Gut Girls, a drama written by British playwright Sarah Daniels. The show plays at 7:30 p.m. nightly April 11-13 and April 17-20 inside the Langroise Studio Theatre on the C of I campus in Caldwell. There also is a 2 p.m. matinee closing performance April 21. Tickets cost $15 for adults or $10 for seniors and students. C of I students, faculty and staff receive one free ticket. For tickets and information, contact the Langroise Box Office at (208) 459-5426.
April is National Poetry Month, and The College of Idaho is celebrating with a variety of events both on and off campus. April readings with ties to C of I students and faculty members – including English professor and recently-named Boise Poet Laureate Diane Raptosh – are as follows:
Idaho arts lovers have an opportunity to enjoy a unique musical experience this spring as The College of Idaho presents the “Music from the Fringe” concert, a cello choir performance created through a special compositional process using the practice of remote viewing. The show is set for 7:30 p.m. March 30 inside the Langroise Recital Hall on the C of I campus in Caldwell. Tickets cost $10 for adults or $5 for seniors and students. For more information, visit www.musiccollaborations.weebly.com.
The College of Idaho will host guest speaker Carter Niemeyer on April 1. Niemeyer, the author of Wolfer and one of America’s foremost experts on wolves and wolf reintroduction, will speak at 3:30 p.m. in the Sterry Hall third floor board room on the C of I campus in Caldwell. All students, faculty and staff are welcome to attend.
Less than six months after establishing the Intermountain West’s first endowed chair in Judaic studies, The College of Idaho will host one of America’s strongest Jewish voices on its campus.
Alan Dershowitz, a renowned author, attorney and the Felix Frankfurter Professor of Law at Harvard Law School, will be the College’s 2013 Commencement speaker and honorary degree recipient on May 18. He’ll also give a public presentation, “A Conversation with Alan Dershowitz” moderated by the Hon. Stephen S. Trott, at the Egyptian Theatre in Boise.
The College of Idaho Chamber Singers, led by Professor Brent Wells, are performing at Carnegie Hall in New York City this spring as part of the prestigious Distinguished Concerts International New York series. The student group is spending six days in New York, highlighted by a March 24 concert featuring the music of Grammy Award-winning composer and conductor Eric Whitacre.
The College of Idaho’s Whittenberger Planetarium is exploring the planets Mercury and Mars this month. Come learn about these alien worlds and see the latest findings and images captured by NASA spacecraft during recent voyages during the March public show, set for 7 p.m. March 6 inside Boone Science Hall on the C of I campus in Caldwell. The show also will include a quick tour of the constellations and planets visible in the Idaho night sky this month.
The College of Idaho’s Orma J. Smith Museum of Natural History is partnering with Boise Art Museum to exhibit a collection of artifacts – many of which have never been seen by the public – as part of a new, year-long exhibition at BAM. The exhibit “Origins: Material Objects of Culture” opens Feb. 23 and will run through Jan. 12, 2014 at BAM, located at the entrance of Julia Davis Park in Downtown Boise.
One of Israel’s most respected journalists will discuss prospects for achieving peace in the Middle East during a March 4 lecture at The College of Idaho.
Gil Hoffman, chief political correspondent and analyst for The Jerusalem Post, will present his talk at 3 p.m. in the Sterry Hall Hendren Boardroom on campus as part of the College’s Craig H. Neilsen Foundation Lectureship in Judaic Studies. The lecture is free and open to the public.