On Campus

Here are highlights for the fall semester. Visit the Calendar of Events for a complete schedule.

  • Fall 2017


    Created by Julin Everett and Cari Freno

    During the Second World War European Jews were branded with the infamous ‘yellow star’. Despite attempts to shame them, some chose to celebrate their Jewish identity and to embrace this forced visibility by posing for professional portraits while wearing the yellow star. These portraits, obtained from various archives, reveal a defiance that allows us to consider not only how these individuals died, but also how they lived.This campus-wide exhibition of portraits asks us to consider how the visible and invisible aspects of our own identities shape the way in which we live together.

    Campus (see locations)

  • September 12, 7 p.m.

    Feeding 10 Billion: Can we? Will we?

    Nina Fedoroff

    Dr. Nina Fedoroff, a distinguished expert in molecular biology and recombinant DNA, will speak on the importance of genetically-engineered (GE) crops in feeding the expanding global population.

    Olin Auditorium

  • September 15, 2017 – March 18, 2018

    Real Estate: Dwelling in Contemporary Art

    This exhibit presents the work of contemporary artists working with or responding to the varying aspects of real estate vernacular—buildings, rooms, structures, monuments, properties and houses.  From the monumental to ubiquitous building, the ordinary, or derelict piece of property to the historic site, architectural details or the room itself, the artists presented in Real Estate consider an array of norms that fall under the much broader term of “architecture”. With a rich history of artworks as the exhibition’s inspiration—for example Christo and Jeanne-Claude’s “Wrapped Reichstag”, Charles Simonds’ miniature cities, Eugène Atget’s photographs of Paris, Trisha Brown’s “building walks” or Marcel Duchamp’s “16 Miles of String”—Real Estate will display a constellation of artworks, including sculptures, photographs, paintings, films and videos from the 1960s to today.

    Berman Museum

  • September 17, 4 p.m.

    Heefner Organ Recital

    Alan Morrison

    Bomberger Auditorium

  • September 21, 7 p.m.

    Bringing a Core Question to You: What Will I Do?

    Randy Nelson

    Randy Nelson, best-selling author and dynamic speaker, will educate, inspire, and lead you to consider the best path for you. Imagine what you will do. Explore a core question in a compelling conversation with a dynamic leader.Sponsored by U-Imagine Center.

    Blackbox Theater

  • September 21, 7 p.m.

    Reading & Book Signing

    Marilyn Chin

    Marilyn Chin is the author of a novel and four esteemed poetry collections, including Hard Love Province, which won the Anisfield-Wolf Book Award for a work that “confronts racism and examines diversity.” A pioneering feminist, Asian American writer, Chin’s writings have been widely anthologized and featured at the Library of Congress and on Poetry Everywhere and The Language of Life among other venues. Sponsored by Arts & Lectures, and the Creative Writing, Gender and Women’s Studies, and American Studies programs.

    Bomberger Auditorium

  • September 25, 7 p.m.

    Lock-in: What to do when crop technologies fail?

    Dave Mortensen

    Professor of Weed and Applied Plant Ecology at Penn State University, Dave is an expert on ecologically-based pest management and sustainability. He will argue that GM herbicide-resistant crops have created “lock-in” in our approach to agriculture, making it difficult to escape our dependency on these crops.

    Olin Auditorium

  • October 4–7

    18th Annual Fringe Festival

    The Ursinus Fringe is a diverse, vibrant, exciting 4-day event that showcases new and creative performances of artists in our area. The essence of the Fringe Festival – bold, experimental, collaborative, community-minded art work – matches this year’s Arts & Lecture theme of “Traversing Boundaries” perfectly. The multitude of performances represents a variety of perspectives and diversity of experience. This year’s Fringe includes visual art, film, dance, theater, a balloon artist, and drag queens!

    Kaleidoscope Performing Arts Center and other locations

  • October 6, 4:30 p.m.

    Materia Medica: Black Women, White Doctors, and Spectacular Gynecology in Nineteenth-Century America

    Nicole N. Ivy, Ph.D.

    Dr. Ivy’s African American and American Studies scholarship rethinks the shared borders of racial slavery and medical practice, with emphasis on how race and forced labor contributed to the medical industry of the trans-Atlantic world.

    Rev. Charles Rice Guest Lecture Series

    Berman 006

  • October 8, 4 p.m.

    Robot Bears

    Electronic Music Concert

    Bomberger Auditorium

  • October 9, 4 p.m.

    Suicide in the Latinx World 1880-1917

    Dr. Nicole Guidotti-Hernández

    Suicide, as a form of subject making and unmaking, is a place from which to theorize how structural forms ofviolence come to bear on the individual as a practice informed by racial capitalist systems, is routed in the U.S.Latinx world from 1880 to 1917. From the Financial Panic of the 1890s, the Spanish American War, and World War I,we get a glimpse of why and how Latinx killed themselves because of myriad structural forces. More specifically, the convergence of economic, social, and gender-sexual reasons are conditioned or delimited by structures of power and institutions. But we also have to take into account the differences in region, ethnicity, and how whiteness underpins this story of self-inflicted violence. Thus, we need to understand suicide and violence as products of racial capitalism in Latinx communities.

    Berman 016

  • October 11, 7 p.m.

    Agriculture in 2050: The Path Forward

    Mitch Hunter

    A graduate student in agronomy at Penn State, Mitch Hunter will move beyond GM crops and consider the larger question of how many people we will need to feed by 2050 and how this can be done sustainably. Mitch is first author on a recent paper, co-authored with Dave Mortensen, that presents a fresh perspective on this subject.

    Olin Auditorium

  • October 22, 4 p.m.

    Heefner Organ Recital

    Featuring Curtis Institute Studio

    Bomberger Auditorium

  • October 23, 7 p.m.

    Food Evolution

    A documentary and discussion.

    Produced by filmmaker Scott Hamilton Kennedy in collaboration with the Institute for Food Technologists, Food Evolution is a “fully independent investigation into the topic of GMOs every step of the way, interviewing experts on both sides of the aisle and including all points of view.” The screening will be followed by a panel discussion that will critically evaluate the film.


  • October 25, 7 p.m.

    Writing Identity in Multiple Worlds

    Lori Tharps

    Cultural critic, journalist, novelist and memoir writer Lori L. Tharps will speak in an evening lecture about her cultural studies research, writing, and personal experiences with identity and representation.

    Rev. Charles Rice Guest Lecture Series

    Wismer Bears Den

  • October 28, 7:30 p.m.

    College Choir and Meistersingers

    Bomberger Auditorium

  • November 2-4, 7:30 p.m.
    November 4-5, 2 p.m.

    Hair, the American Tribal Love Rock Musical

    Book and Lyrics by James Rado and Gerome Ragni
    Music by Galt MacDermot

     50 years ago, Hair was a sensation when it first opened in New York. Conceived as a “coming together for a common reason: a search for a way of life that makes sense to the young, that allows the growth of their new vision,” this exuberant musical is as fresh today as it was in the turbulent 1960s. Good Morning, Starshine, it’s the Age of Aquarius! Directed by Domenick Scudera. Musical Direction by Holly Hubbs. Choreographed by Karen Clemente.

    Kaleidoscope Lenfest Theater

  • November 6, 7 p.m.

    Calculus: The Musical!


    In this math musical, which was developed by a high school math teacher and offers a classic review of the concepts and history of calculus, “Isaac Newton” joins forces with a modern math student for a hilarious journey through the peaks and troughs of calculus. Ten catchy song parodies, which span artists from Gilbert and Sullivan to Lady Gaga, aid comprehension and memorization of formulas, rules and concepts.

    Olin Auditorium

  • November 10, 7:30 p.m.

    Concert Band

    Wind Ensemble

    Dr. Holly Hubbs returns to direct the Ursinus Concert Band with a program of traditional and new works for wind ensemble. Included on the program will be music from Lin Manuel Miranda’s hit musical “Hamilton,” Respighi’s “Pines of Rome,” and music by contemporary band composers Brian Balmages and Samuel Hazo.

    Lenfest Theater

  • November 12, 4 p.m.

    String Ensemble

    Featuring a program of “Concerti and Collaboration.” The performance will highlight special soloist in concerto pieces plus feature collaborations between musicians. The ensemble is comprised of freshman to seniors and led by Mr. Raymond Mallari.

    Bomberger Auditorium

  • November 16-18, 7:30 p.m.

    UCDC: Once Removed

    Directed and Choreographed by Jeanine McCain

    The Ursinus College Dance Company will collaborate with student performers from the theater program to present this interdisciplinary piece combining dance, theater, and video projections to explore our connection to a sense of place and how our environments affect who we are as humans.

    Blackbox Studio Theater

  • November 17, 7:30 p.m.

    Jazz Ensemble

    Bomberger Auditorium

  • November 19, 4 p.m.

    Student Showcase Recital

    Bomberger Auditorium

  • December 2, 7:30 p.m.
    December 3, 2:30 p.m.


    College Choir and Meistersingers

    Join us for the 80th performance of George Frideric Handel’s Messiah. Conducted by John French.

    Bomberger Auditorium