On Campus

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

All events are open to the public and free except where noted. Tickets for theater and dance are $8 (general admission) and $5 (seniors, students, Ursinus faculty and staff). Visit ursinus.edu/tickets or email boxoffice@ursinus.edu.

  • Through March 18, 2018

    Real Estate: Dwelling in Contemporary Art

    This exhibition 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. The artists presented in Real Estate consider an array of norms that fall under the much broader term of “architecture.” Real Estate includes a constellation of artworks, including sculptures, photographs, paintings, films and videos from the 1960s to today.

    Berman Museum

  • Through March 18, 2018

    On Being: How the Avant-Garde Reflects Our Humanity

    On Being takes an exploratory look at how the avant-garde is a reflection of one’s own humanity. In a historical context, art of the avant-garde challenges conventional society, culture and artistic practices through content or material exploration. One of the most compelling qualities of the avant-garde is that it is always changing, yet we can still look back and observe its evolution over time. Work that was avant-garde over 100 years ago, such as that of Edouard Manet or Paul Cezanne, resonates with work by Roy Lichtenstein or Andy Warhol—two artists included in On Being. Curated by Teddi Caputo ’18.

    Berman Museum

  • Through July 29, 2018

    Jan Tichy: Gnomonics

    Gnomonics is a multilayered installation conceived and executed by visiting artist and educator Jan Tichy. The installation’s title derives from the word “gnomon,” the part of a sundial that casts a shadow. Incorporating video projection, screen prints, gravel drawings and works from the museum’s collection, the project imagines the museum as a sundial or a time machine. The installation is realized in three distinct spaces: the sunlight-bathed Pfeiffer Wing, an outdoor gravel terrace adjacent to the gallery’s windows and the windowless second-floor gallery.

    Berman Museum

  • Jan. 29, 4:30 p.m.

    Jim Sciutto

    Covering National Security in the Age of Trump

    As CNN’s chief national security correspondent, Jim Sciutto reports and provides analysis across the network’s programs and platforms on all aspects of U.S. national security, including foreign policy, the military and the intelligence community. He will discuss his work as a journalist and provide an overview of the current national security situation.

    Olin Auditorium

  • Jan. 29, 7 p.m.

    Ian Simon

    Plans of Mice and Men: From Bench Science to Science Policy

    Ian Simon is a policy analyst at the Science and Technology Policy Institute, where he provides rigorous and objective analysis of science policy issues for the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy. In this talk sponsored by the Parlee Center for Science and the Common Good, Simon will reflect on the challenges and satisfactions of a career in science policy.

    Olin Auditorium

  • Jan. 31, 6 p.m.

    Berman Conversations

    Artist Francis Cape in conversation with Cari Freno, an assistant professor of art. The Berman Conversation series pairs exhibiting artists with Ursinus faculty members for a dynamic exchange of interests and ideas. Following nearly a decade of architectural interventions that addressed the inseparability of art from its context, Cape turned to projects that confront issues outside the studio and gallery circuit. Spurred by the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina as well as by the economic decay of his own community, Cape’s work explores the connection between art, the environment and social change.

    Berman Museum

  • Feb. 2, 4:30 p.m.

    Kwame Essien

    Traversing the African Diaspora

    Kwame Essien is an assistant professor of history and Africana studies at Lehigh University. His interdisciplinary research focuses on comparative histories of slavery, reverse migrations, race and cultures in Africa and the African Diaspora/Atlantic world. He is an author and editor of several works, including Brazilian-African Diaspora in Ghana: The Tabom, Slavery, Dissonance of Memory, Identity and Locating Home (2016).

    Bears Den
    Wismer Center

  • Feb. 4, 4 p.m.

    Hubbs And Friends Faculty Recital

    Join Holly Hubbs, a professor of music and music department chair, her Ursinus College faculty colleagues and others during this concert. As a saxophonist, Hubbs has performed in venues in both the U.S. and Europe and is an active recitalist in the Philadelphia area. She has released four CDs and has presented her scholarly work in published articles and at conferences.

    Bomberger Auditorium

  • Feb. 8, 7:30 p.m.

    Chenjerai Kumanyika

    Chenjerai Kumanyika is an assistant professor of journalism and media studies at Rutgers University. His research and teaching focus on the intersections of social justice and emerging media in the cultural and creative industries. He is the co-executive producer and co-host of Gimlet Media’s podcast Uncivil, recently recognized by The New Yorker and Newsweek on top podcasts lists for 2017.

    Blackbox Studio Theater, Kaleidoscope Performing Arts Center

  • Feb. 11, 4 p.m.

    Ursinus Society for Electronic and Dance Music Concert

    Ursinus students interested in music production, mixing and technological gear come together to share their original compositions from electronic art music to modern electronic dance music.

    Blackbox Studio Theater
    Kaleidoscope Performing Arts Center

  • Feb. 15, 7 p.m.

    Jayatri Das

    Talking About Science in a Changing Society

    Jayatri Das is chief bioscientist at The Franklin Institute. A biochemist by training, her current job—and her passion—is to explain science to the public. It’s a challenging task but an essential one, especially in today’s changing society. Sponsored by the Parlee Center for Science and the Common Good.

    Olin Auditorium

  • Feb. 18, 4 p.m.

    Heefner Memorial Organ Recital: Ken Cowan

    Ken Cowan is recognized as one of North America’s finest concert organists. Praised for his dazzling artistry, impeccable technique and imaginative programming by audiences and critics alike, he maintains a rigorous performing schedule which takes him to major concert venues and churches in America, Canada, Europe and Asia.

    Bomberger Auditorium

  • Feb. 22, 23, 24, 7:30 p.m.
    Feb. 25, 2 p.m.


    Adapted by Ellen McLaughlin
    Directed by Meghan Brodie

    The war-weary women of Athens and Sparta want to end the Peloponnesian War and their strategy is radically simple: participate in a sex strike until the men lay down their arms. In this fast-paced comedy inspired by Aristophanes’ play, lust is leverage and the personal is definitely political.

    Lenfest Theater
    Kaleidoscope Performing Arts Center

  • March 13, 7 p.m.

    Interview with Author Mark Bowden

    Mark Bowden is the author of 13 books, including the No. 1 New York Times bestseller Black Hawk Down. He reported at the Philadelphia Inquirer for 20 years and now writes for The Atlantic, Vanity Fair and other publications.

    Lenfest Theater
    Kaleidoscope Performing Arts Center

  • March 14, 7 p.m.

    Patrick Radden Keefe

    The Origin Story Of The Opioid Epidemic: How The Marketing Of Oxycontin Generated Billions Of Dollars And Millions Of Addicts

    Patrick Radden Keefe, staff writer at The New Yorker and senior fellow at the Century Foundation, tells the story he first chronicled in “The Family That Built an Empire of Pain” (The New Yorker, Oct. 30, 2017). Sponsored by the Parlee Center for Science and the Common Good.

    Olin Auditorium

  • March 18, 4 p.m.

    Heefner Memorial Organ Recital: Alan Morrison

    Alan Morrison has been Ursinus College’s organist for more than 20 years. Recognized as one of the country’s premier concert organists, he performs in prestigious concert venues throughout the world, and he enjoys a versatile career as organist, teacher, recording artist, adjudicator and pianist/chamber musician.

    Bomberger Auditorium

  • March 22, 23, 24, 7:30 p.m.
    March 25, 2 p.m.

    Clybourne Park

    By Bruce Norris
    Directed by Domenick Scudera

    A satire about race in two acts—set 50 years apart—which serve as bookends to Lorraine Hansberry’s groundbreaking A Raisin in the Sun. Act One takes place in 1959, in the white neighborhood resistant to the sale of a home to Raisin’s Younger family. Act Two is set in the same house in the present day when a white couple purchases the home in the now predominantly African American neighborhood. Winner of the Pulitzer Prize and the Tony Award for Best Play, the New York Times called Clybourne Park “vital, sharp-witted and ferociously smart.”

    Blackbox Studio Theater
    Kaleidoscope Performing Arts Center

  • March 22, 7 p.m.

    Ali Michael

    Davis Visiting Professorship In Judeo-Christian Values Lecture

    Ali Michael is the co-founder and director of the Race Institute for K-12 Educators, and the author of RaisingRace Questions: Whiteness, Inquiry and Education (2015), winner of the 2017 Society of Professors of Education Outstanding Book Award. She is co-editor of the bestselling Everyday White People Confront Racial and SocialInjustice: 15 Stories (2015) and The Guide for WhiteWomen Who Teach Black Boys (2018). She also sits on the editorial board of the journal Whiteness and Education. Michael teaches in the mid-career doctoral program at the University of Pennsylvania’s Graduate School of Education, as well as the Graduate Counseling Program at Arcadia University. She will speak about how her religious practice as a Reconstructionist Jew-by-Choice has impacted her anti-racism practice as a white person. She will then share her work on raising race questions, which invites readers to use inquiry as a way to develop sustained engagement with questions about race.

    Bomberger Auditorium

  • April 4, 2 p.m.

    Amor Towles

    Amor Towles is the bestselling author of A Gentleman in Moscow and is appearing as part of the “One Book, One County” community event hosted by Montgomery County Libraries. A book sale and signing will follow. Tickets for the public are $20 for the upper level and $25 for the lower level and can be purchased at towlesursinus2018.brownpapertickets.com. Tickets for the Ursinus College community will be available through the college at a date and time to be determined.

    Bomberger Auditorium

  • April 6 to May 12
    Opening Reception April 19, 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.

    Annual Student Exhibition

    Join the Ursinus College community in celebrating the achievement of its student artists. The annual student exhibition showcases the works of art made by students and majors in the disciplines of painting, drawing, printmaking, sculpture, installation, mixed media and photography.

    Berman Museum

  • April 6, 7:30 p.m.

    Concert Band

    An evening of music for film and stage, all by living composers. Performances feature iconic themes by John Williams, Howard Shore and Ennio Morricone, as well as modern pieces by Anne McGinty and Pulitzer Prize winner Jennifer Higdon.

    Lenfest Theater
    Kaleidoscope Performing Arts Center

  • April 8, 4 p.m.

    Student Showcase Recital

    Bomberger Auditorium

  • April 9, 7 p.m.

    Tamagawa Taiko Drum And Dance Performance

    The Japanese group of nearly 30 drummers—from the College of Arts at Tamagawa University in Tokyo—will perform Taiko drumming and Japanese folk dance in both traditional and modern styles.

    Tickets: Admission is free, but tickets must be reserved in advance. Email boxoffice@ursinus.edu.

    Lenfest Theater
    Kaleidoscope Performing Arts Center

  • April 11, 7 p.m.

    Roland Lamb

    Roland Lamb is deputy commissioner of the strategic planning and innovation division for Philadelphia’s Department of Behavioral Health and Intellectual Disability Services. He will speak on the human impact of the opioid crisis in Philadelphia. Presented by the Parlee Center for Science and the Common Good.

    Olin Auditorium

  • April 12, 4:30 p.m.

    Reyna Grande

    The Distance Between Us

    An award-winning novelist and memoirist, Reyna Grande will talk about her experiences of traversing boundaries as an undocumented child immigrant from Mexico, as the first in her family to graduate from college and as an award-winning Latina author. She will draw on her personal experiences to discuss the current political climate surrounding immigration, the border wall and the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program.

    Olin Auditorium

  • April 14, 7:30 p.m.

    College Choir And Meistersingers Concert

    Conducted by John French

    A performance of Carl Orff’s Carmina Burana featuring the University of Delaware Percussion Ensemble and director Harvey Price as guest performers.

    Bomberger Auditorium

  • April 19, 20, 21, 7:30 p.m.

    UCDC Spring Concert

    The concert will feature a variety of new works by Ursinus faculty, guest artists and students, and is anchored by the ever-popular African Dance Residency with Jeannine Osayande and Dunya Performing Arts Company.

    Lenfest Theater
    Kaleidoscope Performing Arts Center

  • April 22, 4 p.m.

    String Ensemble Concert

    Bomberger Auditorium

  • April 26, 6 p.m.

    Michal Raucher

    Whose Womb And Whose Ethics? Surrogacy In Israel And In Jewish Ethics

    Reproductive technologies have expanded the opportunities for those struggling with infertility. They have also posed many ethical challenges, and Jewish ethicists have argued over the permissibility of various interventions in reproduction. This talk, sponsored by the departments of philosophy and religious studies and Jewish studies and Temple Beth Sholom, will explore the ethical questions that have arisen in Israel, one of the first countries to legalize gestational surrogacy. Michal Raucher is an assistant professor at the University of Cincinnati.

    Olin Hall 108

  • April 28, 7:30 p.m.

    Jazz Ensemble Concert

    Lenfest Theater
    Kaleidoscope Performing Arts Center