Ideas and Conversations: Evenings with Graduate Liberal Studies

Graduate Liberal Studies continues its events program, Ideas and Conversations, showcasing the achievements of GLS students, alumni and faculty and brings special events to the GLS community. Engage the conversation!

Fall 2015 semester:

One BandTwo Videos and a Conversation about Documentary Film
Rhonda Klevansky (MALS 2014)
Tuesday, October 27, 6:30 pm
Center for Documentary Studies

One Band Indivisible - One Band Indivisible is an intimate portrait of Hillside High School’s charismatic show-style high marching band.  This observational documentary underlines the importance of arts in education. It reveals the positive influence of the band on the students, the strength of the Hillside community and the dedication of the band directors and parents.

Dan Wagoner.  Life, Dance and the Ephemeral - This short film explores the philosophy of Dan Wagoner, one of America’s great dancers, choreographers and teachers.  It was made in collaboration with Rodger Belman, Assistance Professor of dance and choreographer at Florida State University. 

Rhonda Klevansky is a MALS graduate (2014). She is a photographer, writer and documentary filmmaker.  She completed her undergraduate studies in South Africa.  She loves to write and has had magazine articles, reports for non-profits and a nonfiction children's book published.  Her photographs have been exhibited in the USA, UK, South Africa and Chile.  She contributes photographs to Getty Images and the Nature Picture Library.   She makes advocacy videos and her most recently independent video documentaries are “Welcome to My Paradise”, about the sand artists on the beaches of Durban, “One Band Indivisible”, about Durham, USA high school marching band and Dan wagoner. Life, Dance and the Ephemeral.  She pulls writing, photography and video together to assist non-profits tell their stories and enjoys mentoring young media practitioners.


mbThe Art of Collective and Personal Memory
Tuesday, November 17th 6pm
FHI "Garage" Lecture Room 

Memory is powerful.  It allows us to compare the past with the present, and to anticipate the future. Sometimes, that comparison allows us to recognize and talk about truths – whether personal , cultural or political -- that otherwise might have gone unnoticed.     

In this installment of the GLS Ideas and Conversations series, Anna Szjanert-Klein (MALS ‘14) and Margaret Brill (MALS ’15), share from Master’s projects that focus in some way on acts of remembering. >

Margaret Brill - Against the Grain: Reclaiming the Life I left Behind

Anna Szjanert-Klein - Jewish Cemeteries in Poland as a Testimony to the State of Affairs: The Ruined Garden, Twenty Years Later 

Please join us as Margaret Brill (MALS '15) and Anna Szjanert-Klein (MALS '14) share and reflect on their Master's Projects followed by a Q&A and light reception. 

Franklin Humanities Institute - Smith Warehouse "Garage" - Map

Driving Directions for FHI "Garage" Lecture Space

Spring 2016 semester: 

Recovering Historical Perspectives
Wednesday, February 3rd 
6pm, McClendon Commons*

Bernadette M. Gillis - A Caribbean Coupling Beyond Black and White: The Interracial Marriage of Catherine and Edward Marcus Despard and its Implications for British Views on Race, Class, and Gender during the Age of Reform

Bing (Amanda) Zhu - An Education of Feelings: Thomas Hardy, Tess of the d'Urbervilles and the Art of Fiction

Please join us as Bernadette Gillis (MALS '14) and Bing (Amanda) Zhu (MALS '15) and share and reflect on their Master's Porjects followed by a Q&A and light reception.


R. Larry Todd

R. Larry Todd & Katarina Uhde hosts a Lecture & Recital - Performing Beethoven
Wednesday, March 9th

6pm, Nelson Music Room

R. Larry Todd is Arts & Sciences Professor of Music and former chair of the Music Department at Duke. Among his books are Mendelssohn: A Life in Music and Fanny Hensel, the Other Mendelssohn. A graduate of Yale University, he studied piano at the Yale School of Music and with the late Lilian Kallir. Cellist Marc Moskovitz, who studied with Starker at Indiana, is now a free-lance musician, but also the author of a biography of Alexander Zemlinsky (Boydell).

Katarina Uhde

Katharina Uhde is an Assistant Professor of Violin and Musicology at Valparaiso University, Indiana. She holds two doctorates, a DMA from the University of Michigan (2009) and a PhD from Duke University (2014), where she completed a dissertation on Joseph Joachim under R. Larry Todd. Katharina Uhde, born in Germany, received her BA degree in violin performance and a Teaching Diploma and Artists Diploma at the Univ. of Music, Karlsruhe. She earned a MMus, a DMA and a Certificate of Musicology at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.

Katharina has published score reviews and has an article with the title "Joseph Joachim's Abendglocken Op. 5: a Musical Daguerreotype" forthcoming in Nineteenth-Century Music Review.