With the beginning of the academic year only a few weeks away, I wanted to take this opportunity to inform (or remind) everyone about the programming available this fall for our new and returning students our First Year Programs. These experiences are geared to compliment the reading of Angels in America by Tony Kushner:

Dub-C Chats: An interdisciplinary web-series featuring Whittier College faculty discussing the themes a variety of contexts surrounding the First Year Reading of Angels in America by Tony Kushner.  You can find the lecture series on the Whittier College YouTube channel and on Google+

A big thank you to Professors Rosemary Carbine, Charlie Eastman, Susan Gotsch, Chuck Hill, Jennifer Holmes, Devin Iimoto, Danny Jauregui, Ann Kakalorius, Laura McEnaney, dAvid pAddy for being intrepid explorers on the maiden voyage of the Dub-C Chats.

New Student Convocation: Tuesday, September 30, 2014 with guest speaker Michael Weinstein of the AIDS Healthcare Foundation. There will be several opportunities for students and faculty to meet and with Mr. Weinstein during his visit (details forthcoming). The convocation event will take place in the Robinson Theatre in the Ruth B. Shannon Center.

AIDS Memorial Quilt Display: November 3-17, 2014. Thanks to Devin Iimoto and Laurel Crump, the Wardman Library will display several panels of this emotionally compelling piece of commemorative art:

"Throughout its 25 year history, The Quilt has been used to fight prejudice, raise awareness and funding, as a means to link hands with the global community in the fight against AIDS. Whether The Quilt is displayed as a single section in an elementary school or 1,000 of blocks on the national mall in Washington, it provides balm for the painful wounds of grief, pours oil into the waters made turbulent by controversy, opens eyes that refuse to see and enlists every person who experiences it to play a role in stopping the pandemic."

Angels in America, Part 1: Millennium Approaches by Tony Kushner: Produced by the Department of Theatre & Communication Arts, this production runs November 5-9, 2014.  Wednesday through Saturday performances are at 8 PM, with two matinee performances on Saturday and Sunday at 2 PM.  This production is directed by Professor Jennifer S. Holmes and designed by Professor Brian Alan Reed.

LibGuides:  Thanks to John Jackson, Wardman Library has put together an impressive Research Guide for Angels in America:  

This resource will be of benefit for our new and returning students.

Due to scheduling conflicts, the originally scheduled staged reading of Angels in America, Part 2: Perestroika has been postponed until February 2015.  More information will be distributed as we draw closer to the performance date in the spring semester. Additional programming and events will take place during January and spring to round out the First Year Experience. 

Thank you for your time and support.

Gil Gonzalez
Associate Professor of Theatre & Communication Arts and Associate Dean of First Year Programs
Whittier College