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January 2014


January 1 ( 1:00 AM - 11:59 PM )   - New Year's Day and additional holidays

Jan. 1-3

University closed.

The university will close at 5 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 20, and reopen on Monday, Jan. 6, 2014.



January 11 ( 1:00 PM - 4:15 PM ) - John C. Wells Planetarium Shows

1 p.m. (“Flight Adventures”)
2:15 and 3:30 p.m. (“Ice Worlds”)
Miller Hall

The planetarium offers shows for the public, with seating beginning 10 minutes before show time on a first-come, first-seated basis. Each show is followed by a “star talk” that provides visitors with updates about the night sky, including constellations, planets and any comets that might be visible.

For more information, including program descriptions, check http://www.jmu.edu/planetarium/index.shtml. Free.



January 13 ( 1:00 AM - 4:15 PM ) - Spring Semester Begins

Classes meet as scheduled.


January 13 ( 12:00 PM - 4:00 PM ) - ArtWorks Gallery Exhibition

Jan. 13-24

Noon-5 p.m. Monday-Thursday
Noon-4 p.m. Friday and Saturday
131 Grace St.

The exhibition features work by nine JMU graduate students. Opening reception, Jan. 13 from 5 to 7 p.m.

For information, call (540) 568-7175. Free.



January 14 ( 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM ) - Art in the Arboretum

Jan. 14-Feb. 28

8 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday
Frances Plecker Education Center, Edith J. Carrier Arboretum

Enjoy the photographs of local artist Brian Ripley whose ability to capture beauty will amaze. A fourth generation Duke, Ripley has loved cameras and photography since his childhood, and enjoys taking his camera with him when he takes hikes or goes for a drive.

For more information, visit http://www.jmu.edu/arboretum/artist-of-the-month.shtml.



January 16 ( 3:50 PM - 5:45 PM ) - Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration Week March and Speak Out

3:50-5:45 p.m.
Starts at the James Madison statue near Varner House and ends at Transitions, Warren Hall

The march through campus and the speak out about King’s life and legacy are annual traditions at the university. Sponsored by the Center for Multicultural Student Services, the week’s theme is The Strength of a Dream Still Leads the Way.

For information about the week, check http://www.jmu.edu/multicultural.



January 18 ( 1:00 PM - 4:15 PM ) - John C. Wells Planetarium Shows

1 p.m. (“Flight Adventures”)
2:15 and 3:30 p.m. (“Ice Worlds”)
Miller Hall

The planetarium offers shows for the public, with seating beginning 10 minutes before show time on a first-come, first-seated basis. Each show is followed by a “star talk” that provides visitors with updates about the night sky, including constellations, planets and any comets that might be visible.

For more information, including program descriptions, check http://www.jmu.edu/planetarium/index.shtml. Free.



January 20 ( 1:00 AM - 4:15 PM ) - Martin Luther King Jr. Day

University closed. Classes do not meet.


January 20 ( 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM ) - Guest Speaker Dr. Steve Perry

7-9 p.m.
Wilson Hall Auditorium

Dr. Steve Perry is the 2014 Martin Luther King Jr. formal program speaker. Featured in CNN’s “Black in America” series, Perry is the most talked about innovative educator on the scene today. He is the founder and principal of what U.S. News & World Report has cited as one of the top schools in the country, Capital Preparatory Magnet School in Hartford, Conn. Capital Prep has sent 100 percent of its predominantly low-income, minority, first generation high-school graduates to four-year colleges every year since its first class graduated in 2006. Perry is an education contributor for CNN and MSNBC, an Essence Magazine columnist, best-selling author and host of the No. 1 docudrama for TVONE, “Save My Son.”

Sponsored by the Center for Multicultural Student Services, the week’s theme is The Strength of a Dream Still Leads the Way.

For information about the week, check http://www.jmu.edu/multicultural.



January 21 ( 4:00 PM - 9:00 PM ) - Visiting Scholar Paul Finkelman

4 p.m.
Room 405, Taylor Hall

Paul Finkelman, President William McKinley Distinguished Professor of Law and Public Policy at Albany Law School, presents “James Madison and the Bill of Rights: A Reluctant Paternity.”

The Visiting Scholars Program is sponsored by the College of Arts and Letters. For information, call (540) 568-6472. Free.



January 23 ( 7:30 PM - 9:00 PM ) - Public Star Party

7:30 p.m.
JMU Astronomy Park

The first Star Party of the spring semester is free and open to the public. The Astronomy Park is located behind the Physics & Chemistry Building on the JMU campus east of Interstate 81.

More information about free parking in Lot D2 and how to get to the astronomy park is available at http://www.jmu.edu/planetarium/StarGaze.shtml.



January 25 ( 1:00 PM - 4:15 PM ) - John C. Wells Planetarium Shows

1 p.m. (“Flight Adventures”)
2:15 and 3:30 p.m. (“Ice Worlds”)
Miller Hall

The planetarium offers shows for the public, with seating beginning 10 minutes before show time on a first-come, first-seated basis. Each show is followed by a “star talk” that provides visitors with updates about the night sky, including constellations, planets and any comets that might be visible.

For more information, including program descriptions, check http://www.jmu.edu/planetarium/index.shtml. Free.



January 27 ( 12:00 PM - 4:00 PM ) - ArtWorks Gallery Exhibition

Jan. 27-Feb. 7

Noon-5 p.m. Monday-Thursday
Noon-4 p.m. Friday and Saturday
131 Grace St.

The exhibition features work by JMU students Matthew Cohen, Meredith Santo, Alex Foster and Christian Arnder.

Opening reception, Jan. 27 from 5 to 7 p.m.

For information, call (540) 568-7175. Free.


January 27 ( 6:00 PM - 4:00 PM ) - Guest Speaker Tanya Sheehan

6 p.m.
Duke Hall Gallery Court

Dr. Tanya Sheehan, associate professor in the Department of Art at Colby College, presents “Confronting Taboo: Photography and the Art of Jacob Lawrence.”

Sheehan is the author of “Doctored: The Medicine of Photography in Nineteenth-Century America” and editor of “Photography, History, Difference.”

Sponsored by the School of Art, Design and Art History’s Dorothy Liskey Wampler Distinguished Professorship of Art Lecture Series. Free.



January 28 ( 3:30 PM - 4:00 PM ) - Visiting Scholar Diana Wagner

3:30 p.m.
Room 405, Taylor Hall

Diana Wagner, associate professor of education at Salisbury University, presents “Voices of the Holocaust (Shoah): Joining the Conversation as Engaged Citizens.”

The Visiting Scholars Program is sponsored by the College of Arts and Letters. For information, call (540) 568-6472. Free.


January 28 ( 7:30 PM - 4:00 PM ) - Visiting Scholar Donald Hodges

7:30 p.m.
Room 2105, Harrison Hall

Donald Hodges, Covington Distinguished Professor of Music Education and director of the Music Research Institute at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, presents “Music, The Brain, Brain Research and Healing.”

The Visiting Scholars Program is sponsored by the College of Arts and Letters. For information, call (540) 568-6472. Free.



January 29 ( 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM ) - Guest Speaker Gerard Sherayko

4-5 p.m.
Room 301, Carrier Library

Dr. Gerard Sherayko of Randolph College presents “The New Woman and Modern Film in the Early 20th Century.”

Sponsored by JMU Libraries Special Collections. Free.


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