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  • Apr 1
    Opening Reception for Post-Conflict Art Exhibition

    5-7 p.m.
    Clementine Café, Harrisonburg

    The exhibition featuring art created by students in JMU’s School of Art, Design and Art History is based on information about post-conflict recovery. Using art to convey complex post-conflict issues is a creative way to raise awareness in both the JMU and local community about major humanitarian crises.

    Part of First Fridays Downtown events and Post-Conflict Recovery Week at JMU, sponsored by the Center for International Stabilization and Recovery. Free.

  • Apr 2
    JMU George West Jazz Festival

    FORBES CENTER FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS

    CONCERT HALL

    This concert features the JMU Jazz Ensemble, directed by Dr. Chuck Dotas.

    For tickets and further information, visit http://www.jmu.edu/forbescenter/events/2016/04/02-jmu-george-west-jazz-festival.shtml

  • Apr 3
    "With Good Reason" Public Radio Program

    3:30 p.m.
    WMRA, 90.7 FM

    Dr. Maria deValpine, professor of nursing at JMU, spent three years learning why nurses elect to stay in the challenging environment in “bush” Alaska, a stunningly beautiful part of the world only reachable by plane or barge.

  • Apr 4
    Keynote Event, Mary Wareham

    7-8:30 p.m.
    Room 1101, Miller Hall

    Mary Wareham, co-laureate of the 1997 Nobel Peace Prize for her work at the International Campaign to Ban Landmines, advocacy director of the Arms Division at Human Rights Watch and global coordinator of the Campaign to Stop Killer Robots, presents “From Landmines to Killer Robots: Protecting Civilians by Advancing Humanitarian Disarmament.” Wareham will discuss the campaign’s current efforts to ban AI-technology weaponry before they come into widespread use.

    Part of Post-Conflict Recovery Week at JMU, sponsored by the Center for International Stabilization and Recovery. Free.

  • Apr 5
    Speaker Shaun Wright

    7-8:30 p.m.
    Room 1261, Harrison Hall

    Shaun Wright, assistant professor of media arts and design, will discuss the goals, process and impact of documenting humanitarian issues. He will share insights of several documentary films he, along with JMU students, created in Srebrenica, Bosnia and Herzegovina in 2012.

    The documentaries, “A Mother’s Walk” and “Future Tense” focus on life in post-war Bosnia and Herzegovina and the ongoing challenges of reconciliation faced by its people. Though the region is now at peace, the impact of the 1990s Bosnian War, which pitted the region's major ethnic groups against each other, is still being felt.

    Part of Post-Conflict Recovery Week at JMU, sponsored by the Center for International Stabilization and Recovery. Free.

  • Apr 6
    Wildflower Walk

    10 a.m.
    Edith J. Carrier Arboretum

    Enjoy viewing dozens of bulb varieties and wildflowers on exhibit at the arboretum in this exploration series tour with the arboretum director.

    For more information, visit http://www.jmu.edu/arboretum or call 540-568-3194.

  • Apr 6
    Closing Reception for Post-Conflict Art Exhibition

    1-3 p.m.
    First floor, Duke Hall

    Including an open lunch reception at Duke Hall, the closing reception features art created by students in JMU’s School of Art, Design and Art History reflecting on the theme of post-conflict recovery. Using art to examine the complex issues associated with post-conflict recovery helps raise awareness in both the JMU and local community about major humanitarian crises.

    Part of Post-Conflict Recovery Week at JMU, sponsored by the Center for International Stabilization and Recovery. Free.

  • Apr 6
    "With Good Reason" Public Radio Program

    3 p.m.
    WMRA, 90.7 FM

    Dr. Maria deValpine, professor of nursing at JMU, spent three years learning why nurses elect to stay in the challenging environment in “bush” Alaska, a stunningly beautiful part of the world only reachable by plane or barge.

  • Apr 6
    Panel Discussion

    7-8:30 p.m.
    Room 1261, Harrison Hall

    “Our Story: The Female Refugee Experience.” Female refugees living in Harrisonburg will share their stories and experiences, offering a window into the experiences of women from our community’s large and very diverse refugee community.

    The discussion, moderated by Alicia Horst, executive director at NewBridges Immigrant Resource Center, will also include a time for questions from the audience. Reception follows.

    Part of Post-Conflict Recovery Week at JMU, sponsored by the Center for International Stabilization and Recovery. Free.

  • Apr 6
    JMU Wind Symphony and Symphonic Band

    FORBES CENTER FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS

    CONCERT HALL

    The Wind Symphony and Symphonic Band, under the direction of Stephen P. Bolstad, are committed to performing the great works of the wind band’s core repertoire while also exploring the best of contemporary composition.

    For tickets and further information, visit http://www.jmu.edu/forbescenter/events/2016/04/06-wind-symphony-symphonic-band.shtml

  • Apr 7
    Creating Opportunities: Growing the Local Food Movement

    Join us on April 7 in JMU's Rose Library for Creating Opportunities: Growing the Local Food Movement. Four panelists will present on their local food activism, with plenty of time for discussion and questions.  

    This event is free and open to anyone. Free parking is available in JMU lots C2 & D10. Refreshments will be served.

    Panelists:

    Emily Axelbaum directs the City Schoolyard Garden's education program and is the garden educator at Buford Middle School in Charlottesville, Va.

    Paul Freedman is Associate Professor of Politics at the University of Virginia, Founding Member of the Virginia Sustainable Food Collaborative, and member of the Virginia Sustainable Food Coalition.

    Alan Moore is Director of Distribution and Business Development at the Local Food Hub in Charlottesville, Va. 

    Andrew Wingfield is the Founder & Director of the Virginia Sustainable Food Coalition and Associate Professor of Creative Writing & Sustainability Studies at George Mason University. The VSFC's mission is to harness the intellectual, human and economic capital of Virginia’s universities to foster the emerging local food economy in the Commonwealth.

    Panel Moderator: 

    Erica Cavanagh teaches nonfiction writing, African American literature, and food studies at James Madison University and is a member of the Virginia Sustainable Food Coalition.

  • Apr 8
    Visiting Scholars Program Lecture by John King

    10 a.m.
    Room 31, Burruss Hall

    John King, Distinguished University Professor Emeritus and Arts and Humanities Distinguished Professor Emeritus of English and Religious Studies at Ohio State University, presents “Queen Elizabeth I and the Cult of the Virgin Queen.”

    Sponsored by the College of Arts and Letters. For more information, call 540-568-6472 or visit http://www.jmu.edu/cal.

  • Apr 8
    Chick Corea and Bela Fleck

    FORBES CENTER FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS

    CONCERT HALL

    Jazz piano icon Chick Corea and unparalleled banjoist Béla Fleck, with a combined 37 Grammy Awards and 93 Grammy nominations, will share classic tunes and the music from their Grammy-winning album, The Enchantment. This casual, intimate evening will bring together two legends from different musical worlds for “one masterly, magical concert.” (Daytona Beach News-Journal)

    For tickets and further information, visit http://www.jmu.edu/forbescenter/events/2016/04/08-chick-corea-and-bela-fleck.shtml

  • Apr 9
    Wildflower Walk with The Virginia Native Plant Society

    10 a.m.
    Starts at the Edith J. Carrier Arboretum Pavilion

    Led by Betty Rosson-Forrest, master gardener, master naturalist and VNPS member. Learn about the many Virginia native wildflowers in bloom that are found at the arboretum.

    For more information, visit http://www.jmu.edu/arboretum or call 540-568-3194.

  • Apr 11
    Fairy Houses and Gnome Homes

    Noon-1 p.m.
    Edith J. Carrier Arboretum

    Children and their caregivers are invited to come hear a story about fairies and build their own fairy house or gnome home.

    Fairy houses are built outside, so dress for the weather. Bring your brown-bag lunch to enjoy during the story.

    For more information, visit http://www.jmu.edu/arboretum or call 540-568-3194.

  • Apr 11
    JMU Percussion Ensemble

    FORBES CENTER FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS

    CONCERT HALL

    The JMU Percussion Ensemble, directed by Casey Cangelosi and Dr. Michael Overman, consists of nearly 30 students and has performed throughout the East Coast, including concerts at the Virginia Music Educators Association Convention and Virginia Days of Percussion.

    For tickets and further information, visit http://www.jmu.edu/forbescenter/events/2016/04/11-percussion-ensemble.shtml

  • Apr 13
    Wildflower Walk

    10 a.m.
    Edith J. Carrier Arboretum

    Enjoy viewing dozens of bulb varieties and wildflowers on exhibit at the arboretum in this exploration series tour with the arboretum director.

    For more information, visit http://www.jmu.edu/arboretum or call 540-568-3194.

  • Apr 14
    The Merry Widow featuring the JMU Opera Theater

    Two performances: Thursday-Friday, April 14-15 @ 8 pm

    FORBES CENTER FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS

    CONCERT HALL

    By Franz Lehár

    Who wants to marry a millionaire? Every man in Pontevedro when “The Merry Widow” is in town. Replete with beguiling Viennese waltzes, toe-tapping marches, and even the can-can, this uproarious jewel-of-an-operetta highlights the magic of turn-of-the-century Paris in a charming story where true love triumphs in the end.

    For tickets and further information, visit http://www.jmu.edu/forbescenter/events/2016/04/14-merry-widow.shtml

  • Apr 17
    JMU Symphony Honors Concert

    FORBES CENTER FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS

    CONCERT HALL

    Experience the JMU Symphony Orchestra as they accompany the winners of the prestigious School of Music Concerto Competition.

    For tickets and further information, visit http://www.jmu.edu/forbescenter/events/2016/04/17-jmu-symphony-honors-concert.shtml

  • Apr 18
    Madison Commemorative Debate and Citizen Forum

    6 p.m.
    Wilson Hall Auditorium

    The 16th annual debate and forum, known as The Madison Cup, attracts competitive debaters from around the world to compete for substantial scholarship prizes and is a significant national collegiate debate event. The debate topic is: This house believes that militarization of police in the United States is necessary to protect and serve.

    Sponsored by the Rupe Foundation.

  • Apr 20
    Spring Student Dance Concert

    Four performances: Wednesday-Saturday, April 20-23 @ 8 pm

    FORBES CENTER FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS

    EARLYNN J. MILLER DANCE THEATRE

    This exciting concert features talented young dancers and choreographers from JMU’s Dance program.

    For tickets and further information, visit http://www.jmu.edu/forbescenter/events/2016/04/20-spring-student-dance-concert.shtml

  • Apr 20
    Time for Three

    FORBES CENTER FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS

    CONCERT HALL

    With an uncommon mix of virtuosity and showmanship, Time for Three performs music from Bach to Brahms and beyond, playing world premieres, original compositions and their own arrangements, plus ingenious mash-ups of hits by the Beatles, Kanye West, Katy Perry, Justin Timberlake, and more.

    For tickets and further information, visit http://www.jmu.edu/forbescenter/events/2016/04/20-time-for-three.shtml

  • Apr 21
    JMU Brass Band

    FORBES CENTER FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS

    CONCERT HALL

    The JMU Brass Band is the university's premier brass ensemble. Directed by professor of music Kevin Stees, it is one of only a few collegiate brass bands in the United States.

    For tickets and further information, visit http://www.jmu.edu/forbescenter/events/2016/02/26-brass-band.shtml

  • Apr 22
    JMU Madison Singers and Chorale

    FORBES CENTER FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS

    CONCERT HALL

    The Madison Singers is the advanced, auditioned choral chamber ensemble at JMU. Ranging from 60-80 voices, the JMU Chorale is an auditioned and highly select choir.

    For tickets and further information, visit http://www.jmu.edu/forbescenter/events/2016/04/22-madison-singers-chorale.shtml

  • Apr 24
    JMU Wind Symphony and Symphonic Band

    FORBES CENTER FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS

    CONCERT HALL

    The Wind Symphony and Symphonic Band, under the direction of Stephen P. Bolstad, are committed to performing the great works of the wind band’s core repertoire while also exploring the best of contemporary composition.

    For tickets and further information, visit http://www.jmu.edu/forbescenter/events/2016/04/24-wind-symphony-symphonic-band.shtml

  • Apr 25
    Walk Up Plant Sales

    8 a.m.-4 p.m.
    Frances Plecker Education Center, Edith J. Carrier Arboretum

    Shop from a limited selection of perennials plants in bloom, shrubs and trees.

    For more information, visit http://www.jmu.edu/arboretum or call 540-568-3194.

  • Apr 26
    JMU Jazz Ensemble

    FORBES CENTER FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS

    CONCERT HALL

    Under the direction of Dr. Chuck Dotas, the JMU Jazz Ensemble was founded in 1971 and is the premier jazz group in the School of Music at JMU. The ensemble has performed at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts’ Terrace Theater, Montreux International Jazz and Blues Festival, North Sea Jazz Festival and Virginia Music Educator’s Association annual convention.

    For tickets and further information, visit http://www.jmu.edu/forbescenter/events/2016/04/26-jazz-ensemble.shtml

  • Apr 26
    Pretty Theft by Adam Symkowicz

    FORBES CENTER FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS

    MAINSTAGE THEATRE

    After losing her father, Allegra falls under the wing of bad girl Suzy, only to find an unexpected friendship with Joe, an autistic savant. When life takes a violent turn, Allegra and Suzy escape cross-country and befriend Marco, a mysterious thief who claims he cannot be caught. Features students from JMU’s School of Theatre and Dance. Adult language and sexual content.

    For tickets and further information, visit http://www.jmu.edu/forbescenter/events/2016/04/26-pretty-theft.shtml

  • Apr 27
    JMU Jazz Band

    FORBES CENTER FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS

    CONCERT HALL

    The JMU Jazz Band was founded in 1971 and is under the direction of Dr. Chuck Dotas.

    For tickets and further information, visit http://www.jmu.edu/forbescenter/events/2016/04/27-jazz-band.shtml

  • Apr 28
    Medieval Plays Performed by JMU English Students

    12:30-1:45 p.m.
    Edith J. Carrier Arboretum Amphitheatre

    Performed by students of the JMU English department, the program features “The Killing of Abel” and “The Second Shepherds’ Play.”

    Audience members are welcome to bring brown-bag, nonalcoholic picnic lunches and lawn chairs or picnic blankets. For more information, visit http://www.jmu.edu/arboretum.

  • May 2
    James Crable - Photography Exhibition

    DUKE HALL GALLERY

    James Crable, emeritus professor of art and art history at JMU, is a photographic artist living in Harrisonburg, Virginia. His patterned yet geometrically diverse artwork, which generally includes features such as doorways, sidewalks, walls and stairways, has been exhibited in museums and galleries throughout the United States and abroad.

    For further information, visit http://www.jmu.edu/forbescenter/events/2016/05/02-james-crable.shtml

  • May 16
    Fairy Houses and Gnome Homes

    Noon-1 p.m.
    Edith J. Carrier Arboretum

    Children and their caregivers are invited to come hear a story about fairies and build their own fairy house or gnome home.

    Fairy houses are built outside, so dress for the weather. Bring your brown-bag lunch to enjoy during the story.

    For more information, visit http://www.jmu.edu/arboretum or call 540-568-3194.

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