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  • Aug 4
    SWaM Opportunities Vendor Fair

    12:30-3:30 p.m.
    Grand Ballroom, Festival Conference and Student Center

    The vendor displays by small businesses, woman-owned and minority-owned businesses will spotlight new opportunities for your purchasing dollars. The fair offers an excellent opportunity to develop new supplier relationships or strengthen existing relationships with personal contact.

    Parking is available in C11, C12 and D3 lots. Sponsored by JMU Procurement Services.

    For more information on the fair, which is open to the public, contact Jenny Mantz at mantzjd@jmu.edu. Free.

  • Aug 5
    Arboretum Summer Brown-Bag Lunch Lecture Series

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

    Dr. Katrina Gobetz, associate professor of biology at JMU, presents “Bats, Our Night Visitors.”

    For information, check http://www.jmu.edu/arboretum or call (540) 568-3194.

  • Aug 11
    Storytime in the Understory

    11 a.m.-noon
    Edith J. Carrier Arboretum

    The monthly program helps children develop an understanding of the importance of nature from children’s literature selections. Bring a picnic blanket or lawn chairs and a brown-bag picnic lunch for after storytime.

    For more information, check http://www.jmu.edu/arboretum.

  • Aug 28
    Fall 2015 Assessment Day

    All first-year students are required to participate.

    Assessments begin promptly at 9:15 a.m. (Session A), 12:15 p.m. (Session B), and 3 p.m. (Session C), so you should arrive 15 minutes prior to your scheduled time. You have been assigned to a testing location based on the last three digits of your JMU student ID number. To determine the time and location at which you will be completing your assessments, visit http://www.jmu.edu/assessment/JMUAssess/Aday_Upcoming.htm.

    IMPORTANT! Use of any electronic device, such as a cell phone, laptop or tablet, is strictly prohibited. Unless you have been otherwise instructed by a proctor, please turn off your electronic devices and place them out of sight for the duration of the testing session. If you use your cell phone, laptop or tablet at any point during the testing session, you will be dismissed and required to attend a make-up session. Any student found to be in possession of content from the assessment session, which is the property of JMU and the Center for Assessment and Research Studies, may be referred to the Office of Student Accountability and Restorative Practices for violations of the code of student conduct.

    If you have additional questions about Assessment Day, please visit http://www.jmu.edu/assessment/JMUAssess/Aday_Upcoming.htm or contact assessment@jmu.edu.

  • Sep 8
    Storytime in the Understory

    11 a.m.-noon
    Edith J. Carrier Arboretum

    The monthly program helps children develop an understanding of the importance of nature from children’s literature selections. Bring a picnic blanket or lawn chairs and a brown-bag picnic lunch for after storytime.

    For more information, check http://www.jmu.edu/arboretum.

  • Sep 11
    Eisenhower Dance headlines the New Dance Festival

    Eisenhower Dance, Detroit’s premier contemporary dance company, returns to the Forbes Center to perform an exciting collection of repertory by nationally-known guest choreographers. This year’s New Dance Festival also features JMU’s award-winning dance faculty members.

    For ticket and further information, visit http://www.jmu.edu/forbescenter/events/2015/09/11-eisenhower-dance.shtml

  • Sep 18
    Shenandoah Valley Regional Studies Seminar

    3:35 p.m.
    Room 107, Jackson Hall

    Lynn Rainville, an independent scholar, presents “WWI in the Valley.”

    The seminar series is intended to give scholars at colleges, universities, museums, libraries and other institutions a regular forum at which to consider topics of regional interest, pertinent, but not restricted, to the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia.

    Seminar sessions are open to the general public. Sponsored by the JMU history department. Free.

  • Sep 19
    Daniel Beaty's MR. JOY

    What happened to Mr. Joy? One of the most acclaimed, new playwrights and performers of our time, Daniel Beaty returns to the Forbes Center to explore that question and others related to race and class in his explosive solo play, MR. JOY. This hilarious and heartwarming piece of theatre taps into the pulse of contemporary American culture. Adult content and language.

    For tickets and further information, visit http://www.jmu.edu/forbescenter/events/2015/09/19-mr-joy.shtml

  • Sep 26
    Jazz 4 Justice

    Take a walk down memory lane with hits from the big band swing era. This annual concert celebrating five years at the Forbes Center is in cooperation with Virginia State Bar’s Diversity Conference, and benefits Blue Ridge Legal Services and JMU’s School of Music scholarships.

    For tickets and further information, visit http://www.jmu.edu/forbescenter/events/2015/09/26-jazz-4-justice.shtml

  • Sep 29
    Anton in Show Business

    By Jane Martin

    Winner of the 2001 American Theatre Critics Steinberg New Play Award, this crazy comedy follows the joys, pains and absurdities of three actresses cast in Anton Chekhov’s Three Sisters at a regional theatre in San Antonio, Texas. Join the journey of the “three sisters,” Holly, Lisabette and Casey, in their quest to make it in the world of show business! Features students from JMU’s School of Theatre and Dance.

    Adult language and content.

    For tickets and further information, visit http://www.jmu.edu/forbescenter/events/2015/09/29-anton-in-show-business.shtml

  • Oct 2
    The Second City - Fully Loaded

    This event takes place at Wilson Hall

    Chicago’s legendary sketch and improv comedy theatre, The Second City, brings to JMU its hysterical new show, Fully Loaded, which features classic material made famous by Second City stars like Tina Fey, Stephen Colbert and Steve Carell, as well as brand new scenes, songs and improv straight from its sold-out shows in Chicago and Toronto. This must-see evening of comedy features some of Chicago’s best and brightest!   

    Fresh, fast and always spectacularly funny, The Second City is celebrating 55 years of producing cutting-edge satirical revues; it continues to launch the careers of comedy superstars who appeal to a wide range of audiences. No one could have guessed that this small cabaret theatre in Chicago would become the most influential and prolific comedy theatre in the world. Don’t miss the most exciting comedy event of the year!

    For mature audiences. Contains sexual and adult content. Parental discretion advised. 

    For tickets and further information, visit http://www.jmu.edu/forbescenter/events/2015/10/02-second-city.shtml

     

  • Oct 3
    JMU POPS! Heroes and Villains

    This event take place at the JMU Convocation Center

    One of JMU's favorite Family Weekend traditions, this musical celebration is great entertainment for all ages!

    This one-of-a-kind musical extravaganza showcases some of JMU’s finest music ensembles and faculty talent. Be ready to stand up and cheer as the Marching Royal Dukes, as well as the JMU Wind Symphony, Brass Band, Chorale and Steel Band blow the roof off of the Convocation Center.

    For tickets and further information, visit http://www.jmu.edu/forbescenter/events/2015/10/03-jmu-pops.shtml

  • Oct 7
    First Lady Suite - the Musical

    By Michael John LaChiusa

    This unique musical showcases the lives of four 20th-century First Ladies: Jackie Kennedy, Mamie Eisenhower, Bes Truman and Eleanor Roosevelt. First Lady Suite takes a humorous and poignant look at their shared struggle to define the role of women in a changing world and each one’s search to define herself while living under the scrutiny of the public eye. Prepare to be entertained in a rare theatrical experience that includes the music of George Gershwin, Stephen Sondheim, Philip Glass and William Finn. Features JMU musical theatre students.

    For tickets and further information, visit http://www.jmu.edu/forbescenter/events/2015/10/07-first-lady-suite.shtml

  • Oct 13
    Julie Fowlis: Music of the Scottish Isles

    Best known for her singing of the theme song in Disney PIXAR’s animated film, Brave, Julie Fowlis returns to the Forbes Center with new Celtic music and awards to her name. Touring with a first-class ensemble, Fowlis has developed a formidable line-up synonymous with expressive and high-energy live shows; she is one of Scotland’s true contemporary treasures.

  • Oct 16
    Shenandoah Valley Regional Studies Seminar

    3:35 p.m.
    Room 107, Jackson Hall

    Alexia Jones Helsley of the University of South Carolina, Aiken, presents “Richard Pearis of Winchester.”

    The seminar series is intended to give scholars at colleges, universities, museums, libraries and other institutions a regular forum at which to consider topics of regional interest, pertinent, but not restricted, to the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia.

    Seminar sessions are open to the general public. Sponsored by the JMU history department. Free.

  • Oct 24
    Tenebrae

    Based in England, Tenebrae is hailed as one of the world’s most outstanding vocal performance groups. Tenebrae creates an awe-inspiring atmosphere of spiritual and musical reflection, where Medieval chant and Renaissance works are interspersed with contemporary compositions to create an ethereal mood of contemplation.

    For tickets and further information, visit http://www.jmu.edu/forbescenter/events/2015/10/24-tenebrae.shtml

  • Nov 3
    Sakuntala and the Ring of Recognition

    By Kalidasa

    Written more than 15 hundred years ago, Kalidasa’s finest work chronicles the journey of Śakuntalā, a beautiful young woman, and Dushyanta, a valiant king. Through lyrical prose and mythic storytelling, this sensual and evocative play immerses the audience in an ancient Indian world of gods, spirits, curses, and the triumph of love over all opposition. Features students from JMU’s School of Theatre and Dance.

    For tickets and further information, visit http://www.jmu.edu/forbescenter/events/2015/11/03-sakuntala.shtml

  • Nov 13
    Shenandoah Valley Regional Studies Seminar

    3:35 p.m.
    Room 107, Jackson Hall

    Patrick Hollis of JMU presents “Capital Hunger: Food, Taste and Civilization in Confederate Richmond.”

    The seminar series is intended to give scholars at colleges, universities, museums, libraries and other institutions a regular forum at which to consider topics of regional interest, pertinent, but not restricted, to the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia.

    Seminar sessions are open to the general public. Sponsored by the JMU history department. Free.

  • Nov 13
    The Barber of Seville

    By Gioachino Rossini

    Featuring the JMU Opera Theater

    One of the greatest romantic comedy operas, The Barber of Seville will delight audiences with its effervescent music and zany humor. It’s love at first sight for Count Almaviva and Rosina, the ward of Dr. Bartolo. But there’s a wrinkle in their plans. The conniving Bartolo schemes to marry the beautiful and wealthy Rosina, despite her misgivings. Enter Barber Figaro, one of Seville’s most important men-about-town, to save the day. With a count in multiple disguises, a young woman trying to outwit her guardian, and Barber Figaro being paid to ensure a happy ending, what could possibly go wrong? You’ll want to grab a seat in this barbershop to see what happens!

    For tickets and further information, visit http://www.jmu.edu/forbescenter/events/2015/11/13-barber-of-seville.shtml

  • Nov 18
    Susanna Hamnett in Nearly Lear

    A Mischievous Retelling of Shakespeare's Great Play

    Directed by Edith Tankus

    What if the great and tragic story of King Lear were to be told by the King’s closet companion - his own fool? This is Nearly Lear. Susanna Hamnett plays the Fool - and every other character - in an original adaptation of the Shakespearean classic that is not only poignant and tragic, but also mischievous, tender and achingly funny. Nearly Lear incorporates exuberant storytelling, music and film, as well as Shakespeare’s rich poetic text to entrance both lovers of Shakespeare and newcomers to the Bard. Hamnett is an actor and clown who has toured Nearly Lear to critical acclaim throughout the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom. Her passion for Shakespeare and Clown, together with her skill as a solo performer, make Nearly Lear relevant and inspiring for audiences of all ages.

    A "Forbes Family Fun" event sponsored in part by Union Bank & Trust.

    For tickets and further information, visit http://www.jmu.edu/forbescenter/events/2015/11/18-nearly-lear.shtml

  • Dec 5
    Holidayfest

    Featuring the JMU Symphony Orchestra and Chorale

    Get your tickets early for this Forbes Center favorite, which features a variety of holiday classics and masterworks by JMU’s small and large music ensembles. Also featured is a holiday reading by a local Harrisonburg celebrity. Prior to the December 6th matinee (at 12:30 pm), children can enjoy crafts, cookies and cider in the Grand Lobby.

    A "Forbes Family Fun" event sponsored in part by Union Bank & Trust.

    For tickets and further information, visit http://www.jmu.edu/forbescenter/events/2015/12/05-holidayfest.shtml

  • Dec 10
    Sonos Handbell Ensemble

    Ring in the holidays with a performance by the world-renowned Sonos Handbell Ensemble! At the forefront of handbell artistry, Sonos has moved handbells into the musical mainstream with show-stopping, sold-out performances to millions across the United States, Europe and Asia.


  • Jan 15
    Shenandoah Valley Regional Studies Seminar

    3:35 p.m.
    Room 107, Jackson Hall

    Andrei Kushnir, an independent artist, presents “Painting the Picturesque Shenandoah Valley Landscape.”

    The seminar series is intended to give scholars at colleges, universities, museums, libraries and other institutions a regular forum at which to consider topics of regional interest, pertinent, but not restricted, to the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia.

    Seminar sessions are open to the general public. Sponsored by the JMU history department. Free.

  • Jan 20
    Aquila Theatre: The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes

    Legendary sleuth, Sherlock Holmes, takes center stage in this witty, fast-paced production by the acclaimed Aquila Theatre. With actors drawn from top British and American stages, The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes is a thrilling and memorable ride full of suspense and intrigue!

    For tickets and further information, visit http://www.jmu.edu/forbescenter/events/2016/01/20-aquila-theatre.shtml

  • Feb 19
    Shenandoah Valley Regional Studies Seminar

    3:35 p.m.
    Room 107, Jackson Hall

    Guy Aiken of the University of Virginia presents “A Quaker New Deal for Southern Appalachia.”

    The seminar series is intended to give scholars at colleges, universities, museums, libraries and other institutions a regular forum at which to consider topics of regional interest, pertinent, but not restricted, to the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia.

    Seminar sessions are open to the general public. Sponsored by the JMU history department. Free.

  • Mar 18
    Shenandoah Valley Regional Studies Seminar

    3:35 p.m.
    Room 107, Jackson Hall

    Jim Schruefer of JMU presents “Good Union People: The Shared Experience of White Unionists, Slaves and Free Blacks in the Civil War Shenandoah.”

    The seminar series is intended to give scholars at colleges, universities, museums, libraries and other institutions a regular forum at which to consider topics of regional interest, pertinent, but not restricted, to the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia.

    Seminar sessions are open to the general public. Sponsored by the JMU history department. Free.

  • Apr 15
    Shenandoah Valley Regional Studies Seminar

    3:35 p.m.
    Room 107, Jackson Hall

    Emily Schimmel of George Mason University presents “A ‘Protected and Profitable Valley’: The People and Arts of Wythe County, Virginia.”

    The seminar series is intended to give scholars at colleges, universities, museums, libraries and other institutions a regular forum at which to consider topics of regional interest, pertinent, but not restricted, to the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia.

    Seminar sessions are open to the general public. Sponsored by the JMU history department. Free.

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