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  • Sep 4
    The little Gallery Underground Opening Reception

    4-5:30 p.m.
    Music Library, Room B59, Music Building

    “Music Without Sound: Music-inspired Art” featuring works by five studio artists from the JMU School of Art, Design and Art History opens the newest campus gallery, The little Gallery Underground. Artists are Corinne Diop, professor of photography and photography area head; R. Mertens, assistant professor of fibers and fibers area head; Rebecca Silberman, associate professor of photography and New Image Gallery director; Greg Stewart, associate professor of sculpture and sculpture area head; and Ken Szmagaj, professor of painting and painting area head.

    The new gallery works with local artists and art students from amateur to professional, within JMU and beyond to exhibit rotating displays.

    “Music Without Sound” runs through Oct. 14. For more information, check http://www.lib.jmu.edu/about_us/musiclibrary.aspx.

  • Sep 4
    Wine and Cheese at the Arboretum

    5-8 p.m.
    Ernst Terrace, Edith J. Carrier Arboretum

    Josie Showalter, manager of the Harrisonburg Farmers Market speaks on the history of the market and how it supports environmental stewardship and community well-being.

    Reception begins at 5 p.m., demonstration by the executive pastry sous chef at 5:30 p.m., guest speaker at 6 p.m. Cost is $15 per person.

    Live music by Lady Godiva at the Journey Stage Garden follows the lecture, beginning at 7 p.m.

    Online pre-registration is needed by 5 p.m. Sept. 1; visit http://www.jmu.edu/arboretum.

  • 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 9
    "With Good Reason" Public Radio Program

    3-4 p.m.
    WMRA, 90.7 FM

    A segment of the program features JMU’s Dr. Michele Briggs, professor of graduate psychology and coordinator of the school counseling program, and Dr. Tammy Gilligan, professor of graduate psychology and director of the school psychology program. With busy schedules and media-soaked lives, have our children lost their ability to engage in moment-by-moment experiences? Briggs and Gilligan discuss the lost art of mindfulness and what teachers can do to help children learn this important skill.

  • 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 17
    Madison Vision Series: Mr. Stewart Harris

    Forbes Center Concert Hall

    The Office of the President, in conjunction with the Madison Institutes of JMU’s department of Outreach and Engagement, welcomes Stewart Harris. Harris is a Professor of Law at Appalachian School of Law (ASL) and host of National Public Radio's (NPR's) Your Weekly Constitutional.  

    Professor Harris graduated from Princeton University in 1983 and then went on to the University of Pennsylvania Law School in Philadelphia, where he graduated in 1986.  While there, he won the Law School's Edwin R. Keedy moot court championship.

    Professor Harris then worked for the federal government in Washington, DC, where he spent four years on Capitol Hill advising the Army Corps of Engineers as well as in private practice focusing on environmental, civil rights and First Amendment law.

    Prior to joining the ASL faculty, Professor Harris taught at the University of Florida College of Law.

    In 2011, Professor Harris created a public radio show, Your Weekly Constitutional (YWC), which is produced at WETS-FM, the NPR affiliate in Johnson City, Tennessee, and syndicated nationally.  YWC is underwritten by Montpelier, the historic home of the Father of the Constitution, James Madison.  The show is on Facebook and Twitter, and podcasts are available on iTunes.  As part of the lecture, Professor Harris will be taping an upcoming episode of Your Weekly Constitutional.

    Professor Harris will serve as the first speaker opening the third year of the Madison Vision Series on Constitution Day, September 17th, 2015.

    This event is free and open to the public.

  • Sep 18
    Fall Plant and Bulb Sale

    Sept. 18-19
    9 a.m.-3 p.m. Friday and Saturday
    Frances Plecker Education Center, Edith J. Carrier Arboretum

    Fall is a great time to plant! Temperatures moderate and soil holds warmth allowing for rapid root development. Perennials, shrubs and trees planted in the fall establish to be ready for a spring bloom that will burst into enviable color. Shop the sale with friends and family for a fun way to enhance the beauty of your home or business landscape.

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

  • 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 21
    Rape Aggression Defense Systems Classes

    Sept. 21, 28, Oct. 5, 12 and 19

    6-9 p.m. each Monday, JMU Police Department training room

    The women’s only, 15-hour class is divided into five three-hour blocks.

    The class includes instructional material such as risk reduction strategies, defensive mindset, and patterns of encounter. Students will learn physical defense techniques, such as strikes, knees and kicks. They will learn how to escape from abduction attacks such as wrist grabs, bear hugs and choke holds. There is a small section devoted to defense on the ground. The final day is a dynamic simulation exercise where the student can practice what they have learned in a controlled, safe scenario.

    Instructors are Sgt. John Campbell, events and crime prevention coordinator at the JMU Police Department, and Bob Hicks, an employee with the Bridgewater Police Department.

    To register for the class, email Campbell at campbejc@jmu.edu or call (540) 568-6910.

  • 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. 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 8
    Madison Vision Series: Dr. George Kuh

    Madison Union Ballroom

    The Office of the President, in conjunction with the Madison Institutes of JMU’s department of Outreach and Engagement, welcomes Dr. George Kuh.  Dr. Kuh is Director of the National Institute for Learning Outcomes Assessment, as well as an Adjunct Professor at the University of Illinois, and the Chancellor’s Professor Emeritus at Indiana University.  He is also the founding director of the widely used National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE).

    Dr. Kuh received a B.A. from Luther College, an M.S. from St. Cloud State University, and a Ph.D. from the University of Iowa. He has written extensively about student engagement, assessment, institutional improvement, and college and university cultures and consulted with about three hundred fifty colleges and universities in the United States and abroad. In addition to High-Impact Practices (2008) and Ensuring Quality & Taking High-Impact Practices to Scale (2013) produced as part of the AAC&U LEAP initiative, his two most recent books are Student Success in College: Creating Conditions That Matter (2005, 2010) and Piecing Together the Student Success Puzzle: Research, Propositions, and Recommendations (2007). In 2001, he received Indiana University’s prestigious Tracy Sonneborn Award for a distinguished career of teaching and research. He has received seven honorary degrees.

    Dr. Kuh will serve as the second speaker in this year's Madison Vision Series.

    This event is free and open to the public.

  • 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 22
    Madison Vision Series: Mr. Russ Reeder

    Madison Union Ballroom

    The Office of the President, in conjunction with the Madison Institutes of JMU’s department of Outreach and Engagement, welcomes Mr. Russ Reeder.  Mr. Reeder is CEO of iCitizen, an online platform for civic-minded individuals who want a source of transparent, aggregated information and a tool to communicate with their representatives at the local, state and federal level. iCitizen enables the public to make informed decisions and take action.

    Mr. Reeder, a JMU alumnus, is a 20-year veteran of the IT field and currently serves as the CEO of iCitizen. Prior to joining iCitizen, Reeder led cloud hosting company Media Temple.  He also served as president and CEO of LibreDigital (the leader in digital publishing distribution).  Reeder began his career as a software engineer and went on to serve in management positions at Oracle.

    Mr. Reeder will serve as the third speaker in this year's Madison Vision Series.

    This event is free and open to the public.

  • 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

  • Nov 19
    Madison Vision Series: Dr. Danielle S. Allen

    Forbes Center Concert Hall

    The Office of the President, in conjunction with the Madison Institutes of JMU’s department of Outreach and Engagement, welcomes Dr. Danielle S. Allen.  Dr. Allen has been named the director of the Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics at Harvard and a professor in the university's Faculty of Arts and Sciences' Government Department (starting July 2015). She is currently a professor of social science at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton and is the former dean of humanities at the University of Chicago.

    Dr. Allen is a contributor to the UK Labour party's policy review, is on the board of the Pulitzer Prize, and is a trustee at Princeton University. She previously worked on President Barack Obama's first presidential campaign, founded the Civic Knowledge Project to offer university lectures to the Chicago's poor, and was an instructor for the Odyssey Project (courses for adults at or below the poverty line). In 2002, she was awarded a MacArthur Fellowship for her ability to combine “the classicist’s careful attention to texts and language with the political theorist’s sophisticated and informed engagement.” 

    She is a political philosopher widely known for her work on justice and citizenship. A former right-wing Republican, Allen became interested in the gap between America's rich and poor and turned her views toward fighting inequality.

    Dr. Allen is the author of The World of Prometheus: The Politics of Punishing in Democratic Athens (2000), Talking to Strangers: Anxieties of Citizenship since Brown v. Board of Education (2004), Why Plato Wrote (2010), and most recently, Our Declaration (2014). She is a regular guest on public radio, and has contributed to the Washington Post, Boston Review, Democracy, Cabinet, and The Nation.

    Dr. Allen will serve as the semester's fourth and final speaker in this fall's Madison Vision Series.

    This event is free and open to the public.

  • 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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