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  • Jul 23
    Summer Brown-Bag Lunch Lecture

    Noon
    Edith J. Carrier Arboretum pavilion

    Eddie Begoon, who supports the care of the trees in the arboretum and is an arboretum board member, presents “Tree Problems and How to Help Trees.”

    For information, check http://www.jmu.edu/arboretum or call (540) 568-3194. No advance registration is needed. Free.

  • Jul 30
    Summer Brown-Bag Lunch Lecture

    Noon
    Edith J. Carrier Arboretum pavilion

    Dr. Heather Griscom, associate professor of biology at JMU, presents “American Chestnut Tree Restoration.” Enjoy a talk about restoration efforts of a tree that was once considered among the grandest of the Eastern deciduous American forests’ tree populations. After the lecture, take a short walk to places at the arboretum where Restoration American Chestnuts are planted to see the young trees that may once again beautify our forests.

    For information, check http://www.jmu.edu/arboretum or call (540) 568-3194. No advance registration is needed. Free.

  • Aug 4
    Poetry Camp - In a Sea of Words

    2013 Poetry Camp finale

    August 4–8, 2014Dive into creativity! Rising third to eighth graders (ages 7 to 13) make a splash with us at our tenth annual poetry camp, “In a Sea of Words.″ This day camp (no overnight stay) starts at 9am and concludes at 2pm each day on the JMU campus in Taylor Hall. Lunch and snacks are provided, and scholarships are available upon request.

    Countdown to Poetry Camp


    Countdown to Camp
    Monday, August 4, 2014 @ 9:00 a.m.

    Step 1.

    Register now for Children's Poetry Camp!Step 2.

    After you’ve registered,
    please download the rest of our details and forms.

     Después de completar su inscripción,
    favor de bajar nuestra información y formas.

     

    Each of our workshops is taught by a degreed professional who is assisted by three camp counselors, which ensures a 1:4 ratio of adults to children (no more than 15 children per workshop). Children attend three workshops a day, and our goal is to inspire them to discover all the ways they can be creative with words: through writing, dance, music, art, and more. 

    To stay in touch about what’s happening with Poetry Camp, please subscribe to receive updates on camp registration and activities by email or call us at (540) 568-8883.

    Join us for 2014 Poetry Camp



    Presented by:

    Furious Flower Poetry Center [logo]

  • Aug 11
    Peace Camp

    Aug. 11-15

    8:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Monday-Friday
    Warren Hall

    The theme for Peace Camp is “Peace and Diversity.”

    Children ages 6-13 are encouraged to register. Children 14 or older are encouraged to apply to be a junior counselor.

    The cost is $60 per child but scholarships are available.

    Sponsored by the Mahatma Gandhi Center for Global Nonviolence. For more information check http://www.jmu.edu/gandhicenter or call (540) 568-7249.

  • Aug 12
    Storytime in the Understory

    11 a.m.-noon
    Jurney Stage Garden, Edith J. Carrier Arboretum (rain location: Frances Plecker Education Center, Edith J. Carrier Arboretum)

    Young story enthusiasts will develop an understanding of the importance of nature from children’s literature selections. Bring a picnic blanket and picnic lunch for after story time and plan to explore miles of arboretum trails.

    For information, check http://www.jmu.edu/arboretum or call (540) 568-3194. No advance registration is needed. Free.

  • Aug 22
    Fall 2014 Assessment Day is Friday, August 22

    Fall 2014 Assessment Day will be held on Friday, August 22. 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.

  • Aug 25
    Fall semester begins

    Classes meet as scheduled.

  • Sep 5
    Christopher K. Morgan & Artists - Headlining the New Dance Festival

    Christopher K. Morgan founded his professional contemporary dance company in 2011, the same year Dance Magazine named him “one of the six breakout choreographers in the United States.” This year’s festival features new works by Christopher K. Morgan & Artists and JMU’s award-winning dance faculty members.

    For tickets and further information, visit http://www.jmu.edu/forbescenter/events/2014/09/05-christopher-morgan.shtml

  • Sep 9
    Storytime in the Understory

    11 a.m.-noon
    Jurney Stage Garden, Edith J. Carrier Arboretum (rain location: Frances Plecker Education Center, Edith J. Carrier Arboretum)

    Young story enthusiasts will develop an understanding of the importance of nature from children’s literature selections. Bring a picnic blanket and picnic lunch for after story time and plan to explore miles of arboretum trails. No advance registration is needed.

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

  • Sep 12
    ICCE Event: Innovation, Collaboration, Creativity, Entrepreneurship

    Start the conversation! Join us on Friday, Sept. 12, at the Festival Conference and Student Center for a high energy evening celebrating JMU Entrepreneurs and featuring: JMU Student Pitch Competition, TED Talks, Networking with Alumni, Faculty, and Students, Great Food and More! Click here for more information and to register.

  • Sep 12
    EMERGENCY written and performed by Daniel Beaty

    "The most important new American drama since Angels in America - NYTHEATRE.COM

    A slave ship emerges in front of the Statue of Liberty sending New York City into a whirlwind of emotion in Daniel Beaty’s explosive, solo tour-de-force featuring slam poetry, multi-character transformation, and song. One of the most acclaimed, new playwrights and performers of our time, Beaty portrays a cast of 40 characters who all respond to the unexpected phenomenon. Through the characters’ individual responses to this surreal happening and their varied testimonies on identity and personal freedom, EMERGENCY weaves a stirring commentary on what it is to be human and the longing to be free. Adult content and language.

    For tickets and further information, visit http://www.jmu.edu/forbescenter/events/2014/09/12-daniel-beaty-emergency.shtml.

  • Sep 15
    Denson Paul Pollard, bass trombone

    A bass/tenor trombonist with the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, Denson Paul Pollard has played in solo recitals all over the world and has performed with numerous shows, including tours of the revival of Showboat and the Off-Broadway touring production of Annie.

    For tickets and further information, visit http://www.jmu.edu/forbescenter/events/2014/09/15-denson-paul-pollard.shtml

  • Sep 24
    Conference - Seeding the Future of African American Poetry

    Seeding the Future of African American Poetry: Sept. 24-27, 2014Held only once a decade, this much-anticipated gathering of poets and scholars features readings by many of the best established and emerging African American poets writing today—and all of these readings are free and open to the public.

    For more information and to reserve your place at the Furious Flower Poetry Conference, please visit FuriousFlower2014.com, or call us at (540) 568-8883.

    James Madison University and the Furious Flower Poetry Center are committed to creating events that are accessible to all. If you need an accommodation related to a disability or condition please contact us at least two weeks in advance to ensure that we are able to best meet your needs. You can email or call Elizabeth Hoover: hoovered@jmu.edu or 540-568-2694.


    Schedule of Events

    The following is subject to change as we get closer to the conference. Last updated July 8, 2014. Most of the events are free and open to the public. Those *with asterisks* require registration or tickets.

    If you intend to drive onto the JMU campus, please consult our parking guide.

    Wednesday, September 24, 2014

    1 – 5 p.m. Registration, Festival Conference Center (upper level)

    6 – 7:30 Gallery opening and reception, Duke Hall Gallery

    Time collapses as Nigerian artist Wole Lagunju merges images from the Victorian era with Yoruba Gelede to create intriguing paintings, and pop culture becomes bedfellows with archetypal imagery in his kaleidoscopic works. Such genre-bending speaks to the notions of identity, gender, power, and difference. It also generates conversations about multiculturalism, globalization and transcultural ethos.

    8 p.m. *Opening concert,* Forbes Center for the Performing Arts

    Fusion: Poetry Voiced in Choral Song: featuring Aurelia Williams (soloist), Morgan State University Choir, and JMU Chorale with original music composed by Randy Klein and based on the poetry of Margaret Walker, Michael Harper, and Yusef Komunyakaa

    Thursday, September 25, 2014

    8 a.m. – 5 p.m. Registration, Festival Conference Center Lobby

    8 – 8:30 a.m. *Continental breakfast,* Festival Conference Center Ballroom

    8:30 – 9:15 a.m. Opening session, Festival Conference Center Ballroom

    Documentary: Furious Flower I and II
    Occasion by Joanne Gabbin, executive director of Furious Flower Poetry Center
    Welcome by Jonathan Alger, president of James Madison University

    9:30 – 11:30 a.m. Critics’ roundtable, Festival Conference Center Ballroom

    The Black Avant-Garde: Formal Poetic Innovation by Black Artists in America, moderated by Lauri Ramey, California State University, Los Angeles

    11:45 a.m. – 1:15 p.m. Lunch break

    1:30 – 3:30 p.m. Special session, Festival Conference Center Ballroom

    S.O.S. Calling All Black People: Honoring the Memory of Amiri Baraka, moderated by Sonia Sanchez with poetry readings by Tony Medina, Jessica Care Moore, Evie Shockley, Quincy Troupe, Eugene Redmond

    4 – 5:15 p.m. Concurrent sessions, Taylor Hall (session titles and locations TBA)

    5:30 – 7:30 p.m. Dinner break

    8 – 10:30 p.m. Poetry reading, Wilson Hall Auditorium

    Nikki Giovanni, Thomas Sayers Ellis (with James Brandon Lewis), Brenda Marie Osbey, Marilyn Nelson, Aracelis Girmay, Michael Afaa Weaver, Patricia Smith

    Friday, September 26, 2014

    8 a.m. – 5 p.m. Registration, Festival Conference Center Lobby

    7:30 – 8:30 a.m. *Continental breakfast,* Taylor Hall (307)

    8 – 9:15 a.m. Concurrent sessions, Taylor Hall (session titles and locations TBA)

    10 a.m. – 12 p.m. Critics’ roundtable, Festival Conference Center Ballroom

    Poetry of the African Diaspora, moderated by Daryl Cumber Dance, University of Richmond

    12:15 – 1:45 p.m. Lunch break

    *Laureate’s luncheon,* Festival Conference Center Ballroom (tickets required):
    Introduction by Nikki Giovanni, Distinguished Professor at Virginia Tech
    Keynote by Rita Dove, Commonwealth Professor at University of Virginia

    2:15 – 4:45 p.m. Poetry reading, Wilson Hall Auditorium

    Rita Dove, Frank X Walker, Ekere Mariahadessa Tallie, Elizabeth Alexander, Cornelius Eady, Toi Derricotte, Nikky Finney, Yusef Komunyakaa, Ishmael Reed

    6:30 – 7 p.m. Gallery opening and reception, Festival Conference Center's Lisanby Museum

    For the last Furious Flower Poetry Conference in 2004, Malaika Favorite was commissioned to paint a 24-portrait museum piece to serve as the major attraction, and it is featured here. Favorite layered the portraits of famous black poets with fragments of the poets’ writing and images to create, as art historian Maureen Shanahan writes in the International Journal of Art & Design Education (June 2010), “an interactive visual-textual body of poets and poetry.”

    7:30 – 10 p.m. *Lifetime Achievement awards gala,* Festival Conference Center Ballroom

    10:30 p.m. – 1 a.m. Poetry jam, Festival Conference Center Ballroom

    Tyehimba Jess, Kamilah Aisha Moon, Dawn Lundy Martin, Douglas Kearney, Mendi Lewis Obadike, Tennessee Reed

    Saturday, September 27, 2014

    8 a.m. – 12 p.m. Registration, Festival Conference Center Lobby

    7:30 – 8:30 a.m. *Continental breakfast,* Taylor Hall (307)

    8 – 9:15 a.m. Concurrent sessions, Taylor Hall (session titles and locations TBA)

    10 a.m. – 12 p.m. Critics’ roundtable, Grafton-Stovall Theatre

    Going Too Far: The Queer Poetics Distraction from Issues of Race and Class, moderated by Jericho Brown, Emory University

    12 – 1:15 p.m. Lunch break

    12:30 – 5 p.m. Special session for K – 12 teachers, Taylor Hall (405)

    Presented by University of Virginia’s Center for Liberal Arts: an introductory panel on teaching African American poetry (confers professional development credits and requires separate registration; email rla@virginia.edu)

    1:30 – 3 p.m. Open mic, Grafton-Stovall Theatre

    3:30 – 5:30 p.m. Poetry reading, Grafton-Stovall Theatre

    Naomi Long Madgett, Remica Bingham-Risher, Jericho Brown, Camille Dungy, Patricia Spears Jones, Duriel Harris, Samantha Thornhill, A. Van Jordan, Michael Harper (with Paul Austerlitz)

    5:45 – 7:45 p.m. Dinner break

    8 – 10:30 p.m. *Conference finale,* Wilson Hall Auditorium

    Praised for his music’s “elusive beauty” (DownBeat), and for his “style informed by tradition but not encumbered by it” (Philadelphia City Paper), saxophonist Ravi Coltrane brings his quartet to JMU for the close of the 2014 Furious Flower Poetry Conference. 

  • Oct 13
    Flu Vaccine Clinic

    Oct. 13 | 9am-5pm | University Health Center

    Free flu shots for Aetna and Anthem members (FluMist $40)

    The cost without Aetna or Anthem health insurance is $23 flu shot, $40 FluMist (ages 4-49).

    Forms of payment accepted are cash, check, and credit card, but NO FLEX. Receipts will be provided for other insurance reimbursement.

    The vaccine is being provided by Maxim Health Systems for two days only, Oct. 13 in the University Health Center from 9-5, and Oct. 14 in the Festival Highlands Room from 8-2:30.

  • Oct 14
    Flu Vaccine Clinic

    Oct. 14 | 8am-2:30pm | Festival Highlands Room

    Free flu shots for Aetna and Anthem members (FluMist $40)

    The cost without Aetna or Anthem health insurance is $23 flu shot, $40 FluMist (ages 4-49).

    Forms of payment accepted are cash, check, and credit card, but NO FLEX. Receipts will be provided for other insurance reimbursement.

    The vaccine is being provided by Maxim Health Systems for two days only, Oct. 13 in the University Health Center from 9-5, and Oct. 14 in the Festival Highlands Room from 8-2:30.

  • Nov 22
    Thanksgiving Break

    Nov. 22-30

    Classes do not meet.

  • Nov 27
    Thanksgiving Holiday

    Nov. 27-28

    University closed.

  • Dec 1
    Classes resume

    Classes meet as scheduled.

  • Dec 8
    Final examinations

  • Dec 13
    Winter Break

    Dec. 13, 2014-Jan. 11, 2015

    Classes do not meet.

  • Dec 13
    Commencement

    10 a.m.
    JMU Convocation Center

  • Dec 24
    Holiday

    Dec. 24-31

    University closed.

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