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What to Do for the Rest of November? Some Suggestions

Photos from the exhibit "The World Through Our Eyes," which is in the O'Neill Library Level One Gallery through the end of the month.

By Rosanne Pellegrini | Chronicle Staff

Published: Nov. 15, 2012

Campus cultural offerings over the next few weeks feature a variety of events and performances, from concerts and art exhibits to lectures by prominent authors and a film screening. Here’s a sampling (admission is free unless otherwise noted):

“The Arabian Nights,” Nov. 15-18

Beginning tonight, the Theatre Department presents “The Arabian Nights,” Mary Zimmerman’s adaptation of the ancient Arabic tales. Directed by Associate Professor of Theatre John Houchin, it will be presented on the main stage of the Robsham Theater Arts Center. 

The production centers on Scheherazade, who delays an untimely death at the hands of her husband, the cruel King Shahryar, by entertaining him with a variety of stories for 1,001 consecutive nights. Combining powerful narrative with vibrant music and colorful imagery, this production underscores the importance and power of storytelling.

For more details, including the performance schedule and ticket information ($15; $10 for students, seniors and BC faculty and staff), see or call the Box Office at ext.2-4002.

“The Spirit Lives On: St. Ignatius in Boston,” through Jan. 1.

This Sesquicentennial exhibit in the Burns Library Ford Tower highlights the early champions of the idea of a Jesuit college in Boston, as well as books used in the Boston College 19th century curriculum, Catholic faith-focused student organizations, and the legacy of Boston College Jesuits.

According to exhibit organizers, “the Jesuits in New England faced opposition early on, but were steadfast in their mission. Boston College, both in the early days and as the University we know today, represents the spirit of St. Ignatius.”

For more information, see

“The World Through Our Eyes,” through Nov. 30

As part of BC’s celebration of International Education Week — a nationwide initiative with the goal of fostering international education — this third annual exhibit features 70 photographs taken around the world, by 64 members of the BC community.

According to Jonathan Estwing, international systems administrator in the Office of International Students and Scholars (OISS), the subject matter was left up to the photographers, with the requirement that photographs be taken outside the United States (except for international student submissions), and that they have personal significance to the artist.

“I believe the exhibit is a great success again this year and I have received many positive comments from various community members that have viewed the exhibit,” Estwing said. “It is especially important as part of International Education Week, in that it allows viewers to glimpse all the world has to offer, and will hopefully encourage them to experience different cultures and perhaps even view their own lives from different perspectives.”

The exhibit is on display in the O’Neill Library Level One Gallery. For more information, see

“Angle of Repose,” through Jan. 20

Another photography exhibit in O’Neill, in its Level Three Gallery, features the work of Fine Arts Department adjunct faculty member Toni Pepe Dan.

“Absence and presence is a recurring theme within this series, implying that each image works to reference something beyond the frame,” according to Dan. “Photography best portrays this thematic approach since by nature photographs possess a fundamental quality of absence.  All of the elements within the frame — the props, costumes, and gestures prompt the notion and tangibility of loss and memory.” 

For more information, see

“Music in the Afternoon: Chamber Music Society,” Nov. 19

Adjunct Assistant Professor of Music Sandra Hebert directs the Chamber Music Society’s performance of Brahms’s “Piano Trio in B Major,” and selections from “Zigeunerlieder, Op. 103.”

The concert will be held from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. in Gasson 100. For information, see /music.

 Symphonic Band concert, Nov. 27

Conducted by David Healey, the Symphonic Band will presents its fall concert: “Zadok!,” at 8 p.m. in  Gasson 100. It features the ensemble’s performance of the title piece, “Zadok the Priest,” by George Friedrich Handel, in addition to Lauridsen’s “O Magnum Mysterium” and Elgar’s “Enigma Variations.” For information, contact the BC Bands Office at ext.2-3018 or

Lowell Humanities Series; Anthony Grafton, Nov. 15; Jane Mayer, Nov. 28

The pursuits of Anthony Grafton, the Henry Putnam University Professor of History at Princeton University, include the cultural history of Renaissance Europe, the history of books and readers, the history of scholarship and education in the West from Antiquity to the 19th century, and the history of science from Antiquity to the Renaissance.  His books include two wide-ranging collections of essays, Defenders of the Text and Bring Out Your Dead. He was the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship, the Los Angeles Times Book Prize, the Balzan Prize for History of Humanities, and the Mellon Foundation’s Distinguished Achievement Award.

A writer for The New Yorker since 1995, Mayer is based in Washington, DC, and writes about politics. She has distinguished herself with her coverage of the War on Terror, authoring the best-selling book The Dark Side: The Inside Story of How the War on Terror Turned Into a War on American Ideals, which was chosen by the New York Times, the Economist, Salon, Slate, and Bloomberg as one of the best books of the year. Currently she is writing about elections and campaign reform.

Both events, part of the Lowell Humanities Series, will be held at 7 p.m. in Gasson 100. For information, see /lowell.

“Niños de la Memoria (Children of Memory),” Nov. 28

This film recounts the search for hundreds of children who disappeared during the Salvadoran Civil War, many of them survivors of massacres carried out by the US-trained Salvadoran army. Taken away from massacre sites by soldiers, some grew up in orphanages or were adopted abroad, losing their history and identity. The film will be shown at 7 p.m. in Merkert Room 127, and its producer Kathryn Smith Pyle will be on hand. To learn more about the film, see

For more Boston College events, see the University calendar at