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The Masquers bring Shakespearean comedy ‘Twelfth Night’ to Armstrong Campus

One of William Shakespeare’s most enduring comedies will be on display on Georgia Southern University’s Armstrong Campus in Savannah when The Masquers perform “Twelfth Night” at the Jenkins Hall Mainstage Theatre.

“Twelfth Night,” directed by professor Peter Mellen, Ph.D., tells the story of twins Sebastian and Viola, as well as nobleman Orsino and Lady Olivia. Viola thinks Sebastian has drowned when the two are separated after being shipwrecked.

In order to find work with Orsino, Viola disguises herself as a man, Cesario, which creates a love triangle when Viola (disguised as Cesario) falls in love with Orsino, Orsino falls in love with Olivia and Olivia falls in love with Cesario (Viola).

Paloma Whatley, who plays Viola, said a lot of hard work has gone into the production.

“Working on a Shakespearean play has been pretty challenging to say the least,” she said. “From memorizing lines that feel like a tongue twister every time you speak to understanding the material and trying to interpret it to the best of my ability, it definitely takes time to get it down and practice. Once you understand what you’re saying and can comfortably react it gets more fun each time we do it.”

Mellen said he is treating the show as if Mel Brooks was directing it.

“My favorite part of directing a Shakespearean comedy is the moment when the cast realizes this really is funny, and then they start running with it,” Mellen said.

The show runs from Nov. 8 through Nov. 11. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit the Armstrong Campus Box Office.

Georgia Southern University, a public Carnegie Doctoral/Research institution founded in 1906, offers 141 degree programs serving more than 27,000 students through nine colleges on three campuses in Statesboro, Savannah, Hinesville and online instruction. A leader in higher education in southeast Georgia, the University provides a diverse student population with expert faculty, world-class scholarship and hands-on learning opportunities. Georgia Southern creates lifelong learners who serve as responsible scholars, leaders and stewards in their communities. Visit GeorgiaSouthern.edu.


Master of Fine Arts candidate has steel sculpture exhibition on Statesboro Campus

Master of Fine Arts candidate Kench Lott challenges depth and understanding with steel sculptures in his upcoming exhibition “Mindful Escapism.” The exhibition will be on view from Nov. 5 through 30 at the Center for Art and Theatre’s University Gallery on the Georgia Southern University Statesboro Campus. A public reception will be Friday, Nov. 30 from 5 to 7 p.m. at the gallery.

Lott creates visual paradoxes to generate a mindful form of escapism by working with basic materials such as hollow steel piping and solid steel rods. Lott’s intent with his works is to divert the viewer’s attention away from the distractions of society by challenging their understanding of space and depth.

“My installations act as a catalyst to focus a viewer’s attention to that which is directly in their field of view,”  Lott said. “The structures are visually confusing and sometimes create impossible visual paradoxes that must be studied and contemplated by the viewer.”

Jason Hoelscher, the Betty Foy Sanders Department of Art gallery director in Statesboro, said Lott does a great job of commanding a space with a minimalistic approach.

“Lott’s work for years now has explored issues of just how much presence can be created with open spaces,” Hoelscher said. “Rather than commanding a gallery space with large forms or heavy mass, Kench has zeroed in on how to command space with little more than slivers of form and the shadows they cast. The work becomes less about itself as an object and more a prompt for paying attention to everything going on around it.”

Georgia Southern University, a public Carnegie Doctoral/Research institution founded in 1906, offers 141 degree programs serving more than 27,000 students through nine colleges on three campuses in Statesboro, Savannah, Hinesville and online instruction. A leader in higher education in southeast Georgia, the University provides a diverse student population with expert faculty, world-class scholarship and hands-on learning opportunities. Georgia Southern creates lifelong learners who serve as responsible scholars, leaders and stewards in their communities. VisitGeorgiaSouthern.edu.


Georgia Southern University celebrates 20th annual National French Week

Georgia Southern University will celebrate the history, culture and contributions of the French community during its 20th annual French Week, featuring a series of lectures, performances, meals and more. The celebration will run from Nov. 2 through Nov. 8.

In 1999, Jayne Abrate, executive director of the American Association of Teachers of French, announced National French Week and established it as an annual celebration scheduled during the first week in November. She proposed that students and teachers of French share information about France’s historical influence and the country’s importance in our contemporary world.

University events will be hosted by the Department of History, the Department of Foreign Languages, the Department of Music, Dining Commons, the Zeta Rho chapter of the National French Honor Society, Pi Delta Phi and the Georgia Southern French Club. Events will take place on the Statesboro and Armstrong campuses and are open to the public.

Highlighted events include:

 

Monday, Nov. 5, 4 p.m.

Lecture: “The Costs of Victory: France and the Consequences of the First World War,” by Brian Feltman, Ph.D., from the Department of History

Statesboro Campus: Russell Union 2080

The French were victorious in the First World War, but victory came at a high cost. Almost 1.5 million French servicemen lost their lives on the battlefield, leaving behind 700,000 widows and nearly 1 million orphans. This talk will address the First World War’s impact on French society while stressing the conflict’s consequences for French postwar development.

 

Monday, Nov. 5, 6 p.m.

Film Showing: “Cherchez la femme”/“Some Like it Veiled”

Statesboro Campus: Russell Union Theater

In this 2017 film, Armand and Leila are in love, but when their life together is threatened by the radicalization of Leila’s brother, the young man decides to do everything he can to save their relationship, even if that means dressing up like a woman to see Leila when her brother is present.

 

Tuesday, Nov. 6, 6 p.m.

Mystère à Statesboro, a Murder Mystery in French

Statesboro Campus: Interdisciplinary Academic Building 1012

Participants will practice their investigative and linguistic skills to solve a murder with clues exclusively in French. Some knowledge of French is recommended, although not required. This event is organized by the French Club. The entrance fee is $2 at the door or $1 if participants RSVP in advance to frenchclubgeorgiasouthern@gmail.com. Proceeds benefit the Georgia Southern French Club, a registered student organization.

 

Wednesday, Nov. 7, 4 p.m.

Pi Delta Phi Induction Ceremony

Statesboro Campus: Russell Union 2080

The Zeta Rho Chapter of Pi Delta Phi, the chapter of the National French Honor Society at Georgia Southern will initiate five new members on Nov. 7. The Induction Ceremony will be conducted by the chapter moderator and the Pi Delta Phi Olga South Vice President Olga Amarie, Ph.D. Each inductee will receive a certificate, pin and graduation cords. Pi Delta Phi seeks to recognize outstanding students in French, encourage the love of learning a foreign language and publicize the academic endeavors of students.

 

Thursday, Nov. 8, 4 p.m.

Lecture: “Napoleon Bites: French Vampires from 19th Century Literature”

Statesboro Campus: Russell Union 2080

William Brad Holley, Ph.D., from the Department of Foreign Languages, will discuss three literary works from 19th-century France that prominently feature a vampire or vampire-like creature. Though they are all unified by a few underlying traits, they likewise differ significantly in how these fictional characters manifest vampire traits as well as the social or political implications which attend the nomenclature of vampire.

 

Thursday, Nov. 8, 5 p.m.

Film Showing: “Aya”

Armstrong Campus: Gamble Hall 225

Life in Yopougon, a poor neighborhood of Abidjan on the Ivory Coast, is not always easy, especially for young unmarried women who dream that their lives will resemble an American soap opera. Luckily, friendship and humor are on Aya’s side through the many twists and turns. The film was a nominated for “Best Animated Film” at the Cesar Awards in France.

 

Thursday, Nov. 8, 5-7 p.m.

La Table Française (French Conversation Table)

Statesboro Campus: Dining Commons

The French Conversation Table will take place at Dining Commons in Statesboro. The Department of Foreign Languages’ William Brad Holley, Ph.D., will lead the event, where attendees will practice their language skills in a fun and friendly environment. All levels of learners, from total beginners to native speakers, including the general public, are invited to attend. Dining Commons will serve French food specialties on Nov. 7 and Nov. 8 in the evening. The crêpe station will be open on both days and French dishes, such as chicken fricassee and ratatouille, will be available.

 

For information on the complete list of National French Week events, click here.

Georgia Southern University, a public Carnegie Doctoral/Research institution founded in 1906, offers 141 degree programs serving more than 27,000 students through nine colleges on three campuses in Statesboro, Savannah, Hinesville and online instruction. A leader in higher education in southeast Georgia, the University provides a diverse student population with expert faculty, world-class scholarship and hands-on learning opportunities. Georgia Southern creates lifelong learners who serve as responsible scholars, leaders and stewards in their communities. VisitGeorgiaSouthern.edu.


Senior art exhibition to showcase variety of styles on Armstrong Campus

Art can be expressed in many different forms, and that versatility will be on full display Nov. 12 through 30 during GAMUT, a senior exhibition on the Georgia Southern University Armstrong Campus in Savannah.

GAMUT features the work of student artists Kathryn Percival, Anthony Caracci, Hannah Moore and Antonio Singleton and will present pieces consisting of acrylic paintings on glass, Raku sculpture and pottery, comics, artist’s merchandise, and an imaginative café setting.

One corner of the gallery will exhibit the design work of Percival’s immersive café environment, complete with the branded material of an imaginative establishment titled “The Bombastic Kit•Tea Cat Café.” Its imagery and aesthetics are intended to be reminiscent of the Victorian/Edwardian lithographic poster era and aims to reinforce the playful whimsy and novelty of the cat café.

The floor space will exhibit the sculpture and wheel-thrown pottery of Caracci. Pedestals will showcase his favored Raku fired techniques in ceramics.

“Seasons” by Moore consists of acrylic paintings of natural landscapes on a glass surface, which are exhibited in a manner that shifts the viewer’s perspective.

Singleton’s “Discovery” shows the process of creating a brand and style for illustration design. It showcases sections from his sketchbook as well as the digital process of creating illustration brand style. The goal is to show an illustrator’s behind the scenes process from conception to final designs.

The gallery will be open weekdays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and a reception is scheduled for 5:30 to 7 p.m. on Nov. 30, with a brief talk by the artists at 6 p.m. Admission is free and open to the public.

Georgia Southern University, a public Carnegie Doctoral/Research institution founded in 1906, offers 141 degree programs serving more than 27,000 students through nine colleges on three campuses in Statesboro, Savannah, Hinesville and online instruction. A leader in higher education in southeast Georgia, the University provides a diverse student population with expert faculty, world-class scholarship and hands-on learning opportunities. Georgia Southern creates lifelong learners who serve as responsible scholars, leaders and stewards in their communities. VisitGeorgiaSouthern.edu.


Jazz Ensemble to Host Eric Mintel Jazz Quartet

The Georgia Southern Jazz Ensemble will host the Eric Mintel Jazz Quartet for a Master Class and Concert Oct. 25-26 at the Georgia Southern University Statesboro Campus.
On Thursday, Oct. 25 the Eric Mintel Jazz Quartet will host a master class in the Carol A. Carter Recital Hall on Jazz Improvisation.
On the following day, the Eric Mintel Jazz Quartet will present a concert in the Carol A. Carter Recital Hall at 7:30 P.M.
All events listed above are free and open to the public.
The Eric Mintel Quartet appears in part by a grant from CLEC.