It’s April and that means there’s more going on than we can keep up with here at TheDEN. Good news for you: There’s lots to do this weekend (April 11-13). Be sure to check out the events calendar, but here’s a taste:
• Pulitzer Prize-winning historian David Brion Davis discusses his latest book, The Problem of Slavery in the Age of Emancipation—the final book in his trilogy about the subject — at 3 p.m. Friday in Herrick Hall. Davis is a Yale University professor of history emeritus and director emeritus of the Gilder Lehrman Center for the Study of Slavery, Resistance, and Abolition. He is also the recipient of the National Book Award and the Bancroft Prize.
• Relay For Life—an 18-hour event to raise money for the American Cancer Society — gets under way Friday evening at 6 p.m. in the Mitchell Center. There’s a relay, of course, and way more happening all night long, like a cappella group performances, a midnight concert by the Super Mash Bros, a drag show, and a candlelight ceremony to remember those who have died from cancer and those still fighting.
• The Theatre Department’s Spring Thing, developed from spring semester coursework, is a series of short plays directed by faculty, including two original works by Denison faculty Peter Pauzé and Mark Evans Bryan, and built from the ground up by students, who have worked to build sets, design costumes, memorize lines, and embrace their characters. Performances are at 8 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, and at 3 p.m. on Sunday, in Ace Morgan Theatre.
• If music is your thing, check out the Rococoa Wind Quintet concert at 7 p.m. on Saturday, or the Suzuki student recital on at 3 p.m. on Sunday. Both programs will take place in Burke Recital Hall, but they’re only holding one performance each, so don’t miss them!
• And if you’re headed off campus, check out alumna Jennifer Garner’s new flick, Draft Day, which is raking in the reviews and opens nationwide Friday. Garner ’94 plays Ali Parker, the salary cap manager for the Cleveland Browns, and stars opposite Kevin Costner playing Sonny Weaver, general manager of the team, who is working to secure the No. 1 NFL draft pick. Drama ensues. A clip from the movie and an short interview with Jennifer talking about being back in Ohio, the home state of her alma mater, are included in the video above.
As always, come on down and support the Big Red. We have a wealth of varsity sports events taking place on campus, including Saturday/Sunday baseball double-headers against Ohio Wesleyan; a softball double-header against Case Western Reserve; a women’s lacrosse match against Ohio Wesleyan; a women’s tennis match against Kalamazoo; and the Ted Barclay Memorial Men’s Golf Invitational at the Granville Golf Course. And if you can’t make it to the game, remember you can find streaming video, real-time stats, and plenty more at DenisonBigRed.com.