Mead In Action: Music! Drama! Ethics!

Dear Members of the Advisory Board, Jr. Board, Honored Faculty and Friends:

First, a reminder that you can check on Mr. Mead’s condition at the site his daughter Jenny has created.  For those who might have missed the news, Boots has congestive heart failure and is now living at Martha Jefferson House.  He has apparently broken all records as the most visited resident in MJH history, with former students and friends streaming in from all over to visit, share a meal or liberate him for a drive.

Reports are coming in from this year’s honored faculty. (You can read bio’s of the faculty honorees here and short descriptions of their projects here.)

Joel Rubin: The UVA Klezmer Ensemble had a very successful concert on October 24, 2013 in Old Cabell Auditorium featuring the repertoire we’re preparing for our recording project. We also just completed a great 3-day residency with National Heritage Fellow Andy Statman, during which he coached the group twice. Our plan is to go into the studio on December 7-8 to lay down the raw tracks for a CD-length recording. The post-production work will likely take place in spring semester.

Lise Dobrin: The Virginia Anthropology Society, the Virginia Linguistics Club, and the Mead Endowment are pleased to present a live theater production: Mountain Language by Harold Pinter. Pinter’s powerful one-act play dramatizes the situation of many minority people in the world today who are subject to discrimination on the basis of the language they speak. The performances will be held Tuesday Dec. 3, Wednesday Dec. 4, and Thursday Dec. 5 from 7-8 pm in Brooks Hall Commons. Each performance will be followed by audience discussion and dessert buffet. Admission is free and open to the public…It would be wonderful if some of our Mead sponsors will be able to make it. It is going to be terrific!

Jennifer Rubenstein: Global Ethics Class discussion of ethical/philosophical dimensions of aid allocation, where students decided collectively where to donate $100 (they chose Islamic Relief USA)…Dinner with 4 refugees/immigrant speakers (From Burundi, Nepal, Ukraine, and Iraq) organized with the help of the International Rescue Committee in Charlottesville. Speakers addressed the whole group of students, then talked with smaller groups of students over dinner.  This went extremely well– I think it has been the high point of the semester so far…Next week we have an aid worker coming to visit the class; he will give a presentation, followed by informal pizza/discussion.

Thank you, Joel, Lise and Jen for your reports…and all you are doing to engage students!


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