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Dr. Alexis Baldacci to present “Anti-Racism: Cuba, the United States and the Pursuit of Racial Equality”

Lyon College will continue its series of Black History Month events on Thursday, Feb. 9, at 7 p.m. with a presentation titled “Anti-Racism: Cuba, the United States and the Pursuit of Racial Equality” by Lyon College Assistant Professor of History Dr. Alexis Baldacci.

The free lecture will be open to the public and presented in the Nucor Auditorium of the Lyon Business and Economics Building on the Lyon College campus, 2300 Highland Rd., Batesville.

“At times allies and at others enemies, the histories of Cuba and the United States have been deeply entwined since the 19th century,” said Dr. Baldacci. “This talk explores connection points in the pursuit of racial equality in these two countries from the 1890s to the 2020s.”

Beginning with U.S. intervention in the Cuban independence struggle in 1898, the presentation will explore the different approaches each place took to ending racism in the 1960s and 1970s, and end with a look at the role of race and injustice in recent protest movements in both places.

Dr. Baldacci is a historian who specializes on the Cold War in Latin America. She earned her Ph.D. from the University of Florida in 2018, and she has published and presented nationally on Cuban youth, food and consumer culture. She is preparing her book manuscript, “I, The Revolution: Austerity, Identity, and Desire in Cuba, 1971-1991,” for publication and she teaches courses on Latin American and World History at Lyon College.

Additional Black History Month events at Lyon College include the following:

Black Student Association 50th Anniversary Gala

Saturday, Feb. 11
7 p.m. at Patterson Dining Hall, Edwards Commons

Lyon College, 2300 Highland Rd., Batesville

Tickets are available here: https://alumni.lyon.edu/events/bsa-50th-anniversary-celebration/tickets

 

Open Mic Night
Monday, Feb. 13

7 p.m. at Maxfield Room, Edwards Commons

Lyon College, 2300 Highland Rd., Batesville

 

Lecture: “African Americans and the American Revolution”

Speaker: Dr. Kieran J. O'Keefe, Visiting Assistant Professor of History
Thursday, Feb. 16

7 p.m. at Nucor Auditorium, Lyon Building
Lyon College, 2300 Highland Rd., Batesville

 

Movie Night
Monday, Feb. 20

7 p.m. at Maxfield Room, Edwards Commons
Lyon College, 2300 Highland Rd., Batesville

 

Men's Alumni Panel

Thursday, Feb. 23

7 p.m. at Maxfield Room, Edwards Commons
Lyon College, 2300 Highland Rd., Batesville

For more information about Black History Month at Lyon College, please contact Pam Palermo at Pamela.Palermo@lyon.edu.

Posted by Carol Langston at Thursday, February 2, 2023

Dr. Scott Roulier to speak on contemporary India at Lyon College event

Lyon College will kick off its spring 2023 convocation series with a presentation by Lyon College faculty member Dr. Scott Roulier titled “Contemporary India: A View from the Backseat of an Auto-rickshaw” on Thursday, Feb. 9, at 4 p.m. in the Nucor Auditorium of the Lyon Business and Economics Building, 2300 Highland Rd., Batesville.

The lecture is free and open to the public.

Using a number of vignettes—from urban animals to modernist architecture, from cremation ghats to militant vegetarianism—this lecture will try to provide a general sketch of some of the successes of the world’s largest and most diverse democracy as well as the religious conflicts and authoritarian political maneuvers that threaten to undermine it.

"India has piqued my interest for many years,” said Dr. Roulier. “Receiving a Fulbright grant to teach, conduct research and travel in India last spring was a great privilege. I hope to be able to convey at least a little bit of the richness of that experience.”

Dr. Roulier received his Ph.D. in Politics from the University of Virginia and currently occupies the David Trimble Chair of Political Philosophy at Lyon College. He teaches courses primarily in political theory and constitutional law. Secondary teaching interests include urban politics and environmental politics.

In 2005, he was named the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching/CASE Arkansas Professor of the Year. He is also the author of two books: “Kantian Virtue at the Intersection of Politics and Nature” (the University of Rochester Press, 2004) and “Shaping American Democracy: Landscapes and Urban Design” (Palgrave, 2018). He has been the recipient of both a German Academic Exchange Service Fellowship (DAAD) and a Fulbright Fellowship and has been a scholar in residence at Tübingen University (Germany) and Massey University (New Zealand).

Lyon College students, faculty, staff, and guests gather regularly for academic convocations and lectures on issues relevant to Lyon College, the community, or society at large.

"We are excited to hear from Dr. Roulier about his first-hand insight into India, a ‘land of many names,’ where he recently taught and researched during the spring semester of 2022,” said Dr. Michael Oriatti, chair of the Lyon College Convocation Committee.

For more information about the presentation, please contact Dr. Oriatti at Michael.Oriatti@lyon.edu.

Posted by Carol Langston at Thursday, February 2, 2023

Lyon College announces winter weather closing on Thursday

The Lyon College campus will be closed Thursday, Feb. 2, because of inclement weather. All classes (including evening classes) will be canceled and offices will be closed.

Lyon College dining services will be open for brunch from 10:45 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and dinner from 4:45-6 p.m. 

Students, faculty and staff should monitor their Lyon College email, the Lyon College website, lyon.edu, and local media outlets for information.

Posted by Carol Langston at Wednesday, February 1, 2023

Lyon College announces winter weather closing on Wednesday, Feb. 1

The Lyon College campus will be closed Wednesday, Feb. 1, because of inclement weather. All classes (including evening classes) will be canceled and offices will be closed.

Lyon College dining services will be open for brunch from 10:45 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and dinner from 4:45-6 p.m.

The Black History Month Women's Alumni Panel, originally scheduled for Wednesday at 7 p.m., will be rescheduled for a later date.

Students, faculty and staff should monitor their Lyon College email, the Lyon College website, lyon.edu, and local media outlets for information.

Posted by Carol Langston at Tuesday, January 31, 2023

Lyon College Music presents Chess in concert starting February 9

Lyon College Music is proud to present Chess, in concert, in Sloan Auditorium, Brown Fine Arts Building. Mark your calendars as showings will be held on February 9 through February 11, starting at 7:30 p.m., and February 12, starting at 2 p.m.

Lyon students, faculty and staff will be admitted to the show for free, while general admission tickets will be $10.

Chess showcases music by Benny Andersson and Björn Ulvaeus of the pop group ABBA, lyrics by Ulvaeus and Tim Rice, and book by Rice. 

Chess is used as a metaphor for romantic rivalries and the US-Soviet rivalry during the Cold War. The main characters form a love triangle: the ill-mannered American Grandmaster, the intense Russian champion who plans on defecting to the West, and the Hungarian-American female chess second, who arrives at the International Championships with the American but falls in love with the Russian. 

From Bangkok to Budapest, the players, lovers, politicians, and spies all struggle to get the upper-hand. Chess allegorically reflects the Cold War tensions present in the 1980's. 

The musical has been referred to as a metaphor for the whole Cold War, with the insinuation being made that the Cold War is itself a manipulative game.

The wonderful performance will be directed by Lyon College’s very own Kristian Ameigh, with the cast being filled out by the following:

Garrett Russell as Anatoly

Logan Richerson as Molokov

Valley Murrell as the Arbiter

Amanda Shelley as de Courcey

Rebecca Ward as Svetlana

Carolyn Reed as Florence

Tyler Serracino as Frederick

at Tuesday, January 31, 2023