Torero Tidbits: Cropper Series Event Tonight; Music Concerts, Guest Speaker; Black History Month Events

Torero Tidbits: Cropper Series Event Tonight; Music Concerts, Guest Speaker; Black History Month Events

Lindsey J. Cropper Memorial Writers Series Welcomes Alexander Chee to USD Tonight

Nonfiction writer Alexander Chee, author of the novels, Edinburgh, The Queen of the Night and an essay collection, How to Write an Autobiographical Novel, will be the featured speaker for the University of San Diego’s first Lindsay J. Cropper Memorial Writers Series event of the spring semester.

Chee’s appearance, which will include him doing a reading of his work, followed by a question-and-answer session and then a book signing and dessert reception, begins at 7 p.m. in Mother Rosalie Hill Hall’s Warren Auditorium. This event, sponsored by the College of Arts and Sciences’ Department of English, is free and open to the public.

Chee, who is an associate professor of English and Creative Writing at Dartmouth College, is a contributing editor at The New Republic and an editor at large at VQR. His essays and stories have appeared in The New York Times Book Review, T Magazine, Tin House, Slate, and Guernica, among others. He won the 2003 Whiting Award, a 2004 NEA Fellowship in prose and a 2010 MCCA Fellowship, and residency fellowships from the MacDowell Colony, the VCCA, Civitella Ranieri and Amtrak.

Music Department Concerts On-, Off-Campus; Guest Rebekah Moore's Workshops

The end of February is a busy time for USD’s music department with meaningful concert and academic experiences both on- and off-campus.

At 7:30 p.m. on Friday in Founders Hall’s French Parlor, the music concert, “Fresh from Hamburg: Music by Georg Philip Telemann,” will take place. The performers are the Ritornello Baroque Collective, USD music faculty Marianne Pfau, Ramon Negron Perez and Takae Ohnishi. Tickets for this performance range from $5-$10. Seating is on first-come, first-served basis.

On Saturday, Feb. 22, the USD Choral Leadership Collaboratory and SACRA/PROFANA presents “Choral Portraits: Anne Frank and Dietrich Bonhoeffer.” This concert is performed in memory of the 75th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz and Holocaust Memorial Day (Jan. 27, 2020). It will take place off campus at Temple Emanu-el, 6299 Capri Dr., San Diego, 92120.

The USD Choral Leadership Collaboratory and SACRA/PROFANA will perform Thomas Lloyd's Six Meditations from Bonhoeffer and Linda Tutas Haugen's Anne Frank: A Living Voice in a moving exploration of the lives of two iconic figures from Holocaust. The combined ensembles will be accompanied by string quartet, vibraphone and piano.

On Wednesday and Thursday, Feb. 26-27, the Music Department welcomes Rebekah Moore, PhD, an assistant professor of music industry and the graduate coordinator for arts administration and cultural engagement at Northeastern University, to the USD campus.

Moore will host an interactive workshop on Feb. 26 at 4 p.m. in the Humanities Center under the title of “Advocacy, Activism and the Arts.”  Learn more here. Moore will then host a Careers in Music Workshop on Feb. 27, from 12:15 to 1:30 p.m. in Camino Hall 153, focusing on arts advocacy, administration and social justice.

Remaining USD Black History Month Events in February

The month of February is a chance to educate and celebrate Black history, people, achievements and culture. At USD, multiple campus community members, including the Black Student Resource Commons, University Ministry, Copley Library, Torero Program Board, the USD Alumni Association, United Front Multicultural Commons and Theatre Department are hosting events now through Feb. 27.

Thursday, Feb. 20 (off campus): USD and San Diego Public Library present — “The Depths of Black Silence,” 6:30 p.m.-8 p.m. at the San Diego Central Library at the Joan Λ Irwin Jacobs Common. A USD professors panel consisting of moderator Vanjury Dozier (education librarian), Channon Sierra Miller (history) and Cory Charles Gooding (political science) will discuss Michelle Norris’ book, “The Grace of Silence,” exploring how silence is interwoven with respectability, shame and anger as it permeates familial interactions, gender dynamics and conceptions of Black citizenship. The library is located at 330 Park Blvd., San Diego.

Monday, Feb. 24: USD’s Copley Library presents — “Eavesdropping on America’s Conversation on Race” features NPR’s Michele Norris discussing “The Race Card Project,” and how six-word snapshots paint a vivid picture of America’s attitudes and experiences about race during a fascinating moment in American history. This event is from 7-9 p.m. in the Kroc Institute for Peace and Justice Theatre. Event is free and open to the public. Register at

Tuesday, Feb. 25: BSRC and Torero Program Board present — Afri Dia Fest, 12:30-2 p.m., Paseo de Colachis.

Tuesday, Feb. 25: The last of four episodes of the Faith and Justice Film Fest’s “When They See Us,” runs from 4-6 p.m. in the Ministry Center (located behind Founders Hall). Co-sponsored by University Ministry and the BSRC, a panel discussion will take place after the episode.

Wednesday, Feb. 26: BSRC and the USD Alumni Association present — Black Alumni Mixer, 7-9 p.m., O’Tooles (connected to La Gran Terraza).

Thursday, Feb. 27: The Commons presents — Collective Conversations, the Black History Month edition, 12:30-2 p.m., SLP 418 (United Front Multicultural Center).

Thursday, Feb. 27: The USD Theatre Department presents — Play reading of “Strange Fruit,” 6 p.m., Black Box Theatre (Camino Hall 131).

— Compiled by Ryan T. Blystone

Michelle Norris will be on the USD campus, Monday, Feb. 24 for an event hosted by Copley Library. Her talk is titled, "Eavesdropping on America's Conversation on Race."Michelle Norris will be on the USD campus, Monday, Feb. 24 for an event hosted by Copley Library. Her talk is titled, "Eavesdropping on America's Conversation on Race."

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