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Series Respects Differences and Seeks to Find Common Ground Through the Humanities, Arts, Public Policy, Government Relations and More

“The questions and topics may be philosophical,” says Rodney Frey. “But it all boils down to how we deal with people who are different and build partnerships in all walks of life – in businesses, neighborhoods, towns and nations.”

Frey, professor of ethnography and distinguished humanities professor at the University of Idaho, will tap colleagues at the state’s land-grant institution for a series of 14 events in Boise, Coeur d’Alene and Moscow from September through December. The series continues into 2012 with roughly 20 additional events.

The events are collected under an umbrella theme, “Turning of the Wheel: The Interplay Between Our Diversity and Universality.” The theme draws heavily on indigenous peoples’ world view of navigating the challenges and opportunities that we find in life.

The offerings include theatre and music performances, lectures and art exhibits.

“The whole series will focus on communications about our different values,” Frey says. “Such as how do we communicate through law, through art, through public policy and through government relations? And how do we collaborate and build community with those who have different values?”

Frey says the many academic disciplines included in the series should appeal to people who have a wide range of interests.

Frey is the second distinguished humanities professor in the College of Letters, Arts and Social Sciences. The events in the University of Idaho Humanities Series are supported, in part, by the College of Letters, Arts and Social Sciences, the University of Idaho Humanities Endowment, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and gifts from the Friends of the College of Letters, Arts and Social Sciences.

Most events are free; all are open to the public. For complete details, visit www.webpages.uidaho.edu/humanities/index.htm. For more information, call (208) 885-6268.

SCHEDULE AT A GLANCE: September

Sept. 8, 7 p.m.: Series keynote address: "Turning of the Wheel: Meeting the Challenges and Charting the World with Spokes and a Hub," presented by Rodney Frey, professor of ethnography and distinguished humanities professor. University of Idaho-Coeur d’Alene, Harbor Center Building, 1031 N. Academic Way, Coeur d’Alene.

Sept. 12, 7 p.m.: Series keynote address: "Turning of the Wheel: Meeting the Challenges and Charting the World with Spokes and a Hub," presented by Rodney Frey, professor of ethnography and distinguished humanities professor. University of Idaho-Moscow, Administration Building Auditorium, 851 Campus Dr., Moscow.

Sept. 13, 12:30 p.m.: “Invisible Spokes: The Ubiquity of Magic in the West,” a presentation by Garth Reese, associate professor of religious studies and head of the university library’s special collections. His talk is part of the Malcolm Renfrew Interdisciplinary Colloquium. Idaho Commons Whitewater Room, 875 S. Line St., Moscow.

Sept. 21, 7 p.m.: “The Village Sings and Drums and Dances,” an evening of engaged voices and rhythms presented by Dan Bukvich, professor of music, with Navin Chettri and the university’s Jazz Choir I. Prichard Art Gallery, 414 Main St., Moscow.

Sept. 27, 12:30 p.m.: "Better Living through Philosophy: Ways of Knowing and the Search for Common Ground," a presentation by Michael O'Rourke, professor of philosophy. His talk is part of the Malcolm Renfrew Interdisciplinary Colloquium. Idaho Commons Whitewater Room, 875 S. Line St., Moscow.

Sept. 29 – Oct. 9, Matinee and evening performances: “Adoration of Dora: A Play With Text and Images,” written by master of fine arts student Lauren "Lojo" Simon and directed by Robert Caisley, professor of theatre. Hartung Theatre, 625 Stadium Dr., Moscow. Ticket information is available through the University of Idaho Ticket Office, (208) 885-7212.

SCHEDULE AT A GLANCE: October

Oct. 4, 12:30 p.m.: “Art about Art: Collaboration and Expression of Self and Other in Creating New Work for Theatre," is a panel discussion focused on the original play “Adoration of Dora.” Panelists include Robert Caisley, associate professor of theatre, and student playwright Lauren "Lojo" Simon. The panel is part of the Malcolm Renfrew Interdisciplinary Colloquium. Idaho Commons Whitewater Room, 875 S. Line St., Moscow.

Oct. 18, 12:30 p.m.: "Reflections on Serving under Seven University of Idaho Presidents - Representing the University in All Its Diversity and Universality," a talk by Marty Peterson, special assistant to the president for governmental relations. His talk is part of the Malcolm Renfrew Interdisciplinary Colloquium. Idaho Commons Whitewater Room, 875 S. Line St., Moscow.

SCHEDULE AT A GLANCE: November

Nov. 1
, 12:30 p.m.: "Removing the Mask: The Personal Essay as an Epistemological Instrument in the Unique and the Universal," a talk by Brandon Schrand, assistant professor of English and director of the MFA program in creative writing. His talk is part of the Malcolm Renfrew Interdisciplinary Colloquium. Idaho Commons Whitewater Room, 875 S. Line St., Moscow.

Nov. 8, 7 p.m.: "Akwaaba and the Organization of Traditional Music and Dance in Ghanaian Culture," an evening workshop and performance presented by Barry Bilderback, assistant professor of music. Prichard Art Gallery, 414 S. Main St., Moscow

Nov. 15, 12:30 p.m.: "Governing in an Era of Crisis: The Rule of Law and Emergency Powers," a talk by David Adler, James A. McClure professor and director, James and Louise McClure Center for Public Policy Research. His talk is part of the Malcolm Renfrew Interdisciplinary Colloquium. Idaho Commons Whitewater Room, 875 S. Line St., Moscow.

Nov. 29, 7 p.m.: “Essays on the Unique and Universal.” An evening of essay readings around the interplay between the unique and universal. The essays are the work of Brandon Schrand’s students in the University of Idaho MFA program in creative writing. Prichard Art Gallery, 414 S. Main St., Moscow.

SCHEDULE AT A GLANCE: December

Dec. 6, 12:30 p.m.: "What is Universal about the University: Atomism and Holism from Classical Greece to Modern Biology," a talk by James Foster, professor of biology and computer science. His talk is part of the Malcolm Renfrew Interdisciplinary Colloquium. Idaho Commons Whitewater Room, 875 S. Line St., Moscow.