For twenty-six years, Wheaton's annual Academic Festival has celebrated student scholarship and creativity. We hold the festival as a month long event, with a series of programs that will recognize the efforts of many Wheaton students. The Academic Festival launches with our annual Spring Gala for the opening of the main stage production. It will continue to feature an energizing and extraordinary exhibition of student work from across the academic disciplines in conjunction with Welcome to Wheaton Day. In recognition of there work, we hold a celebration of scholarship and creative work at our Academic Festival Banquet (by invitation) for Academic Festival nominees and their sponsors as well.
Academic Festival XXVI, spring 2017 schedule
The 2017 Spring Gala
Opening celebration of the 26th Academic Festival, hosted by the Wheaton College May Fellows.
6:30-8:00 pm, Haas Concourse & Lobby, Watson Fine Arts
April 6-8 & April 13-15
A Brief History of the Earth and Everything in It...
Written by Dave Rabinow, '96 co-directed by Stephanie Burlington Daniels and Courtney Roque ‘17.
A Brief History (ABHOTE) is the story of a school besieged by the forces of right-wing Christian fundamentalism. A small cadre of third-graders seek to subvert the paradigm by joining forces and channeling the most powerful force in the universe: the song-and-dance musical! ABHOTE reminds us that, when things look bleak, creativity and intelligence will always trump the powers that be. 7:30 pm, Weber Theatre, Watson Fine Arts (4/6 & 4/13—8:00pm)
Academic Festival Recital
The Music Department’s most gifted student performers demonstrate mastery in voice, piano, strings and wind instruments.
5:00 pm, Woolley Room, Mary Lyon Hall
Gallery Opening and Reception
Aesthetics: 2017 Senior Studio Art Majors’ Exhibition
Painting, printmaking, graphic design, drawing, sculpture, photography, installation art and video are included in this annual show, which is coordinated this year by Professor Patty Stone.
The exhibit runs through May 12th in the Beard & Weil Galleries.
5:30-8:30 pm, Haas Concourse & Lobby, Watson Fine Arts
The Wandering Rhapsodes
Be on the lookout around campus during the day for this peripatetic celebration of Homer’s
Odyssey. Department of Classics.
Poster Session (Academic Festival Poster session 2017 brochure)
Posters presenting work by students from the natural and social sciences. 11 am-1:00 p.m., (Preview at 10:30 a.m.), Davis Spencer Cafe, Mars Center for Science & Technology
Honors Projects English
Graduating seniors in the English Department will share their experiences working on a year-long independent writing project with their faculty advisors and answer questions from the audience. The department Chair will moderate.
12:00-12:45 pm, Cole Room, Wallace Library
Education Projects Showcase
Mindfulness in School and Society; Original Children’s Picture Books; Digital Teaching Stories
12:30-2:00 pm, The Dimple
April 24-May 5
World War I: A Centenary Retrospective
Poster Display of Trench Warfare in Northwestern Europe; The Ottoman Empire and Gallipoli; The Somme, Verdun, World War I Weapons Technology; U-Boat Warfare and the U.S. entry into the War ; The American Expeditionary Force (AEF); Yankee Division (26th Infantry Division) and World War I
Knapton Lobby, Knaption Hall
Embracing Hybridity: An Haitian American Positionality in America
5:00-6:00 pm, Meneely 103
Academic Festival Banquet
A dinner by invitation for student participants in the Academic
Festival and their faculty sponsors.
5:00 pm, Faculty Dining Room, Emerson
Senior Studio Art Majors’ Oral Presentations
See also Senior Studio Art Majors’ Exhibition, listed under April 20th.
6:30 pm, Watson 122, Watson Fine Arts
Creative Writing Program Senior Reading
Seniors graduating with a major in Creative Writing and Literature read original works of fiction, poetry and drama. This reading is dedicated to Sue Standing, Professor of English and Writer in Residence in honor of her retirement. 5:00 pm, Woolley Room, Mary Lyon Hall
May Fellows Colloquium
6:00-7:00 pm, Holman Room, Mary Lyon Hall
Wheaton Honors Convocation
Wheaton’s annual celebration of student excellence, at which college and departmental prizes are awarded. 5:00 pm, Cole Memorial Chapel
Wheaton College Dance Company
The ensemble, performing under the direction of Artistic Director Andrea Taylor-Blenis, features the premier of an original work by Island Moving Company member and Visiting Artist, Shane Farrell.
7:30 pm, Weber Theatre, Watson Fine Arts