Creative Conversations at the Norton Center shine a light on human interests, current events, and issue-based topics that may challenge our everyday thinking, increase our awareness, and help us to expand our exploration of the human condition.   The Norton Center is committed to engaging our campus, local, and regional communities in creative experiences, therefore these conversations often connect directly with academic classes, topics, and discussions already occurring throughout the campus and community.  Each event is custom-selected to educate, illuminate, and inspire.

*Information will also be added to each artists’ performance page once official times and locations have been determined. 

Creative Conversations during the 2019-2020 Season will occur as part of the following performances:

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US and Russia: A Cultural Ideology 

Day & Date: Tuesday, October 1, 2019

Beginning & Ending Time: 11:30a – 12:30p

Location: Weisiger Theater

Description: Part of the newly endowed CREATIVE CONVERSATIONS program, this Common Hour talk will focus on the current perceptions Americans have on Russia and also the perceptions Russians have on the US.  More importantly, this discussion will include the value of the arts and culture as a way to show that we are more alike than different.

Rationale: With all that is being said about the current relationship between America and Russia, here is an opportunity for Centre students to engage with young Russian musicians and have a meaningful dialogue.  Tentative panelists joining the four musicians for this program are Centre professors Jacklyn Johnson (international relations; idealism vs. realism) and Johann Van Niekerk (music and power), and Molly Thomasy Blasing, UK Assistant Professor of Russian Studies who specializes in contemporary Russian culture and social theory.

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Aquila Theatre in George Orwell’s 1984

Newlin Hall  |  6:30 PM  |  Free and Open to the Public

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McGill/McHale Trio with special guest Valerie Coleman

Weisiger Theatre  |  11:30 AM  |  Free and Open to the Public

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Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra

Newlin Hall  |  3 PM  |  Free and Open to the Public

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Support for Creative Conversations has been provided by a gift from Dr. Jeff Johnson, Class of 1995 and Ken Michael.

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