BabsonARTS Spring 2021

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“Art enables us to find ourselves and lose ourselves at the same time.” —Thomas Merton

Acrylic Paint Pour Workshop. Photo by Sydney Logan.

Everything is Worldbuilding: Recreating Ancient Africa for Today Exhibit On View January 25–February 19, M-F 9:00 A.M.–5:00 P.M. (EST) Hollister Gallery Inspired by the aesthetics, philosophies and symbol systems of West Africa and the African Diaspora, artist and educator Stephen Hamilton depicts underrepresented narratives through his public art. Hamilton has learned and taught Yoruba Aso Ofi hand weaving and Adire indigo dying, which he combines with western style portrait painting in large scale multimedia installations. This exhibition is a window into the complex process work needed for creating these installations. This body of mixed media drawings offers a window into Ancient West African worlds through the faces of Boston’s Black Community. Access to the exhibit is limited to current students, staff, and faculty approved to be on campus. Instructions to view the exhibit safely will be posted in the gallery. Artist’s Website:

Tales from the Road with Doc Zorthian,

Worldwide Production Supervisor, Disney’s The Lion King Arts and Business Conversation Friday, February 5, 11:00 A.M. (EST) Virtual Presentation FREE and open to the public. Reservations required at Starting his career Off Off Broadway, Doc Zorthian has toured everything from plays to operas and on Broadway he stage managed Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Crazy for You, and Juan Darién: A Carnival Mass. He started as an Assistant Stage Manager in the original company of Disney’s The Lion King in 1997 and has been with the production ever since. For the last 20 years, Doc has been the Production Supervisor of The Lion King Worldwide, working with a group of talented theatre artists traveling the globe setting up and maintaining all of The Lion King productions. Join us as Doc shares insights from his distinguished career on management styles, cross-cultural relations, and maintaining artistic integrity. The talk will be moderated by Babson’s own Conwell Worthington III, Visiting Lecturer of Marketing/Management. Professor Worthington has held numerous management positions in theater during his 20 year career, including more than four years with Disney’s The Lion King where he worked closely with Mr. Zorthian.

Martin Luther King Jr. Legacy Day Wednesday, February 17, 5:30 P.M. (EST) Virtual Presentation FREE and open to the public. Reservations required at The Babson community remembers, reflects upon, and celebrates the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. This event, now in its 18th year, initiates important conversations to continue the realization of King’s vision of justice, equality, and peace in our own community and in the world at large. The program includes a ceremony recognizing students and faculty through leadership and creativity awards. This year’s keynote speaker will be announced in the early spring. Past speakers have included Steve Pemberton, Mónica Ramírez, Bree Newsome, Thomas Chatterton Williams, and Michele Norris.

Chasing Color: Ashland, MA and Nyanza Exhibit on View

March 8–April 23, M-F 9:00 A.M.–5:00 P.M. (EST) Hollister Gallery This exhibition focuses on Dan Borelli’s ongoing artwork in Ashland, Massachusetts and the EPA’s Superfund site, the Nyanza Colorant Plant. This project encompasses research, activism, social engagement, land ownership, and interventions in public space to address the ongoing issue of a local community residing atop a toxic legacy. But in many ways, it also addresses larger questions about human relationships to the environment, stewardship and the concept of long durations. The exhibition will feature a variety of objects and artifacts from the rich and troubling cultural history of the Nyanza Colorant

Plant— one of the first businesses in the U.S. to chemically produce dye for textiles. The exhibition openly explores how color is tied to culture, time, location, optics, and subjectivity. Access to the exhibit is limited to current students, staff, and faculty approved to be on campus. Instructions to view the exhibit safely will be posted in the gallery. A video introduction by the artist will be available at during the dates of the exhibit. Artist’s Website:

Gender Inclusivity in the Workplace with Josie Kearns Arts and Business Conversation Tuesday, March 16, 6:30 P.M. (EST) Virtual Presentation FREE and open to the public. Reservations required at With American society increasingly aware of gender identity, successful businesses are recognizing the need to incorporate gender inclusivity into a positive employee culture. Yet individuals’ knowledge and experiences exist on a wide spectrum. This training session will meet each person where they are and help them push forward to find more inclusive practices. Josephine Kearns (she/her) is a consultant, educator, and theater artist specializing in transgender, LGBTQIA+, and intersex identities. In theater, Josie is a pioneer in the field of gender consulting. Her work has included projects with Seattle Rep, Kansas City Rep, Chicago Shakespeare theatre, and the Broadway development process of multiple new musicals centering on gender and sexuality.

Waterline Reading Sorenson Arts Series Showcase Scholars Spotlight Wednesday, March 24, 5:00 P.M. (EST)

Friday, March 26, 5:00 P.M. (EST)

Carling-Sorenson Theater with Live Streaming

Carling-Sorenson Theater with Live Streaming

FREE. Reservations required at

FREE. Reservations required at

Waterline features a fast-paced hour of literary works from Babson College faculty fiction writers, poets, and essayists. The selection is always intriguing and often includes works in progress not yet in publication. Featured authors: Ellen Argyros, Steve Bauer, Mary O’Donoghue, Wes Miller, and Mary Pinard.

The Sorenson Arts Scholarship supports student artists while pursuing their Babson College education. Each scholar focuses on a project in their primary medium to explore their artistic identity and to feed their creative development. During the Spotlight event the scholars present their process and finished pieces. Meet these talented artists and entrepreneurs and join us in celebrating their journey.

Co-presented with the Arts and Humanities Division.

Global Film: Sorry We Missed You Directed by Ken Loach Sunday, March 28, 7:00 P.M. (EST) Carling-Sorenson Theater Post-Screening Discussion Presented Virtually FREE. Reservations required at Sorry We Missed You is a powerful drama about an English family trying to patch their life back together after experiencing hardship. Hope comes when the father seizes on an opportunity for self-employment. But as the story of their uphill battle to reclaim financial security and human dignity unfolds, the film reveals itself as a damning indictment of labor exploitation and of the gig economy. A humane portrait of the everyday lives of workers, Sorry We Missed You is consistently poignant and persuasive. Post-screening discussion will be held virtually via Webex and is open to the public. Check for more details. Co-presented by the Global Film Series and the Arts and Humanities Division.

Thompson Poet Reading Series Wednesday, March 31, 5:30 P.M. Wednesday, April 7, 5:30 P.M. Carling-Sorenson Theater with Live Streaming FREE. Reservations required at The Charles D. and Marjorie J. Thompson Visiting Poets Series brings acclaimed poets to the Babson College community. The series honors diversity, inclusion, and artistic excellence. Because of pandemic pressures on travel and gathering size, the 2021 series will integrate remote and live presentation while live streaming. Two poetry events are planned for the spring, making the series even more accessible and engaging to audiences within and beyond Babson College. Full details of each event and each poet will be released in early 2021. Series made possible by the Charles D. and Marjorie J. Thompson Visiting Poet fund.

Photos: Claudia Rankine, Brian Turner, Joy Harjo, Li-Young Lee, Fred D’Aguiar, David Ferry, Toi Derricotte, Natasha Trethewey, Louis de Paor, Eileen Myles, Linda Gregerson, Jericho Brown, Mark Doty, Carolyn Forche.

Today When I Could Do Nothing Today when I could do nothing. I saved an ant. It must have come in with the morning paper, still being delivered to those who shelter in place. From the poem “Today When I Could Do Nothing.” © Jane Hirshfield. First published in San Francisco Chronicle, March 23, 2020.

Visual Arts Workshops BabsonARTS workshops provide opportunities to explore creativity and develop practical skills. Workshops will be primarily in-person and open only to Babson students, faculty, and staff approved to be on campus. To find out if virtual participation is available for a particular workshop email

Hygge Inspired Lanterns with Denning Aaris Wednesday, February 10, 5:30 P.M. – 7:30 P.M. (EST) Weissman Foundry FREE. Reservations required at In times of darkness it is important to find the light. This workshop will explore the Danish practice of hygge (pronounced “hoo-guh”), a quality of conviviality that engenders a feeling of contentment and well-being, by creating an individual votive lantern. All materials will be provided.

Introduction to Paper Quilling with Leslie Chiu Wednesday, February 24, 5:30 P.M. – 7:30 P.M. (EST) Weissman Foundry FREE. Reservations required at Learn how to use coiled and shaped paper strips to create a design using this easy to pick up centuries old technique. Quilling can be used to create cards or decorate anything from furniture to candles and other home decorations. You will learn the basic techniques to create different shapes and forms to build a wall art piece or to fuel your own design. All materials will be provided.

Concrete Casting with Matthew Hard ’16 Wednesday, March 10, 5:30 P.M. – 7:30 P.M. (EST) Weissman Foundry FREE. Reservations required at Concrete casting is a utilitarian medium that has gained popularity in recent years to create one-of-a-kind works of art. This workshop will focus on the whimsical manipulation of form and function, allowing you to create your own unique masterpieces that also serve everyday needs from a planter to a cheese plate to decorative artwork. All materials will be provided.

The Screening Room Carling-Sorenson Theater BabsonARTS is excited to partner with the Film Association of Babson, Olin, Wellesley to offer three opportunities to enjoy films on the big screen. Audience is limited to current students, staff, and faculty approved to be on campus. (Movie titles and venue is subject to change.) Co-presented with FABOW and made possible in part by the Stearns Memorial Film Society Fund.

Do the Right Thing Directed by Spike Lee Thursday, February 18, 6:00 P.M. (EST) On the hottest day of the year on a street in the Bedford-Stuyvesant section of Brooklyn, everyone’s hate and bigotry smolders and builds until it explodes in violence. Often listed among the greatest films of all time it was deemed “culturally, historically, and aesthetically significant” by the Library of Congress.

The Princess Bride Directed by Rob Reiner

Mamma Mia! Directed by Phyllida Lloyd

Thursday, March 4, 6:00 P.M. (EST)

Thursday, April 15, 6:00 P.M. (EST)

When the beautiful maiden Buttercup hears that her true love Westley is dead, she reluctantly agrees to marry the loathsome Prince Humperdinck. After Westley returns to rescue Buttercup, the two begin an epic adventure filled with fencing, fighting, giants, monsters, miracles, true love and hilarity! Based on the William Goldman novel.

A bride-to-be in Greece tries to solve the mystery of her paternity by reading the diary of her mother. Based on the ABBA-inspired stage musical. This jukebox musical film is full of fluffy fun, perfect to wrap up the spring semester.

Student Arts Clubs There are amazing and talented student artists at Babson. These are just a few of the student-led groups that perform and create on campus. To learn about other clubs and organizations on campus, visit

AMAN AMAN is a student-led cultural organization that represents five unique cultures of Southeast Asia. We are a family of over 150 members that hail from various parts of the world and share a common love for Southeast Asian food, music, dance and culture.  @ amanbabson  @amanbabson

Babson College Radio Babson College Radio provides a space and support for students to create content such as talk shows, podcasts, music streams, open mics, and concerts for the Babson community.  @babsonradio  @babsonradio

Babson Asian Pacific Student Association

The Babson Players

Babson Dance Ensemble

BAPSA is an Asian cultural student organization for undergraduates. All students are welcome to find a tight-knit community, connect on the basis of Asian heritage, or to simply learn more about various Asian cultures.

The Babson Players produce, perform, promote, and create a space for unity in the living arts for members of the Babson community and surrounding public primarily through the production of professional, high-quality theater including plays, musicals, and other theatrical projects.

BDE is a student organization that produces a dance concert each semester showcasing the talented dancers and choreographers of Babson and is one of the largest student-run organizations on campus.

 @BabsonAsianPacificStudentAssociation  @babsonbapsa

 @babsondance  @babsondanceensemble

 @BabsonPlayers  @babsonplayers

CREATE CREATE is a collective of artistic Babson students who enjoy making things together. We regularly host events embracing all forms of artistic mediums and expressions.  @createinthestudio  @createinthestudio

Film Association of Babson, Olin, Wellesley FABOW is dedicated to bringing film enthusiasts together for film screenings, collaborative projects, speaker events, and more. Whether you are interested in a career in the entertainment industry or simply love watching movies, FABOW is here to support you.  @Film Association of Babson

 facebook  Instagram

Olin Wellesley  @faofbow

Rocket Pitches The Rocket Pitches are Babson’s premiere acapella group. Featuring voices from all class years and performing pop, folk, and classic music, the Rocket Pitches bring vocal performance to the Babson stage and beyond.  @babsonrocketpitches  @rocketpitches

Students Against Gravity SAG specializes in short form improv, and has been making the Babson community laugh since 2016. Students of all levels of experience are welcome to join us for weekly practices and monthly shows throughout the semester.  @SAGBabson  @sagbabson


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BabsonARTS events take place on the picturesque campus of Babson College, an independent college located in Wellesley, Massachusetts. Babson is a recognized national and international leader in entrepreneurship education, blending innovative, integrated, and applied business and liberal arts programs.

Support for BabsonARTS programs is made possible through the ongoing generosity of Richard W. Sorenson M ‘68, P ‘97, ‘00, and Sandra L. Sorenson P ‘98, ‘00, and other donations from alumni and patrons.

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