The FHU Connections Series

The FHU Connections Series is a week-long program held each semester that highlights the interdisciplinary linkages impacting a topic of national importance. The goals of the program are:

  1. to provide students with academic activities both inside and outside of the classroom.
  2. to encourage interdisciplinary collaboration among faculty.


Program details Spring 2015:

Topic: "Weaving the American Tapestry: The Hispanic Thread"
Date: March 9-13, 2015


James Madison acknowledged that “America was indebted to immigration for her settlement and prosperity.” Our nation is a gathering place for many different cultures, and each culture makes a unique contribution to the tapestry known as the “American Experiment.” The Spring 2015 Connections Series will explore the Hispanic piece of our national identity. A week of discussion, music, and food will include a professional chamber music theatre performance entitled “Tres Vidas,” which celebrates the lives of three legendary Latin American women and their cultures.

One of the week’s highlights will be a performance of Tres Vidas presented by Core Ensemble, a professional theatre company "celebrating diversity through chamber music theatre."


Scheduled Events

Monday, March 9 -- Discussion for all "Values in Human Thought and Action" Classes.

A guest speaker will lead a discussion on contemporary issues relevant to the week's topics. Coffee bar in Ayers lobby follows. Open to FHU students only.

Tuesday, March 10 -- The Core Ensemble presents Tres Vidas -- Loyd Auditorium, 7 p.m. Admission is free

A chamber music theatre work for singing actress and trio (cello, piano and percussion) based on the lives of three legendary Latin American Women: Mexican painter Frida Kahlo, Salvadoran peasant activist Rufina Amaya and Argentinean poet Alfonsina Storni. Text is by Marjorie Agosin. The show features a wide stylistic range of music, including popular and folk songs of Mexico, El Salvador and Argentina, vocal and instrumental tangos by Carlos Gardel and Astor Piazzolla and new music written especially for the Core Ensemble by Osvaldo Golijov, Orlando Garcia, Pablo Ortiz and Manuel DeMurga. 

Thursday, March 12 -- "Block Party" -- Thomas/Landon House, 6-8 p.m.

Celebrate Hispanic culture by enjoying the food, sounds, and sports of Latin and South America. Open to FHU students.