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In Brief
The College's 2000-2001 Convocation Series kicked off this fall with presentations by Cleveland Mayor Michael R. White; Democratic Party political strategist Mark Mellman; and Washington, D.C., author and journalist Elizabeth Drew. The series continues with speeches and performers by the following:


Moses Hogan Singers
Moses Hogan '79, artistic director
Mezzo-soprano Marietta Simpson, soloist
Tuesday, February 6, 2001

The Moses Hogan Singers is dedicated to preserving the integrity and excellence of the multiple aspects of choral music. Based in New Orleans, the group focuses special repertoire emphasis on works by African-American composers.


John Adams
"Composing in Time and Place: Some Thoughts on Music in Our Time"
Tuesday, March 13, 2001
John Adams is one of America's most admired and frequently performed composers. Since establishing his reputation in the early 1980s with works such asHarmonielehre, his music has received awards throughout the world. His most recent orchestral pieceNaive and Sentimental Music, premiered in 1999.


Vilayanur S. Ramachandran
"The Artful Brain: A Neurologist Looks at Human Nature and the Meaning of Art"
Thursday, April 19, 2001
V.S. Ramachandran is professor of neurosciences and psychology at the University of California, San Diego, director of the Brain and Perception Laboratory, and co-direc the newly formed Center for Research on Brain and Cognition. Best known for his work on human visual perception, his discovery of several new visual illusions has impacted computational modeling and neurophysiology.


The convocation series is sponsored by the Finney Lecture and Student Assemblies committees with support from the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation and the Office of the President of Oberlin College.
All of the lectures, which are free and open
to the public, will begin at 8 p.m. in Finney Chapel.