News Briefs: “Dido and Aeneas” to be performed by GVSU Opera Theater

“Dido and Aeneas” to be performed by GVSU Opera Theater

Grand Rapids audiences will get the chance to see for the first time in 50 years the story of “Dido and Aeneas” performed on the stage by the Grand Valley State University Opera Theater from Oct. 9-11.

Written in 1968, Henry Purcell’s “Dido and Aeneas” follows the budding romance between queen Dido and Greek mythology hero Aeneas as a sorceress attempts to split apart their relationship for good.

The performance will be a collaboration between the GVSU Opera Theater, the GVSU Early Music Ensemble, the Grand Rapids Ballet School’s Junior Ballet, the Chamber Choir of Grand Rapids and Daredevil Circus Company.

Tickets for upcoming performances of “Dido and Aeneas” can be found at

Grand Valley Writers Series to kick off with local author

Local author Marcia Aldrich is set to kick off the 2015-16 Grand Valley Writers Series with a presentation and book signing on Thursday, Oct. 1.

Aldrich is a professor of creative writing at Michigan State University as well as the author of the memoirs “Girl Rearing” and “Companion to an Untold Story.” A presentation highlighting her craft will take place from 4 p.m. to 5:15 p.m. in the Kirkhof Center, Room 2215/16. Following the talk, Aldrich will host a reading and book signing at 6 p.m. in the Cook-DeWitt Center.

Other talented writers from around the globe such as Nina McConigley, Ruben Martinez, Jericho Brown and faculty members Glenn Shaheen and Oindrila Mukherjee are scheduled to host upcoming events for the Grand Valley Writers Series.

For more information on the Grand Valley Writers Series, visit

Detroit March for Justice

Students at Grand Valley State University will have an opportunity to participate in the Detroit march for justice that will be taking place Oct. 3 at noon.

The march will loop from Roosevelt Park to Hart Plaza and will be advocating social justice issues such as Black Lives Matter, environmental justice, health justice, housing justice, LGBTQIA rights and several other issues.

A bus able to hold 50 people will meet at the Kirkhof Center on the Allendale Campus at 7:30 a.m. and the Pew Campus at 8 p.m.

Interested students should contact Kassidy Wiley to put their name on the list at [email protected] or contact [email protected] for more information.

Grand Valley Journal of History Seeking Submissions

The Grand Valley State University Journal of History is looking for students to submit their papers for publication. A group of undergraduate students run the publication as part of their history 410 class. GVSU faculty members help review all submissions.

The journal accepts papers in any disciple, as long as they are grounded in historical research or historical themes. Freshmen are encouraged to submit their work, in addition to upperclassmen. This opportunity can help students build their resume and provide a professional platform for their undergraduate works.

For more information, visit the website at, or find the Grand Valley Journal of History on Facebook and Twitter.

Study Abroad Fair

The annual study abroad fair will be held Thursday, Oct. 8 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Grand River Room of the Kirkhof Center.

The event features over 60 GVSU study abroad programs and thousands of non-GVSU programs around the world. At the event, students can receive study abroad information, get questions answered by staff, and learn about all of the places to travel and receive college credit.

Students will also have the opportunity to meet program directors, representatives from our partner universities and students that have participated in the programs.

There will also be a raffle and free food available to students.

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