Upcoming Seminars at Bjorklunden

Lawrence University’s Bjorklunden is offering the following seminars from Sunday, August 30 through Friday, September 4:  “Solitude – Exploring Aloneness” with Charles B. Schudson and Karen R. Schudson; “Heroes, Heroines, and Western Icons:  The Classic American Westerns Revisited” with Jack Rhodes, and “Chamber Music and the Art of Collaboration/The Evolution of the Piano Trio” with Seunghee Lee, Carl Donakowski and Anthony Padilla.

“Solitude – Exploring Aloneness” will explore the fascinating soul of solitude through law, literature, movies, and music. The seminar will be led by Charles and Karen Schudson. Charles is a Wisconsin Reserve Judge, Adjunct Professor of Law at Marquette University and the University of Wisconsin, and President of KEYNOTESEMINARS, LLC. Judge Schudson graduated from Dartmouth College and the Wisconsin Law School, and this year marks his fifth Bjorklunden seminar. Karen R. Schudson is a licensed marriage and family therapist, and an executive coach at Vernal Management Consultants, LLC. She has counseled thousands of individuals and couples and provided communication coaching for countless organizations including the Milwaukee Public Schools and Harley-Davidson.

“Heroes, Heroines, and Western Icons:  The Classic American Westerns Revisited” will address the directorial, artistic, and sociological backgrounds behind the creation of several iconic performances. Films studied will include Shane, High Noon, The Tall T, Red River, and Johnny Guitar. Seminar teacher Jack Rhodes received his Ph.D. in English from the University of Texas at Austin, and later became interested in Communication and Film Studies. His principal academic assignments were at Colorado College, The University of Utah, and Miami University in Ohio, where he taught the graduate course on Rhetoric of Film for several years. He has recently concentrated his research and lecturing on the Rhetoric of the American Western Film.

Associate Professor of Music Anthony Padilla and his colleagues in the Arcos Piano Trio will teach the seminar “Chamber Music and the Art of Collaboration/The Evolution of the Piano Trio.” The group will discuss and demonstrate how they work together as a musical ensemble, and trace the compositional history of piano trios from the Baroque, Classical, Romantic, and Contemporary periods, including their special areas of repertoire by Latin American and women composers. The group is composed of violinist Seunghee Lee, cellist Carl Donakowski, and pianist Anthony Padilla, who have performed together in the United States and abroad since 1994.

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