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Thursday, September 20, 2018  
Philharmonia celebrates 100 years | Cravens article garners two awards
Conductor Emily Freeman Brown and the BG Philharmonia in concert
100 years of symphonic music
BG Philharmonia begins yearlong centennial celebration

One hundred is a notable anniversary, and the BG Philharmonia is celebrating this important milestone with a year of special events during 2018-19.

Large concerts in December and May in Kobacker Hall are the premier events, and every concert throughout the season will feature something special. Under the direction of Dr. Emily Freeman Brown, the Philharmonia will welcome back alumni members and host guest artists. Talented young musicians from BGSU and local schools will join in some of the performances. And four performances will feature a “birthday” composition — three in the fall and one in the spring.

“This is the beginning of a great year,” said Brown, director of orchestral activities. “I have a terrific group of freshmen and new people. The spirit, the mood, the enthusiasm and the energy are incredible.”

The season begins at 8 p.m. Saturday (Sept. 22) with guest artist Mingwei Zhao on cello, in conjunction with the annual High School Honors String Festival. On the program will be two pieces by Elgar, his “Enigma Variations” and Cello Concerto. Marking the start of the anniversary year, the Philharmonia will play American composer Bruce Roter’s “A Birthday Celebration.”

The performance will begin at 8 p.m. in Kobacker Hall at Moore Musical Arts Center. Advance tickets are $3 for students and $7 for adults. All tickets the day of the performance are $10. Tickets are available online at or by calling 419-372-8171.

Roter’s composition is one of four pieces by 20th-century composers chosen by Brown to commemorate the anniversary year. During the 39th annual New Music and Art Festival in October, the Philharmonia will premiere Martin Kennedy’s “Theme and Variations” for trombone in a new version for orchestra.

The Dec. 2 gala concert will feature the return of Bowling Green native Zachary DePue, a well-known violinist who is part of a musical BGSU family. His visit holds special meaning for Brown, who was his conductor when he became the winner of the Young Artist Competition as a Bowling Green High School student. The centennial concert features DePue in Shostakovich’s “Violin Concerto No. 1” and Stravinsky’s “Petrouchka.”


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Congratulating R. G. Cravens on his awards is Dr. Melissa Michaelson of Menlo College, chair of the Sexuality and Politics Division of the American Political Science Association.
Cravens wins two awards for research paper

Dr. R.G. Cravens, lecturer in political science, has won two recent awards from the American Political Science Association (APSA). Both awards were presented for a paper he presented at the 2017 Annual Meeting of the APSA titled “Queer Politics in Practice,” which examines predictors of LGBT political behavior and finds gender, racial and economic differences in the ways LGBT people engage in politics.

The first is the Bailey Award from the LGBT Caucus of the APSA. The award is given for the best paper on the subject of LGBT politics presented at any American political science conference in the previous year. The second, the Cynthia Weber Award, is similar but is from the Sexuality and Politics Section of the APSA.

Cravens' research analysis builds on queer theory which suggests queer politics in practice is more nuanced than dominant academic theory presupposes, and that, just as all people engage in politics differently, queer people’s participation is influenced by such factors as their income, level of education, race and identity. This adds a level of subtlety to political research, which tends to view queer people as a homogenous group of financially comfortable or white LGBT people and gay men focused on social justice and their distinctive identity.

“I hypothesize that shared concern with the LGBTQ community, personal experience with stigmatization, and economic resources predict queer political orientations,” Cravens said.

In addition to his teaching and research, Cravens is participating in the Wikipedia Fellows pilot, an interdisciplinary program through Wikipedia’s Wiki Education arm to get more academics involved as subject-matter experts to help ensure that its entries are accurate and bring more rigor and diversity to the resource. Dr. Niki Kalaf-Hughes, an assistant professor of political science, is also a Wikipedia Fellow.

Robert Stinson, 98, professor emeritus of art, died Sept. 17 in Bowling Green. He taught at the University from 1949-82. Memorial contributions may be given to the BGSU School of Art. View funeral arrangements.