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This Year's Events

All events are free unless price is noted

  • Wednesday, September 30

    Then and Now Lecture

    From the Other Side of Franklin

    Joseph Ricci
    Graduate Student Lecture
    1:00PM, Student Union Theatre

    Over the last forty years the Battle of Franklin, which took place on November 30, 1864 in Middle Tennessee, has gained in popularity among Civil War historians and casual readers alike. Much of the narrative focuses primarily on the tragic results of the battles of Franklin and Nashville for the Confederate Army of Tennessee. However, the true events of the Tennessee Campaign and the Battle of Franklin are far more complicated, and the truth has yet to be fully included in the popular narrative of the campaign. In order to gain a fuller appreciation for the epic struggle that took place on that open field in the Harpeth Valley, one must reexamine the Battle of Franklin through the eyes of the soldiers behind the earthworks that late fall day in 1864.

  • Saturday, October 3

    Aliens, Immigrants & Other Evildoers

    7:30PM, Columbia Theatre for the Performing Arts, Hammond

    Special Fanfare guest, award-winning New Orleans performance artist José Torres-Tama completes his three-day residency at the Columbia Theatre with a performance of his highly theatrical, one-man, sci-fi Latino noir.

    Reserved Seating:  Adults $25, Students $15

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  • Wednesday, October 7

    The Southeastern Chamber Orchestra

    2020/21 Season Opening Night

    VíctorCorrea-Cruz, Conductor
    7:30PM, SLU Pottle Music Auditorium

    The free concert will present string works by Antonin Dvorak, Edvard Grieg, Bela Bartók and SLU faculty member Stephen Suber.  The repertoire is a selection of pieces that have strong connections with popular music.

    Dvorak ´s Serenade Op. 22 depicts the romantic soul of one of Czechia´s most universal composers.  Grieg's "Holberg Suite" will bring a taste of the warm Norwegian character.  Bartok´s Dances embrace the lively spirit of the Romanian people.  Finally, a piece inspired by the lyric poetry of ancient Greece, Stephen Suber´s "Dithyramb", will feature original music that bears this artist's unique American touch.  

    Social distancing protocols and mask requirements will be in place for the event.  After months without live concerts, come and get a treat of great music at Southeastern!

  • Wednesday-Friday, October 7-9

    Southeastern Dance Department

    MAINSTAGE: "Voices of the Planet : 2020"

    7:30PM, Vonnie Borden Theatre, D Vickers Hall

    Tickets $10 Students/Seniors/Children/Military and $12 General Admission
    Purchase in Lobby 1 hour prior to performance

  • Thursday-Friday, October 8-9

    The Rocky Horror Picture Show

    9:00pm, Columbia Theatre for the Performing Arts, Hammond

    Don’t dream it. Be it. Fanfare at the Columbia continues with two screenings of this cult classic featuring a shadow cast, costume contest and…more more more. Southeastern's own Dr. Joe Burns will serve as Master of Ceremonies for both performances.  

    Sponsored in part by The Rock School Radio Show.

    Reserved Seating: $20 VIP (includes throw bag) $15 Adults/Students

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  • Thursday, October 8

    Writing Through the Pandemic

    David Armand, Anne Babson, and Alison Pelegrin
    2:00PM, Southeastern Writing Center

    Join three Southeastern writers for a reading and discussion of how they adjusted to a pandemic-style writing life-- what worked, what didn’t, and how the abundance of despair and hope in these last months surfaced in their work.

  • Thursday, October 8-29

    Contemporary Art Gallery Art Exhibition

    Ruth Owens, Black Outdoors: Crossing BoundariesPainting and Video Exhibition

    Gallery Hours: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, 8-5, Wednesday, 8-8, Friday, 8-12
    Contemporary Art Gallery, Southeastern Campus

    Ruth Owens was born in 1959 to a young German woman and a Black serviceman from Georgia. The nomadic military lifestyle of her childhood was complicated by restrictions to mixed families in many communities and laid the basis for the formation of her cultural identity and therefore, her artistic practice. Owens is an MFA graduate from the University of New Orleans and is currently a Joan Mitchell Center Artist in Residence. Owens’s artwork is represented by Jonathan Ferrara Gallery and she currently serves as a participating member in the artist-run collective, The Front, located in the New Orleans St. Claude art corridor.

    Ruth Owens will discuss the making of her artwork during the SLU Contemporary’s Virtual Visiting Artist Series, the date is TBD but information will soon be posted on the SLU Contemporary's website:

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  • Wednesday, October 14

    Then and Now

    The Annual Joe Burns Lecture: Rock and Roll Urban Myths

    Joseph Burns
    1:00PM, Student Union Theatre

    There are so many stories from the world of music . . . and some of them are even true, but we are not interested in them. Far more intriguing are the urban myths. Join Communication Professor and perennial Fanfare lecturer Joe Burns as he walks through what is real and what is not. Ham sandwiches. Ted Bundy. Marilyn Manson. Freebird? Yes, Freebird. As Tom Petty said, “You believe what you wanna believe,” but as The Jam sang, “It's Time for Truth.”

  • Wednesday, October 14

    Poetry Walk

    Allison Pelegrin
    2:00PM, beginning in front of D. Vickers Hall

    Southeastern’s Writer-in-Residence Alison Pelegrin leads the stroll through some of the most beautiful outdoor spaces on campus. Participants will take writing breaks inspired by prompts to be discovered along the way. (75 min.)

  • Tuesday, October 20

    Phi Kappa Phi Quiz Bowl

    6PM via Google Meet

    Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society is hosting the 19th AnnualHomecoming Intramural Quiz Bowl Tournament on Tuesday, Oct. 20, from 6:00-9:00 p.m.via Google Meet Videoconference. Teams of 4 compete together in adouble-elimination tournament culminating in the top student vs top facultyteam for the Quiz Bowl Championship. Cash prizes are awarded to the top twostudent and faculty teams.  

    For an application form to compete or information on how to watch the streamed event, email Dr. ClaireProcopio at

  • Thursday, October 22

    Columbia Famous Talent Show

    7PM, Columbia Theatre for the Performing Arts

    Come see the winners and finalists from the first-ever Columbia Famous Talent Contest perform and display their winning pieces. This special night will feature singing, acting, dancing, visual art, comedy and instrumental music performed and created by the talented members of our community. The event will be hosted by Miss Southeastern, Janine Hatcher.

    Donations welcomed for the first ever Columbia Famous Fundraiser.

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  • Saturday, October 24

    Southeastern Community Music School 25th Anniversary Concert:

    Classics in Blue Jeans

    10AM, Bass Clef Outdoor Stage, Pottle Music Building, Southeastern Campus

    The free concert will showcase an entertaining variety of individual and group performances by the talented students of the CMS. The audience is encouraged to wear blue jeans and bring folding chairs and/or blankets to this picnic style event.  Social distancing protocols will be in place for the event including maintaining safe distances of 6 feet and wearing face coverings.

    The Community Music School provides high quality music education to the North Shore and surrounding communities. The school offers music lessons on various instruments and voice on Southeastern's three campuses in Hammond, Walker and Lacombe, as well as summer programs including Middle School Band Camp and Chamber Music Workshop. With providing regular performances on and off the Southeastern's campus, the school plays a key role in preserving the cultural uniqueness of our community.

  • Wednesday, October 28

    Celtic and Cajun

    Dr. Claire Denelle Cowart, Assistant Professor, English Department, Southeastern Louisiana University and Dr. Albert Camp Director of ESL Programs, Louisiana State University
    11AM via Zoom

    A discussion of similarities between the loss of native speakers in Ireland and Cajun Louisiana, and of the ways in which theatre helped to preserve awareness of the value of native language and culture. The discussion compares the genesis and missions of two theatre companies, Le Theatre ‘Cadien in South Louisiana (founded in 1977 with the original name Nous Autres) and the Field Day Theatre company founded in Ireland in 1980.

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  • Wednesday, October 28

    Then and Now Lecture: The More-or-Less Annual Halloween Lecture

    Plagues, Pandemics, and Pestilential Pumpkins: Historical Horror Stories for Halloween

    William B. Robison
    1:00PM, Student Union Theatre

    The More-or-Less Annual Halloween Lecture returns with the usual mix of scholarship, silliness, and surprises as the Head HIPSter examines the impact of pandemics on health, politics, religion, economy, society, and culture from the Plague of Athens to COVID-19, including the Black Death, the Spanish Flu, and many others. And pestilential pumpkins? Just wait and see. Alas, no candy this year due to the risk of contagion, but costumes are not only welcome but encouraged!