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Recital, plus talks on border, prehistory

2013-06-06T00:00:00Z Recital, plus talks on border, prehistory Arizona Daily Star
June 06, 2013 12:00 am

June 11

Recital to feature husband-wife duo

As soprano Kelsey Rogers was preparing for her vocal recital at the Arizona Senior Academy, she didn't have to look far for an able accompanist - her husband, Brent, was there to jump into that role. The duo is scheduled to perform at the academy at 11:30 a.m. Tuesday.

Kelsey Rogers is a graduate student in vocal performance at the University of Arizona. Her husband is a doctoral candidate in choral conducting.

Kelsey Rogers has appeared as soloist with the UA Collegium Musicum and the Tucson Masterworks Chorale. She will make her international debut this summer at the Saarburg Serenaden International Chamber Music Festival.

Before beginning doctoral studies at the UA, Brent Rogers was professor of choral and vocal music at Arizona Western College in Yuma. He has played piano since the age of 7 and began accompanying at age 12, but his love of choral music eventually led to degrees in choral conducting.

Tuesday's program will feature an eclectic mix of pieces by Massenet, Puccini, Schumann, Liszt, Granados, Menotti and more.

June 12

Author Tom Miller discusses the border

The U.S.-Mexico border can be seen as a line on a map, cutting one place into two pieces. It also can be viewed as two sides, two countries. But perhaps the border is better understood as a "third country," squeezed between the U.S. and Mexico, a land with its own life and character, its own issues and destiny.

In a talk Wednesday at Academy Village, Tom Miller, longtime observer of the borderlands and prolific writer about them, will present "Writing on the Edge: Borderlands Reading."

Miller will explore the borderlands in a new way: as seen by writers - Mexican and American - over the past 100 years, and leaven it with his own observations, gleaned from years of traveling the borderlands and writing about it and its people.

Miller's 3:30 p.m. talk, sponsored by the Arizona Humanities Council, will cover the Mexican Revolution, immigration, international politics and intrigue, trade and smuggling, and the evolution of the borderlands as its own place.

A question-and-answer period will follow Miller's talk, and copies of his book will be available for purchase.

June 13

Violence as aspect of area's prehistory

Were the societies formed by early farmers in the Sonoran Desert as riddled with violence as our modern cities? The contentious nature of humans is neither new nor modern, nor exclusive to specific parts of the world. Anthropologists all over the world strive to understand our most destructive motivations and behaviors.

James T. Watson, assistant curator of bioarchaeology at the Arizona State Museum and assistant professor of anthropology at the University of Arizona, will explore this theme in his talk at Academy Village at 3:30 p.m. next Thursday.

Numerous studies have documented violence, warfare and, perhaps, even cannibalism throughout the prehistoric desert West.

Watson's talk is titled "Ancient Farming, Feuding and Fighting in the Sonoran Desert." His research examines health and disease in prehistoric populations through their skeletal remains.

Traumatic injuries are common among skeletal samples from early farming communities of the Sonoran Desert and have the potential to document some of the earliest evidence of interpersonal violence in this region.

Skeletal trauma is observed in a large sample of individuals from the Early Agricultural period (1600 B.C.-A.D. 200) site of La Playa, Sonora, Mexico. Is this strong evidence for regular violent interactions among early farmers in the Sonoran Desert or something else?

Watson holds a Ph.D. from the University of Nevada-Las Vegas and is particularly interested in understanding prehistoric human adaptations in desert ecosystems and the role local resources play in the adoption of agriculture and their impact on health.

His current projects involve the excavation and analysis of the earliest farmers in the Sonoran Desert and of incipient agriculturalists in the Atacama Desert, in northern Chile.

About Academy Village

• Events are held in the Great Room of the Arizona Senior Academy Building adjacent to the Academy Village Community Center, 13715 E. Langtry Lane.

• Nonresidents who want to ensure priority seating can make reservations by emailing info@arizonasenioracademy.org or calling 647-0980.

• To learn more about the academy, go to www.asa-tucson.org online.

• Visitors can buy lunch at the Academy Cafe across the courtyard from the Arizona Senior Academy Building. The cafe is open 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Monday-Friday. Prices range from $4.50 to $9.50. For more information call the cafe at 647-0903.

• Academy Village is an active-adult community located off Old Spanish Trail six miles southeast of Saguaro National Park East. Its residents support the Arizona Senior Academy, a non-profit organization whose mission includes offering free concerts and lectures to the public.

Leslie Nitzberg Ted Hullar Glenda Tonkin

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