Coe's 2013-14 Marquis Series features diverse performances from award-winning musicians to enlightening speakers

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The Coe College Marquis Series has a long tradition of bringing high quality entertainment to the Cedar Rapids community. The 2013-14 Marquis Series features the best in speakers and talent, ranging from internationally renowned writer Peter Godwin and award-winning journalist Michele Norris to the artistry of old-time musicians Riley Baugus and Trevor Stuart.  The award-winning Morgenstern Trio, the Grammy-nominated quintet Imani Winds, and accomplished actor, award-winning author and playwright Jim DeVita round out this season’s performances.

Marquis Series patrons can purchase individual tickets for $15 for the general public, $10 for students and seniors. For ticket information, call the Coe College Box Office at 319-399-8600, Monday - Friday, 8 a.m. - 3 p.m. (summer hours) or view

This season’s Marquis Series events include:

"When a Crocodile Eats the Sun" - Lecture by Peter Godwin
Monday, Sept. 9, 2013 at 7:30 p.m. in Sinclair Auditorium
Peter Godwin is an accomplished author, foreign correspondent, documentary-maker and screenwriter. Born and raised in Africa, Godwin went on to study at Cambridge University and Oxford. He is the author of five non-fiction books, including "When a Crocodile Eats the Sun-a memoir of Africa." This book received the Borders Original Voices Award and was selected by American Libraries Association as a Notable Book winner in 2008. The memoir recounts the collapse of Godwin's native Zimbabwe over the past decade. Alongside Zimbabwe's war of independence is the story of the decline of his father. This storyline leads to Godwin’s central revelation in the book -- his father is Jewish and has hidden it from Godwin and his siblings. "When a Crocodile Eats the Sun" is a memorable narrative about the struggle to discover the past while processing the present.

Riley Baugus and Trevor Stuart: Old Time Banjo, Guitar, Fiddle and Song
Saturday, Oct. 12, 2013 at 7:30 p.m. in Dows Theatre
Riley Baugus and Trevor Stuart are two of North Carolina’s finest old-time musicians. Baugus is most prominently known for his singing and banjo playing. He has worked with various big stars including Allison Krauss, Robert Plant and Willie Nelson. Stuart is known as a virtuoso on the Appalachian fiddle. His musical influence stems from his family’s deep musical roots. Today, they tour the United States and abroad, teaching and performing at major festivals and music camps.

Morgenstern Trio
Sunday, Nov. 10, 2013 at 2 p.m. in Sinclair Auditorium
Catherine Klipfel (piano), Stefan Hempel (violin) and Emanuel Wehse (violoncello) united in 2005 at the Folkwand Academy in Essen. It only took two years of collaboration before the group began making its mark, winning several important prizes. In 2009, the Morgenstern Trio won the prestigious Kalichstein-Robinson-Laredo Trio Award. The ensemble was also nominated for the European Concert Hall Organisation (ECHO) "Rising Stars" series. These honors paved the way for the trio to travel to leading concert halls throughout Europe, including appearances in Paris, Vienna, Amsterdam, Cologne, Brussels and Stockholm. The group has particularly made a name for itself in Germany, leaving one reviewer to say the performances are "an impressive testimonial of their instrumental and musical ability."

Imani Winds
Saturday, Jan. 25, 2014 at 7:30 p.m. in Sinclair Auditorium
The Grammy-nominated quintet, Imani Winds, has established itself as one of the most successful chamber music ensembles in the United States. With the help of two member composers, the quintet is bridging European, American, African and Latin American traditions. Quintet members Valerie Coleman and Jeff Scott regularly create compositions and arrangements in order to expand the group’s repertoire, adding new sounds and textures to its traditional instrumentation. The group's touring schedule has led them across the globe. While traveling across the United States, Imani Winds has played in the nation's major concert venues, such as Carnegie Hall, and in virtually every major university performing arts series. The concerts have been described by listeners as "ntense, dynamic and wildly colorful."

"The Race Card Project"-Lecture by Michele Norris
Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2014 at 7:30 p.m. in Sinclair Auditorium
Award-winning journalist Michele Norris has spent two decades working to give insight to American culture. As a correspondent for ABC News from 1993-2002, Norris covered a range of issues, such as education, America's inner cities and poverty. After working with ABC, she took her talents to NPR where she is currently a host and special correspondent. Most recently, Norris spent time on sabbatical traveling the country and developing her two most successful initiatives: "The Race Card Project" and NPR's "Backseat Book Club." She has returned from her travels with the opportunity to continue these projects, producing in-depth segments for all NPR programs.

"In Acting Shakespeare" - Performance by Jim DeVita
Wednesday, April 23, 2014 at 7:30 p.m. in Dows Theatre
Accomplished actor, award-winning author and playwright Jim DeVita brings new life to Sir Ian McKellen’s play, "Acting Shakespeare." Twenty-three years after seeing McKellen's play, DeVita was inspired to adapt it for his own performance. It took him two years of research and revisions and 14 drafts to finally complete his rendition. While some of the original writings of McKellen are retained, DeVita's creation emphasizes a more intimate story of one person's journey towards meeting Shakespeare. DeVita has over 25 years of experience in American Theater, and currently writes and adapts plays for children and young adults.

The Coe College Lecture and Performance Series is funded in part by a gift from the estate of Sarah Marquis in honor of her father, Dr. John A. Marquis, who was president of Coe College from 1909-1920. The purpose of the series is to bring entertainment and educational experiences to the Coe campus for the benefit of the entire community.