Students gathered outside of Marquis Hall

Marquis Series


The Coe College Marquis Series has a long tradition of bringing high-quality entertainment and outstanding lecturers to the Cedar Rapids community — the kinds of performances that you would typically have to travel to major metropolitan areas to experience and enjoy.

Marquis Series patrons can purchase individual tickets to each event for $15 for the general public, $10 for students (18 and under) and seniors (55 and older). No charge for Coe College students, faculty and staff. For ticket information, call the Coe College Box Office at 319.399.8600, 11 a.m.-7 p.m., Monday-Friday. Tickets may be purchased online by clicking here, over the phone, or in person at the Box Office. 

The Marquis Series is funded 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 presentations to the Coe campus for the benefit of the entire community.

2018-19 Marquis Series

Cirque Zuma Zuma
Monday, March 11, 2019
7:30 PM
Eby Fieldhouse

Performer in an African-style Cirque du SoleilDescribed as an African-style Cirque du Soleil, Cirque Zuma Zuma packs every show with nonstop action and incredible features that keep audiences on the edges of their seats.
Comprised of 120 uniquely talented individuals from across 16 African nations, the nonstop, action-packed Zuma Zuma show features fantastic cirque acrobats who made their North American primetime television debut on America's Got Talent. You'll see African acrobats, jugglers, vocalists and comedy, plus the Limbo and Lion dances.

The cirque spectacle is wrapped in a colorfully costumed troupe of talented artists, including South African vocalists, gumboot dancers and contortionists, Zimbabwean percussionists, Egyptian limbo dancers, Gabonese tumblers, amazing pole acts and many more.

Temptation of the Fresh Voluptuous
Saturday, March 16, 2019
7:30 PM
Dows Theater

Temptation of the Fresh VoluptuousThe ground is toxic, the sky has gone dark. Bodies of water have been salvaged into gaudy plastic trash. Disaster’s lover searches the songlines of the last apothecary for the most coveted perfume. This performance installation is devised from the poetry and vocal art of Ruth Margraff, directed by Beth Milles.  

Ruth Margraff has been called a leader of the American avant garde for her "audaciously original" (Moscow Times) use of lyric language that provides "layer after layer of richly textured emotion...and imminent danger" (Dallas Morning News). She has been a member of Theater Without Borders, New Dramatists, Chicago Dramatists and the Playwrights' Center, and is currently Professor of Writing at the Art Institute of Chicago.

Beth Milles is a Director and Associate Professor in the Department of Performing and Media Arts at Cornell University. Last season Beth directed the world premiere of Serbian playwright Iva Brdar’s Rule of Thumb at the Cherry Artspace in Ithaca, NY, Ruth Margraff’s Locket Arias at Red Tape Theatre in Chicago and Judy Tate’s Fast Blood at the Civic Ensemble in Ithaca.

Dave Zirin
Sports and Resistance in the USA
Friday, March 22, 2019
7:30 PM Sinclair Auditorium

Dave Zirin, a sports writerNamed one of UTNE Reader’s “50 Visionaries Who Are Changing Our World,” Dave Zirin writes about the politics of sports for Nation Magazine. He is their first sports writer in 150 years of existence. Winner of Sport in Society and Northeastern University School of Journalism's Excellence in Sports Journalism Award, Zirin also is the host of Sirius XM Radio’s popular weekly show, Edge of Sports Radio. He has been called “the best sportswriter in the United States” by Robert Lipsyte. Zirin is, in addition, a columnist for SLAM Magazine and the Progressive.

His most recent book is the acclaimed Game Over: How Politics Has Turned the Sports World Upside Down, which Christine Brennan of USA Today called "the perfect book for our time in sports." Sports Illustrated called the book “provocative”: “It will make you think about what we're really seeing when we watch the games we love.”

Past Events

Lara Somogyi
Friday, September 21, 2018
7:30 PM
Daehler-Kitchin Auditorium

Lara Somogyi, a harpist

Lara Somogyi is a Los Angeles-based harpist and solo artist. Using electronics, looper and effects pedals, she developed a unique sound that is inspiring a movement as she forges a new artistic identity for the harp.

Lara is a recent graduate from the Royal Academy of Music in London, and in addition to being a composer-performer, she also is an active session harpist — recording in a wide range of genres for film and TV from studio sessions with the London Symphony Orchestra to pop records with Rufus Wainwright and Mark Ronson. She recently was brought to Hans Zimmer’s Bleeding Fingers studio specifically for her sound to compose and improvise material for the score to Blue Planet II, featuring Radiohead. As an active live artist, Lara is called upon for her unique combination of electroacoustic harp and effects pedals as well as her improvisation and compositional arrangements, recently performing live with artists such as Anderson .Paak, Bazzi and Josh Groban.

Lara’s compositions and live performances have been featured in Apple Music’s Up Next, an upcoming film for Lionsgate, and she is an ongoing featured performer at Google X for their women in technology and innovation initiative. Lara is currently writing and recording her debut album of original music, including "Hard Hat" and "Self Seed," soon available on Spotify and iTunes.

Priya’s Shakti Exhibition and Creators’ Talk
Friday, October 26, 2018
6:00-8:00 PM
Sinclair Galleries

Image of Priya’s Shakti artThe idea to create “Priya’s Shakti” came after the horrible gang rape and murder of a young woman on a bus in New Delhi in 2012. The incident caused an enormous outcry across India, particularly among young people — both female and male. Many people called for a cultural shift especially in terms of empowering women in modern society and challenging deep-rooted patriarchal views that affect both women and men. As a result, a new Indian “superhero” was created – Priya is a rape survivor with the capacity to inspire others and promote change.

Initially funded by the Tribeca Film Institute’s New Media Fund and the Ford Foundation, the comic book launched at the 2014 Mumbai Comic and Film Convention. “It was the most anticipated comic book release of the event.” — MUMBAI WEEK. Creators Ram Devineni, Dan Goldman and Paromita Vohra will introduce an interactive exhibition of Priya’s Shakti and give a talk and question-and-answer session.