Coe College is proud to announce the 2022-2023 Marquis Series schedule. For decades, Coe has hosted world renowned speakers, musicians, dancers, artists, filmmakers and theater and comedy troupes. The Marquis Series is known for its long tradition of welcoming Coe students, staff, faculty and the entire Cedar Rapids community to captivating performances and lectures.
All events will take place in Sinclair Auditorium at 7:00 PM. The 2022-2023 events are:
Tuesday, October 4
Winona LaDuke: Native American Activist, Environmentalist and Former Green Party Vice Presidential Candidate
LaDuke is a Harvard-educated economist, environmental activist, author, hemp farmer, grandmother and a two-time former Green Party Vice President candidate with Ralph Nader. LaDuke specializes in rural development; economic, food and energy sovereignty and environmental justice. Living and working on the White Earth reservation in northern Minnesota, she leads several organizations including Honor the Earth (co-founded with The Indigo Girls 28 years ago), Anishinaabe Agriculture Institute, Akiing and Winona’s Hemp.
These organizations develop and model cultural-based sustainable development strategies utilizing renewable energy and sustainable food systems. She is also an international thought leader and lecturer in climate justice, renewable energy and environmental justice, plus an advocate for protecting Indigenous plants and heritage foods from patenting and genetic engineering. She has written seven books including Recovering the Sacred, All Our Relations, Last Standing Woman, The Winona LaDuke Chronicles and her newest work, To Be A Water Protector: The Rise of the Wiindigo Slayers.
Tuesday, October 25
Nobuntu is a female a cappella quintet from Zimbabwe with international acclaim for its inventive performances that range from traditional Zimbabwean songs to Afro jazz to gospel. The ensemble’s concerts are performed with pure voices, augmented by minimalistic percussion, traditional instruments such as the mbira (thumb piano) and organic authentic dance movements. The word Nobuntu is an African concept that values humbleness, love, unity and family from a woman’s perspective. The ensemble represents a new generation of young African women singers who celebrate and preserve their culture, beauty and heritage through art. The ensemble’s mission is the belief that music can be an important vehicle for change, one that transcends racial, tribal, religious, gender and economic boundaries.
Friday, February 17
Frank Warren: Post Secret Live
Warren created Post Secret, a collection of highly personal and artfully decorated postcards mailed anonymously from around the world. What started as a community arts project exploded in popularity; since Post Secret’s inception in 2004, Warren has received over 1 million anonymous secrets on homemade postcards. Warren’s project has raised more than $1 million for suicide prevention, earning him the Mental Health Advocacy Lifetime Achievement Award in 2011. Post Secret postcards have been exhibited at New York’s Museum of Modern Art and the Smithsonian National Postal Museum. Warren engages audiences with inspiring and funny stories behind the secrets, discusses the Post Secret blog and how it led him to make suicide awareness part of his life’s work and demonstrates that through our secret struggles and adversity, we can help others.
The Marquis Series was created 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.
Tickets for Coe students, faculty and staff are free. Non-Coe students and senior citizens are $10 a ticket and the general public price is $15. For more information on the Marquis Series and purchasing tickets, click here.