'The Hadza' film, discussion of oldest hunter-gatherers Oct. 7

Colorado State University and the Fort Collins community will have a rare opportunity to preview a film that documents the lives of one of the world’s last remaining hunter-gatherer groups, the Hadza of Africa’s Rift Valley. [caption id="attachment_2213" align="alignright" width="531"]From documentary film 'The Hadza, Last of the First.' Scene from "The Hadza, Last of the First."[/caption] “The Hadza, Last of the First” will have its Colorado premiere in the Lory Student Theater on the CSU campus on Oct. 7. The 6:15 p.m. screening will be preceded by a 5 p.m. reception with the filmmakers, CSU President Tony Frank and University Distinguished Professor Diana Wall, director of the School of Global Environmental Sustainability at CSU. Immediately following the screening, the film’s producer-director Bill Benenson will be joined in a panel discussion by Kathleen Galvin and Chris Fisher of the CSU Anthropology Department, as well as Alyssa Crittenden, a bio-cultural anthropologist who has worked with the Hadza since 2004. The event is free and open to the public, but tickets are required for admission. Register online here. About The Hadza The Hadza, East Africa’s last remaining hunter-gatherers, have lived sustainably on their land for over 50,000 years. Their foraging lifestyle characterizes most of human existence, and many consider the Hadza the oldest population in East Africa.  Due to modern-day encroachments, the Hadza’s land and way of life is currently under attack -- and a vital tie to our evolutionary roots may be lost forever. “The Hadza, Last of the First” features Jane Goodall, Wangari Maathai, Richard Wrangham, Spencer Wells and Alyssa Crittenden, as well as the remarkable Hadza themselves.  The filmmakers seek to raise awareness of the Hadza’s plight, which is emblematic of land rights challenges faced by indigenous peoples globally, and to support measures making the Hadza’s land a protected wildlife corridor. This exclusive screening of “The Hadza, Last of the First” is sponsored by SoGES and the CSU Office of International Programs. For more information about the film go to www.thehadzalastofthefirst.com

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A Splendid Home for a World-Class Organ

[caption id="" align="alignright" width="300"]Each piece of the Casavant was cleaned before being packed for the move Getting ready for the move[/caption] In 1968, 25,000 pounds of intricately fashioned pipe organ parts and hundreds of board feet of solid oak casework were delivered to campus and installed in the Music Building. Several months later, the Casavant organ, replete with 2,096 pipes, 56-note keyboard, 32-note pedalboard, and 34 stops, was lofting notes to the heavens. Moving the organ In the summer of 2009, the organ, considered among the 25 greatest organs in the world, was moved to theUniversity Center for the Arts, where master musicians and students alike are again touching the ebony, ivory, and rosewood keys. 3,000 hours of TLC Parsons Pipe Organ Builders of Canandaigua, New York, spent some 3,000 hours cleaning, restoring, and moving the organ. Ric Parsons, the company’s president, said the new hall where the organ resides is “a splendid place for the Casavant. The visual appeal, the warm sound, the rich history – it’s like the room was built just for the organ.” Continuing a musical legacy In 2004, the Stewart and Sheron Golden Endowed Chair in Liturgical Organ Studies was established, the first endowed chair for the College of Liberal Arts. Additionally, an endowment fund to bring renowned organists to Colorado State to play and teach has been set up in the name of Robert Cavarra, longtime professor of music at the university and noted concert organist who died Feb. 8, 2008. “Bob had a tradition of bringing to campus the very best organists from all over the world,” says Barbara Cavarra, Robert’s widow. “The Robert Cavarra Endowment fund is my way of continuing Bob’s musical legacy.”

Originally published in Colorado State Magazine, Fall 2008.

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