Annual Projects

Nicola Conraths Lange
May 18, 2015

The Academic Symposium and "Pandora's Box"

Spring time means annual projects for our upper class men and women. Each year, juniors and seniors of the Comparative Arts department work on an individual project over a longer period of time. The creative process can be frustrating and exhilarating in equal measure as the students navigate the endless choices, details and coordination required to transform vision into reality. This year, the annual projects were split into two events: the Academic Symposium and our performance, "Pandora's Box." The Symposium, titled "Artists Speak," provided an academic venue to complement the artistic creation. Our young artists showed themselves in a scholarly light, presenting their research on a variety of exciting topics from history to business, social justice to the brain, empathy to hunger. "Pandora's Box" was entirely written, produced, and performed by the department in collaboration with other majors from theatre, music, and dance.

As we wrap up this year, I look back on all that has been experienced, discussed, and created. It is bittersweet to see our post-graduates and seniors leave Interlochen, but I am so proud of their accomplishments and wish them well as they join new communities of artists and scholars at their Universities and Colleges.