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Things to do at NU: March 27 to April 2

Our picks this week include baseball, Bach and The Block
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Stop by the Block Museum of Art’s teaching gallery and try an exercise in close looking that can be used to analyze any work of art.

Spring Break is in the books, and the new quarter is just getting started. Some of us will be ringing in the first week with the newly configured Dance Marathon on Friday night, but here are a few other suggestions to help get you back in the swing of things.

Former White House official on governing the future

How should we approach the governance of artificial intelligence and tools to steward their potential public benefit? Acclaimed sociologist and writer Alondra Nelson, who served as a science and technology policy advisor in the Biden administration, will provide insights as the featured speaker for Northwestern’s Distinguished Public Policy Lecture Series.

Nelson will speak at 4 p.m. on Wednesday, March 27, at the McCormick Foundation Center, 1870 Campus Drive, Evanston. This event is free and open to the public, but tickets are required. Register now.

Baseball hosts Nebraska

With the arrival of spring, coach Ben Greenspan leads Northwestern baseball (10-11) back home for a three-game series against Nebraska this weekend.

Games are at 3 p.m. Friday, March 29, and at 1 p.m. Saturday, March 30, and Sunday, March 31, at Miller Park, 2750 Ashland Ave., Evanston. Get tickets now.

Back to Bach, in two parts

Current and former students from the studio of Sylvia Wang, associate professor of piano in the Bienen School of Music, will perform the works of Johann Sebastian Bach in a staging with two nestled “back-to-back” pianos. The two-part concert highlights Bach’s “The Well-Tempered Clavier” and concludes with his “Chromatic Fantasia and Fugue in D Minor” and  “Fantasia and Fugue in A Minor.”

The first and second parts of the performance take place at 3 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., respectively, on Sunday, March 31, at Galvin Recital Hall, 70 Arts Circle Drive, Evanston. Tickets are $6 for the general public and $4 for students with valid ID.

CNAIR welcomes artist-in-residence

Northwestern’s Center for Native American and Indigenous Research welcomes Madalene Big Bear (Bodwéwadmi) for its 2024 artist residency. Big Bear is a citizen of the Pokagon Band of Potawatomi Nation and a respected Pokagon culture keeper. The two-week residency features workshops on traditional Potawatomi quill work, including how to harvest a porcupine hide and speaker events.

The official opening and introduction to the residency is at 4 p.m. on Monday, April 1, at the Kaplan Art Studio, Room 2-315, Kresge Centennial Hall, 1880 Campus Drive, Evanston. RSVP here and see the residency schedule for more events.

Looking 101 at The Block

How do we slow down our looking habits to better understand what we’re looking at? Stop by the Block Museum of Art’s teaching gallery and try an exercise in close looking that can be used to analyze any work of art. Do the exercise on your own or in conversation with other visitors.

The Block, located at 40 Arts Circle Drive, Evanston, is open from noon to 8 p.m. Wednesday through Friday and noon to 5 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.