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Snapshot: January 23, 2017

A rather strange object has been spotted around campus this week; on Thursday, it was set up on Cannan Green. It is a wreath of … garlic. Yes, by clove, garlic.

This ring of aroma is a clever marketing tool to promote the upcoming performance of “Dracula” in the W&L theater department. It could bloody well lead to a free ticket to the Feb. 9-12 performance for some lucky students. Every morning, Susan Wager will report a campus location where a vampire has been sighted. The first student who moves the wreath to the new site, takes a selfie with it and emails it to Susan will win a ticket. So it’s not for faculty or staff, but I still thought I’d explain the purpose of this puzzling new arrival to W&L. Bravo to the theater department for keeping things interesting as we look forward to their next production.

MondayGuest lecturer: Salvador Dali’s 25 lithographs for Aliyah are currently on display in Lykes Atrium. On Monday evening, David R. Blumenthal, the Jay and Leslie Cohen Professor of Judaic Studies at Emory College of Arts and Sciences, will present a lecture about the works. Blumenthal’s areas of expertise are constructive Jewish theology, medieval Judaism, Jewish mysticism, and holocaust studies. A reception will follow the talk. No tickets required. Wilson Hall/Concert Hall, 5:30 p.m.

Culture bash: The entire campus community is invited to a cultural presentation by Imad Baazizi, a foreign language teaching assistant in the Arabic program. Imad will share some of his culture, including real Moroccan tea and some delicious harsha, or pan-fried bread made from semolina. Kenneth P. Ruscio Center for Global Learning atrium, 5 p.m.

TuesdayMarkets and Morals: Susan Briante, associate professor of creative writing and literature at the University of Arizona, will discuss “The Market Wonders: On the Impossibility of (Personal) Accounting.” This will involve a reading from “The Market Wonders,” a lyric investigation into the stock market, and a talk about its writing as a response to the 2008 financial crisis. The talk is part of the Mudd Center’s ongoing Markets and Morals series. Hillel Multipurpose Room, 5 p.m.

WednesdayEver been camping and realized the only food you know how to cook over a campfire is hot dogs and marshmallows on a stick? That’s sad, because you can conjure up some tasty feasts over a wood fire. If you’re interested in learning more about campfire cooking, check out the cooking clinic at the OC Barn on Wednesday afternoon. Key Staff Matt Rickert will teach some basic skills. Open to the entire W&L community (students must be Outing Club members). Learn more about the Outing Club here. Outing Club barn, 5:15 p.m.