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Wofford announces February events

Black History Month events, performances, exhibits

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Lithographs by Florida artist Lynn Froelich will be on exhibit in the Sandor Teszler Library Gallery Feb. 10 through March 30.

SPARTANBURG, S.C. – Wofford has planned the following events in February; all programs are open to the public and are free of charge (unless otherwise noted).   Collegetown Social Entrepreneurship Summit
Saturday, Feb. 4 – 9 a.m.-3 p.m.
Hub-Bub Showroom, 149 S. Daniel Morgan Ave.

Through a generous grant from the Sullivan Foundation, Converse and Wofford Colleges will host the Collegetown Social Entrepreneurship Summit. The goal is for Spartanburg college students, faculty, staff and community leaders to learn more about social entrepreneurship, be inspired by a successful social entrepreneur, and spend time working together to develop social entrepreneurship ideas to be implemented right here in Spartanburg. Featured speaker will be Molly Barker, founder of Girls On The Run and Ashoka fellow, who will speak on “Putting Your Passion to Work.” Doors open at 8:30, with the program running from 9 a.m. to 3:15; workshops begin at 11 a.m. Breakfast, lunch and snacks will be provided, as will support and resources for the best social entrepreneurship ideas to emerge from the summit. To attend, please register here:

Byrne and Steele 183x120Santee Cooper Lecture Series on Sustainability and Energy Issues
Choices and Consequences: A Conversation About Change in the Sustainability Landscape at Wofford and Beyond
Speakers: Jack Byrne, director of the Sustainability Integration Office at Middlebury College, and Allyn Steele, former Wofford director of community sustainability
Wednesday, Feb. 8 – 7 p.m.
Olin Teaching Theater, Franklin W. Olin Building

Wofford and Santee Cooper, the state-owned utility, began the lecture series in 2009 to provide the college and the Spartanburg community with a forum for discussing timely and pressing environmental issues on energy and sustainability with leading experts from around the world. At Middlebury, Byrne is actively involved with the campus community to advance and support leadership in creating a more sustainable future. He is working to implement Middlebury’s strategies for becoming carbon neutral by 2016 through renewable energy, conservation, efficiency, and offsets after all other measures have been taken. Byrne is co-founder of the non-profit Foundation for Our Future at the Center for a Sustainable Future. He is a founder and was the first executive director of River Watch Network, an international non-governmental organization supporting community-based watershed conservation. A graduate of the Honors College of Kent State University, Byrne holds a B.S. in biology and a master’s degree in environmental law from the Vermont Law School. Steele was Wofford’s first staff member appointed to develop a more ecologically sustainable and carbon neutral campus. He introduced systems thinking/deep ecology models to campus operations through workshops and trainings and co-chaired the campus’ American Colleges and Universities Presidents Climate Commitment task force. He was instrumental in creating partnerships among Wofford and five of the area’s other institutions of higher education, non-profit organizations, and the City and County of Spartanburg, which continue today. Steele is now pursuing a master’s in divinity at Vanderbilt Divinity School in Nashville, Tenn.

Black History Month
Keynote Speaker Series
Speaker: Douglas Jones ’69
Wednesday, Feb. 8 – 7 p.m.
Phase V, Room 113

Jones was the first African-American graduate of Wofford College. He will discuss his experiences at Wofford and his career progression. Jones graduated with a B.S. in physics and earned a M.S. in physics from the University of South Carolina in Columbia. He is currently the customer engineering support manager for Michelin Americas Truck Tires. This event is co-sponsored by the Association of Multicultural Students and Wofford’s Center for Professional Excellence in recognition of Black History Month. A dessert reception will immediately follow the discussion. Sponsored by the Association of Multicultural Students, Office of Multicultural Affairs and Career Services.

John J. Wood 183x120Sandor Teszler Award Convocation
Speaker and Award Recipient: John Wood, founder and board co-chair of Room to Read
Thursday, Feb. 9 – 11 a.m.
Leonard Auditorium, Main Building

John J. Wood is the founder and board co–chair of Room to Read, an organization that believes World Change Starts with Educated Children® and seeks to transform the lives of millions of children in developing countries by focusing on literacy and gender equality in education. At age 35, Wood left an executive career track at Microsoft Corp. to form Room to Read. The business acumen honed there, combined with his passion to change the world, makes Wood a unique and inspiring speaker with universal appeal. Wood’s award-winning memoir, “Leaving Microsoft to Change the World: An Entrepreneur’s Odyssey to Educate the World’s Children” (Harper Collins, 2006), tells how he raised more than $125 million from a “standing start” to develop one of the fastest-growing nonprofits in history. The book was described by Publishers’ Weekly in a starred review as “an infectiously inspiring read.” Translated into 21 languages, it is popular with entrepreneurs, philanthropists and educators alike. It was selected by as one of the Top Ten Business Narratives of 2006 and voted a Top Ten Nonfiction title of 2006 by Hudson Booksellers. The book also was featured during Wood’s appearance on The Oprah Winfrey Show and the resulting “Oprah’s Book Drive” with Room to Read raised more than $1 million from viewers. Wood holds a master’s degree in business administration from the Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University, a bachelor’s degree in finance from the University of Colorado, and an honorary doctorate in humane letters from the University of San Francisco. The Sandor Teszler Award for Moral Courage and Service to Humankind will be presented to Wood. The award represents the highest ideals that the Wofford community espouses, and it carries with it an honorary degree, a citation and a $10,000 cash award.

Black History Month
Music Trivia
Thursday, Feb. 9 – 6:30 p.m.
Phase V Galleria

Sponsored by Wofford Activities Council and the Association of Multicultural Students.

Black History Month
Wofford Uplugged with singer Levi Stephens
Thursday, Feb. 9 – 8:30 p.m.
Phase V Galleria

Sponsored by Wofford Activities Council and Office of Multicultural Affairs.

Black History Month
SCATE Open Mic Night
Friday, Feb. 10 – 6:30 p.m.
The Commons, Campus Life Building

Sponsored by SCATE, Sharing Creative Arts Through Expression

Akerman-Teixeira DuoTroubadour Series Concert
Akerman-Teixeira Duo
Monday, Feb. 13 – 7 p.m.
Leonard Auditorium, Main Building

Robert Teixeira resides in Charlotte, N.C., and is an instructor at Queens University of Charlotte and Central Piedmont Community College. He also performs with major-award-winning guitarist Mary Akerman in the Akerman-Teixeira duo. Their CD, “Music For Two Guitars,” was released on the Clear Note Label in 2010. He also performs with his wife and cellist Tanja Bechtler, with whom he produced the recording “Shade Grown.” He also has performed and recorded with the seven-member world music group Without Borders.

Black History Month
Film: “Slavery by Another Name”
Monday, Feb. 13 – 8:45-10:45 p.m.
Olin Teaching Theater, Franklin W. Olin Building

“Slavery by Another Name” is PBS project based upon the 2009 Pulitzer Prize-winning book by Wall Street Journal writer Douglas Blackmon. The film challenges one of our country’s most cherished assumptions: the belief that slavery ended with Abraham Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation of 1863. The documentary recounts how in the years following the Civil War, insidious new forms of forced labor emerged in the American South, keeping hundreds of thousands of African Americans in bondage, trapping them in a brutal system that would persist until the onset of World War II. Sponsored by African/African American Studies and Office of Multicultural Affairs.

World Film Series: “Berlin 36”
Wednesday, Feb. 15 – 3:30 and 7:30 p.m.
Olin Teaching Theater, Franklin W. Olin Building

Director: Kasper Heidelbach
Germany, 2009; 100 mins.
In German with English subtitles
Based on the true story of Gretel Bergmann who unwittingly became the biggest threat to the Nazi Party in 1936. Berlin was hosting the Summer Olympic Games, and Bergmann was one of Germany’s best gold medal contenders. She also was Jewish. Her skill and ethnicity undermined the Nazi belief that Aryans were the superior race, so the German authorities schemed to replace her with another woman — but “she” had a secret that, if uncovered, could be even more embarrassing to the Nazis.

Chinese New Year Party
Thursday, Feb. 16 – 5:30-7:30 p.m.
Burwell Building

Chinese New Year is the most important and longest Chinese traditional holiday, and is celebrated all over the world wherever there is a Chinese community. 2012 is the year of the dragon. Chinese food will be served and Chinese-language students will perform at the beginning of the party.

Religion in the Public Sphere
“Religion, Reconciliation and the Politics of Secularism”
Speaker: Dr. Jonathan VanAntwerpen, director of the program on Religion and the Public Sphere, Social Science Research Council, and Wofford’s Olin and Muffet Sansbury Lecturer
“Secularity in the Public Sphere”
Thursday, Feb. 16 – 7 p.m.
Leonard Auditorium, Main Building
Since joining the Social Science Research Council, located in Brooklyn, N.Y., in January 2006, VanAntwerpen has directed projects on religion and international affairs, on the religious lives of American undergraduates, on spirituality and political engagement, and on the interdisciplinary study of prayer. He is co-editor of a series of books on secularism and religion, including “Habermas and Religion” (Polity, forthcoming), “Rethinking Secularism” (Oxford University Press, 2011), “The Post-Secular in Question” (NYU Press, 2012), “The Power of Religion in the Public Sphere” (Columbia University Press, 2011), and “Varieties of Secularism in a Secular Age” (Harvard University Press, 2010). He also has written on higher education (with David L. Kirp), on the history of sociology (with Craig Calhoun and Troy Duster), and on globalization, philanthropy, and the politics of reconciliation. He is co-editor (with Michael Burawoy) of “Producing Public Sociology: Contributions” from Berkeley Faculty, senior editor for “Frequencies,” and editor-in-chief of “The Immanent Frame.” In concert with the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) and the Interfaith Center of New York, VanAntwerpen conducts a series of ongoing consultations on religion and the United Nations, bringing together academic researchers, NGO actors, and representatives of UN agencies to discuss peace building, development, gender, and related issues. He led the SSRC team that developed plans for a recently launched project on peace-building in Africa, and has worked collaboratively to build and edit a new digital forum on “Possible Futures” (linked to the SSRC book series of the same name). VanAntwerpen received his doctorate from the University of California, Berkeley. He is a visiting scholar at New York University’s Institute for Public Knowledge. His lecture will be the second in Wofford’s Religion in the Public Sphere series. A roundtable discussion with VanAntwerpen will be held from 9 to 11:30 a.m. on Friday, Feb. 17, in the Anna Todd Wofford Center in the Andrews Field House on campus. The public is invited to observe the discussion among students, faculty, staff and VanAntwerpen.

Religion in the Public Sphere
Roundtable Discussion with Dr. Jonathan VanAntwerpen, director of the program on Religion and the Public Sphere, Social Science Research Council, and Wofford’s Olin and Muffet Sansbury Lecturer
Friday, Feb. 17 – 9-11:30 a.m.
Anna Todd Wofford Center, Andrews Field House
The public is invited to observe the discussion among Wofford students, faculty, staff and VanAntwerpen.

Lecture/Lab/Tasting: The Miracle Fruit Berry
Speaker: Dr. David Pittman, associate professor of psychology at Wofford
Friday, Feb. 17 – 5 p.m.
Sandor Teszler Library Gallery

Synsepalum dulcificum is a West African plant with a berry that has low sugar content and a mildly sweet taste. The berry contains a molecule that binds to the tongue’s taste buds, causing sour foods to taste sweet. While the exact cause is unknown, one theory is that the substance distorts the shape of sweetness receptors of the tongue. The effect lasts about an hour. There are medical implications for the fruit, for instance with chemotherapy patients, as well as possible benefits to extend foods’ palatability. Pittman will lead an open lecture/lab/tasting with participants able to taste various foods and experience the effect. This event is sponsored by the Sandor Teszler Library.

Revolutionary War Roundtable of the Backcountry
“Backcountry Fury: A Renowned Revolutionary War Hero Speaks”
Speaker: Tony Zeiss, president of Central Piedmont Community College
Monday, Feb. 20 – 6-8 p.m.
Dinner: 6:30-7:15 p.m.
Program: 7:15-8 p.m. (Arrive no later than 7 p.m.)
Montgomery Room, Burwell Building

An account of militia actions in the Carolina Backcountry as told by eyewitness Tomas Young.
Cost of dinner and program is $23. Program only, $5. RSVP to Juanita Pesaro by Friday, Feb. 17, at or 864-597-4207.

Black History Month
Movie: Tyler Perry’s “For Colored Girls”
Wednesday, Feb. 22 – 6 p.m.
McMillan Theater, Campus Life Building

Sponsored by Wofford Women of Color and Office of Multicultural Affairs.

Wofford Writers Series
Stephen Dunn, Pulitzer Prize-winning poet
Wednesday, Feb. 22 – 7:30 p.m.
Olin Teaching Theater, Franklin W. Olin Building

Stephen Dunn was awarded the Pulitzer Prize in poetry for “Different Hours” in 2001, the Academy Award in Literature from the American Academy of Arts & Letters, Fellowships from the Guggenheim and Rockefeller Foundations, three NEA Creative Writing Fellowships, a Distinguished Artist Fellowship from the N.J. State Council on the Arts, the Levinson and Oscar Blumenthal Prizes from Poetry, the Theodore Roethke Prize from Poetry Northwest, the James Wright Prize from Mid-American Review, the Paterson Award for Sustained Literary Achievement (2009), and many others. He is Distinguished Professor of Creative Writing at Richard Stockton College of New Jersey, but spends most of his time these days in Frostburg, Md., with his wife, writer Barbara Hurd.

Black History Month
Project Redefined Discussion: Challenging Societal Stereotypes of Women of Color
Monday, Feb. 27 – 6 p.m.
AAAS Room, Burwell Building

Sponsored by Wofford Women of Color, Office of Multicultural Affairs and the Sandor Teszler Library

Black History Month
“Lift Every Voice” Campus Celebration
Wednesday, Feb. 29 – 6 p.m.
Steps of Main Building

Voices of Victory Gospel Choir performance. Sponsored by Office of Multicultural Affairs.

Mitch Allen art 183x120Student/Athlete/Artist
Through March 2, 2012
Martha Cloud Chapman Gallery, Campus Life Building
Mitch Allen ’11, Alyssa Burkert ’14, Ellen Ezekiel ’13, Elizabeth
Hall ’12, Josh Holt ’14, Amanda Liguori ’14, Trey Parker ’13, Erin
Walklet ’15

These Wofford students, while majoring in biology, English, physics, art history or other fields, also have maintained interest in the visual arts, producing paintings and drawings, pottery, and photographs. Meanwhile, they also have enormous commitments to their varsity team sports. This exhibition recognizes their accomplishments as artists while they pursue their classical liberal arts college careers.

Froelich working 183x120Lynn Froelich, Lithographs
Feb. 10 through March 30
Reception: Friday, Feb. 10 – 4-6 p.m.
Sandor Teszler Library Gallery

Lynn Froelich was born in Miami, Fla., and earned her undergraduate degree at the University of South Florida. After receiving her master of fine arts degree from Florida State University, she was accepted into the Professional Printer Program at Tamarind Institute, the University of New Mexico, for more intensive training into the various methods of printmaking. After completion of the Tamarind Program, Froelich moved to Atlanta, where she was involved in assisting in the establishment of Rolling Stone Press, a professional print shop designed for the making of hand-printed original lithographs. In 1987, Froelich joined the art faculty at Appalachian State University, in Boone, N.C., where she taught art, drawing, printmaking and interior design courses for 14 years.

Paintings by Mary Shand
Permanent Collection Display
Anna Todd Wofford Center, Andrews Field House

Works by the late Mary Shand, a painter who worked in the Washington, D.C., area. Shand said about her work, “I began flowing paint toward a center to express love, and it sprang back alive in branching, veining patterns of myself and all of nature. On this I elaborate in my paintings.”