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November events at Wofford

Guest lectures, theater and musical performances highlight month

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SPARTANBURG, S.C. – Wofford College will present a number of guest lectures, new art exhibitions, performances by the Wofford Theatre and musical performances during November and early December.

All events are open to the public and are free of charge unless otherwise noted. Please check the online calendar at calendar.wofford.edu for frequent updates. For athletics events, please go to athletics.wofford.edu.

For more information, contact Laura Corbin at woffordnews@wofford.edu or 864-597-4180.

Thursday, Nov. 5
Lecture: “Change: Cosmological Speculation in Early China”
Speaker: Dr. Lawrence Kessler, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
4 p.m., Olin Teaching Theater, Franklin W. Olin Building

Dr. Lawrence D. Kessler, professor emeritus of Chinese history at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, will help Wofford inaugurate its new Asian Studies program with this talk on Chinese cosmology.

Thursday, Nov. 5
“The Lives of the Artists” Artist Talk and Reception by Margherita Cole
4 p.m., Martha Cloud Chapman Gallery, Campus Life Building

Wofford senior Margherita Cole started drawing comics at 7 years old, parodying her beloved pet dog as a part-time superhero. An AP Art History course in high school changed the way she looked at history and artists, focusing on their lives when they were living, instead of their legacy after death. “The Lives of the Artists” features some of the world’s finest and most infamous artists and their patrons in comics. As Vasari was obsessed with the Renaissance artists and their fabulous lives, Cole spent her summer bringing Leonardo, Michelangelo, Raphael, Caravaggio, The Amazing Bernini and many others back to life – in cartoon fashion. The exhibition will be available through Jan. 31.

Thursday, Nov. 5, through Saturday, Nov. 7, and Wednesday, Nov. 11, through Saturday Nov. 14
Wofford Theatre Presents: “Straight White Men” by Young Jean Lee
8 p.m., Tony White Theater, Campus Life Building

“Straight White Men” is the outrageous and controversial new comedy by Young Jean Lee, a writer, director and filmmaker who has been called “the most adventurous downtown playwright of her generation” by the New York Times and “one of the best experimental playwrights in America” by Time Out New York. “Straight White Men” is both an aggressive and timely exploration of patriarchy, privilege and sexual identity, and a hilarious comedy with a surprisingly compassionate heart.

Wednesday, Nov. 11
World Film Series: “Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress”
3:30 and 7:30 p.m., Olin Teaching Theater, Franklin W. Olin Building

Director: Sijie Dai; China, France, 2002; 110 minutes; Mandarin and French with English subtitles. “Dai Sijie directs ‘Balzac et La Petite Tailleuse Chinoise’ (‘The Little Chinese Seamstress’), a film adaptation of his own best-selling autobiographical novel. Set in China during the Cultural Revolution of the 1970s, the story follows Luo (Chen Kun) and Ma (Liu Ye), two young men from the city who are sent to a mountain village for a re-education in Maoist principles. They work with the peasants under the supervision of the village head man (Wang Shuangbao), who considers their violin to be a symbol of the bourgeoisie. Luo and Ma both fall in love with the little Chinese seamstress (Ziiou Xun), the daughter of the tailor (Chung Zhijun), and they read her forbidden works of Western literature including French writers Balzac and Dumas. The conclusion finds the two men reminiscing about their experiences 30 years later. ‘Balzac et La Petite Tailleuse Chinoise’ premiered at the 2002 Cannes Film Festival.” (Description from www.therosegroup.org) The film may not be appropriate for younger viewers. It may contain violence, nudity, sensuality, rough language, or contain or refer to alcohol/drug use.

Monday, Nov. 16, through Thursday, Nov. 19
Third Annual Wofford Environmental Film Festival
7 p.m., Olin Teaching Theater, Franklin W. Olin Building

The Wofford Environmental Film Festival screens environmental films that have appeared in nationally recognized festivals such as the Sundance Film Festival, the Wild & Scenic Film Festival and the Environmental Film Festival in the nation’s capital. Each night’s screening includes either a feature-length environmental film or a series of shorts. Screenings are followed by brief discussions led by student panels.

Tuesday, Nov. 17
Lecture: “Cravings & Aversions: Making Sense of Taste Preferences”
4 p.m., Gray-Jones Room, Burwell Building

The same food item may taste very different to us depending on influences, such as our environment, hunger and learning/memory. Research in Dr. David Pittman’s laboratory is identifying how these changes in taste occur and which parts of the brain are involved. Through understanding how this system works, we could take control of aversions and taste preferences that influence our eating habits.

Monday, Nov. 23
Wofford Strings Concert
7 p.m., Leonard Auditorium, Main Building

The Wofford String Ensemble and Wofford Chamber Players will perform their winter concert. The program will feature J. S. Bach’s “Brandenburg Concerto #3,” joined by two Wofford alumni, Dr. Richard Webb and Dr. Peter Moore on the violin; “Grieg Sonata for Violin and Piano,” featuring Boyd Richardson on the violin and Marcus Ellison on the piano; and “Revenge of the Double Bass,” featuring two first-year students playing double bass, Nolan Moser and Sam Muniz.

Early December events:

Tuesday, Dec. 1
Student Presentation and Opening Reception for 3D: Optic Wonders from Special Collections
3 p.m., Sandor Teszler Library Gallery, Sandor Teszler Library

Stereoscopes are making a comeback. Get ready to see the world as it appeared more than 100 years ago. The stereoscope, a small headset-viewer introduced to the public at the 1851 Crystal Palace Exhibition in London, mimics the brain’s ability to combine different perspectives from left and right eyes to perceive depth. Stereoscopes allow for 3D views that give the illusion of immersion in a scene. Viewers in the 19th and 20th centuries found themselves transported to faraway locales, luxurious palace interiors and modern industrial sites. In this exhibition, images from stereographs held in Special Collections are enlarged 1,200 percent and converted into anaglyph 3D, viewable with the red-and-blue-lensed glasses provided.

Tuesday, Dec. 1
Candlelight Carols and Annual Winter Lighting
6 p.m., Leonard Auditorium, Main Building

The Wofford Women’s Choir, Glee Club, Goldtones and Wofford Men will perform.

Friday, Dec. 4
Christmas Concert
7 p.m., Leonard Auditorium, Main Building

The Wofford Singers will present their annual Christmas Concert.

Gallery Exhibitions:

Through Nov. 27
Julia Elizabeth Tolbert: Her Life Through Art
Sandor Teszler Library Gallery, Sandor Teszler Library

The Sandor Teszler Library Gallery is exhibiting selected works of Southern artist Julia Elizabeth Tolbert (1911-1978). Tolbert was a native of Ninety Six, S.C., and her training included time spent at Columbia College, Syracuse University and the University of Georgia under Lamar Dodd, the well-known Georgia artist. Active through the 1940s into the mid-1950s, she painted various subjects, including Southern landscapes, portraits, still life and genre scenes. Her works exhibit influences from contemporary styles such as the Ashcan school, Charleston Renaissance and expressionism, and her interest in urban realism is evident in many images of African Americans and their lives in the South during 1940s and 1950s. This exhibition uses research by Mills Reigel (Wofford Class of 2015) from her Art History Capstone project.

Through Dec. 4
Art of Japan: Works from the Wofford College Permanent Collection
Slide Room Gallery, Daniel Building

Students enrolled in Art History 323: Art of Japan selected Japanese works from the Wofford College permanent fine arts collection to analyze and display. They wrote descriptive text for gallery visitors and present their research in the gallery. Items on display include Japanese ceramics, metal work, inro (a traditional Japanese box for holding small objects), netsuke (small cultural objects) and other cultural objects.

Through Nov. 14
Abstractions from the Wet Plate Collodion Process by Bryan Hiott
Class Case Gallery, Great Oaks Hall, Roger Milliken Science Center

Using high resolution digital scans, Bryan Hiott is exploring abstract images from the wet plate collodion process, a 19th century form of photography with which he makes tintypes, ambrotypes and glass-plate negatives. These abstractions are the result of organic reactions in the chemistry of the process. Each collodion emulsion must be hand poured directly onto a glass or metal plate before it is made light sensitive in the darkroom. The flow of the emulsion plays a significant role in image formation. Changes in temperature, humidity and UV light levels also influence the final result. The abstractions offer various visual possibilities. While revealing fractal patterns and traces of the chemistry, the images might also suggest satellite views of the Earth, surface details of other planets or microscopic organisms.

Nov. 3 through Jan. 31
“The Lives of the Artists” by Margherita Cole (2015 Whetsell Fellowship Exhibition)
Martha Cloud Chapman Gallery, Campus Life Building

(See description above.)

Nov. 30 through Feb. 26
3D: Optic Wonders from Special Collections
Sandor Teszler Library Gallery, Sandor Teszler Library

(See description above.)