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Opening convocation, guest lectures highlight September

Fall semester classes begin Sept. 4

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Mrs. L.A. Anderson, living in the Camp Croft area, who has come to help a neighbor move. Near Spartanburg, South Carolina. The photograph by renowned American photographer Jack Delano is among pictures that will be included in an exhibition in the Richardson Family Art Gallery in the Rosalind Sallenger Richardson Center for the Arts. The exhibition, "Delano & Lange in Spartanburg," will be on display Sept. 5 through Oct. 21 and will coincide with the Chapman Lecture in the Humanities Sept. 28 by Dr. Laura Wexler of Yale University titled "A More Perfect Picture: Frederick Douglass and the Image of the Nation."
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SPARTANBURG, S.C. – The Honorable Judge Henry F. Floyd, New York Times columnist David Brooks, National Churchill Museum curator Timothy Riley and Yale University professor Dr. Laura Wexler are among the guest lecturers scheduled at Wofford College during September.

Other events include the Sept. 12 dedication and community celebration of the college’s new Rosalind Sallenger Richardson Center for the Arts, a Constitution Day speaker and a series of science films.

All events listed 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 Lifelong Learning at Wofford membership and registration information, including costs, contact Tracey Southers at 864-597-4415 or visit www.wofford.edu/lifelonglearning/.

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

Monday, Sept. 4
First day of Fall Semester


Tuesday, Sept. 5
Opening Convocation
Guest Speaker: The Honorable Judge Henry F. Floyd, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
11 a.m., Leonard Auditorium, Main Building

The Honorable Judge Henry F. Floyd, a judge for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, will be the guest speaker and will receive an honorary degree from Wofford College. Floyd, a 1970 Wofford graduate and native of Brevard, N.C., was appointed in October 2011 by President Barack Obama. He was first appointed to the federal judiciary by President George W. Bush in September 2003 as a judge for the U.S. District Court, District of South Carolina, to a seat vacated by Dennis W. Shedd, a 1975 graduate of Wofford. In both cases, Floyd was confirmed by enormous majorities in the U.S. Senate. Floyd is a graduate of the University of South Carolina School of Law and served in the South Carolina House of Representatives. In the spring 2017 semester, Floyd co-taught constitutional law at Wofford with Dr. David Alvis, associate professor of government and international affairs.

Tuesday, Sept. 12
Dedication and Community Celebration of the Rosalind Sallenger Richardson Center for the Arts
11 a.m., Lawn in front of the Rosalind Sallenger Richardson Center for the Arts

The college will host a community dedication event for the Rosalind Sallenger Richardson Center for the Arts, followed lunch on the lawn. The facility, which opened in the spring, houses the Department of Theatre and the Department of Art and Art History, and features state-of-the-art classrooms, studio and rehearsal spaces along with the Jerome Johnson Richardson Theatre and the Sallenger Sisters Black Box Theater. The Richardson Family Art Museum and the Richardson Family Art Gallery provide professional exhibition spaces for student works and collections by visiting artists, along with selections from Wofford’s permanent art and artifact collection. The gallery and museum will be open from 1 to 5 p.m. for visitors to view the exhibitions. Regular hours for the exhibitions are Tuesday-Saturday 1-5 p.m., with extended hours until 9 p.m. Thursday; closed Sunday and Monday. Admission is free.

Thursday, Sept. 14
Guest Lecture: “Winston Churchill: Painter as Politician, or Politician as Painter?”
Speaker: Dr. Warren F. Kimball, Rutgers University
7 p.m., Jerome Johnson Richardson Theatre, Rosalind Sallenger Richardson Center for the Arts

Dr. Warren F. Kimball, professor emeritus of history at Rutgers University, will give a presentation on Winston Churchill, whose paintings are on display at the Richardson Family Art Museum in the Rosalind Sallenger Richardson Center for the Arts. Exhibition hours are Tuesday-Saturday 1-5 p.m., with extended hours until 9 p.m. Thursday; closed Sunday and Monday. Admission is free. A full description of the exhibition is available below under Gallery and Museum Exhibitions.

Friday, Sept. 15
Closing Reception and Curator’s Talk for “Passion for Painting: The Art of Sir Winston Churchill”
Guest Speaker: Timothy Riley, curator for the National Churchill Museum
6 p.m., Richardson Family Art Museum, Rosalind Sallenger Richardson Center for the Arts

Timothy Riley, curator for the National Churchill Museum, will give lecture on the paintings of Winston Churchill as Wofford College celebrates the closing of the exhibition featuring the statesman’s works in the Richardson Family Art Museum in the Rosalind Sallenger Richardson Center for the Arts. Exhibition hours are Tuesday-Saturday 1-5 p.m., with extended hours until 9 p.m. Thursday; closed Sunday and Monday. Admission is free. A full description of the exhibition is available below under Gallery and Museum Exhibitions.

Tuesday, Sept. 19, through Thursday, Sept. 21
Imagine Science Films: Wofford Tour II
7 p.m., McMillan Theater, Campus Life Building

Imagine Science Films (ISF) is a New York City organization whose goal is to break down stereotypes and defy categorization in the media genre often referred to as the “science film.” Their guiding principle is that in addition to conveying information, the “science film” needs to capture the magic or “coolness” of science and its practitioners. This year, the ISF has created a film program, especially for Wofford College, centered on the themes of the future of humanity and technology’s role in that future. Free concessions will be distributed before the film, and a short faculty panel discussion will follow the film.

Thursday, Sept. 21
Guest Lecture: “Constitution Day”
Speaker: Dr. Stephen F. Knott, United State Naval War College
4 p.m., Leonard Auditorium, Main Building

Stephen F. Knott, professor of National Security Affairs at the United States Naval War College, will lecture on Constitution Day. He served as co-chair of the University of Virginia’s Presidential Oral History Program and directed the Ronald Reagan Oral History Project. Knott received his Ph.D. in political science from Boston College and has taught at the United States Air Force Academy and the University of Virginia. He is the author of a book on Alexander Hamilton’s controversial image in the American mind, “Alexander Hamilton and the Persistence of Myth, and also has published “Secret and Sanctioned: Covert Operations and the American Presidency,” an examination of the use of covert operations by early American presidents. He is co-author of “The Reagan Years” and “At Reagan’s Side: Insider’s Recollections from Sacramento to the White House.” His most recent book, “Rush to Judgment: George W. Bush, the War on Terror, and His Critics,” was published in March 2012.

Tuesday, Sept. 26
Guest Lecture with speaker David Brooks, The New York Times
7:30 p.m., Leonard Auditorium, Main Building (NOTE TIME AND LOCATION CHANGES)

David Brooks, op-ed columnist for The New York Times, will present a guest lecture on in Leonard Auditorium in Main Building. Brooks became an op-ed columnist for the newspaper in September 2003. His column appears every Tuesday and Friday. He writes on politics, culture and the social sciences. He currently is a commentator on “PBS NewsHour,” NPR’s “All Things Considered” and NBC’s “Meet the Press.” Brooks is the author of “Bobos in Paradise: The New Upper Class and How They Got There” and “On Paradise Drive: How We Live Now (And Always Have) in the Future Tense.” In March 2001, he published his third book, “The Social Animal: The Hidden Sources of Love, Character, and Achievement,” which was a No. 1 New York Times best seller. Brooks also teaches at Yale University and is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

Thursday, Sept. 28
Chapman Lecture in the Humanities: “A More Perfect Picture: Frederick Douglass and the Image of the Nation”
Speaker: Dr. Laura Wexler, Yale University
7:30 p.m., Jerome Johnson Richardson Theatre, Rosalind Sallenger Richardson Center for the Arts

In 1861, the great abolitionist and orator Frederick Douglass gave a public talk titled “Pictures and Progress.” The talk revealed him as one of the earliest and most astute social theorists of photography in the United States. Douglass believed that photography was a visionary tool, offering an important avenue for social justice in a nation clamoring for change. Dr. Laura Wexler’s lecture will examine Douglass’ thoughts about photography and their continuing relevance today. A concurrent exhibition of photographs by renowned American photographers Dorothea Lange and Jack Delano is scheduled in the Richardson Family Art Museum in the Rosalind Sallenger Richardson Center for the Arts. The show will include images both photographers took for the Farm Services Administration in the 1940s showing African-American and white tenant farmers in Spartanburg County. Wexler is professor of American studies, professor of film and media studies and professor of women’s, gender and sexuality studies at Yale University. She is founder and director of the Photographic Memory Workshop at Yale and the former co-chair of the Yale Women Faculty Forum. She has received numerous fellowships and awards, including a Henry R. Luce Foundation Grant for a three-year project on “Women, Religion and Globalization.” Since 2011, she has been principle investigator on a project to make a web-based, interactive research system for mapping, searching and visualizing more than 170,000 photographs from 1935-1945 created by the Farm Security Administration and Office of War Information. Wexler holds M.A., M.Phil. and Ph.D. degrees from Columbia University in English and comparative literature. The Chapman Lecture in the Humanities at Wofford was created in 2015 through a revamping of the Chapman Program in the Humanities. The new program provided for the creation of two Chapman Professorships with those professors identifying and bringing to campus a noted visiting scholar. Dr. Karen H. Goodchild, professor and chair of art and art history, and Dr. Clayton J. Whisnant, associate professor of history, were named to Chapman Professorships as part of the revamped program.

Gallery and Museum Exhibitions:

Through Saturday, Sept. 16
“Passion for Painting: The Art of Sir Winston Churchill
Richardson Family Art Museum, Rosalind Sallenger Richardson Center for the Arts
Exhibit hours: Tuesday through Saturday, 1-5 p.m., with extended hours until 9 p.m. Thursday; closed Sunday and Monday

The Churchill exhibition offers a unique opportunity to view paintings rarely seen in North America. Bringing together 10 paintings from the esteemed collection of the family of the late Julian Sandys, grandson of Churchill, and from the collection of the National Churchill Museum, the exhibition surveys both Churchill’s landscapes and seascapes, the artist-statesman’s favorite subjects. Beginning with his work from the 1920s, the paintings on view represent four of the five decades in which Churchill pursued what was for him the greatest of hobbies. It also includes several objects from the permanent collection of the National Churchill Museum, including a cigar humidor given to Churchill by the people and government of Cuba (1946); a top hat signed by Churchill, President Roosevelt and Joseph Stalin (1945); and a rare dispatch box from Churchill’s time as chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster (1915). Also on view are several items from Churchill’s visit to Westminster College, where he delivered his most significant post-war speech, the “Sinews of Peace,” commonly known as the “Iron Curtain Speech” on March 5, 1946. The exhibition is a collaboration of the National Churchill Museum at Westminster College in Fulton, Missouri, and Wofford College.

Two guest lectures are scheduled surrounding the exhibition. At 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 14, Dr. Warren F. Kimball of Rutgers University will discuss “Winston Churchill: Painter as Politician, or Politician as Painter?” in the Jerome Johnson Richardson Theatre in the Rosalind Sallenger Richardson Center for the Arts. At 6 p.m. Friday, Sept. 15, Timothy Riley, curator for the National Churchill Museum, will present the Curator’s Talk at the closing reception for the exhibition. His talk, set in the Richardson Family Art Museum, also in the Center for the Arts, is titled “Passion for Painting: The Art of Sir Winston Churchill.”

Through Saturday, Sept. 16
“The Mountains are Calling: High Seasons in the Carolinas from the Johnson Collection”
Richardson Family Art Museum, Rosalind Sallenger Richardson Center for the Arts
Exhibit hours: Tuesday through Saturday, 1-5 p.m., with extended hours until 9 p.m. Thursday; closed Sunday and Monday

“The Mountains Are Calling: High Seasons in the Carolinas from the Johnson Collection” is an exhibition of works by a variety of artists who have sought to capture the South’s seasons and sky on canvas. The works are from Spartanburg’s Johnson Collection, which offers an extensive survey of artistic activity in the American South from the late 18th century to the present day.

Tuesday, Sept. 5, through Saturday, Oct. 21
“Delano & Lange in Spartanburg”
Richardson Family Art Gallery, Rosalind Sallenger Richardson Center for the Arts
Exhibit hours: Tuesday through Saturday, 1-5 p.m., with extended hours until 9 p.m. Thursday; closed Sunday and Monday

“Delano & Lange in Spartanburg” includes images by renowned American photographers Dorothea Lange and Jack Delano taken for the Farm Services Administration in the 1940s showing African-American and white tenant farmers in Spartanburg County, displaced by the building of Camp Croft. This is a concurrent exhibition to the Chapman Lecture in the Humanities on Thursday, Sept. 28, featuring Dr. Laura Wexler of Yale University (see description under Thursday, Sept. 28). Wexler will speak at 7:30 p.m. in the Jerome Johnson Richardson Theatre in the Rosalind Sallenger Richardson Center for the Arts on “A More Perfect Picture: Frederick Douglass and the Image of the Nation.”

Friday, Sept. 22, through Monday, Dec. 18
“WWI at Home and Abroad”
Sandor Teszler Library Gallery, Sandor Teszler Library
Gallery hours: Monday-Thursday, 8 a.m.-midnight; Friday, 8 a.m.-7 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sunday, 1 p.m.-midnight


Monday, Sept. 4, through Monday, Dec. 18
“Buddhism in Sites and Images”
Martha Cloud Chapman Gallery, Campus Life Building
Gallery hours: Daily, 7 a.m.-midnight