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October Wofford Events

Book signing, novelist, other speakers featured

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SPARTANBURG, S.C. – Exhibitions of artwork, two world film series, special speakers, and a Wofford faculty book signing highlight the Wofford College calendar of events for October. Here is a listing of Wofford events for the month.

All programs are open to the public, and free of charge (unless otherwise noted).

Gallery Exhibitions: 

Amy Holbein
Holbein 183x120Through October 30, 2011
Martha Chapman Gallery, Campus Life Building
Although Amy Holbein studied textile design at Eastern Carolina University, where she received her education, she learned to use pastels and oils in developing figurative works and portraits. In more recent years she has begun combining oils and encaustics (cold wax) in abstract and non-objective work. In all her work, she likes complex, layered surfaces loaded with color. She says she hopes these intricate surfaces and heavy infusions of color connect the viewer with “a glimpse of something sacred.” Amy Holbein is an instructor in studio art at Wofford College. Her work has been on display at the Spartanburg Art Museum, the Anderson Art Center, the Carolina Gallery, and the Bearden-Josey Center for Breast Health.

From Thompson Street to Wofford – paintings and sculptures by Winston Wingo
Through October 30, 2011
Sandor Teszler Library Gallery
Winston Wingo was born in Spartanburg, S.C.. He received a B.A. in art education from Claflin University in Orangeburg, S.C. and a master of fine arts in sculpture from Clemson University in Clemson, SC. He did post-graduate studies in Lucca and Pietrasanta, Italy. A painter, sculptor, and art education, Wingo teaches in the Spartanburg public school system. He is currently teaching at Carver Junior High of School District Seven. Winston also has taught at Claflin University, has been an adjunct instructor for Converse College, South Carolina State University, and the University of South Carolina Upstate. As a young teacher, Winston Wungo found mentors among the science faculty at Wofford College and often walked along the railroad tracks from his home on Thompson Street in Spartanburg to Wofford. The paintings and sculptures in this exhibition mark a symbolic and visual return to the college.

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.

For more information regarding the gallery exhibitions, email Oakley Coburn at

World Film Series:

Aftershock 150wideTangshan Dadizhen (Aftershock)
Wednesday, October 5, 2011, 3:30 and 7:30 p.m.
Teaching Theater, F. W. Olin Building
Director: Xiaogang Feng
China, 2010; 136 mins.
In Mandarin with English subtitles
Caught in the cataclysmic Tangshan earthquake of 1976, a mother is forced to choose which her twin children – her son or her daughter – a rescue worker should save as they flee the collapsing ruins of her home. The film dramatizes the arduous struggle of the survivors – including the little girl left for dead – as families must learn to rebuild their lives in the wake of a natural disaster that left nearly 250,000 people dead.

Tangled Roots
Wednesday, October 19, 2011 3:30 and 7:30 p.m.
Teaching Theater, F. W. Olin Building
Director: Heidi Schmidt Emberling
Germany, 2011; 66 mins.
In German with English subtitles
Filmmaker Heidi Schmidt Emberling confronts her German father and Jewish mother about the devastating secrets and painful silence of the past as she struggles to reconcile her dual identity as both a German and a Jew. Through intimate interviews with both her Jewish relatives in America and her German Lutheran relatives abroad, she discovers a rich family tapestry spanning three continents, shaped by war, courage, prejudice, and fear.


Art History Lecture: “Gaudi and His Contemporaries: Art and Architecture in Barcelona c. 1900”
Speaker: Professor Magda Bernaus, CIEE Program, Barcelona
Wednesday, October 5, 2011, 8 p.m.
Leonard Auditorium, Main Building
The Barcelona of the turn of the twentieth century was an artistic center of great importance. Starting in the 1860s, the capital of Catalonia underwent an impressive physical transformation, and the construction of a whole new city – L’Eixample – provided architects of this era with many important commissions. The current Barcelona is, to a large extent, the consequence of these circumstances: Antoni Gaudἰ, Lluἰs Domènech i Montaner, and Josep Puig i Cadafalch all lived and worked around 1900 and their artistic vision shaped the image of the city, which remains still today a living museum of Modernista architecture.

For more information, please contact Peter Schmunk at

Faculty Talks

Betsy Cox 150wideLecture: Truth and other Fictions: Character, Dialogue, and Place
Speaker: Elizabeth Barks Cox, Department of English
Thursday, October 6, 2011, 4 p.m.
AAAS Room, Burwell Building
Fiction uses character, dialogue, and place to tell a truth that reaches deeper than fact. Probing the complexity of human behavior, with its myriad of conflicting motives and emotions, storytelling goes to the heart, and to the place of discomfort that we try to avoid. The best fiction disturbs, and tries to open our eyes. This talk will discuss writers who use language to deepen our understanding, who “tell all the truth, but tell it slanted.”


Orbiting Seminar
Orbiting Seminar XIII: Colleton area
Thursday, October 6, 2011 – Friday, October 7, 2011
The seminar will be touring Hampton, Colleton and North Dorchester Counties in South Carolina.
For more information about the seminar, contact Charles Gray at

Revolutionary War Roundtable of the Backcountry
“Before They Were Heroes – The Battle of King’s Mountain”
Speaker: Randell Jones, Historian and Author
Monday, October 24, 2011, 6 – 8 p.m.
Dinner: 6:30 – 7:15 p.m.
Program: 7:15 – 8 p.m.
Montgomery Room, Burwell Building
Cost of Dinner and Program is $20, Program only $5. RSVP to Juanita Pesaro at or (864) 597-4207.

Book signing at Homecoming
Saturday, October 29, 2011, 10:30 a.m.
Front of Main Building
Book signing by Wofford’s faculty and staff.
For more information, email Debbi Thompson at

Writers Series:

Tea Obreht 150wideTéa Obreht, novelist
Tuesday, October 25, 2011, 7:30 p.m.
Olin Theater, F. W. Olin Building
Téa Obreht was born in 1985 in the former Yugoslavia, and spent her childhood in Cyprus and Egypt before eventually immigrating to the United States in 1997. Her writing has been published in The New Yorker, The Atlantic, Harper’s, Zoetrope: All-Story, The New York Times, and The Guardian, and has been anthologized in The Best American Non-Required Reading. Her first novel, “The Tiger’s Wife,” was published by Random House on March 8, 2011. She has been named by The New Yorker as one of the 20 best American fiction writers under 40 and included in the National Book Foundation’s list of 5 Under 25. Téa Obreht lives in Ithaca, New York.

For more information regarding the Writers Series, email Deno Trakas at