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Wofford Announces May events

Musical performances, special lectures, art exhibits highlight events
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SPARTANBURG, SC - Concerts, lectures and art exhibits highlight the May events calendar at Wofford College; all programs are open to the public and are free of charge (unless otherwise noted).

For up-to-date events information or to look ahead to event for June and beyond, go to http://calendar.wofford.edu.

For athletics schedules, please visit http://athletics.wofford.edu.

Dedication of Montgomery Music Building
Tuesday, May 1
4 p.m.
Montgomery Music Building
The Montgomery Music Building will be dedicated, followed by a reception for donors and special guests. The building, located on North Church Street next to Ben Wofford Books, provides a home for the Music Program with rehearsal space and classrooms for singers, musicians and faculty. The newly renovated building was open this spring. It is named for Walter and Betty Montgomery and Rose Montgomery Johnston and their families in honor of their leadership gift toward the building's renovation.

Honors Convocation
Thursday, May 3
11 a.m.–12:15 p.m.
Leonard Auditorium, Main Building

Wofford College will hold its annual spring Honors Convocation, where departmental and other awards will be presented. The faculty will process in full regalia

Faculty Talk by John Lane
"One Watery Theme: Reflections on 20 years of Floating, Teaching, and Writing about Rivers"
Thursday, May 3
4 p.m.
AAAS Room, Burwell Building
With the publication in fall of 2011 of "My Paddle to the Sea," John Lane, professor of English and environmental studies and director of Wofford's Goodall Environmental Studies Center at Glendale, will have pursued his intellectual interest in rivers for more than 20 years.
He has pursued it in recreation, in prose and poetry, and in his teaching. In this talk he will consider where this "watery theme" has taken him by looking briefly at work from three academic/pedagogic projects (The Nature and Culture of Water, Cornbread & Sushi, and Wofford's environmental studies program).
He also will reflect on how this work has influenced most of the books of poetry and prose that he has published over the past decade. The program will be preceded by a reception with light refreshments.

Spring Pops Concert
Thursday, May 3
7 p.m.
The Pavilion
Join the Wofford community and choral groups – Glee Club, Women's Choir and Goldtones – for a spring concert.

Hipp Lecture Series on International Affairs and National Security
Speaker: Ed Nixon, brother to the late President Richard Nixon, on "U.S.-China Relations"
Thursday, May 3
7–8 p.m.
Leonard Auditorium, Main Building
Ed Nixon recently retraced his brother's footsteps on his historic trip to China, during the year of the 40th anniversary of that visit. The program will include a lecture on U.S. and China relations and a question-and-answer session.

Spring Choral Concert
Friday, May 4
7 p.m.
Leonard Auditorium, Main Building
Wofford Singers will perform.

Wofford Chamber Players & Concert Band Concert
Monday, May 7
7 p.m.
Leonard Auditorium, Main Building
Chamber Players and Concert Band will perform.

Department of Government Lecture
Guest Speaker: Steve Benjamin, mayor of Columbia, S.C.
"Municipal Public Administration
Tuesday, May 8
1 p.m.
Phase V, Room 113
Columbia, S.C., Mayor Steve Benjamin will speak on "Municipal Public Administration"

Department of Philosophy Presentation
Speaker: Laura Guerro, University of Mexico
"Pierce and Sextus on the Desirability of Doubt"
Tuesday, May 8
4–5 p.m.
Olin Building, Room 213
Laura Guerro of the University of New Mexico will speak on "Pierce and Sextus on the Desirability of Doubt."

Art Exhibits

Coalition for the Arts' "Salon des Refuses"
Ongoing through May 8
Campus Life Building, Game Room
Wofford College Coalition for the Arts' "Salon des Refuses" gallery is a supplement to the Second Annual Juried Student Art Exhibition (see below) in Great Oaks Hall and will include specially selected student works.

Second Annual Juried Student Art Exhibition
Ongoing through Friday, May 11
Great Oaks Hall, Roger Milliken Science Center
These works by current Wofford students have been produced in fulfillment of a class assignment or independently, outside of class, or any time since September 2010.

Roxi Tolbert, Paintings
Ongoing through June 1
Martha Cloud Chapman Gallery, Campus Life Building
Roxi Tolbert is a native of Fort Mill, S.C., and holds a B.F.A. from Winthrop University. She is now a doctoral student at Kent State University. This exhibition of her recent paintings runs concurrently with the showing of works by her great-aunt, Julia Elizabeth Tolbert, continuing the legacy of Tolbert family artists.

Julia Elizabeth Tolbert, Paintings and Drawings
Ongoing through June 1
Sandor Teszler Library Gallery
Julia Elizabeth Tolbert was a native of Ninety Six, S.C. She earned the M.A. from the University of Georgia where she studied under Lamar Dodd. Throughout her life she worked variously in Athens, Ga.; several South Carolina locations; Cashiers, N.C.; and Syracuse, N.Y. Her active period was through the 1940s into the mid-1950s.Because she was not interested in selling her work or even showing it very much, except for a few museums, such as the Gibbes Museum of Art in Charleston, S.C., and Atlanta's (Ga.) High Museum, she is now unknown. In 2011, the Tolbert family donated nearly the entire life-work corpus of her art to Wofford College, including paintings in oil and watercolor, drawings, prints, and ceramics. This exhibition of a very small portion of the collection is the first of several intended to bring a worthy artist back to the public eye.

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."