SPARTANBURG, S.C. – Martin Luther King Jr. events and a presentation of Wofford College’s Pulp Theatre highlight campus events for January.

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

For more information, contact Jo Ann Brasington at or 864-597-4183.

Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2015
Chikayo Kawagishi: Traditional Japanese Dolls, Martha Cloud Chapman Gallery

The exhibit runs through Jan. 15 and closes with an artist talk and reception from 5-7 p.m., that evening
Kawagishi, a Japanese artist, studied doll-making in Nara and has been a craft teacher for more than 20 years. She has exhibited her dolls since 1998 and received various awards at doll-making festivals, including a grand prize in the Verde Doll Festival in 2009. The exhibition at Wofford displays the Fox Wedding, a traditional story in the Asian world; dolls representing the animals of the Japanese zodiac; and other traditional dolls, created also with the assistance of Fumiko Hanaya, a friend and student of the artist.

Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2015
Ruins in Rebirth: Photography of Glendale Shoals, Sandor Teszler Library Gallery, opening reception on Jan. 8 at 5 p.m.

Discover Glendale through the eyes of Wofford student photographers. Once a textile town and industrial hub, Glendale is now home to Wofford’s Goodall Environmental Studies Center. This photography exhibit is designed to showcase the history, natural beauty and progressive future of the area. The exhibit runs through Friday, Feb. 27.

Monday, Jan. 19, 2015
History of Diversity at Wofford: Black History Month Exhibition, Martha Cloud Chapman Gallery

Artist talk and opening reception on Feb. 5. The exhibit runs through Feb. 28.

Monday, Jan. 19, 2015
The Burka Avenger: A Case Study on Politics, Identity and Female Muslim Agency in Pakistan, Gray-Jones Room, Burwell Building

Burka Avenger is a multi-award winning Pakistani animated television series created and directed by famous Pakistani rock star and social activist, Aaron Haroon Rashid (AKA Haroon). Guest speaker Kim Fox will first discuss the socio-cultural context of the series by highlighting recent trends in Pakistani politics, society, literature and comics. This foundation will help one see how the three overarching Qur’anic concepts portrayed by the series’ main character, Jiya, whose alter ego is the Burka Avenger, are evocative of a liberational Islam. A discussion will follow Burka Avenger Episodes I & II. Presented by the Muslim Student Association & Global Media Studies Interim.

Friday, Jan. 23 – Sunday, Jan. 25
Once Upon A Mattress, Wofford College Pulp Theatre production, Tony White Theater, Campus Life Building, performances at 7 p.m. each evening

If you thought you knew the story of “The Princess and The Pea,” you may be in for a walloping surprise! Did you know, for instance, that Princess Winnifred actually swam the moat to reach Prince Dauntless the Drab? Or that Lady Larken's love for Sir Harry provided a rather compelling reason that she reach the bridal altar post haste? Or that, in fact, it wasn't the pea at all that caused the princess a sleepless night? Carried on a wave of wonderful songs, by turns hilarious and raucous, romantic and melodic, this rollicking spin on the familiar classic of royal courtship and comeuppance provides for some side-splitting shenanigans. Chances are you'll never look at fairy tales quite the same way again. Music by Mary Rodgers; book by Jay Thompson, Dean Fuller and Marshall Barer; Lyrics by Marshall Barer.
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Monday, Jan. 12, 2015
Sharing the Dream, MLK’s dream and its relevance on Wofford’s campus today, Gray Jones Room, 5:30 – 7 p.m.

A panel-led group discussion

Tuesday, Jan. 13, 2015
Let Freedom Ring: Choosing Nonviolence in Today’s Civil Rights Movement, McMillan Theater, 5 – 7:30 p.m.

Community activist with First Class Cons, Derrick Quarles, will speak.

Wednesday, Jan. 14, 2015
Serving with the American Red Cross: Importance of Donating Blood to Save Lives, Gray-Jones Room, 1 – 2:30 p.m.

After this informative session, students will have the opportunity to sign up to give blood.

Thursday, Jan. 15, 2015
Pizza & Cinema Night with Urban League Youth: Viewing & Discussion, Campus Life Building

Pizza mixer in the Game Room, 4:15-5 p.m.
Viewing of the film “Dear White People” in the McMillan Theater, 5 – 7:30 p.m.

Friday, Jan. 16, 2015
Cultural Pride Lunch Talk with Tower High School Students, Gray-Jones Room, 12-1:30 p.m.

Sunday, Jan. 18, 2015
MLK Community Dinner, Harley Room, 6-7:30 p.m.

The cost of the meal is $5, or people may bring a new or gently used coat, scarf or gloves. All proceeds go to the Urban League and will be distributed in Spartanburg. Please RSVP to

Monday, Jan. 19, 2015
Candle Light Peace Vigil, seal in front of Main Building, 5:30 – 6:30 p.m.