SPARTANBURG, S.C. – The Wofford Theatre production of “The Danube,” concerts and guest lectures highlight November and December at the college.

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

For more information, contact Laura Corbin at or 864-597-4180.

Thursday, Nov. 1
All Saints Tolling of the Bells
12:30-1 p.m., front of Main Building

Wofford College continues its tradition of tolling the college bell for alumni who have passed away in the past year. The Rev. Dr. Ron Robinson, Perkins-Prothro Chaplain and Professor of Religion, will lead a brief time of remembrance.

Thursday, Nov. 1
Japanese Tea Ceremony Demonstration
4 p.m., Richardson Family Art Museum (lower level), Rosalind Sallenger Richardson Center for the Arts

The Japanese tea ceremony demonstration is in conjunction with the “Japanese Art of the Edo and Meiji Eras (1603-1912)” exhibition in the Richardson Family Art Museum (lower level), which runs through Dec. 20. (See the exhibition description below under Gallery and Museum Exhibitions.)

Friday, Nov. 2, through Sunday, Nov. 4
SoCon Undergraduate Research Forum
All day each day, Roger Milliken Science Center (Great Oaks Hall and classrooms)

The SoCon Undergraduate Research Forum (SURF) consists of research and creative scholarly presentations in art, film, music, creative writing, science, humanities and social science. All 10 Southern Conference campuses will participate. For more information, go to

Monday, Nov. 5
Dunlap Chamber Music Series Concert
7 p.m., Leonard Auditorium, Main Building

Ayako Yonetani, professor of violin at the University of Central Florida, and Kyoko Hashimoto, professor of piano at McGill University in Montreal, will perform an “All-French Program.”

Wednesday, Nov. 7
Film: “The Heart of Nuba”
6:30 p.m., Roger Milliken Science Center, Room 122

One doctor. One hospital. One million patients. Welcome to the war-torn Nuba Mountains of Sudan, where American doctor Tom Catena selflessly and courageously serves the needs of a forgotten people, as the region is bombed relentlessly by an indicted war criminal, Omar Al-Bashir. Two things remain constant: Dr. Tom’s faith and his enduring love for the Nuba people. “The Heart of Nuba” showing is sponsored by Alpha Epsilon Delta (National Health Pre-Professionals Honor Society) and the Department of Government and International Affairs. Sandwiches and a brief discussion will be held after the film.

Wednesday, Nov. 7
Guest Lecture: “Taking the Long Way Home”
Speaker: Latria Graham, journalist and farmer
7 p.m., Gray-Jones Room, Burwell Building

Latria Graham, a journalist, cultural critic and fifth-generation South Carolina farmer, will talk about her unusual path into journalism, how her upbringing in rural South Carolina informed the ways she tells stories and how we can harness the power of story to enhance the way we interact with our environment in order to address issues such as climate change and environmental racism. Graham believes social justice issues deserve subplots, and her work stands at the intersection of food, social justice, sports and culture. She has written longform pieces about everything from farming to NASCAR. She is a graduate of Dartmouth College, and later earned her MFA in creative nonfiction from The New School in New York City. She is a two-time Best American Sportswriting notable for her stories on athletes in places of tension – primarily Standing Rock, N.D., and Flint, Mich. She received a Bronze-level CASE Award for her reporting on immigration policy that stemmed from 2017’s Executive Order 13769, often referred to as the “travel ban.” Her work has been featured in the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, The Guardian, Southern Living and Garden & Gun. For more about Graham, go to

Thursday, Nov. 8
Milliken Lecture Series on Sustainability and Public Health
Guest Lecture: “Water – A Finite Resource: Case Study from Kidete, Tanzania”
Speaker: Rebecca West, RFW Consulting Services
7 p.m., Olin Teaching Theater, Franklin W. Olin Building

Rebecca West, chief operations officer of RFW Consulting Services in Greenville, S.C., will discuss her work with international water resources development in her lecture titled “Water – A Finite Resource: Case Study from Kidete, Tanzania.” West, a 1986 Wofford graduate, has been in the water profession for more than 31 years, previously serving as COO of Greenville Water and Spartanburg Water. She was president of the Water Environment Federation, an international water professional organization, and in 2000, she participated in a people-to-people delegation of water professionals to China and led a delegation of water professionals to South Africa in 2009. She works closely with Greenville-based Teleios Ministry, leading several water-related mission projects in Romania, Kenya and Tanzania. She is a member of the American Water Works Association, the International Water Association, the Water Environment Federation and the South Carolina Crescent Society. The lecture is sponsored by the Milliken Sustainability Initiative.

Thursday, Nov. 8, through Saturday, Nov. 10
Wednesday, Nov. 14, through Saturday, Nov. 14
Wofford Theatre presents “The Danube” by Maria Irene Fornes
8 nightly, Jerome Johnson Richardson Theatre, Rosalind Sallenger Richardson Center for the Arts

Wofford Theatre will present “The Danube,” a stirring drama by Obie Award-winning avant garde playwright Maria Irene Fornes. Directed by Dan Day, assistant professor of theatre, “The Danube” is set in 1930s Budapest, where young American businessman Paul Green meets a Hungarian bureaucrat and his daughter, Eve. Paul and Eve fall in love, but they soon face a dark threat when a mysterious sickness infects them as it spreads throughout the city, and possibly the world. Longtime Village Voice theatre critic Michael Feingold called “The Danube” “One of the most startlingly original and devastating things I can ever remember seeing on a stage.” College student tickets are $5 with ID; general public tickets are $15. Tickets may be purchased at or through the Wofford Theatre Facebook page to take advantage of the special online discount. Same-day online sales close at 5 p.m. each day, and the box office opens at 6 p.m. in the lobby of the Rosalind Sallenger Richardson Center for the Arts. Seating will be limited and by general admission only. Unclaimed tickets will be released to the public five minutes before showtime, and no admission will be permitted after the performance begins.

Monday, Nov. 12
Global Entrepreneurship Week Event
The Space Kick-Off Party and Startup Expo
5:30-7:30 p.m., RJ Rockers Brewing Co., 226-A W. Main St., Spartanburg, S.C.

Global Entrepreneurship Week is the world’s largest celebration of innovation and entrepreneurship, and it inspires people everywhere through local, national and global activities to explore new opportunities and to create exciting possibilities for learning. The Kick-Off Party and Startup Expo is the inaugural event for The Space in the Mungo Center at Wofford for the week, and it promises to launch the celebration with entrepreneurial flair. The event will bring together a diverse mix of startups from Wofford and the Spartanburg community and will showcase their products and set the stage for an evening of fun, food and music.

Tuesday, Nov. 13
Global Entrepreneurship Week Event
Powered by Women Panel Discussion
5:30-6:30 p.m., McMillan Theater, Campus Life Building

Today’s women-owned businesses are among the fastest-growing firms in the country, and female founders are powering up to drive economic growth, create impact and pave the way for others. The panel discussion will showcase the unstoppable drive, determination and sources of inspiration of four female founders. Dr. Lynette Wilson-Phillips, a 1990 Wofford graduate, physician and founder of Kids-Doc-On-Wheels; Crystal Dreisbach, founder of Green to Go; Haley Bonhon, founder of Skills Pop; and Ann Gonzales, founder of Create-ster, will talk about dreaming big, taking risks, overcoming challenges and creating impact through their entrepreneurial ventures. Presented by The Space in the Mungo Center.

Wednesday, Nov. 14
Global Entrepreneurship Week Event
Angel Investing 101
5:30-6:30 p.m., The Space in the Mungo Center, Michael S. Brown Village Center

Building a company from scratch is not for the faint of heart. Entrepreneurs start small, prove there’s a market, build early successes and then seek outside funding to scale. Angel investors enable many companies to get to the next level in their growth and provide mentoring and solid business advice. A spokesperson for Venture South, one of the largest angel investment groups in the country, will demystify angel investing by talking about investment criteria, screening, due diligence, the pitch and the difference between angel investing and venture capitalists. A reception will follow from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.

Wednesday, Nov. 14
Wofford Writing Series
Guest Reading: Novelist David Joy
7 p.m., Olin Teaching Theater, Franklin W. Olin Building

David Joy is the author of “The Line That Held Us,” “The Weight of the World” and “Where All Light Tends to Go,” an Edgar finalist for Best First Novel. His stories and creative nonfiction have appeared in Drafthorse, Smoky Mountain Living, Wilderness House Literary Review, Pisgah Review and Flycatcher, and he is the author of the memoir “Growing Gills: A Fly Fisherman’s Journey.” Joy lives in Jackson County, North Carolina. The program is sponsored by the Wofford Creative Writing Program.

Thursday, Nov. 15
Global Entrepreneurship Week Event
Better than Unicorns
11 a.m.-1p.m. (drop-in), The Space in the Mungo Center, Michael S. Brown Village Center

Better than Unicorns is a virtual reality company that builds immersive, interactive and animated environments that transport viewers into other realities. Virtual reality is the fastest-growing media and entertainment category, and it’s finding its way to the most unlikely places. The Smithsonian is turning its art exhibitions into virtual reality experiences, and the United Nations is using it to build empathy by transporting viewers to the stark reality of living in a refugee camp. Drop by The Space in the Mungo Center to play virtual reality games and to learn how Better than Unicorns uses virtual reality for competitive tournaments, adventure games, escape and espionage, exploration, education and art and creativity.

Wednesday, Nov. 21, through Friday, Nov. 23
Campus closed for Thanksgiving holiday; campus reopens and classes resume on Monday, Nov. 26

Tuesday, Nov. 27
Guest Lecture: “HIV/AIDS: Undetectable = Untransmittable”
Speaker: Tyler Orr
11 a.m., McMillan Theater, Campus Life Building

For World AIDs Day, Tyler Orr will share his story of dealing with the stigma of HIV and the criminalization that he has had to face. Attendees will learn about the importance of prevention and communication to reduce and demystify stigma surrounding HIV and AIDs.

Thursday, Nov. 29
Blood Mobile
11 a.m.-4 p.m., front of Main Building

The Spartanburg Blood Mobile will be in front of Main Building to collect blood donations.

Thursday, Nov. 29
Candlelight Carols and Lighting of the Menorah
6:30-7:30 p.m., Leonard Auditorium, Main Building

The annual Candlelight Carols program will be held in Leonard Auditorium, led by the Rev. Dr. Ron Robinson, Perkins-Prothro Chaplain and Professor of Religion, then the Lighting of the Menorah will take place in front of Main Building.

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

The Wofford Singers will hold its annual Christmas concert in Leonard Auditorium.

Friday, Dec. 14
Last day of fall semester classes

Friday, Dec. 21
Campus offices will close at noon Friday, Dec. 21, and reopen at 8:30 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 2, 2019. Interim classes begin Thursday, Jan. 3.


Through Dec. 20
Japanese Art of the Edo and Meiji Eras (1603-1912)
Richard Family Art Museum, lower level, Rosalind Sallenger Richardson Center for the Arts

This exhibit displays a variety of cultural expressions of Japan, including tea ceremony implements, woodblock prints, porcelains and ink paintings. The Edo Period (1603-1868) is one of the most prosperous and thriving in the history of Japanese art. The Meiji Period (1868-1912) witnessed a blending of cultures and an innovative interchange of old and news ideas in Japanese art.
Special related events:
Thursday, Nov. 1 – 4 p.m., Japanese Tea Ceremony Demonstration, Richardson Family Art Museum, lower level, Rosalind Sallenger Richardson Center for the Arts

Through Dec. 20
Scenic Impressions: Southern Interpretations from the Johnson Collection
Richardson Family Art Museum, upper level, Rosalind Sallenger Richardson Center for the Arts

This exhibit showcases both native Southern artists and others who were transitory visitors or seasonal residents. Many of the painters embraced the central tenets of Impressionism – fluidity of form and an emphasis on atmospheric transcience. The earliest paintings in the exhibit date from the 1880s.