SPARTANBURG, S.C. – Wofford College will host special art exhibits, a unique Chinese festival and a memorial service for the late Dr. John Pilley, professor emeritus of psychology, during September and October.

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.

Tuesday, Sept. 18
Constitution Day Lecture: “The Constitution in the Career of a Federal Judge”
Speaker: Senior Judge Dennis Shedd
11 a.m., Leonard Auditorium, Main Building

Senior Judge Dennis Shedd, a 1975 Wofford graduate, has served on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit since 2001. He received an honorary degree from Wofford at the 2018 Commencement Exercises. He was nominated as a U.S. District Court judge by President George H.W. Bush in 1990, and in 2001 was nominated by President George W. Bush to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit. He has served as a federal judge for more than a quarter-century. He received the Order of the Palmetto, the highest award for a civilian in South Carolina, earlier this year.

Tuesday, Sept. 18
Guest Lecture: “Long-Term Environmental Reflection, Arts and the Humanities: The View from Shaver’s Creek”
Speakers: Dr. Ian Marshall, Penn State Altoona; David Taylor, Stony Brook University
7 p.m., Gray-Jones Room, Burwell Building

Ian Marshall, professor of English and environmental studies at Penn State Altoona, and David Taylor, assistant professor of sustainability at Stony Brook University’s School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences, will talk about the new Wofford Long-Term Environmental Reflection Program and the Shaver’s Creek Long-Term Ecological Research Network. Marshall is the author of four books, including “Story Line: Exploring the Literature of the Appalachian Trail” and “Peak Experiences: Walking Meditations on Literature, Nature, and Need.” Taylor’s writing crosses disciplinary boundaries and genres – poetry, creative non-fiction, scholarship and science-technical writing.

Wednesday, Sept. 19
Faculty Lecture: “Integrating Diversity, Inclusion and Social Justice in the Spanish Curriculum”
Speaker: Dr. Begoña Caballero-Garcia, associate professor of Spanish Studies and dean of diversity and inclusion
Noon, Gray-Jones Room, Burwell Building

Dr. Begoña Caballero-Garcia will explain how to foster diversity, inclusion and social justice within the classroom and will include research based on the critical pedagogy and theoretical framework based on work by Brazilian educator Paulo Freire.

Friday, Sept. 21
Mid-Autumn (Moon) Festival Celebration
5 p.m., The Pavilion

The Mid-Autumn (Moon) Festival is one of the most important and broadly celebrated holidays in East Asian, Southeast Asian and related communities. The festival, similar to Thanksgiving in the United States, commemorates the autumn harvest. The Wofford event will include Chinese food, moon cake, fruits, games and crafts.

Friday, Sept. 28
Memorial Service for Dr. John Pilley
4 p.m., Leonard Auditorium, Main Building

Wofford will host a memorial service for Dr. John Pilley, professor emeritus of psychology and owner-trainer of Chaser the border collie. Pilley died June 17 at the age of 89. A reception will follow in the Papadopoulos Room.

Monday, Oct. 8
Dunlap Chamber Music Series Concert
7 p.m., Leonard Auditorium, Main Building

“The Best of Beethoven – Concertgebouw Preview” will feature the music of Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827) and performances by Helen Kim, violinist; Charae Krueger, cellist; and William Ransom, pianist, along with The Vegan String Quartet.

Tuesday, Oct. 9
Guest Lecture: “The Triumph of Law Over Fairness: How Race, Poverty and Procedural Rules Determine Outcomes in Death Penalty and Other Criminal Cases”
Speaker: Dr. Stephen B. Bright
7 p.m., Leonard Auditorium, Main Building

Dr. Stephen B. Bright has practiced law since 1975, has taught at Yale Law School since 1993 and became professor of practice at Georgia State College of Law in January 2017. In 2016, he ended almost 35 years at the Southern Center for Human Rights in Atlanta, Ga., first as director from 1982 to 2005, then as president and senior counsel from 2006 to 2016. Bright has tried capital cases before juries in Alabama, Georgia and Mississippi, argued four capital cases before the U.S. Supreme Court and argued many other cases before state and federal appellate courts. Subjects of his litigation, teaching and writing include capital punishment, legal representation for poor people accused of crimes, conditions and practices in prisons and jails, racial discrimination in the criminal justice system and judicial independence.

Wednesday, Oct. 10
Reading: “Looking Both Ways”
Speaker: Dr. Pauline Kaldas
4 p.m., Gray-Jones Room, Burwell Building

Dr. Pauline Kaldas, author and associate professor of English and creative writing at Hollins University, will read from her latest book, “Looking Both Ways: An Egyptian American Journey.”

Tuesday, Oct. 16
Guest Lecture: “White Fragility”
Speaker: Dr. Robin DiAngelo
6 p.m., Leonard Auditorium, Main Building

Dr. Robin DiAngelo, former associate professor of education at the University of Washington, will talk about her new book, “White Fragility: Why It’s So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism.” She has taught courses in multicultural teaching, intergroup dialogue facilitation, cultural diversity and social justice and anti-racist education.

Wednesday, Oct. 17
Guest Lecture: “Religious Transformations in the Age of the Reformation”
Speaker: Dr. Merry Wiesner-Hanks, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
4 p.m., McMillan Theater, Campus Life Building

Dr. Merry Wiesner-Hanks, distinguished professor in the Department of History at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, will lecture on “Religious Transformations in the Age of the Reformation.” Presented by the Wofford Department of History.

(Hours: Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, 1-5 p.m.; Thursday, 1-9 p.m.; Sunday, Monday, closed.)

Through Oct. 5
Elevating South Carolina’s Hispanic/Latinx Artists
Rosalind Sallenger Richardson Center for the Arts

Sponsored by the Organization of Latin American Students and the Presidential Committee on Diversity and Inclusion

Through Oct. 27
Savage Ballance
Richardson Family Art Gallery, Rosalind Sallenger Center for the Arts

This exhibit showcases recent works by Kaye Savage, associate professor and chair of environmental studies at Wofford, and Colleen Balance, associate professor of theatre at Wofford. Savage’s pieces include works from locations in the Blue Ridge Mountains to the South Carolina coast. Recent travels to Morocco and southern Spain impacted Ballance’s recent works. The artists will talk about their works in the gallery at 7 p.m., Oct. 18.

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, Oct. 4 – 4 p.m., Guest Lecture, “Japanese Printmaking: History, Techniques and Motifs.” Speaker, Dr. Andreas Marks. Leonard Auditorium, Main Building

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. A curator’s talk is scheduled at 7 p.m., Sept. 20, in the museum.