SPARTANBURG, SOUTH CAROLINA—The public is invited to attend lectures at Wofford College in April focused on Latinx and African-American experiences in U.S. history, the making of the American union movement and the impact climate change has on children.

The month also includes performances of Wofford Theatre’s spring production and a gallery talk by Dr. Robert Mayhew ’96 to complement the “Materiality and the Divine: Baroque Art Across Europe” exhibit on display in the Richardson Family Art Museum in the Rosalind Sallenger Richardson Center for the Arts through May 21.

All events listed are open to the public and 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 Dudley Brown at or 864-597-4538.


April 13

Dr. Paul Ortiz, “Centering Latinx and African-American Experiences in United States History”
5 p.m., Olin Theater, Franklin W. Olin Building

Dr. Paul Ortiz is the author of the award-winning book “Emancipation Betrayed: The Hidden History of Black Organizing and White Violence in Florida from Reconstruction to the Bloody Election of 1920.” Copies of the book will be available for purchase and signature. A reception will follow.

April 18

Dr. Michael Kazin, “What Does Labor Want?: Samuel Gompers and the Making of the American Union Movement”
5 p.m., Olin Theater, Franklin W. Olin Building

Dr. Michael Kazin, professor of history at Georgetown University and Wofford’s 2023 Lewis P. Jones Visiting Professor of History, will discuss the making of the American union movement. His most recent book is “What It Took to Win: A History of the Democratic Party." The talk is sponsored by the Lewis P. Jones Visiting Professorship in History and the Department of History.

April 25

Joe Waters, “Furthering Child and Family Flourishing in the Era of Climate Change”
4 p.m., Olin Theater, Franklin W. Olin Building

What does the era of climate change mean for child flourishing? In what ways can students, professionals, policymakers and grassroots activists make values-forward decisions to co-create a world in which all children can flourish? Joe Waters, co-founder and CEO of Capita, a non-partisan think tank with global reach, will share stories, data and big ideas about actions that can be taken now to cultivate a future in which all children can thrive.


April 20-22 and April 26-29

8 p.m., Jerome Johnson Richardson Theatre

“EQUUS” is a dangerous, daring and evocative play about the lines between belief, passion and mental health through the eyes of a young man named Alan and his psychiatrist, Dr. Dysart. This play contains nudity. An opening reception will be held at 7 p.m. on April 20.

Gallery and museum exhibits:

Through May 21

“Materiality and the Divine: Baroque Art Across Europe”
Richardson Family Art Museum, lower level, Richardson Center for the Arts

This exhibition, which includes works from Wofford’s collection along with loans from the Bob Jones University Museum and Gallery, explores the dynamic and revolutionary art of the Baroque era in Europe. The deeply moving art of this period, c. 1600-1750, often has dynamic and monumental compositions, deep color, realistic detail and dramatic light, and reflects seismic changes happening across Europe during a time of religious upheaval and global exploitation.

A gallery talk on the exhibit will be held at 6:30 p.m. on April 20. Dr. Robert Mayhew ’96, assistant professor of art history at Wake Tech in North Carolina, specializes in the intersections of art and economics as well as the cultural and social history of art from the 15th century to the present. He has lectured in the United States and in Europe on the production and marketing of artworks in the 16th and 17th centuries.

Through May 21

Intersecting Methods: 2020 Portfolio
Martha Cloud Chapman Gallery, Sandor Teszler Library

As a process for creating art, printmaking has many similarities to the scientific method. Printmakers dream up the imagery, experiment with mediums, proof plates, manipulate the variables (one at a time) and proof again to be able to create the desired results in the final edition. Intersecting Methods is a portfolio that brings together the arts and the science to create collaborative prints by partnering a printmaker with a collaborator.

Through May 21

Helen DuPré Moseley: Painter, Author, Roller-Coaster Fan and Art Stewardess on Flying Saucers
Upper Level Richardson Family Art Museum, Rosalind Sallenger Richard Center for the Arts

Helen Dupré Moseley (1897-1984) is worthy of recognition as an artist, writer and community leader in Spartanburg, and she would have agreed. She certainly believed her life was worth documenting, as she collected stacks of diaries, scrapbooks, artworks, stereoscopes, and short stories, which are now held in the Spartanburg County Library’s Archives. This exhibit is free and open to the public.