SPARTANBURG, SOUTH CAROLINA—A variety of events and exhibits will be open to the public at Wofford College during March.
Women’s History Month topics will range from a discussion about the legacy of voting and civil rights icon Fannie Lou Hamer to an exploration of the impact of Title IX and award-winning author Dr. Dara Horn discussing her book “People Love Dead Jews: Reports from a Haunted Present.”
The college’s galleries have exhibits from the Baroque period and the work of Spartanburg artist and community leader Helen DuPré Moseley. The exhibit “Intersecting Methods: 2020 Portfolio,” which focuses on printmaking, will include an artist talk at 6 p.m. on March 2 with printmaker Gretchen Schermerhorn.
All events listed are open to the public and free of charge unless otherwise noted. Please check the online calendar at calendar.wofford.edu for frequent updates. For athletics events, please go to athletics.wofford.edu.
For more information, contact Dudley Brown at email@example.com or 864-597-4538.
Women’s History Month events:
Mzuri Aimbaye, “The Fannie Lou Hamer Story”
7 p.m., Leonard Auditorium
For the past 25 years, internationally acclaimed singer, actress and playwright Mzuri Aimbaye has performed a one-woman play about the mother of African-American voting rights and civil rights icon Fannie Lou Hamer. Aimbaye will tell the story of her production and introduce the audience to Hamer’s legacy, incorporating portions of her show into her talk. This event is open to the Spartanburg community.
Dr. Belle S. Tuten, “Finding the Invisible People in History: Text and Bones”
6 p.m., Olin 101
Dr. Belle S. Tuten, Charles A. Dana Professor of History and chair of the Department of History and Art History at Juniata College, will explore how historians can rediscover the lives of average, everyday people in the distant past, particularly invisible populations like women, children and enslaved people. This talk will show how history, archaeology and osteology can help us begin to perceive these people and appreciate their lives.
Dr. Elizabeth Kaufer Busch, “Title IX: The Transformation of Sex Discrimination in Education”
6 p.m., Olin 101
Dr. Elizabeth Kaufer Busch, Laura and Pete Walker Professor of American Studies, director of American Studies and co-director of the Center for American Studies, will explore the non-legislative processes by which the Title IX statute has been transformed since 1972. Busch considers the impact of Title IX on athletics, educational policy, sexual assault, sexual discrimination and sexual harassment.
Dr. Christine Stroble ’93, “Inspiring Students to Overcome Life Challenges and Lead a Purposeful Life”
6 p.m., Leonard Auditorium
Wofford alum Dr. Christine Stroble, founder of Teen Moms Anonymous, a community-based support group program for teen moms who are trauma survivors, will offer a community forum on her new book, “Helping Teen Moms Graduate: Strategies for Families, Schools and Community Organizations.” Stroble’s book is described as both an intervention tool for pregnant and parenting students as well as a prevention tool for teen girls who are not pregnant. Spartanburg-area educators and students will be invited.
Dr. Dara Horn, “People Love Dead Jews: Reports from a Haunted Present”
7:30 p.m., Leonard Auditorium
Dr. Dara Horn will discuss her award-winning book, “People Love Dead Jews: Reports from a Haunted Present.” Horn challenges us to confront the reasons why there might be so much fascination with Jewish deaths, as emblematic of the worst evils the world has to offer, and so little respect for Jewish lives, as they continue to unfold in the present. Co-sponsored by the Office of the President and the Office of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion.
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, dramatic light and reflects seismic changes happening across Europe during a time of religious upheaval and global exploitation.
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. Printmaker Gretchen Schermerhorn will participate in a gallery talk at 6 p.m. on March 2.
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.