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February events at Wofford College

Programs include Dunlap Chamber Music Series, Sankofa African-American Museum on Wheels, author Thomas Pierce ’06, Queen Quet of the Gullah/Geechee Sea Island Nation

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Queen Quet Marquetta L. Goodwine, the elected leader of the Gullah/Geechee Sea Island Nation, and members of her entourage will perform at Wofford.
2015-01-27

SPARTANBURG, S.C. – February will be a busy month at Wofford College with the Dunlap Chamber Music Series, the Sankofa African-American Museum on Wheels, author Thomas Pierce ’06, and Queen Quet of the Gullah/Geechee Sea Island Nation highlighting the schedule. 

These events are open to the public and are 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 Laura Corbin at woffordnews@wofford.edu or 864-597-4180864-597-4180

Tuesday, Feb. 3 
Black History Month: Sankofa African-American Museum on Wheels 
11 a.m.-5 p.m., Great Oaks Hall, Roger Milliken Science Center

To start off Black History Month, Sankofa African-American Museum on Wheels will visit the Wofford campus. Angela Jennings journeys with all spectators exposing the pain, the pride and the depths of the souls of those who came from Africa in shackles and triumphant over the degradation of slavery. Jennings cleverly displays her unique blend of art collectibles and memorabilia while serving as a griot of sorts in her oral presentations and dramatizations of selected periods and historical figures. The Sankofa African-American Museum on Wheels provides a detailed display of artifacts commencing with the Middle Passage (slavery) to the era of King Cotton to the days of Emancipation. Jennings’ exhibit informs her audiences of the significant contribution to society offered by African-Americans evident in the plethora of their inventions. The Sankofa African-American Museum on Wheels transcends cultures and ethnicities as the educational tour inspires all viewers, leaving each with a sense of empowerment. 

Wednesday, Feb. 4 
Dunlap Chamber Music Series 
Shostakovich 3 Duets for Two Violins and Piano, Op. 97d; Fritz Kreisler selections; Sparkling Tchaikovsky “Souvenir of Florence” Sextet for Strings, Op. 70 
7 p.m., Leonard Auditorium, Main Building

The program will feature William Preucil, concertmaster of The Cleveland Orchestra and his daughter, Alexandra Preucil, associate concertmaster of The Cleveland Orchestra; William Ransom, professor of piano at Emory University and director of Highlands/Cashiers Festival in North Carolina; members of The Vega Quartet, Yinzi Kong (viola) and Guang Wang (cello); Charae Krueger (cello); and Eun-Sun Lee, professor of music at Wofford (viola) 

Thursday, Feb. 5 
Opening Reception: A History of Diversity at Wofford 
5-7 p.m., Martha Cloud Chapman Gallery, Campus Life Building

A collection of moments, stories and reflections of Wofford's history regarding diversity and inclusion. A community-based exhibition encouraging active participation of the viewers. The exhibition runs through Feb. 28. 

Tuesday, Feb. 17 
Panel Discussion: Economic Issues in Intercollegiate Athletics 
7-8 p.m., Leonard Auditorium, Main Building

Participating panelist include John Iamarino, Southern Conference Commissioner; Richard Johnson, Wofford director of athletics; Dr. Timothy Terrell, Wofford professor of economics; and student-athlete J’Brion Anderson. The panelists will each present a statement on an aspect of the question regarding economic issues in intercollegiate athletics: Iamarino, an overview of developments nationwide; Johnson, the impact on Wofford; Terrell, the issue of pay for play; and Anderson, an amateur athlete’s rights to his/her image and likeness. 

Wednesday, Feb. 18 
Queen Quet of the Gullah/Geechee Sea Island Nation 
7-8:30 p.m., Leonard Auditorium, Main Building

Queen Quet of the Gullah/Geechee Sea Island Nation and members of her entourage will perform. Queen Quet Marquetta L. Goodwine, the elected leader of the Gullah/Geechee Sea Island Nation, is a published author, computer scientist, lecturer, mathematician, historian, columnist, preservationist, environmental justice advocate, environmentalist, film consultant and “The Art-ivist.” She is the founder of the premiere advocacy organization for the continuation of Gullah/Geechee culture, the Gullah/Geechee Sea Island Coalition. Queen Quet has not only provided “histo-musical presentations” throughout the world, but was also the first Gullah/Geechee person to speak on behalf of her people before the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland. 

Thursday, Feb. 19 
Queen Quet of the Gullah/Geechee Sea Island Nation 
11 a.m.-noon, Leonard Auditorium, Main Building 
Queen Quet of the Gullah/Geechee Sea Island Nation and members of her entourage will present a second performance. 

Thursday, Feb. 19 
Chinese New Year Celebration 
5-7 p.m., Burwell Dining Hall, Burwell Building

Chinese New Year is the most important holiday not only in China but also in East Asia and around the world. The New Year Day falls on Feb. 19. Attendees will enjoy highlighted performances, fun activities and prizes. This is the year of the Ram. In traditional Chinese culture, the ram represents being gentle and calm in the face of new beginnings. 

Thursday, Feb. 19 
Two Minutes to Tell Your Story Presentations 
6-7 p.m., Olin Teaching Theater, Franklin W. Olin Building

Come and enjoy this creative competition judged by experienced international travelers as students share their experiences overseas using six compelling images and a two-minute story. 

Thursday, Feb. 26 
Writers Series: Thomas Pierce ’06 
7:30 p.m., Olin Teaching Theater, Franklin W. Olin Building

Thomas Pierce’s short stories have appeared in The New Yorker, The Atlantic, The Oxford American, Subtropics, and elsewhere. He has reported for National Geographic and for NPR programs including “Morning Edition” and “All Things Considered.” Born and raised in South Carolina, he received his undergraduate degree from Wofford College and an M.F.A. from the University of Virginia as a Poe/Faulkner Fellow. At Wofford, Pierce was the 2005-06 Presidential International Scholar and received the prestigious NPR Kroc Fellowship. His short story collection, “Hall of Small Mammals,” was published from Riverhead Books in early 2015. He lives in Charlottesville, Va., with his wife and daughter. 

GALLERY EXHIBITIONS: 

Through Feb. 27 
Ruins in Rebirth: Photography of Glendale Shoals 
Sandor Teszler Library Gallery 
Glendale, once a textile town and industrial hub, has been a rich source of history in Spartanburg County. After the mill burned down in 2004, however, Glendale has risen from its factory-forged ashes to reclaim its identity as a place of natural beauty. See this special town come to life through photographs from its visitors and supporters. Glendale is more than meets the eye – through the lens of a camera. 

Through Feb. 28 
A History of Diversity at Wofford: Black History Month Exhibition 
Martha Cloud Chapman Gallery

A collection of moments, stories and reflections of Wofford's history regarding diversity and inclusion. A community-based exhibition encouraging active participation of the viewers.