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February events at Wofford

Black History events highlight month

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The late Sandor Teszler presented to Wofford College his collection of Hungarian paintings from the late 19th century. In recent years the collection has been augmented by additional Hungarian paintings donated by Drs. Francis and Livia Robicsek of Charlotte, N.C., and members of the Robicsek family. An exhibition of select pieces from the collection are on display through Feb. 28 in the Sandor Teszler Library Gallery.

SPARTANBURG, S.C. – A variety of Black History Month events are the highlight of happenings at Wofford College during February. They include special speakers, documentary films, a conference on the last lynching in South Carolina and a “Walk to Break down Barriers.” Other February events include the Troubadour Series and Dunlap Chamber Music Series concerts.

All events listed 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 864-597-4180.

Wednesday, Feb. 1
Blue Grass and Mountain Music
2 p.m., Leonard Auditorium, Main Building

The Interim class Blue Grass and Mountain Music will present a free concert and presentation.

Monday, Feb. 6
Spring Semester classes begin.

Tuesday, Feb. 7, and Wednesday, Feb. 8
Black History Month Event
Documentary Series: “Black in America Since MLK: Still I Rise”
7:30 p.m., Olin Teaching Theater, Franklin W. Olin Building

This series focuses on the past five decades of African-American history through the eyes of Henry Louis Gates Jr., exploring the tremendous gains and persistent challenges of these years.

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Troubadour Series: Ronn McFarlane, lutenist
7 p.m., Leonard Auditorium, Main Building

Grammy-nominated lutenist Ronn McFarlane will perform as part of the Troubadour Series. McFarlane will perform works by well-known composers such as J.S. Bach, anonymous Scottish tunes and those whose names might be less familiar, such as the eccentric Italian Alessandro Piccinini.

Thursday, Feb. 16
Guest Lecture: “The Coming Wave of Chinese Investment in the American South”
Speaker: Emily Conrad, class of 2013
4 p.m., McMillan Theater, Campus Life Building

Emily Conrad, a 2013 Wofford graduate with majors in economics, German and Spanish, has lived in Beijing for the past two years. She will explain the recent decision by China’s leaders to invest heavily in the United States to create jobs and thereby ingratiate itself with the American people and leaders. The American South is in a particularly good position to receive this investment. The event is sponsored by the Department of Government and International Affairs.

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Black History Month Event
Conference: “Who Lynched Willie Earle? Preaching to Confront Racism”
9:30 a.m.-4 p.m., Leonard Auditorium, Main Building

Wofford College will host a conference on South Carolina’s last lynching, the subsequent trial, a courageous sermon and the continuing challenge of preaching to confront racism. The event will feature the launch of the book “Who Lynched Willie Earle: Preaching to Confront Racism,” written by Dr. Will Willimon, a 1968 Wofford graduate and retired United Methodist bishop. The conference will include lectures from Willimon, and Will Gravely, a 1961 Wofford graduate and a long-time scholar on the Willie Earle lynching and trial. It also will include panel discussions and the reading of excerpts from a two-act play, “The Lynching,” about a newspaperman covering the Willie Earle murder and trial. To register, contact Elizabeth Fields in Wofford’s Halligan Center for Religious and Spiritual Life at fieldsem@wofford.edu or 864-597-4050. The conference is free, but a $10 boxed lunch will be offered; lunch must be reserved in advance and paid for at the door. Continuing education units are available.

Monday, Feb. 20
Black History Month Event
Panel Discussion: “Breaking Down Barriers”
5:30 p.m., McMillan Theater, Campus Life Building

Moderated by student Drew Copeland. This event is sponsored by the Association of Multicultural Students.

Monday, Feb. 20
Guest Lecture: “Being Muslim in America: America, Muslims and the Middle East in a World of Conflict”
Speaker: Omid Safi, Duke University
7-8:30 p.m., Leonard Auditorium, Main Building

The American Muslim community finds itself in a precarious situation. On one hand, there are frequent acts of violence committed by ISIS and other extremist organizations in Syria, Iraq, Pakistan, Brussels, Paris, Istanbul, Nigeria and elsewhere. On the other hand, the recent presidential cycle has witnessed talk of national registry for Muslims and an almost exclusive association of “Muslims” with “radicalism.” Where do we go from here? How do we imagine a possibility for Muslims to be meaningful participants in establishing a just community as Americans and as global citizens? Omid Safi, professor of Islamic Studies at Duke University, is a leading Muslim public intellectual. He is the director of the Duke Islamic Studies Center, one of the leading institutions for research on Islam and promoting publicly accessible scholarship on Islam and Muslim communities worldwide. Safi is also an award-winning teacher who has appeared frequently in the New York Times, Newsweek, Washington Post, PBS, NPR, NBC, BBC, CNN and international media. The event is sponsored by the International and Foreign Language Education (IFLE) office of the U.S. Department of Education in partnership with the Middle East and North African (MENA) Program at Wofford College.

Tuesday, Feb. 21
Black History Month Event
Guest Lecture: “Where do we go from here? America after Obama”
Speaker: Bakari Sellers, CNN analyst
6 p.m., Leonard Auditorium, Main Building

Bakari Sellers, CNN analyst, lawyer and activist, will speak at this event, sponsored by the Office of Student Affairs and the Diversity and Inclusion Committee.

Thursday, Feb. 23
Black History Month Event
Guest Lecture: “Building a Diverse and Inclusive College in the 21st Century”
Speaker: Dr. Brian Chad Starks, Lynchburg College
11 a.m., Leonard Auditorium, Main Building

Dr. Brian Chad Starks, assistant professor of criminology at Lynchburg College in Lynchburg, Va., will speak. Starks received his Ph.D. in criminology from the University of Delaware. His current research draws from the law and society tradition and is grounded in a concern for social justice. He focuses broadly on law, inequality and disproportionate minority representation. He uses courtroom and community ethnography to examine the relationship between race/ethnicity, law, crime, education and justice and injustice.

Daniel Wallace 135x185 Photo by Iman WoodsThursday, Feb. 23
Writers Series: Author Daniel Wallace
7 p.m., Olin Teaching Theater, Franklin W. Olin Building

New York Times best-selling novelist Daniel Wallace will read from his work as part of the Wofford Writers Series. A question-and-answer period will follow the reading, and books will be available for purchase. Wallace is best known for his novel “Big Fish,” which was made into a movie and a Broadway play. He also is the author of the novels “Ray in Reverse,” “The Watermelon King,” “The Kings and Queens of Roam” and “Mr. Sabastian and the Negro Magician.” In May, his novel “Extraordinary Adventures” will be published by St. Martin’s Press.

Monday, Feb. 27
Dunlap Chamber Music Concert
7 p.m., Leonard Auditorium, Main Building

Eun-Sun Lee, violinist and professor of music at Wofford, and William Ransom, pianist and director of the Schwartz Performing Arts Center Concert Series at Emory University and director of the Highlands-Cashiers Music Festival, will perform a benefit recital.

Tuesday, Feb. 28
Black History Month Event
Walk to Break Down Barriers
11 a.m., Seal of Main Building

Wofford student Drew Copeland will lead a walk to challenge racist norms on the Wofford College campus. The event is sponsored by the Association of Multicultural Students and the Black Student Alliance.

Tuesday, Feb. 28
Artist Talk and Reception: “Fair is Foul and Foul Ain’t Fair”
Artist Shanequa Gay
4-6 p.m., Martha Cloud Chapman Gallery, Campus Life Building

Shanequa Gay presents a series of works that depict tales driven by media and the artist’s imagination concerning social consciousness through abstraction of Southern tradition and photographic references. Through a combination of consensual and forced realities, folklore, dream and the afterlife, her works explore the historical and contemporary social concerns of black culture to teach lessons about morality, society, identity and human function.

Gallery Exhibitions:

Through Tuesday, Feb. 28
Teszler and Robicesk Collections of Hungarian Paintings
Sandor Teszler Library Gallery, Sandor Teszler Library

In the late 19th century, a number of Hungarian artists left their homeland for study in Western Europe, particularly France. Returning home they continued to create works that reflected the influences and techniques learned in the West, but with a distinctive Hungarian subject matter and presentation. In 1991, the late Sandor Teszler presented to Wofford College his collection of Hungarian paintings from this period. In recent years the collection has been augmented by additional Hungarian paintings donated by Drs. Francis and Livia Robicsek of Charlotte, N.C., and members of the Robicsek family.

Through Friday, April 7
“Fair Is Foul and Foul Ain’t Fair,” works by Shanequa Gay
Martha Cloud Chapman Gallery, Campus Life Building

Description of the exhibition available above. The Artist Talk and Reception will be held from 4 to 6 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 27, in the Martha Cloud Chapman Gallery in the Campus Life Building.