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Wofford offers arts, cultural events in October

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2010-10-06

Exhibits, music, film, other performances included in line up

SPARTANBURG, S.C. – Wofford College will present a number of arts and cultural events during October, including art exhibitions, musical performances, films, speakers and theatre performances.

Unless otherwise noted, all events are free and open to the public. For information, contact Laura Corbin, laura.corbin@wofford.edu or 864-597-4180, or the contact indicated for the individual events.

Troubadour Series: Lecture by Matt Theado: Kerouac Meets Sandburg.
Friday, Oct. 8 – 4 p.m., Sandor Teszler Library Gallery

Dr. Matt Theado, associate professor of English at Gardner-Webb University in Boiling Springs, N.C., is author of two books, “Understanding Jack Kerouac” and “The Beats: A Literary Reference,” as well as numerous articles on Kerouac and the Beat Generation writers. Theado was an invited speaker in Lowell, Mass., Kerouac’s hometown, and at the University of Birmingham, England, on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the publication of Kerouac’s “On the Road.”

Yonetani and Parrini 183x120Chamber Music Series: Ayako Yonetani and Fabio Parrini
Monday, Oct. 11 – 7 p.m., Leonard Auditorium, Main Building
The program will include Brahms Sonata #1 in F; Arvo Part’s “Fratres;” Eugene Ysaye’s Solo Sonata #2 for Violin; and others. Dr. Ayako Yonetani is a full-professor of violin and viola at the University of Central Florida and is a member of Japan’s premier chamber ensemble, Kioi Sinfonietta Tokyo. She performed Bach’s Chaconne at the Dr. Benjamin Dunlap’s Inauguration at Wofford College, and she has been invited back each summer since 2000 to play this piece for the Crown Fellows at the Aspen Institute. Born in Italy, Fabio Parrini graduated from the Conservatory of Padua. The Fulbright Program took him to Boston University, where he earned a master of music degree and an Artist Diploma. He is a professor of music and piano coordinator at North Greenville University.

Symposium on the Graphic Novel: Bruce Wayne/Batman: The Masks We Wear
Tuesday, Oct. 12 – 4 p.m., McMillan Theater, Campus Life Building

Using Bruce Wayne/Batman’s dual identity as a starting point, participants will discuss to what extent all of us wear masks as we create outward identities to present to the world. Which is the mask and which is the true self? Discussion led by Wofford associate professor Christine Dinkins. Description of the Symposium: While it could be argued that the origins of the graphic novel reach back to cave paintings, writers and publishers of the medium first adopted the term in 1976-78 to distinguish longer-form monographs from traditional comic books. Since then, these works have increased markedly in number and critical acceptance. Today, the term “graphic novel” can refer to a variety of works that combine the visual arts with the written word, ranging from original stories in graphic form to collections of previously published comics. This series of discussions explores the common theme of identity.

“Religion in the Courts” Panel Discussion
Tuesday, Oct. 12 – 7 p.m., Leonard Auditorium, Main Building

S.C. Supreme Court Justice Costa Pleicones (Class of 1965) and U.S. Court of Appeals Justice for the 4th Circuit Dennis Shedd (Class of 1975) will discuss the implications of Christian Legal Society vs. Hastings, a recent Supreme Court case involving the University of California Hastings College of Law, which withdrew school recognition of a religiously based student group because the group refused to grant membership to some students on the basis of their sexuality. The student group sued the school, asserting its First Amendment right to the free practice of religion.

Eric Alva 150wideSpeaker: Eric Alva: “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” Policy
Thursday, Oct. 14 – 11 a.m., McMillan Theater, Campus Life Building
Eric Alva, a 13-year Marine veteran and the first casualty of Operation Iraqi Freedom, will speak about repealing the military’s “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy. He has been featured on “Good Morning, America,” “Anderson Cooper 300°,” “Live with Paula Zahn,” “Newsweek,” “USA Today” and numerous other newspapers, television and radio stations across the country.

Family Weekend Concert
Saturday, Oct. 16 – 5 p.m., Steps of Main Building

The concert program will be patriotic music by the Men’s Glee Club, Women’s Choir, Wofford singers and Goldtones.

Troubadour Series: Buckland Duo: Classical Guitar and Piano
Saturday, Oct. 16 – 6:30 p.m., Leonard Auditorium, Main Building

James Buckland, an adjunct professor of guitar at Presbyterian College and Converse College, received his training at the University of Toronto under Elie Kassner; the University of Akron under Stephen Aron; and the University of South Carolina under Christopher Berg and Michael Cedric Smith. Karen Wisser Buckland is associate professor of music and director of keyboard studies at Presbyterian College. She received a bachelor of music degree in piano performance from Mansfield University and earned a master of music degree and a doctor of musical arts degree in piano pedagogy from the University of South Carolina. Her teachers include John Kenneth Adams, Raymond Dudley, William Goode and Max Camo.

World Film Series: “Yella”
Wednesday, Oct. 20 – 3:30 and 7:30 p.m., Olin Teaching Theater, Franklin W. Olin Building

Director: Christian Petzold
Germany, 2007. 89 minutes
In German with English subtitles
A young female accountant raised in the former East Germany attempts to survive in the uncertain worlds of business and men.

Revolutionary War Roundtable: “Frances Marion – Stranger Than Fiction”
Monday, Oct. 25 – 6-8 p.m., Montgomery Room, Burwell Building

Dr. Christine Swagger, speaker. Dinner and program are $15 per person. RSVP to Juanita Pesaro at pesarojb@wofford.edu or 864-597-4207.

Symposium on the Graphic Novel: “Fun Home”
Tuesday, Oct. 26 – 4 p.m., McMillan Theater, Campus Life Building

“A powerful graphic novel-memoir, ‘Fun Home’ documents (author Alison) Bechtel’s childhood experiences and coming-of-age as a woman and lesbian,” writes Bookmarks Magazine. This novel represents the relationship between Bechtel and her father to probe how our personal and sexual identities are shaped by our experiences, our families and our social context. Discuss led by Wofford assistant professors Anne Catlla and Kim Rostan. Description of the Symposium: While it could be argued that the origins of the graphic novel reach back to cave paintings, writers and publishers of the medium first adopted the term in 1976-78 to distinguish longer-form monographs from traditional comic books. Since then, these works have increased markedly in number and critical acceptance. Today, the term “graphic novel” can refer to a variety of works that combine the visual arts with the written word, ranging from original stories in graphic form to collections of previously published comics. This series of discussions explores the common theme of identity.

Santee Cooper Lecture Series: Will Wynn, “Sustainable Cities”
Thursday, Oct. 28 – 11 a.m., Leonard Auditorium, Main Building

Will Wynn served two terms as mayor of Austin, Texas, after having served on the city council. A graduate of Texas A&M University with a degree in environmental design, he chaired the U.S. Conference of Mayors Energy Committee and helped to drive national debate on federal energy policy and climate protection. As mayor, he also served as chairman of the board of Austin Energy, now considered by industry experts to be one of the most progressive, environmentally friendly electric utilities in the country. Under his leadership, Austin dramatically expanded both the requirements and market penetration of its green building program; nationally promoted plug-in hybrid electric vehicles; created the country’s most aggressive solar rebate programs pushed for substantial upgrades to the International Energy Conservation Code; and created a citywide climate protection program, seen by environmentalists as “the country’s most aggressive municipal initiative aimed at reducing greenhouse gases,” according to Newsweek magazine. President Obama has called Wynn “a national leader on energy policy.”

Wofford Theatre: “Freakshow” by Carson Kreitzer
Thursday, Oct. 28 through Saturday, Oct. 30 – 8 p.m. nightly, Tony White Theater, Campus Life Building

Directed by James Skinner (Wofford Class of 2012)
“Freakshow,” by acclaimed playwright Carson Kreitzer, puts the audience inside the tent of a traveling freak show at the end of the 19th century. Thrill to the exploits of Aquaboy, the Human Salamander, the Pinhead and Judith the Dog-Faced Girl. The lives of four anatomic anomalies, two assistants and one domineering ringmaster, all freaks in their own way, are revealed in all their grim glory as they struggle to maintain the indelicate balances of performance and real life. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for students. Call the ticket office at 864-597-4080.

Troubadour Series: Amy Burritt, Singer and Songwriter
Friday, Oct. 29 – 4 p.m., Sandor Teszler Library Gallery

Amy Burritt’s last CD was released in 2008, but her songs keep coming as she continues to hit the Asheville, N.C., music scene with her creative lyrics and guitar accompaniment. The Carl Sandburg Home, National Historic Site in Flat Rock, N.C., is a frequent inspiration for her. For more information about Burritt, go to www.amyburritt.com.

Exhibition: Mayo Mac Boggs: 40-Year Retrospective
Through Oct. 27, Sandor Teszler Library Gallery

Celebrating his 40-year teaching career in Spartanburg, Wofford College, Converse College and the University of South Carolina Upstate have partnered to showcase the work of Mayo Mac Boggs, professor of art at converse. Wofford’s exhibit features two-dimensional works as well as selected small sculptures.

Forbes exhibit Krispy Kreme TEASERExhibition: Paintings of Isabel Forbes
Through Oct. 31, Martha Cloud Chapman Gallery, Campus Life Building

Award-winning artist Isabel Forbes was trained at Ringling College of Art and Design in Sarasota, Fla. She worked as a graphic designer and illustrator for more than 25 years before making a transition into fine art full time. Inspired by her surroundings, Forbes paints the everyday scenes of her life. Her goal is to connect emotionally with her viewers through strong design and choice of subject matter.

Exhibition: “Seeing Beyond the Subject: Abstract Photographs” by David Whisnant
Through Nov. 1, Glass Case Galleries, Roger Milliken Science Center

Photographs by Dr. David M. Whisnant, vice president for educational technology