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Wofford announces February events

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Black History Month events, performances, exhibits open to public

SPARTANBURG, S.C. – Wofford College has planned a variety of events for February, including celebrations of Black History Month, art exhibits, and musical performances.  All programs are open to the public, and most are free (unless otherwise noted).

Black History Month: Wofford’s Book Club
Thursday, Feb. 10; Tuesday, Feb. 15; and Thursday, Feb. 24 – 4-5:30 p.m.
Anna Todd Wofford Center, Andrews Field House
The Book Club, sponsored by the Sandor Teszler Library, will read “Why Are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria?”

Black History Month: The Jamie Wright Experience
Thursday, Feb. 10 – 6 p.m.
Student Dining Hall, Burwell Building
The Jamie Wright Experience band surrounds an event with music, creating an entertaining atmosphere that has a diversified repertoire of musical styles — from jazz, funk to dance and more. The band brings members from several walks of life who have combined their musical gifts to be heard and seen by all who are true music lovers. The band members are Rico Tyler (keyboard), Tez Sherard (drums), and Jamie Wright (lead vocalist).

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Yuri Liberzon, classical guitarist

Friday, Feb. 11 – 4 p.m.
Sandor Teszler Library Gallery
Yuri Liberzon was born in Novosibirsk, Russia, where he started studying classical guitar at the age of 6. In 1993, he moved to Israel where he continued his studies with guitarist and composer Yaron Hasson. In 2000, Liberzon studied with Manuel Barrueco at the Peabody Conservatory of Johns Hopkins University, earning a bachelor of music degree and graduate performance diploma. He then studied with Benjamin Verdery at Yale University, where he earned a master of music degree. In 2008, Liberzon was granted Alien of Extraordinary Ability United States Permanent Residency based on his achievements in the music field. For more information regarding him, go to

Santee Cooper Lecture Series on Sustainability & Energy
Energy Futures Symposium
Tuesday, Feb. 15
Leonard Auditorium, Main Building
11 a.m. – Lecture by Richard Heinberg, author and senior fellow-in-residence at Post Carbon Institute
7 p.m. – Panel discussion
Richard Heinberg is the author of nine books, including “The Party’s Over,” “Peak Everything,” and the newly released “Blackout.” He is widely regarded as one of the world’s most effective communicators of the urgent need to transition away from fossil fuels. With a wry, unflinching approach based on facts and realism, Heinberg exposes the tenuousness of our current way of life and offers a vision for a truly sustainable future. The panel discussion will include Heinberg; Stanley Porter, energy industry consultant, Wofford alumnus and Wofford trustee; and Brenda Boultwood, energy industry expert. It will be moderated by Dr. Mackay Salley, associate professor and chair of the physics department.

World Film Series: “Metropolis”
Wednesday, Feb. 16 – 3:30 and 7:30 p.m.
Olin Teaching Theater, Franklin W. Olin Building
Director: Fritz Lang
Germany, 1927 (Re-release 2010)
148 mins. (25 minutes of lost footage)
Silent with English intertitles
In the year 2026, when the populace is divided between workers who must live underground and the wealthy who enjoy a futuristic city of splendor, a man from the upper class abandons his privileged life to join oppressed workers in a revolt, perhaps the most famous and influential of all silent films, German director Fritz Lang’s masterpiece now has been magnificently restored to include the original 1927 orchestral score. This version includes 25 minutes of additional footage. Before “The Matrix,” before “Blade Runner,” before “Star Wars,” before “2001: A Space Odyssey,” this is the film that started it all – Fritz Lang’s science fiction masterpiece.

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Speaker: S.C. Rep. Bakari Sellers, D-Bamberg

Tuesday, Feb. 17 – 11 a.m.
Olin Teaching Theater, Franklin W. Olin Building
Rep. Bakari T. Sellers is a Democratic member of the South Carolina House of Representatives, representing the 90th District since 2006, when he was elected at the age of 22. He in alumnus of Morehouse College and the first vice chairman of the South Carolina Democratic Party.

Chamber Music Series
David Kim, concertmaster of the Philadelphia Orchestra, and members of the Philadelphia Orchestra perform string quartets

Thursday, Feb. 17 – 7 p.m.
Leonard Auditorium, Main Building
Violinist David Kim was named the concertmaster of the Philadelphia Orchestra in 1999. He started playing the violin at the age of 3, began studies with the famed pedagogue Dorothy DeLay at the age of 8, and later received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from The Juilliard School. In 1986, he was the only American violinist to win a prize at the International Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow. The orchestra also will perform and conduct a master class for a community school audience.

Chinese New Year Party
Friday, Feb. 18 – 5:15 p.m.
Burwell Dining Hall
Activities, hosted by the Chinese Studies department, will include Chinese food, Chinese student performance, and other Chinese culture performances.

Black History Month: Literary Salon and Celebration
Sunday, Feb. 20 – 5-7 p.m.
AAAS Room, Burwell Building
The Literary Salon gives the Wofford and Spartanburg community the opportunity to honor African-descended activists, leaders, artists, and writers in a creative and communal way. There will be music, readings, and food in celebration of the African Diaspora. This event is free and open to the public.

Economics Lecture: Dan Benjamin, speaker
Monday, Feb. 21 – 4 p.m.
Leonard Auditorium, Main Building
Dan Benjamin is an economics professor at Clemson University and senior research associate at Property and Environment Research Center (PERC) in Bozeman, Mont. He graduated Phi Beta Kappa from the University of Virginia and completed his Ph.D. in economics in 1975 at the University of California at Los Angeles, where he was a National Science Foundation Fellow. Benjamin has taught at Montana State University, the University of Washington and the University of California at Santa Barbara. Currently, he is Alumni Distinguished Professor of Economics at Clemson University. He was a national fellow at the Hoover Institution at Stanford University and a visiting distinguished scholar at the University of Liverpool, England. He also served on the executive committee of the Western Economic Association. During the Reagan administration, he spent several years in Washington, D.C., where he was deputy assistant secretary for policy and then chief of staff at the Department of Labor. Earlier, he had served as a staff economist with the President’s Council of Economic Advisers.

Foothills Civil War Roundtable: Brian S. Wills, speaker
“A Battle from the Start: The Life of Nathan Bedford Forrest”

Monday, Feb. 21 – 6-8 p.m.
Montgomery Room, Burwell Building
Brian S. Wills is the director of the Center for the Study of the Civil War Era at Kennesaw State University in Kennesaw, Ga. This will be the 30th meeting of the Foothills Civil War Roundtable.
Cost of dinner and program is $20; program only, $5. (Make checks payable to Foothills Civil War Roundtable.)
Reservations: Contact Juanita Pesaro at 864-597-4207 or

Faculty Talks: Dr. Katherine Janiec Jones, speaker
“Shall I Wear Heels While I Breastfeed? The Performance of Femininity in 21st Century American Popular Culture”

Tuesday, Feb. 22 – 4 p.m.
Montgomery Room, Burwell Building
Dr. Katherine Janiec Jones, professor of religion at Wofford, is a graduate of Davidson College and received her M.A. and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Chicago. Her research interests revolve around cross-cultural philosophy of religion, focusing on Indian Mahayana Buddhism in particular; and the nature, scope and desiderata of a liberal arts education. In 2005, Jones was invited to participate in a study on teaching introductory courses in theology and religion at the collegiate level. The data from the study was published in a book titled “Teaching and Learning in College Introductory Religion Courses” (Wiley-Blackwell, 2007).

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Reading by Batt Humphries

Thursday, February 24 – 7 p.m.
Olin Teaching Theater, Franklin W. Olin Building
Batt Humphries attended Wofford College and is a graduate of McGill University. His novel, “Dead Weight,” has been named a finalist in three national competitions – book of the year by ForeWord Magazine; best work of historic fiction by the Independent Book Publishers Association, IBPA (Benjamin Franklin Award); and best novel of 2010 by the Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance, SIBA. It is a winner in the category for True Crime in 2010 by Independent Publisher Book Awards, IPPY. “Dead Weight” has been described as a “vivid recreation of 1910 Charleston and one of the city’s most shameful episodes of racial injustice.”

Gallery Exhibits:

Joseph Tolbert, Mixed Media Works
Through March 25
Sandor Teszler Library Gallery
Joseph Tolbert is an instructor in humanities at Augusta State University. His lively mixed-media paintings incorporate glass, beads, glitter and black light. He describes his style as “punk rococo” for the strong infusion of pop culture.

Landscape Paintings by Craig Crawford
Through March 25
Martha Cloud Chapman Gallery, Campus Life Building
Craig Crawford of Lexington County, S.C., holds the BFA from the University of South Carolina and for the past 10 years has been president of Crawford Conservation, active as a painting conservator and lecturer on art preservation. He has exhibited his own paintings widely, primarily in the Charleston area. His work is representational, yet he creates atmospheric spaces that suggest mystery in the commonplace.

Works by Mary Shand
Permanent Collection Display
Anna Todd Wofford Center, Andrews Field House
Works by Mary Shand, a painter who worked in the Washington, D.C., area