Events for Spring 2014
Nancy Aguillon, alumna and 2013 recipient of the WFU/WSSU Martin Luther King, Jr. Building the Dream Award, will discuss the different civil rights movements of our time, drawing similarities and differences between them. She will primarily explore the African American Civil Rights Movement of the 1960s, and the current Immigration Reform Movement.
Two students will share their unique experiences representing our university throughout the world. Student Government President Jacqueline Sutherland will highlight her semester abroad in Istanbul, Turkey accompanied by Sophomore Blythe Riggan, discussing her experience working for The Nyanya Project within Rwanda.
Skiing is all about freedom. Yet, paradoxically, the experience of skiing for most Americans is inextricably linked to architecture, for our journey down the mountain begins at the ski resort. The evolution from wilderness outpost to the massive, theme-oriented, multipurpose enclave today will be explored by Dr. Margaret Supplee Smith, Harold W. Tribble Professor Emerita of Art.
Following Dr. Smith’s lecture, copies of her book American Ski Resort: Architecture, Style, Experience will be available for purchase and signing.
Paul Bright, Director of the Hanes Gallery, will present a brief look at the history of artists’ illustrated letters and a longer discussion of the “posted” works of James Rosen. This lecture is concurrent with the exhibition at the Hanes Gallery, “Ros-en-velopes.”
Joseph Bathanti, North Carolina Poet Laureate, will read selections from his work. Following Mr. Bathanti’s reading, copies of his work will be available for purchase and signing.
Lynn Sutton, Dean of ZSR Library, will preside over a panel discussion on the future of higher education. Panelists include:
- Rogan Kersh, Provost of WFU
- Andy Chan, VP of Career Development, Office of Professional and Career Development
- Michael Riley, editor of The Chronicle of Higher Education
In Fall 2013, Richard Heard, Professor of Music, received a Reynolds Leave to research the vocal works of Florence Beatrice Price, African-American composer. Additionally, he has been editing Ms. Price’s unpublished works and will submit them for publication in Spring 2014. Professor Heard’s lecture will focus on his research of the songs that will be included in the collection, and he will also present a live performance of Price’s works featured on the CD that he recorded in 2012.
As part of our sustainable initiatives, WFU is using more stormwater best management practices, installing more native plants and investing resources in invasive plant removal. However, much of this goes unnoticed. It’s important as a institution of higher education that we share this and the reason behind these trends and encourage others through education to apply this at home and elsewhere—therefore sowing the seeds of change in how we garden outside the boundaries of campus. David Davis, Associate Director of Landscaping Services at WFU, will be the speaker for this event.