Bridgewater College announces arts, events for the 2016 spring semester

bridgewater collegeFrom lectures by featured speakers to music performances, theater productions and a film festival, Bridgewater College offers a wide range of arts and events for the community to enjoy during the 2016 spring semester.

National and local guests will serve as special speakers. All presentations will be at 7:30 p.m. in Cole Hall unless otherwise noted.

Harrisonburg Mayor Christopher B. Jones will speak at the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., observance on Monday, Jan. 18, at 7 p.m. Selma, a 2014 historical drama directed by Ava DuVernay and written by Paul Webb will follow at 7:30 p.m.

Betsy Ashton, author of the Mad Max mystery series, will speak on Wednesday, Feb. 3.

On Tuesday, Feb. 9, Dr. Amy Tillerson-Brown, an associate professor of history at Mary Baldwin College, will speak on “Black Lives Matter: Movement and Misconception.”

Dr. Azar Nafisi, author of Reading Lolita in Tehran: A Memoir in Books, will present an endowed lecture on Thursday, Feb. 11.

Dr. Neal Hall, a renowned African American poet and medical doctor, will speak on Thursday, Feb. 18, in the Carter Center for Worship and Music.

On Monday, Feb. 29, Dark Days, a documentary by British filmmaker Marc Singer, will be shown. The film follows a group of people living in an abandoned section of New York City’s underground railroad system.

On Tuesday, March 1, Dr. Susan Fraiman, professor of English at the University of Virginia, will speak on “Homeless Domesticity: Making Home Without One.”

On Thursday, March 3, Arthur Candenquist, a scholar and researcher of the Civil War for more than 50 years, will speak on “Jeff Davis Must Be Killed: The Kilpatrick-Dahlgren Raid on Richmond in 1864.”

Mary Badham, an actress best known for her portrayal of Jean Louise “Scout” Finch in To Kill a Mockingbird, will speak onWednesday, March 16.

Dr. Erica Chenowith, an internationally recognized authority on political violence and an empirical researcher on civil resistance, will present an endowed lecture on Wednesday, March 30.

On Thursday, April 7, the Hon. Lawrence Webb, a member of the Falls Church City School Board, will speak on “Peace and Justice: Finding Common Ground.”

On Tuesday, April 12, Stephen P. Nash, visiting senior research scholar at the University of Richmond, will present an endowed lecture on “The Effects of Climate Change in Virginia.”

Dr. Ellen McGrath Smith, a member of the faculty at the University of Pittsburgh, will read from her new collection of poems,Nobody’s Jackknife, on Monday, April 18.

Antonio Neves, a college leadership and millennial workplace speaker; will present topics that are critical to success – leadership, communication, community building and accountability on Tuesday, April 19.

The spring schedule includes a wide variety of music programs, which will be held at 7:30 p.m. in the Carter Center for Worship and Music unless otherwise noted.

Dr. Larry Taylor, associate professor of music, and Lacey Johnson, instructor of music at Bridgewater College, will present a piano duo recital on Tuesday, Jan. 19.

The Saint Louis Brass Quintet will present a lyceum on Sunday, Jan. 31.

Quink, a Dutch vocal ensemble, will present a lyceum on Tuesday, Feb. 16

A “Collage” concert, featuring the Bridgewater College Jazz Ensemble, Chorale, Concert Choir, A Cappella Choir and Gospel Choir, will be held at 3 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 21.

Richard Adams, adjunct instructor of music at Bridgewater College, will present “The Man of Many Horns” on Monday, Feb. 22.

The BC Symphonic Band will give a concert at 3 p.m. Sunday, April 17, in Cole Hall.

The BC Jazz Ensemble will present a concert at 3 p.m. Sunday, April 24, in Cole Hall.

A choral concert featuring Bridgewater College’s Chorale and Concert Choir will be held on Friday, April 29.

Theatre at Bridgewater College will present “The Ugly One” by Marius von Mayenburg, at 8 p.m. on Feb. 25-27 and at 3 p.m. onFeb. 28, in Cole Hall. Tickets are $10 for adults; $8 for seniors and non-BC students. Call 540-828-5631 to make required ticket reservations. This production is directed by Dr. Scott Cole, associate professor of theater at Bridgewater College, and contains adult content and language.

A German film festival will be held March 21 – 23, with each film beginning at 7 p.m. in Cole Hall. Das Boot will be shown onMonday, March 21, The Reader will be screened on Tuesday, March 22, and Schultze Gets the Blues will be presented onWednesday, March 23.

All events are free and open to the public unless otherwise noted.

Bridgewater College is a private, four-year liberal arts college located in the Central Shenandoah Valley of Virginia. Founded in 1880, it was the state’s first private, coeducational college. Today, Bridgewater College is home to more than 1,800 undergraduate students.

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