Fascinating array of convocations coming up at Centre in January
RELEASED: Dec. 28, 2006
DANVILLE, KY—From Southern barbeque to Don Quijote to the war in Iraq, a wide range of events is coming to Centre's campus in January. Full-time Centre students are required to earn a total of 12 convocation credits each academic year, and each semester the College hosts a variety of fascinating speakers for students to fulfill this obligation.
Thomas Hampson: Baritone
On January 9 at 8 p.m. in Newlin Hall, Thomas Hampson, dubbed "Ambassador of American Song" and one of the greatest voices of our times, will perform works by Leonard Bernstein, Aaron Copland, Charles Ives and many others to create an unforgettable musical journey.
Iraq—How Did We Get Into This Mess and How Do We Get Out?
On January 10 at 7:30 p.m. in Weisiger Theatre, visiting Humana Scholar John Agresto will host a lecture. Agresto was such a believer in the United States' venture into Iraq that he volunteered to work with the Coalition forces and the Iraqis in the rebuilding of Iraq. It is now clear, he says, that very little worked out as planned. Agresto tackles the question, "What went wrong and is there anything we can do about it?"
Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Special Event
On January 15 at 7 p.m. in Newlin Hall, Raymond Burse '73, vice president of General Electric Co., will present "What Manner of Man—A Call to Leadership and Service."
Liberal Learning: Does it Still Matter?
On January 17 at 11 a.m. in Newlin Hall, Timothy J. Sullivan, president emeritus of the College of William and Mary and current CEO of the Mariner's Museum in Newport News, Va., will speak at the College's annual Founders Day celebration.
Barbeque: A Southern Institution
On January 21 at 7:30 p.m. in Weisiger Theatre, visiting Humana scholar John Shelton Reed, who is currently co-authoring a book on barbeque with his wife, Dale Volberg Reed, will discuss the origins and history of the South's signature dish, with attention to its regional variations and peculiar postmodern developments.
Don Quijote in Western Art and Thought
Centre professor Patricia Finch will discuss her book "Don Quijote" en el arte y pensamiento de Occidente, a tribute to the 400th anniversary of the publication of Don Quijote. This presentation is a perfect preface for the Norton Center's Man of La Mancha performance on January 23.
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