Centre’s year-long celebration of its bicentennial will begin Jan. 16, 2019, with a day of on-campus events.
The activities and meals are free, and all are invited to attend. Please register, especially for meals and seminars, here.
The first event is the annual Founders Day convocation at 11 a.m. in Newlin Hall of the Norton Center for the Arts. It will feature keynote remarks from Crit Luallen ’74, secretary of the Centre Board of Trustees and a former Kentucky lieutenant governor, state auditor, and commissioner of the arts, and Milton Reigelman, Cowan Professor of English Emeritus and former acting president of the College. Tenor Gregory Turay, Alltech Artist-in-Residence at Centre, will sing some Centre songs, including “Olde Centre Marches Ever On” written in 1908 by Phil Ryan-1910 and set to the tune of “La Marseillaise.”
During the afternoon, there will be four Centre Seminars, with the first two, both led by Centre faculty, beginning at 1:45 p.m. Amos Tubb (history) and Ravi Radhakrishnan (economics) will present “Show Me the Gold (& White): The Story of Centre’s History and Endowment.”
Beau Weston (sociology and author of a book on Centre and Presbyterianism) and Tara Strauch (history) will present “A Religious Center: A Discussion about Centre, Presbyterianism, and Religion.”
At 3:30 p.m., there will be two additional seminars. Two members of the English program, John Kinkade and Azita Osanloo, will discuss “Why Centre?” and the evolution of the English language over the last 200 years. Lenny Demoranville (chemistry) and Pat Heist (Wilderness Trail Distillery co-founder) will present “The Science of Making Bourbon,” including the chemistry and process.
The evening celebration begins at 7:30 p.m. in the Norton Center for the Arts. Weston, author of Centre College: Scholars, Gentlemen, and Christians, will give a brief talk on 200 years of Centre history. The eight-minute preview of A Storied Centre: A Bicentennial Celebration of Centre College, the student-directed documentary produced by Tom Thurman ’84, will have its first screening. And Turay will lead several assembled choirs in “Nessun Dorma” from Puccini’s Turandot and “One Day More” from Les Misérables with an orchestra conducted by Rob Seebacher of Centre’s music program. At 8 p.m., Pieces of Time, an exhibition of photographs from the Centre archives, will officially open. A dessert reception and toast to the College’s 200th anniversary from Alumni Association President Hank Alford ’89 will conclude the evening’s festivities.
Stuart W. Sanders ’95, history advocate for the Kentucky Historical Society, once noted the importance of studying the College’s long history.
“Our traditions, accomplishments, times of sacrifice, and stories of service are the cords that bind us together,” he said. “Thinking about Centre’s 200 years helps students and alumni find their own place within the larger stories of the College. Despite our differences, this history brings us together to celebrate something good and meaningful.”
Centre received its charter from the Kentucky legislature on Jan. 21, 1819. The College will celebrate its actual founding date with a day of service that will put volunteers to work at sites in the Danville community and around the country.
by Diane Johnson
January 7, 2019