Wittenberg University Announces Programming For 2011-12 Wittenberg Series
Springfield, Ohio – As Wittenberg University prepares to kick off the 2011-12 school year, a diverse selection of artistic and academic events are once again on The Wittenberg Series schedule. Guest lecturers and world-renowned performers comprise a schedule that continues a longstanding tradition of enlightening the lives of members of Wittenberg and Springfield communities.
Wittenberg’s new Provost Christopher M. Duncan, who began his duties on July 1, opens the annual Wittenberg Series by sharing his thoughts on virtue and vocation during the annual Opening Convocation at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 31, in Wittenberg’s Weaver Chapel.
Duncan is the first of six lecturers who will present at Wittenberg as part of The Wittenberg Series in the 2011-12 school year. He will be followed by H. W. Brands, author of more than 20 books concerning history and politics and professor of history at the University of Texas; Ronald Grigor Suny, expert on Soviet Union and post-Soviet Russia and professor of social and political history at the University of Michigan; Christine Helmer, professor of religion at Northwestern University and an expert in 16th century religious reformations; the Rev. James Lawson, a fundamental theorist and a leading proponent of nonviolence in the world; and Daniel Schacter, a leading expert on human memory and professor of psychology at Harvard University.
In addition to the lectures, the Wittenberg Series will feature a medley of arts events. Among these are Chicago’s famed improvisational theatre, Second City Touring Company; award-winning photojournalist Ron Haviv; NEXUS, a world-renowned percussion ensemble; and poet Naomi Shihab Nye. Wittenberg also offers its annual Festival Choral Eucharist for Reformation on Oct. 30, and Lessons and Carols for Advent and Christmas on Dec. 9.
“The Wittenberg Series is programmed to support Wittenberg’s academic programs,” said Corwin Georges, professor of theatre and dance and 2011-12 Wittenberg Series director. “The goal is to enrich our curriculum by presenting world-class lecturers and artists, expand learning outside the classroom, and strengthen Wittenberg’s bonds with our neighbors in Springfield and the region.”
The Wittenberg Series was created in 1982 during President William Kinnison’s tenure. Since its inception, Nobel Laureates, significant literary figures, most of America’s foremost modern dance companies, as well as hundreds of prominent psychologists, educators, economists, theologians, urban planners and historians, have visited campus to participate in The Wittenberg Series.
All events of The Wittenberg Series are free, although tickets are required for the Second City Touring Company performance. Free tickets can be obtained by contacting Wittenberg’s Benham-Pence Student Center Service Desk at 937-327-7443.
Written By: Sydney Watsek
Poster By: Professor of Art Scott Dooley