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Wittenberg University Announces Programming For 2012-13 Wittenberg Series

August 22, 2012  
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2012-13 Wittenberg Series Poster: painting titled “Kilclooney More Dolmen” by Associate Professor of Art Ed Charney

Springfield, Ohio – For 30 years, the Wittenberg Series has enlightened the lives of members of the Wittenberg University and Springfield communities by welcoming a diverse selection of guest lecturers and world-renowned performers. The tradition continues in the 2012-13 school year.

Click here to view the 2012-13 Wittenberg Series website

University President Laurie M. Joyner, who began her duties on July 1, appropriately gets things started as she gives the keynote address at the annual Opening Convocation at 3 p.m. Friday, Sept. 7, in Pam Evans Smith Arena in the Health, Physical Education and Recreation (HPER) Center. The Opening Convocation will serve as an inaugural event as Dr. Joyner officially assumes the responsibilities as Wittenberg’s 14th president.

A wide range of lecturers will share their expertise with audiences during the 2012-13 Wittenberg Series, including Nick Flynn, playwright and poet; David Levering-Lewis, a two-time Pulitzer Prize winner for his biography of W.E.B. Du Bois; the Rev. Donald Kreiss, bishop of the Southeast Michigan Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America; Mark Schwehn, provost, executive vice president for academic affairs and professor of humanities at Valparaiso University who has published widely on religion and higher learning; Gwen Ifill, senior correspondent for PBS NEWSHOUR and managing editor of Washington Week; Peniel Joseph, author, historian, activist and professor of history at Tufts University; and Richard Alley, author of Earth: The Operators’ Manual and host of the 2012 PBS documentary of the same name.

In addition to the lectures, the Wittenberg Series will feature a medley of arts events. Among these are the award-winning dance company Doug Varone and Dancers, the iconic American Brass Quintet and an arts residency with documentary filmmaker Lee Hirsch, whose groundbreaking film Bully earned praise during its premier at the 2011 Tribeca Film Festival.

“The Wittenberg Series is programmed to support Wittenberg’s academic programs,” said Corwin Georges, professor of theatre and dance and 2012-13 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 open to the public free of charge. Tickets for the Doug Varone and Dancers’ performance are required and may be obtained at Wittenberg’s Benham-Pence Student Center service desk or at Clark State’s Performing Arts Center box office. Call the student center at 937-327-7443 or the box office at 937-328-3874 for more information.

To make special arrangements, receive a Series poster or calendar of events, or become a friend of the Wittenberg Series, contact Jeannine Fox at 937-206-3539 or via e-mail at


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