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Bridgewater College Announces Fall Semester Arts and Events

From lectures by featured speakers to music performances and theater productions, Bridgewater College offers a wide range of arts and events for the community to enjoy during the 2013 fall semester.

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

Tony Mendez, former Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) officer and subject of Argo, winner of the Academy Award for Best Picture for 2012, will speak on Tuesday, Sept. 10.

Judy Smith, a leading crisis communication strategist and inspiration for the ABC TV series “Scandal,” will speak on Monday, Sept. 16.

On Monday, Sept. 23, Marjorie Agosin, a Chilean author, poet and spokeswoman for the plight and priorities of women in Third World countries, will speak.

On Wednesday, Oct. 2, at 7 p.m. author James McBride will share his latest novel The Good Lord Bird, the story of abolitionist John Brown, using gospel and spiritual music of the time to frame his life and how it is presented in the book.
Dr. Bernard Mergen, professor emeritus of American studies at The George Washington University, will speak on his book, Weather Matters: An American Cultural History Since 1900, on Tuesday, Oct. 8.

Collins Tuohy, a member of the family on which the movie The Blind Side is based, will speak on Thursday, Oct. 17. Tuohy takes audiences on her journey with Michael Oher from fellow student to close friend, confidant and, ultimately, adopted brother.

Nontombi Naomi Tutu, peace activist and daughter of Archbishop Desmond Tutu, will speak on Monday, Oct. 21. Tutu blends her passion for human dignity with humor and personal stories.

Dr. James Deutsch, program curator for the Smithsonian Center for Folk-life and Cultural Heritage, will speak on Thursday, Oct. 24.

Shane Claiborne will speak on Tuesday, Nov. 5, in the Carter Center for Worship and Music, as part of Fall Spiritual Focus. He is the visionary leader of The Simple Way, a faith community in inner city Philadelphia that has helped birth and connect radical faith communities around the world.

BC alumnus William E. Tarry Jr., who is principal deputy undersecretary for intelligence and analysis at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, will speak on Wednesday, Nov. 13.

Dr. John H. “Jack” Gordon, President John F. Kennedy assassination scholar, will speak on Monday, Nov. 18. November 22 marks the 50th anniversary of Kennedy’s assassination in Dallas.

Nicholas Picerno, Civil War historian and Bridgewater campus police chief, will speak about the 150th anniversary of Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address on Tuesday, Nov. 19.

The fall schedule includes a wide variety of music programs, which will be held in Cole Hall unless otherwise noted.

Dr. Larry Taylor, associate professor of music at Bridgewater College, will present an organ recital, “Should I Be Clapping?” on Sunday, Sept. 8, at 7:30 p.m.

Robert Jospé and Inner Rhythm combine Latin, funk, swing, Afro-Cuban and Brazilian rhythms into a modern jazz sound that is exciting and uplifting. The ensemble will perform Thursday, Sept. 12, at 7:30 p.m.

Ustad Shafaat Khan, world-renowned Indian master of the sitar, surbahar and tabla, will perform on Monday, Oct. 28, at 7:30 p.m. in the Carter Center.

The BC Concert Choir, Chorale and Oratorio Choir will present a concert on Sunday, Nov. 10, at 7:30 p.m. in the Carter Center for Worship and Music.

The BC Symphonic Band will give a concert on Sunday, Nov. 17, at 3 p.m.

The Bridgewater Jazz Ensemble will perform on Sunday, Nov. 24, at 3 p.m.

The Richmond Symphony will present a concert on Monday, Nov. 25, at 7:30 p.m. Founded in 1957, the symphony is dedicated to achieving excellence in both contemporary and traditional symphonic repertoire.

Bridgewater College will host a holiday extravaganza on Friday, Dec. 6, at 7:30 p.m. in the Carter Center for Worship and Music.

The Bridgewater College Pinion Players will present a student-directed production of “God of Carnage” by Yasmina Reza, translated by Christopher Hampton, at 8 p.m. Sept. 26 – 28 and at 3 p.m. Sept. 29, in Cole Hall. Tickets are $9 for adults; $7 for seniors and non-BC students. Tickets go on sale one hour before the performance.

Theatre at Bridgewater College will present “The Winter’s Tale” by William Shakespeare at 8 p.m. on Nov. 7 – 9 and at 3 p.m. on Nov. 10, in Cole Hall. Tickets are $9 for adults; $7 for seniors and non-BC students. Tickets go on sale one hour before the performance. This production is directed by Dr. Scott Cole, associate professor of theater at Bridgewater College.

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

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Posted 8/5/13

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