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BC Voice - This lecture relates to this year's Big Question, "What Should Change?"
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There will be a reception and/or book signing after the lecture


Saturday, January 4
Special pre-semester convo film opportunity
Lee Daniels’ The Butler (2013)
Co-Sponsored by Eagle Productions
9 p.m., Cole Hall

Inspired by a true story, Lee Daniels' The Butler tells the story of a White House butler who served eight American presidents over three decades. The film traces the dramatic changes that swept American society during this time, from the civil rights movement to Vietnam and beyond, and how those changes affected this man's life and family. Forest Whitaker stars as the butler with Oprah Winfrey as his wife. Academy Award-nominated Lee Daniels directed and co-wrote the script with Emmy award-winning Danny Strong, based on an article and book by Washington Post reporter Wil Haygood, who will be speaking at Bridgewater College on January 29 about the real-life events that inspired the film. (Rated PG-13, 2 hr. 6 min.) This convo credit, while earned during Interterm, will be counted as part of the spring convo series.

Tuesday, January 28
Opening Worship - Chaplain Robbie Miller
9:30 a.m., Carter Center

Join Chaplain Miller for worship as our community begins the spring semester.

Wednesday, January 29, MLK Day Celebration, Wil Haygood, author of The Butler and Washington Post reporter
7:30 p.m., Cole Hall
Sponsored by the Anna B. Mow Endowed Lecture Series
Co-Sponsored by the Center for Cultural Engagement

After Barack Obama was elected president, acclaimed Washington Post reporter Wil Haygood wanted to publish an article about a black person who had worked in the White House as a servant, someone who had come of age when segregation was so widespread and so embedded in the culture that the very thought of a black president would have been inconceivable. He struck gold when he tracked down Eugene Allen, a butler who had served no less than eight presidents, from Harry Truman to Ronald Reagan - and in so doing became a "discreet stage hand who for three decades helped keep the show running in the most important political theatre of all." The result was The Butler: A Witness to History, a portrait of Eugene Allen's lifelong journey, from his birth in 1919 on a southern plantation to his years in service at the White House; it is also a broader examination of the history of African Americans in film. The book was released in tandem with the motion picture Lee Daniels' The Butler - of which Haygood is producer - starring Oprah Winfrey, Forest Whitaker, Jane Fonda, Vanessa Redgrave and Cuba Gooding Jr.

Thursday, January 30
Swordsmanship through the Ages
9:30 a.m.
, Boitnott Room

In the Middle Ages, battles were fought by men wearing armor who had large, heavy swords, but by the 1800s they wore no armor and dueled with light, quick rapiers or sabers. Dr. Doug Harmon, fencing coach at Bridgewater College, will trace the development of sword fighting, including how technology changed combat techniques and the weapons themselves. The presentation will include film clips from Dr. Harmon’s favorite fencing movies and live demonstrations by Bridgewater’s Comitatus Club.


Saturday, February 1
Seven Chances, a silent film with organ accompaniment
7:30 p.m., Cole Hall

James Shannon has a problem. He stands to inherit a fortune, but only if he can find a woman willing to marry him by midnight! Buster Keaton gives a hilarious performance in one of his celebrated silent films. Dr. Larry Taylor will provide musical accompaniment to the film on the mighty Cole Hall organ. (60 minutes)

Tuesday, February 4

Young Alumni Series: Heather Galang ’08
A Voice Lost in the Crowd: The Story of the People of Burma
9:30 a.m., Cole Hall

Heather Galang is a Bridgewater College alumna from the class of 2008 with a B.A. in biology and Spanish and received her associate’s degree in nursing as a registered nurse. She currently works as a cardiac nurse at Sentara RMH Medical Center and in her spare time, travels the world seeking opportunities to learn more about peace and global citizenship. Galang is also currently in her last year of graduate school at JMU to receive her master of nursing in clinical nurse leadership. She recently visited Myanmar (formerly known as Burma), in January 2013 on a learning tour through New Community Project. Galang has been raising awareness and money for Give a Girl a Chance Foundation, which gives educational opportunities for girls living in poverty-stricken areas, specifically Myanmar.

Galang’s focus is on geographical, political, social, and economical isolation of Myanmar and other Southeast Asian countries.  She discusses the social injustices that contribute to lack of peace and justice in the region. 

Peace Week 2014: February 3-9, "Hunger, Peace, and Justice"

Monday, February 3
Tony Hall, f
ormer U.S. ambassador to Rome and three-time Nobel Peace Prize nominee
7:30 p.m., Cole Hall
Sponsored by the Kline Bowman Peace Endowment --Peace Week Keynote address on the theme of
"Hunger, Peace, and Justice"

A three-time nominee for the Nobel Peace Prize, former U.S. ambassador Tony P. Hall is one of the leading advocates for hunger relief programs and improving international human rights conditions in the world. In February 2002, President George W. Bush asked him to serve as the United States Ambassador to the United Nations Agencies for Food and Agriculture. As the chief of the U.S. Mission to the U.N. Agencies in Rome – the World Food Program (WFP), the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) – Ambassador Tony Hall was responsible for “putting into action America’s commitment to alleviate hunger and build hope in the world.”

Hall has been an outspoken advocate for fighting domestic and international hunger and he has initiated legislation enacted into law to fight hunger-related diseases in developing nations. He has spent time in more than 100 countries – ranging from Afghanistan to Zimbabwe. Hall has worked actively to improve human rights conditions around the world, especially in the Philippines, East Timor, Paraguay, South Korea, Romania and the former Soviet Union.

Hall was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize for 1998, 1999 and 2001 for his humanitarian and hunger-related work. For his hunger legislation and for his proposal for a Humanitarian Summit in the Horn of Africa, Mr. Hall and the Hunger Committee received the 1992 Silver World Food Day Medal from the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations.

Tuesday, February 4 
Jonathan Myerson Katz, award-winning journalist
7:30 p.m., Cole Hall
Sponsored by the Kline Bowman Peace Endowment as part of 2014 Peace Week

Jonathan Myerson Katz is a writer and reporter. The only full-time American news correspondent stationed in Haiti during the January 2010 earthquake, he stayed on to cover the aftermath and flawed recovery that followed. That fall, he broke the story that United Nations peacekeepers had likely caused (and were covering up their role in) a massive postquake cholera epidemic that has killed thousands.

Katz received the 2010 Medill Medal for Courage in Journalism for his work in Haiti, and won the 2012 J. Anthony Lukas Work-In-Progress Award for The Big Truck That Went By. The book also won the 2013 WOLA-Duke Book Award for Human Rights in Latin America, and was selected for Barnes & Noble’s Discover Great New Writers program. In 2013, Katz was named one of Diplomatic Courier Magazine’s Top 99 Foreign Policy Leaders Under 33.

Besides Haiti, in seven years with the Associated Press, Katz reported from Washington, Mexico City, New York, China, Jerusalem, Santo Domingo and across the Caribbean. He has contributed to the websites Slate, Foreign Policy, The Guardian and others, and has been a frequent guest on radio and television, including NBC Nightly News, the BBC, MSNBC and NPR.

Sunday, February 9
Peace Week documentary: A Place at the Table (Rated PG, 84 minutes)
3 p.m., Cole Hall
Sponsored by the Kline Bowman Peace Endowment as part of 2014 Peace Week

Fifty million people in the U.S., including one in four children, don’t know where their next meal is coming from. Directors Kristi Jacobson and Lori Silverbush examine the issue of hunger in America through the lens of three people struggling with food insecurity: Barbie, a single Philadelphia mother who grew up in poverty and is trying to provide a better life for her two kids; Rosie, a Colorado fifth-grader who often has to depend on friends and neighbors to feed her and has trouble concentrating in school; and Tremonica, a Mississippi second-grader whose asthma and health issues are exacerbated by the largely empty calories her hardworking mother can afford.

Ultimately, A Place at the Table shows us how hunger poses serious economic, social and cultural implications for our nation, and that it could be solved, if the American public decides that making healthy food available and affordable is in the best interest of us all.

Spanish Film Festival Begins - Co-Sponsored by the Center for Cultural Engagement and the Center for International Education

The Spanish Film Club series was made possible with the support of Pragda, and the Embassy of Spain in Washington D.C., Spain-USA Foundation. Special thanks to the Secretary of State for Culture of Spain.

Wednesday, February 5
After Lucia (Después de Lucía) (2012), 102 min. (R)

Subtitled in English
7 p.m., Cole Hall

Six months after the death of his wife in a car accident, Roberto and his teenage daughter Alejandra set off from Puerto Vallarta for a fresh start in Mexico City. Alejandra finds her way more easily than Roberto but very soon, she arouses the baser instincts in her classmates. Ashamed and unable to tell her father about the escalating bullying at school, Alejandra’s silence ultimately takes a dreadful toll. An unflinching reflection of upper middle class youth in Mexico by one of the country’s most promising filmmakers, the film has been a box office success since its release. After Lucia includes an intense and shocking exploration of the violent effects of bullying. The film earned the prestigious Un Certain Regard Award at this year’s Cannes Film Festival and was the Mexican submission for the 2013 Best Foreign-Language Academy Award.

Thursday, February 6
Spring Activities Fair
7 p.m., Cole Hall
Sponsored by Eagle Productions

Head over to Cole Hall for the fun, interactive convo that will introduce or reintroduce you to all of the clubs and organizations that BC has to offer. Attend a short presentation on getting involved on campus and visit several clubs and organizations to receive convo credit.

Saturday, February 8
Salsa Magic
Co-Sponsored by Eagle Productions and the Center for Cultural Engagement

Salsa Magic Interactive Latin Dance Party with Lee "El Gringuito" and Kat "La Gata" has performed around the world with a one of a kind college-themed dance party. Students will interact and learn the newest Latin dance moves as they dance with one another as well as the star of the show. After the lessons, Washington D.C.'s own DJ Lee "El Gringuito" will continue the party by lighting up the dance floor and spinning the best in salsa, merengue, bachata, reggaeton, reggae, international, hip hop and top 40. Lee has won countless awards and has taught more than 100,000 college students to Latin dance in more than 47 states.

Monday, February 10
Post Mortem
(2012), 98 min. (R)
7 p.m., Cole Hall
Subtitled in English

Pablo Larraín first broke onto the international film scene when Tony Manero premiered at the Cannes Directors' Fortnight. This Chilean director has now followed up with the visceral Post Mortem. Mario Cornejo is going about his daily business of writing autopsy reports at the military hospital in Santiago, when the Pinochet coup d´état shakes this heretofore apolitical character out of his state of apathy. This passionately executed film by Larraín has met with brilliant reviews, competing at the Venice Film Festival and nabbing second place at the Havana Film Festival´s Coral Awards.

Tuesday, February 11
Well of Hope Organizational Meeting - a community service project in honor of the inauguration of Dr. David W. Bushman
9:30 a.m., Cole Hall

Learn how you can become involved in a special service project taking place on campus this spring in honor of the inauguration of Dr. David W. Bushman as Bridgewater College president. Well of Hope International (WOHI) is a grassroots, non-governmental organization focused on ministering to the needs of widows and orphans in Kiserian area, Kajiado County, just south of Nairobi, Kenya, East Africa. The large widow population in Kenya is due to natural death as well as complications of HIV/AIDS. The Well of Hope Shoe Project is funded by the generous donation of shoes, unselfish giving of personal hours by many volunteers and financial contributions that help offset the shipping cost to Kenya. Come see how you can help fill a shipping container with shoes and send them to Kenya.

Tuesday, February 11
Henry G. Jackson, CPA, president and chief executive officer,
Society for Human Resource Management
Noon, Cole Hall
Sponsored by the Shenandoah Valley Society for Human Resource Management (SV SHRM) professional chapter, the Bridgewater College SHRM Chapter and the James Madison University SHRM Chapter

Henry G. (Hank) Jackson is the president and CEO for the Society for Human Resource Management, the world's largest association devoted to the human resource profession with offices in the U.S., China, India and the Middle East. Prior to this he served as the society’s chief global finance and business affairs officer. In this capacity, he was responsible for financial management as well as publications and new media, meetings and conferences, seminars, member marketing, corporate sales and technology solutions.

Jackson came to SHRM from Howard University in Washington, D.C., where he was executive vice president/chief financial officer and treasurer of the university. He held several senior level positions at Howard University in finance and technology before becoming executive vice president. Before joining Howard University, Hank worked in public accounting with Hurdman Main and KMPG as senior auditor and a computer audit specialist.

Tuesday, February 11
Even the Rain (2011), 104 min. (R)

Subtitled in English
7 p.m., Cole Hall

In Even the Rain by Icíar Bollaín, filmmaker Sebastian (Gael García Bernal) and his cynical producer Costa (Luis Tosar) arrive in Cochabamba, Bolivia to make a film about Columbus’s voyage to the New World and the subjugation of the indigenous population. Just as filming begins, the natives face a crisis when the government privatizes the water company and prices skyrocket. Daily protests erupt and the local man cast as a rebellious sixteenth century Taino chief, also becomes a leader in the water hike protests. Bollaín intercuts footage of Sebastian’s film, with recordings of the demonstrations that occurred during the real life “Water Wars” that took place when the Bolivian government privatized the water company in 2000. In this masterful film-within-a-film, Bollaín raises questions about exploitation in South America, blurring the lines between past and present, fiction and reality.

Thursday, February 13
Wilaya (2012), 97 min. (PG-13)
Subtitled in English
7 p.m., Cole Hall

Fatimetu is born to a Sahrawi family in a Saharan refugee camp in Algeria and later sent to live with foster parents in Spain. After the death of her mother, she returns to the camp. She has been absent for sixteen years. Her brother now expects her to stay and look after her sister Hayat, who has difficulty walking. Fatimetu, who unlike the other women can drive a car, finds work transporting animals, meat, and bread from one administrative district to another. In time, the Sahrawi people become accustomed to the woman who tears about the desert without a hijab in her beaten up jeep. But Fatimetu is torn between life in the desert and her memories of her family and friends in Spain. With unprecedented access to the Sahrawi community, Pedro Pérez Rosado provides a voice to this unrepresented group of refugees and their struggle for independence. The outstanding performance of newcomer Nadhira Mohamed, who was herself born in a refugee camp in Tinduf, landed her the Best Actress award at the Abu Dhabi Film Festival.

Friday, February 14
The Return (El Regreso) (2011), 95 min.
Subtitled in English
7 p.m., Cole Hall

The Return is the story of a delightful and life-changing journey back to Costa Rica. After living 10 years in New York, 30-year-old Antonio returns to San José, where he is forced to deal with the realities he ran away from. He is welcomed by his intense sister, Amanda, whose husband recently abandoned her, and her young son Inti, who is apprehensive about Antonio’s presence. When things take an unexpected turn, Antonio is forced to remain home far longer than he had anticipated. With a comedic twist of Antonio finding out that his best friend is the lead singer of a death metal rock band and the endearing rekindling of a childhood romance, The Return is an enjoyable film that became the highest-grossing Costa Rican film ever and the first to earn international recognition.

Monday, February 17
Artist Talk, Christa Bowden
4 p.m., Boitnott Room

Christa Kreeger Bowden earned her M.F.A. in photography from the University of Georgia in 2000, and a B.A. in photography and film communication from Tulane University in 1996. She is an associate professor of art at Washington & Lee University, where she started the program in photography in 2006. Her work explores the use of a flatbed scanner as a camera, the combination of photography and encaustic painting, as well as alternative and 19th century photographic processes. She was the recipient of a 2009-2010 Virginia Museum of Fine Arts Fellowship, and was a 2005 nominee for the Santa Fe Prize for Photography. Bowden was born and raised in Atlanta, Georgia. She currently lives and works in Lexington, Va.

Tuesday, February 18
Relay for Life Informational Meeting
9:30 a.m., Boitnott Room

Relay for Life is a worldwide American Cancer Society event that is largely focused on fundraising money for cancer research and various other programs such as Road to Recovery, Hope Lodge, TLC, Reach to Recovery, and man-to-man programs. It has a presence not only in hundreds of towns and countries, but also on the BC campus. Relay for Life is an all-night event in which Bridgewater comes together as a community to camp out on the mall, fundraise, walk the track, participate in activities and have a great time. Since cancer never sleeps, neither do we at the overnight event. Cancer has touched all of our lives in one way or another. Join us as Bridgewater’s Relay for Life committee and guest speakers share their stories about the struggles of cancer and why it is so important to put an end to cancer. Help us fight back on March 28, 2014 so we can celebrate a world with more birthdays.

For more information, please contact Kate Garwood at, or sign-up at

Wednesday, February 19
Michael Overman, marimba concert
7:30 p.m., Carter Center

Percussionist Michael Overman earned his bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees from West Virginia University, Ithaca College and Northwestern University respectively and now teaches future world leaders to "hit stuff" at James Madison University, Bridgewater College and Washington & Lee University. Overman lives in Bridgewater, driving his family bonkers by practicing marimba in the living room.

Thursday, February 20
Tidewater Guitar Orchestra
7:30 p.m., Carter Center
Co-sponsored by the Virginia Commission for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts

The Tidewater Guitar Orchestra was founded in 1996 by Sam Dorsey. Inspired by a similar orchestra in Costa Rica led by Luis Zumbado, the TGO was formed based on the concept of a large group of musicians playing on three different types of guitars. The orchestra is composed of traditional classical guitars, supplemented by soprano guitars tuned a fifth higher, called requintos, and bass guitars tuned a fourth lower, called bajas.

One of the only guitar orchestras of its kind in the United States, the TGO has made numerous appearances locally and represented the United States at the International Guitar Festival in Costa Rica in October of 1999. The Orchestra’s repertoire ranges from traditional Central and South American music, contemporary works dedicated to the TGO, original compositions by members of the orchestra, and classical compositions from Bach to Bartok arranged by members of the TGO.

Sunday, February 23
Dr. Christine Ennis Carrillo, trumpet recital
"Trumpet and Friends"
3 p.m., Carter Center

Dr. Christine Ennis Carrillo is the director of instrumental music at Bridgewater College, where she directs the symphonic band, jazz ensemble and Screamin’ Eagles Pep Band. She also teaches applied trumpet lessons and courses in music education, theory and conducting.

Dr. Carrillo holds a doctor of musical arts and master of music from the University of Texas at Austin, and dual bachelor of music degrees in music education and trumpet performance from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Tuesday, February 25
Campus Worship Service
9:30 a.m., Carter Center

Join Chaplain Miller for campus worship.

Wednesday, February 26
Sean Chen, Van Cliburn 2013 Crystal Award Winner
7:30 p.m., Carter Center

Pianist Sean Chen, raised in Southern California, at age 24 became the first American to make the finals of the quadrennial Van Cliburn International Piano Competition since 1997, winning the third place “Crystal Award”.

Sean Chen is the 2013 DeHaan Classical Fellow of the American Pianists Association, second prize winner at the 2011 Seoul International Music Competition, third prize winner at the 2013 Morocco Philharmony International Piano Competition and prize winner at the 2009 Cleveland International Piano Competition, Chen has performed with several orchestras, including the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra under Gerard Schwarz, Suwon City Philharmonic under Dai Uk Lee, New West Symphony with Boris Brott and the Juilliard Orchestra under David Atherton.

February 27-March 2 (Thursday-Sunday)
Theatre at Bridgewater College presents The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged) by Adam Long, Daniel Singer and Jess Winfield
February 27-March 1, 8 p.m., Cole Hall
March 2, 3 p.m., Cole Hall

Talk-back and reception on February 28 after the performance
$9 adults, $7 seniors and non-BC students
For ticket reservations call 540-828-5631.
For mature audiences: mature themes

Join us as one of the world’s most frequently produced plays hits the Cole Hall stage. The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged) premiered at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in 1987 and quickly became a worldwide phenomenon, earning the title of London’s second-longest running comedy after a decade at the Criterion Theatre. The script was developed by three inspired, charismatic comics who honed their pass-the-hat act at Renaissance fairs into a show that manages to feature all 37 of Shakespeare’s plays performed at the break-neck speed of 97 minutes by just 3 actors (with the help of the occasional audience member).  As described by The New York Times’ Ben Brantley: “The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged) embodies one of comedy's most essential impulses: the adolescent urge to take a baseball bat to the culturally revered. A mix of pratfalls, puns, willful mis-readings of names and dialogue, clunky female impersonations, clean-cut ribaldry, and broad burlesque, the gung-ho vitality is impossible to resist. The conversion of the histories into a football game is very funny. So is a rap version of Othello. Hamlet truly soars and allows the actors to come into their own as manic clowns. At its giddiest, its tone recalls the fabled Bullwinkle cartoon shows.”

Friday, February 28
Slam Poem Extravaganza, featuring slam poets Jon Goode and Caroline Rothstein

Co-Sponsored by Eagle Productions and the Center for Cultural Engagement

Emmy nominee and HBO def poet Jon Goode hails from Richmond, Virginia but currently resides in Atlanta, Georgia. Over the past decade Goode has performed his unique brand of comedic and life-affirming poetry at colleges and universities all over the nation, and venues both domestic and abroad. He is currently one of the featured artists in the sold out Passion and Poetry concert series that features some of the top rated poets and spoken word artists in the nation.

Caroline Rothstein is a New York City-based writer, performer, and eating disorder recovery advocate, who specializes in spoken word poetry, theater, creative nonfiction, journalism, and performance art. She has performed and facilitated workshops at poetry venues, theaters, colleges, universities, schools, and organizations around the United States for more than a decade.


Sunday, March 2
Jazz Ensemble Concert
3 p.m., Carter Center

The Bridgewater College Jazz Ensemble will present an exciting concert of various jazz styles under the direction of Dr. Christine Carrillo.

Tuesday, March 4
Small Questions with Dr. Moshe Khurgel
"What does it mean to be a practicing American Muslim?"
9:30 a.m.
, Boitnott Room

Dr. Khurgel and BC's Interfaith Board (a student group on campus) will host Mr. Abbas Rawoot for a conversation on that and similar questions. Bring your general curiosity or specific unresolved questions about Islam. 9:30 AM, Boitnott room. (Limited seating- discussion format)

Wednesday, March 5
7:30 p.m., Carter Center
Co-sponsored by the Virginia Commission for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts

IONA's music is a unique, acoustic weave of the traditional music of Scotland, Ireland, Wales, Cornwall, Brittany (France), the Isle of Man, Asturias and Galicia (Spain), as well as their transplants in America. Blending songs, dance tunes, and aires into a rich and stunning tapestry, their style is outstanding in an arena where these traditions are seldom intertwined.

Conceived in 1986, IONA was the musical offspring of lead singer, bouzouki, guitar and bodhrán player Barbara Ryan and wind player Bernard Argent. With fiddler Jim Queen (banjo and vocals as well), bass guitar player Chuck Lawhorn and dancer Kathleen Larick (also vocals and percussion), IONA has become the leading Celtic group in the Mid-Atlantic region.

Thursday, March 6
Symphonic Band
“Music From Around the World”
7:30 p.m.
, Cole Hall

The Bridgewater College Symphonic Band, under the direction of Dr. Christine Carrillo, will present a concert of music from around the world. The band will perform pieces based on the traditional folk songs of England, Korea, Mexico and the United States

Tuesday, March 18
Alumni Series: Joanne Harris '98
9:30 a.m., Cole Hall
(Breakfast opportunity and lecture)

Joanne Harris is the director of diversity and advocacy at Mary Baldwin College. Harris graduated from Bridgewater College with a degree in English in 1998 and earned her master’s degree in social sciences from Hollins University. Harris and her life partner of 12 years, Jessica Duff, are currently being represented by Lambda Legal and the ACLU of Virginia to seek the freedom to marry for all same-sex couples in Virginia. Harris has worked diligently throughout her career to ensure the needs of individuals in our local communities who are often categorized as underrepresented are being supported.

Wednesday, March 19
Robert Edsel, author of The Monuments Men
7:30 p.m., Cole Hall
Co-Sponsored by the Harry and Ina Shank Education Fund, The Harold. H. Hersch Educational Fund, and by the Center for Cultural Engagement.

Robert Edsel, a former nationally ranked tennis player, began his business career in oil and gas exploration in 1981. His company, Gemini Exploration, pioneered the use of horizontal drilling technology throughout the early 1990s.

While living in Florence, Italy, Edsel developed a great passion for art and architecture and became curious as to how so many of the monuments and great works of art survived the thefts and devastation of World War II. What began as a question evolved into an impassioned journey to unravel the secrets and heroics of the "Monuments Men," the unsung heroes who saved the world’s greatest art and cultural treasures for the benefit of civilization. Edsel has dedicated the last ten years of his life to painstaking and far-reaching research, which culminated in the self-publishing of his book Rescuing Da Vinci, a detailed historical account which includes 460 photographs. Edsel is also the co-producer of the documentary, The Rape of Europa, which is based on the award-winning book.

In September 2009, Edsel’s second book, The Monuments Men: Allied Heroes, Nazi Thieves and the Greatest Treasure Hunt in History, a narrative telling of the story, was released. In January 2012, George Clooney announced he would write, direct and star in the film version of The Monuments Men. The film, scheduled for release in theaters on February 14, features a star-studded cast including Clooney, Matt Damon, Cate Blanchett, John Goodman and Bill Murray.

Edsel is the founder and president of the Monuments Men Foundation for the Preservation of Art, (, a not-for-profit entity. The Foundation was one of ten recipients of the 2007 National Humanities Medal, the highest honor given by the United States for excellence in the humanities field.

Friday, March 21
Doug Graber Neufeld, Silliman Lecture Series
“Arsenic in water and pesticides in food: How does science help us decide when toxins are a problem?”
3:00 p.m., McKinney 100

This talk will explore several specific studies of contaminants on both the local and global context, including pesticide levels in market vegetables, arsenic in drinking water and risks associated with hydrofracking. These studies provide examples of how scientists interact with society and illustrate the process of decision-making on the individual and community levels with respect to toxins.

Doug Graber Neufeld has been in the department of biology at Eastern Mennonite University since 1998. He helps direct the Environmental Sustainability program and teaches a variety of courses in environmental science and biology. His primary interests are in the areas of environmental physiology and toxicology, with a focus on how to monitor environmental contaminants and their effects on animals, including humans.

Saturday, March 22
The Second Annual Gospel Extravaganza, with nationally-recognized gospel musician Joyce Garrett
3:00 p.m., Carter Center

Join Bridgewater's Lift Your Voice Gospel Choir for Bridgewater College's second annual Gospel Extravaganza. This year, the concert will feature nationally-known gospel musician Joyce Garrett and other special guests. Joyce Garrett has produced choirs for the annual nationally televised programs Kennedy Center Honors and Christmas in Washington since 1989. She also directed the United States Naval Academy Gospel Choir from 1990-2005 and currently serves as the minister of music for Alfred Street Baptist Church in Alexandria, Va. Joyce also works with the Washington Youth Choir, leading occasional rehearsals and inspiring choir members with her wisdom and support.

Wednesday, March 26
Kathryn Erskine, Award Winning Children’s Author
7:30 p.m., Cole Hall
Sponsored by the Alison Yowell Pazmino Memorial Fund for Student Education
(Luncheon in Bowman 109)

Kathryn Erskine, a lawyer-turned-author who grew up in six countries, will present the inaugural Alison Yowell Pazmino Endowed Lecture. Erskine’s diverse experiences have shaped her life and her writing. Her novels include Mockingbird (2010), a 2010 National Book Award Winner; Quaking (2007), an ALA Top Ten Quick Pick for Reluctant Readers; and The Absolute Value of Mike (2011), a 2012 ALA Best Fiction for Young Adults nominee. While covering weighty topics, her books are filled with warmth and humor, making difficult issues approachable. She is a writing instructor and frequent workshop presenter.

The Alison Yowell Pazmino Memorial Fund for Student Education Series was established in memory of Alison Yowell Pazmino, a Bridgewater College graduate who passed away in 2005, following a long and courageous battle with Hodgkin’s disease. Pazmino graduated from Bridgewater in 1995 and began her educational career teaching French at Metz Middle School in Manassas, VA. For two years, she worked in Japan, training Japanese teachers in English language curriculum development. Upon her return to the United States, she earned her master’s degree from George Mason University, became a teacher-consultant with the Northern Virginia Writing Project, and then traveled to Southern California where she taught English for one year. After her return home to Virginia, she joined the staff of the Journal of the Virginia Writing Project where she met her husband, Pete Pazmino. Five months after her death, the Commonwealth of Virginia celebrated Alison’s life and her contributions to education through the unanimous passage of House Joint Resolution 429, which declared that her “legacy lives in the young people of France, Japan, and the United States whose lives she touched and inspired.”

Thursday, March 27
Scott Business Symposium: Greg Via '79,
global director of sports marketing, Gillette Company
7:30 p.m., Cole Hall

Greg Via, a Bridgewater College graduate from the class of 1979, has been the global director of sports marketing for the Gillette Company since 2007. He is responsible for Gillette’s involvement in the global sports marketplace, including the Gillette Champions, a unique program that links three of the world’s greatest athletes, Tiger Woods, Roger Federer and Thierry Henry, in a marketing program that has been rolled out to more than 190 countries.

Via also works with the Gillette North American leadership to leverage Gillette’s involvement with the NFL, NASCAR, WWE and MLB. He is also a member of the Proctor and Gamble Olympic core team that works to activate P&G and its family of brands on a global Olympic platform.

Formerly, Via was the vice president of alliance and licensing at New Era Cap, the vice president of worldwide corporate sponsorship for Motorola, and the director of worldwide sports marketing for Gatorade.


Tuesday, April 1
Founder’s Day Ceremony
11 a.m., Carter Center

This annual observance began in 1920 as a commemoration of the birth of Daniel Christian Flory, who founded Bridgewater College in Spring Creek, Va. Awards recognizing teaching excellence will be presented to deserving individuals.

Presidential Inauguration Week: April 7-12

Monday, April 7
Krishna Kodukula, Ph.D., Presidential Inauguration Lecture (Truth)
"Scientific Inquiry to Seek and Protect Truth: From Ancient to Modern Times"

7:30 p.m., Carter Center

Krishna Kodukula, Ph.D., is executive director, strategic development and site head of SRI Shenandoah Valley in Harrisonburg, Va. Prior to that, he was executive director of SRI’s Center for Advanced Drug Research, and co-leader of drug discovery in SRI Biosciences. Kodukula joined SRI from Sarnoff Corporation (an SRI subsidiary at the time that has now been integrated into SRI). While at Sarnoff, he was the technical lead of a national program for reducing the time to discover and develop new drugs during a national emergency. At SRI, Kodukula is establishing new programs and expanding business opportunities, with a focus on practical applications of the science of proteomics.

Kodukula has a Ph.D. in biochemistry and botany from Utkal University, Bhubaneswar in India, and did postdoctoral work at the Indian Institute of Science, where he was a National Biotechnology Board fellow. Kodukula has more than 30 years of experience in conducting basic and industrial research focused on discovering new therapies for globally important diseases such as cancer, metabolic and neurological disorders.

Presently, Kodukula is interested in a holistic understanding of biological function and discovering novel biomarkers for different diseases. Over the past 15 years, in addition to leading research groups, he has helped launch several new companies, and license many inventions and technologies for commercialization thru external partnerships. Kodukula is a member of the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, and a founding member of the newly launched International Chemical Biology Society. He serves on several boards, including the Virginia BIO, Shenandoah Valley Partnership, the board of trustees at Bridgewater College, and the Science Commission at Eastern Mennonite University.

Tuesday, April 8
Student Senate Campaign
9:30 a.m., Boitnott Room

The student body president presides over this student government convo.

Tuesday, April 8
Presidential Inauguration Campus Worship (Goodness)
The Rev. Jeff Carr and Chaplain Robbie Miller
7:30 p.m
., Carter Center

Rev. Jeff Carr '01 is senior pastor of the Bridgewater Church of the Brethren and a Bridgewater College graduate. Rev. Robbie Miller '79 is the chaplain at Bridgewater College.

Wednesday, April 9
Presidential Inauguration Music Concert: "Harmonic Beauty"
7:30 p.m., Carter Center

The Bridgewater College music department leads the audience on a whirlwind tour of the history of harmony to discover how notes work together to form chords and how musicians work together to make beautiful music. This concert will include performances by the jazz ensemble and the chorale, as well as other instrumental and vocal ensembles.

Friday, April 11
The Inauguration of President David W. Bushman
10:30 a.m., campus mall
(This day will follow a Thursday class schedule.)

An accomplished academic leader, Dr. David W. Bushman brings extensive experience in higher education administration and in the classroom to Bridgewater College as its ninth president.

Dr. Bushman came to BC from Mount St. Mary’s University in Emmitsburg, Md. where he was the founding dean of the university’s School of Natural Science and Mathematics. In this role, he oversaw numerous academic programs and new academic program development as well as strategic and communications planning and fundraising for the school.

Prior to leading Mount St. Mary’s School of Natural Science and Mathematics, Dr. Bushman served as president of Lees-McRae College in Banner Elk, N.C. While at Lees-McRae, Dr. Bushman oversaw the college’s successful bid for re-accreditation from Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) and developed and implemented a new strategic plan for the institution. During his time at the helm, Lees-McRae engaged in a number of significant campus renovation projects, implemented curricular and co-curricular enhancements, and increased its freshman retention rate significantly.

Before joining Lees-McRae in 2004, Dr. Bushman served in a variety of roles at Mount St. Mary’s, including dean of academic services, director of assessment, chair of the department of science and associate professor of biology. Dr. Bushman earned his bachelor of science in biology summa cum laude from Loyola College in Maryland. He graduated from the University of Maryland with both his master of science and doctorate in entomology. Upon completion of his Ph.D., Dr. Bushman worked for several years in private industry as a research biologist and research fellow. He has been published in the field of entomology as well as undergraduate science education.

April 10-13 (Thursday-Sunday)
Pinion Players Performance Showcase: Across the Pond, senior honors project written by Nicholas Davies '14 and directed by James E. Custer '15
April 10-12, 8 p.m., Cole Hall
April 13, 3 p.m., Cole Hall

Talk-back and reception, April 11 after the performance
$9 adults, $7 seniors and non-BC students
Tickets will be available 30 minutes prior to performance at the box office.
For more information, call 540-828-5631. 

Nicholas Davies' senior honors project, Untitled Revue, is a culmination of his studies of theatre at Bridgewater College. A comedic odyssey designed as a celebration of the artistic talents of the student body – incorporating theatre, dance, music, and improvisation – Untitled Revue is also a thematic finale to the irreplaceable experience of college. Entirely student-written, directed and produced, this cacophony of wit and pleasantry - from an absurd soap opera to the bizarre occurrences within a teachers' lounge - is designed to engender a smile on the face of the audience.

Monday, April 14
Alice Driver, human rights activist
7:30 p.m., Cole Hall

Dr. Alice Driver is a writer, editor and translator based in New York City and Mexico City. She has a Ph.D. in hispanic studies from the University of Kentucky and completed a post-doctoral fellowship at the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México in Mexico City in 2012. In 2013 she was selected as one of 40 international journalists to attend the Narco News School for Authentic Journalism in Mexico City. She writes about violence against women, feminicide, the representation of the female body, immigration and poverty with a focus on Ciudad Juárez and the U.S.-Mexico border. She is currently working on her first short documentary film, “If Images Could Fill Our Empty Spaces,” about how photographers Julián Cardona, Jaime Bailleres and Itzel Aguilera represent violence and poverty in Ciudad Juárez, Mexico.

Tuesday, April 15
Easter Campus Worship, Chaplain Robbie Miller
9:30 a.m., Carter Center

Join Chaplain Robbie Miller for the traditional Easter worship service.

Tuesday, April 22
Career Exploration Day
9:30-11:45 a.m.
Funkhouser Center

Sponsored by the Office of Career Services

More than 50 alumni will be on campus to talk with you about their experiences transitioning from college to career. Career Exploration Day gives BC students an opportunity to learn about careers in their majors and to connect with alumni to network and share advice on landing the first job, applying to graduate school, living on your own and the “inside scoop” on how to make the best impression possible as you move into new worlds beyond BC.

Tuesday, April 22
Earth Day Program, Dan Reed '08, director of the Planet Forward at The George Washington University

"Feeding 9 Billion: How Media, Technology and Young People will move the Planet Forward
7:30 p.m., Cole Hall
Sponsored by the Bridgewater College Center for Sustainability

Dan Reed '08 is director of the Planet Forward project at The George Washington University's School of Media and Public Affairs. Planet Forward engages college students and innovators on the planet's biggest challenges through media, research, teaching and events. He holds a master's degree in legislative affairs from The George Washington University and a B.S. in communication studies from Bridgewater College.

Thursday, April 24
Poetry Jam
9:30 a.m., Boitnott Room

Bridgewater’s annual poetry jam features original works by students and faculty. Interested poets must sign up by Thursday, April 10. Please contact Dr. Stan Galloway ( for details.

Thursday, April 24
Bill Campbell, author
7:30 p.m., Boitnott Room

Bill Campbell is the author/editor of 5 books. His novel Koontown Killing Kaper, a satire of science fiction, detective novels and political (in)correctness, has been used in college classrooms. It has been called “the Invisible Man of the Hip-Hop Generation” and “a gleeful evisceration of the social tropes, stereotypes and conspiracy theories running rampant in today’s popular culture.” His most recent endeavor is Mothership: Tales from Afrofuturism and Beyond, edited with Edwin Austin Hall, an anthology of award-winning authors in a ground-breaking celebration of black science fiction. He also helps produce books for the blind. Campbell lives in Washington, D.C.

Saturday-Sunday, April 26-27
Convo on the road to New York City (Tentative)

Watch for details in early February. Anticipated extra fee of $175.

April 24-27 (Thursday-Sunday)
Pinion Players Performance Showcase: The Bright Smile
Senior honors project written and directed by Talaya Heard '14

April 24, 8 p.m., Cole Hall
April 26, 3 p.m. and 8 p.m., Cole Hall
April 27, 3 p.m., Cole Hall

Talk-back and reception, April 26 after the 8 p.m. performance
$9 adults, $7 seniors and non-BC students
Tickets will be available 30 minutes prior to performance at the box office.
For more information, call 540-828-5631.
For mature audiences: adult themes and strong language

The Bright Smile tells the story of Annabelle, a young woman who understands first-hand the toxicity of abusive relationships. Unpacking the time capsule of her romantic relationships gone bad, we share the important moments in her history, moments tainted by physical, mental, emotional and sexual abuse. Written and directed by Talaya Heard '14, The Bright Smile shines a light on these often taboo subjects, and offers a beacon of hope for those living in the darkness.

Monday, April 28
David Romano, mental health awareness speaker

Sponsored by the Mark Flora Memorial Foundation and the BC chapter of Active Minds

Dave Romano lives with depression and experienced the dark lows of self-injury and a suicide attempt during high school. Since getting the support and help he needed, Romano has been committed to letting others, especially men, know that it isn’t a weakness to ask for help. Romano empowers audiences to embrace who they are and support each other in eliminating the stigma attached to mental illness. Romano is currently pursuing a bachelor’s degree in social work at College of St. Scholastica. He also works at a facility for youth and families struggling with mental health issues and is a member of the Active Minds Speakers Bureau.

Tuesday, April 29
Alpha Chi Research Convo
9:30 a.m., Cole Hall

This annual convo showcases some of the best student research being done on campus this year. Alpha Chi is a national college scholarship honor society intended to “promote academic excellence and exemplary character and to honor those who achieve such distinction.” All Bridgewater College students are eligible to present their research. For details and further information, contact Dr. Steve Baron (

Tuesday, April 29
Senior Spotlight: A Year in Photos
7:30 p.m., Cole Hall

The Senior Spotlight convo provides a retrospective of the past academic year, focusing on seniors. It features pictures submitted by the entire campus community as well as a few musical performances. If you would like to include pictures for possible inclusion in the presentation, send them to Please no more than five photo submissions per individual.

Wednesday, April 30
Symphonic Band Concert
7:30 p.m., Cole Hall

The Bridgewater College Symphonic Band, under the direction of Dr. Christine Carrillo, will present a concert of standard band literature of the 20th century.


Saturday, May 3
Choir Concert
7:30 p.m., Carter Center

The Bridgewater College Concert Choir, Chorale and Oratorio Choir will present a concert under the direction of Dr. John McCarty.

Sunday, May 4
Jazz Ensemble Concert
3 p.m., Cole Hall

The Bridgewater College Jazz Ensemble will present an exciting concert of various jazz styles under the direction of Dr. Christine Carrillo.

Tuesday, May 6
Annual Awards Assembly: Part I: Humanities and Sciences
9:30 a.m., Cole Hall

The annual awards assembly for humanities and sciences.

Tuesday, May 6
Annual Awards Assembly: Part II: Creative Arts
7:30 p.m., Carter Center

The annual awards assembly for fine and performing arts.

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