The speakers and artists carefully selected by the committee of faculty and students are all individuals who have made significant contributions to their professions. The Series continues to represent what a liberal arts education is all about. Attendees to the events of the Series can expect to expand their minds, explore their senses, be moved by compelling lectures and be thoroughly entertained throughout the season.
The 2001-02 Wittenberg Series kicks off Wednesday, Aug. 29 with the opening convocation of the 157th academic year with Paul Rogat Loeb, author and social scientist. The lecture will begin at 11 a.m. at Weaver Chapel on Wittenberg's campus.
His address, "Soul of a Citizen: Living with Conviction in a Cynical Time" will focus on how ordinary citizens make their voices heard and actions count in a time when we're told neither matter. The author of "Generation at the Crossroads," "Nuclear Culture," "Hope in Hard Times" and "Soul of a Citizen," Loeb has lectured to enthusiastic responses at colleges and universities nationwide including Harvard, Stanford, Columbia, MIT and Yale. An associated scholar at Seattle's Center for Ethical Leadership, he has written on social involvement for many publications including "The New York Times," "Washington Post," "Los Angeles Times," "Redbook" and "Parents Magazine."
Since 1982 the Wittenberg Series has served as the university's continuing gift to the community. With no admission charge the series has brought to the community leading thinkers and performing artists of national significance. The series has endeavored to provide the community with diverse cultural, intellectual and values-centered programming that adds to the area's cultural excellence.
"Wittenberg occupies a special place in the community. The response the Series has received both on and off campus has been rewarding and encouraging," said Series Coordinator Gwendolyn Scheffel, adjunct assistant professor of music at Wittenberg. Scheffel said last year's combined attendance at all Series events exceeded 10,000 people ranging in age from 8 to 80. "We look forward to another great year of arts events and lectures and to fostering creative interaction between 'town and gown' as the Series celebrates this special anniversary."
The Series will continue throughout the school year featuring:
- Monday, Sept. 24, 2001 - The Distinguished Authors Reading with outstanding alumnus, Winberg Chai '55 and his daughter, May-Lee, reading excerpts from their collaborative book "The Girl from Purple Mountain: Love, Honor, War, and One Family's Journey from China to America."
- Tuesday, Oct. 2, 2001 - Tonda Traditional Bunraku Puppet Troupe of Shiga Prefecture, Japan. This two-hour performance will highlight the exquisite puppets dating from early 19th century accompanied by traditional instruments, samisen and tayu drum.
- Tuesday, Oct. 9, 2001 - Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company, which has been called "a tour de force of a performance. spell-binding magic" by the "New York Times."
- Monday, Oct. 29, 2001 - The Kenneth H. Sauer Luther Symposium will feature Robert Benne, professor of religion, Roanoke College, as he discusses "The Vocation of a Lutheran University."
- Wednesday, Oct. 31, 2001 - Festival Choral Eucharist for Reformation.
- Monday, Nov. 5, 2001 - The IBM Endowed Lecture in the Sciences with Brian Greene, physicist and string theorist as he presents "The Elegant Universe," an exploration of space, time, the universe and how it is all put together.
- Wednesday, Nov. 14, 2001 - The Fred R. Leventhal Family Endowed Lecture entitled "Deadly Consequences: Violence in American Society" with Dr. Deborah Prothrow-Stith, a nationally recognized public health leader.
- Friday, Dec. 7, 2001 - Advent/Christmas Choral Vespers: Service of Lessons and Carols.
- Monday, Jan. 21, 2002 - The Martin Luther King Jr. Commemorative Convocation featuring U.S. Ambassador to Tanzania Charles Stith as speaker.
- Monday, Jan. 28, 2002 - The William A. Kinnison Endowed Lecture in History with featured guest lecturer and art historian Neil Levine's presentation "Modern Architecture: Recognizing the Beauty, Value and Importance of Our Architectural Heritage."
- Week of March 18, 2002 - The Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation Residency presents John and Janet Wallach, journalists and peace advocates and founders of the Seeds of Peace International Camp in Maine.
- Thursday, March 21, 2002 - The Phi Beta Kappa Lecture featuring Alexei V. Filippenko, professor of astronomy at the University of California, Berkeley. He is involved in a study of the complex evolution of binary star systems, black holes and supernovae deemed "science breakthrough of the year" in 1998 by "Science Magazine."
- Monday, April 8, 2002 - The Emerson String Quartet: Eugene Drucker and Philip Setzer, violins; Lawrence Dutton, viola; and David Finckel, cello. The 2001 Grammy Awards for Best Classical Album and Best Chamber Music went to the Emerson String Quartet. "The constant virtuoso display of concentration, discipline, physical energy and listening interplay was staggering." - "The Boston Globe"
To find out more about the Wittenberg Series please visit the university's Web site (www.wittenberg.edu). To make special arrangements, reserve a series poster or become a friend of the Wittenberg Series, contact Gwendolyn Scheffel at (937) 327-7918, or e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Wittenberg University is a Phi Beta Kappa school with a broad choice of majors on a "picturebook campus." A friendly community and a distinguished teaching tradition combine to produce a dynamic environment close to both Dayton and Columbus, Ohio. "Teaching assistants are unheard of, and professors generally get rave reviews." - "The Fiske Guide to Colleges"