Meredith College regularly welcomes important figures for lectures and other special events, and February 2014 is packed with these opportunities to connect with these notable names.
Chef Vivian Howard will visit campus at the invitation of the Master of Science in Nutrition program on February 4, at 7 p.m. in Kresge Auditorium. Howard, owner of Chef & the Farmer Restaurant in Kinston, N.C., is featured in PBS documentary A Chef’s Life. Chef & the Farmer serves local, seasonal, creative cuisine. Chef Howard has developed strong relationships with local farmers making it possible to source over 70% of the restaurant’s foodstuffs from within 60 miles. Meredith's Environmental Sustainability Initiative is co-sponsoring Howard's visit.
Metropolitan Opera Soprano Claudia Waite will be artist-in-residence at Meredith in February. A highlight of her visit is the Meredith College Opera Theater production of Albert Herring. There will be two performances of Benjamin Britten’s comic chamber opera, February 14 and 16 at 7:30 p.m. in Jones Auditorium. The production is part of Meredith’s celebration of Britten’s centennial.
Personal finance expert Alexa von Tobel, the founder and CEO of LearnVest, will speak on February 24, 2014, at 7 p.m. in Jones Auditorium. Her book, Financially Fearless: The LearnVest Program for Taking Control of Your Money, was published in December 2013.Von Tobel will present the 2014 Woman of Achievement Lecture, in commemoration of Meredith College’s Founders’ Day. This lecture, presented by Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina, is part of the Meredith College Presidential Lecture Series.
Architect Sarah Susanka, author of The Not So Big House, will speak at Meredith on February 27 at 7 p.m. in Jones Chapel. Susanka's "Not So Big" message has become a launch pad for a new dimension of understanding - not just about how we inhabit our homes, but also about how we inhabit our planet and even our day-to-day lives. This lecture is sponsored by the Interior Design Program.
Each of the events are free and open to the public. Visit Meredith’s online calendar for more campus events.