Upcoming Events 2/26/14

Learn more about Meredith’s Founders’ Day celebration, upcoming lectures, film screenings, performances, art exhibitions, and more

American Winter Film Screening
Wednesday, February 26, 6-8 p.m.
Ledford 101

The Social Work Program will be sponsoring a screening of the film American Winter, a documentary about poverty in America. Following the film, Tazra Mitchell, policy analyst with the NC Justice Center, will be speaking about poverty in North Carolina and what is being done to promote economic justice. This event has been approved as an Academic/Cultural event for General Education. Link to http://www.americanwinterfilm.com

Support the Avenging Angels as part of Going Strong Week
Meredith Avenging Angels Lacrosse vs. Virginia Wesleyan
Wednesday, February 26, 5 p.m.
Meredith Athletic Complex

Food trucks will be on site, and members of the 1891 Club will be distributing pom poms to all Avenging Angels fans.

Founders’ Day Celebration
Thursday, February 27
3:30 -5 p.m.
Johnson Hall Rotunda

Join the campus community for a celebration of Meredith’s 123 years of Going Strong. President Allen will speak at 3:30 p.m. about Meredith’s past and future success. A reception will follow her remarks.

Not So Big: The First Step in Sustainability
Lecture by Sarah Susanka
February 27, 7 p.m.
Jones Chapel

Architect Sarah Susanka, author of The Not So Big House, will speak at Meredith. 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. As a cultural visionary with an incredible ability to understand the underlying structure of the American lifestyle, Susanka is providing the language and tools that are redefining how we live. Susanka is the acclaimed author of nine best-selling books including The Not So Big House, The Not So Big Life, Not So Big Remodeling, and most recently, More Not So Big Solutions for Your Home. Her books have sold over 1.2 million copies. Learn more about Sarah Susanka http://www.notsobig.com

Susanka’s lecture is free and open to the public. The event is sponsored by the Meredith College Interior Design program, with the support of Kenan Funds.

Love on Lockdown: Incarceration Through the Eyes of the Family
Thursday, March 6, 7 p.m.
Kresge Auditorium

Over two million people in the United States are incarcerated in prisons or jails. The Meredith College Sociology/Criminology club is hosting an event to talk about the effects of our rate of imprisonment on those outside of the prison gates.  How do family members, friends, and spouses cope when a loved one is in prison?  What supports exist for the families of prisoners?  How do college students handle the stress of leading two lives as they leave the gates of Meredith and enter the gates of the prison to visit a brother, sister, parent, or other loved one? 

This panel discussion will feature two students sharing personal experiences and three additional speakers talking about community resources: Melissa Radcliff, the executive director of Our Children's Place, a nonprofit organization working to maintain the relationships between children and their incarcerated parents; Mary Ward, Family Services Administrator for the NC Department of Public Safety, Division of Adult Correction & Juvenile Justice, Rehabilitative Programs & Services; and Bessie Elmore, founder of Straight Talk, a support group in Durham for families of people in prison. Each panelist will speak briefly about her experiences and organization, and then the audience will have an opportunity to ask questions and engage with the panelists. 

Celebration of 30 Years of Graduate Education
March 6, President’s Residence

Graduate Education alumni, faculty, staff, and public school partners will gather to celebrate 30 Years of Graduate Programs in Education, the first event of its kind for alumni of graduate students in education. M.Ed. and M.A.T. alumni and students will gather to re-connect with colleagues, friends, faculty, public school partners and others who have contributed to the success of our programs over the years. N.C. State Board of Education member and Meredith College alumnus Tricia Willoughby, ’90, M.Ed. – Reading, who has knowledge of both policy and practice will offer brief remarks and share her insights.

Spring Break
March 10-14 (All College Offices Closed on Friday, March 14)

“Slavery, Civil War, & Salvation,” 2014 Faculty Distinguished Lecture
Presented by Associate Professor of History Dan Fountain
Wednesday, March 19, 7 p.m.
Jones Auditorium

Associate Professor of History Dan Fountain will present the 2014 Faculty Distinguished Lecture. Fountain's research interests focus on the nineteenth century United States and the U.S. South with a specific interest in the history of slavery and race. He is author of Slavery, Civil War, & Salvation: African American Slaves and Christianity, 1830-1870 published by LSU Press in 2010.  Fountain’s Faculty Distinguished Lecture presentation will explore the testimony of slaves and others to find the answer to a very interesting question: When did Christianity really take hold in African American communities? Most historians say that happened before and during the Civil War years, when the message of Afro-Christianity encouraged perseverance and hope for deliverance. The lecture is free and open to the public.

Amy Beach Festival: Celebrating the Music of a Great American Woman
March 21-22, 7:30 p.m.
Carswell Concert Hall

The Meredith College Department of Music will present two concerts as part of a celebration of composer Amy Beach. The March 21 concert will feature Meredith music faculty, and Meredith students will perform on March 22. Both events will include presentations by Wake Forest University Professor of Music Susan Borwick, an Amy Beach scholar. The concerts are free and open to the public.

MBA Preview for Prospective Students
Thursday, March 27, 5:30-8 p.m., Harris 214

The Meredith MBA Program will hold an MBA Preview, which includes an information session, class visit and dinner with MBA graduates who will answer questions about their experiences in the program. Meredith employees who are interested in applying for the MBA program are encouraged to attend. Visit http://www.meredith.edu/graduate/business/mba/register_for_info_session.php for more information or to sign up.

“The Creative Spirit” Exhibition
Through March 23
Rotunda Gallery

A survey of the ways Meredith College faculty and staff express themselves creatively that includes visual art, dance, theater, poetry, literature, music, crafts, and more.

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