Georgia Shakespeare–the professional theatre-in-residence at Oglethorpe marked its 25th anniversary in 2010. To celebrate, GA Shakes hosted its annual Bard’s Bash, where revelers “put on the ritz” at the roaring 20′s-themed gala.
At the Bash, Georgia Shakespeare presented its annual Spirit of Will Award to Oglethorpe. The award honors those who exemplify the passion for the human condition that Shakespeare displayed through his writing, and who courageously advocate for the value of the arts as the ultimate expression of our shared humanity.
Over the past 25 years, GA Shakes and Oglethorpe have forged a model partnership that has both enriched students’ liberal arts experience and enhanced our community’s cultural offerings.
In 2008, OU initiated a Georgia Shakespeare Scholarship for incoming first-year students, based on a competition conducted jointly by OU English professors and GA Shakes associate artists and directors. More and more prospective students are drawn to the unique opportunity for an onsite acting internship.
OU also introduced a minor in Shakespeare and Renaissance Studies, as well as theatre-focused study abroad trips to England. Theatre classes are often taught by Georgia Shakespeare associate artists–and two of OU’s theatre productions were directed by the artists. Students can work directly with the professional actors and staff, both onstage and behind the scenes. In fact, more than 100 students were involved during the 2009-10 academic year.
While still undergraduates, OU students have the opportunity to earn Equity credits and to work closely with acting professionals. Oglethorpe offers an education and experience in theatre that is rivaled by few–if any–other liberal arts colleges.
Oglethorpe University welcomed Bernice A. King on March 15, 2010, in celebration of Women’s History Month and the university’s 175th anniversary.
Ms. King is the youngest child of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and is the president-elect of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference.
Ms. King was interviewed by several OU students about the topic “Women as Leaders and Peace Makers in a Time of War and Economic Crisis.” Following the program, Ms. King signed copies of her books, available for purchase at the event.
The event was presented by the Oglethorpe Women’s Network (OWN) and was co-sponsored by Oglethorpe’s nationally-recognized Center for Civic Engagement and the Rich Foundation Urban Leadership Program.
Oglethorpe University welcomed two internationally- renowned classical artists: violinist Cecylia Arzewski, the former concertmaster at the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, and pianist Ayke Agus, accompanist for many of the world’s finest virtuosi.
The concert performance was at Tuesday, March 2 at 8 p.m. in the Conant Performing Arts Center, a venue of only 511 seats, providing a more intimate setting than most concert halls. Many enjoyed the sounds of Beethoven’s Sonata for Piano and Violin, No. 10, Op. 96, Bach’s Partita I in B Minor for Violin, and Franck’s Sonata for Violin and Piano.
The event was sponsored by the Oglethorpe Department of Music, as part of Arts & Ideas at Oglethorpe.
Oglethorpe University’s Black Student Caucus presented “Starting the Dialogue: The Progress of Black America” panel discussion on Sunday, February 28, in Lupton Auditorium, in observance of Black History Month.
The program featured a discussion among Ronda Racha Penrice, author of African American History for Dummies, Frank Smith, Jr., former DC councilman and director of the African American Civil War Memorial and Museum, and Abdullahi Ahmed An-Na’im, Emory University School of Law professor and human rights activist. Dr. Kendra A. King, assistant professor of politics at Oglethorpe and assistant director of the Rich Foundation Urban Leadership Program, moderated.
Immediately following the panel discussion, OU’s Black Student Caucus hosted a reception honoring Elisabeth Omilami, executive director of Hosea Feed the Hungry and Homeless, and presented her with the first annual Making a Difference in Our Community Award. The reception was held in the OU Museum of Art.
Oglethorpe University continued its 175th anniversary celebration by welcoming President Jimmy Carter to its campus on Tuesday, Feb. 16 at 1:30 p.m. in the Conant Performing Arts Center.
President Carter held a Town Hall Meeting to discuss the work of the Carter Center and to answer questions from the audience. His grandchildren, Sarah ’06 and Josh Carter, offered introductions, and the recipient of the Carter Scholarship at Oglethorpe University was announced. The event was part of Oglethorpe’s Rikard Lecture Series and was open to the public.
The previous evening (on Presidents Day!), Oglethorpe University hosted a screening of Man from Plains (2007), a Jonathan Demme documentary about the 39th U.S. President and his book tour for Palestine: Peace Not Apartheid. The movie was shown Monday, February 15, at 6:30 p.m. in Lupton Hall Auditorium. The event was free and open to all.
Featured at the Oglethorpe University Museum of Art: the exhibition Henri Matisse: A Celebration of French Poets & Poetry, a collection of 47 lithographs and16 etchings, that examines the poetic interest of one of the greatest French painters of the 20th Century.
In 1930, when Matisse returned to France from an extended vacation in Tahiti, he was invited by the famous French publisher, Albert Skira, to illustrate selected poems title poesies by the 19th Century poet Stéphane Mallarmé. It was the first of several commissions to follow involving poetry and the graphic arts of etching and later lithography.
The exhibition ran through May 9, 2010. Read More→