Barton Professor Jim Clark Releases Second Solo CD

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Wilson, N.C. – Jim Clark, the Elizabeth H. Jordan Professor of Southern Literature at Barton College, has released his second solo CD exploring the connection between poetry and music.  The CD, “The Service of Song,” features Clark’s musical settings of twelve poems by north Georgia “farmer-poet” Byron Herbert Reece (1917-1958). Reece, a mountain farmer from Choestoe, Ga., published four highly regarded books of poems and two novels during the 1940s and 1950s after being discovered by Kentucky writer Jesse Stuart.  Tragically, he took his own life at the age of forty.  Building on the strengths of his first CD of original poetry and Appalachian folk songs, “Buried Land,” Clark infuses […]

Barton College Announces Two New Sports Programs for 2011-2012

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WILSON, N.C. – Barton College announces the addition of two new sports, men’s volleyball and women’s golf, that will round out a 16-sport line-up for the College’s athletics program, beginning fall 2011. The addition of these new programs is part of an overall recruitment strategy as Barton positions itself to achieve appreciable enrollment goals in the next few years. Overseeing recruitment strategy initiatives will be the Growth and Marketing Taskforce led by Dr. Kelly Thompson, vice president for external relations. Barton’s two newest sports programs will also have the distinction of being recognized as Conference Carolinas Championship Sports, an honor reserved for sports programs offered by a minimum of six institutions […]

Barton’s Athletic Training Students Lend Expertise For The Nash Street Mile

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WILSON, N.C. – Barton students are donating their time, energy, and expertise to a worthwhile cause this weekend as they provide support for “The Nash Street Mile,” a 10k race and one-mile community walk, scheduled for Saturday morning, Nov. 20. The Nash Street Mile was the idea of Dr. Margaret Cabell Metts, Radiation Oncologist with Wilson Radiation Oncology.  The race was established to help raise funds for the Compassionate Care Fund of WilMed Healthcare Foundation. Look for Barton’s royal blue and white shirts on the day of the race. The College’s Athletic Training Education Program majors and ATEP faculty will be on hand to provide information focusing on basic care and […]

Barton College/Wilson Symphony to Feature Pianist Patrick Kreeger on Nov. 21

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WILSON, N.C. – The Barton College/Wilson Symphony Orchestra will present their annual Fall Concert on Sunday, Nov. 21 at 3 p.m. in the Lauren Kennedy and Alan Campbell Theatre on the Barton College campus. The orchestra, conducted by music director Mark N. Peterson, will perform two standards of the classical repertoire: Haydn’s celebrated Symphony no. 94 “The Surprise Symphony” and Beethoven’s thrilling Piano Concerto No. 5 “The Emperor.” Haydn, known for his musical wit, frequently featured musical jokes in his symphonies, and a sudden fortissimo chord in the otherwise soft second movement is the most famous of these jokes. Beethoven’s fifth and final piano concerto is known throughout the English […]

Barton’s Allan R. Sharp Religion in Life Series Will Feature Human Rights Activist Taslima Nasrin

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WILSON, N.C. – Barton College is pleased to welcome Taslima Nasrin, a Woodrow Wilson Visiting Fellow, as the featured guest for the 2010 Allan R. Sharp Religion in Life Series set for Tuesday, Nov. 16, at 7:30 p.m. in Howard Chapel. Her lecture is titled “My Struggle for Equality.” This event is open to the public at no charge, and the community is invited to attend. An author and human rights activist, Nasrin was born in East Pakistan (now Bangladesh) and grew up in a tightly regimented Muslim conservative environment. As a young child, she pushed the gender boundaries of society, attending medical school and becoming a writer and editor […]

Lange’s “Cartograph” and Ragland’s “Apropos” Open Nov. 14 at Barton Art Galleries

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WILSON, N.C. – Two new exhibitions, Gérard Lange: “Cartograph” and Jared Ragland: “Apropos,” will open in the Barton Art Galleries with a reception on Sunday, Nov. 14, from 2 to 4 p.m. Artists Gérard Lange and Jared Ragland will be present for the opening and provide artists’ talks at 3 p.m. This event is open to the public free of charge, and the community is invited to attend. The exhibition will run through December 8. The Virginia Thompson Graves Gallery will provide the backdrop for the Gérard Lange: “Cartograph” imagery on view. “Works in this exhibition make use of map-like elements in a variety of forms and mediums, but all […]

Barton Welcomes Hunt and Pearce for “Jim Hunt: A Biography” Book Signing To Be Held on Monday, Nov. 8

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WILSON, N.C. – Barton College will welcome Governor James B. Hunt, Jr., and author Gary Pearce for a book signing for “Jim Hunt, A Biography,” soon to be released by John F. Blair, Publisher.  The book signing will be held on Monday, Nov. 8, in the Bridgestone Americas Atrium of the Lauren Kennedy and Alan Campbell Theatre from 6-8 p.m.  At approximately 7 p.m., Governor Hunt and Pearce will make brief remarks and take questions from the audience. Books will be available for sale at $23.95 each, plus tax. About the book – In the 1950s, Jim Hunt was a farm boy from rural eastern North Carolina with no money […]

Barton Welcomes Emily Herring Wilson for Victor R. Small Writers Series on Nov. 9

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Wilson, N.C. – Barton College will welcome Emily Herring Wilson: biographer, poet, and author of “Becoming Elizabeth Lawrence: Discovered Letters of a Southern Gardener” for the upcoming Victor R. Small Writers Series this fall semester. The program is scheduled for Tuesday, Nov. 9, at 7:30 p.m., and will be held in The Sam and Marjorie Ragan Writing Center on campus. This event is open to the public at no charge, and the community is invited to attend. A native of Columbus, Ga., Wilson has lived in North Carolina for most of her life. Her favorite book as a child was “The Secret Garden,” and it seems that book initiated her passion […]

Penland School of Crafts Director Jerry Jackson Will Be Featured Lecturer at Barton Art Galleries

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WILSON, N.C. – Please join the Friends of Visual Arts at Barton College for the upcoming fall lecture featuring Jerry Jackson, Deputy Director of Penland School of Crafts, on Tuesday, Nov. 2.  The event will be held in the Barton Art Galleries in Case Art Building at 7 p.m.  There is no charge for the program, and the community is encouraged to attend.  Refreshments will be served. Jackson joined the Penland School of Crafts in July 2007 as the school’s deputy director. Prior to his tenure at Penland, he served as the chief curator and director of the Rocky Mount Arts Center at the Imperial Centre for Arts and Sciences in […]

Barton Hosts Poetry Workshop Featuring Bill Griffin On Oct. 30

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Barton College is pleased to host the North Carolina Poetry Society’s Down East Fall Workshop on Oct. 30 in the Sam and Marjorie Ragan Writing Center. Titled “Poet Naturalist/Naturalist Poet,” the workshop features poet and naturalist Bill Griffin. The event runs from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. with registration lasting from 9 a.m. until 9:30 a.m. The cost of the workshop is $15 for NCPS members and $25 for non-members and includes lunch. For more information, contact Dr. Rebecca Godwin, professor of English and director of the Sam and Marjorie Ragan Writing Center, at 252-399-6364 or email rlgodwin@barton.edu. Bill Griffin lives in Elkin, N.C., where he is a rural family […]