Lighting of the Luminaries

Barton Welcomes the Christmas Season with the Lighting of the Luminaries on December 1

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WILSON, N.C. — The Lighting of the Luminaries and the Service of Christmas Lessons and Carols, long-standing traditions for the Barton College community, will usher in the Christmas season on Tuesday, Dec. 1. Residents of Wilson and surrounding communities are invited to join the College community for this festive celebration of events on campus. The celebration will begin with a candlelight dinner served in the Hamlin Student Center Dining Hall at 5 p.m. Cost for the meal is $6 for adults, $3 for children, and $5 for students not on a Barton meal plan. At 4 p.m., students will begin lighting more than 2,500 luminaries across 30+ acres of the main […]

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Juried Student Exhibition Comes to Barton Art Galleries December 7-18

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WILSON, N.C. —  A semester’s worth of hard work by student artists is going on display at Barton College. The College’s Juried Student Exhibition opens in the Barton Art Galleries on Monday, Dec. 7, with a reception from 5-7 p.m. The exhibition continues through Friday, Dec. 18. Both events are open to the public at no charge, and the community is invited to attend. For their Juried Student Exhibition, Barton students are invited to enter up to three pieces of art in any medium. Guest juror, Wilson artist and art educator Demetrius Smith, will judge each piece, and the selected works will then be exhibited in the Galleries. This year, […]

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Barton College/Wilson Symphony Orchestra’s Fall Concert Will Feature Piano Virtuoso Boaz Sharon on November 22

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WILSON, N.C. — The Barton College/Wilson Symphony Orchestra will present its annual Fall Concert on Sunday, Nov. 22, at 3 p.m. in the Kennedy Family Theatre. Under the direction of conductor Mark N. Peterson, director of music at Barton, the orchestra welcomes back to Wilson noted piano virtuoso and educator, Boaz Sharon. He will perform Beethoven’s profoundly dynamic “Piano Concerto No. 3.”  Also featured will be Mozart’s scintillating “Symphony No. 41,” performed by the Barton College/Wilson Symphony Orchestra. Nicknamed “The Jupiter,” this was the last symphony that Mozart composed. General admission for the fall orchestra performance is $10. Barton College students, faculty, and staff are admitted free. For additional information, […]

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Theatre at Barton & The Playhouse of Wilson Present “Peter Pan”

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WILSON, N.C. — “All you need is faith, trust, and a little bit of pixie dust.” Let Theatre at Barton and The Playhouse of Wilson take you away to Neverland, for a special co-production of “Peter Pan.” This classic of 20th century musical theatre opens to the public on Thursday, Nov. 12, at 7:30 p.m., at the Edna E. Boykin Cultural Center on Nash Street in historic downtown Wilson. Evening performances continue through Saturday, Nov. 14, and resume on Thursday, Nov. 19 through Saturday, Nov. 21. An afternoon matinee will be held on Sunday, Nov. 15, beginning at 3 p.m. Tickets are $12 and are available at the door, or […]

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Experience the Culture and Arts of Cuba in March 2017

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WILSON, N.C. — No need to imagine traveling to Cuba. Now, you can take that long-awaited trek to our southern neighboring country. Join Barton College for a nine-day trip to Cuba from March 4-12, 2017. Alumni and friends of the College, as well as faculty, staff, and students, can take a well-deserved break from books and work to learn more about Cuban culture, art, and history. Meet the warm and friendly residents of Cuba. Explore its beautiful countryside. Experience its exotic and expressive culture. “The 2017 spring trip to Cuba will be an exciting opportunity for travelers to interact with the people of this long-isolated island,” shared Mark Gordon, associate […]

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A Glance Back — Barton’s 2015 Day of Service Encourages Lifelong Commitment to Service

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WILSON, N.C. — College years tend to fly by. Faster than most students ever realize; faster than most graduates ever wish. In these four or so fleeting years, students learn much about their lives ahead. And, here at Barton, they learn a valuable life lesson that cannot be taught in the classroom. Through hands-on experiences, students learn the importance of serving others. One of the Barton College’s favorite and most anticipated traditions is our annual Day of Service. Held each October, the event kicks off on center campus just after sunrise. Nearly a thousand volunteers huddle together, their excited smiles barely hiding chattering teeth and visible puffs of breath. Everyone […]


N.C. Photographer Harry Taylor Teaches Tintype Process at Barton Art Galleries on November 6

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WILSON, N.C. — A fresh take on one of the world’s earliest forms of photography can be seen on Friday, Nov. 6, at the Barton Art Galleries. Wilmington-based commercial and fine arts photographer Harry Taylor will visit the galleries for a lecture and demonstration on the tintype technique, from 1 p.m. until 3 p.m. This event is open to the public at no charge, and the community is invited to attend. Dating back to the 1850s, the tintype process is a chemical emulsion that exposes a negative on a thin metal plate coated with dark lacquer. Tintypes were widely used during the American Civil War, since they could be developed […]

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Wilson/Barton Think Tank Welcomes Geopolitical Strategist Peter Zeihan on November 6

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WILSON, N.C. — On Friday, Nov. 6, the Wilson/Barton Think Tank: Foundational Policy Research for the Future will convene on the campus of Barton College to present its 2nd annual presentation for leaders in the Wilson community, focusing on “American Preeminence and the Coming Global Disorder.” The distinguished presenter will be geopolitical strategist Peter Zeihan, author of “the Accidental Superpower.” He will discuss the ways that the United States’ physical and natural resources ensure its strength in a period of international turmoil. The Wilson/Barton Think Tank, a partnership between Barton College, the Wilson Economic Development Council, and Wilson on the Move, has been established for the purpose of connecting local, […]

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Civil Rights at the Center of BB&T Series History Lecture on November 3

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WILSON, N.C. — Barton College will welcome historian William Chafe, Ph.D., Alice Mary Baldwin Professor of History, Emeritus at Duke University, as the featured speaker for the BB&T Heritage Lecture in American History, on Tuesday, Nov. 3. Scheduled for 7:30 p.m. in The Sam and Marjorie Ragan Writing Center, Dr. Chafe’s lecture is titled, “The Long History of the Civil Rights Movement.” This program is open to the public free of charge, and the community is invited to attend. A leading expert on American Civil Rights, Chafe has devoted much of his scholarship and professional research to the topics of race and gender equality. The author of 12 books, his […]

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Billy Graham the Focus of Allan R. Sharp Religion in Life Lecture on October 27

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WILSON, N.C. — Barton College is pleased to welcome Dr. Grant Wacker, Gilbert T. Rowe Professor Emeritus of Christian History, Duke University Divinity School, as the featured speaker for the 2015 Allan R. Sharp Religion in Life Series/Heritage Lecture. The event will be held in Hardy Alumni Hall on Tuesday, Oct. 27, at 7 p.m. Dr. Wacker’s lecture is titled “Billy Graham and American Culture.” This program is open to the public free of charge, and the community is invited to attend. A specialist in American Pentecostalism and Evangelicalism, Dr. Wacker is the author or co-author of seven books, including the award-winning “Heaven Below: Early Pentecostals and American Culture” (2001, […]