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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 […]

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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 […]

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, […]

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Take A Tour of Fine Italian Wines at the Barton Art Galleries on October 22

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Reservations for the wine tasting are required, and guests aged 21 and older are invited to attend. The cost is $25 per person, which may be paid by cash or check at the event. WILSON, N.C. — In a toast to artist-in-residence Enzo Torcoletti, the Barton Art Galleries will host an Italian wine tasting on Thursday, Oct. 22, from 7 p.m. until 9 p.m. This event features renowned sommelier Inez Ribustello, co-owner of On the Square restaurant and wine bar in historic downtown Tarboro. Guests may enjoy samples of wine while viewing works from Torcoletti’s latest exhibition, “Mythos: From Concept to Creation,” which opens on Monday, Oct. 12, and runs […]

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Barton Welcomes Shelby Stephenson for Victor R. Small Writers Series Lecture on October 19

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WILSON, N.C. — Barton College will welcome North Carolina Poet Laureate Shelby Stephenson for the upcoming Victor R. Small Writers Series Lecture on Monday, Oct. 19. The lecture is scheduled for 7 p.m. in The Sam and Marjorie Ragan Writing Center on campus. This event is free and open to the public, and all are invited to attend. Stephenson grew up on “Paul’s Hill,” a family farm near Benson in Johnston County. “Most of my poems come out of that background,” Stephenson shared on his homepage of his web site, “where memory and imagination play on one another. I have written many poems about the mules we worked until I […]

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K.D. Kennedy, Jr. Rare Book Room / Special Collections Symposium on October 13

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WILSON, N.C. — Barton College and the Willis N. Hackney Library are pleased to present the K.D. Kennedy, Jr. Rare Book Room / Special Collections Symposium on Tuesday, Oct. 13, from 3 p.m. – 6 p.m. The symposium will welcome a variety of noted speakers as well as student research presentations. The afternoon’s series of events will conclude with a keynote address by featured speaker Dr. Emily Kader, rare book research librarian at Wilson Library on the campus of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. The symposium will be held in Hackney Library and is open to the public free of charge. The community is encouraged to attend. […]

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“The Rocky Horror Show” Returns to Barton Stage for Encore Performances

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WILSON, N.C. — If you missed it earlier this year, have no fear; “The Rocky Horror Show” is coming back to Barton College! This campy comedy musical is a tribute to the golden age of B-movies, and is packed with complex themes and raucous scenes. A smash hit when it debuted in April, the Theatre at Barton production returns for encore performances on Friday and Saturday, Oct. 2-3, in Kennedy Family Theatre. Evening performances are scheduled for 7:30 p.m., followed by midnight showings each night. Despite its light-hearted and self-deprecating nature, this musical is intended for mature audiences. A cult classic by Richard O’Brien, “The Rocky Horror Show” is a […]