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 Bill Griffin lives in Elkin, N.C., where he is a rural family […]

Barton’s Third Annual Day of Service Scheduled For Wednesday, Oct. 20

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WILSON, N.C. – Don’t be surprised if you see a multitude of Barton “Bulldogs” in bright blue shirts around Wilson early Wednesday morning, Oct. 20.  With over 725 participants signed up, students and professors at Barton College will set aside books and campus staff members will step away from desks for Barton’s third annual “Day of Service” in the Wilson community. Begun in 2008, this campus initiative supports Barton’s vision for its graduates to be “well-prepared for life and for success in their chosen careers because they will possess a lifelong commitment to learning, service, and achievement.” “Through participation in these one-day projects, Barton hopes to provide its students with […]

Barton Hall of Fame Induction Set for Oct. 22

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Five new members will be inducted into the Barton College Athletic Hall of Fame during ceremonies on the campus Friday night, Oct. 22. The 29th induction ceremony will begin with a 7:15 reception in the Robert L. Dunn, Sr. Bulldog Club room inside Wilson Gymnasium and the banquet will be held in the adjacent Kennedy Recreation and Intramural Center (KRIC) at 8 p.m. Seating for the event is $20 each and must be reserved through Summer Brock, Director of Alumni and Parent Relations, at or by phone at 252-399-6383. This year’s class includes two locals: Jody O’Neal (Class of 1997) and Ronda Bynum (’88). Former basketball standout Leonard “Speedy” Gainer (’79), track […]

Blessing of the Animals Service at Barton on Oct. 17

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WILSON, N.C. – Furry or feathered, large or small, pets and their families are invited to join the Barton College community for a “Blessing of the Animals” service to be held on Sunday, Oct. 17, at 3 p.m. There is no charge, and the surrounding community is invited to attend the service. Each year, on or around the date of the Feast Day of Saint Francis of Assisi, a number of churches mark the occasion by having a service of blessing of the animals. Theologically, its purpose is to testify to the sacredness of all of creation, to celebrate its richness and variety and, more specifically, to acknowledge the importance of […]