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2016 Senior Showcase Opens in Barton Art Galleries on April 23

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“Samantha” Photograph by senior Amber Baker WILSON, N.C. – April 18, 2016 — Barton College is pleased to announce the opening of 2016 Senior Showcase on Saturday, April 23, with an evening reception to be held from 6-8 p.m. in the Barton Art Galleries in Case Art Building on the campus of Barton College. The community is invited to attend. Twenty seniors within the School of Visual, Performing, and Communications Arts will have their works on view in the Barton Art Galleries through May 15. These seniors and their majors include: John Aranda of El Paso, Texas, Video Broadcast & Production; Amber Baker of Nashville, Graphic Design & Photography; Courtney […]


Barton College/Wilson Symphony to feature acclaimed Canadian pianist Jeremy Thompson on May 1

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WILSON, N.C. — April 19, 2016 — The Barton College/Wilson Symphony Orchestra will present their Spring Concert on Sunday, May 1, at 3 p.m. in the Kennedy Family Theatre on the Barton campus. The symphony welcomes back to the Barton stage noted pianist Jeremy Thompson performing Franz Liszt’s brilliant, orchestrated version of Franz Schubert’s “Wanderer Fantasy.” “Jeremy has performed with us several times, and always with remarkable success,” said Barton music director Mark N. Peterson. “This year, he’s playing something that is really a specialty of his, the flamboyantly pyrotechnical music of Franz Liszt. The original Schubert work is a spectacular, rollicking piece, and Liszt’s stunning arrangement transforms it into a […]

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36th Annual Purcell Bible Conference and Sprinkle Lectures Hosted by Barton College at Greenville Convention Center

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WILSON, N.C. — April 19, 2016 — Barton College and the Barton College Center for Religious Studies will host the 36th annual E.G. Purcell, Jr., Bible Conference and the Thedford G. and Woodrow W. Sprinkle Lectures at the 168th Regional Assembly of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in North Carolina to be held at the Greenville Convention Center in Greenville. The Sprinkle Lecture will take place on Friday, April 22, at the Ministers and Mates Luncheon, an event for the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) ministers and spouses. The lecturer is the Reverend Dr. Ronald J. Allen, Professor of Preaching and Gospels and Letters at Christian Theological Seminary, Indianapolis, Ind. The […]


Barton College Prepares for Inauguration Week April 12-17

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WILSON, N.C. — March 31, 2016 — Barton College will mark April 15, 2016 as an historic occasion in its annals when the campus community welcomes guests from across the country for the Inauguration of President Douglas N. Searcy, Ph.D. The College announced Dr. Searcy, as its 12th President on January 9, 2015, and officially welcomed him into office on July 1, 2015. In addition to formally installing Dr. Searcy as the President, the Inauguration provides a public platform for him to announce his vision for the College. Dr. Searcy’s inauguration address is titled “A Call To Boldness” and will highlight the recently completed strategic plan for Barton College. Inauguration Week — […]


New York Times Bestselling Author Christina Baker Kline Will Speak at Barton’s Friends of Hackney Library Event on April 12

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WILSON, N.C. — March 21, 2016 – The Barton College Friends of Hackney Library will host New York Times bestselling author Christina Baker Kline at its annual spring lecture/dinner event on Tuesday, April 12. A book signing and wine reception will be held from 6 p.m. – 6:30 p.m., and the program will begin at 6:30 p.m. Dinner will follow at 7:15 p.m. The event will be held in Hardy Alumni Hall on the Barton College campus. Admission for the event is $35 per person. Admission for members of the Friends of Hackney Library and for Barton College faculty, staff, students and their spouses is $30 per person. Space is limited, and […]

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“Walking into April” Poetry Day Scheduled for Saturday, April 9

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WILSON, N.C. — March 21, 2016 — Make plans to attend the annual “Walking into April Poetry Day” to be held at Barton College on Saturday, April 9, in The Sam and Marjorie Ragan Writing Center. This year brings another distinguished group of poets to celebrate the written word in the spirit of Sam Ragan. Featured poets for the “Walking into April” morning sessions are Diana Pinckney and David Radavich. The day will also feature Eric Weil, Gilbert-Chappell Distinguished Poet for Eastern North Carolina, and the Gilbert-Chappell student poets. “Walking into April” is sponsored by the North Carolina Poetry Society, Barton College, and the Gilbert-Chappell Distinguished Poet Series, and funded by the […]


“Beyond 12 Years a Slave: The Influential Slave Narratives of Tar Heels Moses Roper, Harriet Jacobs, and William H. Singleton” Presentation To Be Held At Barton College

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WILSON, N.C. — March 21, 2016 — Barton College’s Willis N. Hackney Library will welcome North Carolina Humanities Council Road Scholar Laurel C. Sneed on Thursday, March 31, for the presentation “Beyond 12 Years a Slave: The Influential Slave Narratives of Tar Heels Moses Roper, Harriet Jacobs, and William H. Singleton.” The event will begin at 7 p.m. in the library and will be open to the public at no charge. Hear the remarkable stories of three courageous African American Tar Heels who escaped to freedom and authored slave narratives: Harriet Jacobs of Edenton, Moses Roper of Caswell County, and William H. Singleton of New Bern. From a historian’s point of view, […]

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Philadelphia Eagles’ Josh Hingst to Speak at Barton on March 17th

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WILSON, N.C. — March 10, 2016 — The Exercise Science Program at Barton College is pleased to welcome Josh Hingst, head strength and conditioning coach for the NFL’s Philadelphia Eagles, as the featured speaker for an Open Forum scheduled for Thursday, March 17, at 11 a.m. The program will be held in Howard Chapel and is open the public at no charge. The community is invited to attend. In addition to being recognized as a prominent strength and conditioning coach and nutrition expert, Hingst is the co-author of “The Athletes Guide to Sport Nutrition,” which was published by Human Kinetics, the leading publishing house in the exercise science field. In 2013, he […]


Garland S. Tucker III Returns for Book Signing and Discussion of “Conservative Heroes” March 16

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WILSON, N.C. — February 29, 2016 — The Barton College Friends of Hackney Library and the Friends of the Wilson County Public Library will welcome historian, author, and former CEO Garland S. Tucker III for a second book signing and discussion on Wednesday, March 16. The event will be held from 5:30 p.m. – 7 p.m. in the Willis N. Hackney Library on the Barton College campus. The author of “The High Tide of American Conservatism: Davis, Coolidge, and the 1924 Election” (Emerald, 2010), has published a new book this past year titled “Conservative Heroes: Fourteen Leaders Who Shaped America, From Jefferson to Reagan” (Intercollegiate Studies Institute 2015). The reception and book […]

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Painterly Works will be the Focus of the Barton Art Galleries’ Exhibition Opening March 12

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WILSON, N.C. — February 29, 2016 — Painting will be the focus of an extraordinary exhibition of works opening this spring in the Barton Art Galleries on the campus of Barton College. Susan Lichtman’s “Domestic Arrangements” in the Virginia Thompson Graves Gallery and Sara Pedigo’s “A Nest of Rooms” in the Lula E. Rackley Gallery will provide an evocative experience for viewers as they catch glimpses of their own lives through the eyes of these artists and the creativity of their paintings. The exhibition will run from March 12 through Friday, April 22, with several events planned in collaboration with the art show. On Thursday, March 17, the Barton Art Galleries […]