Historian Melinda Pash to Speak About “American Veterans of the Korean War” on February 21

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WILSON, N.C. — January 26, 2017 — Barton College welcomes historian Melinda Pash as the featured speaker for the upcoming Heritage Lecture on Tuesday, Feb. 21. She is the author of “In the Shadow of the Greatest Generation: The Americans Who Fought the Korean War,” published in 2012 by the New York University Press, and she serves as a full-time history instructor at Fayetteville Technical Community College in Fayetteville. Pash’s lecture is titled “Unremembered but Not Unimportant: American Veterans of the Korean War.” The program will be held in The Sam and Marjorie Ragan Writing Center at 7 p.m. and is open to the public free of charge. The community is […]

Illusionistic Paintings will be the Focus of Barton Art Galleries’ “Ripple Drift” Exhibition Opening March 16

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Opening Reception and Lecture on March 16 (Open to the Public at no Charge) FOVA Dinner on March 16 (Advance Reservations Required) WILSON, N.C. — February 10, 2017 — Paintings created to break the barrier between the illusionistic space and the physical surface of the work will be the focus of a remarkable exhibition opening this spring in the Barton Art Galleries on the campus of Barton College. Elise Ferguson’s “Ripple Drift” in the Virginia Thompson Graves Gallery and Lula E. Rackley Gallery will provide a thought provoking experience for viewers as they observe a body of work created without perfection in mind. The emphasis will be placed on color and […]

Hispanic Writers & Artists Series Welcomes Historian and Cook Luisa Fernanda Acosta on November 14

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WILSON, N.C. — Oct. 31, 2016 — Preserving culinary tradition is a testament to the importance of food and its preparation in all cultures around the world. On Monday, Nov. 14, Colombian historian and cook Luisa Fernanda Acosta will share how she is “Safeguarding the Traditional Columbian Cuisine” during her presentation for Barton College’s Hispanic Writers & Artists Series. Sponsored by the Barton College School of Humanities, this event will be held on campus in The Sam and Marjorie Ragan Writing Center at 7 p.m. It is open to the public at no charge, and the community is invited to attend. Acosta has a great deal of experience in community work relating […]

Barton Welcomes Peter Makuck for Victor R. Small Writers Series Lecture on October 24

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WILSON, N.C. – October 17, 2016 — Barton College will welcome author and poet Peter Makuck for the upcoming Victor R. Small Writers Series Lecture on Monday. Oct. 24. 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. Twice winner of the annual Brockman-Campbell Award for best book of poetry published by a North Carolinian (1988, 2011), Peter Makuck has authored five volumes of poetry; the last is “Long Lens: New & Selected Poems” (BOA Editions, Ltd., 2010).  Forthcoming in October 2016 from the same publisher is […]

“From Burns and Bibles to Barton Bulldogs” — the Focus of the K.D. Kennedy, Jr. Rare Book Room Symposium on October 20

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WILSON, N.C. — October 12, 2016 — “From Burns and Bibles to Barton Bulldogs: Using Rare Books for Teaching and Learning at Barton College” will be the focus of the third annual K.D. Kennedy, Jr. Rare Book Room Symposium at Barton College on Thursday, Oct. 20. The symposium, to be held in the Willis N. Hackney Library from 3 p.m. – 6 p.m., will welcome noted featured speakers as well as faculty/student presentations. The program is open to the public free of charge and the community is invited to attend. The symposium schedule will begin with a reception at 3 p.m. followed by keynote speaker John Lawrence, Head of the North […]

Emancipation and Reconstruction – the Focus of the BB&T Lecture in American History on October 18

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WILSON, N.C. — October 11, 2016 — Barton College will welcome historian John David Smith, Charles H. Stone Distinguished Professor of American History at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, as the featured speaker for the BB&T Lecture in American History, on Tuesday, Oct. 18. Scheduled for 7 p.m. in The Sam and Marjorie Ragan Writing Center, Dr. Smith’s lecture is titled “‘You turned us loose to the sky . . . to the wrath of our infuriated masters’:  Emancipation and Reconstruction Reconsidered.” This program is open to the public free of charge, and the community is invited to attend. A Brooklyn, New York, native, Smith studied southern and […]

Barton College Friends of Hackney Library and Friends of the Wilson County Public Library Join Forces to Welcome Author Michael Parker on October 4

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WILSON, N.C. — September 15, 2016 — The Friends of the Wilson County Public Library and the Barton College Friends of Hackney Library are pleased to welcome short story writer, novelist, and journalist Michael Parker as guest speaker of a jointly-sponsored dinner/lecture on Tuesday, Oct. 4, in Hardy Alumni Hall on the campus of Barton College. The event will begin with a book signing and wine reception at 6 p.m., followed by dinner at 6:30 p.m., and the program immediately afterward. Titled “A Man Came Up From Wilmington Carrying A Bag of Snakes” after one of his essays, Parker’s presentation will address the relationship between his work and his having grown up in Eastern North Carolina. […]

2016 Allan R. Sharp Religion in Life Series Welcomes Frances Flannery on September 26

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WILSON, N.C. – September 15 — “Fostering Peace In An Age of Terrorism,” presented by Dr. Frances Flannery, will be the topic for discussion at the 2016 Allan R. Sharp Religion in Life Series lecture on Monday, Sept. 26. The event will be held at 7 p.m. in The Sam and Marjorie Ragan Writing Center on the Barton College campus. This program is open to the public at no charge, and the community is invited to attend. Professor Flannery is director of the Center for the Interdisciplinary Study of Terrorism and Peace (CISTP) at James Madison University, which seeks to bridge the gap between academic subject matter experts, the intelligence […]

N.C. Supreme Court Associate Justice Robin E. Hudson — Speaker For Constitution Day on September 19

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WILSON, N.C. — September 9, 2016 — In keeping with Barton College’s focus on bold leaders and thinkers, the Willis N. Hackney Library on campus is pleased to host the Honorable Robin E. Hudson, Associate Justice of the North Carolina Supreme Court, as the featured speaker for its annual Constitution Day reception and program. Justice Hudson’s presentation will address “Judicial Elections and Money: Why Our Courts are not For Sale.” After the presentation, a question-and-answer period will conclude the program. The event will be held Monday, Sept. 19, from 5-7 p.m. in the Learning Commons on the first floor of the library. The reception will begin at 5 p.m., and Justice Hudson’s presentation will […]

Barton Hosts Wilton Barnhardt for Joyce T. Boone Southern Authors Series on September 14

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WILSON, N.C. — September 9, 2016 — Barton College welcomes Wilton Barnhardt, as the featured author for this year’s Joyce T. Boone Southern Authors Series Lecture. The event will be held Wednesday, Sept. 14, at 7 p.m. in Hardy Alumni Hall on the College’s campus. The lecture is open to the public at no charge, and the community is invited to attend. Barnhardt grew up in Winston-Salem, and has traveled extensively doing research for his fiction, including trips to France, Greece, Ireland, Italy, and Africa. He completed his undergraduate studies at Michigan State University and earned a Master of Philosophy degree at Oxford University.  In the 1980s, he lived in New York […]