April 3-22: Community invited to 2017 Celebration of Arts and Sciences

2017 Celebration of the Arts and Sciences
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Pfeiffer University invites students, faculty, staff, alumni and the greater community to participate in a month-long series of events, most at no cost, sponsored by the Division of Arts and Sciences. Designed to showcase the arts in various genres and formats, explore important science topics, and examine themes related to a range of disciplines within this expansive category, the 2017 Celebration of Arts and Sciences, April 3-22, will be presented by members of the Pfeiffer community and several distinguished guests.

“As a liberal arts institution, Pfeiffer University recognizes the value of the arts and sciences to individuals, communities and society,” said Dr. Marilyn Sutton-Haywood, dean, Division of Arts and Sciences. “Study of these subjects not only educates individuals but enriches lives as exposure to and mastery of them allows learners to think critically across disciplines. We’re honored to share our appreciation for these areas of learning with the community.”

A keynote address will be presented on Thurs., April 6, 6:30 p.m., as Pfeiffer welcomes New York City visual artist Mario Moore. He will present “Reconsidering the Painter’s Gaze: The Work of Mario Moore,” in Henry Pfeiffer Chapel following a pre-lecture reception. Mr. Moore’s work has been exhibited nationally and internationally, including at Winston-Salem State University’s Diggs Gallery and The Urban Institute of Contemporary Art. In addition to serving as artist-in-residence for Knox College, Galesburg, Ill., he was recently invited by the Friends of African and African American Art to give a lecture on his work at the Detroit Institute of Arts.

The complete calendar of Celebration of the Arts and Sciences events includes:


1-2 p.m.

G.A. Pfeiffer Library, 2nd floor

Dr. Ashley Oliphant, assistant professor of English

Author talk and book launch

Celebration of the launch of Dr. Oliphant’s book: Hemingway and Bimini: The Birth of Sport Fishing at “The End of the World,” which follows Ernest Hemingway’s exploits on the Bahamian island of Bimini from 1935-37 when the International Game Fish Association (under Hemingway’s co-leadership) was emerging. The book covers Hemingway’s role in the formation of the IGFA, his seminal writing about competitive saltwater angling, his fishing on the island, and the ways these experiences translated into the composition of his posthumous novel, Islands in the Stream. The only book about this period in Hemingway’s life reveals previously unknown dimensions of the Hemingway portrait—and includes vintage photographs of 1930s Bimini never before published in book form. Signed copies of the book will be available for sale.

1-2 p.m.

Administration Building Theater, 3rd floor

Communication 209, student presentations of silent film productions

3-4 p.m.

Administration Building Theater, 3rd floor

Part I: Communication 320, student presentations on the genres of film art

8-9 p.m.

Behind Harris Science Building Annex

Star Party, hosted by Joseph Peller, associate professor of physics

Pfeiffer’s new eight-inch telescopes will be pointed at the skies to observe brilliantly contrasted craters along the terminator of the quarter moon, the planet Jupiter in opposition and the open star cluster Pleiades. Participants are encouraged to bring their own telescopes.


4-6 p.m.

Administration Building Theater, 3rd floor

Michael D. Connor, instructor of theater arts, Livingstone College

Presenting the one-man show: Reflections from the Past (Seven Black Orators)

Charlotte native Michael Connor, a professional actor, playwright and director, integrates these disciplines into works that create awareness of topics affecting his community. Mr. Connor worked on Broadway while studying playwriting at the Negro Ensemble Company in New York City. He has also worked in Hollywood and written a play about legendary screen actress Bette Davis, for whom he served as a personal assistant. A member of SAG-AFTRA One Union, he has appeared in feature films The Color Purple and The Hunger Games, and television shows “General Hospital” and “Homeland.” In North Carolina he’s acted in Flyin’ West, Davidson Community Players; The Trip to Bountiful, Central Piedmont Community College; Herbert III, Livingstone College; and Cellphone Blues, Blumenthal Performing Arts Center. His play Project D was read by professional actors at the Black Theater Festival in Winston-Salem. He recently wrote and performed in Where Do We Go from Here?, a play about Historically Black Colleges and Universities. Mr. Connor earned a bachelor’s degree in theater and English from Shaw University and a master’s degree in theater and drama from Indiana University. He studied radio, television and motion pictures at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.


3-4 p.m.

Administration Building Theater, 3rd floor

Part II: Communication 320, student presentations on the genres of film art

4-5 p.m.

Lecture Hall, Harris Science Building

Ethics Bowl Competition: Faculty vs. Student Ethics Team


5-6:30 p.m.

Henry Pfeiffer Chapel, Room 103

Reception for Mario Moore

6:30-7:30 p.m.

Henry Pfeiffer Chapel

Keynote Address: Mario Moore, “Reconsidering the Painter’s Gaze: The Work of Mario Moore”

Mario Moore (b. 1987) is an accomplished contemporary visual artist whose work has been featured prominently in national and international exhibitions and highlighted in a variety of newspapers and magazines. Originally from Detroit, Mr. Moore holds a bachelor of fine arts degree from the College for Creative Studies and master of fine arts in painting from the Yale School of Art. His work has been exhibited at the Charles H. Wright Museum, George N’Namdi Center for Contemporary Art, Driscoll Babcock Gallery and Detroit Artists Market, and has been included in Studio Visit Volume 31 (2015) and Speaking of People: Ebony, Jet and Contemporary Art (2014), the catalog of the Studio Museum in Harlem.


10-11 a.m.

Henry Pfeiffer Chapel

Artist talk by Mario Moore


3-4:30 p.m.

Kepple Auditorium, Catawba College, Salisbury, N.C.

Performance of Giuseppe Verdi’s Requiem

Pfeiffer University’s Concert Choir joins the Salisbury Symphony and several other area choral ensembles in the presentation of Verdi’s well-known funeral mass, composed in memory of Italian poet and novelist Alessandro Manzoni.


5-6:30 P.M.

Lobby, Harris Science Building

Research posters of the work of Milton Rose Scholars

5-6:30 p.m.

Lecture Hall, Harris Science Building

George Pfeiffer Symposium: Transgenic Crops and Their Role from the Field to Bedside

Dr. Linda Robles, research scientist, SoyMeds

Dr. Robles plans and conducts experiments relevant to SBIR-funded projects for development of a cancer diagnostic and an oral therapeutic for treating autoimmune disease. She joined the company in 2015 after completing postdoctoral studies on the biosynthesis of the plant hormone auxin at North Carolina State University. Previously, she earned a doctorate in cell, molecular and developmental biology from the University of California, Riverside, where she also received a bachelor’s degree in biology.


8-9:30 p.m.

Stokes Student Center Lounge

2017 Launch Party for Pfeiffer’s literary journal, The Phoenix

Showcase of poetry, nonfiction, fiction, photography, and art by students, alumni, faculty, staff and other contributors.


9-10 a.m.

Administration Building Theater, 3rd floor

Communication 330, student presentations of public relations campaigns

3-5 p.m.

G.A. Pfeiffer Library, 2nd floor

12th Annual Juried Student Art Show, Reception and Awards Ceremony

Showcase of student art covering a wide variety of media, exhibited through May 1.


3-7 p.m.

Pfeiffer Lake House

2nd Annual Ray Harrington Criminal Justice Club Barbeque

Pfeiffer’s criminal justice faculty and students invite friends, alumni and the community for BBQ, fun and networking. 3-4 p.m., CJ Club members, alumni and invited guests; 4-7 p.m., general admission. Tickets required: https://community.pfeiffer.edu/CJBBQ. Proceeds benefit the criminal justice club and establishing a scholarship fund for students enrolled in Basic Law Enforcement Training.