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Things are happening at Davidson! Not
a week will go by between now and the end of the academic year without
the occurance of an exciting event, an accomplished speaker, or a entertaining
production. Here are just a few of the highlights! For a complete list,
check the Upcoming Public Events page.
At Davidson College
Thursday, March 23: William A. "Sandy" Darity
William A. "Sandy"
Darity, an economic scholar of extraordinarily diverse interests, will present Davidson College's annual
Cornelson Lecture on Thursday, March 23. Darity is the Cary Boshamer Professor of Economics at
UNC-Chapel Hill, and holds a rare joint appointment as research professor of public policy at Duke
He has published widely in the fields of
monetary theory, the history of economic thought, the Atlantic slave trade, the social psychology effects
of unemployment, and the economics of race relations. The free public presentation begins at 8 p.m. in the
Gallery Room of Chambers Building. Call 892-2398 for more information.
Wednesday, April 5.
The Frederic Womble Speas Colloquium:
An address about "American Health Care: The Way It Is, The Way It Ought To Be" by Richard A. Epstein of
the University of Chicago will highlight this year's Speas Colloquium in Medical Humanities at
Epstein is the James Parker Hall Distinguished
Service Professor of Law at the University of Chicago, where he has taught since 1972. He has been a
member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences since 1985, and been a Senior Fellow of the Center
for Clinical Medical Ethics at the University of Chicago Medical School since
Since 1991 he has edited the Journal of Law and
Economics, and he has written several books on law and health care reform. His latest works include
Torts (1999); Principles for a Free Society: Reconciling Individual Liberty with the Common
Good (1998), and Mortal Peril: Our Inalienable Rights to Health Care? (1997)
He has taught courses in communications, contracts,
criminal law, health law and policy, legal history, property, real estate development and finance,
jurisprudence, land use planning, individual, estate and corporate taxation, torts, and workers'
compensation. Free. 7 p.m. 900 Room of the College Union. For more information, call 892-2482.
Monday, April 10
Davidson College History
Current Davidson President Robert Vagt will be joined by Presidents Emeriti Samuel Spencer and John
Kuykendall to discuss "Davidson's Past and Present." Each will offer insights on Davidson's evolution over
the years, and speculate on college's future. Free. 8 p.m. College Union Morrison Room. Call 892-2188 for
|Past and Present: John Kuykendall, Robert Vagt and Samuel
Tuesday, April 11
Public Affairs Lecture
Noted journalist and
Southern political analyst Ferrel Guillory, who is serving as Davidson's James K. Batten Professor of
Public Policy this semester, will speak about "Democracy and Technology" on Tuesday, April 11. Guillory
will propose several suggestions for how technology can help maintain a healthy democracy. The free public
presentation will begin at 8 p.m. in the 900 Room of the College Union. Call 892-2140 for more information.
Wednesday, April 12
A longtime historian from the Moscow State Institute of
International Affairs, Vladimir V. Sogrine, will give two public lectures about "Russian Politics Today" to
local audiences during a two-week residency at Davidson College. He comes to Davidson to initiate a new
faculty exchange program between the two institutions.
Sogrine will speak at Davidson on Wednesday night, April
12, at 7 p.m. in the 900 Room of the College Union, and at 11 a.m. on Friday, April 7, in Grace Auditorium
at Belmont Abbey College.
Sogrine has taught about Russian political
systems to university students in Moscow for more than 20 years, and he
is also knowledgeable of American and British history. His 170-plus publications
include a book about the founding fathers of the U.S., a biography of
Thomas Jefferson, and a monograph on contemporary British historiography.
He has written about the U.S. Democratic party, and also presidents and
democracy. For 15 years he has been editor of the Social Science Journal.
Read more about Vladimir Sogrine's visit.
Thursday, April 13
Robert Olen Butler
Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist Robert Olen Butler will read from his work and give a lecture. Among his
eight novels and two collections of stories, his 1993 book, A Good Scent from a Strange Mountain,
won the Pulitzer Prize for fiction. His work has been included in four annual editions of The Best
American Short Stories and six editions of New Stories from the South, and has been translated
into a dozen languages. Free. 7:30 p.m. College Union 900 Room. Call 892-2441 for more information.
|Robert Olen Butler|
Friday, April 14-Tuesday, April 18
The 15 members of English 452 will present Romeo and Juliet in authentic Renaissance acting and
ensemble style. These students have spent the semester studying Shakespearean theatre and preparing for
these performances by designing the costumes, set, music, dance, and artistic
|Professor Cynthia Lewis (far right) directed her 1998 cast with
Performances will be: Friday, April 14, at
7:30 p.m. in Chambers Gallery; Saturday, April 15, at 10 p.m. in Chambers Gallery; Sunday, April 16, at 2
p.m. at Ramah Church (open air)(For details about this performance, call Jeff Goldman at 896-6500.);
Monday, April 17, and Tuesday, April 18, both at 7:30 p.m. in Chambers Gallery. Tickets are $4 at the
door. Call 892-2257 for more information.
Sunday, April 16.
Ken Kelley History Lecture: Robert Schulzinger
Historian Robert Schulzinger, of the University of Colorado, will present the annual Ken Kelley Lecture on
the topic, "Remembering Vietnam."
Schulzinger is a
nationally known historian of U.S. foreign relations and the Vietnam War. His book, A Time for War: The
United States and Vietnam, 1941-1975, won the Robert Ferrell Prize of the Society for Historians of
American Foreign Relations in 1998.
Schulzinger is a member of the U.S. State Department's Advisory Committee on Historical Diplomatic
Documentation, and is president of the Society for Historians of American Foreign
He received his Ph.D. from Yale University in
1971, and taught at the University of Arizona and the University of Denver before taking his position at
Colorado in 1977. In addition to his book on Vietnam, his publications include Henry Kissinger: Doctor of
Diplomacy and U.S. Diplomacy since 1900. Free. 7:30 p.m. 900 Room of the College Union. For
more information on his talk at Davidson, call 892-2442.
Wednesday, April 26
Spring Convocation: William Ferris
Davidson alumnus William
Ferris, chair of the National Endowment for the Humanities, will speak
and receive an honorary degree at this event, which also features numerous
awards to outstanding students. Free. 4 p.m. Love Auditorium. Call 892-2202
for more information.
Thursday, May 4
Joseph Wearn Lecture:
Former chief of the Clinton White House staff, Erskine Bowles, will speak as the college's Wearn Lecturer at 8 p.m. in Love Auditorium of the Chambers Building. Bowles served the Clinton administration in a number of capacities : chief of staff from Nov. '96 to Nov. '98. He was assistant to the President and deputy chief of staff from October 1994 through Dec. 1995, and previously administrator of the U.S. Small Business Administration from 1993 to 1994.
Until 1992, Bowles spent his entire professional life in the private sector, having served as chairman and CEO of Bowles Hollowell Conner & Co., a Charlotte-based investment banking firm he founded in 1975. Under Bowles' leadership, Bowles Hollowell achieved a reputation as one of the country's premier investment banking firms specializing in middle market transactions. In 1992 he became involved with Clinton's first presidential campaign as a fund raiser. After his election, Clinton appointed Bowles as director of the Small Business Administration, where Clinton credited him with changing the SBA "from a political backwater to an engine of economic growth."
Bowles is now a general partner with the Charlotte-based Carousel Capital merchant bank and with the New York private equity firm of Forstmann Little. He also serves as chair of Intelisys Electronic Commerce, an e-commerce company.
This annual lecture is supported by the Wearn Endowment, and hosted by the Public Lectures Committee. A reception will follow in the Chambers Gallery.
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