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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.

Thursday, March 23: William A. "Sandy" Darity

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 University.
       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:
Richard Epstein

Richard Epstein

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 Davidson.
       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 1983.
       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 more information.
Past and Present: John Kuykendall, Robert Vagt and Samuel Spencer

Tuesday, April 11
Public Affairs Lecture

Ferrel Guillory

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
Vladimir Sogrine

Vladimir Sogrine

       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

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.


Friday, April 14-Tuesday, April 18
Shakespeare Performance

Professor Cynthia Lewis (far right) directed her 1998 cast with flair

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 interpretation.
       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

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.
       Professor 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 Relations.
       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

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:
Erskine Bowles

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.
Erskine Bowles


       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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