In honor of its 175th Anniversary, Emory & Henry College will host events throughout the 2011-2012 academic year. Friends of the College are invited to campus to participate in these events and help celebrate the College's history. Information about specific events can be found using the links below.
Service Plunge - August 27
This year's service plunge will be an expanded event to celebrate the College's 175th Anniversary. This year's event will also celebrate nearby Glade Spring and its recovery from the severe weather of April 2011. Service Plunge is an annual event promoting the College's committment to community service. During the event first-year students and employees volunteer at numerous agencies across the region. Emory & Henry College has been recognized nationally for its committment to service. Most recently the College was named a finalist for the President’s Award by the Corporation for National and Community Service. The College was one of only six in the nation to receive the President's Award in 2010. The highest federal award for community service.
Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion Festival September 16 - 18
As part of its 175th anniversary celebration, Emory & Henry is taking on a large presence during the 11th annual Rhythm & Roots Reunion, which runs Sept. 16-18. The College will sponsor a stage for the event – The CJ & Company Stage on Sixth Street – as well as numerous bands featuring E&H alumni musicians.
E&H Rhythm & Roots Party - September 16
The College will host a get-together for alumni and friends of the College at 14 Bank Street, in Bristol during the annual Rhythm & Roots Reunion festival.
Literary Festival featruing Barbara Kingsolver - September 29-30
Emory & Henry College's 30th annual Literary Festival will feature internationally recognized award-winning author Barbara Kingsolver. Raised in rural Kentucky, Kingsolver has published more than a dozen books, including her recent novel The Lacuna (2009), which won Great Britain's prestigious Orange Prize, given annually for the best novel in English written by a woman. Kingsolver has published five additional novels: The Bean Trees (1988), Animal Dreams (1990), Pigs in Heaven (1993), The Poisonwood Bible (1998), and Prodigal Summer (2000). She is also the author of a short story collection, Homeland and Other Stories (1989) and a book of poems, Another America (1992); two books of essays, High Tide in Tucson (1995) and Small Wonder (2002); and three other books of nonfiction, among them Animal, Vegetable, Miracle (2007). The Poisonwood Bible was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize and won South Africa's National Book Award. In 2000 President Clinton presented Ms. Kingsolver with a National Humanities Medal, this country's highest award for service in the arts and humanities.
Wiley Hall Cornerstone Anniversary - September 30
The College community will gather Sept. 30 to celebrate the laying of the original cornerstone for the predecessor of today's Wiley Hall. On Sept. 30, 1836, area residents, contributors, and future trustees gathered to lay the cornerstone for the main academic building simply known as "The College." An attendee noted that during the ceremony a Bible, a hymn book, and the names of the founders were placed in the cornerstone. In honor of the occasion, the old Wiley Bell, once used to signal the change of classes, will be returned to prominence. A cookout will follow at the Tobias Smyth House. A celebration will follow the performance of the Orchestra of Shanghai, featuring fireworks and birthday cake. Admission is $5.
Lecture - Jack F. Matlock, Jr. - October 3
Jack F. Matlock, Jr., former U.S. Ambassador to the Soviet Union under former president Ronald Reagan will address relations with Russia in the aftermath of the Cold War during a lecture Monday, Oct. 3, at Emory & Henry College.
Chinese Opera Orchestra of Shanghai - September 30
The Chinese Opera Orchestra of Shanghai specializes in richly crafted arrangements of Chinese folk music and exciting performances from the repertoire of traditional Chinese opera. The musicians are highly skilled graduates of top Chinese conservatories and art institutions, and play authentic Chinese instruments. The artistic director and conductor, Maestro Wang Yongji, is one of the most distinguished conductors in China and has been a visiting scholar with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra conducted by Daniel Barenboim.
Talbert Lecture: Dr. Christopher Bailey-Kellogg - October 11 7:30 p.m.
Dr. Christopher Bailey-Kellogg, son of long-time E&H professor Dr. Fred Kellog and associate professor at Dartmouth College will deliver a lecture onhis research using computers to model and control biological processes. The lecture takes place on the eve of the retirement of his father.
Doris Kearns Goodwin - October 13 7:30 p.m.
World-renowned historian Doris Kearns Goodwin presents the keynote address of the College's 175th Anniversary celebration at 7:30 p.m. in the King Center. Goodwin’s lastest book, Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln, details the presidential cabinet debates during the Civil War, which occurred just 25 years after the founding of Emory & Henry College. Producer Steven Spielberg is developing a film, due out in 2012, based on Goodwin’s book. During the afternoon Goodwin will meet with selected students. A VIP reception and dinner will follow the address. Admission is free, but tickets are required.
Homecoming – October 15 1 p.m.
The College's annual homecoming celebration will be an exanded event in honor of the College's 175th Anniversary. Along with these festivities, the Wasps face-off against ODAC rival Hampden-Sydeny.
Founders Day - March 22 11:15 a.m.
This year Charter Day gets a new name: Founders Day. The 175th anniversary continues with the transformation of the day formerly dedicated to celebrating the granting of the College charter into a day devoted to celebrating the College founders. A Founders' Day citation will be awarded to the Holston Conference and statues of Patrick Henry and John Emory unveiled. Rev. Charles Maynard '77 will be the guest speaker.
Reynolds Lectureship - Dr. Robert Denham - March 28
Dr. Robert Denham, professor emeritus of English at Roanoke College, is the featured lecturer for the 2012 Reynolds Lectureship. The Reynolds Lectureships is named for R. J. Reynolds (1850-1918), who attended the College during the 1860s. Mr. Reynolds was noted for his philanthropy in the fields of education and public service in the South. The lectureship presents annually scholars and artists who have distinguished themselves in the humanities.
Leidig Lectureship in Poetry: Martín Espada - April 11-12, 2012 7:30 p.m.
Martín Espada will be the featured author at the 2012 Leidig Lectureship in Poetry, which is scheduled for April 11-12. He is the author, editor, or translator of seventeen books, including the poetry collections Imagine the Angels of Bread (1996), which won the Before Columbus Foundation’s American Book Award; Alabanza: New and Selected Poems, 1982-2002 (2003); The Republic of Poetry (2006), a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize; and The Trouble Ball (2011). The recipient of two NEA Creative Writing Fellowships, he has also received a Guggenheim Fellowship.
Talbert Lecture: Dr. Dan Boye (E&H ’80), Date TBA
Dr. Dan Boye is the chair of the Davidson College Physics Department and is an accomplished opera performer.
Talbert Lecture: Dr. Jeff Bary (E&H ’95) Date TBA
Dr. Bary is an Asst. Professor of Physics and Astronomy at Colgate University.
Commencement - May 5, 2012 10 a.m.
Dr. Thomas S. Kidd, Associate Professor of History at Baylor University, will address the 2012 graduating class. Kidd, who received his Ph.D. in History from Notre Dame, will speak about Gov. Patrick Henry, the second of Emory & Henry College's namesakes in honor of the College's 175th Anniversary.