The Berea College Theatre is celebrating its 125th Anniversary during the 2017-18 season. What began with a reading of Hamlet in 1892, the Theatre’s presence at Berea College has been a critical element to the academic and co-curricular lives of students.
Berea College welcomes the public and campus community to its 3 p.m. convocation on Thursday, Sept. 21, featuring award-winning poet, playwright, performer, novelist, and educator Ntozake Shange. In her presentation, Wild Beauty, Shange will explore the many contradictions people of color confront in their daily lives – emotionally, psychologically, and politically. Through music and language, Shange approaches her material with delicacy and brutal honesty, leaving the audience with a textured mosaic of what it means and how it feels to be a 21st century colored person who speaks English. This convocation is co-sponsored with Theatre and will held in Phelps Stokes Chapel.
Berea College has been identified as one of the best liberal arts colleges in the South in our recent ranking. The ranking considered national rankings, freshmen retention rates, unique curriculum, membership in a college consortium, and historical significance of southern liberal artscolleges.
In China, from around the fourth century BCE, discourse about music moved beyond the discussion of performance to include discussions on the significance of sound in the workings of the cosmos. With the subsequent development of correlative cosmological theories, especially during the early imperial period of the Western Han dynasty (206 BCE-9 CE), textual sources gave particular consideration to tones, scales, and tuning formulas in relation to the calendar. Sound came to occupy a special place in the way the ruling elite envisioned the workings of the cosmos, which was made of several cyclical mechanisms, resembling a set of interlocking gears on a mechanical watch. They perceived sound as a tangible manifestation of the synchrony of these cycles, in the form of vital energy (qi). It was not only the backbone of ritual musical performances, but also functioned independently as a distinct characteristic of the months of the year and of celestial events such as the winter solstice. Only highly cultivated individuals could also Continue reading Music, Emotion, and Cosmology in Ancient China→
Berea College students return to classes for the fall semester on Wednesday, August 23, 2017. While classes don’t begin until Wednesday, students are already back in town and active in and around campus. Watch for increased foot and bicycle traffic in the college square and campus areas. Please be sure to pay special attention at all crosswalks and intersections on the following streets: Chestnut, Main, Estill, Center, Short, Prospect, Scaffold Cane, Ellipse, and KY HWY 595.
At its meeting held today (July 25, 2017), the Council of The Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK) unanimously approved the appointment of Professor Rocky S. Tuan, an eminent biomedical scientist, as the eighth Vice-Chancellor and President of CUHK. Tuan, a 1972 alumnus of Berea College (Berea, KY), was selected to serve a period of six years beginning January 1, 2018—succeeding Professor Joseph J.Y. Sung, who steps down then to resume his position as Professor of Medicine and Therapeutics, the Faculty of Medicine, CUHK.
An 11,000 pound cupola rose more than four stories from ground-level in the construction staging area to its location atop the new Margaret A. Cargill Natural Sciences and Health building at Berea College.
Personnel from Campbellsville Industries, manufacturers of the custom-designed cupola, and Messer Construction Company, which serve as the general contractors, joined the Berea College capital projects manager Richard Dodd to successfully complete the installation of the new steel and aluminum cupola that is modeled after bell tower on Berea’s historic Phelps Stokes Chapel. The newly-installed cupola measures 33 feet 8 inches tall by 12 feet wide. Continue reading SCIENCE SOARS TO NEW HEIGHTS AT BEREA COLLEGE→
Berea College’s Summer Series of Carillon Concerts opens with a performance by guest artist Roy Kroesen, carillonneur of the Centralia Carillon (Illinois). The free concert will be held on Saturday, July 8, 2017 at 7:30 pm (EST) from the John Courter Carillon at Berea College. Guests unable to attend the concert can watch it live via the livestream link at:
MONEY Magazine lists Berea College as the country’s most affordable liberal arts college. The No. 1 ranking puts Berea at the top of 50 high-quality private schools that scored well for affordability. The schools on MONEY’s list are judged as providing a great education at an affordable price that helps students launch promising careers.
New York, NY, June 3, 2017 — Alternate Publishing announced that Thomas Smith’s book “DREAM LEADERS: Insights on Community Service and Leadership” (ISBN: 978-1544773803) was selected a Wining Finalist in the 2017 International Book Awards announced on May 22, 2017. Thomas Smith said, “I am so overwhelmed and grateful that “DREAM LEADERS” was chosen a Finalist in the 2017 International Book Awards for the Anthology: Non-Fiction category. Any author is doubtless thrilled to have their work recognized as a literary contribution to the field. Thank you for this Continue reading Thomas Smith is 2017 INTERNATIONAL BOOK AWARD FINALIST→