Robert Rodi to Take Part in Faculty Cultural Enrichment Series


HPU High Point University Robert RodiHIGH POINT, N.C., March 11, 2013 – High Point University will host Robert Rodi, Chicago-based novelist, playwright, comic book writer, essayist, and performance artist as part of its Faculty Cultural Enrichment Series. He will present “The End of the Specialist: Cross-marketing the Arts,” at 6 p.m. on March 20 in the Francis Auditorium of Phillips Hall. The event is open to the public.

Rodi will discuss how advances in technology and increased sophistication of marketing are causing a collapse of the old divisions between the disciplines of visual arts, literary arts, and performing arts.

“Rodi acknowledges that we often pigeonhole ourselves and run the risk of becoming too specialized,” says Dr. Anna Piperato, assistant professor of art history. “Instead, we need to be proficient in more than one area in order to thrive, especially in the 21st century when competition for employment is fiercer than ever.”

The grant series at HPU allows faculty to feature nationally renowned academics, artists and performers for cultural enrichment events around campus. The grants support programming in all academic disciplines and help introduce students to thought provoking ideas in art, literature, science, philosophy and business.

Parking will be available for community members in the lot behind the Wilson School of Commerce.

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