HIGH POINT, N.C., Aug. 24, 2017 – High Point University will host the following events in September as part of the Community Enrichment Series.
Triad residents can sign up to receive email updates from HPU about events throughout the year at http://www.highpoint.edu/community.
Sechrest Art Gallery Presents “Hunt Seat and Equitation” by Elise Schweitzer, ongoing through Oct. 13 in the Sechrest Art Gallery of Hayworth Fine Arts Center. The gallery is open 9 a.m.-noon and 1-5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday. Open to the public. Reservations not required. The gallery features a collection of paintings and drawings exploring the visual conventions of the equitation style of horseback riding. This series is also an examination of the strange visual overlay found in competitive horse shows: 19th century fashion, sharp black boots, black blazers and beautiful horses jumbled up with electric blue North Face fleeces and Gatorade bottles.
Opening Reception for “Hunt Seat and Equitation,” to be held 4-6 p.m. on Sept. 13 in the Sechrest Art Gallery of Hayworth Fine Arts Center. Open to the public. Reservations not required. An artist talk by Elise Schweitzer will begin at 5 p.m.
Phoenix Reading Series Presents Stephanie Watts, to be held 7-9 p.m. on Sept. 7 in the Plato S. Wilson Commerce Building Ballroom. Open to the public. Reservations not required. Stephanie Powell Watts won the Ernest J. Gaines Award for Literary Excellence for her debut story collection, “We Are Taking Only What We Need” (2012), and also was named one of 2013’s Best Summer Reads by O: The Oprah Magazine. Her short fiction has been included in two volumes of the “Best New Stories from the South” anthology and was honored with a Pushcart Prize. Watts’ stories explore the lives of African-Americans in fast food and factory jobs, working door to door as Jehovah’s Witness ministers, and pressing against the boundaries of the small town, post-integration South. Her forthcoming debut novel, titled “No One Is Coming to Save Us,” follows the return of a successful native son to his home in North Carolina and his attempt to join the only family he ever wanted but never had. As Watts describes it, “Imagine ‘The Great Gatsby’ set in rural North Carolina, nine decades later, with desperate black people.” Born in the foothills of North Carolina, with a Ph.D. from the University of Missouri and a bachelor’s degree from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, she now lives in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, where she is an associate professor at Lehigh University.
HPU Piano Competition: Funded by the Randall Thomas Johnson Trust, to be held 1-5 p.m. on Sept. 9 in the Pauline Theatre of Hayworth Fine Arts Center. Reserve a seat by contacting Marcia Dills, director of keyboard studies, at email@example.com. The High Point University Piano Competition is a national competition open to pianists ages 15-25. It brings three finalists, selected by the HPU piano faculty from a pool of submissions, to campus to compete for cash prizes. A panel of guest judges select first, second and third place during the competition.
A Conversation with President Nido R. Qubein and Kevin Ashton, to be held 9-10:30 a.m. on Sept. 12 in the Pauline Theatre of Hayworth Fine Arts Center. Reserve a seat by contacting the HPU Campus Concierge at 336-841-4636 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Kevin Ashton is a visionary technologist. He coined the term “the Internet of Things,” co-founded the Auto-ID Center at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and has led three successful tech start-ups, including Zensi, which he co-founded and sold to Belkin in 2010. His writing about innovation and technology has appeared in the New York Times, The Atlantic, Politico and Quartz.
Voyager Golden Record 40th Anniversary Concert, to be held 7:30-9 p.m. on Sept. 15 in the Pauline Theatre of Hayworth Fine Arts Center. Open to the public. Reservations not required. The Department of Music celebrates the 40th anniversary of the Voyager spacecraft’s Golden Record with a performance of selections from the disc. In 1977, the Voyager spacecraft launched carrying a gold-plated phonograph record with images and sounds that portray the diversity of life and culture on earth. The concert features music by Bach, Beethoven, Stravinsky, Chuck Berry, Louis Armstrong, Blind Willie Johnson, and folk music from around the world, as well as a short science presentation by Dr. Brad Barlow, assistant professor of astrophysics.
Building Foodway Bridges in the Nuevo New South, to be held at 4 p.m. on Sept. 21 in the Plato S. Wilson Commerce Building Ballroom. Open to the public. Reservations not required. Dr. Steven Alvarez’s talk and demonstration will explore various pedagogical approaches – including building human relationships – to connect educators with communities in meaningful and reciprocal ways. Alvarez’s talk will focus on how the foodways of immigrants in the United States make communities anthropologically and historically more diverse. This event is part of the Faculty Cultural Enrichment Grant Series.
HPU Chamber Music Series: A Schumann Hour, to be held 3:30-4:30 p.m. on Sept. 24 in the Charles E. Hayworth Memorial Chapel. Open to the public. Reservations not required. Join HPU for performances of Robert Schumann’s Papillons Op. 2 and excerpts from his Sonata in F Minor Op. 14, given by piano faculty member Robert Hallquist. To conclude, Hallquist will partner with HPU violin faculty member Matt Kiefer in Schumann’s Violin/Piano Sonata in A Minor Op. 105.