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Lenoir-Rhyne University Hosts Events for Abilities Awareness and Arts Festival

Tue Mar 19 2013

HICKORY, N.C. — Over a five-week span, Lenoir-Rhyne University will host the inaugural Abilities Awareness and Arts Festival (AAAF) on campus. This Festival, co-sponsored by the multiple offices on campus will include musicians, theologians, poets, films, and many other programs that shed light on various disabilities and how people have triumphed over them.

The entire Festival schedule is included below. All events are free and open to the public with the exception of the Playmakers performance of Rules that requires tickets to be purchased.

Lenoir-Rhyne University Abilities Awareness & Arts Festival Schedule of Events

All events co-sponsored by The Lineberger Center for Cultural and Educational Renewal at Lenoir-Rhyne University

  • Friday, March 22 at 10am, Joshua Bennett, Belk Centrum, sponsored by Office of Multicultural Affairs – Joshua Bennett, award winning performance poet from Yonkers, NY. He has recited his original works at The Sundance Film Festival, The NAACP Image Awards, The Kennedy Center and President Obama’s Evening of Poetry and Music at the White House. Joshua graduated magna cum laude from University of Pennsylvania, after double majoring in English and American Studies. In addition to receiving a Ford Foundation Predoctoral Fellowship, he was awarded a Marshall Scholarship to earn a Masters of Arts in Theatre and Performance Studies from the University of Warwick in the U.K. He is currently pursuing a PhD in English from Princeton University. In addition to academic success, Joshua has been featured in ad campaigns, such as Reebok Classics WeRClassic magazine launch, Black Atlas and Ralph Lauren’s Rugby brand.


  • Friday, March 22 at 7pm – Joshua Bennett Reading, Belk Centrum, sponsored by Office of Multicultural Affairs.


  • Monday, March 25 at 10am & 7pm – Sign Troupe Performance in Belk Centrum – sponsored by Deaf and Hard of Hearing Support Services. Entertainment choreographed and interpreted in sign language to promote deaf awareness on campus.


  • Monday, April 1 at 7pm – Amos Yong, theologian in Belk Centrum, sponsored by the Institute for Faith and Learning, the Visiting Writers Series, and the Lineberger Center. Amos Yong is a highly published Pentecostal theologian and Assemblies of God minister. Born in Malaysia, his many books explore Pentecostal theology, global renewal, and disability.


  • Tuesday, April 2 at 7pm – Emma’s Gift, film in Cromer Center Lobby, sponsored by the School of Education. Emma’s Gifts is a documentary about differences – how they matter and how they don’t. Emma was born with Down syndrome, which makes her different from her sister Abigale. Emma and her mom will be at Lenoir-Rhyne for discussion afterwards.


  • Wednesday, April 3 at 7pm – Bobby McMullen in PE Monroe Auditorium, sponsored by the Divisioin of Athletics, Athlete Appreciation Day. Bobby McMullen has survived diabetes, loss of his vision, kidney failure, years of dialysis, and two kidney/pancreas transplants. He has broken more bones than he can count. In spite of challenges that would take most people out, Bobby lives life full on. He is a passionate extreme sport competitor, competing alongside fully able racers.


  • Thursday, April 4 at 7pm – Philip Schultz in PE Monroe Auditorium, sponsored by Patrick Beaver Learning Resource Center. Pulitzer Prize winner Philip Schultz is a poet, fiction writer, and teacher. He is the author of several collections of poetry, including Failure (2007), winner of the 2008 Pulitzer Prize, The God of Loneliness: New and Selected Poems (2010); Living in the Past (2004); and The Holy Worm of Praise (2002). He recently published his memoir, My Dyslexia (2011).


  • Friday, April 5 at 10am – Philip Schultz in Belk Centrum. A conversation with LRU’s Visiting Writer-in-Residence, poet Sandra Beasley.


  • Friday, April 5 at 7:30pm – Valerie Capers on PE Monroe stage, sponsored by the Music Department. Valerie Capers, piano, John Robinson, bass, Patrick Brown, saxophone, and Rick Dilling, drums. An evening of jazz standards and original compositions for solo, trio and quartet.


  • Saturday, April 6 from 9-12pm Workshop: “The Art of Improvisation” in Mauney Music Building Band Room. Capers, Robinson and Brown lead the Lenoir-Rhyne jazz/community band in a session, which gives each member a chance to hone their skills as improvisers. Community members invited for individual instruction starting 11 am.


  • Tuesday, April 9 at 7pm – MurderBall, film and discussion afterwards in Bear’s Lair Atrium, sponsored by Disability Services. A film about tough, highly competitive rugby players, who happen to be paraplegics.


  • Friday, April 12 at 7pm – Flying Words Project in PE Monroe Auditorium, sponsored by Deaf and Hard of Hearing Support Services. Deaf American Sign Language poet, Peter Cook, presents the three dimensional imagery while collaborator, Kenny Lerner uses spoken words to allow the hearing in the audience to literally see the ASL image and become lost in the movement. Together they create a moving tapestry uniquely accessible to both hearing and deaf audiences.


  • Tuesday, April 16 at 7pm – A Beautiful Mind, film and discussion afterwards in Bear’s Lair Atrium, sponsored by Disability Services. A movie about the life of John Forbes Nash, Nobel Prize winning mathematician, who is diagnosed with schizophrenia.


  • Wednesday, April 17 – Saturday, April 20 – Rules Performances at 7:30pm in Belk Centrum, sponsored by Playmakers Theatre. Tickets required. “Sometimes you’ve gotta work with what you’ve got.” Catherine wishes life was simpler but it isn’t. Her kid brother has autism and needs her help to make sense of the world. If only someone would write out the rules for her…
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