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If you are still deciding on whether Lenoir-Rhyne University is the perfect fit for you, we invite you to visit campus for our Transfer Open House Event. An open house is a valuable experience for you to tour the campus, meet with your transfer counselor, and have the opportunity to talk with a faculty member from your intended major.
Dr. Peter Enns is Abram S. Clemens professor of biblical studies at Eastern University in Pennsylvania. Author of 19 books, an avid blogger, and a contributor to the Huffington Post's religion section, Enns explores the cutting edge of faith, scripture, and difficult questions. His most recent titles are The Sin of Certainty: Trusting God When Knowing What You Believe is No Longer Enough (2016), and The Bible Tells Me So: Why Defending the Bible Has Made us Unable to Read It(2014). Enns has written more than 20 articles and essays, in addition to contributions to dictionary, encyclopedia, and study Bibles. He keeps a busy schedule lecturing and presenting all over North America.
Asheville's Literary Festival, Asheville Wordfest, welcomes North Carolina Poet Laureate, Jaki Shelton Green. Wordfest is delighted to host North Carolina's Poet Laureate, particularly Jaki whose devotion to teaching and building the SisSTAR-hood runs as deep as the rivers rushing inside our mountains.
Wordfest also welcomes Award-Winning poet of witness and Human Rights Advocate, Carolyn Forché. Wordfest will be the launching place of Forché's latest work, What You Have Heard Is True: a Memoir of Witness and Resistance. For many of us, Forché's Anthologies, Against Forgetting andPoetry of Witness have shaped the work we do both on and off the page. Asheville Wordfest is one of the countless sprigs from these powerful trees.
Our aim is to Heal the Soul of Appalachia with words this year, and even to Heal the Soul of the World. Sharon Oxendine, a Beloved Elder of the Lumbee Tribe and Wisdom Keeper, will lead a talk as a First Nations Woman. Byron Ballard, author and Village Witch, will lead a workshop and share lore of the land. Cara Hagan returns to Wordfest as both curator and presenter; she will be presenting a program at ReVolve on December 5 (details will be on the website) that will find its continuation in Wordfest. Cara will also engage our special guests, The Gaza Poetry Society, via Zoom. Marlisa Mills of Blue Lotus will guide us into the bravery of grief; Lisa Soledad Almaraz will guide us in a workshop; and John Evans will lead us through a transformative writing workshop. All of this plus poetry workshops and lessons in other genres facilitated by Flat Iron Writers Room--and readings and song by Michael Hettich, Afrofuturist Darrell Stover, and more.
Once again, Asheville Wordfest presents a place of poiesis - creativity and meaning.
Led by faculty conductor Ryan Luhrs, assistant professor of music and director of choral activities, the 12-member College Singers is a select ensemble that performs music of a variety of time periods and styles, from Medieval chant and contemporary a cappella. The LR Handbell Ensemble is led by Spence Robertson, adjunct music instructor, and performs an annual spring concert and as part of "A Lenoir-Rhyne Christmas."
The College Singers will present a program of choral works, when stitched together, are inspired by the rose window in Grace Chapel, which sits above the organ and is one of the focal points when entering the chapel. LR's Grace Chapel opened during the 2014-2015 academic year and this year marks the building's fifth anniversary. Earlier this academic year, the artwork, theme, and logo associated with the LR Christmas program was inspired by the wooden chancel altar cross. The spring performance is part of an ongoing commemoration of the building, including the visual artwork it houses and the musical art it inspires.
The program is free and open to the public. No tickets are required.