- September 4, 2014 Blake Vogt, Magician An Original Magic Show The William Peace University Arts and Events Committee welcomes magician Blake Vogt to the Kenan Hall stage! Blake Vogt is one of the top illusionists performing and creating magic today. At only 25 years old, he has already created magic for David Copperfield, David Blaine, Dynamo, and many other top magicians all over the world. Blake has performed his unique brand of magic all over the world for crowds ranging from 20 people to 2,000 people. His style of magic is fun and goofy and he always tries to make you smile whether its with a funny "trick" or a friggin' miracle. Blake currently resides in Los Angeles, CA and is staying busy creatively consulting for live theatre, musicians, television, and movies. He is also regularly performing his brand of off the wall magic for private events and functions all over the world. The only thing you will never see Blake do is pull a rabbit out of a hat... because sadly... he is very allergic to those adorable creatures. FREE ADMISSION. Student or Faculty/Staff I.D. or Season Ticket pass required for entry. ? view Event
- September 8, 2014 Manning Music Series Concert: Steve Elmer Jazz Trio Performs William Peace University kicks off the 2014-15 Manning Music Concert Series with a performance by the Steve Elmer Jazz Trio, live from New York City, on Monday, Sept. 8 at 7:30 p.m. in Kenan Hall. The Steve Elmer Trio features Steve Elmer (piano), Don Gladstone (bass), and Bobby Cohen (drums) playing jazz standards and original compositions. Admission is FREE and OPEN to the PUBLIC, but RESERVATIONS ARE REQUIRED. The Manning Music Concert Series is made possible through a gift made by alumna Sara Jo Allen Manning '58 '60 and the Manning Music Series Fund. For the 2014-15 performing arts season, the Manning Series will include 5 free concerts ranging from jazz, classical and contemporary to Broadway performances. The concerts this year include: Monday, Oct. 20, 2014 featuring Broadway musicians Carolann Sanita and Lauren Kennedy, Visiting Professor of Music Theatre, in a "Broadway Comes to Peace" concert.* Monday, Nov. 10, 2014 featuring North Carolina musicians. Monday, Jan. 12, 2015 featuring North Carolina musicians. Monday, Apr. 6, 2015 featuring North Carolina musicians, alongside vocalists from the William Peace University Singers and within the Bachelor of Fine Arts major. * Note, the Broadway Comes to Peace concert is $10 for adults; $5 for students. All other Manning Series Concerts are free and open to the public with reservations required for general admission reserved seating. William Peace University is pleased to partner once again this year with the North Carolina Symphony. RESERVE YOUR SEAT FOR THE MANNING SERIES HERE. William Peace University wishes to make this event accessible to all people in accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act. If you need a reasonable accommodation to fully participate in this event please contact the Office of Engagement at Engagement@peace.edu or 919.508.2362. Please make your needs known as soon as possible to allow sufficient time for effective accommodations, preferably at least 5 business days prior to the event. view Event
- September 9, 2014 Lunch & Learn: Proactive Health & Wellness William Peace University welcomes Dr. Josh McMillon from Proactive Health & Wellness in Raleigh, NC for the kick-off Lunch and Learn Series event on September 9, 2014 at 12:00 p.m. Dr. Josh McMillon will speak on "Understanding Stress" for faculty, staff and Season Ticket holders. Dr. McMillon has a doctorate from University of Western States in Portland Oregon. His doctorate includes a masters level in nutrition all rolled into his doctorate program. He has also completed additional certifications in functional blood chemistry and nutrition from Apex Energetics and Standard Process seminars. Proactive Health & Wellness has been part of the community for five years and is committed to giving back to many area nonprofits, helping ensure that the people of our community have opportunities to live well and live long. Tickets: Free Admission for WPU Faculty and Staff, and Season Ticket Holders. REGISTER HERE. view Event
William Peace University Continues Duke Energy Honors Leadership Speaker Series with William Henry Curry on Feb. 24By William Peace University on February 19, 2014 3:21 pm
William Peace University Continues Duke Energy Honors
Leadership Speaker Series with William Henry Curry on Feb. 24
Local Four-Year Baccalaureate Celebrates Black History Month With
Discussion on Music & Emancipation by Resident Conductor with the North Carolina Symphony
RALEIGH, N.C., Feb. 19, 2014 – William Peace University, a private four-year university located in downtown Raleigh, is proud to announce that it is honoring Black History Month by hosting a discussion on the Emancipation’s effect on music by Resident Conductor with the North Carolina Symphony, William Henry Curry, on Monday, Feb. 24, 2014. The event is part of the Duke Energy Honors Leadership Speaker Series and will be held in Leggett Theatre above Main Parlor located at 15 East Peace St. WPU Associate Dean of Academic Affairs and Professor of English Dr. Charles S. Duncan, Ph.D., will moderate the discussion.
Curry is entering his 18th season with the North Carolina Symphony and serves as the artistic director for the Rex Healthcare Summerfest Series and all North Carolina Symphony summer programs. Maestro Curry has also served as music director of the Durham Symphony Orchestra since 2009, and has conducted over 40 orchestras, including appearances with the Chicago, Cleveland, Houston, and National symphonies among others.
Duncan joined the WPU community as an assistant professor in 2001, later earning tenure in 2007, and being named Associate Dean of Academic Affairs in 2013. During his time at WPU, Duncan has taught many courses, including 19th Century American Literature, Non-Fiction Writing, Independent Research in English, Professional Writing, and Advanced Creative Writing among others. Duncan’s professional research has focused on Charles Chestnutt, who was a mixed race author, essayist, political activist and lawyer, best known for his novels and short stories which explored complex issues of racial and social identity in the post-Civil War South. Duncan’s research has also focused on 19th Century Western North American authors. He has presented papers at prestigious schools around the world including Cambridge and acted as guest lecturer at Duke University. He was awarded the Sylvia Lyons Render Award for Outstanding Contribution to Chestnutt Studies and is a board member for the Charles Chestnutt Research Association starting. Duncan has also won William Peace University’s McCorkmick Distinguished Teaching Award and the Stockard Research Award.
The discussion will be held at 6:30 p.m. and is open to the public. Tickets are free, but registration is required. For more details on the event and registration, click here.
“William Peace University is excited to welcome William Henry Curry and our own professor, Dr. Duncan, to the stage for such an influential discussion,” said Debra M. Townsley, Ph.D., president of William Peace University. “Our students will have a unique and great opportunity to learn about the historical significance and impact that Emancipation had on our country.”
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