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  • January 12, 2015 Manning Music Series Concert: NC Symphony William Peace University's Manning Music Series presents a FREE Concert featuring musicians from the North Carolina Symphony on the Kenan Hall stage on Monday, January 12, 2015 at 7:30 p.m. 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. Additional Manning Series concerts this year include: Monday, Apr. 6, 2015 William Peace University is pleased to partner once again this year with the North Carolina Symphony on three of the Manning Series events. 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
  • January 16, 2015 Raleigh's Village Idiots William Peace Theatre presents "Raleigh's Village Idiots" January 16-17, 2014 at 7:30 p.m. The Idiots perform short- and long-form improv comedy. Scenes, stories, games and songs are improvised at your suggestion. Exactly what the combination is on any night... Your guess is as good as ours! For more information on the Idiots, visit their website. RESERVE YOUR TICKETS HERE view Event
  • February 5, 2015 The Piano Lesson A Celebrating Black History Month Event William Peace Theatre presents August Wilson's Pulitzer Prize-winning play, The Piano Lesson, directed by Amy White, M.F.A., through special arrangement with Samuel French, Inc. In Pittsburgh’s Hill District in 1936, the Charles family battle their surroundings and each other over their shared legacy -- an antique piano. The fourth play of August Wilson’s epic Century Cycle, The Piano Lesson is a stunning and moving drama of family, history, and survival. The William Peace Theatre Company actors selected for the cast include:  DJ Curtis as "Doaker" Jarrett Bennett as "Boy Willie" Josh Walker as "Lymon" Ebony Miles as "Bernice" Maya Bryant as "Maretha" Chris Haskins as "Avery" Demetrius Jackson as "Wining Boy" Breanna Durham as "Grace" Tickets go on sale soon! view Event

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William Peace University Continues Duke Energy Honors Leadership Speaker Series with William Henry Curry on Feb. 24

By 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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