2015 Summer Reading

Purple Hibiscus, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Purple Hibiscus

In the city of Enugu, Nigeria, fifteen-year-old Kambili and her older brother, Jaja, lead a privileged life. Their Papa is a wealthy and respected businessman; they live in a beautiful house; and they attend an exclusive missionary school. But, as Kambili revels in her tender-hearted account, their home life is anything but harmonious. Her father, a fanatically religious man, has impossible expectations of his children and wife.

When Kambili’s loving and outspoken Aunty Ifeoma persuades her brother that the children should visit her in Nsukka, Kambili and Jaja take their first trip away from home. Once inside their Aunty Ifeoma’s flat, they discover a whole new world.

When Kambili and Jaja return home changed by their newfound freedom, tension within the family escalates. And Kambili must find the strength to keep her loved ones together after her mother commits a desperate act.

Watch Adichie’s TEDtalk: “The Danger of a Single Story”

Read the Summer Essay Prompts


Lindner Lecture

Lewis R. Gordon

Africa & Diaspora

October 27, 2015 at 7:30 pm


Lewis R. Gordon is an Afro-Jewish philosopher, political thinker, educator, and musician (drums and piano), who was born on the island of Jamaica and grew up in the Bronx, New York, where he attended Evander Child’s High School, played jazz in NY night clubs, and went to Lehman College under the Lehman Scholars Program (LSP) where he graduated with honors in political science and philosophy as a member of the Chi chapter of Phi Beta Kappa. Gordon then taught social studies at Lehman High School, where he founded The Second Chance Program for In-school Truants and then studied for his doctorate at Yale University.


Helen Murray Free Lecture

Dr. Ned Heindel

Who is doing “discovery research” in 2015?

Tuesday, October 20, 2015 at 7:30 pm

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Ned D. Heindel is the H. S. Bunn Chair Professor of Chemistry at Lehigh University and a consultant on drug development for Azevan Pharmaceuticals. Ned has graduated 40 doctoral students most of whom have entered academia or the health care industry. He has engaged in contract R&D for Astra-Zeneca, Air Products, BMS, Merck, J&J, and Dupont as well as for eight venture capital start-up firms. At Lehigh, Ned teaches general chem, organic, med chem, and organic mechanisms along with three web-mounted graduate courses in a Distance Education program. Ned is a graduate of Lebanon Valley College (BS-1959), the University of Delaware (PhD-1963), and Princeton University (postdoc-1964). He taught at the University of Delaware, Marshall University, and Ohio University before joining the faculty of Lehigh University.  He served as the President of the American Chemical Society in 1994.


Theatre and Dance Production

World Premiere of Latins in La-La Land

Thursday – Saturday, October 29-31, 2015

By Migdalia Cruz (Directed by Jimmy Noriega)
Read about Migdalia Cruz Here


Communication Studies Lecture

Craig R. Smith

Confessions of a Presidential Speechwriter

Monday, October 26, 2015, 7:30pm


Craig R. Smith is an exemplary rhetorical scholar and also a former speechwriter for Gerald Ford, George H.W. Bush, and Lee Iacocca; moreover, he worked for CBS News during the Cronkite era. Craig is the founder and former president of the Freedom of Expression Foundation and, at California State, Long Beach, he is the Director of the Center for First Amendment Studies. Craig recently published his memoir, Confessions of a Presidential Speechwriter, which details this journey—a journey all the more of interest because during Craig’s years in politics, he was a closeted gay man.


Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Celebration

Monday, January 18, 2016


The Center for Diversity and Inclusion is proud to work in concert with the Provost’s Office and representatives from the Wooster City Schools (WCS) to present this series of events that recognizes MLK Day as a National Day of Service and features performances and workshops devoted to peaceful conflict resolution; the history of race relations locally, nationally, and globally; and the role of the liberal arts in advancing social justice.

Events for the 2015 MLK Day Celebration will be announced in the late fall: Here


Theatre and Dance Production

Sangreal: An Opera

April 14-16, 2016
Sangreal

Sangreal is an electronic opera in two acts, with music and libretto by Peter Mowrey (Department of Music), directed by Shirley Huston-Findley (Department of Theatre and Dance). Seven characters from different times and places find themselves in a surreal landscape, each seeking the Grail. But what exactly is the object of their quest? How is it achieved, and who will prove worthy? These questions lead the seekers into inevitable conflict with each other, eventually culminating in violence. Hope still remains for healing, redemption, and wholeness — but what, or who, must be sacrificed?

The composition of Sangreal was supported in part by a grant from the Luce Fund for Distinguished Scholarship.

Read about Peter Mowrey Here


Senior Research Symposium

Friday, April 29, 2016

The College of Wooster is nationally recognized for its program of Independent Study, and for more than fifty years the College has required that every graduate complete a significant Independent Study project. The capacity for individual inquiry and expression marks the liberally educated person, and the Independent Study program at Wooster provides an opportunity through which this capacity may be nurtured. Independent Study provides all students the opportunity to engage in an activity both personally meaningful and appropriate to their individual fields and interests. It is not reserved for the few. Independent Study is the culmination of a Wooster education and provides the basis for a lifetime of independent learning.

For more information on Independent Study Here
For the Independent Study database Here