The Peter Mortensen Endowed Lecture (Thi Bui, September 24, 2019)

Thi Bui is the author of our first-year summer reading selection, The Best We Could Do. She will offer a lecture on September 24th, and there will be opportunities for students and others on campus to engage with the speaker.

Details about the event will be added as they become finalized.

Date: September 24, 2019
Time: 7:00PM
Location: McGaw Chapel



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The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time

(based on the novel by Mark Haddon)

Adapted by Simon Stephens
Directed by Professor Shirley Huston-Findley
Date: October 31, November 1, November 2, 2019
Location: Freedlander Theatre

15-year-old Christopher has an extraordinary brain: he is exceptional at mathematics but ill-equipped to interpret everyday life. He has never ventured alone beyond the end of the road, he detests being touched, and he distrusts strangers. Now it is 7 minutes after midnight, and Christopher stands beside his neighbor’s dead dog, Wellington, who has been speared with a garden fork. Finding himself under suspicion, Christopher is determined to solve the mystery of who murdered Wellington, and he carefully records each fact of the crime. But his detective work, forbidden by his father, takes him on a thrilling journey that upturns his world. 

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Fall Dance Concert

Directed by Professor Kim Tritt
Dates: November 21, 22, & 23, 2019
Time: 7:30PM
Location: Freedlander-in-the-round

This informal concert showcases the work of student choreographers, dancers, and lighting designers. In the intimate setting of Freedlander-in-the-Round, audiences come face-to-face with contemporary modern dance.


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Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. once said that “Life’s most persistent and urgent question is: What are you doing for others?” The College of Wooster honors the National MLK Day of Service theme with events centered on service, justice, and equity each year.

In 1983, a federal holiday marking the birthday of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., was created and in 1994 Congress designated the Martin Luther King Jr. Federal Holiday as a national day of service and charged the Corporation for National and Community Service with leading this effort.

Taking place each year on the third Monday in January, the MLK Day of Service is the only federal holiday observed as a national day of service – a “day on, not a day off.” The MLK Day of Service is a part of United We Serve, the President’s national call to service initiative.

The College of Wooster will be celebrating MLK day on January 20, 2020. For more information please visit The College of Wooster’s MLK Jr. Day webpage.

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Helen Murray Free Endowed Lecture

Dr. Geraldine Richmond, Presidential Chair of Science and Professor of Chemistry, University of Oregon

Date: February 6, 2020

(About Dr. Richmond)

Dr. Richmond is an international expert in environmental chemistry who has also dedicated her career to increasing the success of women in the sciences.  She will deliver a technical lecture to the Department of Chemistry and a public lecture that is open to all members of the community.  This lectureship series honors Helen Murray Free, a 1945 graduate of the College of Wooster who developed the “dip and read” glucose test for diabetics and served as president of the American Chemical Society.

For more information about the Helen Murray Free Endowed Lecture, please click here.

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Silent Sky

by Lauren Gunderson
Directed by Professor Jimmy A. Noriega
Dates: February 27, 28 & 29, 2020
Times: 7:30 PM
Location: Freedlander Theatre

Silent Sky tells the true story of Henrietta Leavitt, a female astronomer who worked at the Harvard Observatory in the early 1900s. She was part of a group of women whose jobs were to work as “computers” for the male scientists. Despite the fact that she was not allowed to engage in her own original research or even touch a telescope, Henrietta went on to make groundbreaking discoveries that expanded our understanding of the universe. Silent Sky will be presented as part of the “Women in the Sciences” series at The College of Wooster.

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Senior Independent Study Symposium

Each year, the College of Wooster cancels classes on a Friday in April to celebrate the accomplishments of the senior class. The college itself becomes a classroom as hundreds of senior share the projects they have developed during the academic year. Students, faculty, staff, parents, and community members are encouraged to visit campus that day and listen to presentations, view art exhibits, ask questions about research posters, and explore the work of the senior class.

This school year The College of Wooster will be holding the Senior IS symposium in April of 2020. For more information about the symposium please visit The College of Wooster’s IS symposium webpage. 


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