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The Wittenberg Series

The Wittenberg Series is a selection of cultural activities annually presented by Wittenberg University. All Wittenberg Series events are admission-free. Doors open 30 minutes prior to the beginning of each lecture or performance.

All facilities are accessible without climbing stairs. Audio-description services and interpreters will be provided with 72-hour notice prior to each event. To make special arrangements, receive a calendar of events or become a friend of the Wittenberg Series, contact Lisa Watson, Wittenberg Series Coordinator, at watsonl4@wittenberg.edu or (937) 327-7363.

Click here to see complete history of all Wittenberg Series performers/speakers since the program's inception in 1982.

 

2018-19 Wittenberg Series Schedule

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Tuesday, August 21, 2018, Opening Convocation

"Light Upon Light"
Shakeer Abdullah '99, Diversity Scholar-Practitioner

Author of Baptism by Fire: An Investigation of the Experiences and Multicultural Competence of Diversity Staff in Higher Education, Abdullah is an emerging scholar-practitioner whose research on cultural diversity connects the imperative of inclusion to the core enterprises of teaching and learning. Learn more...

Event Time:

  • 11:45 a.m., Weaver Chapel
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Wednesday, October 3, 2018, Allen J. Koppenhaver Literary Lecture

Mudbound Hillary Jordan, Novelist

Winner of the 2006 Bellwether Prize for Fiction and named the NAIBA Fiction Book of the Year, Jordan’s international bestseller Mudbound – and its critically acclaimed 2017 film adaptation – explores themes of racial inequality, poverty and violence in America. Learn more...

Event Times:

  • 4:30 p.m., Colloquium, Bayley Auditorium
  • 7:30 p.m., Lecture, Bayley Auditorium
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Monday, October 22, 2018, Kenneth H. Sauer Luther Symposium

"The Art of Faith in the Midst of Suffering: Reflections on Martin Luther's Theology"
Ronald Rittgers, Author and Theologian

The first Erich Markel Chair in German Reformation Studies at Valparaiso University and author of three books, Rittgers writes, researches and teaches about the history of theology, devotion and culture in medieval and Reformation Europe. Learn more...

Event Times:

  • 3:30 p.m., Q&A, Weaver Chapel
  • 7:30 p.m., Lecture, Bayley auditorium 
 

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Thursday, October 25, 2018, Dance Concert

Catapult

A collaborative dance company dedicated to constantly challenging the creative landscape, Catapult has been making waves among the dance community since its founding in 2008 by director Adam Battelstein. Learn more...

Event Time:

  • 7:30 p.m., John Legend Theater (at The Dome), 700 S. Limestone St., Springfield
 

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Sunday, October 28, 2018, Chapel Service

"Festival Choral Eucharist fo Reformation"
The Wittenberg Choir and Rev. Dr. Craig Alan Satterlee

Through worship, song, and sermon, this service celebrates the Reformation and its influence on the Church. Learn more...

Event Time:

  • 7:30 p.m., Weaver Chapel (Music begins at 7 p.m.)
 

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Wednesday, November 7, 2018, Fred R. Leventhal Family Lecture

"Let There Be Water: Israel's Solution for a Water-Starved World"
Seth M. Siegel, Author

Activist, speaker and entrepreneur, Siegel is author of the No. 1 New York Times best-seller Let There Be Water: Israel’s Solution for a Water-Starved WorldLearn more...

Event Times:

  • 4:30 p.m., Colloquium, Bayley Auditorium
  • 7:30 p.m., Lecture, Weaver Chapel
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Friday, December 7, 2018, Candlelight Chapel Service

"Lessons and Carols for Advent and Christmas"

Offering a time of reflection as the Advent season unfolds, this service concludes with a candlelit singing of “Silent Night.” Learn more...

Event Time:

  • 7:30 p.m., Weaver Chapel, (Music begins at 7 p.m.)
 

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Monday, January 21, 2019, Martin Luther King Jr. Convocation

Adam Foss, Founder of Prosecutor Impact

An advocate for criminal justice reform, particularly redefining the role of the prosecutor to help end mass incarceration, Foss was recognized by the Mandela Foundation as the 2017 Nelson Mandela Changemaker of the Year. Learn more...

Event Time:

  • 11:15 a.m., Weaver Chapel
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Tuesday, February 26, 2019, Vocal Concert

Ladysmith Black Mambazo
This all-male choral group from South Africa has recorded more than 70 albums, earning 19 Grammy nominations and five Grammy Awards. Learn more...

Event Time:

  • 7:30 p.m., Weaver Chapel
 

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Wednesday, March 13, 2019, William A. Kinnison Endowed Lecture in History

"Sacagawea's Capture and the History of the Early West"
Elizabeth Fenn , Author

Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Encounters at the Heart of the World: A History of the Mandan People, Fenn will present an illustrated slide-lecture that uses the circumstances of Sacagawea’s capture to illuminate a deeper history of the northern plains and Rockies.  Learn more...

Event Time:

  • 7:30 p.m., Bayley Auditorium
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(Date TBA), IBM Endowed Lecture in the Sciences

John Dovidio, Author and Yale Psychology Professor

A prolific scholar and leading researcher on aversive racism, Dovidio explores issues of social power and social relations, particularly conscious and unconscious influences on how people think about, feel about and behave toward others based on group membership. Learn more...

Event Times:

  • Date and Place TBA
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Questions? Concerns? Suggestions for Future Events?

Lisa Watson
Wittenberg Series Coordinator
watsonl4@wittenberg.edu
(937) 327-7363

 

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