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Sep 1 - Nov 2

Neil Britton Art Gallery Exhibition - Diane Edison

Diane Edison's "Black and White" will be on display in the Neil Britton Art Gallery from September 1-November 2. Using color pencils on black paper, Edison creates portraitures with an emphasis on the autobiographical. Her work has been exhibited nationally and internationally.

Artist Lecture: October 4, 11:00 a.m. - Blocker Auditorium (A Lighthouse Premier Event)

Artist Reception: October 4, 6:00-8:00 p.m. – Neil Britton Art Gallery


Oct 24 - 28

The Tempest by William Shakespeare

October 24-27, 7:30 p.m.

October 28, 2:00 p.m.

In fall 1981, Hofheimer Theater opened with a production of The Tempest. As we anticipate the opening of the Susan S. Goode Fine and Performing Arts Center in spring 2019, what better way to bid farewell to the Hofheimer Theater as a mainstage space than with a revisit of this Shakespearean classic. Among numerous student, faculty, staff, and alumni contributors, The Tempest features Khari Johnson '16 as Prospera and Dr. Martine Kei Green-Rogers '02 as dramaturg. With this production, "our revels now are ended" in Hofheimer Theater. Join us for a heartfelt and magical farewell. Reservations:;


Oct 24

Cornerstone Unveiling for the Susan S. Goode Fine and Performing Arts Center
12:30 p.m.

The unveiling of a special cornerstone on the Susan S. Goode Fine and Performing Arts Center will take place Wednesday, October 24, at 12:30 p.m. at the construction site. The state-of-the-art facility is expected to be completed in March 2019. For more information, visit

Oct 25

On Deck Speaker Series: Doug Seroff, "Alexander Tolliver's Smart Set and the Popularization of Blues and Jazz in the World War I Era American Circus."
11 a.m.

In Blocker Auditorium, Doug Seroff presents "Alexander Tolliver's Smart Set and the Popularization of Blues and Jazz in the World War I Era American Circus." Seroff, a scholar of African-American music history, is the author of many publications and has contributed to a number of documentaries. He was nominated three times for a Grammy Award.

Oct 25

The American Civil Rights Movement and the Women Who Started It
7 p.m. - 8 p.m.

Dr. Charles Marsh, Commonwealth Professor of Religious Studies and Director of the Project on Lived Theology at University of Virginia, is this year’s Justine L. Nusbaum Lecturer. Marsh discusses the religious beliefs behind the American civil rights movement and highlights the women who enacted these convictions through their organizing and leadership. Through remembering the witness of social reformers Fannie Lou Hamer, Victoria Gray Adams, and Jane Stembridge, Marsh shows how their determined leadership gives us insight in addressing challenges of today. Sponsored by the Center for the Study of Religious Freedom in conjunction with AMERICAN EVOLUTION™ 2019 (, the event, in Boyd Dining Center, is free and open to the public. For more information, call 757-455-3129 or email


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Oct 27

Catholic Nuns Beating Nuclear Swords into Plowshares
1 p.m. - 2:20 p.m.

For over forty years Dominican Sisters Ardeth Platte and Carol Gilbert have fought for nuclear disarmament. As peacemakers following the nonviolent teachings of Jesus, they have traveled the U.S., teaching about the humanitarian and environmental consequences of nuclear and conventional war. As a result of their nonviolent resistance, they have also spent years in jails and prisons. Hear firsthand the incredible stories of two women who have dedicated their lives to ridding the world of nuclear weapons and stopping war forever. Sponsored by the Bishop Walter F. Sullivan Pax Christi Community of Hampton Roads, this event, in the Monumental Chapel, is part of the One Love Festival, and is free and open to the public. For more information, call 757-455-3129 or email


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Oct 27

Are U.S. Immigration Policies Racist? Town Hall Discussion
2:30 p.m. - 4 p.m.

This “Race: Let’s Talk About It” town hall, in Boyd Dining Center, is moderated by Barbara Hamm Lee, Host of Another View Radio Program on WHRV 89.5 FM. Beginning with the Naturalization Act of 1790 - which stated that only free white persons were eligible to become citizens - U.S. immigration policy has consistently limited and restricted the immigration of non-whites. Even after the Immigration and Nationality Act of 1965 abolished the quota system that favored northern Europeans, racism continues to influence public policy and popular attitudes on immigration. What is at the root of the racial anxiety in our country? Why have elected officials – both Democrat and Republican – been seemingly reluctant to challenge pro-white policies and protect the rights of immigrants and refugees? A panel helps to guide the conversation, but the discussion belongs to the audience. Free and open to the public, the town hall is part of the One Love Festival and is sponsored by the Center for the Study of Religious Freedom in partnership with WHRO Public Media. For more information, call 757-455-3129 or email

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Oct 27

Largest Drum Circle in the World, Music, Spoken Word, and Poetry
4 p.m. - 7 p.m.

Drum Your Dream ( organizer Arthur Lopez leads a rhythm-based shared experience for peace in Batten Student Center Marlin Grille. Everyone is invited to join this worldwide drumming experience, regardless of musical ability or experience. Hand percussion instruments are available, or bring your own. Also enjoy the music, spoken word, and poetry of local artists. Free and open to the public, this is part of the One Love Festival. For more information, call 757-455-3129 or email


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Nov 1

On Deck Speaker Series: Elizabeth Coody - Wonder Woman, Harley Quinn, and Mary Magdalene: Origin Stories that Shape Women's Power
11 a.m.

In Blocker Auditorium, Elizabeth Coody presents "Wonder Woman, Harley Quinn, and Mary Magdalene: Origin Stories that Shape Women’s Power." Coody is an Assistant Professor of Religious Studies at Morningside College. Through graphic novels she explains how the origin stories of each of these women dramatically shapes their perceived power.

Nov 1

Sound & Symbol Lecture Series - Here Comes the Bride
11 a.m.

Weddings & Marriage in the Hindu Tradition

Dr. Raji Kaloji, leader in the Hampton Roads Hindu Community

Puppy Love: Incorporating Animals into Wedding Ceremonies and Family Rituals

Dr. Kathy Shepherd Stolley, Professor of Sociology

Fine Arts Building, Room 9 (Free)

(Originally scheduled for Sept. 13; rescheduled due to Hurricane Florence)

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Nov 1

Imagining the Scandal of the Cross through Comics and Graphic Novels
7 p.m. - 8 p.m.

For countless adherents to the Christian tradition, the cross functions as a symbol of divine power. For the earliest Christians, however, the cross represented only a traumatic event. This presentation places several New Testament passages that interpret the cross into dialogue with comics and graphic novel portrayals of the life and death of Jesus. Dr. Elizabeth Coody, Assistant Professor of Religious Studies at Morningside College, looks at how comics present the cross in a way that increases the power of biblical texts for present-day readers.Location TBD. Free and open to the public, the talk is sponsored by the Center for the Study of Religious Freedom. For more information, call 757-455-3129 or email

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Nov 3

2018 Hampton Roads Heart Walk

VWU is participating in the 2018 Hampton Roads Heart Walk on Saturday, November 3 at Mount Trashmore in Virginia Beach. Participation in Heart Walk promotes fun ways to be physically active and make healthier choices every day. Together, we can make healthier, longer lives possible for everyone. VWU faculty, staff, and students who wish to join the walking team and/or donate to the team are encouraged to visit:

Nov 8

The Norfolk Seamstress Who Said "No": The Political Legacy of Evelyn T. Butts
11 a.m. - 12 p.m.

Born in Norfolk, Virginia, Evelyn T. Butts was orphaned at the age of 10, worked as a seamstress, and supplemented her income by housing disabled veterans. At the same time, her sense for political citizenship inspired her--through grassroots leadership and a concern for social justice--to challenge the poll tax in Virginia in an unusual case that was decided by the Supreme Court. Kenny Alexander, Mayor of the City of Norfolk and Ph.D. student at Antioch University, shares his research into why she was so effective and how her work should continue to speak to us today. Free and open to the public, this talk, in Blocker Auditorium, is sponsored by the Center for the Study of Religious Freedom in conjunction with AMERICAN EVOLUTION™ 2019 ( For more information, call 757-455-3129 or email


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Nov 8

On Deck Speaker Series: Cecil E. Bohanon, The Limits of Economics and How the Humanities Can Help
12 p.m. - 1 p.m.

Cecil E. Bohanon presents "The Limits of Economics and How the Humanities Can Help," in Pearce Hospitality Suite in the Jane P. Batten Student Center. Bohanon is a Professor of Economics at Ball State University. His research focuses on public choice, applied microeconomics, and economic education. He has published widely and is a weekly columnist for the Indianapolis Business Journal. Partial funding for this event was provided by the Institute for Humane Studies.

Nov 9

Peace: World War I Armistice Centenary
7:30 p.m.

Join the Wesleyan Choirs, Vox Vera and Camerata, on Friday, November 9 at 7:30 p.m. in Hofheimer Theater for the Virginia premiere of Andrew Maxfield's "Armistice Sonnets." The work was composed to honor the Centenary of the World War I Armistice and will also feature popular and classical works composed through the years to protest war and violence. Selections will include Leonard Cohen's "Hallelujah," John Lennon's "Imagine," as well as traditional works such as "Johnny Has Gone for a Soldier" and "Danny Boy." Free and open to the public. Donations accepted. Reservations are encouraged and can be made at or by emailing Director of Choral Music Bryson Mortensen at

Nov 11

In Time of Trouble, O God of Peace
4 p.m.

The Center for Sacred Music presents a Fall Hymn Festival, Wycliffe Presbyterian Church, 1445 N. Great Neck Road, Virginia Beach

Brian Hehn, Director of The Hymn Society in the U.S. and Canada’s Center for Congregational Song, leads this festival of his own design. 

In a few weeks, Christians around the world will sing of the coming of the Prince of Peace, while living with war and violence. How do we honor those who served the country while praising the God of Peace? Join in singing hymns and songs old and new as we commemorate Veterans Day while praising God whose kingdom on earth will finally allow us to lay down sword and shield.

Nov 12

Nexus Interfaith Dialogue: Trans Identity and Religious Faith
7 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

Human sexuality has posed a range of challenges for all religious traditions. Through panel presentation and small group dialogue, this interfaith dialogue explores challenges related to transgender identity that face religious institutions and individuals. How does religious faith provide support for transgender identity? What tensions do transgender individuals have between their faith and gender identities? How does transitioning shape faith? How do family members, parents, spouses, and clergy negotiate between their own religious beliefs and perspectives on transgender identity? Please join us as a transgender woman and Taryn McLean (petty officer second class and a transgender man) discuss their own experiences and faith journeys, and as we join in discussion and questions. Free and open to the public, the event in Batten Student Center Pearce Hospitality Suite, is sponsored by the Center for the Study of Religious Freedom in partnership with the Virginia Center for Inclusive Communities and Hands United Building Bridges. For more information, call 757-455-3129 or email

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Nov 14

American Red Cross Blood Drive
11 a.m. - 5 p.m.

The American Red Cross, Wesleyan Engaged, and Tri-Sigma Sorority are sponsoring a blood drive from 11am until 5pm in the CMAC. Sign-up in person on the days prior to the event by visiting the sign-up table in the Batten Center or register with Rapid Pass ( to make checking-in on the drive day easier.

Nov 14

Winds, Strings and More
7:30 p.m.

In Hofheimer Theater - VWU Jazz and Orchestra perform well-known classics, jazz standards, and new music composed for the ensembles, plus holiday favorites for a festive start to the holiday season. Dr. Jason Squinobal, conductor

Event is free and open to the public.

Nov 15 - Jan 17

Neil Britton Art Gallery Exhibition - Clayton Singleton

Clayton Singleton ’94 – Solo Exhibition

Artist Reception: November 15 (6:00 - 8:00 p.m.)

Nov 15

Sound & Symbol Lecture Series - Here Comes the Bride
11 a.m.

Weddings & Marriage in the Jewish Tradition

Rabbi Michael Panitz, Temple Israel-Norfolk, and VWU Adjunct Professor of History and Religion


Wedded Blitz: Pre- and Post-Production Promotion of the Wedding

Dr. Linda Ferguson, Dean of the Birdsong School of Social Science, Professor of Management, Business, and Economics 

Fine Arts Building, Room 9

Nov 15

Creating a Poster or Oral Presentation for Port Day
11 a.m. - 12 p.m.

Get ready for Virginia Wesleyan's next Port Day, on Tuesday, December 4th! This workshop explains how to create a poster that effectively represents an internship or undergraduate research experience. It focuses on the technical elements of poster design as well as content. We also discuss strategies for effective oral and poster presentations. Hosted by Virginia Wesleyan's Career Development & Internship Program (CDIP) and the Undergraduate Research Program (URP) in the Lighthouse: Center for Exploration & Discovery. This event will be in The Lighthouse.

Nov 15

Talk About Teaching: Engaging Freshmen in Winter Session Courses
11 a.m. - 11:50 a.m.

Engaging Freshmen in Winter Session Courses. A panel of faculty who will be teaching during winter session 2019 will share innovative ways in which they plan to maximize engagement in their Winter Session courses. Presenters include: Deirdre Gonsalves-Jackson, Rebecca Hooker, Bryson Mortensen, Kathy Stolley, Robin Takacs, Vic Townsend, and Craig Wansink. Sponsored by Center for Innovative Teaching and Engaged Learning (INTEL)

Date/Time: Thursday, November 15, 2018, 11 – 11:50 am Location: Foley Classroom, Library

Nov 17

9 a.m. - 12 p.m.

VOLUNTEER Hampton Roads' Family VOLUNTEER Day will take place Saturday, November 17, from 9 a.m. to noon on the campus of Virginia Wesleyan University. Through this day of service, more than 500 volunteers will complete planned projects that will benefit Senior Services of Southeastern Virginia, foster families and children of Hampton Roads, and will include collaboration to complete a community art mural.

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Nov 21 - 23

Thanksgiving Holiday

Nov 29

Spotlight on Faculty: Kathy Merlock Jackson
11 a.m. - 11:50 a.m.

Kathy Merlock Jackson will share her personal reflections and experiences that have led her to her research in her presentation, “Finding the Center:  The Emotional Core of Childhood, Media, and Popular Culture Studies.” Open to the VWU Community. Refreshments will be served. Sponsored by Center for Innovative Teaching and Engaged Learning

Date/Time: Thursday, November 29, 11:00-11:50 am, Location: Boyd Dining Center, Shafer Room

Nov 29

Life Matters: Dave Garraty
12 p.m. - 1 p.m.

Boyd Dining Center Shafer Room

In “Life Matters,” members of the Wesleyan community offer autobiographical reflections on their emotional, intellectual, and spiritual experiences. These deeply personal talks create meaningful opportunities for greater understanding and connection, encouraging each of us to think about what has shaped us and given our own life meaning. Join us as Professor of Management/Business/Economics Dave Garraty shares his reflections. Feel free to bring your lunch or purchase lunch in the dining center. Free and open to the public, the program is sponsored by the Center for the Study of Religious Freedom, the Chaplain’s Office, and the Center for Innovative Teaching and Engaged Learning (INTEL). For more information, call 757-455-3129 or email




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Nov 29

Technology Thursday: More on E-books
4 p.m.

More on E-books - Discovering Low or No Cost Books for Your Courses. This presentation will be a review of the Tech Thursday that was held last spring with updates about new e-book and collections the library has acquired. The presenters will provide practical instruction on functionality associated with ebook platforms available at Virginia Wesleyan University. Librarians Maggie Henderson and Sophie Rondeau will discuss some of the cost and accessibility benefits associated with using ebooks in the curriculum. Participants will learn to search and find ebooks in Discovery, online and offline access options, understanding concurrent access, tools within the platforms, and embedding ebooks into Blackboard with permalinks. Sponsored by Center for Innovative Teaching and Engaged Learning (INTEL)

Date/Time: Thursday, November 29, 4 pm, Location: Library Computer Lab

Nov 30 - Dec 1

Fall One-Act Play Festival

VWU theatre students produce and direct a variety of plays from thought-provoking dramas to side-splitting comedies. (Play titles and performance schedule to be announced.)


Dec 4

Port Day

Dec 7 - 8

Sing We Now of Christmas!

Join us for this Wesleyan favorite as the VWU choirs present a festival of holiday music and traditional tales. December 7 at 7:30 p.m. and December 8 at 2:00 p.m. in Hofheimer Theater. Tickets $5. Reservations required (registration details coming soon).

Dec 7

Christmas Tree Lighting
4:45 p.m.

VWU students will kick off the holiday season with the annual Christmas Tree Lighting on Friday, December 7 at 4:45 p.m. Join us for warm drinks and holiday music, including a rousing rendition of "The 12 Days of Christmas."


Dec 9

December Graduates' Recognition Ceremony & Reception

Dec 12

Reading Day


Jan 3 - 25

Winter Session

Jan 28

Classes Begin for Spring Semester


Feb 7 - Mar 7

Neil Britton Gallery Exhibition - Abstraction: Invitational Group Show

Abstraction: Invitational Group Show

Opening reception: February 7, 2019 (6:00-8:00 p.m.)

Feb 9

Athletic Hall of Fame Induction Luncheon

The eleventh class of Virginia Wesleyan University's Athletic Hall of Fame will be inducted during the annual luncheon on Saturday, February 9, 2019. Registration is $45 per person. For additional information, please contact Suzanne Savage at

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Feb 11

Virginia Wesleyan Concert Series - Duo Thalasse
7:30 p.m.

Wayla Chambo, flute, and Todd Holcomb, guitar, perform works by J.S. Bach, Astor Piazzolla, Robert Beaser, and more in Hofheimer Theatre. Chambo is known both as performer and as classical radio host for WHRO-FM. Holcomb has been awarded top prizes in multiple international competitions as soloist and ensemble member, and is part of the Performing Artist Faculty at VWU. ($15; $10)

Feb 21

Let Heaven and Nature Sing Series - An exploration of the nature of sound
11 a.m.

I’m Picking Up Good Vibrations - Dr. Katrina Henry, VWU Assistant Professor of Physics, and Henry Faivre, Registered Piano Technician, explain and demonstrate the physics of sound through strings, bars, salt, and the inner workings of the harpsichord, upright and grand pianos. In Fine Arts Building, Room 9.

Feb 25

An Evening of Bach
7:30 p.m.

Chorale cantatas, Johann Sebastian Bach’s gift to the Christian Church, fill an evening where the audience becomes the ‘congregation’ to sing the chorales. The Wren Masters, the faculty baroque ensemble of the College of William and Mary, join soloists Billye Brown Youmans, soprano, Charles Humphries, counter-tenor, Douglas Lynch, tenor, and Jeremy Yoder, bass, with VWU’s Vox Vera and CamerataDr. Bryson Mortensen, conductor. Cantata78 – “Jesu, der du meine Seele“  (Jesus, you are my soul), Cantata 54 – “Widerstehe doch der Sünde“ (Resist the Sin), and Cantata 140– “Wachet auf, ruft uns die Stimme”  (Awake, the Voice is calling us). Co-sponsored by the Center for Sacred Music. Hofheimer Theater. Free and open to the public.


Mar 12 - 14

Art Majors Portfolio Review

In Neil Britton Gallery

Student Discussion Event: Thursday, March 14, 11 a.m. - 1 p.m.

Mar 18 - 22

Spring Break

Mar 25 - Apr 5

Student Juried Exhibition

The work of VWU student artists, regardless of major or media

Artists Reception: March 28 (12:00 - 1:00 p.m.)


Apr 4

Let Heaven and Nature Sing Series - An exploration of the nature of sound
11 a.m.

Don’t Stop the Music - Becky Watson, Board Certified Music Therapist, explores the therapeutic effects of music in various populations and the differences between listening, performing, and teaching in Fine Arts Building, Room 9.




Apr 8 - May 10

Senior Art Exhibition

This annual exhibition highlights the work of VWU senior art majors.

Dates and reception TBA

Apr 12 - 13

Spring Alumni Weekend

Come home for Spring Alumni Weekend April 12-13 to enjoy the Pig Pickin' Picnic, Pie Eating Contest, and much more.


Apr 25

Let Heaven and Nature Sing Series - An exploration of the nature of sound
11 a.m.

All the Better to Hear You With - Dr. Stephanie Moody-Antonio, Associate Professor of Otology and Director of the Cochlear Implant Program at EVMS, explores the hearing apparatus and how to keep it functioning for a lifetime. In Fine Arts, Room 9.


May 2

Port Day

May 3

Spring Honors Convocation

May 9

Reading Day

May 17

Baccalaureate Service

May 18

2019 Commencement Ceremony

May 20 - Aug 23

Summer Session