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Misher Festival of Fine Arts 2010

Voice and Vision

Celebrating 25 years of Misher College of Arts & Sciences

April 12-16, 2010

For 25 years, Misher College of Arts & Sciences has provided students at the University with the foundation of their education. From biology and chemistry to history and literature, all students take course work in Misher College during their first two years.

In 2010, the University recognized the establishment of the College of Arts and Sciences 25 years ago and the 10th anniversary of its naming with a special celebration  during the annual, week-long Misher Festival of Fine Arts and Humanities. Along with the Misher Visiting Professor in Humanities, Bruce Graham, the University honored the students, staff, administrators, and faculty who have shaped the core of our academic and extracurricular experiences for the past 25 years
(and more).


2010 Schedule

Monday, April 12

National Poetry Month Celebration
4:30 p.m., Rosenberger Hall 102
Celebrate National Poetry month at our first-ever Wilson Dinner Slam—bring a poem to read or create one on the spot. Inaugurated by the Academy of American Poets in 1996, National Poetry Month is held every April, when publishers, booksellers, literary organizations, libraries, schools, and poets around the country band together to celebrate poetry and its vital place in American culture.


Tuesday, April 13

Pizza Lunch with 2010 Misher Visiting Professor of Humanities Bruce Graham

Students Only!

Noon, Women’s Club Room, Whitecar Hall (Second Floor)
Co-sponsored by the B.S. Humanities and Science majors, the USP Honors Program, The USP Prescription, and The Elixir.

From Page to Stage: Master Class with Misher Visiting Professor Bruce Graham
1 to 4 p.m., McNeil STC 137
What does it take to advance writing from the page to the stage? Misher Visiting Professor Bruce Graham joins acting teacher Andrea Marshall-Money and playwriting teacher Christine Flanagan as University of the Sciences’ students present staged readings of short plays. Featured student writers include Shaylea McCray. All are welcome!


Wednesday, April 14

Morning at the Museum
8 to 10 a.m., Marvin Samson Center for the History of Pharmacy, Griffith Hall
Stop by Griffith Hall for complimentary coffee and a morning tour of Secundum Artem: selected works of art and design from the University collections. Explore the current exhibit at your leisure; museum curator Michael Brody will give a brief talk at 9 a.m.

Flash Fun: Digital Camera Workshop
James E. Hayden
2008-2009 Misher Visiting Professor of Humanities
Noon to 1 p.m., Griffith Hall A
Bring your digital camera to this interactive workshop! Open up a whole new creative outlet for your photographic adventures. James E. Hayden will present an interactive talk on working with your flash at this lunchtime seminar. Mr. Hayden is manager of the Wistar Institute Microscopy Core Facility and has served as curator, contributor, and judge for Nikon’s Small World Photomicrography Contest and Exhibit ( Small World is regarded as the leading forum for showcasing the artistic beauty and complexity of life as seen through the light microscope. 


Thursday, April 15

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2010 Misher Visiting Professor Lecture: The Process of Creation
1:30 to 2:30 p.m.,
McNeil STC, Astra Zeneca Auditorium

No matter what your role, the process of creation involves a series of steps that can make your vision a reality. Misher Visiting Professor of Humanities Bruce Graham proposes a core sequence: how to generate and construct ideas; how to assess the worthwhile and discard the junk; and how to understand what you need to successfully build your project—creative or scientific. This year’s lecture provides a foundation for us to appreciate the creative endeavors and accomplishments of 25 years of Misher College and the visionary future of University of the Sciences.

Celebrating of 25 Years of Misher College of Arts & Sciences
4:30 to 7:30 p.m., McNeil Science and Technology Center
Join us for a celebration of Misher College with “Voices and Visions” from over 25 years of achievement.


Friday, April 16

Misher Festival Contest Winners Announced:
Graphic Story Contest and Digital Photo Contest 

Noon to 1 p.m., McNeil STC, Astra Zeneca Auditorium
Winners of the Digital Photography contest and the Student Graphic Story contest will be announced by One Big Book Club’s Julie Carney and photo contest curator/judge James E. Hayden.

Elixir Publication Party
4:30 to 6:30 p.m., McNeil STC 137
For over 35 years, The Elixir has published the writing of the University’s students, faculty, alumni, and staff. Join us for a delectable reception as we celebrate the publication of our 2010 issue and announce the winners of the Friends of USP writing contests.

Kingsessing Singers and Players Concert
7:30 p.m., McNeil STC Atrium
Scientists such as Einstein, Helmholtz, Dewar, and Apgar were also musicians and/or musical instrument makers. At University of the Sciences, it wouldn’t be the close of a semester without the inspirational concerts of the Kingsessing Singers and Players. Free and open to the public.


Christine Flanagan 


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