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Misher Festival of Fine Arts 2013

For over 25 years, Misher College of Arts and Sciences has provided students at USciences with the foundation of their education. The Misher Festival of Fine Arts & Humanities celebrates former University President Allen Misher’s vision of a USciences education that embraces history, music, and literature alongside biology, chemistry, and more.

In 2013, we celebrate the inauguration of Dr. Helen Giles-Gee–and a new era of leadership at University of the Sciences–with our festival theme,"Re●Creation." We hope you'll join the spring festivities!


2013 Schedule of Events

Friday, April 5

The Elixir’s 50th Anniversary Party

5 to 8 p.m., McNeil Science and Technology Center
Who would believe that our University has published an extraordinary literary journal for over 50 years? Creative writers and artists gather to celebrate the 2013 The Elixir, which features the best writing from the past 50 years alongside new writing. Alumni, family, and friends welcome!


Saturday, April 6

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The Barnes Foundation
10 a.m., 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia
Picasso. Renoir. Matisse. Join our tour of the Barnes Foundation’s new incarnation, the Barnes Philadelphia. This legendary art collection includes some of the world’s finest examples of post-modern and impressionist arts, as well as African and non-western art. Advance registration required, tickets limited. Contact to learn more.

(Image: The Postman (1889), Oil on canvas, Vincent van Gogh, Dutch, 1853-1890. Photograph copyright 2012 Barnes Foundation)


Sunday, April 14

Theater Performance: Permanent Collection
2 p.m., InterAct Theatre Company, 2030 Sansom Street, Philadelphia
InterAct Theatre’s 25th Anniversary season features a revival ofPermanent Collection, which won the 2004 Barrymore Award for Best Play.Inspired by events at the Barnes Foundation, this play follows a suburban museum’s newly hired executive director, whose ideas for making adjustments to the art collection set off a firestorm of controversies. Advance registration required, tickets limited. Contact to learn more.


Monday, April 15

2013 Misher Visiting Professor Dr. Daniel Monroe
"Lincoln and Emancipation: Reflections after 150 Years"

5 to 6:30 p.m., Griffith Hall A
Dr. Monroe will discuss how the inspirational leadership of President Abraham Lincoln embodies hope for the future alongside a keen awareness of struggle. A reception will follow the talk. Free and open to the public.

Made possible by generous support from Allen Misher P’59, PhD, HonDSc’95 and others.

2013 Misher Visiting Professor—Dr. Daniel Monroe

Daniel MonroeDr. Daniel Monroe, associate professor of history at Millikin University, earned a doctorate in history from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and was a fellow at the Virginia Historical Society and Lincoln Legal Papers. He is the author of three books:  The Republican Vision of John Tyler, At Home with Illinois’ Governors: A Social History of the Illinois Executive Mansion, and Shapers of the Great Debate on the Civil War: A Biographical Dictionary (with co-author Dr. Bruce Tap). Dr. Monroe is currently working on his fourth book, a study of everyday life in the antebellum U.S.


Saturday, April 20

Antietam National Battlefield Bus Trip

8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
USciences historian Dr. Kevin Murphy leads a day-long excursion to Antietam National Battlefield in Sharpsburg, Maryland. During the bloodiest one-day battle of the Civil War, 23,000 soldiers were killed or wounded or went missing after 12 hours of savage combat. The Battle of Antietam (September 17, 1862) ended the Confederate Army of Northern Virginia's first invasion into the North and led to Abraham Lincoln's issuance of the preliminary Emancipation Proclamation. Advance registration required, tickets limited. Contact to learn more.


Christine Flanagan 


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