Monday, February 15, 2016

Mars Hill University hosting free events open to the public

Julie Miles/Molly Sawyer Exhibition
ONGOING : February 8 – March 4
Weizenblatt Gallery
Weizenblatt Gallery, in the Moore Building of Mars Hill University, will feature the work of painter Julie Miles and three-dimensional artist Molly Sawyer, from February 8 through March 4. The artists will be present for an opening reception for the exhibition, on Wednesday, February 10, from 6 to 8 pm in the gallery.

"America's First Forest" Film
Thursday, Feb. 11, 7 pm
Belk Auditorium [NEW LOCATION!]
The Liston B. Ramsey Center for Regional Studies at Mars Hill University continues its semester-long theme of exploring southern Appalachian forests with the screening of a new documentary, America’s First Forest:  Carl Schenk and the Asheville Experiment. 
The event is free, but due to limited seating, reservations are required through the Ramsey Center. For more information, contact Hannah Furgiuele at 828-689-1571 or

Public Lecture: “Why does the United States Execute More of Its Citizens Than Any Other Country in the World?” 
Rev. Joe Ingle
Mon, Feb. 15, 6 pm
Belk Auditorium
Rev. Joseph Ingle, United Church of Christ Minister,  Author, and Activist, is a leading voice in faith-based opposition to the death penalty.  He is coming to Mars Hill University for a  public lecture, titled "Why does the United States Execute More of Its Citizens Than Any Other Country In the World"? He will also lead a workshop on Monday afternoon at 3 pm, titled, "…and the criminals with him." The workshop is free, but space is limited. RSVP to or 828-689-1119.  

Tuesday, Feb. 16, 11 am
Broyhill Chapel
Speaker: Rev. Joseph Ingle, United Church of Christ Minister,  Author, and Anti-Death Penalty Activist

Unveiling Our Treasures
Thursday, Feb. 18, 3:00 pm
Liston B. Ramsey Center for Regional Studies, Renfro Library
The Liston B. Ramsey Center for Regional Studies will present "Unveiling Our Treasures," with Instructor of History Pauline Johnson and history major Roman Blevins. Johnson and Blevins are the recipients of this year's Hart-Melvin Archival Research Fellowship at MHU. During the program, they will describe some of their discoveries in the Southern Appalachian Archives and share educational activities they have developed to bring these materials into the classroom.

Agnes of God, Theatre Arts Production
Feb. 18 – Feb. 21
Moore Auditorium
Summoned to a convent, Dr. Martha Livingstone, a court-appointed psychiatrist, is charged with accessing the sanity of a novice nun accused of murdering her newborn baby. Miriam Ruth, the Mother Superior, determinedly keeps young Agnes from the doctor, arousing Livingstone's suspicions further. Who killed the infant and who fathered the tiny victim? Livingstone's questions force all three women to re-examine the meaning of faith and the power of love leading to a dramatic, compelling climax.
Directed by Jessica West
February 18, 19 & 20 at 7:30pm
February 21  at 2:30pm
$10 for adults; free for students

Wind Symphony Concert
Friday, Feb. 26, 7:30 pm
Moore Auditorium

Margaret Morley Photography Exhibition
February 27- May 31, 2016
Rural Heritage Museum
The Rural Heritage Museum of Mars Hill University has announced it will present an exhibition entitled "The Carolina Mountains: The Photography of Margaret Morley, From the North Carolina Museum of History," from February 27 through May 31, 2016. Featuring more than 50 prints made from the 244 original Appalachian mountain photographs by photographer Margaret Morley, this exhibition comes from a collection of works donated to the Museum of History in 1914.

Jazz Band Concert
Saturday, Feb. 27, 7:30 pm
Moore Auditorium

Low Brass Retreat
Sunday, Feb. 28, 2 pm
Broyhill Chapel

Broadway Babies
Sunday, February 28, 2:30 pm
Spainhour Hall, Moore Building
Broadway Babies, a musical by C. Robert Jones. It’s the summer of 1940, the setting is a barn theatre in Pennsylvania, and an eager group of young thespians is “putting on a new show.” The play is a tribute to the 1930s and 1940s musicals of Mickey Rooney and Judy Garland and their up and down journey to take their show to The Big Apple.  The talented cast for the reading includes Bradshaw Call, Kelly Christianson, Beverly Todd, Lynn Nihart, Christopher Caggiano, and Heather Bronson. 
(*Spainhour Hall is located on the lower level of Moore Auditorium on the campus of Mars Hill University in Mars Hill, NC.)

"How Can Civility in Politics be Recreated?" with Sens. Tom Apodaca and Terry Van Duyn
Thursday, Mar. 3, 7 pm
Broyhill Chapel
Senator Tom Apodaca, N.C. Senator representing District 48 (Buncombe, Henderson, Transylvania Counties), a Republican; and Senator Terry Van Duyn, N.C. Senator representing District 49 (Buncombe County), Democratic Whip,  will team up for a program on Thursday, March 3, 2016 at 7:00 pm about recreating civility in politics. This event is part of the Presidential Lecture and Performance Series at MHU. It is free and open to the public.

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