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Early Spring

Early Spring lunch on Gladfelter lawn.

March – April 2012

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Swannanoa River Project Play
At the Farm: pork, beef, poultry available
Plants and Healers of Appalachia
Climate Wars author Michael Mann to give talk April 3
Workplace hi-jinks and musical hits at the theatre
2012 Commencement
Poets Allbery, McLarney to read April 11
Let's start a conversation!
Sustaining Our Culture & Environment
Weekend@Wilson 2012: Learn, Laugh, Live
In the media
Links

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Swannanoa River Project Play

By Graham Paul

Theatre has great power as a community-building enterprise as demonstrated by a short original play created from the stories of our Swannanoa River neighbors. The play will be performed on campus and around the Swannanoa Valley in April and May.

Last fall, the theatre department embarked upon the Swannanoa River Project, a community-engaged, service-learning coalition of students, faculty, service program staff and the Swannanoa Valley community. You can watch a video on the project here.

Theatre professor Jerry Pope and a number of students are creating the Swannanoa River Project Play, a 30-minute, highly portable, low-tech original theatre piece using the words of our river neighbors as told to students in interviews. The play, which will include music as well as acting, will premiere in April at the Swannanoa Valley Museum, where recordings and transcripts of the interviews are archived. It will then be performed on campus and will tour to various locations in the valley, bringing the river stories back to the people who shared them.

Plans for a new burst of activity for the Swannanoa River Project are in the works. The Swannanoa River Project Play may well find new life after the summer, as more river stories, more music and more actors are added. The goal of this community-based theatre, as practiced by Pope and Rebecca Williams, founding directors of the Swannanoa-based Serpent Child Ensemble, is to create a living piece of theatre that grows and changes over time. The Swannanoa River Project Play performances will function as events that tie people and communities together as they help students understand that they, too, are part of the rich Swannanoa Valley story; that the College is part of the valley, the valley is their home, and the people with whom they share the river are their neighbors and friends.

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Farm

At the Farm: pork, beef, poultry available

It’s time to place your orders for the College Farm’s spring meat sale. The sale features a full range of pork products, including pork quarter, rib package, specialty sausage and bacon as well as a limited selection of beef and poultry products. The order deadline is April 23 so don’t delay. Check out the products and download an order form.

Plants and Healers of Appalachia

The Wellness Crew is hosting an Herbal Symposium: Plants and Healers of Appalachia in honor of Frank Cook on April 7. The event offers an opportunity for those interested in wellness and natural healing to come together and explore the world of herbs. Displays and workshops by well-known herbalists will be available from 8:30 a.m. – 6:30 p.m. The symposium honors the memory of botanical explorer Frank Cook. You can register in advance or the day of the symposium. For more information, email herb@warren-wilson.edu or call 828-771-5848.

Climate Wars author Michael Mann to give talk April 3

Michael E. Mann, author of The Hockey Stick and the Climate Wars, will give a presentation on his book April 3. The event begins at 7 p.m. in the College Chapel. In its 2001 report, the U.N. Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change prominently featured the so-called “hockey stick,” a graph showing global temperature data over the past thousand years. The graph demonstrated that temperature had risen with the increase in industrialization and use of fossil fuels, and the hockey stick soon became a central icon in what some have termed the “climate wars.” Mann, lead author of the original paper in which the hockey stick first appeared, writes in his book about the science and politics behind the climate-change controversy. For more details on Mann’s presentation, call 828-771-3006.

Workplace hi-jinks and musical hits at the theatre

Warren Wilson Theatre continues into spring with the country pop musical, 9 to 5, The Musical. Based on the 1980 movie starring Dolly Parton in her first screen role, 9 to 5 is a cult classic and has been nominated for four Tony awards and 15 Drama Desk Awards. This movie-to-stage adaptation will keep your feet tapping and lift your spirits as it brings back memories of a time before computers and cell phones. With music and lyrics done by multiple award-winning lyricist Dolly Parton, 9 to 5 works hard to entertain as the leading women themselves work hard to change their lives for the better. The musical runs April 19-April 22 in Kittredge Theater. Visit the theatre website for details.

2012 Commencement

It’s hard to believe, but 2012 Commencement is right around the corner. We are excited to welcome Grammy Award winner Janis Ian to deliver the commencement address. Find out more about Ian and the schedule of events.

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McLarney Book Allbery Book

Poets Allbery, McLarney to read April 11

In celebration of the publication of her book of poems, The Always Broken Plates of Mountains, writing professor Rose McLarney ’03, MFA ’10 and MFA program for writers director Debra Allbery will give a reading on Wed., April 11 at 6:30 p.m. in Canon Lounge. Set in the Appalachian landscape, McLarney’s debut collection gives voice to a chorus of speakers—at once plainspoken, reverent, and musical—who navigate what it means to be faithful—to a place and to one another. Allbery's lyrical poems from her book Fimbul-Winter traverse the terrain between what persists and what is "long gone," between "the promise with its pulled thread" and "the wind that sang through the weave.” Both poets are published by Four Way Books. For more information contact Rose McLarney, rmclarney@warren-wilson.edu.

Let's start a conversation!

Calling all students, faculty, staff, alumni and friends: Do you have a "You know you're at Warren Wilson when..." story? The Echo is collecting voices and stories of our shared experience. Here is one example from a faculty member. You can send submissions to writing professor and Echo supervisor Lockie Hunter, lhunter@warren-wilson.edu. Submissions will be posted on the Warren Wilson Echo Reverb and considered for publication in other publications including Owl & Spade. It can be poetry, prose or anything in-between. Send us musings about work, about composting, about contra dancing, about a memorable visit to campus. Surprise us! Delight us! Let us find joy in our shared experience.

Sustaining Our Culture & Environment

On April 21, Earth Day, Warren Wilson and partners are hosting a family-friendly day of free workshops, presentations and Old-time music. You are invited to celebrate and participate in Sustaining Our Mountain Culture and Environment by learning and promoting skills for acting locally. We’ll make our region a little more green, a little more resilient and a little more fun.

Earth Day presentations, field trips and hands-on workshops will be held from 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. You can find the workshop descriptions and registration information here. Sustaining Our Mountain Culture and Environment is held in conjunction with Fiddles & Folklife, an annual Appalachian folklife festival and Old-time music competition on campus. Fiddles & Folklife runs from 12-5 p.m. at Bryson Gym and the Formal Gardens. The Old-time music competition awards cash prizes for the following categories: fiddle, banjo and string band, including a youth category (16 and under) for banjo and fiddle. Musicians can contact Phil Jamison at 828-771-3722 or pjamison@warren-wilson.edu for more information.

Weekend@Wilson 2012: Learn, Laugh, Live

From astronomy to puppetry, there’s something for everyone at Weekend@Wilson June 22-24. The weekend is a great opportunity for alumni and parents to visit campus and relive their Wilson experience or create a new one. Check out the 2012 course offerings here. Weekend@Wilson online registration begins in early May. Contact Ally Wilson, awilson@warren-wilson.edu or 828-771-2092, with any questions.

In the media

Sacred Acts translates intentions around climate change into religious action

Krys Lee MFA ’08 on her writing process and subjects

WWC Fiber Arts Crew

Local farmer (Meghan Cole ’06) showcased for fruits—and veggies—of her labor

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