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Environmental Leadership Center receives award

Psychology professor interviewed on “One Hour at a Time”

Jean Ritchie interview aired last week

Global Studies graduate working in Panama

Featured Events

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Universal Declaration of Human Rights

A Swannanoa Solstice annual holiday concert

Scottish harper William Jackson performs Dec. 21

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Global Studies graduate working in Panama

Sophia Levin-Hatz ‘08 is currently serving as the country director of Global Environmental Brigades in Panama City, Panama. She is working with environmental organizations and communities to develop service projects for students from U.S. universities. While at Warren Wilson, Sophia spent a semester working with the Foundation for Sustainable Development, and she wrote a senior thesis on the history and evolution of development thought as it pertains to both theory and policy in the developing world. You can follow Sophia’s work on her blog.

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Featured Events

Universal Declaration of Human Rights

A program titled “The Universal Declaration of Human Rights: Its Origin, its Evolution, and its Promise” will be presented by Paul Magnarella on Dec. 8. The free public program, celebrating the 60th anniversary of the declaration, begins at 6:30 p.m. in Canon Lounge.

Magnarella, Ph.D., J.D., is director of peace and justice studies at Warren Wilson. He has researched and written extensively about human rights in various countries and on the perspectives of different cultures about human rights. Magnarella will take the audience through significant events in the evolution of the universal declaration, report the attitude of various U.S. governments toward the declaration, and discuss what is needed to make it more effective in promoting peace and justice. He also will share the highlights of the Salzburg (Austria) Global Seminar on International and Islamic Law, in which he recently participated.

Info: (828) 771-2014

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A Swannanoa Solstice annual holiday concert

A Swannanoa Solstice concert

Grammy award-winning musicians Al Petteway and Amy White and multi-instrumentalist Robin Bullock headline the sixth anniversary edition of A Swannanoa Solstice, with two performance times: 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 21 at Diana Wortham Theatre in downtown Asheville. In this annual winter holiday celebration, Petteway, White, Bullock and a host of special guests share holiday songs old and new, religious and secular, joyful and poignant, in a warm and intimate winter concert. Presented in association with The Swannanoa Gathering at Warren Wilson College, A Swannanoa Solstice has once again expanded to two performances in order to meet the audience demand for this popular winter gathering and concert, appropriately taking place this year on the day of the winter solstice.

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Scottish harper William Jackson performs Dec. 21

Famed Scottish harper William Jackson will present “Celtic Harp at Christmas” Dec. 21 in the Warren Wilson College Chapel. The performance, from 3-4:30 p.m., will include traditional Christmas melodies and other traditional pieces. Suggested donation is $10 per person.

Info: (828) 279-2631

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For more events, see the Warren Wilson College Events Calendar.

Soaring Gannet Senior Emily Brigham captured this image of a soaring gannet while she was traveling and studying abroad last semester. The photo won the “Best Nature/Scenery” award in the 2009 International Programs photography contest.

Chapel celebrates 75 years of “gathering in”

“All is safely gathered in, now let the winter storms begin” – for 75 years these words from a familiar hymn have set the tone for the Warren Wilson Presbyterian Church and College Chapel this time of year.

Chapel Harvest Display

Bernhard Laursen, a Dane who came to work at the Asheville Farm School in 1931, began the tradition of “gathering in” for the church’s Thanksgiving service in 1933. At that time, the school was holding its church services in the parlor of Sunderland Residence Hall. He brought in a shock of corn, several grains, potatoes, apples and other produce grown on the farm as a harvest display for the service the Sunday before Thanksgiving. Mr. Laursen continued the tradition until he retired in 1956 and his son Ernst became the farm manager. The younger Laursen carried on the tradition, which continues to this day. Through the years students on the Farm and Garden Crews have been involved in the “gathering in from the fields” for the harvest display.

Environmental Leadership Center receives award

Quality Forward, the longtime Keep America Beautiful affiliate in Asheville and Buncombe County, has presented its Hall of Fame Award 2008 to the College’s Environmental Leadership Center. Quality Forward’s board of directors says the ELC has done “more for the environment than anyone else in Buncombe County in 2008.”

In announcing the award, Quality Forward specifically cited the ELC’s efforts in “insulating homes, teaching children [and] reducing waste and energy use.” Quality Forward Director Susan Roderick said, “By reaching out to include so many people in its many initiatives, the Environmental Leadership Center is an outstanding example of hands-on environmental improvement in the community.”

Those initiatives include longtime, successful programs such as EcoTeam, an environmental education program for third-grade classrooms, and the recent INSULATE! program, which reaches out to homeowners below the poverty level and insulates their homes free of charge.

First presented in 1986, Quality Forward’s annual Hall of Fame Award has now been given to two divisions of Warren Wilson College. The College’s Service-Learning Office, which has been involved in numerous environmental projects in the community over the years including INSULATE!, is a past recipient of the award.

Psychology professor interviewed on “One Hour at a Time”

Psychology professor Bob Swoap was interviewed on the Voice America national radio program “One Hour at a Time” this week. He discussed his recent sabbatical project at CooperRiis, a therapeutic farm community for individuals with severe and persistent mental illness. At CooperRiis he conducted a qualitative investigation of the recovery process in mental illness, focusing on the therapeutic community approach. Listen to the interview online.

Jean Ritchie interview aired last week

Fiona Ritchie and Jean Ritchie

A memorable conversation at Warren Wilson between Fiona Ritchie and folk legend Jean Ritchie aired on Thanksgiving Day on public radio stations that carry “The Thistle and Shamrock.” Jean Ritchie, on campus for Traditional Song Week of The Swannanoa Gathering, sat down with Fiona Ritchie in Canon Lounge on July 8 for a spellbinding public interview sprinkled with traditional songs. You can read more about the program, which aired on WCQS-FM in Asheville Nov. 30 at 9 p.m. Watch the Thistleradio.com website for possible audio of the interview.

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