Week of public events celebrates the Arts, Humanities, & Social Sciences

SPRINGFIELD, Mo., April 18, 2016 — Drury University’s College of Humanities & Social Sciences will host a week’s worth of events, lectures, student presentations and performances during the inaugural CHSS Week, which begins today.

CHSS Week is a celebration highlighting the ways in which the study of areas such as fine and performing arts, social sciences and the humanities contribute to knowledge of the human experience and prepare students for successful careers and fulfilling lives. Students in these fields cultivate sharp critical thinking skills, the courage to take intellectual risks, open-mindedness, and creativity.

“During the last few years, the faculty and students in these areas have been working hard to tell the story of the arts, the humanities, and the social sciences in a time when some are shortsightedly questioning the value of these critical fields,” says Chris Panza, dean of the College of Humanities and Social Sciences. “All of these departments were brought under a single umbrella as a College last fall, and we began to plan an event around expressing the enduring value of our common work.”

All events are open to the public. A complete listing can be found online. Highlights include:

Monday, April 18, 8:30 a.m. to 3p.m. – International Culture Fair. Over 500 children from surrounding Springfield schools will attend. Findlay Student Center Ballroom.

Tuesday, April 19, 3 – 4:30 p.m. – The Making of “Van Halen Rising.” Dr. Greg Renoff will discuss how he turned his fandom and research into the book. Reed Auditorium, Trustee Science Center.

Wednesday, April 20, 5 p.m. – “Why Tolerate Religion?” Lecture by University of Chicago law professor Brian Leiter, a leading scholar in the areas of law and philosophy. Diversity Center.

Wednesday, April 20, 12 – 8 p.m.  English and Writing Symposium. Alumni and area professionals will hold a panel discussion, Shakespeare and Ethics performance, student readings, followed by reading by Cole Closser. Harwood Reading Room, Olin Library.

Thursday, April 21, 7:30 p.m. – Jazz concert. Clara Thompson Hall.

Friday, April 22, 7:30 p.m. – Drury Theatre Presents: “The Three Sisters,” 7:30 p.m., Wilhoit Theatre. (NOTE: Performances of “The Three Sisters” take place on Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday.)

Saturday, 7:30 p.m. – Finale Concert by the Springfield-Drury Civic Orchestra. Evangel University Chapel Auditorium.

For more about the Humanities and Social Sciences at Drury, visit the CHSS page at Drury.edu or read the Human, All Too Human blog.

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Media Contact: Dr. Chris Panza, Dean, College of Humanities & Social Sciences: (417) 873-6873 or cpanza@drury.edu.