Friday, October 15, 2010

New FAC Opens at Last: Writers Celebrate

Known from now on as the C FAC, for "Covenant Fine Arts Center," the new home of the English department opens this week after a long exile for English faculty and all our majors and minors.

A formal, public dedication ceremony for the entire CFAC will take place at 4:30 on Wednesday, October 20. But the English Department will hold its own celebratory lecture and reading the next day, Thursday, October 21, at 3:30, in the brand new recital hall.

Please join us, enjoy the moment, and imagine how many wonderful events we will host in this gorgeous new venue.

To inaugurate the recital hall, several Calvin writers will read from their work. Celebrating the work of Calvin writers past and present will be Prof. Lew Klatt, current student Andrew Steiner, 2010 graduate Laura Bardolph, and professor emeritus Tom Harper.

Then we'll hear from our featured speaker, Walter Wangerin, Jr., National Book Award winner and prolific writer of fiction, nonfiction, children's books, and more. Wangerin is a Lutheran pastor, professor, and former Festival of Faith and Writing speaker as well.

Following the event, we'll get to be among the first to spill cookie crumbs in the new lobby. In fact, people who come to the reception might be able to consume enough cookies to keep them going right into the next event, the opening of the new art gallery at 7 p.m.

Come celebrate the new home of current and future Calvin writers!

(By the way, the English Department is not actually moving into their new offices for several weeks yet. We'll have to celebrate that when the time comes...)

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