PIKEVILLE,Ky. – From theatre to bluegrass, University of Pikeville students and faculty will highlight “Fall into the Humanities.” Art, English, film and media arts, music, religion and Spanish will each be featured during a variety of events on campus.
“This festival will afford both the campus and Pikeville communities the opportunity to experience the richly textured tapestry that are the humanities,” said Phillip T. Westgate, DMA, associate professor of music. “The Fall into the Humanities festival is about celebrating the humanities here at UPIKE as a discipline.”
Activities begin on Thursday, Oct. 8, at 7:30 p.m., as the university’s theatre department presents the Broadway musical “Violet,” by Jeanine Tesori and Brian Crawley based on “The Ugliest Pilgrim” by Doris Betts. Additional show times include Saturday, Oct. 10, at 7:30 p.m., and Sunday, Oct. 11, at 3 p.m. All performances will be held in Chrisman Auditorium, Armington Learning Center, and are directed by Kim Willard, visiting professor of theatre, and accompanied by Westgate. Tickets are $5 for the public and $3 with UPIKE ID and will be available at the door.
The celebration continues with a full day of events on Friday, Oct. 9. Beginning at 11 a.m., the campus community will make a visual statement at the “Chalk the Walk” event. Artwork may be planned, reproductions or spontaneous expressions. Additional time may be arranged by emailing [email protected] or [email protected]
The departments of music and religion will explore the early history of the University of Pikeville through narration and song, beginning at 2 p.m. in Chrisman Auditorium.
Spanish professor Karen Dollinger will share “Tales from a Spanish Speaking World” at 2:30 and 4 p.m., in Armington Learning Center, room 417. Dollinger will read, in English, Spanish legends, Aztec myths, Mexican ghost stories and more.
“Movies in the Mountains,” a variety of short form narrative and documentary projects created by UPIKE film and media arts students, will be screened in Chrisman Auditorium at 3 p.m. Filmmakers will discuss their work and take questions from the audience.
The English department will present an abridged version of the play “Doctor Faustus” by Christopher Marlowe. Find out what happens when Doctor Faustus offers up his soul in exchange for the services of a devil. The student performance begins at 4:30 p.m., at “The Rock” on upper campus.
Artist Ben Bridgers’ work is currently on display in the Weber Art Gallery. Join Bridgers in the gallery at 4:30 p.m., for a reception as he discusses his work and how he has been greatly influenced by time spent living in the western region of the U.S., primarily The Badlands in Southern California.
The Spanish department invites the campus community to learn about Hispanic Heritage Month and the contributions of Hispanics to life in the United States during “Celebrando el mes de la herencia hispana.” The presentation, which includes a viewing of the film “César Chávez,” begins at 5 p.m., in Armington Learning Center, room 417.
The “Fall into the Humanities” festival concludes with a concert by “Coaltown Dixie,” a classy, energetic all-female bluegrass band hailing from the Appalachian hills of East Kentucky. The free concert will be held at 8 p.m., in Booth Auditorium.
For more information on the “Fall into the Humanities” festival contact the Office of Public Affairs at (606) 218-5270 or [email protected] The campus and community are cordially invited to attend all “Fall into the Humanities” activities.