Cultural Enrichment

Each year the Cultural Enrichment Committee (CEC) of Roberts Wesleyan College provides a series of cross-disciplinary experiences for the college community. These are open to the community and most are free.

The CEC seeks to provide programs that help students understand connections between a Christian liberal arts education, a life of scholarship, service and faith and the culture at large.

These programs often include:

  • Guest lectures by local, regional and national scientists, authors, poets and other scholars and practitioners
  • Several musical events including solo and group performances each semester
  • Film fests
  • Common book projects
  • Connections with chapel programs
  • Community projects and national issues
  • Scholarship activity of the Roberts faculty

See below for this semester’s upcoming programs.  Download a pdf version of the 2015 Fall Schedule.

Friday, October 2


Dr. Christine Nickel, Instructional Designer, Old Dominion University, VA
Richard Nickel, MFA, Associate Professor of Ceramics, Old Dominion University, VA
“Educational Sculpting”
4:00 p.m.  Ellen Stowe Room

Wednesday, October 7


Gretchen Hull, piano
“Music of Chopin, Ravel, Scarlotti, and Messiaen”
7:30  Shewan Recital Hall

Monday, October 19


Dr. Bethany Welch, Aquinas Center Director, Philadelphia, PA
“Beautiful Walls: Mural Making and Operational Citizenship”
4:00 p.m.  Ellen Stowe Room

Tuesday, October 20


Brett Gould, founder of WHOBIX, “A Perspective Agency”
“Helping Them Discover Who They Are So They Will Know What to Do”
4:00 p.m.  Carpenter Hall Theater (CARP 18)

Wednesday, October 21


Teresa Ringholz, soprano, and Sonja Shelton, piano
“An Evening of Classical Music by Women Composers”
7:30 p.m.  Shewan Recital Hall 

Tuesday, October 27 - Roberts Reads Miniseries



Dr. Peter Lovenheim, Writer’s Center, Bethesda, MD
“In the Neighborhood”
12:15 p.m.  Ellen Stowe Room  (Those attending the lecture during this lunch hour are encouraged to bring their meal to the presentation)
4:00 p.m.  Shewan Recital Hall                                                                                                                                                                                                          

Wednesday, October 28 - Roberts Reads Miniseries



Justin Murphy, News and Education Reporter, Rochester's “Democrat and Chronicle”
“In the Neighborhood”
12:15 p.m.  Cultural Life Center 219  (Those attending the talk during this lunch hour are encouraged  to bring their meal to the presentation)

Thursday, October 29 - Roberts Reads Miniseries



“Rear Window” classic film directed by Alfred Hitchcock
Introduced and moderated by Dr. Matthew Moore
7:00 p.m.  Ellen Stowe Room

Monday, November 2 - Barnes Science & Faith Symposium



Laura Hogan, RN, MS, NP, ACHPN, Senior Nurse Practitioner, Palliative Care, Associate Professor of Nursing, University of Rochester
“Religion, Spirituality, and Palliative Care”
4:00 p.m.  Shewan Recital Hall

Dr. John Kilner, Director of Bioethics Programs, Chair of Christian Ethics and Theology, Professor of Bioethics and Contemporary Culture, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, IL
7:30 p.m.  Shewan Recital Hall

Wednesday, November 18


Dr. Kristina LaCelle-Peterson, Associate Professor of Religion, Houghton College

11:00 a.m.  Hale Auditorium (Part of Chapel Series)
4:00 p.m.  Ellen Stowe Room

For more information, contact Dr. Matthew Moore at