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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


All events are free and open to the public.

David Dunning, Chili Town Supervisor
     "Civil Discourse and Public Service"
Thursday, January 23, 12:15 p.m., Ellen Stowe Room in Garlock Commons
*Those attending are encouraged to bring their lunch. Click here for more info! 

Nery Gabriel Lemus, Artist
     "On a Wing and a Prayer" - Schoenhals Symposium Lecture Click here for Symposium info!
Thursday, January 23, 4:00 p.m., Smith Hall Auditorium 
www.nerygabriellemus.com Click here for more lecture info!

Tracy Dahl, Renowned Operatic Soprano
     Schoenhals Symposium, Department of Music and Performing Arts
Wednesday, March 11 & Thursday, March 12, Shewan Recital Hall
     Wednesday, March 11 at 7:30 p.m. – Recital
     Thursday, March 12 at 1:40 - 2:55 p.m. – Lecture and Q & A
     Thursday, March 12 at 7:30 p.m. – Masterclass

Shamere McKenzie, Sun Gate Foundation, and others  
     Academic Day: Anti-Human Trafficking event
Tuesday, March 24, 9:00 am – 5:00 pm, Campus-wide.  More info to follow!

Luann Meyer, Monroe County Solid Waste Administrator 
     “Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle” - Ecological Stewardship Committee event
Friday, April 3, 12:00 pm, Ellen Stowe Room in Garlock Dining Commons*
*Those attending are encouraged to bring their lunch. 

Here is a sampling of events from Fall 2019....

Justin Murphy, "Democrat & Chronicle" education journalist
     "The Great Migration and Social Change in Rochester"
Monday, October 21, 2019, 12 noon, Ellen Stowe Room in Garlock Commons
*Those attending are encouraged to bring their lunch. Click here for More info.

SILENT FILM with live piano - Harold Lloyd's Safety Last (1923) with Philip Carli, piano
Monday, Sept. 30, 2019, 8:00 p.m., Cox Hall
Click on this link for additional information

Constitution Café - In celebration of Constitution Day
Tuesday, Sept. 17, 2019, 1 - 2 p.m. in the Golisano Library Café
Click on this link for additional information.  

Here is a sampling of events from Spring 2019....

Rev. John Parit
    Director of The Olive Branch Mission in Africa

Tuesday, March 26, 2019, 12:15 pm  in Ellen Stowe Room in Garlock*

*Those attending are encouraged to bring their lunch.
Click here for 
More info

RWC Poetry Reading
     Featuring Poets Bethany Bowman & Charlie Cote
     Open mic to follow.  #NaPoMo #robertsreads #lifeatroberts #Yawp   

Friday, April 5, 2019, 12:00 pm in Ellen Stowe Room in Garlock
Click on this link for additional information

Here is a sampling of events from Fall 2018....

Rachel Barnhart
Constitution Day - "Free Speech"
Click on this link to view Rachel's presentation!

Was on Monday, September 17, 2018 
12:00 pm   Ellen Stowe Room

Click on this link for additional information.  
Rachel B podcast: http://www.wxxinews.org/post/connections-rachel-barnharts-book-broad-casted

Tobias Greenhalgh, baritone; and Joel Harder, piano
“Schubert's Winterreise” - a Musical Event

Was on Wednesday, September 19 
7:30 pm   Shewan Recital Hall

Joshua Bouillon, tenor; Jeffery McGhee, baritone; and Michael Landrum, piano
“An Evening of Art Song, Opera, and Sacred Song”

Was on Tuesday, October 16
7:30 pm Shewan Recital Hall in the Howard Stowe Roberts Cultural Life Center

Bishop Salvatore R. Matano, D.D., S.T.L., J.C.D.
Roman Catholic Bishop, Diocese of Rochester

Was on Thursday, October 18
4:00 pm   Lake Auditorium in the Smith Hall

Click on this link for additional information.   
Bishop Matano: https://www.dor.org/about/bishop-salvatore-r-matano/

Roberts Reads 2018

Drew Moser
    Co-author of "Ready or Not: Leaning into Life in Our Twenties" (with Jess Fankhauser)

Was on Monday, October 22
11:00 am   Hale Auditorium (during Chapel time) in the Roberts Cultural Life Center
12:00 pm   Ellen Stowe in Garlock - Bring your lunch to further discuss the book, ask questions, etc.  Open to all!

Alumni Panel
    Bring your dinner and hear a panel of RWC alumni discuss calling, careers, and life after Roberts

Was on Tuesday, October 23
5:30 pm   Ellen Stowe in Garlock - Open to all!

More links for a sampling of past events:

For more information, contact Dr. Matthew Moore at moorem@roberts.edu