Each year the Cultural Enrichment Committee (CEC) of Roberts Wesleyan College provides a series of cross-disciplinary experiences for the college community. 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 involve guest lectures by local, regional and national scientists, authors, poets and other scholars and practitioners. Also there are several musical events including solo and group performances each semester. Film fests, common book projects, connections with chapel programs, community projects and national issues have all been part of various CEC programs in the past. Scholarship activity of the Roberts faculty is also highlighted each semester. These events are open to the public and almost all of them are free.

See below for this semester’s upcoming programs.  Download a pdf version here.

Thursday, January 16 Elizabeth Fides, Deputy in Erie County Sheriff’s Office

  “I’m Not for Sale: Human Trafficking Awareness Event”
* 6:00 p.m. Ellen Stowe Dining Room

Thursday, February 13 Angel OuYang, violin, Paul Shewan, trumpet, and Michael Landrum, piano

  7:30 p.m. Shewan Recital Hall

Monday, February 24 Gerry DeLoach, saxophone

  11:00 a.m. Chapel, Hale Auditorium

Thursday and Friday, February 27 and 28


Barnes Science and Faith Symposium: Free Will in the World of Neuroscience

Sessions are free, but lunch and dinner require registration. You can register for the event here.

Wednesday, March 5 Dr. Andrew Koehl, Associate Professor of Philosophy “George MacDonald, C.S. Lewis, and the Dwarves”

  *12:15 p.m. Ellen Stowe Dining Room

Wednesday, March 19 A silent film with live piano accompaniment by Philip Carli, staff pianist at the George Eastman House

  The Navigator, a 1924 comedy directed by and starring Buster Keaton, was written by Clyde Bruckman and co-directed by Donald Crisp.  For The Navigator, Buster Keaton revisits one of his most beloved character types, the spoiled little rich boy.  Here he plays the young millionaire, Rollo Treadway.  One of the most impressive things about The Navigator is the inclusion of a strong female character, Rollo’s estranged girlfriend, Betsy (Kathryn McGuire).  Two spoiled rich people find themselves trapped on an empty passenger ship and the pair is forced to work together to keep themselves alive and the boat afloat.  In its brief sixty-minute run time, The Navigator delivers in spades, in the comedy department.

Wednesday, March 26 Dr. Martin Price, Founder and former director ECHO Program

  Speaking on issues of food scarcity and malnutrition in various areas of the world and how Christians can make a difference in improving the quality of life for poor subsistence farmers.
*12:15 p.m. Ellen Stowe Dining Room
4:00 p.m. Smith Science Center Auditorium

Friday, March 28 Dr. Callie Babbitt, Assistant Professor, Golisano Institute for Sustainability, Rochester Institute of Technology

  “Product Stewardship in the Digital Era: Environmental and Ethical Dimensions of Electronic Products”
*12:15 p.m. Ellen Stowe Dining Room

Saturday, April 5 “An Evening of One Act Plays”

  7:30 p.m. Cox Hall Auditorium

Friday, April 11 Dr. William Heyen, poet and retired professor of English literature, SUNY College at Brockport

  “Readings for National Poetry Month”
4:00 p.m. SSC Auditorium

Tuesday, April 15 Anthony Sciolino, author and retired New York State family court judge

  “The Holocaust, the Church, and the Law of Unintended Consequences”
*12:15 p.m. Ellen Stowe Dining Room


 *Those wishing to attend a lecture during the lunch or dinner hour are encouraged to bring their meal to the Ellen Stowe Dining Room during the presentation.