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CSU hosts Arts Week February 17-23

University Relations

Charleston Southern Universitys College of Humanities and Social Sciences will highlight the fine and performing arts during the week of February 17-23, 2014. Events will be held on the Charleston Southern University Campus, as well as in the greater Charleston community.

There will be a special CSU Chapel service at 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday, February 19 in the Whitfield Center for Christian Leadership. This chapel will feature New York Times bestselling author Bret Lott.

During Arts Week, students and faculty from the Horton School of Music, Theatre, English, Graphic Design, Drawing and Painting will have their work displayed on campus through performances, readings, and exhibits.

Selected events include a reading from CSU faculty member Jeremy B. Jones upcoming book, Bearwallow: A Personal History of a Mountain Homeland, the first of three site-specific theatrical events presented by Professor Thomas Keating and students from CSU Players, and a concert entitled Wondrous Love featuring the Horton School of Music Choral Ensembles on Sunday, February 23rd at Summerville Baptist Church. Lott, a Professor of English and writer-in-residence at the College of Charleston will deliver a lecture on the idea of story, drawing upon a text from the Gospel of John. Lotts most recent book, Letters and Life: On Being a Writer, On Being a Christian, (Crossway, 2013) is a series of essays discussing the role of the Christian in the arts community. Students from the Horton School of Music and Theatre will also be involved in the program.

The idea for Arts Week came about as a result of several conversations amongst our very gifted arts faculty, says Dr. Jennifer Luiken, Professor of Music in the Horton School of Music at CSU. Literary, visual and performing arts are very much a part of the fabric of CSU, and there are hundreds of students here on campus involved in the arts each and every day.

The university offers Bachelor of Arts degrees in Communication and Theatre, English, English with a Writing Emphasis, English Education, Graphic Design, Humanities and Fine Arts, Music and Worship Leadership, Music Education (Choral and Instrumental), Music Therapy, and Performance (Instrumental and Vocal), as well as Minors in Art, Communication and Theatre, English, and Music.

We challenge our students to consider how to align their artistic gifts with Gods calling on their lives, and how they can use their gifts to impact the culture, Luiken said. Were often told by members of the community who patron our artistic offerings that we are the best kept secret in Charleston. Were hoping that this event will help to let that secret out.