Vol. 17, No. 32May 21, 1998

Christine Heyrman to discuss 'Holy Wars in the Old South'

Christine Leigh Heyrman, history, will speak on "Holy Wars in the Old South: The Battle Among Baptists, Methodists and Presbyterians" at the annual Faculty Lecture hosted by the UD Library Associates. The event begins at 4:30 p.m., Tuesday, June 9, in the Class of 1941 Lecture Room in the Morris Library.

Heyrman's topic will relate to her award-winning book, Southern Cross: The Beginnings of the Bible Belt. Southern Cross continues to receive much acclaim and national attention, including favorable reviews in The New York Times, The Washington Post, the Boston Globe and Library Journal.

A reviewer for Library Journal calls the book "a fascinating work" and comments, "Heyrman traces the development of evangelical Christianity in early Southern history, from Colonial days to the early 19th century."

In April, Southern Cross, was awarded the prestigious Bancroft Prize, presented by Columbia University to recognize books of exceptional merit in history, biography or diplomacy. Copies of the book will be available for purchase and autographing during the June 9 event.

Heyrman's other books include Commerce and Culture: The Maritime Communities of Colonial Massachusetts, 1690-1750 (1984) and Nation of Nations, which she coauthored in 1990, now in its third edition.

Prior to joining UD in 1990, Heyrman served on the faculty at Brandeis University, at the University of California, Irvine, and was the Cardozo Visiting Associate Professor at Yale University. She also was a National Endowment for the Humanities fellow-in-residence at the American Antiquarian Society. A graduate of Macalester College, she received her Ph.D. from Yale University.

After the presentation, the Library Associates will sponsor a reception for all attending the lecture, in the Morris Library Commons to honor new members.

The lecture is open to the public by reservation. To request a printed invitation, send an e-mail message to UDLA@mvs.udel.edu or call 831-2231.

Honors recital scheduled July 9

This summer the University's Wind Ensemble Camp, sponsored by the UD Community Music School, will offer participants a chance to take part in an honors recital at no extra cost.

Any student enrolled in the camp may audition to play in the honors recital by performing a prepared solo for a panel of experts. The honors recital will be held on Thursday afternoon during camp, for other campers and invited guests.

"We've toyed with the idea of having a select group before," Jill Hannagan, music school director, said, "but it's not part of our philosophy to offer something unless everyone can be a part of it. But, by starting the honors recital this year, campers who aren't part of it now can work toward it next summer. It's something that will expand the experiences of the musicians, and everyone can audition."

Wind Ensemble Camp, for student musicians from grades 9-12, is scheduled from 9 a.m.-5:30 p.m., July 6-10, in the Amy E. du Pont Music Building. Cost is $185 and includes lunch. A $20 deposit is due with the application.

Directed by Robert Streckfuss, music, the camp's daily schedule includes musicianship classes, sectionals, master classes and two large group rehearsals, which Streckfuss will conduct. David Blackinton, of Brigham Young University, will coach trumpet sectionals and offer master classes to brass players while sharing conducting duties with Streckfuss.

The weeklong program concludes with a 7:30 p.m. concert on Friday, July 10, in the Loudis Recital Hall.

For registration materials or more information, call the Community Music School at 831-2577.

Gallery to feature works in 3-D

An installation of three-dimensional works by sculptor David Meyer will be on display at the University Gallery from June 9-July 31.

Meyer, a native of Oklahoma, is an award-winning sculptor. His design, Oklahoma City Bombing Memorial, was commissioned by the Oklahoma Archdiocese for St. Joseph's Catholic Church, which stands directly across the street from where the Murrah Federal Building once stood. The commemorative design is in recognition of the survivors and in remembrance of the 168 people who were killed in the explosion.

Meyer also is the designer of the Oklahoma Tribal Flag Plaza, an earthwork in honor of the 36 tribal governments of Oklahoma, also located in Oklahoma City.

Featured in the UD exhibition will be works that uniquely explore the world around us and raise questions about the universe. Most are composed of both natural and manufactured materials, including some that feature natural forces of decay.

"The role of art in our society acts as a messenger of past, future and present ideas and knowledge," Meyer said. "I believe, as many have before me, that artists are seers. Their vision goes well beyond the reflected image to encapsulate the very essence of the world around them. It is this attention to the nuances of the universe that couples them with the scientist's need and desire to comprehend it," Meyer said.

"Although my work is generated from my interest in the sciences, I don't consider myself a scientist. I am just curious and share [the scientist's] need to see and understand the unnoticed curiosities of the universe we tend to take for granted," he added.

The University Gallery is wheelchair accessible and located on the second floor of Old College. Hours are 11 a.m.-5 p.m., Tuesdays through Fridays, and from 1-5 p.m., Saturdays and Sundays. Admission to all gallery events is free.

To request other disability accommodations, or to arrange guided tours, contact the gallery office at 831-8242 at least 10 days in advance of a visit.

For more information on the current exhibit, visit Meyer's web site at http://seurat.art.udel. edu/Galleries/Grad.Gallery/DMeyer/DMeyerHP.HTML