Feb 05, 2013

Upcoming Lyceum Events at the Columbia Campus

Event Open to the Public

Columbia State Community College professors Dr. Chaitram Talele and Dr. Bill Andrews will discuss the complex political and social problems of Afghanistan in a forum on Wednesday, October 28 at 6 p.m. in the Ledbetter Auditorium at Columbia State Community College. The forum sponsored by the Socratic Club, the Communication program, and the Lyceum Committee, is part of a series of continuing lectures to inform the public about pressing issues in our daily lives.

Talele, a professor of economics, and Andrews, a professor of history, will look at the social problems of the Afghanistan people and region. They will also investigate the country's complex history, the role of the poppy and opium trade in the region's history, and the purpose of United States military occupation in the region.

The two professors will try to unravel the complex social and political issues that threaten to unravel a tentative 'peace' in the country.

Join these professors for an invigorating investigation of the complicated dynamics driving American decisions in Afghanistan and what this means to the people, their country, and the United States. The event is free and open to the public.

For more information about the lecture series, contact Stuart Lenig by phone at (931) 540-2877 or by email at slenig@columbiastate.edu.

Lecture and Demonstration to be Held Prior to Concert

Columbia State Community College's Lyceum Committee will host a concert featuring Dewayne Pigg and members of the Nashville Double Reed Ensemble. The concert will take place on Tuesday, November 3 at 7 p.m. in the Cherry Theater. There will be an educational lecture and demonstration prior to the concert. The lecture begins at 6 p.m.

"Dewayne and members of his group performed at Columbia State last spring. Many audience members commented on how entertaining and engaging this group was," said Emily Gaskill, assistant professor of music and chair of Columbia State's Lyceum Committee. "Since Dewayne is an educator, he is very attuned to his audience. His thoughtful comments and anecdotes added to the group's performance. This performance promises to be exciting, educational, and entertaining for all audience members."

Pigg, the founder and artistic director of the Nashville Double Reed Ensemble and other members of the ensemble will entertain and enlighten the audience with a variety of classical and jazz compositions and arrangements for the oboe, English horn, and the bassoon. Pigg is the professor of oboe, double reeds and saxophone at Middle Tennessee State University.

The Nashville Double Reed Ensemble was founded in the spring of 2003 and has done numerous performances in the Middle Tennessee area. The group is composed of a mixture of notable free-lance performers and educators.

The main objective of the Nashville Double Reed Ensemble is to perform established and original double reed literature, educate the general public about double reeds, and serve as a model for other developing double reed groups throughout the country.

The ensemble has performed for Nashville and surrounding counties and plans to share their love of double reed music with audiences in other parts of the country and in various parts of the world.

The lecture and the concert are free and open to the public. The Cherry Theater is located in the Waymon L. Hickman building on the Columbia Campus at 1665 Hampshire Pike, in Columbia. Funding for this event comes from the Tennessee Arts Commission and the Columbia State Community College Foundation.

To learn more about this performance and other events sponsored by Columbia State's Lyceum Committee visit the event calendar at http://www.columbiastate.edu/Lyceum-Events/5.

Columbia State is a two-year college, serving a nine-county area in southern Middle Tennessee with locations in Columbia, Franklin, Lawrenceburg, Lewisburg and Clifton. As Tennessee's first community college, Columbia State is committed to increasing access and enhancing diversity at all five campuses. Columbia State is a member of the Tennessee Board of Regents, the sixth largest higher education system in the nation. For more information, please visit www.columbiastate.edu.