Wesley Theological Seminary to Host Dean’s Forum Series on the Arts

Apr 13

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Wesley Theological Seminary is pleased to announce that it will host a Dean's Forum Series on the Arts during the month of March. Join us on March 14 and 21 in Elderdice Hall to enjoy lively lectures and discussions with Margaret Hunt and Dorothy McSweeny.

Margaret Hunt  March 14, 12:00-1:30 p.m.
Margaret Hunt was Head of English in a secondary school in Bristol, UK (1982-85) and lectured in literature for Bristol University’s Continuing Education department. She is currently studying at Nottingham University for a doctorate on the plays of Dorothy L Sayers. Margaret has directed plays in school and church and is a long-standing member of Radius, the Religious Drama Society of Great Britain, editing the society’s magazine since 1983 and chairing Radius Council from 1991 to 2001 during a period of radical reassessment. She currently chairs Radius' Executive Committee.
 
In 1999 Margaret was on the organizing team for a London production of six plays from Sayers’, The Man Born to be King, and in 2007, served as the UK liaison when Professor Fredericka Berger brought a group from Wesley for a study week in London. Margaret presented two papers to the Sayers in Context conference and has recently presented papers at two conferences of the Dorothy L. Sayers Society, to the Oxford C.S. Lewis Society, and to Nottingham University Women’s Club. In summer 2012, she presented a paper at the Theatrical Theology conference at the University of St Andrews.
 
Margaret has written a study course for Radius on Clive Sansom’s verse monologues, The Witnesses, and is a contributing editor of If Power Change Purpose, the society’s study course on Shakespeare’s Measure for Measure. She has contributed a critical essay and notes to an edition of Christina Rossetti’s verse Almost Paradise (ed. Andrew Rice-Oxley, 2003) and has translated ten Latin plays from the Fleury Playbook (ed. Wyndham Thomas, 1998-2004).
 
Dean Bruce Birch will introduce Ms. Hunt, and Wesley Professor Deryl Davis will perform a theatrical monologue to set the stage for Ms. Hunt's lecture on grace and literature.
 
Dorothy McSweeny  March 21, 12:00 – 1:30 p.m.                                                                    
Dorothy McSweeny is a board member of Americans for the Arts. According to its website, “Americans for the Arts is the nation’s leading nonprofit organization for advancing the arts and arts education.” Throughout the years, McSweeny has helped found organizations such as the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, the National Symphony Orchestra, The Washington Ballet, the National Museum of Women in the Arts, and many more.
 
Dorothy was recently awarded the National Assembly of State Arts Agency's (NASAA) Distinguished Public Service Award. The award seeks to honor individuals who have made significant progress in gaining public support for the arts in their state or the country. It honors individual volunteer leaders with a strong record of service and creative thinking.
 
Most recently, Dorothy was chair of the Mid-Atlantic Arts Foundation (MAAF), and has served on their board since 1999. She is also the chair emeritus for the D.C. Commission on the Arts and Humanities (DCCAH). During her time there, the DCCAH’s budget improved substantially and more than $1 million was donated to DCCAH grants and education projects from funds earned through her “Party Animals” and “Pandamania” projects.
 
Dorothy's achievements include receiving the Lifetime Achievement Award as well as being named "Washingtonian of the Year" in 1995. She was elected to the Washington, D.C. Hall of Fame in 2011.
 
Dean Bruce Birch will introduce Ms. McSweeny, and she will speak on how her faith has informed her work on behalf of the arts community, and how she believes the faith community intersects with the arts organizations with which she has worked.

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