Freed-Hardeman University Hosts Connections Series This Week

Freed-Hardeman University’s fall Connections Series set for Oct. 14-19 will focus on the theme, “EUREKA! Seizing the Inspired Moment.” The week-long event highlights the interdisciplinary linkages impacting a particular topic.

The centerpiece of this year’s event is an exhibition in the Troy Plunk Art Gallery of the work of Red Grooms. Six prints and three litho-sculptures from the Caldwell Collection at the West Tennessee Regional Art Center are featured in the Grooms exhibit. A resident of New York City, Grooms’ talents include painting, sculpting, printmaking, filmmaking and theatre design. His work has been featured in museums across the nation, including the Art Institute of Chicago and the Metropolitan Museum of Art. The show will run Oct. 16-Nov. 16.

Bill Hickerson, curator of West Tennessee Regional Art Center, and Mark Hooper, curator of exhibits for the Tennessee State Museum, will discuss Grooms’ work beginning at 5 p.m., Oct. 17 in Bulliner-Clayton Art Center. Hooper, who personally worked with Grooms as an assistant and collaborator, will discuss aspects of Grooms’ studio practice. A reception will follow the lectures and at 6:30 p.m. a discussion of Grooms’ work as it relates to the Connections theme will begin.

Other events during the week include Monday’s t-shirt poetry contest. Earlier this semester, students were given a t-shirt and challenged to create a poem that would fit on its back. Then, they were to design their shirts around the poem. The shirts will be revealed Monday at 5:30 in the Commons.

“Lorenzo’s Oil: Medical Discoveries and Their Consequences” will be the focus of Tuesday’s events. The film, “Lorenzo’s Oil,” will be shown in Crews-Coburn Activity Center. It will be followed by a discussion led by Dr. Rachel Stevens-Salmon, assistant professor of biology; Dr. Chris White, chair of the nursing department; and Dr. Rolland Pack, professor of philosophy and of Bible.

Throughout the week, students will engage in a series of “collision” courses wherein faculty from different disciplines will lead a discussion or create an activity demonstrating the connection of the topic to both disciplines.