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Colloquium showcases student research at Jewell; The Wall Street Journal drama critic to speak
Contact: Cara Dahlor816-415-5223
April 9, 2013

William Jewell College students will showcase research projects spanning the intellectual spectrum at “Celebrating the Life of the Mind: A Day of Undergraduate Scholarship and Creativity” on the Liberty, Mo., campus Friday, April 26. The presentations are free and the public is invited to attend. View the schedule.

A special feature of this year’s colloquium will be a presentation by writer Terry Teachout, a 1979 William Jewell alumnus, drama critic for The Wall Street Journal and author of an acclaimed biography of jazz great Louis Armstrong. Teachout’s presentation, “From Critic to Creator: How a Drama Critic Changed Hats,” begins at 1 p.m. in Gano Memorial Chapel followed by question and answer session.

Students will present the results of scholarly research projects to faculty, staff and the community at large through oral presentations, performing and visual arts and readings of creative writing. The day-long colloquium allows students from all academic disciplines to receive recognition for their unique ideas and studies. The colloquium honors long-time faculty member Dr. David Nelson Duke, a professor of religion who died in 2000.

Colloquium presentations begin at 9 a.m. and continue through 3:30 p.m. on campus. Oral presentations will be held at the following times:

  • 9 a.m.-10 a.m.: Student presentations
  • 10:15 to 11:15 a.m.: Student presentations
  • 12:15 p.m. to 1 p.m.: Poster presentations
  • 1 to 2 p.m.: Presentation and Q/A by Mr. Terry Teachout ’79, author and drama critic for The Wall Street Journal (Gano Memorial Chapel)
  • 2:30 to 3:30 p.m.: Student presentations

Posters will be on view in the Yates-Gill College Atrium from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Poster presenters will be available to answer questions from 12:15 to 1 p.m.

Terry Teachout is the drama critic of The Wall Street Journal, the critic-at-large of Commentary and the author of “Sightings,” a biweekly column for the Friday Journal about the arts in America. He also writes about the arts on his blog, “About Last Night” (www.terryteachout.com). His latest book, Duke: A Life of Duke Ellington, will be published by Gotham Books in October. He received a Guggenheim Fellowship in 2012 to support the writing of Duke. Satchmo at the Waldorf, his first play, was premiered in 2011 in Orlando and was produced last year by Shakespeare & Company of Lenox, Mass., Long Wharf Theatre of New Haven, Conn., and the Wilma Theater of Philadelphia.

Teachout’s previous books include Pops: A Life of Louis Armstrong, All in the Dances: A Brief Life of George Balanchine and The Skeptic: A Life of H.L. Mencken. He has also written the libretti for two operas by Paul Moravec, The Letter (premiered by the Santa Fe Opera in 2009) and Danse Russe (premiered by Philadelphia’s Center City Opera Theater in 2011).

A graduate of William Jewell College, Teachout played jazz bass professionally in Kansas City before becoming a full-time writer. He contributed to The Oxford Companion to Jazz and Robert Gottlieb’s Reading Dance and has written track notes for Jazz: The Smithsonian Anthology and liner notes for albums by Karrin Allyson, Diana Krall, Marian McPartland, Maria Schneider, Luciana Souza and other artists. He served on the National Council on the Arts from 2004 to 2010. He lives with his wife, Hilary, in New York City and Connecticut.

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