3D Journeys series to focus on Sicily

3D Journeys series to focus on Sicily

Most people can identify Sicily as the large island near the toe of the “boot” of Italy.

Some know it as the site of Mount Etna, the largest active volcano in Europe, or as the legendary birthplace of the Mafia.

While accurate, these facts vastly underestimate the spectacularly beautiful region, a popular travel destination rich in history, culture and natural wonders, said John Lawrence, Fuller E. Callaway Professor of Art and Design at LaGrange College. He is an upcoming lecturer for 3D

Journeys, the college’s lecture series and travel experience.

Lawrence, who has visited Sicily many times, was delighted when the country was chosen as this year’s 3D Journeys topic.  He believes Sicily is a great place to visit, either as an armchair traveler or in person, even for those who have already traveled to Italy

If the country were considered a feast for visitors, “Sicily would be the dessert of many different ingredients: Phoenician, Greek, Roman, Byzantine, Arab, Norman, Spanish,” he said.

“To quote Goethe,” he continued, “’To have seen Italy without having seen Sicily is not to have seen Italy at all, for Sicily is the clue to everything.’ Goethe wrote that in 1787, and it is as true today as ever.”

Dr. Sue Duttera, a retired professor and current member of the 3D Journeys committee, agreed Sicily has much to offer, as both destination and study topic.

“The landscape of coasts, mountains and volcanoes is breathtaking. The food, which draws from many different cultures, is amazing. Sicily’s Greek ruins are more intact than anything in Greece, and the connections to both ancient and modern history are fascinating.”

This year’s 3D program kicks off Monday with a preview of the upcoming lectures. Set for 10 a.m. in Dickson Assembly Room of Turner Hall, the overview will introduce the lecturers and their topics. Like all 3D sessions, it is free and open to anyone with an interest in learning.

Details and rates for a spring 2017 trip to Sicily, hosted by President Dan McAlexander and First Lady Celeste Myall, also will be presented. Lawrence will accompany the travelers as “in-house expert,” along with professional guides.

An average of 100 participants attend the lectures, with about a third of them traveling to the 3D destination later in the year. For example, 30 travelers visited Cuba in 2016. Participants do not have to travel to attend the lectures.

“The choice of Sicily as our 2017 topic has generated much enthusiasm over the summer,” said Ann Beason, who co-chairs the 3D Journeys committee with Nancy Durand. “We are excited to welcome 3D lecture-goers to campus Monday to kick off the seventh year of discovering, discussing and developing new ideas through lectures and travel.”

The 2017 lecture dates and speakers are Dr. Kevin Shirley, Professor of History, on Jan. 23; Dr. Mariangela Vecchiarini, a native of Italy and Professor of Business and Accountancy, Feb. 27; Shelley Cooper, Assistant Professor of Musical Theater and a newcomer to the LC faculty, March 27; and Lawrence, April 24.  All are free and open to the public.

A Dutch-treat lunch will be available at Pitts Dining Hall following all of the sessions.

Guests should park at Sunny Gables Alumni House, 910 Broad St, for shuttle transport to the door.

For more information, call 706-880-8244 or email 3DJourneys@lagrange.edu.

CE events

Today (Friday)
Tre Campbell will be performing from his recently released album at 6:30 p.m. today (Friday) at West Side Recital Hall. Explicit language and subject matter

“Crash,” a 2004 film by Paul Haggis, 7 p.m., Corn Auditorium at Lewis Library.

Addiction and the effects on the brain, 11:15 a.m., Corn Auditorium.
Careers in speech language pathology, 11:15 a.m., Bailey Room.
Exercise Science Association interest meeting, 11:15 a.m., Room 101, Callaway Education Building.
“We Will Not Be Silent: Exploring Diversity” will examine book banning, 11:15 a.m., Dickson Assembly Room.
Student Government Association town hall meeting, 7 p.m., Dickson Assembly Room.
“Crash,” a 2004 film by Paul Haggis, 7 p.m., Corn Auditorium at Lewis Library.

LaGrange Symphony Orchestra presents “Air,” 7:30 p.m., Callaway Auditorium. LC students with a current ID are admitted free, and tickets can be picked up at the door.

Alyese Wilkerson ’14 voice recital, 4:15 p.m., West Side Recital Hall.
“The Color Purple,” 6:30 p.m., Corn Auditorium.

Grad School 101, 11:15 a.m., Corn Auditorium.

In the headlines

3D Journeys to focus on Sicily – LaGrange Daily News, Sept. 21, 2016

Panthers’ quarterback honored for big game – LaGrange Daily News, Sept. 20, 2016

Connor Blair surprised to find he set school passing records – Daytona Beach News-Journal, Sept. 19, 2016

Activist Styron will speak on Tuesday – Valley Times-News, Sept. 15, 2016
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Happy fall!

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Junior quarterback Connor Blair
The Panthers (2-1) defeated Ave Maria 54-17 last Saturday. Junior quarterback Connor Blair set school records of 520 yards passing and six touchdown passes, tying the USA South record for touchdown passes in a single game. He was named the USA South Offensive Player of the Week. The Panthers are off until Oct. 1 when they host Averett in Callaway Stadium at 5 p.m.

LaGrange (10-4) won 3-0 (25-16, 25-10, 25-7) at Judson College (Marion, Alabama) on Tuesday. Freshman Samantha James had a team-high seven kills. The Panthers host Mary Baldwin (Staunton, Virginia) and Ferrum (Virginia) College on Saturday, then North Carolina Wesleyan (Rocky Mount) and Meredith (Raleigh, North Carolina) on Sunday. The matches are part of USA South Quad Matches each day in Richter Gym. Match times for the Panthers both days are 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.

Men's Soccer
Men’s soccer
Freshmen Levi Gehman and Errick Sturm each had two goals in the Panthers’ 4-2 win against Huntingdon last Saturday. LaGrange (3-3, 1-0 USA South) hosts Maryville at 4 p.m. today (Friday) at 4 in a USA South match.

The LaGrange golf team tied for 13th at the NCAA Division III Fall Preview held at the Mission Inn Resort in Howey-in-the-Hills, Florida. Senior Logan Lanier tied for 11th in the individual standings. The Panthers play in the Oglethorpe Invitational on Oct. 3-4 at the Royal Lakes Country Club in Gainesville, Georgia.

Women's Soccer
Women’s soccer
The Panthers (1-5-2, 0-2-1 USA South) lost 2-0 at Huntingdon on Wednesday. Sophomore Jesse Grogan had four saves in goal during the match. LaGrange hosts Maryville today (Friday) and Covenant on Saturday in USA South matches, starting at 6:30 p.m. both days.

Cross County
Cross country
The LaGrange cross country teams will be competing in the Mercer University Invitational in Macon, Georgia, today (Friday). The men’s 8K race begins at 5:45 p.m., followed by the women’s 5K around 6:30 p.m.

Panther Palooza
Time is running out for special ticket pricing for students, faculty, staff and alumni for the Panther Palooza VI concert featuring Tonic, with special guest Drivin’ N’ Cryin’, Oct. 21 at Sweetland Amphitheatre. The first 950 LaGrange College alumni to register for Homecoming 2016 will receive a promo code for $15 off their Reserved Seating ticket (making the cost $10 per ticket). Ticket prices are: General Admission (Orchestra Pit-standing), $25; Reserved Seating, $25; and General Admission (Lawn), $15. For more information, visit lagrange.edu/homecoming.

The 2017 Interim Bulletin is now available online. Registration will be Monday through Thursday.

The New York Observer invited Dr. John Tures, Professor of Political Science, to submit a column on terrorism and elections after reading about undergraduate research conducted by his students. Dr. Tures also participated in nine radio interviews Tuesday morning with the Canadian Broadcasting Co.

This Saturday is Fall Preview Day 1. Please give a warm LaGrange College welcome to visitors you may see around campus.