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Cultural Enhancement Series announces 2016-2017 lineup

The 2016-2017 Cultural Enhancement Series Committee has announced its season lineup for the academic year beginning this fall.

2016-17-seasonThe first event of the season features Anne Lamott on Sept. 27. Lamott is a best-selling novelist with works such as Hard Laughter, Blue Shoe, All New People, and many other titles gracing bookshelves around the world. She has also produced several notable books of nonfiction, such as her writing guide, Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life, which has been referenced in English classrooms around the country and WKU.

Then, on Oct. 20, Ben Sollee will take Van Meter Hall’s stage. Sollee is a Kentucky-born cellist and composer. Initially beginning his touring career on a bicycle in 2009, according to his biography, Solle has since traveled over 4,000 miles and reached even more hearts (and ears) than ever before, such as when he performed in Carnegie Hall and the Lincoln Center.

On Nov. 7, Joel Sartore will arrive at WKU. A National Geographic photographer, conservationist and author, Sartore has seen much of the world—and photographed it. There will be a corresponding gallery in Mass Media and Technology Hall featuring Sartore’s work.

In the spring semester, Black Violin will perform on Feb. 21. A musical duo that features a blend of classical hip-hop, rock, R&B and bluegrass music, Kevin Sylvester and Wilner Baptiste are making waves in the music world. Their most recent album, Stereotypes, was released in 2015.

The final event of the season is a 90-minute reading and subsequent Q&A with David Sedaris on April 22. Known for his “sardonic wit and incisive social critiques,” Sedaris has published several books and essays, including Barrel Fever and Let’s Explore Diabetes with Owls. The latter work’s audio version received a Grammy-nomination for Best Spoken Word Album at the 56th Annual Awards. There will be books available for purchase before and after the event, as well as a book signing.

All of the Cultural Enhancement Series events will take place at 7:30 p.m. CT in WKU’s Van Meter Hall. More information about the individual events will become available at a later date.

Admission is free to the campus and public. No tickets are required for these events, but seating will be offered on a first-come, first-serve basis.

For up to date information about current and upcoming seasons, follow the WKU Cultural Enhancement Series on Facebook and Twitter.

Contact: Potter College of Arts & Letters, (270) 745-2344

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