Transylvania University announces 2018-2019 feature event series New Frontiers

This year, the public is invited to go beyond the familiar and explore ideas, art and music with a new feature event series hosted on the campus of Transylvania University.  The New Frontiers 2018-2019 season focuses on the university’s year-long campus theme—civility—and the debate over its role in shaping citizens and communities.  

Through presentations from such innovators as author Sir Salman Rushdie, digital creator Dylan Marron and data visualization artists Hasan Elahi and Laurie Frick, New Frontiers embraces multiple disciplines, backgrounds and perspectives in a process that is vastly challenging, entertaining and, ultimately, transformative. 

“In a world that is at once fragile, unyielding, complex and searching for direction, Transylvania’s New Frontiers season draws on the arts, humanities and sciences to explore who we are as humans and how we relate,” President Seamus Carey said.

Events in the New Frontiers series are free and open to the public. Some events require reservations. 

New Frontiers season highlights include signature performances and lectures, as well as selected events from the Transylvania Creative Intelligence Series, including:

    • “Considering Matthew Shepard,” a choral drama featuring the Grammy-winning Conspirare on Oct. 9 
    • James Mustich, author of “1000 Books to Read Before You Die: A Life-Changing List” on Oct. 18
    • “Data, Mine” art talk and exhibition with Hasan Elahi and Laurie Frick on Jan. 24
    • Shaun Leonardo, an award-winning artist who uses performance practice to unravel the complexities of human interaction on Feb. 27
  • Sir Salman Rushdie, “On Civility,” the William R. Kenan Jr. Lecture on March 27

A full schedule of the 2018-2019 New Frontiers season highlights is available online at transy.edu/events. 

Transylvania University, located in the heart of downtown Lexington, Kentucky, is ranked in the top 15 percent of the nation’s four-year colleges by The Princeton Review, which cites its community-driven, personalized approach to a liberal arts education through 46 majors. Founded in 1780, it is the 16th oldest institution of higher learning in the country, enrolling approximately 1,000 students. Visit www.transy.edu for more information.