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American Spiritual Ensemble’s virtual tour performs for Transylvania’s Smith Concert Series

Transylvania University presented “The Power of Spirituals,” a virtual concert experience featuring the internationally acclaimed American Spiritual Ensemble as part of the annual Dorothy J. and Fred K. Smith Concert Series. The free show streamed online for 10 days beginning April 2, and a virtual artists’ discussion took place April 11. Watch the discussion below.


Transylvania University Theater presents “Railsplitter” by Maurice Manning

Transylvania University Theater, in partnership with Maurice Manning, an esteemed American poet, Guggenheim Fellow, Pulitzer Prize finalist and professor of English, presents a performance adaptation of his latest book of poetry, “Railsplitter.”

Railsplitter is a collection of 31 short interpretations of Manning’s poems — ranging from straight recitations of the lines to music videos. A choose-your-own adventure style of online theater performance, the production crew boasts of more than 10 directors, working with over 40 performers, including students, faculty, staff and alumni, put together by eight student video editors.

View the performance above.


Through the Lens: Campaign Photography in the Digital World
A Democracy and the Informed Citizen discussion

Four photographers who spent years in and around the White House and national political campaigns will come together for a virtual discussion hosted by Transylvania University and Kentucky Humanities, with additional funding from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and the National Endowment for the Humanities. 

“Through the Lens: Campaign Photography in a Digital World” will examine the role visuals play in campaigns and whether digital imagery serves as a reliable source of information. The discussion includes award-winning photographers Sharon Farmer, Ryan Morris, Paul Morse and Chris Usher and will be moderated by local journalist and Transy Rambler adviser Jennifer Palumbo.

View the event above. Read more about the event on the 1780 blog.

“Through the Lens” photographers are also part “Fact/itious,” the first exhibition of the year in Transylvania’s Morlan Gallery, hosted online from Sept. 8 to Oct. 9.