Clarke Lecture Examines ‘The Arts: Hallmarks of Civilization’

posted on March 3, 2008

Clarke College will host the alumni lecture of this year’s Mackin-Mailander Lecture Series on Tuesday, March 11, at 7:30 p.m. in Jansen Music Hall on the Clarke campus. Carol Blitgen, BVM, Ph.D., professor of drama/speech at Clarke and a 1958 graduate of Clarke, will present the lecture entitled “The Arts: Hallmarks of Civilization.” The lecture is free and the public is invited to attend.

The lecture will be a discussion of the value of the arts in general and the restraints on the arts in particular. As part of the lecture, Joe Klinebriel, assistant professor of drama/speech, and three Clarke students, Abby Schultz, Brigid Kelley and Colin Muenster, will act a scene from “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?” by Edward Albee to illustrate Blitgen’s remarks.

Blitgen has been a member of Clarke College Drama Department faculty since 1962. She is an expert in dramatic literature, great plays analysis, Shakespeare, modern drama, contemporary theater, American drama, play direction and philosophy of art. In addition to teaching, Blitgen has directed over 120 academic or professional productions, winning numerous regional awards from the American College Theatre Festival as well as the organization’s national Kennedy Center Medallion for continued artistic excellence.

Blitgen has served as chair of both Clarke’s drama department and fine arts division. She has been recognized for achievements as a past recipient of Clarke’s Meneve Dunham Award for Excellence in Teaching and the College’s Core Values Award. She is a professional member of the American College Theatre Festival, the National Association of Schools of Theatre and the Theatre Communications Group. Blitgen holds a bachelor of arts degree from Clarke College, a master of arts degree from the College of Kansas and a Ph.D. from the College of California – Santa Barbara.

The Mackin-Mailander Lecture Series was established in the spring of 1997 after Clarke received gifts from two alums, Mary Mackin ’34 and Verna Slattery-Mailander ’20, to establish an endowed lecture series. The annual series consists of three lectures, including a prominent outside speaker, a faculty lecture and an alum lecture.

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