In our lives we ask ourselves, “What does it mean to be human? What is our purpose? What divine creatures are we?”
This year, the Orr Forum will communicate the evidence, arguments, and answers people look for to the community.
The Orr Forum, which began in 1964, is touted as “the most prestigious academic event on campus” according to Wilson College Orr Forum webpage. A lecture series that brings prestigious thinkers to campus from different regions of religious studies, the Orr Forum in past years has approached topics of race, the relationship of church and state, the AIDS crisis, and Islam.
In past years, this event lasted only one week. This year, however, it will present these topics in a new format which will continue all year and will entail interval presentations revolving around what it means to be human.
On Sept. 3, English Professor Larry Shillock set these events in motion with his presentation “The Walking Dead, Television Advertising, and the Epistles of Saint Paul.” Shillock brought up new ideas about the popular television series that viewers have never considered before; the same will be expected from the many other speakers this year.
Discussing his presentation, Shillock said, “The television series expresses the ideas of human embodiment and the battle humans go through within the flesh.”
Taylor Staudt ‘15, who attended the presentation, said, “I thought it was very interesting that he related his topic to a TV show, which was a good for the younger audience.”
Shillock used literary works to support his argument and referenced old readings to make a connection between religion and English literature.
“Reading old stories teach humans how to act, to direct people in the right direction, and give humans morals”, said Shillock as he sat in the aged chair in the middle of his office filled with old novels and books.
Zina Long ’15, one of many other students who attended the presentation, expressed, “Larry did a good job of showing the teachings of Paul and The Walking Dead.”
Shillock, excited how the community will respond to these sessions said, “The sessions and topics are like building blocks to the answer we are seeking.”
The director and event organizer of the Orr Forum, Associate Professor of Religion and Philosophy and Religion Chair David True, said he is very excited about this year’s sessions.
“The purpose of the Orr Forum is to raise questions, get people to think and deepen their thoughts” said True.
Humans today remain busy with life and dealing with the responsibilities that we all experience, but True and the other Forum participants want for the community to push the pause button on all that, reflect upon the magnitude of the ideas presented, and to ask questions.
When directly asked “What does it mean to be human?” True took a moment to collect himself and at first seemed troubled with the question. Then a light bulb in his head flickered, and he shared a laugh or two.
“Many things,” he said. “We are complex creatures. There is something divine about us, a type of transcendence. We can be bad, good, broken, and flowered but what we seek is a heightened moral understanding.”
So, what does it mean to be human? Our questions still has no answer, but instead has possibly become more complex now as we consider these topics.
The next Orr Forum event, “The History of the Human Animal” presented by Associate Professor of Biology Laura Altfeld, will take place October 2. Everyone from the community is welcome to attend, discuss these topics, and ask questions related to the Forum’s content. You never know you just might have that light bulb moment and become the next Orr Forum scholar.
Wilson is made up of strong individuals that take life by the reins and control it. Our studies are designed to build the individual to think critically about their studies, and succeed at whatever they go after. Our teachers inspire us to do more and never give up on whatever the challenge may be. I am a third year student and so proud of what I have accomplished over the years. Teachers have inspired me to take up minors, join clubs, and open up to people that I never thought possible. I have a sense of self on campus and hope to share with others, the change this campus has done to me for the better.
I walk in the circle of destiny
Winding road of twisting uncertainty
I start along this journey
Praying there is something waiting for me
Anxiety fades the lines; unclear beneath my feet
Unpredictable the turns; leaving no easy retreat
The road is one well traveled
Yet so much misunderstood
Why do I walk this lonely path looking for the one and only cure?
The crunch of sand beneath my feet, the deafening echo of progress
The rising moon over the tree breeds the light which lends to focus
Around the twisting turns, where control slips through my hands
I look up to the rising Goddess and continue to walk on the sand
I turn the familiar corner and look to the prize that awaits
Walking forward to the center, the conclusion of my pending fate
The reason I walk in the shadows, the reason I step through fear
In the center of this journey inward, suddenly it becomes so clear
I am the cure,
The answer is within my soul
One foot in front of the other,
The center was always the goal
The light of the moon looms above me and my feet are solid on the ground
For the power I was afraid to find, had already been found
I am the one I seek; I am the one I fear
In mirrors I see myself; in the labyrinth it becomes so clear
Who says you can’t multy task during college…
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Reformatted Orr Forum to Open Tuesday, Sept. 3
Posted: August 30, 2013
Drawing on the Pauline language of spirit vs. flesh, Shillock will discuss the relationship between a popular television show about zombies and the advertising that routinely interrupts the show about the walking dead.
This year’s Orr Forum - Humanity 2:0? - will have a new format. Instead of featuring a main event in the spring, the Orr Forum will offer multiple events throughout the academic year. It will feature Wilson faculty members and guests, offering portraits or glimpses of humanity in light of the claim that humans are evolving, with the aid of technology, into a new form of humanity.
For more information about the Orr Forum, contact David True, Wilson associate professor of religious studies, at 717-264-4141, Ext. 3396, or email@example.com.
This lecture was wonderful, dont miss out on the next Orr Forum on Sept 17 @4:30 Brooks Auditorium
Well with the month of August comes new students, returning students, and boys!!! Recently wilson went co-ed and now 3 commuter males will be in the halls with our Wilson ladies, watch out ;). just kidding this is an exciting time for both students and parents.
Students moved in wedesday and thursday, and that means orientation is going to be all weekend!!! Yay
Oh no!!! Books again?!
Not to worry future Wilson students, but we are great at keeping that money stress down. Once you become a student at Wilson you are giving account. Its like getting a personal email or website where you can view messages, classes, and other inportant information. Everyone is given an account, that allows you up to $2,000 for supplies or extra fees.
Like today I went to the book store for my books this fall. Well I was alittle worried at first because my one class requires 6 books! Oh my!!! Wilson allows you to charge books, supplies, and clothes to your account, all that is needed is your ID #. Great stuff, my bill came out to $299.99 for all 11 books. The best part, well I didnt pay for it, just signed my name to approve the costs.
This charge on my account will stay there and will be paid off by payments out of pocket, work study, and loans/grants. Every year I receive work study, thats when a student works on campus maxing at 10hrs per week, and getting paid some extra money for my needs. You can have this setup where you recieve all the money you make, or having it made out to pay off your account. I love it, so easy and stress free.
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The chain!!! Secret Wilson tradition:) shhhhhhh
Wilson College to Host First Annual Horror Film Festival Nov. 1 to 3
Posted: June 12, 2013
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DATE: June 12, 2013
CONTACT: Joel Pagliaro, Director of Conferences and Special Events, SAGE Dining Services
CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. — High school students and their parents won’t be the only ones visiting the Wilson College campus this fall. Vampires, zombies and other supernatural creatures will make their way inside the Gothic halls — but there’s no need for panic. Their appearance will be confined to a movie screen, as the college hosts the first annual Wilson College Horror Film Festival.
The festival, which will run from Friday through Sunday, Nov. 1 to 3, will feature 24 hours of independent horror films and a horror convention featuring specialized vendors and celebrity autograph-signings lasting throughout the weekend. Films will be screened in Thomson Hall and the convention will be held in Laird Hall.
Wilson Director of Conferences and Special Events Joel Pagliaro hopes to attract over 800 horror enthusiasts over the course of the weekend. Currently, he is seeking submissions of feature-length and short films made by independent filmmakers throughout the Mid-Atlantic Region.
“It’s all word of mouth,” said Pagliaro. “I’ve talked to about 10 people in the film industry and they’re spreading the word for me.”
Pagliaro hopes to attract high-quality films that are ready for the big screen.
Films will be reviewed by a board of judges comprised of members of the local community and horror film critics. Six awards will be given — best feature film, best short film (under 45 minutes), best director, best special effects, best lead actor and best lead actress.
Film showings will continue throughout the weekend. The concurrent convention will feature actors, producers and vendors offering things like horror memorabilia, movies, makeup and costumes.
Pagliaro’s idea for the horror festival came from his desire to have a creative campus event for Halloween. Originally, he planned to use Wilson’s historic Möller organ, built in 1936, as the centerpiece for a showing of the old horror film, Phantom of the Opera.
“The organ made sense,” he said.
But the services of a professional organist were outside of Pagliaro’s budget, so he imagined a new idea—a film festival. Similar festivals in Hagerstown and Gettysburg are successful and attract interest, especially among young people, according to Pagliaro.
He and Tim Dawe, who also works in Wilson’s conferences office, were excited about hosting such an event at Wilson.
“It’s really to bring something different to Chambersburg and to highlight what the campus can do for the community,” Pagliaro said.
The college administration OK’d the event, which will bring a variety of people to campus – including prospective students.
“This is an age-appropriate event for a college,” said Dawe. “It will draw college students and teenagers, which is who we want to attract to campus.”
Dawe and Pagliaro work for SAGE Dining Services, which provides food services for Wilson, in addition to running the conferences and events office. SAGE will sell food throughout the weekend.
Tickets go on sale July 1. All-access passes for Friday and Sunday are $10, and a Saturday all-access pass is $25. Weekend passes are available for $40. Children under 12 are free with the purchase of an adult ticket. The event is free to current Wilson College students.
Film submissions and vendor entries are now being accepted. Fees, eligibility and submission guidelines are listed on the event’s website: http://www.wilsonfilmfest.com/.
For more information, contact Pagliaro at 717-262-2003 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Founded in 1869, Wilson College is a liberal arts college offering bachelor’s degrees in 30 majors and master’s degrees in education and the humanities. Wilson has been named a “Best Value” college in its region for 11 consecutive years by U.S. News & World Report’s “America’s Best Colleges” for providing quality academics at an affordable price. The college has been ranked one of the best regional colleges for undergraduate education for nine straight years by U.S. News.
Located in Chambersburg, Pa., the college had a fall 2012 enrollment of 695, which included 17 students from 9 foreign countries. Visit www.wilson.edu for more information.