Cultural Series

MSFF Highland Dance Competition

Saturday, September 30; 10 a.m.
Outdoor Amphitheatre
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International Peacemaker Presentation Featuring Ebun James-DeKam

Saturday, September 30; 10:30 a.m.
Eshleman Science Center, room 400
Ebun James-DeKam is the General Secretary of the Council of Churches in Sierra Leone (CCSL) and has served in this capacity since 2011. Prior to her current position she served as the Education Secretary for the Baptist Convention of Sierra Leone and as the Vice President of the Baptist Women in Sierra Leone. Her experience includes managing an extensive Ebola response program focusing on community-based education and awareness-raising related to the prevention and containment of Ebola. She has also managed a psycho-social training of Christian and Muslim religious leaders to help Ebola survivors overcome the trauma, stigmatization and shame of the disease. She coordinated and facilitated the training of those who are now actively taking part in psychosocial work in their communities and working for NGOs like the Centre for the Victims of Torture (CVT) and Action for Children in Conflict (AFCIC). She has trained religious leaders,  secondary school and college students and teachers in conflict management, peace building and reconciliation. Ebun holds a masters degree in education administration from the University of Sierra Leone. She is a widow who remarried in 2010 and is the mother of 2 children, a son who is an engineer and a daughter who is a lawyer. Presented by the Davis & Elkins College Morrison-Novakovic Center for Faith and Public Policy.


October Old-Time WeekAugusta October Old-Time Week

Sunday, October 15 - Friday, October 20
Davis & Elkins College
October Old-Time Week brings a wonderful array of talent to Augusta. In addition to classes, there will be special musical presentations and workshops and, of course, plenty of jamming. The week wraps up with the annual Augusta Old-Time Fiddlers’ Reunion featuring a unique square dance on Friday evening; performances by older generation master fiddlers and younger accomplished fiddlers from all over West Virginia all day Saturday; and a gospel sing on Sunday morning. All classes are intended for those who can already play their instrument to some extent and are ready to start learning old-time style, technique and repertoire. For more information, visit or call 304-637-1209.


Augusta October Old-Time Week Mini-Course

Monday, October 16 - Thursday, October 19; 6-7:15 p.m.
Davis & Elkins College
Augusta mini-courses add to students’ daily learning experiences and allow busy local residents to be part of the Augusta experience. You DO NOT need to be enrolled as a full-time Augusta student to sign up for mini-courses. A real bargain, mini-courses cost only $60 for four evenings of instruction by world-class artists. Some mini-courses may require a small materials fee. For more information or to register, visit or call 304-637-1209.


Augusta October Old-Time Week Concert

Thursday, October 19; 7:30 p.m.
Harper-McNeeley Auditorium, Myles Center for the Arts
Tickets: $12
Featuring the Davis & Elkins College Appalachian Ensemble. For more information, visit or call 304-637-1209.
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Fiddlers' ReunionAugusta 28th Annual Fiddlers' Reunion

Friday, October 20 - Sunday, October 22
Davis & Elkins College
This unique event is a favorite of all who love old-time music. Scores of West Virginia’s master fiddlers, pickers and singers gather, along with hundreds of local folks and visitors for a weekend of fun, packed with jam sessions throughout the weekend, informal concerts and renewal of friendships. For more information, visit or call 304-637-1209.


Phipps Lecture with Dr. William T. Cavanaugh

Thursday, October 26; 7 p.m.
Dr. William T. Cavanaugh is the director of Center for World Catholicism and Intercultural Theology (CWCIT) and a professor of Catholic Studies at DePaul University in Chicago. He received a B.A. in theology from Notre Dame in 1984, and an M.A. from Cambridge University in 1987. After working as a lay associate with the Holy Cross order in a poor area of Santiago, Chile, he worked at the Center for Civil and Human Rights at the Notre Dame Law School. He then studied at Duke University, where he received a Ph.D. in religion in 1996. He has taught at the University of St. Thomas since 1995 and at DePaul University since 2010. His areas of specialization are in political theology, economic ethics and ecclesiology.