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Presidential Lecture and Performance Series

The Presidential Lecture and Performance Series at Mars Hill University complements Mars Hill University’s emphasis on the liberal arts by bringing distinguished and knowledgeable individuals to lecture on a wide range of topics and to provide high quality performances in the cultural arts.

Upcoming events: 

David Holt and the Lighting Bolts
April 7, 2017 - 7pm - Moore Auditorium
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David Holt and the Lightning Bolts combine the virtuosic sounds of guitar, banjo, fiddle, slide guitar, mandolin, and a world of exciting rhythm instruments from hambone (body slapping) rhythms, spoons, stumpfiddle, rhythm bones, jaw harp, and even paper bag.

Four-time Grammy Award winner David Holt is a musician, storyteller, historian, television host and entertainer, dedicated to performing and preserving traditional American music and stories. Holt plays ten acoustic instruments and has released numerous recordings of traditional mountain music and southern folktales.

Holt is well known for his television and radio series. Currently, he is hosting the PBS series David Holts State of Music, featuring some of the regions finest musicians including Rhiannon Giddens, Steep Canyon Rangers and Balsam Range. David was inducted in the North Carolina Hall of Fame in 2016.

For over 30 years David has been host of the NC PBS series Folkways, that takes the viewer through the Southern Mountains visiting traditional craftsmen and musicians.

He is host of public televisions Folkways, a North Carolina program that takes the viewer through the Southern Mountains visiting traditional craftsmen and musicians. He served as host of The Nashville Networks Fire on the Mountain, Celebration Express and American Music Shop. He has been a frequent guest on Hee Haw, Nashville Now and The Grand Ole Opry. David can also be seen as a musician in the popular film, O Brother Where Art Thou.

David hosts Riverwalk Jazz for Public Radio International. Riverwalk, in its twenty-second year, is broadcast nationally from San Antonio, Texas, and combines stories of the jazz greats told by Holt with the traditional jazz music of the Jim Cullum Jazz Band and guests including Lionel Hampton and Benny Carter.

In 2002, Doc Watson and David won two Grammy Awards for Best Traditional Folk Recording for Legacy, a three CD collection of songs and stories reflecting Doc Watsons inspiring life story. Doc and David toured together from 1998 until Docs death in 2012.

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President Trump's First 100 Days: Perspectives From the Left and Right
April 25, 2017 - 7:30pm - Broyhill Chapel

As President Donald Trump’s first 100 days draw to a close, two prominent influencers come to Mars Hill University to reflect on his actions and project how the rest of the president’s term may take shape. "President Trump's First 100 Days: Perspectives From the Left and Right" will feature Rick Glazier of the North Carolina Justice Panel and John Hood of the John William Pope Foundation. The panel discussion will be moderated by Professor Heather Hawn of Mars Hill University's political science department. The event is on Tuesday, April 25, 2017, at 7:30 p.m. in the university's Broyhill Chapel. It is open to the public with free admission.

Rick Glazier has served as the executive director of the NC Justice Center since 2015, following 13 years representing Cumberland County in the North Carolina General Assembly. He was a visiting professor in criminal justice at Fayetteville State University and has been teaching at Campbell University School of Law for 20 years, in addition to past teaching roles at other institutions. He is a former chair of the Cumberland County School Board. He received his JD from Wake Forest University in 1981.

John Hood is president of the John William Pope Foundation, a Raleigh-based grantmaker that supports public policy organizations, educational institutions, arts and cultural programs, and humanitarian relief in North Carolina and beyond. Hood also is chairman of the board at the John Locke Foundation, a North Carolina think tank that issues reports, hosts events, produces broadcast programs, and publishes Carolina Journal. Hood helped found JLF in 1989 and served as its president from 1995 to 2014. Hood received his degree in journalism in 1988 from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

This event is the second of the spring semester in Mars Hill University's Presidential Lecture and Performance Series. The first event, a concert by popular old-time musicians David Holt and the Lightning Bolts, is scheduled for Friday, April 7, at 7:00 p.m. in Moore Auditorium.