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"Voices of Imagination and Innovation" series to inspire audiences at BW

Baldwin Wallace University will bring accomplished "Voices of Imagination and Innovation" to campus as part of a 2018-19 cultural series inspired by creative leaders who enlighten thinking and transform the world around us.

Fall "Voices" events include an appearance by award-winning actor Sterling K. Brown of NBC's "This is Us" and a peek behind the curtain with the world-class innovators at The Cleveland Orchestra. A reading and reception with Ohio Poet Laureate Dave Lucas and talk by American comic strip creator and graphic novelist Tom Batiuk round out the fall schedule.

All events are free and open to the public, but tickets are required.

Fall 2018 "Voices of Imagination and Innovation"

CIG Arts Innovation Summit:
Featuring leaders of The Cleveland Orchestra

The Cleveland Orchestra and Music Director Franz Welser-Möst - Photo by Roger MastroianniTuesday, October 2, 4 p.m.
Kulas Musical Arts Building

The Summit focuses on the challenges facing classical music and symphony orchestras in the 21st century and innovations that The Cleveland Orchestra (TCO) has implemented to reinvent and reimagine the orchestra experience. A collaboration between the BW Conservatory of Music, Center for Innovation & Growth (CIG), Arts Management & Entrepreneurship Program and The Cleveland Orchestra, this fourth annual summit kicks off BW's year-long residency with TCO.

Free entrance tickets available at or 440-826-8070 beginning August 31. Limit four (4) tickets per person.

The Mill Reading Series:
Featuring Ohio Poet Laureate Dave Lucas

Ohio Poet Laureate Dave LucasWednesday, October 3, 4:30 p.m.
Marting Hall

Dave Lucas is on a mission to "expand the definition of poetry and help people see poetry in everyday life ... to celebrate poetry as we encounter it in song lyrics, and conversations and metaphors and slang and jokes, and all of the ways in which we use language that are not purely functional." Poetry reading with reception to follow in the Treuhaft Lounge.

Free entrance tickets available at beginning August 31.

School of Business Leadership Lecture Series:
Featuring award-winning actor Sterling K. Brown

Actor Sterling K. BrownSaturday, October 6, 7 p.m.
Lou Higgins Recreation Center

Emmy Award-winning actor Sterling K. Brown will share his journey from business major to history-making actor and discuss topics from the power of creativity to invigorate innovation, to the essential nature of the arts to illuminate the human condition, to the importance of diverse voices in the media. Brown currently plays Randall Pearson in NBC's award-winning, hit series "This is Us." His portrayal has earned him a raft of accolades for Outstanding Actor in a Drama Series including the Emmy, SAG, NAACP Image, Golden Globe and Critics' Choice-the first African American actor to win the category in the history of the SAGs and Globes.

Free entrance tickets available at beginning August 31. Limit four (4) tickets per person.

"Lisa's Story: The Other Shoe"
Featuring American comic strip creator Tom Batiuk

American comic strip creator Tom BatiukTuesday, November 13, 7 p.m.
Strosacker Hall

Best known for his long-running "Funky Winkerbean" comic strip, Batiuk will speak about creating the graphic novel, in particular "Lisa's Story: The Other Shoe," which was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize in 2008. A native of northeast Ohio, his "Funky Winkerbean" and "Crankshaft" comic strips are carried in more than 400 newspapers worldwide.

Free entrance tickets available at beginning August 31.

Spring 2019 "Voices of Imagination and Innovation"

BW's "Voices of Imagination and Innovation" series will continue in the spring semester. The slate of spring 2019 events will be announced later this fall.

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