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Three Generations of ENC Graduates
Ashley Cornell, a 2009 summa cum laude graduate, is congratulated by her father, Robert (ENC Class of 1976), grandfather Derrell (Class of 1939) and aunt Kathy Foster (Class of 1964) following Saturday's commencement exercises. Ashley's younger sister, Alison, recently completed her freshman year at ENC.
McCullough urges Eastern Nazarene graduates to follow Adams' example, embrace the 'life of the mind'
Embrace learning and the "life of the mind." That was the message that Pulitzer Prize-winning historian David McCullough shared with more than 200 graduates and their families Saturday at Eastern Nazarene College's 87th spring commencement exercises.
Eastern Nazarene unveils new college mascot
Eastern Nazarene College has a new mascot: Henceforth, the Christian liberal arts college's athletics teams will be known as the ENC Lions. The new mascot was introduced to students, faculty and staff last night at an ice cream social held to mark the end of the semester and celebrate seniors' upcoming commencement.
Dr. McGee Re-elected by Overwhelming Vote of Confidence
Dr. Corlis McGee was recently re-elected to a second four-year term at Eastern Nazarene College with an overwhelming vote of confidence by the ENC Board of Trustees.
ENC Student Named TCCC Player of the Week
Eastern Nazarene College sophomore infielder Jacqueline Tierney was named The Commonwealth Coast Conference Player of the Week.
David McCullough, Pulitzer Prize Winning Author, To Be Commencement Speaker
On May 16, 2009, prolific writer and historian David McCullough will speak at the 87th Eastern Nazarene College commencement exercises. The event begins at 2:30 p.m. and is held on the college's front lawn. About 200 graduates will be receiving associate's, bachelor's, or master's degrees.
Green Grant
Eastern Nazarene College was one of six applicants selected by the Council on Christian Colleges and Universities' Campus Creation Care Initiatives to receive a mini-grant of $5,000 and technical expertise in implementing aspects of a campus-wide creation care plan.
A Cappella Choir Performs at the Prestigious Carnegie Hall
On April 5, Palm Sunday, ENC's A Cappella Choir performed at Carnegie Hall in New York under the direction of Dr. Timothy Shetler. The event was part of their Spring Tour. They also sang for Allentown Church of the Nazarene and had several appearances (including two Sunday AM services) for the Bethlehem Church in Randolph, NJ.
Twelve Angry Jurors on the ENC Stage!
The Communication & Theatre Arts Department will present Reginald Rose's Twelve Angry Jurors, adapted by Sherman Sergel on April 23, 24 and 25 at 7:30pm in the Cove Fine Arts Center. General Admission tickets are $10; Student tickets with valid ID are $5. For more information, please contact the Box Office at (617) 745-3715.
ENC DAY at McCoy Stadium
Alumni, faculty, staff, and friends of ENC are invited! Reserve your tickets today for the BBQ and Pawtucket Red Sox Game on May 2. It's $24/person. 11:00am – 1:00pm All You Can Eat Barbeque (Hamburgers, Hot Dogs, Grilled Chicken, Cole Slaw, Potato Salad, Macaroni Salad, Chips, Lemonade, and Ice cream). 1:00pm Baseball Game. Stop by the Alumni Office or call Jacki Stanford at x3842 or Meghan Reardon x3714 to purchase your tickets. Look forward to seeing you all there!!
ENC Choral Union Presents Free Performance of Brahms' Requiem
The ENC Choral Union, a 70-voice choir composed of students and community members, will perform Brahms' magnificent "German Requiem" in a free concert at Wollaston Church of the Nazarene on Saturday, May 2 at 7:00 p.m.
Lecture on Intelligent Design with Dr. Ted Davis
Dr. Davis, Professor of the History of Science at Messiah College, will explain some of the main ideas associated with intelligent design. The lecture will be held at Eastern Nazarene College's Shrader Lecture Hall on Thursday, March 26 at 3 p.m. Messiah College is a sister school to Eastern Nazarene College and a fellow member of the Council for Christian Colleges & Universities.
ENC Students Give Back Over Spring Break
A group of ENC students are spending their spring break building homes with Habitat for Humanity in Michigan.
Jacqui Parker to direct Twelve Angry Jurors
Jacqui Parker, award-winning theatre artist, to direct Twelve Angry Jurors, the compelling courtroom drama.
Wesleyan Theological Society awards Smith-Wynkoop Book Award to Prof. Randall Stephens
The Wesleyan Theological Society has awarded its Smith-Wynkoop Book Award to history professor Randall Stephens for The Fire Spreads: Holiness and Pentecostalism in the American South, which was recently published by Harvard University Press.
ENC Ski Race Team Finishes Best Season To Date
In February, the ENC Ski Race Team finished up its 2009 race season at Ascutney Mountain in Vermont. Skiing against a tough field that include University of Rhode Island, Springfield College, Marist and Yale, ENC put three tough competitors on the snow and brought back some of the best results in the three-year history of the team at ENC.
Professor Bill McCoy to Participate in Summer Workshops in Johannesburg and Cape Town
The Council for Christian Colleges and Universities (CCCU) and the Nagel Institute for the Study of World Christianity recently selected history professor Bill McCoy to participate in a summer faculty development workshop in the cities of Johannesburg and Cape Town, South Africa on “Public Theology: The South African Experience.”
Prof. Giberson's critically acclaimed book to be in paperback
Dr. Karl Giberson's most recent book Saving Darwin will be released in paperback in June. His other recent book, Oracles of Science, was released in paperback this month. Oracles was co-written with fellow science-and-religion expert Mariano Artigas. Saving Darwin, published by HarperOne, has been a huge hit making it to the coveted Best Books of 2008 list by the Washington Post.
ENC refuses to raise tuition, fees, or room and board for 2009-2010
In response to the current economic climate, Eastern Nazarene College is pleased to announce a one-million-dollar stimulus package for financial aid. Wishing to couple empathy with action, the Board of Trustees approved a zero percent increase in tuition, fees, and room and board for the 2009-2010 academic year.
Virtuoso Pianist to Perform Beethoven and Bach at ENC this Friday
Nationally recognized pianist Brady Millican, ENC professor of music, will perform Ludwig van Beethoven's masterful "Waldstein" piano sonata in a concert at 7:00 pm on Friday, February 6, at the Edith F. Cove Fine Arts Center.
Two much-acclaimed speakers kick off 2009 History Lecture Series
Duke Divinity School professor Lauren Winner and Harvard Divinity School professor George Marsden begin the 2009 History Department lecture series. Winner speaks Feb. 17 on her forthcoming book , a study of material culture, religious practice, and household piety in early Virginia. Marsden speaks Feb. 19 on Jonathan Edwards, the 18th century theologian of whom he wrote a Bancroft Prize winning book. Both lectures will be in Shrader Lecture Hall at 7:00 p.m.
Saxophone and Piano Duo to Perform at ENC
The German saxophone virtuoso Phillip Staedulin will present a duo concert with pianist/composer John McDonald at 7:30 pm on Friday, Jan. 30, at Eastern Nazarene College 23 E. Elm Ave., Quincy, MA. The concert, a part of the school's Musica Eclectica Concert Series, will be held in the Edith F. Cove Fine Arts Center on the ENC campus. General Admission is $5. Students of all ages are free. More information may be found by calling 617-745-3715.
Agatha Christie Thriller Opens Winter Theater Season at ENC
This February, the Communication Arts Department of Eastern Nazarene College invites you to join in solving the mystery as they present Agatha Christie's classic And Then There Were None, the stage adaptation of her famous novel, Ten Little Indians. And Then There Were None will be performed in the Cove Fine Arts Center on the campus of Eastern Nazarene College on February 26, 27, and 28 at 7:30 p.m. Ticket prices are $10 for general admission and $5 for students.
Tonight's ENC Basketball Games Available Online
Catch Eastern Nazarene Basketball in action on Wednesday, January 21st when they face the University of New England Nor'easters live on the World Wide Web. Go to the ENC team web pages and connect at game time, 6:00 pm-Women's Game and 8:00 pm-Men's Game, to follow their march for the TCCC Playoffs.
ENC's Adult and Graduate Studies Program expands into Satellite Locations Around the State
Eastern Nazarene College's LEAD program for Adult and Graduate Studies is proud to announce new satellite programs in Swansea, Roxbury, Bristol, and Brockton in addition to their main campus programs in Quincy.
ENC Choral Union and Prof. Delvyn Case featured in The Patriot Ledger
Music professor Delvyn Case and ENC's Choral Union - which Case conducts - is favorably featured in Quincy's newspaper, The Patriot Ledger. The paper ran an article about last week's performance of Handel's Messiah. ENC has been performing Handel's Messiah for the past 75 years. Over 850 people attended, packing the seats of Wollaston Church of the Nazarene. Case has been featured in the Ledger and The Boston Globe in the past for his opera, The Prioresses Tale.
Pulitzer Prize winning historian to speak at ENC
istinguished History Lecturer David Hackett Fischer on "Champlain's Dream" December 4th at 7pm in Shrader Lecture Hall. Professor Fischer is one of the leading historians of early America. He is author of several important books, including Albion's Seed, Paul Revere's Ride, and Washington's Crossing (for which he received the Pulitzer Prize). His lecture will be drawn from his new book: Champlain's Dream (Simon & Schuster). The lecture is free and open to the public. It is co-sponsored by the ENC History Department and the Historical Society.
ENC Choral Union Presents Free Performances of Handel's Messiah
For the 75th consecutive year, The Eastern Nazarene College Choral Union, a 70-voice choir composed of students and community members, will perform Handel's magnificent oratorio Messiah at two free concerts at Wollaston Church of the Nazarene. The performances will be held Saturday, Dec. 6 at 7 pm and Sunday, December 7, at 6 pm. More information, including directions, may be found at www.enc.edu, www.wconaz.org, or by calling 617-745-3715. The church is a ten-minute walk from the Red Line (Wollaston stop/Braintree train). Free on-street parking is available.
ENC Professor Del Case Founds Professional Orchestra in Quincy
The Quincy Bay Chamber Orchestra will make their debut at Eastern Nazarene College on Saturday, Nov. 15 at 4 p.m. in the Cove Fine Arts Center. General admission tickets will be available at the door for $10. Students of all ages will be admitted free of charge.
ENC Communication Arts Department Presents GODSPELL
The ENC Communication Arts Department will present "GODSPELL," one of Broadway's most successful musicals. Based on the Gospel according to St. Matthew, the production infuses youthful energy and the promise of new life into performers and audiences alike. Performances on October 16, 18, 23, 24, and 25 at 7:30 pm with a 4:00 pm matinee on October 18.
Time for a Change: ENC Prepares to Change Its Mascot
Dr. Corlis McGee and others explain and expound on the choice to change ENC's mascot.
ENC Biology Students Help Endangered Turtles
Students in the ENC Biology Department have an exciting new way to help protect and conserve God's creation. Prof. Twining has made arrangements with the Massachusetts Division of Fish and Wildlife's Natural Heritage and Endangered Species Program to headstart three Northern Red-bellied Cooters for the next nine months; a species of turtle that is endangered in the State of Massachusetts and a threatened species under the federal Endangered Species Act.
Acclaimed String Orchestra To Perform at Eastern Nazarene College
The conductor-less string orchestra A Far Cry, one of Boston's most acclaimed new professional ensembles, will present a concert as part of Eastern Nazarene College's Musica Eclectica Concert Series on Thursday, October 16, 2008 at 7:30 p.m. The concert will be held at the Wollaston Church of the Nazarene on the ENC campus (37 East Elm Ave.). Student tickets are $5; senior citizens are $10, and general admission is $15. Tickets are available at the door.
ENC Professor Organizes Program to Honor Immigrants
More than 300 people are expected to attend a series of events during Columbus Day weekend (Oct. 10, 11, and 12) to celebrate the centennial of Worcester's St. George Hellenic Benefit Society of Tsamantas, Inc., a fraternal organization founded by Greek immigrants from the village of Tsamantas in Northwest Greece in 1908. The events also honor Greek-American immigration, and examine issues of identity and belonging for all immigrants.
UVa Prof. of Religious Studies Charles Marsh to Speak at ENC
Thurs, September 25, 7:00 pm: Charles Marsh (Professor of Religious Studies, University of Virginia), "Building Beloved Community: The Christian Call to Humanity." A free public lecture. Shrader 15, Eastern Nazarene College, 23 East Elm Ave, Quincy, MA. Sponsored by the DeFreitas Foundation.
Prominent Historian Wilfred M. McClay to Give Lecture at ENC
Prominent historian Wilfred M. McClay will give a lecture at ENC on September 19 on the question of progress in history. He is widely considered to be one of the best historical essayists in America, and he is a remarkably gifted speaker. His lecture is titled "Is There Moral Progress in History? Three Christian Views." It will be held Munro Poetry Room, Friday, Sept. 19 3:30 pm. It is co-sponsored by the History Department and The Historical Society.
Professor and Virtuoso Pianist to Perform Beethoven at ENC
Nationally recognized pianist Dr. Brady Millican will perform Ludwig van Beethoven's masterful "Appassionata" piano sonata in a concert at 7:30 pm on Friday, September 12, at Eastern Nazarene College. In addition to Beethoven, Millican will perform music by Bach and Mozart.
ENC: Fast Growing Black Enrollment Among Christian Colleges
Eastern Nazarene College has one of fastest growing black enrollment among Christian colleges, reports the Journal for Blacks in Higher Education. Between 1997 and 2007, black enrollment more than tripled, making ENC eighth out of more than 100 schools in in the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities.
Dr. Timothy T. Wooster appointed to Vice President of Enrollment and Institutional Research
Eastern Nazarene College is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Timothy T. Wooster to Vice President of Enrollment and Institutional Research.
William Boozang New Director of Adult and Graduate Studies
Eastern Nazarene College is pleased to announce the appointment of William Boozang as the new director of Adult and Graduate Studies, beginning August 15, 2008.
Chaplain MacPherson and Prof. Twining to Speak at Soulfest 2008
Eastern Nazarene College Chaplain Corey MacPherson and biology professor Jonathan Twining will speak on Saturday, August 2 at Soulfest, a four-day Christian music festival and retreat at Gunstock Mountain Resort in Gilford, N.H.
ENC Hosts First Annual Neighborhood Appreciation Day
On June 14, Eastern Nazarene College held its first annual Neighborhood Appreciation Day on the front lawn of its campus at 23 East Elm Ave in Wollaston.
Professors Giberson and Yerxa Lead International Program on Science and Religion in Venice
Physics professor Karl Giberson and history professor Donald Yerxa led a one-week science-and-religion seminar in late May and early June at Venice's prestigious Istituto Veneto di Scienze, Lettere ed Arti.
Founder of free online book community addresses Christian librarians at Eastern Nazarene College
The founder and lead developer of LibraryThing.com was the keynote speaker at this year's Association of Christian Librarians' Conference on Thursday, June 12, hosted at Eastern Nazarene College. Tim Spalding spoke to over 200 librarians about his Web site, a free online service to help people catalog their books and also exchange information.
History Professor Randall Stephens' book featured favorably in The Atlantic Monthly and Books and Culture
Randall Stephens' book The Fire Spreads: Holiness and Pentecostalism in the American South has received favorable reviews in Books and Culture and the Atlantic Monthly. The latter called it "a masterful account…the most fluent and authoritative synthesis of a complex and controversial subject."
Eighty-sixth ENC Commencement to be held this Saturday
Eastern Nazarene College's 86th summer commencement services will be held May 17 at 2:30 p.m. on the college's front lawn. About 220 graduates are expected to receive bachelor of arts, bachelor of science, associate of arts, master of education, master of science in management, or master of science in marriage and family therapy degrees.
Point Loma Nazarene Professor speaks to packed ENC crowd
Darrel Falk, a biology professor at Point Loma Nazarene University in California and author of Coming to Peace with Science, spoke last week about bridging the worlds of faith and biology. Falk began with a meditation on Scripture, which exemplified how humankind has been enjoying nature since ancient times.
Jordan Hall Concert a Resounding Success
ENC's A Cappella Choir and Chamber Singers performed their 10th annual Spring Concert at the renowned Jordan Hall at the New England Conservatory on April 27.
Jazz orchestra and choir to perform at Eastern Nazarene College
The Aardvark Jazz Orchestra will present a concert of sacred music by Duke Ellington and others at Eastern Nazarene College at 7:30 p.m. on Sunday, May 4. The show will be held at Wollaston Church of the Nazarene located on the campus of ENC. The concert will feature the Eastern Nazarene College Choral Union, a 50-voice choir. Admission is free.
Fourth annual art exhibition hosted by Eastern Nazarene College
The fourth annual art show at Eastern Nazarene College will be open to the public through April 23. It features a traveling exhibition of Seeing the Savior: Images from the Life of Christ sponsored by the group Christians in the Visual Arts (CIVA).
The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe to be performed at ENC
A two-person adaptation of C.S. Lewis' The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe will be performed at Eastern Nazarene College. They will present the play about love, faith, courage, and giving while struggling to fight for control of Narnia. It will be performed Friday, April 25 at 7:30 p.m. and on Saturday, April 26 at 3 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. There will also be performance workshops for ENC students on Saturday, April 26, 9 a.m. to noon.
String orchestra that will perform at ENC next week featured in The Boston Globe
The energetic, young string orchestra A Far Cry was recently featured in The Boston Globe because of their innovative un-conducted style of performance. They will perform as part of ENC's Musica Eclectica Concert Series at 7 p.m. on April 17. The performances are in the Cove Fine Arts Center; student tickets are $5; senior citizens are $10, and general admission is $15. Tickets are available at the door.
ENC Students Participate in Leadership Summit
ENC students Phillip Nase and Ashley Jardim attended the Compassionate Ministry Leadership Summit at Nazarene Theological Seminary this week. Their professors elected them to participate.
Columbia University Professor to Lecture on Faith and the Presidency
On Wed., March 26 at 3:30 p.m., distinguished historian Randall Balmer will lecture on "God in the White House: Faith and the Modern Presidency." The talk will be in Shrader 15 and is free and open to the public.
ENC Alumni Nominated for Theatre Awards
Jose Delgado and Marvelyn McFarlane, both graduates from the theatre and music programs at Eastern Nazarene College, are nominated for prestigious awards presented by the Independent Reviewers of New England (IRNE).
A play about the importance of family arrives at the Cove Fine Arts Center
The Communication Arts Department at Eastern Nazarene College (ENC) will present A Shayna Maidel, a play about the importance of family and faith during turbulent times,on February 28, 29, and March 1.
Fifteenth Winter Commencement to take place at Eastern Nazarene College
Eastern Nazarene College's 15th annual winter commencement ceremony will take place on Sunday, February 3 at 2 p.m.
Music Professor Delvyn Case featured in The Boston Globe
Del Case was featured in The Boston Globe on January 11 in regards to his upcoming chamber opera, The Prioress's Tale, which deals with religious tolerance. The world premiere of the opera is at 7 p.m. Jan. 17 in Cove Fine Arts Center, and it will be followed by a panel discussion with local Jewish and Christian leaders. An encore performance will occur at 7 p.m. on Jan. 19.
President McGee announces new Vice President for Finance
I am pleased to announce the appointment of Jan Weisen as Vice President for Finance. Jan has served ENC as assistant professor in the business department since January 2006. Along with teaching courses in marketing, global management, managerial accounting, money and banking, he has served as the Business Club advisor and worked with the Development Office in planning the Warren Business Forum.

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Quincy composer transforms Chaucer tale into plea for religious tolerance
When Quincy composer Delvyn Case decided to write an opera about religious tolerance, he chose a rather unlikely source of inspiration: The Prioress's Tale, one of Chaucer's famed Canterbury Tales that features decidedly anti-Semitic overtones.
Harvard University Press publishes ENC professor's new book
Harvard University Press recently published Randall J. Stephens's book, The Fire Spreads: Holiness and Pentecostalism in the American South. The press also nominated it for the 2008 Grawemeyer Award in Religion. Stephens is an assistant professor of history at Eastern Nazarene College, an editor of the Journal of Southern Religion, and an assistant editor of Historically Speaking, a historical journal published by Boston University.
ENC announces new online giving Web page.
Forget about your checkbook; ENC has created an easily accessed donations page on their Web site. "Investing in an institution should be as easy as possible," said Kendall Whittington, Vice President for Institutional Advancement. "The online process is simple, but the impact of the gift is significant."
Professor Lowell Hall's work published in Chemistry and Biodiversity
Research by Lowell H. Hall (59), an ENC professor of chemistry, was just published in the journal Chemistry and Biodiversity. The research work was carried out in collaboration with Boris Spasov (03), who received degrees in chemistry, biology, and business from ENC. This investigation was carried out during a summer research project in Hall's long-standing research program at ENC. 
ENC Choral Union Sang Handel's Messiah for Quincy Elementary School Students
On Tuesday Nov. 27 from 12 to 1 p.m., the Eastern Nazarene College Choral Union, a 50-voice choir comprised of students and community members, presented selected choruses and arias from Handel's Messiah at Beechwood Knoll Elementary School in Wollaston. Children and parents from the broader Quincy community enjoyed the performance.
Nationally Recognized Soloists to Collaborate with ENC Choral Union in Free Performances of Handel's Messiah
For the 74th consecutive year, the Eastern Nazarene College Choral Union, a 60-voice choir composed of students and community members, will perform Handel's Messiah at two free concerts at Wollaston Church of the Nazarene. The performances will be Saturday, Dec. 1 at 7 p.m. and Sunday, December 2 at 6 p.m.
Former American Red Cross president spoke at Eastern Nazarene College's business forum
on November 13, a leader in law, business, and the government and non-profit sector Richard F. Schubert spoke at Eastern Nazarene College. His lecture, titled "Changeless Leadership in Changing Times", was part of the 2007 Warren Business Forum. He was the first Nazarene to ever attend Yale Law School. 
ENC students and faculty honored by city for environmental efforts
On Tuesday, Councilman Doug Gutro honored 10 Eastern Nazarene College (ENC) students and their teachers for working to clean marshes. The students, three instructors and several Quincy community members reduced the amount of an invasive species of reed that is threatening local marsh habitats.
National spokesperson against sexual assault Nicole Braddock Bromley spoke at chapel services at Eastern Nazarene College
National spokesperson against sexual assault Nicole Braddock Bromley spoke at chapel services at Eastern Nazarene College late last week.   Bromley, an ENC alum, told her story of triumphing over the effects of sexual abuse she experienced at a young age, and gave resources for others coping with the same issues.
Conference Examines Religion and Journalism
Boston area religious leaders and national journalists will debate and discuss the role of religious beliefs that may conflict with the secular values of free speech and a free press at a conference at Boston College's Higgins Hall Saturday, March 24, 2007
ENC Choral Union to perform Honegger's King David
Arthur Honegger's dramatic choral work King David will be performed by the Eastern Nazarene College Choral Union on Sunday, April 15, at 6 pm at Wollaston Church of the Nazarene in Quincy. Admission is free.
ENC Hosts 27th Festival of Life for Eastern Region Young People
"Got life? Live it!" was the theme of the Eastern Region's 27th Festival of Life held March 22-24 on the campus of Eastern Nazarene College, in Quincy, MA. High school students arrived on campus Thursday, March 22, enjoyed dinner in The Commons, the college's dining hall, and then joined together at the Wollaston Church of the Nazarene for an opening celebration.
ENC Appoints Vice President for Institutional Advancement
President Corlis McGee announces the appointment of Kendall M. Whittington as the next Vice President for Institutional Advancement at Eastern Nazarene College.
ENC Gospel Choir performs at Congress 2007
Thousands of Christians from across New England converged on Boston's Hynes Convention Center for Congress 2007, a three-day conferencing featuring Bill Hybels, Jack Hayford, George Barna, Floyd and Elaine Flake, Henry Cloud, Joni Eareckson Tada, Tony Campolo, Bishop Vashti Murphy McKenzie, and Don Miller, author of Blue Like Jazz. Eastern Nazarene College's 80-member Gospel Choir was there, performing at the opening of Friday night's "A Celebration and a Call" session, which featured Women of Faith's Sheila Walsh and Brooklyn Tabernacle Choir's Susan Quintyne as worship leaders and speaker David Bryant, chairman of America's National Prayer Committee.
ENC Named One of "America's Best Colleges"
Eastern Nazarene College has been named as one of "America's Best Colleges" by U.S. News & World Report in their 2008 "Best Baccalaureate Colleges" category. ENC represents one of eight liberal arts colleges listed in the northern region in this category by U.S. News. Key criteria that give ENC an edge in the annual rankings are its small student to faculty ratio and small class sizes, as well as a high freshman retention rate.
ENC Theatre Department Performs Gao Xingjian's The Other Shore
This February 15th-17th, the Eastern Nazarene College Theatre Department will be performing Chinese absurdist playwright Gao Xingjian's The Other Shore. Gao was one of the first Chinese playwrights to enter world theatre.  His plays have been performed in France, Germany, Belgium, Italy, the United States, and in other Chinese communities such as Taiwan, Hong Kong and Singapore. Gao's work is so influential that he became the first Chinese Nobel Laureate.