Vanguard University’s Global Center for Women and Justice to Host Anti-Child Labor Activist Anuradha Bhosale

Carrying a message birthed from experience, Anuradha Bhosale, Vice Chairman of The AVANI Organization, will share her mission and work in assisting mothers of child-slaves in India on Monday, April 15.

The event will start at 7:30 p.m. in Heath Room 100. Vanguard University’s Global Center for Women and Justice (GCWJ) is hosting the gathering.

A former child-slave, Bhosale, actively fights child labor in the Kolhapur district of Maharashtra, India.  Now working with the Gandhi Worldwide Education Institute (GWEI), Bhosale’s program focuses on well-rounded care for children to meet their physical and educational needs.

Fighting child slavery begins with strengthening families, bringing food and necessary resources to children in the slums and creating equality in education, which are all core parts of Bhosale’s work, according to GWEI’s YouTube video.

To learn more about GWEI and Bhosale’s vision, click here.

For more information on the event, click here.

Vanguard’s Theatre Department to Hold Auditions on April 17 for Fall Show

Ready to take the stage? Come to the Vanguard University Department of Theatre Arts‘ auditions for the first show of the fall season: Narnia.

Auditions will be held from 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. on April 17 in the Lyceum Theater. Students can sign up for a tryout at the front counter in the Fine Arts offices. Callbacks will be posted on the Lyceum door and will begin about a half-hour after the last audition.

Students should prepare a one-minute song that best features their singing and acting abilities. Something with an upbeat tempo or comedic style is preferred, theatre manager Bill Hughes said.

Also, if you plan to tryout for the other upcoming shows of the 2013-2014 season, mark your calendar for August 29, 2013. Auditions for Dancing at Lughnasa, directed by Susan K. Berkompas, and The Little Match Girl and The Gift of the Magi, directed by Kevin Slay, will take place then.

To see the list of shows for the theatre’s 2013-2014 season, click here.

Vanguard’s Department of Theatre Arts Presents the Musical Comedy Hairspray Starting April 12

Vanguard’s Department of Theatre Arts will present a toe-tappin’ musical classic that’s all about taking hair and equality to new heights.

Opening Friday, April 12, at 8:00 p.m., the Department of Theatre Arts’ rendition of the musical comedy, Hairspray, will capture audience’s attention with humor, a good time and a message that blasts stereotypes and racial discrimination into thin air. The play runs until Sunday, April 28, in the Lyceum Theater located on Vanguard’s campus.

Written by Mark O’Donnell and Thomas Meehan, Hairspray is set in 1960s Baltimore when the loveable plus-size heroine, Tracy Turnblad, follows her passion for dancing and wins a spot on a local TV dance program. The music is by March Shaiman and the lyrics are by Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman. The show’s director, VU musical theatre professor Vanda Eggington, has this to say about the show:

The first time I watched Hairspray and saw the first few numbers, I got what I call my “musical theater high”. Admittedly, the show was a little cartoonish. But oh my, the craft that went into it! The stunning choreography, the brilliant imitations of rock tunes from the 60’s, even the musical arrangements, with their hair-raising modulations and complex back-up singing – clearly, this show was put together by professionals working at the very top of their game. Hairspray has a kind of old world craftsmanship that you don’t see much these days, and I settled back in my seat expecting a riotous good time.

But then, about 10 minutes in, the cast sang a line that surprised me so much that I literally let out a yelp in the crowded theater. I won’t give away the moment here, but I was stunned to find this silly musical suddenly grappling with a serious issue. I know I might not look it (!), but I grew up during the period of this musical, and to have these old political and musical conflicts resurface, in a silly musical no less, was equally shocking and satisfying.

So, Hairspray turns out to be meaningful. To place the grand old musical comedy at the service of something other than a love story, to sing and dance our way through our checkered past – well, that’s just a little bit revolutionary, which matches up perfectly with the cultural and musical revolutions at the heart of Hairspray.

So, join us in the world of big songs, big hair and big dreams as we journey back to 1962 Baltimore where trend-setting Tracy Turnblad needs the help of her best friend, Penny, her big-hearted mother and the sassy Motormouth Maybelle to present a world in which, all it takes to make a dream come true is a toe-tappin’ beat and a lot of hairspray! Enjoy!

Ticket prices are $17 for general admission and $14 for seniors and children. To purchase tickets, click here or call the VU Theatre Department box office at 714-668-6145.

To learn more about the play, click here.

Vanguard’s Faculty Distinguished Speaker Series to Host William A. Dyrness, Ph.D., Professor of Theology and Culture at Fuller Theological Seminary, on Thursday, April 18.

Vanguard’s Office of the Provost and the Faculty Development Committee will host the next distinguished speaker lecture series on April 18 from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m.

Held in the Great Commission Hall, the series will feature William A. Dyrness, Ph.D., the professor of theology and culture at Fuller Theological Seminary.  Dr. Dyrness has prepared an engaging and timely lecture entitled: What Good Does Art Do? The Role of the Artist in Healing the Earth.

With more than 30 years of teaching experience in various countries including the U.S., the Philippines, Kenya and South Korea, Dr. Dyrness carries a wealth of knowledge and experience. He has published works in theology and culture, apologetics, theology and art, and global missions. At Fuller Theological Seminary, Dr. Dyrness teaches several theology courses.

In his many areas of expertise, Dr. Dyrness has researched, written and taught on subjects like theology and culture (especially theology and the visual arts), Protestant vision since the Reformation in relation to the visual arts, non-Western theology, Christian apologetics and global theology.

Also, Dr. Dyrness has served on the national boards of Christians in the Visual Arts and Development Associates International. And he is an ordained minister in the Presbyterian Church.

Currently, Dr. Dyrness is working on a major research project on the use of visual images in worship in Christian, Buddhist and Muslim communities, which is funded by the Henry Luce Foundation. In addition, he is co-authoring a book with art historian Dan Siedell on the religious influences of modern art.

Please RSVP for this event by contacting Julie Cowen (

To read more about Dr. Dyrness, visit his Fuller faculty biography by clicking here.

Vanguard Professor to Present Paper at Midwest Political Science Association (MPSA) Conference on April 11

Vanguard’s Assistant Professor of Political Science, Kevin Walker, Ph.D., will present his paper, “When Progress Had an End: Happiness and Historicism in the Political Philosophy of Thomas Jefferson,” at the Midwest Political Science Association conference on April 11.

The paper explores two conflicting definitions Thomas Jefferson gave concerning happiness and the state. In his abstract, Dr. Walker states that understanding this “uniquely Jeffersonian paradox” should, in his opinion, help in recovering “the value of tradition as the vehicle of natural right and a surer protection of our liberties.”

To read his paper, click here and then scroll down to select his paper.