Signature Speaker Series 2018-19

Signature Speaker Series 2018-19

The Wayne Theatre presents Science, Health and History Talks as part of the 2018-19 Signature Speaker Series.

All events begin at 7 p.m. with a Q&A following the presentation. Admission is Pay What You Will. Advance tickets are recommended and may be reserved at no cost.


Science Talks

The Science Talks are a partnership with the Virginia Museum of Natural History.

The Fall/Winter 2018-19 Schedule includes …

  • Sept. 11: Geology of Region
  • Oct. 16: NASA Ambassador Janet Ivey (Janet’s Planet)
  • Nov. 13: Dr. Carole Nash, Ph.D. and JMU professor, presents “Telling Time with Historical Ecology: Native American Communities in a Changing Shenandoah Valley Environment.” This is the second science talk focused on the South River. Nash is an associate professor of Integrated Science and Technology at James Madison University and director of the Shenandoah Valley National Park Environmental Archaeology program. She has nearly four decades of experience in cultural resource managements with the National Park Service, National Forest Service, Commonwealth of Virginia and private firms. View poster.
  • Jan. 15: Early Explorers of Region – Early explorers of the region and their findings, including Lewis & Clark, David Starr Jordan, and others who advanced our record of natural history in the South River watershed and beyond, bridging the period from Jefferson’s survey to early 20th century. Dr. Thomas Benzing Ph D, JMU Professor of ISAT, GS, Tom is a sitting member of the board of directors of the Center for Coldwaters Restoration, member of the Virginia Museum of Natural History, an active partner of the South River Science team, fly fisherman who has spent many hours on the local waterways both in research activities and recreational activities.
  • Feb. 12: Mussels in South River – Mussels in the South River and factors that influence them – Army Corps management, river morphology, flood control, evolution of our mindset in terms of aquatic management. Dr. Jess Jones Ph D, a restoration biologist in the College of Natural Resources and Environment and co-director of Virginia Tech’s Freshwater Mollusk Conservation Center, received the Rachel Carson Award for Scientific Excellence from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Jones, who is employed by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service but stationed in Virginia Tech’s Department of Fish and Wildlife Conservation, researches the restoration of endangered freshwater mussel populations, conservation management of rivers, and mussel propagation, population dynamics, and genetics.
  • March 12: NRDA/Impact on South River Restoration – NRDA specifics and explanation of the intended impact of the south river restoration. The South River Science Team was established in 2001 and began conducting studies to understand how mercury enters the South River and why mercury in South River and South Fork Shenandoah River fish continues to remain elevated some 60 years after it was used at the former DuPont facility in Waynesboro, Virginia.
  • April 16: South River and Economic Impact – The South River and what do we do going forward with this vital economic driver? Len Poulin is the Chair of the Center for Coldwaters Restoration, a member of the Virginia Museum of Natural History Foundation Board, an entrepreneur and businessman, has been active in efforts to redevelop Waynesboro’s downtown Greg Hitchin CE cD, Director of Economic Development and Tourism for the City of Waynesboro, a member of the Center for Coldwaters Restoration Board of Directors, member of the International Economic Development Council, a non-profit membership organization that serves economic developers. With more than 5,000 members, IEDC is the largest organization of its kind.


Health Series

The Health Series is presented by Augusta Health.

Topics TBD. Save the dates …

  • Sept. 18, 2018 – CANCELLED
  • Oct. 23, 2018 – CANCELLED


History Series

The Fall/Winter 2018-19 Schedule includes …

  • Sept. 25: Civil War with Gregg Clemmer – Near the end of his life, Mark Twain wrote that the American Civil War had “uprooted institutions that were centuries old, changed the politics of a people, transformed the social life of half the country, and wrought so profoundly upon the entire national character that the influence cannot be measured short of two or three generations.” James McPherson in his book Drawn With the Sword, styles our late unpleasantness as “The War that never goes away?” Indeed, any examination of contemporary American life readily discovers the war’s enduring consequences—some obvious, others serendipitous—still at work on and across the fabric of our national existence. To be sure, the crux of the talk is to grab your attention about history, to spark curiosity about your heritage, but ultimately it is to inspire you to think… to explore on your own and to analyze the past so that you might advance your future. Join us as Smithsonian study leader and award winning author Gregg Clemmer explores the enduring ramifications of this less than civil…Civil War.
  • Oct. 30: World War I with Dr. Edmund Potter – Veterans Day/100 Years: Why World War I Still Matters
  • Nov. 27: Battle of Waynesboro with Rick Williams
  • Jan. 29: Topic TBD with Bill Alexander
  • Feb. 26: Rosenwald Film Screening
  • March 26: Topic TBD with Dr. James Softka – While Jefferson is widely lauded as the “author” of the American Revolution and later as one of the sages of Founding generation, he was also an inspired and at times cunning political leader. This presentation will investigate Jefferson’s leadership methods and strategies across his 40-year political career and how his education and practical experience shaped the skills he deployed to such great advantage in his statecraft and how they informed the legacy he left to future generations of Americans.
  • April 30: Topic TBD with Dr. Lynn Rainville


Upcoming Events

Nov. 8-18: Sweeney Todd The Musical

The Wayne Theatre presents Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street on November 8-11 and 15-18, 2018. Showtimes are 7 p.m. on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays, with 3 p.m. Sunday matinees.

Nov. 20: Aaron Diehl

The Wayne Theatre presents Aaron Diehl on Tuesday, Nov. 20, at 7 p.m. Tickets are $17.

Nov. 30: Christmas Cocktail Party

The Wayne Theatre presents a Christmas Cocktail Party on Friday, Nov. 30, from 7-9 p.m.

Dec. 1: Christmas Home Tour 2018

The Wayne Theatre presents Christmas Home Tour 2018 on Saturday, Dec. 1, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Dec. 15: Wilson Fairchild

The Wayne Theatre presents Staunton’s own Wilson Fairchild on Saturday, Dec. 15, at 8 p.m.

Christmas 2018

There is something for everyone this holiday season with live performances from local dance companies, your favorite Christmas movies and a Christmas show by Wilson Fairchild.


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