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 – The unique geology of the Waynesboro/Augusta County region and why it is important to us. Dr. Scott Eaton, Ph D, is a JMU Professor of Geology and Environmental Science who has completed extensive studies on the geology of the Waynesboro/Augusta County region and is published his research on unique geological structures in the region.
  • Oct. 16: NASA Ambassador Janet Ivey (Janet’s Planet) presents “Unsung Genius, Heroines of Science,” a lecture that will shine a light on the stories of women whose genius is largely unknown until now. In a world where the contributions of women in science have only begun to be given voice, Unsung Genius, Heroines of Science will showcase the women scientists of the past and offer insights into the incredible genius, tenacity, grit, and determination of the amazing contributions women have made to science and innovation. Any time spent delving into the work of the real heroines of science takes us to worlds of star-gazing, of pushing against the utmost bounds of human knowledge, of being bold, imaginative, decrying barriers and innovating against all odds. It is our intent that revealing the little known and never exalted inventions and discoveries by women will serve as a catalyst of heroic proportions that catapults the lives of young women today into the scientists, technologists, engineers, and mathematicians of tomorrow. Using a series of extraordinary never before told stories, we will expose the hidden wonders behind the most exciting inventions and discoveries made by women. Brilliant women like Sarah Goode, Annie Maunder, Mary Somerville, Miriam Benjamin, Mary Anning, Henriette Leavitt, Jocelyn Bell Burnell, Gertrude Elion, Mildred Dresselhaus, Cecilia Payne-Gaposchkin, Rita Levi-Montalcini, Chien-Shiung Wu, Rosalyn Yalow, Esther Lederberg, Annie Easley, and so, so many more. If you didn’t recognize most of the names of the above, you can understand why telling these stories is so vital to the preservation of history and the stories we tell in the future. From paleontology to astrophysics, to biology, to computer coding…every aspect and field of science will be lauded along with the women who pioneered in the fields, and encourage the scientists of the future who will carry on the work of these great predecessors and stand on the shoulders of giants!
  • Nov. 13: Historic Ecology of Region – Historic ecology of the Waynesboro/Augusta County region from the ancient times up to Jefferson’s surveys, with a discussion of the area’s first peoples. Dr. Carole Nash, Ph D, JMU Professor of Anthropology and director of the Shenandoah National Park Environmental Archaeology Program. She has 30 years’ experience in cultural resource management with the National Park Service, National Forest Service, Commonwealth of Virginia and with various private firms.
  • 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


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

Sept. 28: The Vocal Illusions of Lynn Trefzger

The Wayne Theatre presents The Vocal Illusions of Lynn Trefzger on Friday, Sept. 28, at 7 p.m. Tickets are $18 for adults and $10 for students.

Sept. 29: Switchback

The Wayne Theatre presents Switchback on Saturday, Sept. 29, at 8 p.m. Tickets are $25.

Oct. 3: Catapult

The Wayne Theatre presents Catapult on Wednesday, Oct. 3, at 7 p.m. Tickets are $23 for adults and $12 for students.

Oct. 5: LIVE @ the WAYNE with Wayne Henderson

LIVE @ the WAYNE returns to the Wayne Theatre on October 5 at 7:30 p.m. with Wayne Henderson.

Oct. 12: The Return-A Tribute to The Beatles

The Wayne Theatre presents The Return-A Tribute to The Beatles, on Friday, Oct. 12, at 7:30 p.m. Tickets start at $22.

Ghost Tours coming to Wayne Theatre

The Wayne Theatre and Black Raven Paranormal present Ghost Tours of the Wayne Theatre on October 13, 20 and 27.

Oct. 25: Sugar Skull-Mexico Beyond Mariachi

The Wayne Theatre presents Sugar Skull-Mexico Beyond Mariachi on Thursday, Oct. 25, at 7 p.m. Tickets are $15.

Oct. 26: Alasdair Fraser and Natalie Haas

The Wayne Theatre presents Alasdair Fraser and Natalie Haas on Friday, Oct. 26, at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $20.

Nov. 1: The Capitol Steps

The Wayne Theatre presents The Capitol Steps on Thursday, Nov. 1, at 7:30 p.m. Tickets begin at $45.

Nov. 3: Alsarah and the Nubatones

The Brooklyn-based group brings their ‘east-african retro pop’ sound on Nov. 3 at 7:30 p.m.

Nov. 20: Aaron Diehl

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


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