Throughout the year, the Scarborough Society of Shepherd University sponsors a variety of social and cultural events for alumni, faculty, students, and the surrounding community alike. Read more about these events below and check out our calendar to find out which upcoming events may be of interest to you!
Hosted by the Scarborough Society in collaboration with the Foundation, the Scarborough Society Gala is the organization’s major annual social and fundraising event. All proceeds from the gala support and enhance library programs and facilities to benefit the Shepherd University community. A highlight of the summer season, the gala is attended by several hundred Scarborough members, guests, and friends. Past galas have paid homage to such literary figures as Ernest Hemingway, William Shakespeare, Graham Greene, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Jules Verne, and Margaret Mitchell. Visit our Scarborough Society Gala photo gallery for photos of past events!
Each year, the Scarborough Society and the Shepherd University Foundation sponsor a lecture series featuring diverse topics and speakers relevant to the academic and cultural community. Past speakers have included local authors, faculty members, and visiting professors. Topics have ranged from historical perspectives to current affairs. The annual Scarborough Faculty Art Show and opening reception is also part of the lecture series. Be sure to check our calendar often, as new events are added on an ongoing basis. To learn more about what the Scarborough Society Art & Lecture Series has to offer, visit our photo gallery of speakers and events!
The Scarborough Society hosts an always-popular annual bus trip to regional and cultural places of interest. Past trips have included a tour of Loudoun County wineries, as well as trips to Philadelphia’s National Constitution Center and several Washington, DC sites including the National Portrait Gallery, the Capitol Visitor Center with a tour of the U.S. Capitol, the National Archives, the Spy Museum, and the Newseum. In fall 2014, the Scarborough Society will be taking a trip down to the National Mall in Washington, D.C. for the Library of Congress National Book Festival. Want to see where the Scarborough Society has been lately? Visit our photo gallery of past bus trip photos.
In 2008, the Scarborough Society formed a partnership with the Shepherdstown Film Society to provide free films for students, faculty, and community members. All films are shown at Reynolds Hall and include an introduction and post-film discussion. For the most recent schedule, please visit the Shepherdstown Film Society.
The Common Reading Program at Shepherd University is sponsored in part by the Shepherd University Foundation and coordinated by the Center for Teaching and Learning. The award-winning initiative, highlighted as a model for other universities in the October 2012 issue of E-Source, seeks to bring students, faculty, staff, and community members together through the written word.
A truly multifaceted project, Shepherd University’s annual Appalachian Heritage Writer-in-Residence serves to honor Appalachian writers whose work reflects the cultural values of the region and whose literary talents may be utilized through a number of programs that shape the humanities conversation on Shepherd’s campus and the regional community throughout the year. Such programs include literary and historical discussions, films and documentaries, lectures and presentations, as well as the annual West Virginia Fiction Competition and the Anthology of Appalachian Writers. This program, devoted to exploring Appalachian culture through storytelling, is supported by the Shepherd University Foundation, Scarborough Society, West Virginia Humanities Council, and West Virginia Center for the Book.
This project is presented with financial assistance from the West Virginia Humanities Council, a state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities. Any views, findings, conclusions, or recommendations do not necessarily represent those of the West Virginia Humanities Council or the National Endowment for the Humanities.