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Art will save the world

newsmagazine, Stamberg was the first woman to anchor a na- tional nightly news program, and has won every major award in broadcasting, including the Edward R. Murrow Award from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. She exhorted students to take

The title of npr special corre- spondent Susan Stamberg’s fall lecture was “Why Museums Matter and the Arts are Impor- tant in Education,” but she had her own subtitle: “Why do we need rain?” “Art and museums nurture our

soul,” she told a standing-room- only crowd in the Memorial Ballroom. “Art, I believe, will save the world if anything can.” The former host for All Things Considered, npr’s award winning

art classes and visit museums and talked about her own love of museums, nurtured by weekly childhood visits to New York City’s classic museums. In her adult home of Washington, d.c., she found her favorite mu- seum, the Phillips Collection, which houses Renoir’s famous

“Luncheon of the Boating Party.” Stamberg called it “the only painting I ever wanted to be in.” Art allows people to cope with

reality and to come back refreshed, she said, giving an example from the Hague Trial. A reporter asked the judge at the international tribunal of the atrocities in the former Yugoslavia how he could bear to listen to the daily testi-

mony. He said he took breaks to look at Vermeer paintings, like the famous “Girl with a Pearl Earring.” After the September 11 terror-

ist attack, Stamberg was feeling overwhelmed by the deluge of reports and realized listeners also needed a break. She convinced her producers to introduce two minutes of music into news broadcasts. She asked American musicians to suggest pieces to play. The first was “Ode to Joy,” a choice that brought tears to the newsroom and evoked posi- tive listener response. “Art makes one community,

and community may be what we need most these days,” she said. Stamberg’s lecture was spon-

sored by Friends of the Daura Gallery, School of Communica- tion and the Arts, and the Lynchburg College Fine Arts and Lecture Series.

Training teachers in watershed science

LC was awarded a $150,000 grant from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administra- tion’s Chesapeake Bay Studies Program for a three-year effort to integrate professional training in watershed science for teach- ers and educational experiences for students. The target group is fourth-grade teachers and stu- dents in Lynchburg and sur- rounding counties. The project will combine outdoor field trip programs at the Claytor Nature Study Center, with professional development workshops and graduate-level watershed educa- tion-related courses designed to increase science competency and credentials for teachers.

Daura Gallery gets a makeover

Renovations at the Daura Gallery give the space a whole new feel. Gone is the gray carpet from the walls and floor. Soft white walls put the attention on the art hanging there and visitors trod on a floor in a neutral birch tone. “With additional lighting fixtures acquired last year, the renovations pro-

vide great spaces for the dynamic installation of both permanent and tem- porary exhibitions,” said Barbara Rothermel, director of the gallery. The project was completed by L.G. Flint Inc., of Lynchburg, and was

made possible by a challenge grant from the Daura Foundation. The gallery gives special thanks to Martha Daura and to those whose generous dona- tions met the challenge: Gary Wake and Dianne Wake, Rosel and Elliot Schewel, Julius and Jan Sigler, and Paul Jr. and Sandra Whitehead.

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