January 27 – February 22, 2019

The Arts Council of Moore County, in partnership with the English Speaking Union-Sandhills Branch, Moore County Schools, Penick Village, Ruth Pauley Lecture Series, Sandhills Community College, and Sunrise Theater, present “Reflections of Africa” from January 28-February 22, 2019.

This multi-venue series of programs explores the unique diversity of African culture and wildlife through lectures, films and art exhibits. South African artist Garth Swift, Kenyan naturalist Joseph Koyie, Sandhills artist Jessie Mackay, and Canadian artist Patricia Thomas will conduct a series of innovative presentations and art exhibits that explore the relationships between the African people, cultures of Africa and its wildlife.

Arts Council board member John Earp and Sandhills artist Jessie Mackay walk us thru the myriad of events planned.

Get the schedule here.



The Ruth Pauley Lecture Series for 2017-2018 kicks off on Tuesday evening Sept. 12th at the Owens Auditorium at the Sandhills Community College at 7:30 p.m.

This is the 31st season celebrating the groundwork laid by Ruth Pauley.

Discussing the history of the series, Ruth Pauley and this year’s lineup of guest speakers are Catherine Murphy, Director for Communication – Moore County Schools, Wilma Laney, the vice chair of the lecture series and a representative from the League of Women Voters, and John Arnold, the program chair.

The mission of the Ruth Pauley Lecture Series is to deepen society’s understanding of key issues and encourage public participation in their resolution.

Past speakers have include Maya Angelou, Robert F. Kennedy Jr., Jack Nicklaus, David Gergen, Dr. Jane Goodall and Ralph Nader, to name just a few.

The Ruth Pauley Lecture Series is free to the public and this year there are 5 speakers lined up from Sept. 12th thru March 20th , 2018 discussing the most timely topics of our day.

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