Every Tuesday
December 08, 2020 - December 29, 2020

Dec. 8, 2020 LIVESTREAM: A Light in the Darkness ~ Comparative Winter Holiday Symbols with Rabbi Joshua Lief

Rabbi Lief will tell us about various winter holiday traditions, including a description of Hannukah for non-Jews. Rabbi Lief is the Rabbi of historic Temple Shalom, the very same congregation where he grew up, here in Wheeling, West Virginia. As a youngster, he was active in all sports, music, and was an Eagle Scout. He attended Princeton University, where he graduated with a degree in History. After Princeton, Rabbi Lief attended the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion. After living in Jerusalem for the first year of the seminary, he completed his studies at HUC-JIR’s campus in Cincinnati, Ohio where he was ordained as a Rabbi in May of 2003. Rabbi Lief is inspired to serve as the Rabbi of Temple Shalom, enabling him to give back to the congregation and to the city. Having moved away for college, Rabbi Lief is proud to have returned so the next generation of the Lief family can grow up in this special place. Since returning to Wheeling, Rabbi Lief has been active in the city’s current revitalization efforts through support of the arts, business development, our parks, public education, and interfaith engagement.

Dec. 15, 2020 LIVESTREAM: Gerald Lee, WLU Music Professor, Beethoven at 250

Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827) continues to be celebrated as one of the greatest composers of all time. As an especially rewarding privilege, West Liberty University Professor of Piano, Dr. Gerald Lee, features Beethoven’s final piano sonata in the corpus of his 32 sonatas – the magnificent Opus 111 in C minor. Dr. Lee will talk briefly about this sonata and then perform it in its entirety. As this is 2020 – Beethoven’s 250th birthyear – Dr. Lee passionately commits to bringing his genius to light. Gerald Lee is passionate about piano performance. Solo recitals have been performed throughout the U.S. Dr. Lee earned three piano performance degrees: Bachelor of Music, Master of Music, and Doctor of Musical Arts from Illinois Wesleyan University, the Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University, and the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, respectively. He is currently Professor of Piano at West Liberty University where he has been a full-time faculty member since 2002.

Dec. 22, 2020 LIVESTREAM: A Simple Life Foxfire Christmas from the Quaker Meeting House in Mt. Pleasant with Don Feenerty and the Music of Faire May

Wheeling native, Don Feenerty has been called a Renaissance man by many but considers himself to be extremely simple. So much so that he is starting a YouTube channel called “The Simple Life with Don Feenerty.” Join us for “The Simple Life, a Foxfire Christmas from the Meeting House in Historic Mt. Pleasant, Ohio.” While growing up in South Wheeling , Don’s life was changed for the better by books, especially the “Foxfire” books. Feenerty will share some of his authentic Foxfire collection and items made by Appalachian crafts men and women. He will show us how to brighten up the holidays with an apple, make memorable gifts from a piece of split firewood and how to make collectable gifts showcased in the Foxfire books. Traditional Appalachian musical entertainment, provided by Faire May, will also be included throughout the presentation.

Dec. 29, 2020 LIVESTREAM: Mountaineers Are Always Free – with Rosemary Hathaway

The West Virginia University Mountaineer is not just a mascot: it is a symbol of West Virginia history and identity embraced throughout the state. In this deeply informed but accessible study, folklorist Rosemary Hathaway explores the figure’s early history as a backwoods trickster, its deployment in emerging mass media, and finally its long and sometimes conflicted career—beginning officially in 1937—as the symbol of West Virginia University. Alternately a rabble-rouser and a romantic embodiment of the state’s history, the Mountaineer has been subject to ongoing reinterpretation while consistently conveying the value of independence. Hathaway’s account draws on multiple sources, including archival research, personal history, and interviews with former students who have portrayed the mascot, to explore the complex forces and tensions animating the Mountaineer figure. Rosemary V. Hathaway is an associate professor of English at West Virginia University, where she teaches folklore, American literature, and young adult literature.