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BRDT Recipient of VFH Discretionary Grant

For immediate release:
March 10, 2006

Dr. Jody D. Brown ,  (540) 365-4541,

   The Blue Ridge Dinner Theatre at Ferrum College has received a Discretionary Grant from the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities. The grant will support informal conversations about social issues paralleling the productions in the BRDT’s 27th season. Using the historical idea of the Chautauqua Institute, the BRDT will invite resource people to talk. Each expert will introduce a topic for discussion with the listeners.

    The “Saturday Sems,” as the theatre is calling these informal conversations, will encourage members of the community to interact with each other and the speaker in an exchange of ideas about various public topics. Admission to the “Saturday Sems” is free. Each will be held at 6:00 p.m. on Saturdays in June, July, and August in the new Skeens Conference Center in Franklin Hall at Ferrum College.

    Theodore Roosevelt called Chautauqua events "the most American thing in America." Woodrow Wilson described them as an "integral part of the national defense." The BRDT and the VFH hope to learn whether people today attach similar importance to such conversations.
    Ferrum College is a four-year, private, co-educational, liberal arts college affiliated with the United Methodist Church. Ferrum offers a choice of nationally recognized bachelor’s degree programs at a cost well below the national average for private colleges. For more information on Ferrum, visit


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