‘Ehancement’ series events announced


Several of the next year’s Cultural Enhancement Series speakers and performers have been selected.

David Lee, dean of the Potter College of Arts and Letters and chairman of the Cultural Enhancement Series, provided “a sneak peek” during the series’ final presentation of the school year on Monday night.

Lee said that four performers have been set for the 2012-2013 Cultural Enhancement Series.

The Manhattan-based Birdland Jazz Club was the first group Lee mentioned.

“You all have spoken, and you love your jazz and feel that we haven’t done enough of it,” Lee said.

Ailey II, a dance group from the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, will also be performing next season. Founded by world-renown dancer Alvin Ailey, Ailey II is best known for “merging the passion of the country’s best young dance talent with the creative vision of today’s outstanding emerging choreographers,” according to the troupe’s website.

Male vocal group Chanticleer is another performance group coming to WKU as part of the Cultural Enhancement Series. Calling themselves “an orchestra of voices,” Chanticleer has performed with a variety of vocalists as well as the New York, San Francisco and St. Paul orchestras, according to the group’s website.

The last speaker Lee mentioned was author, radio personality and storyteller Garrison Keillor. Keillor hosts the internationally syndicated radio show “A Prairie Home Companion” and has published books for both children and adults.

Lee’s announcement of Keillor brought audible gasps from audience members, particularly faculty.

“I know — I’m excited too,” Lee said.

The 2012-2013 Cultural Enhancement series will mark the 15th year that Potter College of Arts and Letters has sponsored the event. The 2011-2012 series brought journalist James Fallows, Ben & Jerry’s Jerry Greenfield and playwright Ntozake Shange to the WKU campus.