The Graduates Christmas Luncheon

Event date: Saturday, December 06, 2014, at 12:00 PM
Location: Alumni Hall, Old Vic

"En blanc et noir: Music and the Great War" with Eric Friesen
You are cordially invited to join us for this annual tradition. Guests are welcome!

Luncheon $25 per person, cash bar
Register online, or call 416-585-4500 or 1-888-262-9775
More about Eric Friesen

Eric Friesen is a veteran broadcaster, writer, and speaker on music and culture. He has spent much of his life as a network music host and producer for CBC Radio and Minnesota Public Radio (NPR), and as a network executive for both organizations. For CBC, he hosted programs such as “Studio Sparks”, “In Performance”, and “Onstage at Glenn Gould Studio.” Over the course of his broadcasting career, he has interviewed almost every major figure in music today. On December 6, he will speak at Vic’s annual Graduates Christmas Luncheon. The discussion will focus on poetry set to music, or referenced in music, that was written during and immediately after the Great War.

At the same time, E.J. Pratt Library is hosting Victoria University and the War until December 12, 2014 to commemorate the centenary of the Great War’s beginning. The library will be open before and after the annual Graduates Christmas Luncheon on Saturday, December 6.

The exhibit includes photographs, letters, medals and other material from the Victoria University Archives and Special Collections relating to war-time activities and correspondences of students, alumni and faculty, and the University’s recognition of their sacrifices.

One of the Vic students highlighted is Captain Thain Wendell MacDowell (1890–1960) Vic 1915. Six of his medals are on display, including the Victoria Cross (dated 9–13 April 1917) and the Distinguished Service Order. Also on display, a small bible given to Ross Malcolm Taylor by the Victoria College YMCA. He was Vic’s first student to enlist and its first casualty in January 1916.

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