Mightier than the Sword, Oct. 21 & 23 (Macon)

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On Oct. 21 and 23, Jack Tarver Library will host special events to celebrate the debut of its latest installment of ancient artifacts from the Holmes Collection given to the University by Dr. and Mrs. Y. Lynn Holmes of Carrollton.

“Mightier Than the Sword: The Origins of Writing” will open Oct. 21, 5:30-7:30 p.m., in Tarver Library and feature guest speakers and the unveiling of the new exhibit and reception. Speakers will include Dr. Holmes, CLA ’62, as well as faculty and students who have used the collection in their classes and who will share their thoughts on the significance of the written word. The exhibit is curated by Dr. R. Scott Nash, professor of religion in the College of Liberal Arts.

A special hands-on experience will follow Oct. 23, 7:30-9:30 p.m., in Tarver Library, where students in Theta Alpha Kappa, a national honor society for religious studies and theology, will offer a variety of activities at various stations. Those in attendance will be able to learn how writing developed from the hieroglyphics of Egypt to the printing press and try their hand at writing their names in a variety of alphabets. Refreshments will be provided, as well.

Both events are free and open to the public.

For more information on the exhibit or the events, see this Mercer News article or contact Laura Botts at (478) 301-2968 or botts_lm@mercer.edu.