Unique Lecture-Performance Coming to the Ware Center

Unique Lecture-Performance Coming to the Ware Center

— Information provided by the Ware Center

Millersville University President Dr. John Anderson and Lancaster City Mayor Rick Gray host activities including a lecture-performance featuring Harvard University greening expert Leith Sharp on the evening of Thursday, March 31 at the Ware Center, 42 N. Prince Street, and a workshop that afternoon on Millersville University’s campus.

Lecture and Performances beginning at 7:30 PM

The evening will begin at 7:30 PM with a lecture by Sustainability Expert Leith Sharp of Harvard University, followed by several local performance groups, each presenting their own original five-minute explorations on the theme of sustainability. Guest artistry includes Dance, Spoken Word, Music, and Multi-Media presentations, along with a few other special appearances.


A Powerful 21st Century Convergence:
Sustainability, Innovation and Organizational Design

Leith Sharp, Director of Executive Education for Sustainability with Harvard University’s Center for Health and the Global Environment, will talk on why 70% of the US workforce has become disengaged, how millennials will find their way in the workforce, and how humankind is going to navigate the epic amount of change it will face in the 21st Century as a result of overshooting critical ecological limits.

In this presentation, and in the discussion that follows, Leith Sharp will explore insights pertaining to innovation, sustainability and organizational design to reveal a new way forward for all kinds of organizations and communities to flourish in a state of adaptive, creative and engaged sustainability. Aimed to inspire, the event provides a hopeful glimpse of a new way of organizing that rethinks traditional methods and integrates adaptivity to navigate the 21st century. This new way empowers creativity in an engaged workforce, supporting useful, sustainable ideas generated by all community members – including millennials – and leaves us with a sense we are on the brink of a shift that is huge, necessary and doable.

Following the intellectual part of the evening makes perfect sense to shift gears to address the heart.  Through their chosen artistic medium, a number of local performers will make an offering to share what inspires them, what overwhelms them, what they transcend and what they hope for. You can expect something raw, surprising, courageous and very real.


NetCo Dance Company  – one of the region’s most innovative dance projects, hailed as “dynamic, contagiously humorous, angst-ridden and edgy, and exquisitely beautiful.”

We Rock the Mic from The Mix at Arbor Place, is a powerful inner city spoken-word project that gives voice to those who are all too often unheard.

Lancaster’s “Musical Revolution,” our community’s very own ukulele orchestra, (and it’s not just ukuleles!)  is a project of Music for Everyone, a non-profit charitable organization dedicated to raising awareness and resources to strengthen the role that music plays in Lancaster’s schools and communities.

THE MOTION PICTURE does puppets. And not sock puppets, either. Although they will knock your socks off. And then they might use them for puppets.

Dr. Nadine Garner, Director of the Millersville University Center for Sustainability will also contribute her own 5-minute performance art work.  And Sharp herself will be performing a song, accompanied by MU President John Anderson on the guitar.


“Accelerating Change”
Workshop Led by Leith Sharp

All are invited to attend “Accelerating Change,” a workshop conducted by Leith Sharp to be held in the Multi-Purpose Room of the Millersville University Student Memorial Center from 2:30- 3:50 PM. The workshop is FREE and open to the public.

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Sharp has spent over two decades greening universities. In 1999, she founded Harvard University’s Green Campus Initiative, the largest green campus organization in the world. The program’s efforts were largely funded by the savings it produced – the essence of sustainability. Over the course of nine years under her leadership, Harvard established a $12 million green revolving loan fund, over 80 certified green buildings, a green residence program, an aggressive greenhouse gas reduction program, substantial renewable energy purchases, and much more. Sharp’s work has been widely praised by corporate and academic leaders from around the world.


All activities and performances are FREE and open to the public; however, tickets are required for the evening lecture/performance, and can be acquired online by visiting ArtsMU.com or by calling 717-871-7600. Tickets can also be acquired in person at the Ticket Office located in the Student Memorial Center on Millersville’s campus, or the Ware Center, located at 42 N. Prince Street, in Lancaster. Doors open one hour before each show for ticket sales, subject to availability.