Category Archives: Special Events

Special film event: The Biggest Little Farm

What happens when a Los Angeles filmmaker and a professional food writer decide to buy a ramshackle farm and attempt to grow crops and animals in complete harmony with nature? The result is an astonishingly beautiful documentary about the fulfillment of a promise to live a life of meaning and purpose.

Join the Library and Professor of Film & Literature Pete Fraser for a screening and discussion of Christian themes in The Biggest Little Farm. As an optional  literary complement, we will also discuss parallel themes in the film with Willa Cather’s short story “Neighbour Rosicky.” The full text of “Neighbour Rosicky” is available free from Project Gutenberg. It is not necessary to read the story to attend the screening or discussion.

The event will take place on Monday, March 2 at 7:00pm in the Library Auditorium. Admission is free and no RSVP is required. For more information or a PDF of “Neighbour Rosicky,” contact Harold Henkel at

Holocaust survivor Irving Roth to speak at the Library

On Thursday, February 6, the Regent University chapter of CUFI (Christians United for Israel) and the Library will host Holocaust survivor Irving Roth. Mr. Roth was deported to Auschwitz 1944. There he endured starvation and slavery, with the daily fear of being “selected” for death as being too weak to work. In January 1945, he survived the death march to the Buchenwald concentration camp, where he remained imprisoned until the camp’s liberation by the U.S. Army that April.

Now 90 years old, Mr. Roth devotes much of his time to speaking with young people and college students in the hopes that they will resolve that the history of Nazism will never be repeated.
The event will begin at 5:45 p.m. with fellowship and a light snack. The lecture will begin at 6:00.

Game Night at the Library on Monday, November 11

For thousands of years, games such as Chess and Go gave been used to improve strategic and tactical skills in players. While nearly everyone is familiar with Monopoly (first copyrighted in 1934), it has almost no strategic element and poorly mimics real business because it is “in fact, is a classic example of what economists call a zero-sum game.”1

Enter a new generation of board games designed to reflect how humans actually interact with one another in challenging situations. Writing in Harvard Business Review, Andrew Innes explains that “a board game is a tiny universe: The rules are the laws of physics or social norms, the board is the physical environment, cards often function as resources or catalysts, dice provide a dollop of randomness. And those little pawns? They’re you and me.”2 Not only do the new board games more closely mirror the real worlds of human interaction, they can educate by “forcing us into the spotlight, making us communicate in unusual and uncomfortable ways, or encouraging us to take giant lateral leaps in thinking.”2

Join the Library in the Gallery area on Monday, November 11 from 7:00pm to 9:00pm, as we explore and play two of the most popular of the new generation of strategic-cooperative games. Catan and Pandemic. No experience is needed, and we will begin by with an overview of each game. For players who prefer the classic games of strategy, high-quality Go and chess sets will be on hand.

For more information about this event, please contact Harold Henkel at

1WIRED Staff, “Monopoly Killer: Perfect German Board Game Redefines Genre,” Wired (Conde Nast, June 4, 2017),

2IAndrew Innes, “What Board Games Can Teach Business,” Harvard Business Review, March 19, 2015,


Lecture: The English Bible from King James to Robert Alter

Decorative book covers on the volumes of Robert Alter’s Hebrew Bible

Last December, W. W. Norton published the complete translation of The Hebrew Bible by Robert Alter. The work, which took Alter twenty-five years to complete, has been hailed as one of the most significant achievements in the history of English Bible translation by both admirers and critics of Alter’s text.

On November 5, Rabbi Dr. Michael Panitz will present a lecture and lead a discussion on this milestone work of scholarship, theology, and literature: From King James to Robert Alter: English Bible Translations, Then and Now. In his lecture, Rabbi Panitz will focus on four excerpts from Alter’s text:

  • Genesis 1:1 – 2:4
  • II Samuel 11:26 – 12:14
  • Psalm 27
  • Job 38 – 39

Volumes containing these Scriptures are available in the Library, and readers can receive a free copy of the excerpts by emailing a request to Harold Henkel ( An excellent and accessible lecture with Alter explaining his goals as a Biblical translator is on YouTube.

The event will take place in the Library Gallery at 2:00 p.m. and will be live-streamed on Collaborate Ultra.

Rabbi Panitz was ordained at the Jewish Theological Seminary in 1982 and received his Ph.D. in Jewish history there in 1989. He served on the Seminary’s faculty until 1992 and has been the Rabbi of Temple Israel, Norfolk, since then. Dr. Panitz is also an adjunct professor of Religious Studies at Virginia Wesleyan University and an Adjunct Professor of Hebrew Language at Old Dominion University.