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Virginia Folklorist Delivers Adrian Webber Memorial Lecture to Keynote WillPower!

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Published: 2010-04-15 09:33:34.603

Virginia Folklorist Dr. Jon Lohman lectured on "Those Pretty Wrongs That Liberty Commits: The Transgressive World of Carnival," as the keynote event for Montgomery College's WillPower! series. Lohman, director of the Virginia Folklife Program and Virginia State folklorist, discussed how Mardi Gras in New Orleans has ties to Shakespeare lore, specifically, the play "A Midsummer Night's Dream." "A Midsummer Night's Dream," directed by Professor KenYatta Rogers and performed by Montgomery College students, highlights WillPower! and opened Wednesday evening.

The lecture was sponsored by the Webber Family Foundation.

In December 2008, the Webber Family Foundation pledged $55,000 to the Montgomery College Foundation to create the Adrian and Arthur Webber Memorial Endowed Scholarship to benefit Montgomery College students with financial needs. Adrian and Arthur Webber were former board members of the Webber Family Foundation and lifelong learners at Montgomery College.

The Webber Family Foundation recently completed its commitment for the scholarship and donated an additional $12,500 in November 2009 and $6,100 in December 2009, bringing the total for the endowed scholarship to $73,600. These additional gifts came at a time when enrollment is increasing and financial aid requests are on the rise. The Montgomery College Foundation is very grateful to the Webber Family Foundation and the Webber family for their generous support of our students.

Adrian and Arthur Webber took dozens of arts and humanities classes at Montgomery College's Rockville Campus. A former elementary school teacher and administrator at the National Institutes of Health, Mrs. Webber began taking classes in the summer of 1987. Her interests were in photography, foreign languages, violin and Israeli dancing. Mr. Webber began taking classes in the fall semester of 1995. He enjoyed photography, piano, sculpture and foreign languages.

Mrs. Webber passed away on October 26, 2007, and her husband died on May 16, 2008. The endowed scholarship celebrates the Webber's passion for education by providing support for students studying at Montgomery College.

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