The Benoliel Art and Culture Series at the Templeton Honors College was established to ensure that future Templeton scholars will enjoy access to the very highest quality fine and performing arts as a part of their liberal arts education at Templeton. Peter A. Benoliel is Chairman Emeritus of Quaker Chemical Corporation and a longtime friend of the Templeton Honors College. Mr. Benoliel served as CEO of Quaker for 25 years, on a number of corporate and philanthropic boards in addition to being the Chairman of the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia (1989-1992). He continues to be an avid student of the liberal arts and an enthusiastic violinist.

“Among my earliest memories is the ecstasy I felt on hearing classical music, followed by the thrill of going to Philadelphia Orchestra concerts at age 7. It was not many years later that I attended live theater – Walter Hampton in The Patriots and Ethel Barrymore in How Green Was My Valley. Ballet and opera performances followed in my adolescent years. I cannot begin to describe the pleasure and happiness that pervades my being as I experience the performing arts – igniting my intellect, touching my heart and exalting my spirit. The purpose of this Series is to afford students similar experiences to complement their studies, thus to have another window on man’s creativity and the human condition.”

Mr. Benoliel, speaking of what motivated him to establish this series

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Dean Brian Williams interviewed Peter A. Benoliel on the Value of the Humanities

Examples of Previous Events

Hapgood, play presented by the Lantern Theater Company
Romeo and Juliet, ballet presented by the Walnut Street Theatre
Fiddler on the Roof, musical on national tour
Magnificat: Bach's Magnificat and Mozart's Coronation Mass, presented by the Vox Ama Deus Ensemble
Measure for Measure, play presented by the Lantern Theater Company
Nina Simone: Four Women, music-filled drama presented by People's Light Theatre
Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime, play presented by the Walnut Street Theatre