09.01.2017 Filed Under: Community
West Shore Community College is inaugurating an adventure to examine a different region of the world for the next three years titled “Humankind.”
With speakers and exhibits, music and movies, the College and its guests will explore Sub-Saharan Africa and science beginning this fall, the Middle East and home, culture, and conflict in fall 2018, and Cuba and the Caribbean and how politics affect the ways people live, work, and learn in fall 2019.
“Perspectives on Sub Saharan Africa opens the three-year exploration. “We recognize some community members and students may already know quite a bit about the continent while others may know very little. Everyone will learn something and we are confident the series will expand our world view and how we are all connected to the regions we are studying,” says Dr. Brooke Portmann, Dean of Arts and Sciences.
“Traditional African Art: A Dialogue of Context” at the Manierre Dawson Gallery on WSCC campus is the first exhibit for “Humankind.” It includes a display of more than 50 masks and statues from diverse regions and peoples of Africa. The exhibit is open now through October 13.
While each presentation from September through April can stand on its own, the presentations, arts events, and movies are also designed to build on each other. The fall programs are designed to provide a broad look at Africa—its diversity of people, natural resources, political structures, and religions among other topics.
In the winter, the programs will draw from the general knowledge discussed in the fall and examine specific topics, for example GMOs and how someone from a ‘first world’ country can think ethically about needs and solutions in a ‘third world’ country.
Fall Semester programs:
• August 28 - October 13, 2017 - Traditional African Art: A Dialogue of Context, Manierre Dawson Gallery, Arts & Sciences Center
• September 6, 6:30 p.m. - A ‘Tools for Thinking’ Approach to Business Creativity with Dr. Robert Root-Bernstein. Administration & Conference Bldg.
• September 7, 11 a.m.. – Robert Root-Bernstein will be on campus to kick off our year’s exploration. Center Stage Theater, Arts & Sciences Center
• September 7, 7 p.m. - The Representation of Africa, by Dr. John Metzler, Center Stage Theater, Arts & Sciences Bldg.
• September 20, 12:30 p.m. - Jamie Monson, Africa: A Historical Overview of Major Themes in African History, Center Stage Theater, Arts & Sciences Center
• October 11, 12:30 p.m. - Kekla Magoon, author of X, a Great Michigan Read event, will discuss her book. Center Stage Theater, Arts & Sciences Center
• October 23 - December 1, 2017 - Mopti a la Mode, Portrait Photographs by Tijani Sitou, Manierre Dawson Gallery, Arts & Sciences Center
• October 26, 2 p.m. – Photographer Malick Sitou, Gallery Talk about his father’s work in the exhibit, Mopti a la Mode, Portrait Photographs by Tijani Sitou, Manierre Dawson Gallery, Arts & Sciences Center
• November 7, 11 a.m.. - Ruth Mbabzi, Sustainability in African agriculture, Women in Africa, Administration & Conference Bldg.
• November 15, 12:30 p.m. - Art Historian, Candace Keller, specialist on mid-20th Century African photographers, will provide an overview of her research of African art and photography. Center Stage Theater, Arts & Sciences Center
Programs from January to April include: January: Stephen Esquith, considering ethics in a global world; February: genetically modified foods/genetically modified organisms (GMO) panel with Ruth Mbabzi, and members of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine; March: Robert Root-Bernstein and AIDS research; March: Judith Humphries, University of Wisconsin, infectious parasites; and March: “Out of Africa” - African music and dance featuring Dane Richeson, Nani Agbeli & Kane Mathis. April: closing program and reception.
Author: Thomas Hawley | Executive Director of College Relations
Tags: Community Event