Joseph Johnson, SMC class of 2000 and current director of the writing programs at Union College in New York, comes back to speak on 'Thoreau and the Liberal Arts: Transcendental Higher Learning for the Twenty-first Century.' Tuesday, October 6, 4:30, Farrell Room. Put it on your calendar now!
Redemptive Pedagogy in a Time of Disaster: Reports from the Flying University on Uncanny Inspirations for Social Justice Sol Neely is an assistant professor of English and Philosophy at the University of Alaska Southeast. He completed his Ph.D. in Purdue University’s Philosophy and Literature program, specializing in critical theory, cultural studies, postsecular existentialism and phenomenology, critical pedagogy, and the philosophy of Emmanuel Levinas. His dissertation-Revolutionizing Maieutics: Philosophical, Literary, and Political Pedagogies in a Time of Disaster-draws from Emmanuel Levinas’ call for an “ethics as first philosophy” and takes up the question of pedagogy focused through the aperture of social justice. While writing his dissertation, Sol also taught English courses at various prisons in Indiana through Indiana State University’s Correctional Education Program. In Fall 2012, at UAS, Professor Neely founded the Flying University, a prison education program that brings university students inside the prison to collaboratively study philosophy and literature with incarcerated students. Since it was established, formerly incarcerated students who participated in Flying University are enrolling at UAS, upon release. These students have established a peer-support, on-campus student organization known as “The Flying University at UAS” that recruits ex-felons for academic study as a meaningful alternative to recidivism. Professor Neely also serves as the Education In-Reach Coordinator for the Juneau Reentry Coalition, a broad coalition of representatives from housing, employment, mental health, recovery, and education groups as well as representatives from the Department of Corrections. Additionally, Professor Neely stays active with indigenous rights work on campus, promoting indigenous intellectual authority and working to heal the wounds of historical violence. He has been trained through the Alaska Native Dialogues on Racial Equity (ANDORE) program created by the First Alaskans Institute. He is also coordinator of the UAS Honors Program and regularly teaches courses in literary and critical theories, cultural studies, and postsecular existentialism. In 2006, Professor Neely co-founded the North American Levinas Society and served as its president for the first ten years. Professor Neely has published in the Medieval British Literature Handbook (Continuum), Analecta Husserliana, Screen Bodies (forthcoming), Environmental Philosophy (forthcoming), and he will have a chapter on a “Critical Theory of Laughter” in a book on Levinas and Comedy.This is a You Count event.
Please Join us for an artist talk by Sarah Ross and Ryan Griffis who are exhibiting their project 'Between the Bottomlands & the World' in the McCarthy Art Gallery from Oct 8-Nov 6. The talk will be followed by an opening reception in the gallery from 5-6PM.'Between the Bottomlands & the World' is a multi-faceted project exploring Beardstown, IL, a rural Midwestern town of 6000 people--a place of global exchange and international mobility, inscribed by post-NAFTA (North American Free Trade Agreement) realities.Project Website: http://regionalrelationships.org/bottomlands/
The film Bon Cop, Bad Cop will be shown in French with English subtitles. It will be introduced by Prof. Jeff Ayres, Dean of the College and Professor in Political Science and Internationa Relations.
Africa's Political Past & Present: From the Origins of Democracy to Contemporary Political Developments by Dr. Lembe Tiky.Lembe Tiky, Ph. is the Deputy Director of Academic Development of the International Studies Association. He teaches comparative politics and international relations at the University of Connecticut at Storrs and is a research associate at the John Goodwin Tower Center for Political Studies, Southern Methodist University. Dr. Tiky received his bachelor's from the University of Yaoundé in Cameroon, his master's from the American University in Washington, DC, and his PhD from the University of Texas at Dallas. His research interests are both in international relations and comparative politics and include topics such as democratization, development, human rights, and African security issues and foreign relations. He is the author of Democracy and Democratization in Africa. His forthcoming book is titled: Les Six Plaies du Cameroun et leur Impact sur le Developpement economique du pays. Prior to moving to the United States, he worked as a journalist and traveled extensively in the continent of Africa to cover political developments.
The Fine Arts Department presents a concert by the Vermont Symphonic Winds, a fine community wind ensemble based in Central Vermont and directed by Lisa Jablow.
Preserving the Gain of the Cuban Revolution: U.S.-Cuban relations, past and present Born in Camagüey, Cuba, Dr. Díaz obtained his doctorate in Historical Sciences, his master's in Contemporary History, and a bachelor's degree in History from the University of Havana, Cuba. Since 2008, Ariel has been part of the Popular Education team at El Centro Memorial Martin Luther King, Jr. (the Martín Luther King Jr. Memorial Center (CMMLK) in Havana, Cuba. He designs, coordinates and systematizes training spaces for social actors in Cuba and abroad. He works specifically encompasses training and advocacy, communications, community and grassroots participation, community engagement, gender, group coordination, and understanding the intersection of politics and power. In 2014, he participated in the design and coordination of a popular education workshop on cooperative models for which he authored various publications on popular education and social movements. Dr. Diaz has traveled to twenty-two countries throughout Europe, Africa, and Latin America to carry-out research and to facilitate popular education workshops. El Centro Memorial Martin Luther Kings, Jr. - CMMLK where Dr. Diaz work was founded by Rev. Raul Suarez, an ordained Baptist minister, who is now a representative in the National Assembly, and a leader of the Council of Churches of Cuba. A true community center, CMMLK serves the varied needs identified by this primarily Afro-Cuban community of Marianao, Havana. The Center is also a regional, national, and international center for popular education.
A recital of songs, arias, and ensembles by the voice faculty of the College.
“Pope Francis' New Dialogue of Fraternity as a Basis for Interreligious Social Action”Dr. Donald W. Mitchell, Emeritus Professor of Philosophy, Asian Studies and Religious Studies, Purdue University4:30 PM in the Roy Room, Dion Family Center
#weneeddiversebooks with Sharon Colvin
Hope for the Congo? Jason Stearns is an American author who worked for ten years in the Democratic Republic of Congo including three years during the Second Congo War. His book, Dancing in the Glory of Monsters: The Collapse of the Congo and the Great War of Africa, was named a “A Best Book of the Year” by The Economist and The Wall Street Journal.
Brian McCarthy, Instructor of Music, discusses his upcoming show at the Flynn (Nov 6-7), which re-imagines music and events from the American Civil War through the artistic language of jazz.
“Catholic and Muslims in Dialogue”Dr. Yahya Michot, professor of Islamic Thought and Christian-Muslim Relations, Hartford Seminary4:30 PM in the Roy Room, Dion Family Center
Matt Kolan (UVM) presents: “Remembering Our Nature: The Practice of Tracking and Cultivating Reciprocal Relationships with the More than Human World.”
Etre Chinois au Quebec (Being Chinese in Quebec) is a documentary that will be introduced by Prof. Rowena He (History). Shown in French with English subtitles.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VJIUAjMexOY
The Crucible by Arthur Miller Thursday through Saturday, November 5-7, and Friday and Saturday, November 13 and 14, all at 7 p.m. McCarthy Arts Center Theatre, Saint Michael's College Campus, Colchester, VT Free admission - first-come, first-serve Director and Costume Designer - Peter Harrigan Scenic and Lighting Designer - John Paul Devlin Fight Choreographers - Jon & Kirty van Luling (both are alums - '06 and '08 I think) Dramaturg - Patrick Cornacchio '18 Properties - Rosalie McNamara '18 Assistant Costume Designer - Anna-Maria Forger '17 Stage Manager - Melissa Hickox '18 Assistant Stage Managers - Maggie Bogan '17, Lauren Sousa '18 Arthur Miller's chilling re-telling of the 1692 Salem, Massachusetts Witch Trials was written as a commentary on the McCarthy-era red baiting, but serves as a painful reminder of any instance where the irrational beliefs or fears of a few are used to intimidate or hurt others. The cast features 26 SMC students including Sean Morrissey '16 as John Proctor, Jordan Dekett '16 as Elizabeth Proctor, Mckenzie Bergen '17 as Abigail Williams, and Nathan Worthen '18 as Reverend John Hale. Dramaturg Patrick Cornacchio '18 also plays the role of Judge Hathorne. Pat, a native of Salem, MA, has shared extensive research with the cast, and is helping to organize a field trip to historic sites there on October 9 & 10. Director Peter Harrigan also is planning a faculty panel to talk about both the Colonial context and the atmosphere in 1950s America surrounding the House Unamerican Activities Committee (HUAC), with history professors Susan Ouellette and Doug Slaybaugh, plus a third panelist who will address more contemporary oppression. (Date and time to be announced).
The SMC SVA will be putting on a Veterans Day panel to discuss the different viewpoints of military service as seen from the POV of a soldier, dependent and ROTC cadet