Visiting Scholars Program

Wayne State College School of Arts and Humanities

 

Below is a partial listing of visiting scholars who have visited Wayne State College through the School of Arts and Humanities Visiting Scholar Program.

 

Artist Cynthia Alderete-Earle To Display Work At Wayne State College

 

The School of Arts and Humanities and the Department of Art and Design at Wayne State College will host a visit by artist Cynthia Alderete-Earle during October 14-16. A reception and opening for the artist will follow a 3:30 p.m. slide presentation in Peterson Fine Arts Building room 19 on Monday, Oct. 14. Hosted by the Spanish Club, a second public presentation by the artist will include contemporary Mexican art slides, Tuesday, Oct. 15 from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. in the Humanities Building Lounge.

 

Alderete-Earle holds a BFA degree in photography from The University of North Texas and an MFA degree in printmaking from The University of Texas at San Antonio. Alderete-Earle’s work has been exhibited throughout Texas, California, Florida, New York, Ohio, and Missouri as well as in Mexico, Peru, Brazil, and Italy. Alderete-Earle is an artist whose work is figurative, and often based on history and experiences from her cultural heritage in Mexico. As a first-generation American artist, her work focuses on media in printmaking, photo imagery, and textiles.

 

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Work by Alderete-Earle will be exhibited in the WSC Nordstrand Visual Arts Gallery from October 14 until November 1. The gallery is open Monday through Friday, from 9 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. For more information, please call (402) 375-7359.

 

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Howard University Professor to Visit Wayne State College

 

On Monday, March 18 Howard University professor Dr. Priscilla Ramsey will visit Wayne State College, to work with students and interact with faculty, and to present a public lecture on contemporary novelist John Wideman.

 

Ramsey is Associate Professor of Afro-American Studies at Howard University in Washington, D.C. She holds a B.A. degree in Psychology Temple University, and a Ph.D. in English from The American University. She has published in The Dictionary of Literary Biography, MaGills Annual Review, and The College Language Journal, and has lectured for the Modern Language Association, the Popular Culture Association, Mid Atlantic Writers Conference, and for other scholarly groups throughout America. She has held elected positions in the Modern Language Association, and is listed in The Dictionary of American Scholars, Who’s Who, and Two Thousand Notable Women. Dr. Ramsey holds several awards from community groups for community service related to the arts.

 

The public lecture by Dr. Ramsey will take place at 3:30 P.M. in the Frey Conference Suite of the Wayne State College Student Center. Entitled “John Wideman: The Postmodernist Possibilities,” the lecture will be followed by a reception immediately afterward. Dr. Ramsey’s visit to Wayne State College is jointly sponsored by the School of Arts and Humanities, the WSC Department of Language and Literature, and the WSC Multicultural Center.

 

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George Washington University Professor to Visit Wayne State College

 

 

Wayne State College will host the visit of Prof. James A. Miller on April 3-4.

 

James A. Miller is currently Professor of English and American Studies and Director of Africana Studies at The George Washington University in Washington, D.C. He has previously held positions at the University of South Carolina, Trinity College, Wesleyan University, Lafayette College, Medgar Evers College; and the State University of New York at Buffalo. Professor Miller recently won the District of Columbia Teacher of the Year Award, presented at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C.

 

Miller has published a number of works including “ Harlem: The Vision of Morgan and Marvin Smith,” and has edited several volumes including “Approaches to Teaching Wright’s Native Son” and the “Dictionary of Literary Biography: 21sr Century African American Literature.” His honors and awards include fellowships at the W.E.B. DuBois Institute, and Harvard University. He was Director of the National Endowment of the Humanities summer seminars for school teachers in 1988, 1990, 1992, 1994, and 1996.

 

Miller’s schedule while at Wayne State will include class lectures and a public presentation.

 

The public presentation will begin on Thursday April 3, at 1:30 P.M. in Ley Theatre with a screening of the PBS documentary film Scottsboro: An American Tragedy, for which Dr. Miller was a chief consultant. After a 30 minute intermission Dr. Miller will deliver a lecture at 3:30 P.M. entitled "The Politics of Memory: The Scottsboro Case and American Culture, 1931-2001." The lecture will be followed by a reception. For more information about Prof. Miller’s visit to Wayne State College please contact the WSC Department of Language and Literature at 375-7395.

 

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Wayne State College to Host Visiting Islam Professor

 

Wayne State College will host the visit of Prof. Reza Aslan on October 17 and 18. Aslan is Visiting Professor of Islamic Studies at the University of Iowa, where he is also the winner of the Truman Capote Fellowship in Fiction at the Iowa Writer’s Workshop. He has lectured extensively on the Middle East, and has published numerous articles on Islam, Iran, and Religion and Human Rights. Aslan holds degrees from Santa Clara University and the Harvard Divinity School, and is currently a Ph.D. candidate in Near Eastern Religions at The University of California at Berkeley.

 

In 1998 Aslan was elected president of Harvard’s chapter of the World Conference on Religion and Peace, a United Nations organization committed to the cause of global understanding. In that capacity, Aslan brought U.S. Deputy Secretary Denis Halliday to Harvard for his first public appearance after resigning his post as the Humanitarian Coordinator in Iraq in protest of sanctions. His speech received national attention, sparking a worldwide speaking tour. In 1999 after consecutive nuclear tests by India and Pakistan, the W.C.R.P. under Aslan’s leadership brought the ambassadors of the two countries to Harvard in order to discuss for the first time their shared, nuclear future. His work with W.C.R.P. led to a position as legislative assistant for the Friend’s Committee on National Legislation in Washington, D.C., where he worked as a liaison to Congress on issues of arms control and the Middle East.

 

When the Pentagon and World Trade Center were attacked in September 2001, Aslan put his expertise on the Middle East to work for both the University and the greater Iowa community by traveling the state speaking to public and private organizations, businesses, churches, mosques, and universities. Aslan provided articles and interviews to a number of major newspapers throughout the state, and has become a frequent guest on the NPR program, Iowa Talks. His efforts in Iowa have received national attention in such periodicals as U.S.A. Today, U.S. News and World Report, and The Chronicle of Higher Education.

 

Aslan’s schedule while at Wayne State will include class lectures and a public presentation. The public presentation entitled “The Clash of Civilizations" will take place on Thursday, October 17 at 4:00 P.M. in Connell Hall 131

 

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Noted Author to Visit Wayne State College

 

Wayne State College will host the visit by author Delphine Red Shirt on March 29-30.

 

Delphine Red Shirt, Oglala Lakota, spent her earliest years off the reservation in a small town in northern Nebraska where she attended public school, learning to speak English for the first time. After her family returned to the reservation, she first attended government schools and later the Red Cloud Indian School, a Catholic high school in Pine Ridge. She attended Regis College in Denver, with a major in Accounting and a minor in History. She also holds a Master of Arts in Liberal Studies in Creative Writing from Wesleyan University and was an advisor to Native American Students at Yale University.

 

Red Shirt has been a member of the United States Marine Corps and has served as the Chairperson of the United Nations NGO Committee on the International Decade of the World’s Indigenous People: 1995-96, and as the United Nations Representative for the Four Directions Council: International Indigenous Organization with access to the UN from 1994 to 1997. Red Shirt has served as an adjunct professor of American Studies and English at Yale University and at Connecticut College. She maintains an extensive schedule of public speaking and appearances, including regular interviews on National Public Radio.

 

She is now Series Editor for The University of Nebraska Press Race and Ethnicity in the American West, and works as a freelance writer and syndicated columnist for Indian Country Today, the Lakota Nation Journal of Rapid City, SD and the Hartford Courant newspaper in Hartford, CT. While at WSC Red Shirt will visit classes and present a public reading. Public events associated with her visit appear below.

 

Red Shirt's schedule while at Wayne State will include class lectures and a public reading.

 

The reading will begin at 11:30 a.m. in the Humanities Building Lounge on the WSC campus.

 

For more information about Red Shirt's visit to Wayne State College please contact the WSC Department of Language and Literature at 375-7395.

 

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Irish Poet to Visit Wayne State College

 

Wayne State College and the John G. Neihardt Foundation will host the visit by Irish poet Desmond Egan on March 22.

 

Born in Athlone, in the center of Ireland, and educated in the Irish midlands, Desmond

Egan attended the National Universities of Ireland at Maynooth and Dublin. Egan has published over sixteen collections of poetry and prose. Much of his work has been translated and published in France, Germany, Italy, Holland, Poland, Czech Republic, Hungary, Russia, Bulgaria, and Japan.

 

Since 1987 Desmond Egan has worked as a full-time writer, living near Newbridge, County Kildare in Ireland. In 1998, he was appointed to The Cultural Relations Committee of the Irish Department of Foreign Affairs. His awards include The (U.S.A.) National Poetry Foundation of Award, and the Bologna Literary Award. He has also served as poet-in-residence at Kansai University ( Japan) and University College in Dublin and holds an honorary doctorate in literature from Washburn University ( Topeka, Kansas). He has read and conducted workshops at colleges and universities throughout the United States.

 

Critics have proclaimed that there has not been an Anglo-Irish poet since Yeats who has so earnestly taken the whole of Ireland and the globe for his audience. An anti-apartheid poem by Egan hangs in the bedroom of Archbishop Desmond Tutu, and the Nobel Prize winning author and playwright Samuel Beckett was reading a collection of Egan's work the night he died. During his visit to WSC Egan will meet with English literature and writing classes and will informally present at a “brown bag” lunch event. The public Brown Bag lunch event will take place at noon in the Humanities Building Lounge on the WSC campus. For more information about Egan's visit to Wayne State College please contact the WSC Department of Language and Literature at 375-7395.

 

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Mixed Media Artist to Visit Wayne State College

 

The Department of Art and Design and the School of Arts and Humanities at Wayne State College will host the visit by mixed media artist Jefferson Pinder during February 12-13.

 

Jefferson Pinder began his visual arts journey working in the medium of collage. Inspired by David Driskell, Romare Bearden, and Robert Rauschenburg, and closely associated with David Driskell, Pinder cuts and slices print and other media to explore African-American identity. His first solo exhibition was in 1999 in Seattle, Washington, at the Oculus Gallery. In the spring of 2003 Pinder received a Masters degree in Mixed Media from the University of Maryland-College Park, and currently serves there as a lecturer. He has also worked as a public school art teacher in Washington, D.C. and as outreach coordinator for the Chicken Soup Brigade in Seattle, Washington.

 

Pinder has recently had solo exhibitions in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area, Shrapnel and Native Son, both at the Wohlfarth Gallery, as well other exhibitions at Mount St. Mary University ( Emmitsburg, Maryland) and Tennessee State University ( Nashville, Tennessee). Pinder is currently collaborating with filmmakers to create performance art film shorts, which combine his theatre expertise with a visual art aesthetic. In the summer of 2003 his short film titled Marathon was featured at the Woodstock Film Festival in Woodstock, New York, and was a finalist for the Orlo Film Festival in Portland, Oregon. He has also been received awards from the Sadat Peace Art Competition and the Irene Ryan Theatre Competition.

 

Pinder's schedule while at Wayne State will include class lectures and a public presentation.

 

The public presentation, "Mining the Media," will begin at 4:30 P.M. in the Frey Conference Suite of the WSC Student Center. In addition, three of his video works will be exhibited in the Student Center from 10:00 A.M. until 6:00 P.M. on February 12 and 13. For more information about Prof. Miller’s visit to Wayne State College please contact the WSC Department of Art and Design at 375-7359.

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Noted Author to Visit Wayne State College

 

The Department of Language and Literature, the School of Arts and Humanities, and the Spanish Club at Wayne State College will host a visit by author Gregory Rodriguez on November 5. Rodriguez currently serves as a contributing editor for the Los Angeles Times, and has written widely on issues of race, immigration, ethnicity, politics and America’s changing demographics.

 

Rodriguez was recently listed in Esquire Magazine as being among the “Best and Brightest” Americans under 40, and is the author of two groundbreaking studies, The Emerging Latino Middle Class (1996) and From Newcomers to New Americans: The Successful Integration of immigrants into American Society (1999), Rodriguez is currently at work on a book on how contemporary Mexican immigration will change the way Americans view race. Rodriguez has also been published in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Economist, The Atlantic Monthly, and The Washington Post.

 

While at WSC Rodriguez will visit classes and present a public lecture. For more information about Rodriguez’s visit to Wayne State College please contact the WSC Department of Language and Literature at 375-7395.

 

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Wayne State College to Host Visit by Director of “The Gatekeeper”

 

The Wayne State College School of Arts and Humanities, Department of Language and Literature, and the WSC Criminal Justice Association will host a visit by actor and film director John Carlos Frey on Wednesday, April 6. The Gatekeeper is a highly personal story by this first-time director.

 

The Gatekeeper is a true-to-life drama based on Drug Enforcement Agency and U.S. Border Patrol reports as well as countless first hand accounts of hopeful migrant struggles. The film depicts the current civil unrest at the U.S./Mexican border. Amnesty International, NCLR, and MALDEF have recognized the film for its portrayal of contemporary human and civil rights issues. The film has also received numerous awards, including the Phoenix Prize at the Santa Barbara International Film Festival, Best Film at the International Hispanic Film Festival, and Best Film and Audience Choice at the Phoenix Film Festival.

 

Mr. Frey has lectured and hosted screenings of this film at numerous colleges and universities including Harvard University, Georgetown University, Boston College, Standord University, Notre Dame University, and University of California- Los Angeles. As an actor he has had additional notable performances on television shows including The Practice, Days of Our Lives, JAG, and Party of Five among others.

 

While at WSC Frey will visit classes, present a public lecture, and host a screening of The Gatekeeper. The screening will take place on Wednesday, April 6 at 6:30 p.m. in Gardner Auditorium on the Wayne State College campus. For more information about Frey’s visit to Wayne State College please contact the WSC Department of Language and Literature at 375-7395.

 

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Wayne State College to Host Visit by Native American Author

 

The Department of Language and Literature, and the School of Arts and Humanities at Wayne State College will host the visit by author Ron Welburn on September 10. Welburn currently serves as an associate professor in the Department of English and director of the certificate program in Native American Indian Studies at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst, where he has worked since 1992.

 

Welburn is Assateague/Gingaskin and Cherokee and is descended from Native peoples of the Delmarva peninsula and eastern Virginia, and African Americans. A native of Berwyn, Pennsylvania where he began school, he grew up in Philadelphia, and began writing poetry and fiction as an undergraduate at Lincoln University in Pennsylvania in the mid-1960s. He is the author of five books, and his poems have appeared in over 100 literary magazines and anthologies. He also contributed to the Jazz Oral History Project at the Rutgers University Institute of Jazz Studies, and reviews jazz recordings for JazzTimes magazine.

 

While at WSC Welburn will visit classes and present a public reading. For more information about Welburn’s visit to Wayne State College please contact the WSC Department of Language and Literature at 375-7395.

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Professor from Wheaton College to Visit Wayne State College

 

The School of Arts and Humanities at Wayne State College and the WSC Service-Learning Consortium are sponsoring an upcoming visit by author Em Griffin on April 11. Griffin currently is a professor at Wheaton College ( Ill.), where he has taught since 1970. Griffin has authored four books on communication, including the textbook entitled "A First Look at Communication Theory" published by McGraw-Hill. Hosted by Department of Communication Arts chair Dr. Deborah Whitt, Griffin will have time to visit with students and give a public presentation, "Communication Theory Through the Lens of Feature Films." The public presentation will take place from 1-4 p.m. in the Gardner Auditorium on the Wayne State campus. For further information please contact the WSC Department of Communication Arts at

375-7395 or Whitt at 375-7352.

 

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Choreographer to Visit Wayne State College

 

The Wayne State College School of Arts and Humanities will host a visit by choreographer Scott Gessford January 14-21.

 

Scott Gessford has worked in a variety of aspects in both professional theatre and academia. His work as a director and choreographer has been seen throughout the country including productions of Picnic, Revealed, South Pacific, and The Music Man. He has worked with the Calumet Players, the University of Sioux Falls, and Prairie Repertory Theatre. Also a performer for numerous regional theatres including the Barn Theatre and the Goodtimes Theatre, Gessford has appeared in productions of Footloose, Grease, Evita, and California Dreamin’. He directed, choreographed, and performed in his original revue Seasons of Love at the Farber Hall Theatre.

 

Outside of professional theatre, Scott has served on the faculties of Augustana College, the University of South Dakota, South Dakota State University, and Dakota State University, teaching courses in communication, performance, and musical theatre. He has been active in the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival (KC/ACTF) for several years and served as a judge for the Irene Ryan Acting Scholarship Competition and as a production respondent for Region V (including for Wayne State College’s production of The Crucible last fall).

 

In 2004 Gessford was invited to speak at the international Speech Communication Association of Puerto Rico (SCAPR) conference. His presentation on sexual orientation in the playscript The Laramie Project and philosopher Kenneth Burke’s ideology received an overwhelming audience response. He has also been selected to serve on panels about contemporary gay issues for the Eastern Communication Association (ECA) and the Association for Theatre in Higher Education (ATHE). He is currently writing a one-person musical revue about his own life and growing up gay in the Midwest.

 

An alumnus of both the University of South Dakota and South Dakota State University, Scott holds a BFA in Acting and a Master’s Degree in Communication Studies & Theatre. Though a Midwesterner for most of his life, he currently lives in San Francisco where he is a member of Theatre Bay Area. For more information about Gessford’s visit to Wayne State College please contact the WSC Department of Communication Arts at 375-7395.

 

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Multimedia Artist to Visit Wayne State College

 

The Wayne State College School of Arts and Humanities and the Department of Art and Design will host an exhibit by multimedia artist Leslie Iwai, February 13 until March 16. Ewai's exhibition is entitled "Cordblood: A Meditation on Orphans & Amputees." In her work she explores the forming of space as an experiential event through scale or internal complexity. The work often exists between architecture and sculpture, utilizing fragile material for her constructed pieces and installations.

 

After working as a professional architect for three years, Iwai decided to continue her artistic and design work in her own studio. In November 2004. she completed an Omaha Public Arts Commission entitled “sounding stones,” a series of five 17 ton fabric-cast concrete stones for a downtown park. In 2005 she was the first recipient of the Bemis Center for Contemporary Art’s Community Art Fellowship. This fellowship included a solo show award for which Iwai created a multimedia interactive performance installation entitled “Chambers: Gleaning in Cracks of Light.” An alumna of Wayne State College who also holds a masters degree in architecture from Virginia Tech University, Iwai will meet with students and speak at the opening of the exhibit at Wayne State.

 

The exhibit’s opening and reception will take place on Wednesday, February 15 from 4:30 – 6:00 p.m. in the Nordstrand Visual Arts Gallery on the Wayne State College Campus. For further information about Iwai’s visit to Wayne State College please contact the department of Art and Design at 375-7359.

 

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Poet and Fiction Writer to Visit Wayne State College

 

The Wayne State College School of Arts and Humanities, and the Department of Language and Literature, will host a visit by Ricardo Garcia on Tuesday, September 13.

 

Born in Swastika, New Mexico, Garcia has published four books of fiction, two textbooks in the field of multicultural teacher education, as well as numerous monographs, book chapters, and articles. He has also served as a consultant to the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Ford Foundation, and many others. He has served as a professor at Kansas State University, the University of Oklahoma, the University of Utah, and Montana State University, as well as serving as the coordinator of Multicultural Education at the University of Utah and Assistant Vice Chancellor for Multicultural Affairs at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point. He currently serves as Professor of Education at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, where he teaches and advises masters and doctoral students. He is also a storyteller for the Nebraska Humanities Council and author of “Coal Camp Days,” a monthly feature in the Raton Range. While at WSC Garcia will visit classes and present a public presentation as a “Brown Bag” lunch presentation at 12:30 p.m. in the Niobrara Room of the WSC Student Center. For more information about Garcia’s visit to Wayne State College please contact the WSC Department of Language and Literature at 375-7395.

 

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Noted Poet to Visit Wayne State College

The Wayne State College Department of Language and Literature, and the School of Arts and Humanities will host a visit by Lee Ann Roripaugh on Wednesday and Thursday, September 27-28.

 

RoripaughBorn and raised in Laramie, Wyoming, Lee Ann Roripaugh’s first volume of poetry, Beyond Heart Mountain (Penguin Books, 1999), was selected by Ishmael Reed for the National Poetry Series and was also a finalist for the 2000 Asian American Literature Awards. Her second volume of poetry, Year of the Snake, is part of the Crab Orchard Award Series in Poetry and was named winner of the Association for Asian American Studies Book Award in Poetry and Prose. Other honors include an Academy of American Poets Prize, an AWP Intro Award, and the 1995 Randall Jarrell International Poetry Prize. Roripaugh’s poetry has appeared in numerous journals and anthologies, including Black Warrior Review, Cream City Review, Crab Orchard Review, New England Review, Parnassus: Poetry in Review, Phoebe, and Seneca Review. Her poetry has also been selected for inclusion in the anthologies American Identities: Contemporary Multicultural Voices (eds. Robert Pack and Jay Parini, 1994), American Poetry: The Next Generation (eds. Gerald Costanzo and Jim Daniels, 2000), and Waltzing on Water: Poetry by Women (eds. Norma Fox Mazer and Marjorie Lewis, 1989). Roripaugh currently serves as an Assistant Professor of English at the University of South Dakota. Her degrees include an M.M. in music history, a B.M. in piano performance, and an M.F.A. in creative writing, all from Indiana University.

While at WSC Roripaugh will visit classes and present a public reading of her poetry at 2:00 p.m. on September 28 in the Humanities Building Lounge, and will present a “Brown Bag” session on multicultural influences on her writing, at noon on September 27 in the Elkhorn Room of the Student Center. For more information about Roripaugh’s visit to Wayne State College please contact the School of Arts and Humanities at 375-7394.

 

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Touring Art Exhibit at Wayne State College

The Wayne State College Department of Art and Design will host a traveling art exhibit entitled “How the Ink Feels” from January 16 until February 8.

 

Featuring 64 matted and framed letterpress broadsides which illuminate poetry and prose selections by well-known writers, the exhibit was the result of collaboration by artists, writers, and printers. Most of the art work was printed using manually operated letterpresses. Featured artists include Karla Elling, Dan Ellis, J.B. Graves, Stephan Leflar, Susan Lowdermilk, and others. Featured writers include former U.S. Poets Laureate Stanley Kunitz, Howard Nemerov, Robert Hass, and Rita Dove; additional featured writers include James Agee, Marvin Bell, Agha Shahid Ali, Peggy Shumaker, James Welch, and others.

 

On loan from The Estate of William Stafford and a number of publishing houses, the WSC exhibit of “How the Ink Feels” will be the only Nebraska site of the tour. The exhibit’s opening and reception will take place on Tuesday, January 16 from 4:30 – 6:00 p.m. in the Nordstrand Visual Arts Gallery on the Wayne State College Campus. For further information about Iwai’s visit to Wayne State College please contact the School of Arts and Humanities at 375-7394.

 

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Wayne State College to Host Presentations on “Black Elk Speaks”

The School of Arts and Humanities at Wayne State College will host a visit by guest scholars Nancy Gillis and Charles Trimble, presenting a talk on John G. Neihardt’s “Black Elk Speaks.”

 

Charles TrimbleCharles Trimble, of the Oglala Sioux Tribe, received his elementary and high school education at the Holy Rosary Mission Indian School (now Red Cloud Indian School) in Pine Ridge, South Dakota, and received a B.F.A. degree from the University of South Dakota. While editor of The Indian Times newspaper in Denver, Colorado, he raised funds and convened a meeting of editors and publishers of Indian news periodicals; from that meeting the American Indian Press Association was formed. He served as the organization's executive director until 1972, when he was elected Executive Director of the National Congress of American Indians in Washington, DC. He has also served as the U.S. representative at the founding of the World Council of Indigenous Peoples (Copenhagen, Denmark), U.S. delegate at the United Nations Sub-commission on Prevention of Discrimination and Protection of Minorities (Geneva, Switzerland), and U.S. delegate to the Human Rights Experts meeting of the Conference on Security and Cooperation in Europe (Helsinki Accord) in Ottawa, Canada.

 

Long interested in economic development for the tribes, Trimble served on the Board of Directors of the American Indian National Bank in Washington, DC, from 1975 to 1986. In 1983 he formed Tribal Ventures, Inc., a consortium of Native American corporations, to work toward development on Indian reservations. He served as president of ARROW, Inc., and on the Economic Development Committee of the National Congress of American Indians Trimble has received many awards including the Nebraskaland Foundation’s annual Pioneer; the Alumni Achievement Award from the University of South Dakota; a Doctor of Cultural Science degree, honoris causa, by Creighton University; an Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree by Wayne State College, and in 2004 the Distinguished Alumni Award by Cameron University in Oklahoma.

 

Nancy GillisNancy Gillis, of Cherokee/Muskogee/Choctaw heritage, is the current CEO of the John Neihardt Foundation. Gillis joined the Foundation in May 1997 with experience in education and corporate administration. She regularly speaks to schools and civic groups on the work of John Neihardt, and has served on the faculty at Nebraska Indian Community College. First arriving to Nebraska in 1987 to work with the Winnebago Tribe for the Reformed Church in America, she served on that denomination’s Native American Council and Commission for Race and Ethnicity. She has also been the recipient of a fellowship from the Smithsonian Institution to take part in Diversity Leadership and Museums training in Washington, D.C. She currently serves on the board of the Nebraska Folk Life Network, and the Nebraska State Historic Preservation Society.

 

While at WSC, Trimble and Gillis will visit classes and make a public presentation. The presentation will take place On Thursday, February 1, at 2 p.m. in the Humanities Building Lounge. For more information, please contact the School of Arts and Humanities at 375-3794.

 

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Wayne State College Earth Day Celebration To Feature WSC Faculty And Noted Guests

The Wayne State College Earth Day Celebration will feature presentations and sessions by WSC faculty members as well as noted guests on Monday and Tuesday, April 23 and 24. The collaborative event, sponsored by the School of Natural and Social Sciences and the School of Arts and Humanities, will provide exposure and discussion regarding environmental concerns in Nebraska, highlighting environmental stewardship and positive contributions that can be made by individual citizens.

 

Events will take place in the WSC Student Center, the Humanities Building, Connell Hall and Gardner Auditorium. The schedule will include a presentation by Robert Byrnes (President of Nebraska Renewable Energy Systems), entitled "Opportunities for Renewable Energy and a Sustainable Lifestyle in Nebraska;" a screening of the award-winning film, "America's Lost Landscape: The Tallgrass Prairie,'' hosted by director David O'Shields; "Poems and Prose on the Plains," by author Twyla Hansen; and a session entitled "The Environment and Rural America" hosted by Dan Owens from The Center for Rural Affairs.

 

Events will be supplemented by a demonstration of alternative energies by WSC faculty members Dr. Todd Young and Dr. Paul Karr; a discussion of Michael Crichton's bestselling book "State of Fear" by WSC faculty member Dr. William Slaymaker and a screening with discussion of the current film "An Inconvenient Truth" with discussion leader by WSC faculty member Dr. Mark Leeper.

 

Film-maker David O'Shields has been a working member of the production community since 1985. In addition to extensive work in public television, he has extensive experience as a cameraman and director in commercial television. His film, "America's Lost Landscape," examines the record of human struggle, triumph and defeat that prairie history exemplifies, including the history and culture of America's aboriginal inhabitants. The story of how and why the prairie was changed by Euro-American settlement is thoughtfully presented, and the film also highlights prairie preservation efforts and explores how the tallgrass prairie ecosystem may serve as a model for a sustainable agriculture of the future. "America's Lost Landscape" received the Pare Lorentz Award by the Independent Documentary Association, as a work that best represents democratic sensibility, activist spirit and vision of the documentarian.

 

Poet Twyla Hansen was raised in northeast Nebraska on land her grandparents farmed in the late 1800s as immigrants from Denmark. Her latest book, "Prairie Suite: A Celebration" (Spring Creek Prairie Audubon Center, 2006) is a poem-drawing collaboration with ornithologist Paul Johnsgard. Her book "Potato Soup" (Backwaters Press, 2003), won the 2004 Nebraska Book Award for poetry. Her writing has appeared in a wide variety of publications, including "Prairie Schooner," "Crab Orchard Review," "Ascent," "Organization and Environment," "Encyclopedia of the Great Plains" (University of Nebraska Press, 2004), "Crazy Woman Creek: Women Rewrite the American West" (Houghton Mifflin, 2004), "Poets Against the War" (Nation Books, 2003), and "A Contemporary Reader for Creative Writing" (Harcourt Brace, 1994). Her poems were nominated for the Pushcart Prize in 2001 and 2003. Her previous poetry books are "Sanctuary Near Salt Creek" (Lone Willow Press, 2001), "In Our Very Bones" (A Slow Tempo Press, 1997), and "How to Live in the Heartland" (Flatwater Editions, 1992).

 

For more information about the Earth Day Celebration at Wayne State College, please contact the School of Arts and Humanities at 375-3794.

Upcoming Events

Oct. 22-Nov. 20

Larry Roots, Painting:

"Everything Tells a Story"

Opening Reception

Oct. 22, 4:30-6:00 p.m.

Nordstrand Gallery

Artist's Talk

Oct. 22, 3:45-4:15 p.m.

Gardner Auditorium

 

Oct. 30

Josh Calkin

Faculty Recital, Tuba

Ley Theatre, 7:30 p.m.

 

Oct. 31

Low Brass Studio Recital

Ley Theatre, 7:30 p.m.

 

Nov. 1

Octubafest Final Concert

John Manning, Tuba

Guest Artist

Ley Theatre, 7:30 p.m.

 

Nov. 6

The Heartland of America Band

Ramsey Theatre,

7:30 p.m.

 

Nov. 9

WSC Orchestra

Ramsey Theatre,

3:00 p.m.

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