2014 Spring Quarter Schedule
Olympic Peninsula poet and nature writer Tim McNulty will read and discuss poems from his new poetry collection, Ascendance. The poems explore themes of family, friendship, work, and solitude, all within the larger context of the natural world. Many of the poems are set on Washington’s Olympic Peninsula.
Dr. Stephen Kitzis will present “The Voyagers, A Long Trip and What We’ve Learned Along the Way.” Dr. Kitzis worked at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in the 1970s on what is now called the Voyager Project. The spacecraft are now almost 40 years old and still doing what they were sent out to do: explore and discover. He’ll discuss what we’ve done, what we’ve found, and what’s still left to do.
PC History Professor Dr. Michael Cassella-Blackburn recently spent four months on a faculty exchange in Guilin, China. He had first taught there in 2007 and was eager to go back to see, first-hand, the differences six years had made. He was accompanied by his son and daughter, who also taught in the Chinese education system. In this presentation, Dr. Cassella-Blackburn will talk about what they observed concerning how rapid industrial and urban change are affecting the home, family, play, and work in today’s China.
PC Spanish professor Dr. Reina Barreto and the PC English department will present the life and work of this year’s Writer in Residence, the acclaimed Cuban-American author Cristina Garcia. García will be Peninsula College’s 14th Writer in Residence on April 30-May 1, 2014.
Writer in Residence Cristina Garcia will present “Cultivating Chaos: Fresh Paths to Creativity.” She will also show a few PowerPoint slides of Walker Evans’s photos from 1930s Cuba. A National Book Award nominee, García was born in Havana and raised in New York City. She is the author of six novels, including Dreaming in Cuban. She writes about the immigrant experience and how families are brought together and torn apart by that experience. Identity, memory, nature, and multiple points of view play a prominent role in her writing.
A look at The First Amendment with a panel of local newspaper editors, owners, producers, PC journalism advisor Rich Riski, and PC journalism students who attended a national conference in New York City at the College Media Association. They will discuss First Amendment Rights, Wrongs, and Calculated Risks in Ethics.
Peninsula College Student Leaders will talk about “Student Leadership and Social Change: Students of Color Leadership Conference,” and share their experiences.
Portland-area artist Robert Tomlinson will present “An Exploration of Language and the Visual Arts and the Collaborative Process.” In his presentation, Tomlinson will talk about how and where he became interested in poetry and then, later, the visual arts, as well as about the nature of collaboration and the trials and tribulations that come from working with others. He will also discuss new work that is included in his exhibition in the PUB Gallery of Art and what led up to it as well as sharing some images of new works in progress.
Join poet, businesswoman and former PC English professor Libby Wagner for “The Poetry of Persuasion: Why Poetry Matters to Business Leaders, Students and Ordinary Folk.” Ever wonder what might happen when a poet enters the boardrooms of the business and organizational world? Libby will share the shifting paradigms of leadership and the confluence of art and commerce. Cosponsored with Foothills Writers Series.
Charlotte Penn and guests will share the history of paddle journeys and the plans for this summer’s epic journey to Bella Bella in “Canoe Journeys to Bella Bella 2014: Canada.” All are welcome to attend a reception immediately following in the Longhouse.
Come and help celebrate Peninsula College’s Student Spring Festival of the Arts, which spotlights the varied artistic work of our students.
All events are Thursdays from 12:35pm to 1:35pm in the Little Theater.