Washington State Poet Laureate Elizabeth Austen and Peninsula College Faculty Emerita Alice Derry will present a joint reading. As part of Austen’s tenure, she has invited well-known poets to engage in what she has dubbed the “Poets in Conversation” program, and we are especially privileged to welcome back Alice Derry, Peninsula College’s own renowned poet, to be part of the program. For many years, Derry was the director of the Foothills Writers Series and also taught English and German at Peninsula College. This reading is cosponsored with the Foothills Writers Series.
Jennifer Santry will present “Cultivating Students of Agriculture – Inspiring the Next Generation of Farmers.” Santry, who teaches for Colorado Mountain College, asserts that “it’s time we inspire our next generation of young farmers” and let them know that “‘farming’ isn’t defined by overalls, tractors, and a field of corn.” She hopes to engage the next generation by making us all aware of the various ways we can support sustainability and food security.
Peninsula College Longhouse Art Gallery exhibiting artist and PC student Logan Martin will be joined by his father Bill Martin for a special presentation of their artwork, as well as Logan’s great grandfather’s carvings. The father and son will discuss the processes and inspiration they go through to create their unique contemporary and traditional Makah art. An Artist’s Reception for Logan and Bill Martin immediately follows this Studium Generale program and will be held in the Longhouse. Everyone is invited to view the artwork of three generations and meet the featured artists.
Upward Bound Students, in collaboration with program director Tammy Napiontek, will present a lecture and discussion focused on the art show that is currently installed in the PUB Gallery of Art. The gallery show is made possible through the support of artist and PC professor Michael Paul Miller.
Biographer Nancy Lang will read from her biography, 9000 Miles in a Knight. It is a 1930 travel journal, chronicling the 9,000 miles her grandmother, Pearl Maybelle Hugunin MacHenry, covered in her Willys-Knight touring car in 1930. She and her family traveled from Seattle to New York City and noted the tiny details as well as the grand sights.
Sequim artist and musician Clay Murdach will talk about his art, which is currently featured in the PUB Gallery of Art. He notes that in “the process of making my art, I try to step into my childlike psyche. My ultimate goal is to have fun and basically play visual chess with objects and layout to create a visual dialogue that could have a meaning or be totally absurd.” He is most interested in the art being “interpreted by the viewer” rather than in providing a specific meaning or interpretation. An Artist’s Reception will immediately follow this program and will be held in the adjacent PUB Gallery of Art.
All events are Thursdays from 12:35pm to 1:35pm in the Little Theater.