Artist and lecture series comes back to SPSCC

SPSCC reinstated the Artist and Lecture Series for the 2013-2014 academic year, held in the Kenneth J. Minnaert Center for the Arts. The theme of the series is “Reflections,” focusing on race, ethnicity and empowerment.

The main reason for bringing back the series was to allow the college to become a better partner in the community, especially for “bringing engaging, insightful and purposeful art, performances and conversations to the community,” said Stokes.

This idea was developed as a response to the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington, a large political rally for civil and economic rights for African Americans, and the 60th anniversary of the Brown v. Board of Education decision, which deemed the segregation of public schools unconstitutional.

The series presents recognized scholars, activists and artists to speak about this theme. Eddie Moore Jr., Ph.D., gave the first presentation, on race. Second, The Acting Company performed “Hamlet.”

Nov. 5, the college will host Luis Urrea and his presentation “Universal Border: From Tijuana to the World.”

The first presentation lined up for Winter Quarter is from Nikki Giovanni, an educator and activist, regarding the power of the individual.

Each presentation is free for students, staff and faculty and is welcome to community members.

The goal of the program is “to introduce students to a critical theme in our modern society and to engage the community in crucial conversations about topics of relevance and interest,” said Stokes.

For example, he said the performance of “Hamlet” led him to consider the power struggles in Washington, D.C., and to make “connections to how the power, or the desire to have power, can corrupt and bring the worst human characteristics to the surface.”

The college believes that the conversation the program intends to inspire will also spread across the campus and greater community, said Stokes.

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