St. Charles Community College will host a variety of multicultural events on campus throughout the fall 2011 semester, varying from musicians to slam poets, and from lectures to film showings.
Multicultural events are sponsored by SCC’s Multicultural Programming Committee, a group of SCC faculty and staff that coordinate events in an effort to broaden students’ perspectives and enhance their education.
“We are really excited about this semester’s lineup of events,” said Kelley Pfeiffer, SCC student activities coordinating counselor and chair of the Multicultural Programming Committee. “These types of events help students to see and become a part of the global society around them.”
SCC’s upcoming 2011 multicultural events:
All events will take place in the auditorium of the Social Sciences Building and are free and open to the public unless otherwise noted.
Diego Val Concert
Noon-1 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 21
Diego Val is a Spanish and English singer-songwriter who grew up with a guitar in his hands. Born in Peru, Val was the runner-up on American Idol Latin America. He is a true artist who blends great lyrics, rich vocals and an acoustic guitar to garner quite a following with his intoxicating sound.
Slam Poet Performance
1-2 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 22
Local St. Louis slam poet Brandon Thornton will give a free performance at SCC. Thornton's passion for poetry draws from life experience, and his work truly captures the moment and paints a vivid picture in your mind.
Nate Phelps Lecture
7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 11
Nate Phelps is a speaker and author on religion and child abuse. Also an LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender) advocate, Phelps is well known as the estranged son of Fred Phelps, founder of the Westboro Baptist Church in Kansas.
Charlene Strong Lecture
7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 20
Charlene Strong is an LGBT activist and the subject of the award-winning documentary, “For My Wife.”
The True Story of the First Thanksgiving
11 a.m.-1 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 2
Enjoy a traditional Thanksgiving meal (with recipes direct from Plymouth Rock) and learn the true story of the first Thanksgiving anytime between 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Cost is $5 or five canned food items. All proceeds will benefit a local food pantry.
Film Showing of “Reel Injun”
7 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 2
“Reel Injun” was the official selection at the 2009 Toronto International Film Festival. Produced with the National Film Board of Canada, “Reel Injun” documents the way Hollywood projected images of Native Americans on the screen.
“International Education Week”
Three days of presentations, student panels and films about education, history and international affairs will mark International Education Week at SCC. For a full schedule of events visit www.stchas.edu/calendar.
“Native Lands and America’s Energy and Mineral Policies” lecture
10-11:20 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 29
Focusing on the 20th century, this seminar will discuss the attempt by energy companies and officials from various states and the federal government to force Indian nations to sign one-sided leases, contracts and treaties. The lecture will be presented by Hal Berry, SCC professor of history and theater.
Performance by Michael Murphy
7 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 30
Michael Murphy, Nebraska native folk singer, celebrates the spiritual and cultural life of the Plains Indians. Joining him will be D.Z. Iron Wing, the great-grandson of the Lakota holy man Black Elk. The program will include the songs, prayers and dances of the Lakota and other native nations.
For more information on SCC’s multicultural events, contact Kelley Pfeiffer at 636-922-8544 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Established in 1986, St. Charles Community College is celebrating 25 years as a public, comprehensive two-year community college with associate degrees and certificate programs in the arts, business, sciences and career-technical fields. SCC provides workforce training and community-based personal and professional development as well as cultural, recreational and entertainment opportunities. For more information, visit www.stchas.edu.