Literature, Arts, & Lecture Series, Spring 2013
Contact: For more information or directions, contact Shelley Savren at firstname.lastname@example.org or 805-986-5800 (x1951).
Wednesday, February 20, 2013
The Poetry of War
Our first Iraqi War Veteran Poet Brian Turner will read from his award-winning book, Here Bullet, and his newer book Phantom Noise, focusing on what happens when a soldier brings the war home and will be joined by Viet Nam Veteran Poet Elijah Imlay reading from his book, Monsoon Blues.
Wednesday, February 27, 2013
Excerpts from Jungle Bells
In celebration of African American History Month, Actor Barry “Shabaka” Henley will perform excerpts from his internationally-acclaimed play and will speak about the history of Blacks in American stage and cinema, from the first independent Black theater company in the 1820’s, through the 1960’s Black Arts Movement, to the present.
Wednesday, March 6, 2013
In celebration of International Women’s Day, Journalist and Filmmaker Karen Castillo Farfan will show her 8-minute film, featuring stories of young girls who enter gangs and the dangers once they're inside and will discuss how she uses film to show that women born into hopeless and violent cultures can change.
Wednesday, March 20, 2013
A Public Artist’s Story Told in Pictures
Visual Artist MB Hanrahan will present a slide show of her work, spanning her career from a kid who wanted to be an artist to becoming a celebrated artist whose paintings and murals have documented local history and adorned many buildings and galleries, followed by a Q & A.
Wednesday, March 27, 2013
SPI: The Case of the Dark Shadow
Oxnard College English Professor and Author Teresa Bonham will read from her newly published young adult novel – a paranormal investigative mystery featuring ghost hunters, missing people, shadows, supernatural investigators and local areas of paranormal interest – followed by a Q & A and a book signing.
April 3, 2013
Second Chance: A Survivor’s Story
In commemoration of Holocaust Remembrance Day, Celina Biniaz will present a PowerPoint about her liberation from a German concentration camp and the factors played by Oskar Schindler in her survival and will examine the role of Steven Spielberg in founding the Shoah Foundation and filming the movie Schindler’s List.
April 10, 2013
Chumash Indian Culture
The Barbareno/Ventureno Band of Mission Indians – Eleanor Fishburn, Julie Tumamait and Mokee Buelon – will participate in a panel discussion addressing the topics of health/healing, storytelling and history of the Native people living in our area and their contributions to their own culture and to the larger society.
April 17, 2013
Courting the Beloved: A Poetry Reading
In celebration of National Poetry Month, Los Angeles Poet Michelle Bitting will read poems on the themes of love, loss and longing from her award-winning collections: Notes To The Beloved (Sacramento Poetry Center Award) and Good Friday Kiss (DeNovo First Book Award), followed by a Q & A and book signing.
April 24, 2013
The Celtic Harp: Mysteries Revealed
Professional Harpist Laurie Rasmussen will take the audience on a tour of the Celtic harp, discussing its cultural history and how it is related to the modern-day concert pedal harp and will play a wide variety of music to demonstrate the versatility of this fascinating and mesmerizing instrument.
May 1, 2013
A Quest for Values Then and Now
Lead by Oxnard College English Professor Anthony Rodriguez, the students of Sigma Kappa Delta English Honors Society will encourage audience participation as they navigate and analyze the literary tides in Homer's Iliad in an attempt to juxtapose the value systems of the ancient world with those of postmodern America.
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