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Middlesex County College to Celebrate Innovation Over Past 50 Years with Arts and Sciences Festival

The Arts and Sciences Festival, an annual event highlighting the contributions of music, history, science, sociology, theater, poetry and more to society, will be held at Middlesex County College in April.

Except where noted, events are FREE and open to the public.

“This month allows faculty, students and others from the outside to gather and celebrate the mind,” said Michael Nester, chair of the English Department and the Arts and Sciences Festival at MCC. “This year, as part of the College’s 50th anniversary, the theme will be 50 Years of Innovation 1964-2014. I think the community will really enjoy the offerings. We have a wonderful group of presenters.”

Events Include:

Thursday, April 2
“The Odessa Klezmer Band”
Under the direction of Ed Goldberg, the Odessa Klezmer Band brings the joyous dance music of the Klezmorim (Jewish folk musicians) to mainstream America. College Center, Main Lounge, 2 p.m.

Monday, April 6
“The Rise of Images and the Big Sell.”
How images and semiotics have overtaken the printed word in business, advertising and promotion. Andrew McCarthy, Crabiel Hall, 103AB, 2 p.m.

Tuesday, April 7
“Race, Gender and Privilege: Is There Any Change?”
Examining issues relating to race, gender, class, culture, immigration status and privilege, this interactive workshop will ask participants to explore and discuss the advantages and disadvantages of their own privileges. Alexandra Fields and Benjamin Marshall, Crabiel Hall, 103AB, 12:30 p.m.

Wednesday, April 8
“Teaching History in the Age of Information”
An exploration of how the online availability of information is changing the history profession. The principles behind Current History as a path to rethink the teaching and learning of history will be discussed. Cristobal Espinoza-Wulach, College Center, 319-321, 2:30 p.m.

Thursday, April 9
Keynote Address
“Finding Serendipity”
Photographer Jordan Matter, whose book Dancer’s Among Us spent time on The New York Times Best Sellers List, will talk about technological innovations in photography and about learning to be lucky. Jordan Matter, L’Hommedieu Amphitheater, 2 p.m.

“Kuchipudi Indian Hindu Dance”
Professor MisirHiralall gives a lecture and performance of classical Hindu dance. Sabrina MisirHiralall, L’Hommedieu Amphitheater, 6 p.m.

Saturday, April 11
“Express Yourself: The Tri-State Writer’s Workshop”
Join accomplished writers as they explore their creative world and give tips on how to become a better writer. Crabiel Hall, 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. There is a fee for this workshop.

Monday, April 13
“Death, Persecution and Hope, Part I”
To engage in the Film and Speaker Series on Genocide and Mass Trauma, participants will view Pray the Devil Back to Hell, a film chronicling social unrest in the West African Republic of Liberia. Terrence Corrigan, Crabiel Hall, 102/104, 11 a.m.

“Death, Persecution and Hope, Part II”
In the second part, participants will view The Boy in the Striped Pajamas, a film told through the eyes of Bruno, the 8-year-old son of the commandant at a concentration camp who sparks a friendship with a Jewish boy. Terrence Corrigan, Crabiel Hall, 102/104, 5 p.m.

Tuesday, April 14
“An Overview of Drug Discovery”
This presentation by Merck Research Laboratories scientist, provides a broad overview of the contemporary drug discovery process. Christopher Boyce, Crabiel Hall 101, 11 a.m.

Wednesday, April 15
“A Viewing of Contagion”
Following a viewing of the movie, participants will discuss the consequences of pandemics, such as Ebola, on everyday life. Gail Becker, Crabiel Hall 102/104, 9:30 a.m.

Thursday, April 16
“50 Years of Education”
American education (K-12) has changed considerably in the last 50 years, especially in relation to curriculum, technology and students with disabilities. This presentation will explore these three educational topics from a historical perspective. Melissa Luis, L’Hommedieu 119, 2 p.m.

Sunday, April 19
“5 Writers, 50 Years”
Join five Middlesex County College writers who will share selections from their poetry, prose and scriptwriting. Faculty members Emanuel di Pasquale, Ben Marshall, Mat Spano, Shirley Wachtel and Dan Zimmerman read passages from their work, commemorating one half century of art, education and life. College Center Studio Theater, 11:50 a.m.

Monday, April 20
“LGBT Community: Then and Now”
A multi-generational panel of speakers will share their stories and experiences as part of the LGBT community; the discussion will offer the audience a glimpse of LGBT experiences approximately 50 years ago as compared to today. Jeana Mari Davis, Crabiel Hall 101, 11 a.m.

Science Student Presentations
Three MCC Science Students – Sareen Kadkade (“The ‘God Equation'”), Carlos Morales (“Current Perspectives on the Ebola Virus”) and Fatimah Mosaad (“Billion-Dollar Molecules: Top 10 Drugs of 2104”) – share their research on various scientific topics. Crabiel Hall 103AB, 11 a.m.

Tuesday, April 21
“50 Years of Political Innovation: Social Science Perspectives”
This lecture examines how 50 years of experimentation with privatization and increasingly corporate governance has undermined democratic participation and discourse both nationally and in New Jersey. Nicholas Archer, Crabiel Hall 103AB, 11 a.m.

Wednesday, April 22
“Does Civil Society Matter?”
This debate among faculty in the History and Social Sciences Department will examine how 50 years of decline in civic participation has affected democratic participation and discourse. Nicholas Archer, College Center, Corral Restaurant, 2 p.m.

“Annual Biotechnology Student Debate”
The implications and ethics of human cloning will be examined from both sides of the issue.
Erin Christensen, L’Hommedieu Amphitheater, 4 p.m.

Thursday, April 23
“Program of Student Plays”
A program of short plays written by students. The plays will be presented in Readers Theatre style — rehearsed but with script in hand. Benjamin Marshall, Crabiel Hall 101, 2 p.m.

“Innovate & Celebrate”
All dance pieces featured in this year’s concert are inspired by celebration, 1964, or innovation. Aimee Mitacchione and the MCC Dance Ensemble, Performing Arts Center. Saturday, April 25, 7 p.m. & Sunday, April 26, 2 p.m.

Monday, April 27
“Contemporary Uses of Herbs”
How herbs (botanicals) are used in food, medicine, skin products and household products in the 21st century. Gertrude Coleman, Crabiel Hall 101, 11 a.m.

Tuesday, April 28
“Horror Films: The Last 50 Years”
Take a terrifying journey through the last 50 years of horror film innovation. Celia Winchester, Crabiel Hall 103AB, 2 p.m.

Wednesday, April 29
“From Greeks to Graphics: The Uses of Literary Myths in Modern Graphic Novels”
An overview of the rise of the graphic novel as a literary art form that draws on the rich store of myths from world literature. Mathew Spano, Crabiel Hall 103AB, 11 a.m.

Thursday, April 30
“Ripperology: 50 Years of Jack the Ripper”
The last 50 years have seen renewed interest in Jack the Ripper, and in fact, many theories, some quite controversial, have been proposed. The presentation will explore the crimes, the possible motives and the evidence surrounding this most bloody business from 1880s London. Sallie Del Vecchio, Crabiel Hall 101, 11 a.m.

“Literary Journal Reading”
The three journal editors read and discuss works from the seventh issue of Middlesex: A Literary Journal. Emanuel di Pasquale, Mathew Spano and Daniel Zimmerman, Crabiel Hall 101, 2 p.m.

“Lakota Native American Drumming”
Michael Lees provides a lecture and demonstration of this Native American art form. College Center Corral Restaurant, 6 p.m.