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Celebrating Storytelling at 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 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. “This year, the theme is ‘Sharing Stories Through Words, Images, Performances.’ I think the College community and the public will really enjoy the events. We have a terrific group of presenters.”

Events include:

April 4-April 18

Visual Arts Exhibition, Studio Theatre Gallery

Monday, April 4

“$$$Careers$$$ in the Pharmaceutical Industry with an MCC Chemical Process Technology Degree” Hazel Orellana, Crabiel Hall, Brunswick Room, 11 a.m.

Thursday, April 7

“Storytelling Contest”
Students will present live, original stories. Studio Theatre, 2 p.m.

Monday, April 11

“Keynote Address”
A panel of three professional storytelling artists discuss their unique storytelling experiences. Crabiel Hall, Brunswick Room , 11 a.m.

Tuesday, April 12

“Mixing and Matching: Storytelling in the Digital Era” Hank Kalet, Crabiel Hall, Brunswick Room, 2 p.m.

Wednesday, April 13

“Poems from My Sicilian Childhood”
MCC Poet-in-Residence, Emanuel di Pasquale, will read and discuss his work. College Center Gallery, 11 a.m.

Thursday, April 14

“Stories and Ideas from the Past”
Students from the History and Philosophy Honor Society will share their research. Cristobal Espinoza-Wulach and students, College Center Gallery, 2:30 p.m.

April 14-17

“The Secret in the Wings” Spring Theatre Production, Performing Arts Center, April 14-16, 8 p.m., April 17, 2 p.m. Student free; others $10.

Monday, April 18

“Gaining Insight into Personal Struggles through Fiction”
Shirley Wachtel reads portions of her novel, “The Music Makers.” Crabiel Hall, Brunswick Room, 9:30 a.m.

“Sharing the Story of a Millennium-old Family: A Digital Collaboration with the Noble Boncompagni Ludovisi of Rome.” T. Corey Brennan, Crabiel Hall, Brunswick Room, 11 a.m.

Tuesday, April 19

“Media Inconsistency: Did an African-American Discover the North Pole?” Crabiel Hall, Brunswick Room, 1 p.m.

Wednesday, April 20

“Victims of Security: From the Espionage Act (1917) to Patriot Act (2001)” Cristobal Espinoza-Wulach, College Center Gallery, 9:30 a.m.

Thursday, April 21

“Am I My Brother’s Keeper? Genocide, Human Rights Violations, and Atrocities around the World Today”
Jacqueline Murekatete, L’Hommedieu Hall, Room 205, 2 p.m.

Friday, April 22

“Singer-songwriters and the Stories behind Their Songs” Jerry Smith, Studio Theatre, 1 p.m.

Sunday, April 24

“Preliminary Rounds of Speech Competition” Crabiel Hall, Brunswick Room, 4 p.m.

April 25-May 12

“Media Arts Exhibition” Studio Theatre Gallery

Monday, April 25

“Stories to Remember” Phi Theta Kappa invites students to read to the kids in the Child Care Center and then donate the book. Jeana Mari Davis and Charlotte Quigley Crabiel Hall, Amboy Room, 11 a.m.

“Science Presentations” Three speakers from various Natural Science programs share their research. Crabiel Hall, Raritan Bay Room, 11 a.m.

“Why Should I Care? The Impact of Big Agribusiness on Our Health and the Health of the Planet,” Alexandra Fields, Crabiel Hall, Amboy Room, 12:30 p.m.

Monday, April 25

“Fish Tales” Mathew Spano will read from his own published fish tales as well as others. Crabiel Hall, Amboy Room, 2 p.m.

Tuesday, April 26

“Demography and Presidential Elections” Andrew Dzurisin, Crabiel Hall, Brunswick Room, 2 p.m.

Wednesday, April 27

“Myths for Moderns: Classic Tales for Contemporary Concerns” The students in the Honors Mythology in Literature class. Mathew Spano, College Center, 319/321, 11 a.m.

Thursday, April 28

“Henrietta, Who?” Participants will explore racism, classism and ethics within the medical community. Alexandra Fields, College Center Gallery, 11 a.m.

“Encounters: Tales of Love and Conflict” Enjoy a program of curated plays written by MCC students. Benjamin Marshall, College Center Gallery, 2 p.m.

“Final Round of Speech Competition”
Students in the Fundamentals of Public Speaking class participate in the final round of the speech competition. Crabiel Hall, Brunswick Room, 6 p.m.

April 30-May 2

“Dance Concert” Enjoy a program of dance pieces performed and choreographed by the MCC Dance Ensemble. Aimee Mitacchione, Performing Arts Center, Saturday, April 30, 7 p.m. & Sunday, May 1, 2 p.m. Free with a $5 suggested donation.