Winter 2008 |
This Nov. 13 and 14, MCC hosted the Community College Humanities
Association´s (CCHA) central division conference for the first time.
Around 60 CCHA members from eight states attended the conference.
Themed The Humanities at Center Stage, it featured a number of distinguished
keynote speakers including Michael Bérubé, Paterno family
professor in literature at Pennsylvania State University and author of
numerous works in cultural studies, disability rights and higher education;
Janet L. Farber, director of the Phillip Schrager Collection of Contemporary
Art, author of several essays and articles on Jun Kaneko and frequent
contributor to the City Weekly and Review Magazine; and Hal
France, former artistic director of Opera Omaha and founding director of the
KANEKO Art Center in Omaha.
Community college faculty and administrators presented and attended
sessions, roundtable discussions and workshops on many aspects of the
humanities. A faculty/student art exhibit with a jewelry component was
included this year for the first time in conference history; this session and
a poetry reading were opened to the general public to participate and observe.
MCC students were on hand to help prepare and staff the conference as well as
participate in open sessions.
"The conference was a great success," said Frank Edler, MCC
Humanities instructor and president of the central region of CCHA.
The Community College Humanities Association is the only national
organization that exclusively serves to strengthen the humanities in the
nation´s community colleges.
CCHA Keynote Speakers
Janet L. Farber