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NWTC announces lineup for 2014-2015 Food for Thought Speaker Series

Author: Casey M Fryda

Thursday September 18, 2014

A renowned Japanese drum and dance troupe, a nationally-recognized LGBT activist, an Islamic scholar and others will be featured this year as part of Northeast Wisconsin Technical College’s recently announced 2014-2015 Food for Thought Speaker Series, sponsored by the NWTC Student Involvement Office.

Japanese drums

Every year, NWTC’s Food for Thought series brings interesting discussions, nationally recognized speakers, and compelling performances to NWTC’s Green Bay campus. All events in the series are free and open to the public. Current NWTC students will receive a free lunch.

The 2014-2015 Food for Thought Spear Series lineup includes:

“A Journey That Transformed A Tribal Nation.”-  Tuesday, September 30, 11:30 a.m. (Presentation) and 6 p.m. (Film Screening), Lecture Hall SC132

Cherokee organizer Charlie Soap, who helped with the Bell Waterline Project, will be speaking about the journey, struggles and success of the project that involved a community coming together to improve living conditions, regain trust in one another, and reawaken the universal indigenous values of reciprocity and interconnectedness. The successful completion of the Bell Waterline project sparked a movement of similar self-help projects across the Cherokee nation and in Indian country that continues to this day. A screening of the film, “The Cherokee Word for Water” will take place at 6 p.m.

“These Roses Have Thorns: Flower Workers & US Free Trade with Columbia” - Thursday, October 16, 11:30 a.m., Lecture Hall, SC132

Columbian flower workers could be exposed to 127 different pesticides, three of which the World Health Organization has labeled as extremely toxic. Twenty percent of these pesticides are known toxins and use is restricted in the U.S.  Join Josefa Gomez, former Columbian flower worker, and Leonardo Luna Alzate as they speak about “Cactus,” a Colombian advocacy organization that encourages women flower workers to fight for their rights by offering them legal advice and support programs. Cactus supports the women in workers’ rights movements, promotes participation in local decision-making processes, and supports professional and organizational skill development.

“Ten Forty Eight: A Film About Prescription Drug Addiction” - Tuesday, October 21,  11:30 a.m., Lecture Hall, SC132 (Film and Discussion)

Ten Forty Eight is the police code for an overdose. It’s also a film aimed at students and young people about the dangers of prescription drug abuse. The film centers on a group of students who obtain prescription medication and culminates in a party where two of the students overdose. One student survives through the valiant efforts of emergency personnel while the other dies. Another is arrested for his role in the deaths. Join NWTC the following day for a prescription drug collection event from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.

“Frontiers in Science”- Thursday, October 23, 3:30 p.m., Executive Dining Room, SC128

An expert will discuss advances and key issues in science and research, and what it means for us.

“Taikoza: Japanese Taiko Drum & Dance”- Tuesday, November 18, 11:30 a.m., Lecture Hall, SC132

Big Drums, powerful rhythms, and electrifying, room-thumping energy. Taikoza is described as a powerful celebration of Asian culture that will leave a lasting memory. From Japan’s rich tradition of music and performance, Taikoza has created a new sound using a variety of traditional and new instruments, which combined with an energetic dance performance, makes it a must-see event.

“50 Years On: Soul of A Nation”- Tuesday, February 17, 11:30am, Lecture Hall, SC132

The presentation “50 Years On” examines the cultural and social issues from fifty or more years ago against our current state of affairs. The topics presented have been called, “edutainment at its best; accessible and provoking.” “Soul of a Nation” is a play and presentation that looks at the African-American journey to date, including the role of black women in American society, the justice system, and the myth of everything being “all better now.”

“Islam: Beyond the Myths, Breaking Down the Barriers”- Thursday, March 19, 11:30 a.m., Lecture Hall, SC132

Amer F. Ahmed is scholar, intercultural diversity consultant and college administrator.

He is also an acclaimed spoken word poet and Hip Hop activist. His engaging multi-media presentations address a range of critical questions about Islam and Muslims in the United States. Through unique engagement with new and social media, arts and facilitation, Amer aims to lift the voices of the youth to create transformative change in the world.

“Erasing the Distance: Mental Health Stories”- Monday, March 30, 11:30 a.m., Lecture Hall, SC132

Erasing the Distance collects true stories from people whose lives have been impacted by mental health issues and sculpts their actual words into monologues and scenes. The ensemble of professional actors then brings these stories to life in a theatrical performance. A moderated, interactive dialogue follows every performance that explores the play’s themes, identifying mental illness signs, symptoms, recovery options, and community resources.

“Frontiers in Science”- Thursday, March 19, 3:30 p.m., Executive Dining Room, SC128

An expert will discuss advances and key issues in science and research, and what it means for us.

 “FagBug: Anti-gay Graffiti Turns into Activism” - Tuesday, April 7, 11:30 a.m., Lecture Hall, SC132 (Presentation) and Tuesday, April 7, 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m., Outside NWTC’s Student Center (Discussion and Display)

On the 11th Annual National Day of Silence, Erin Davies was the victim of a hate crime.

Sporting a rainbow sticker on her VW Beetle, her car was vandalized, left with the words “fag” and “u r gay” placed on the driver’s side window and hood of her car. Despite initial shock and embarrassment, Erin decided to embrace what happened by leaving the graffiti on her car. She took her car, now known worldwide as the “FagBug,” on a trip around the US and Canada. She now brings her inspirational journey and message to campuses across the country with a new and improved “FagBug.”

For additional information on the Food for Thought Speaker Series, visit www.nwtc.edu or call 920-498-5483

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