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Distinguished Lecture Series

supported by an MCCC Foundation designated fund

All lectures -- free and open to the public -- are at 12 noon in the CM Building on the West Windsor campus.
For additional information, call (609) 570-3324 or e-mail

Fall 2018 Semester
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Thursday, October 4, 2018 - room CM109

Bringing Your Own Seat to the Table:
"Black Nerd Problems" on Creating a Diverse Media Outlet

Omar Holmon and William Evans met in the summer of 2007 in a city neither of them is from surrounded by people neither of them knew very well. None of that is really important though. They became friends and, some years later, decided to co-found an editorial and informative website that focused on popular, nerd and geek culture from the perspective of People of Color. It launched on May 15th 2014, and has only picked up steam ever since. As culture critics on everything from comics to movies and beyond, Black Nerd Problems has forced themselves to the forefront of diversified journalism in the pop culture sphere. "We realized that part of the problem with representation in popular and geek culture isn't solely on the source, but on the verbal strength of the consumer, on the coverage, on the reporting."

Recommended by: Assistant Professor Nicole Homer, English Department

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Tuesday, October 16, 2018 - room CM109

Reflections of Birobidzhan: Soviet Union's Jewish Autonomous Region In Art

Artist and MCCC art professor Yevgeniy Fiks will discuss the history of creation of the Jewish Autonomous Region (including its capital city of Birobidzhan) in the Soviet Union in 1934 in the context of Soviet and Jewish histories. Professor Fiks will present a series of archival photographs documenting the first decade of the Soviet Jewish Autonomous Region in the 1930s-40s as well as his own conceptual art projects that address the past and present of this unique region.

Recommended by: Professor Craig Coenen, History Department

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Wednesday, November 7, 2018 - room CM109

Where Can Poetry Take You?

Nicole Homer, Assistant Professor of English, will read from her collection of poems, Pecking Order, and from her manuscript-in-progress, Fast Tail. The former is an unflinching look at how race and gender politics play out in the domestic sphere by challenging the notion of family as impacted by race, race performance, and colorism. The latter addresses the layering on and erasing of identities.

Recommended by: Professor Craig Coenen, History Department

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Wednesday, November 14, 2018 - room CM109

"Pieces of Things"

Lauren Whearty, Painter and Co-Director at Ortega y Gasset Projects, an artist-run gallery in Brooklyn, will share insights on her history with and use of 'stuff' in her painting, which is a narrative about her relationship with imagery/representation and abstraction. This also corresponds to her relationship with painting and narrative through objects-as-characters, figurative elements, and visual art historical quotes.

Recommended by: Associate Professor Lucas Kelly, Fine Arts Department

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