Come Explore with Us!

Announcing our Fall 2017 2nd Saturday lineup:

Join us for upcoming events led by local experts in our cozy M Station classroom (2906 East MLK Jr., above the leasing office). This fall, we’ll explore writing through public tragedies, analyzing the roots of terrorism, and understanding disability studies through popular culture. Each session will go from 10 am-noon. Bagels and coffee will be served.

Saturday, October 14 – Writing Public Tragedies
Sadly, tragedies happen every day. Experiences with violence, loss, abuse, and natural disasters are magnified when in the public eye. We are drawn to tragedies because of our human connection and digital media provides us with an endless stream of global suffering that might pull us to write. How do we come to the page in private to write creatively with news outlets informing the details of attacks like the 2015 mass shooting at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, SC or the Syrian war and refugee crisis? How do we write with empathy and craft when facing so much pain and devastation? This workshop will explore writing in response to public tragedies from the heart with care and an unblinking eye.

Saturday, November 11: Tracing the Roots of Terrorism
In their book, The History of Terrorism, historians Gerard Chaliard and Arnaud Blin write that “terrorism is a way of creating power in the hope of seizing from below that which the state wields from on high.” In this session, Dr. David Lauderback will introduce us to key concepts in the long history of terrorism. Together, we’ll explore questions like, what do we mean by terror? How and when did modern terrorism arise? We’ll look at some short texts by thinkers like Sun Tzu, Machiavellli, and Robespierre, to illuminate the relationship between terrorism and power. Professor Lauderback is a professor of history at ACC, where he’s been awarded for excellence in teaching.

Saturday, December 11: Reading Dis/Ability
What do representations of disability in literature and art have to do with real life struggles over disability rights and health care? What is the role of art in shaping our understanding of disability and ability, of illness and health. These are questions that Dr. Julie Minich, professor of English and Mexican American Studies thinks and writes about all the time in her work. During this session, Dr. Minich will introduce us to the relatively new field of disability studies, helping us explore how we “read” disability in literature, art, and popular culture. Dr. Minich specializes in Chicana, feminist, and disability studies; she holds a PhD in Spanish and Portuguese from Stanford University.

1st Annual Pathways to College Fair

Join us for College Hub’s first ever Pathways to College Fair, in partnership with the Mexican Consulate. The fair will take place from 10 am – 2 pm on Saturday, December 2, 2017. There will be workshops, food, and raffles involved – you won’t want to miss out. Check back soon for further details.

End of Semester Celebration

On Thursday, December 14, we will celebrate a semester’s worth of the Class of 2018’s hard work and perseverance. Come celebrate with us, potluck style! Bring some food to share and enough festive spirit to spread around – we’ll have more details for you soon.