Calendar of Events

2017 - 2018 Events

Pirooz Kalayeh (Visual and Performing Arts): September 29, 12-12:50 pm, in 8-200

Artist and author Pirooz Kalayeh is an Assistant Professor in Cinema Studies for the Visual and Performing Arts Department. His films include Shoplifting From American Apparel, The Human War, Brad Warner's Hardcore Zen, and Zombie Bounty Hunter M.D. His novel The Whopper Strategies details an advertising executive's journey to package Enlightenment in a Box. His fifth feature Ctrl Alt Del is currently in post-production with ILIKENIRVANA Productions. His bi-monthly podcast with Brad Warner is Once Again Zen. He blogs at Shikow.  For his presentation, Pirooz will discuss the making of The Human War and show slides and clips from the film.


Visiting Poet: Marie Howe
Thursday, October 12, 7PM, The Forum, Reading and Book-Signing
Free and Open to the Public

Friday, October 13, 12-12:50 PM. 8-200, Poetry Workshop
Free and Open to the MCC Community

Marie Howe portrait: http://www.mariehowe.com/home/
MAGADELANE book cover: http://www.mariehowe.com/ 

Marie Howe is the author of four volumes of poetry: Magdalene: Poems (W.W. Norton, 2017); The Kingdom of Ordinary Time (W.W. Norton, 2009); What the Living Do (1997); and The Good Thief (1988). She is also the co-editor of a book of essays, In the Company of My Solitude: American Writing from the AIDS Pandemic (1994). Her poems have appeared in The New Yorker, The Atlantic, Poetry, Agni, Ploughshares, Harvard Review, and The Partisan Review, among others. According to the late Stanley Kunitz, “Marie Howe's poetry is luminous, intense, and eloquent, rooted in an abundant inner life. Her long, deep-breathing lines address the mysteries of flesh and spirit, in  terms accessible only to a woman who is very much of our time and yet still in touch  with the sacred.”


Visiting Fiction Writer: Robin McLean
Thursday, November 2, 7PM, The Forum, Reading and Book-Signing
Free and Open to the Public

Friday, November 3. 12-12:50PM, The Forum, Reading and Book-Signing
Free and Open to the MCC Community

Robin McLean portrait: https://www.boaeditions.org/collections/robin-mclean 
Reptile House Book Cover: https://www.boaeditions.org/collections/robin-mclean/products/reptile-house 

Robin McLean's first short story collection, Reptile House (2015), won the BOA Short Fiction Prize and was a finalist for the Flannery O’Connor Short Story Prize in 2011 and 2012. McLean’s stories have appeared widely in such places as The Nashville Review, The Malahat Review, Gargoyle, The Common, and Copper Nickel, as well as the anthology American Fiction: The Best Unpublished Short Stories by Emerging Writers. For more about Robin McLean, visit www.robinmclean.net 


Elizabeth Johnston (English/Philosophy): November 17, 12-12:50 pm, in 8-200

An Associate Professor of English at MCC, Elizabeth Johnston received her PhD in 18th Century British Literature from West Virginia University and has been teaching college writing and literature for twenty years. Her work on Medusa has appeared in The Altantic, Yellow Medicine Review, and the collections Bad Girls And Transgressive Women In Popular Film And Television (Palgrave 2017) (Palgrave 2017) and Women Versed In Myth (MacFarland 2016). For her Filling Station presentation, Elizabeth will “trace the various representations of the iconic figure of Medusa from her origins in Greco-Roman myth, through the reclamation of Medusa’s narrative by second- and third-wave feminist poets, to the re-appropriation of her story by late 20th and 21st century film, advertisement, and gaming culture. Representations of Medusa in popular culture evidence a backlash against feminist gains.” Johnston will also point to “the ways in which powerful women like Hilary Clinton have historically been aligned with the monstrous female icon to dismiss and/or vilify their authority.” 


Christopher Kumar (Engineering Science and Physics): December 01, 12-12:50 pm, in 8-200

Christopher Kumar is an Assistant Professor in the Engineering Science and Physics Department, where he also serves as Department Chair. He received his MS in Biomedical Engineering from the University of Rochester (2008). He also holds a BSc in Physics from the University of Burma (1992) and a BS in Biomechanics from the University of Rochester (2003). According to Christopher, Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) technology is continuously evolving from military applications, to various industries, to that enjoyed by backyard enthusiasts. As a result, "The UAV industry expects to bring in over $90 billion by 2020. Job growth in this area is projected to be extensive for the next ten years." Christopher's Filling Station presentation will focus on how MCC's Engineering Science and Physics Department has been preparing their students through extracurricular exposure to UAV-based methods.


Visiting Playwright: Judith Thompson
Thursday, March 1, 7 PM, Monroe A, Reading and Book-Signing
Free and Open to the Public

Friday, March 2, 12 PM, 8-200, Playwriting Workshop
Free and Open to the MCC Community

Judith Thompson is a playwright, director, actor, and artistic director of RARE theatre. She is the author of some fifteen published plays, many translated and produced around the world .

She has won the Governor General’s Award, the Walter Carsen Performing Arts Award, the Susan Smith Blackburn Award, the Dora Award, and the Amnesty International Freedom of Expression Award. The mandate of RARE theatre is to stage communities seldom heard and rarely seen. The first production, rare, was performed by actors with Down Syndrome, while the second, Borne, was co-written with actors who use wheelchairs, having both quadriplegia and paraplegia. The most recent production, Wildfire, was written by Judith Thompson for performers with Down Syndrome, addressing the horror of recently closed institutions for those with differences. Judith is also a Professor of Theatre Studies at the University of Guelph.


Visiting Nonfiction Writer: Sarah Glidden
Thursday, March 29, 7 PM, Monroe A, Reading and Book-Signing
Free and Open to the Public

Friday, March 30, 12 PM, 8-200, Nonfiction Workshop
Free and Open to the MCC Community

Sarah Glidden self-portrait: https://drive.google.com/open?id=0BwWvJqjC4Sdfb3oxNHBSSTl1aWs 
Sarah Glidden photo (credit Sarah Shannon): https://drive.google.com/open?id=0B04DxGsuxkhqdnh4QjNzR0RBV0E 
Rolling Blackouts book cover: https://drive.google.com/open?id=0B04DxGsuxkhqaU1Rb1NfNEgzSTg 

Sarah Glidden was born in 1980 in Massachusetts and studied painting at Boston University. She started making comics in 2006 when she was living at the Flux Factory artists collective in Queens, New York, and soon began working on her first book, How to Understand Israel in 60 Days or Less. The first chapters of this were self-published as minicomics, earning her the Ignatz Award for Promising New Talent in 2008. The complete book was published in 2010 and translated into five languages. Glidden’s work has appeared in various newspapers and magazines, as well as in the Best American Comics anthology. She spent a year as an artist in residence at the Maison des Auteurs in Angoulême, France. Her second book, Rolling Blackouts: Dispatches from Turkey, Syria, and Iraq, was published by Drawn & Quarterly in October 2016, quickly becoming a New York Times bestseller and appearing on fifteen best of the year lists. Glidden lives in Seattle, Washington.