Galveston College will present “Confluence: Patterns and Symmetry in Mathematics and Poetry,” a lecture featuring chemist and poet Dr. Michael G. Smith on Tuesday, Feb. 5, at 7 p.m. in the Abe and Annie Seibel Foundation Wing on the Galveston College campus, 4015 Ave. Q, Galveston, Texas.
The lecture is the third in the college’s 2018-19 lecture series, Our World and Beyond: The Integration of Modern Technology and the Humanities.
“Nature provides templates to visual artists and writers alike,” said Dr. Smith in describing his presentation. “It is also a springboard full of questions for mathematicians. For example, using numbers, equations or models, how does mathematics visualize an ocean coastline, the human circulatory system, or a sunflower’s seed pattern? Often mathematical visualizations finds their way into art and poetry.”
In this presentation, Dr. Smith will explore some of the ways poets and artists use mathematics and share how Fibonacci, sestina and fractal poems have arisen.
“We are very excited to have Dr. Smith who is an accomplished chemist and a poet to present at our lecture series this year on such, at first glance, different topics as mathematics and poetry,” said Dr. Laimutis Bytautas, chair of the Faculty Professional Development Committee at Galveston College.
“After a deeper look, surprisingly, the mathematical concept of symmetry that is frequently observed in nature and a concept of beauty found in arts and humanities are closely related. Dr. Smith is an excellent speaker to reveal the deep and mysterious link between symmetry and patterns in mathematics and poetry. We would like to welcome everybody to attend this exciting lecture.”
As a chemist, Dr. Smith has held research positions at the University of Texas at Austin, Los Alamos National Laboratory and Montana State University. He taught mathematics at Santa Fe Community College (New Mexico). His poetry, haiku, haibun and essays have been published in Borderlands: Texas Poetry Review, Cider Press Review, Crannóg, Nimrod, The Santa Fe Literary Review, Sin Fronteras, and other journals and anthologies. “No Small Things,” a volume of poetry, was published by Tres Chicas Books. “The Dippers Do Their Part,” a collaboration with visual artist Laura Young of haibun and katagami from their Shotpouch Cabin residency in the Coast Range of Oregon, was published by Miriam’s Well. “Flip Flop,” a collection of haiku co-written with Miriam Sagan, was also published by Miriam’s Well.
The Oregon Poetry Association selected his poem “Disturbance Theory” for its fall 2017 New Poets Award.[/et_pb_text][/et_pb_column] [/et_pb_row] [/et_pb_section] Read More
Galveston College will present “A World on the Move,” a lecture featuring Georgetown University professor Dr. Elizabeth Ferris, on Wednesday, Oct. 10, at 7 p.m. in the Abe and Annie Seibel Foundation Wing at Galveston College, 4015 Avenue Q, Galveston, Texas.
Dr. Ferris is a research professor with the Institute for the Study of International Migration at Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service. She is also a non-resident senior fellow in foreign policy at the Brookings Institution.
Her presentation will feature a global overview of migration and refugees and is part of college’s 2018-19 lecture series, “Our World and Beyond: The Integration of Modern Technology and the Humanities.”
“It is very exciting to have Dr. Ferris to give a lecture at Galveston College about her extensive experience and first-hand knowledge about UN missions around the world,” said Dr. Laimutis Bytautas, chair of the Faculty Professional Development Committee at Galveston College. “This is a unique opportunity for people in our community to learn about humanitarian issues that are of high importance in the world today.”
From January to September 2016, Dr. Ferris served as senior adviser to the UN General Assembly’s Summit for Refugees and Migrants in New York. From 2006 to 2015, she was a senior fellow and co-director of the Brookings-London School of Economics Project on Internal Displacement where she worked to support understanding and protection of internally displaced persons.
Prior to joining Brookings, she spent 20 years working in the field of humanitarian assistance, most recently in Geneva, Switzerland, at the World Council of Churches. She has also served as the director of the Church World Service’s Immigration and Refugee Program, as research director for the Life & Peace Institute in Uppsala, Sweden, and as a Fulbright professor at the Universidad Autónoma de México.
Dr. Ferris’ teaching experience has included positions at Lafayette College, Miami University and Pembroke State University. She has written extensively on refugee, migration and humanitarian issues, including “The Politics of Protection: The Limits of Humanitarian Action” (Brookings Institution Press, 2011) and most recently, “Consequences of Chaos: Syria’s Humanitarian Crisis and the Failure to Protect,” with Kemal Kirsici (Brookings Institution Press, 2016).
She received her Bachelor of Arts degree from Duke University and her Master of Arts and Doctor of Philosophy degrees from the University of Florida.
The lecture is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served.Read More
Galveston College will present the last talk in its Coastal Culinary Lecture Series: Exploring Food Narratives on Thursday, May 3, at 7:30 p.m. in Room 207 of the Galveston College Fine Arts Building, 4015 Avenue Q, Galveston, Texas.
Guest speaker will be Vivian Cadbury, associate professor of writing and communications at The Culinary Institute of America, who will discuss “The Art of Hunger.”
“Hunger is perhaps one of our most basic metaphors. Just as we hunger for food, we hunger for love, beauty, knowledge, freedom and justice,” said Cadbury in describing her presentation. “These hungers can drive us to extraordinary accomplishments or turn us towards madness and death. For example, physical and emotional hungers seem inevitable, and fictional characters struggle desperately to satisfy them. Hunger can also be a deliberate spiritual or political choice, however, as in a fast, hunger strike, or through merciless subjugation. We readers hunger, too, for words and images, stories and metaphors that help us make sense of our lives.”
Dr. Shane Wallace, associate professor of English and coordinator of English and Humanities at Galveston College, said, “We are excited to bring Vivian to Galveston to hear her perspectives drawing from the language of food and cooking. We hope the community will join us as we wrap up this successful series of presentations.”
Cadbury received a Master of Arts and Bachelor of Arts with honors and highest distinction in English from the University of Illinois at Chicago. She also completed graduate research at the University of Oxford in Oxford, U.K.
Prior to joining The Culinary Institute of America, she served as an adjunct instructor at Ulster County Community College in Stone Ridge, New York and Dutchess Community College in Poughkeepsie, New York. She also tutored students at Oakwood School in Poughkeepsie and was an educational writer for Queue, Inc. in Bridgeport, Connecticut, an English teacher at The Doane Stuart School in Albany, New York, and an English teacher in Hyde Park and Millbrook, New York, school districts.
She received the People’s Choice Award-Best Poster at A Taste for Writing, Food Service Educators Network International in 2008 and is the author of “A Taste for Writing: Composition for Culinarians.”
Cadbury is a member of the National Council of Teachers of English, the Conference on College Composition and Communication and the National Association for Developmental Education.
The free lecture is open to the public and is funded by a generous grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities.
For more information about the lecture, contact Dr. Shane Wallace at (409) 944-1321 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
In recognition of National Autism Awareness Month in April, “Autism: History, Gentlemen, Giants and Villains” will be the focus of a presentation in the 2017-18 Galveston College Lecture Series on “The Brain” on Thursday, April 26, at 7 p.m. in Room 207 of the Fine Arts Building on the Galveston College campus, 4015 Avenue Q, Galveston, Texas.
The guest speaker will be Dr. Dwight V. Wolf, professor of psychiatry in the Child and Adolescent Division of the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at UTMB Health.
Dr. Wolf is the vice chair of the Department of Psychiatry and an Osler Scholar in the McGovern Academy of Oslerian Medicine at UTMB. He attended Lamar University in Beaumont, Texas, graduating summa cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts in biology with a minor in chemistry. He attended medical school at UTMB, graduating in 1986, and completed his residency in general psychiatry in 1993 and his fellowship in child and adolescent psychiatry in 1995.
Dr. Wolf joined the faculty of the Department of Psychiatry upon completion of his fellowship. He has served as the department’s outpatient medical director since 2000 and has been the chair of Institutional Research Board-2 since 2010. He was appointed vice chair of the Department of Psychiatry in 2015. He maintains an active private practice and provides clinical supervision of the Child Psychiatry fellows and medical students in the UTMB Psychiatry clinics and the St. Vincent’s Clinic.
Dr. Wolf is certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology in General and Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. His areas of research interest include team-based learning in medical student education and the use of popular cinema in medical student psychiatry education.
The free lecture is open to the public.
Galveston College will present the fourth talk in its Coastal Culinary Lecture Series: Exploring Food Narratives on Thursday, April 5, at 7 p.m. in the Abe and Annie Seibel Foundation Wing on the Galveston College campus, 4015 Avenue Q, Galveston, Texas.
Guest speaker will be Dr. M. Dustin Knepp, director of interdisciplinary studies and chair of the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures at California State University, Bakersfield, who will discuss “Tamales: A Tradition of Food, Family and Culture in Texas.”
“We are thrilled to welcome Dr. Knepp to Galveston College for the next lecture in our Exploring Food Narratives series,” said Dr. Shane Wallace, associate professor of English and coordinator of English and Humanities at Galveston College. “Tamales are greatly associated with themes of unity, celebration, family and community. We look forward to Dr. Knepp’s presentation on tamales and the impact of Mexican and Mexican-American food on Texas culture.”
Dr. Knepp received his doctoral degree from the State University of New York at Albany with a concentration in Latin American, Caribbean and U.S. Latino Studies. He is a Texas native and has degrees from Angelo State University and the University of Texas at San Antonio.
A member of the CSU Bakersfield faculty since 2015, Dr. Knepp has responsibility over various programs, including Ethnic Studies (Latino, Latin American, African American) and Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies, among others.
Previously, he served as director of Latin American and Latino Studies and assistant professor of Spanish in the Department of World Languages, Literatures and Cultures at the University of Central Arkansas.
The free lecture is open to the public and is funded by a generous grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities.
For more information about the lecture, contact Dr. Shane Wallace at (409) 944-1321 or email@example.com.Read More
How do you make a great first impression? How do you come across as confident and powerful? How do you know if someone is lying to you?
Come learn about how to read other people’s nonverbal behavior and how to better manage your own nonverbal communication at Galveston College on Wednesday, March 21, from 3-4 p.m. in the Abe and Annie Seibel Foundation Wing-West at Galveston College, 4015 Avenue Q, Galveston, Texas.
Janene Davison, assistant professor of speech and coordinator of the Communications program, will be the featured speaker for this Student Success Seminar. Her presentation is titled “Read Others Better: Nonverbal Communication and Power.”
The seminar is sponsored by the Student Activities office at Galveston College. For more information, contact Cynthia Parra at (409) 944-1234 or firstname.lastname@example.org.Read More
Galveston College will kick off the spring semester with the second offering in its Coastal Culinary Lecture Series: Exploring Food Narratives, “Recipe Discussions, Online Book Reviews and Virtual Hospitality,” on Thursday, Feb. 1, at 7 p.m. in room 207 of the Galveston College Fine Arts Building.
Guest speaker will be Dr. Vivian Halloran, professor of English and associate professor of American Studies at Indiana University Bloomington.
“We are excited to follow-up the lecture on Boudin Kolaches with this talk by Dr. Halloran,” said Dr. Shane Wallace, associate professor of English and coordinator of English and Humanities at Galveston College. “She is currently one of the significant voices in Food Studies and will share some of her own experience of moving to the U.S. from Puerto Rico.”
Dr. Halloran is the author of “The Immigrant Kitchen: Food, Ethnicity and Diaspora,” which examines food memoirs by immigrants and their descendants and reveals how their treatment of food deeply embeds concerns about immigrant identity in the United States.
In her book, Dr. Halloran asserts that by offering a glimpse into the authors’ domestic lives through discussions of homemade food, these memoirs demystify the processes of immigration, assimilation, acculturation and expatriation—ultimately examining what it means to live as naturalized citizens of the United States.
Dr. Halloran served as associate director of American Studies at Indiana University Bloomington and since 2005 has been a faculty fellow in the Program in Human Biology. Other programs or centers with which she is affiliated at IU include the Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies, Latino Studies, Cultural Studies, African Studies and the Anthropology of Food concentration.
Her research and teaching interests include the interconnections between art, history and literature; autobiography, poetry and the novel; and scientific discourse, medicine and popular literature.
The free lecture is open to the public and is funded by a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities.
For more information about the lecture, contact Dr. Shane Wallace at (409) 944-7321 or email@example.com.Read More
Galveston College’s 2017-2018 Lecture Series , “The Brain”, continues with its second presentation “Anxiety, Stress, Trauma and the Brain – Science and Strategies” on Wednesday, November 15, 2017 at 7:00 p.m. in the Abe and Annie Seibel Foundation Wing. The second lecture of the series will be presented by educational neuroscientist Dr. Janet Zadina, Ph.D.
A determination to better understand learners’ struggles led high school and community college teacher Janet Zadina to an interest in neuroimaging studies of dyslexia. Pursuing that interest, she became a neuroscientist, conducting MRI research into dyslexia in the Department of Neurology at Tulane University School of Medicine, where she completed a Postdoctoral Fellowship in cognitive neuroscience.
Today, Dr. Zadina is an internationally renowned speaker, consultant, and author. She is known for her extraordinary ability to debunk popular myths about the brain while keeping educators aware of credible brain research. The Society for Neuroscience honored her with the 2011 Science Educator Award for making significant contributions to public education and raising awareness of neuroscience through her powerful conference presentations and transformational workshops.
She is the author of reading and learning textbooks for students as well as professional development books for teachers, including Multiple Pathways to the Student Brain, and is co-founder of the Butterfly Project, a project designed to help teachers who have experienced natural disasters. Among her many honors, she has been named as a Distinguished Fellow in the Council of Learning Assistance and Developmental Education Associations.Read More
Galveston College’s 2017-2018 Lecture Series “The Brain” kicked off Tuesday evening with a lecture by Dr. Mukaila Raji of UTMB on “Alzheimer’s Disease and Other Dementias”.
Pictured are lecture coordinators Galveston College’s Priselda Perez and Vicki Jernigan with presenter Dr. Mukalia Raji, Alzheimer’s Walk organizer Kathy Van Dewalli, Outreach Director for the Alzheimer’s Association of Houston Krista Bohn, Galveston College lecture committee member Laimutis Bytautas, Dr. Gail Cantini and her husband, Alzheimer’s Walk Chairman and College Regent Armin Cantini.
The Alzheimer’s walk begins Saturday October 14 at 8:00 a.m. at Stewart Beach in Galveston.Read More