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B-CU to Present the 23rd Annual Humanities Advisory Council Seminar


The 23rd Annual Humanities Advisory Council Seminar will be held March 21, 2013, from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM in the President’s Dining Room of the Center for Civic Engagement at Bethune-Cookman University.

This year’s event focuses on four values engendered and encouraged by the arts and humanities: responsibility, compassion, humility, and commitment.

Four dynamic guest speakers have been chosen by the planning committee of the Humanities Advisory Council to explore the theme "The Values of the Arts and Humanities":

  • Ms. Barbara Mainster, Executive Director of Redlands Christian Migrant Association, an organization providing child care and educational assistance for rural, low-income children and families.
  • Ms. Anna M. Elias, Co-founder of Random Acts Entertainment, a charitable film company producing independent, socially relevant films which generate revenue streams for charity.
  • Dr. Gail M. Robinson-Oturu, Professor of Music at Austin Peay State University in Clarksville, TN and internationally renowned soprano, educator, performing artist, and scholar.
  • Dr. Connie L. Lester, Professor of History at the University of Central Florida and Director of RICHES of Central Florida, an interdisciplinary, digital research project that seeks to understand the history of the Central Florida region.

Members of the 23rd Annual Humanities Advisory Council include Prof. Ambar Saleh, Department of Modern Languages; Dr. Chris Newcomb, Department of Religion, Philosophy, and Humanities; Prof. Mary Corliss, Department of English; Dr. Ray Victor, Department of Mass Communications; Dr. Shawn Hundley, Department of Music; and Dr. Paula McKenzie, Department of Speech Communication, Theatre, and Visual Arts.

Bethune-Cookman University’s annual Humanities Advisory Council Seminar is made possible by a generous grant from the Andrew Mellon/Jessie Ball duPont Endowment for the Humanities.

School of Arts & Humanities

Prof. Ambar SalehDr. Chris Newcombnewcombc@cookman.edu PH: 386-481-2726
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About Bethune-Cookman University

Founded in 1904 by Mary McLeod Bethune, Bethune-Cookman University (B-CU) today sustains her legacy of faith, scholarship and service through its relationship with the United Methodist Church and its commitment to academic excellence and civic engagement. B-CU offers baccalaureate degrees in 37 majors through six academic schools – Arts & Humanities; Business; Education; Nursing; Science, Engineering and Mathematics; and Social Sciences – and maintains intercollegiate athletic programs and instrumental and choral groups that have achieved national recognition. Located in Daytona Beach, B-CU is one of three private historically black colleges in the state of Florida. The institution boasts a diverse and international faculty and student body of more than 3,400.

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