08/14/11 — Wayne Community College set to kick off fall humanities programs

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Wayne Community College set to kick off fall humanities programs

By Phyllis Moore
Published in News on August 14, 2011 1:50 AM

A veteran songbird with Goldsboro ties, a study of Cleopatra and a film series on the history of Christianity make up the fall schedule of Arts and Humanities programs at Wayne Community College.

Sally Spring, who was born in California but later moved to Goldsboro with her family, was a member of the Class of 1966 at Goldsboro High School and acted in "The Lost Colony" for two seasons. Her voice has been likened to those of Emmylou Harris, Natalie Merchant and Tracy Chapman.

Ms. Spring was featured in Our State magazine in May and has made several appearances in Goldsboro over the years, said Jack Kannan, executive director of the WCC Foundation, which sponsors the Arts and Humanities programs.

Her new CD, "Made of Stars," has been included on "Best of 2010" lists in Australia, Canada, Europe and the U.S. and she was listed as one of the top eight female artists worldwide for the year on Americana radio.

The free concert of Americana, folk and jazz music will be held in Moffatt Auditorium on the WCC campus at 7 p.m. Nov. 3. The fall schedule officially kicks off after Labor Day, with a free course on "Cleopatra: The Myth of Virtuous East Vs. Decadent West," running on Mondays from Sept. 12 to Oct. 3, at 5:30 p.m. in Walnut 101.

The subtitle tells it all, said Bill Brettmann, director of the arts and humanities program, who is leading the class.

"We'll be looking at how Octavius Caesar's effective propaganda campaign against Cleopatra formed stereotypical notions about the inferiority of 'the East' which endure to the present day," he said.

From playwrights like William Shakespeare to renowned filmmakers like Cecil B. DeMille, the course will use a combination of lecture and film clips to explore contemporary attitudes of "Orientalism," or negative thinking about the East, Brettmann said.

Cost is $20 per person, $35 per couple. A companion book, "Cleopatra: A Life," sells for $11.

On four Mondays of October, the BBC film series "History of Christianity" featuring professor Diarmaid MacCulloch of Oxford University will be offered in Walnut 101 at 5:30 p.m. Cost is $20 per person, $35 per couple.

A trip to Annapolis, Md. is scheduled for the weekend of Sept. 23-25. Plans are to depart from the college Friday at 8 a.m. A trolley tour of Annapolis will be featured later that afternoon, with a tour of the Naval Academy and the historic William Paca House planned for Saturday.

Participants are asked to pay the $60 registration fee for the trip by Aug. 31. That covers applicable admission fees. Each person will be responsible for their own hotel and meal charges.

Events are also being planned around "Rembrandt in America," a large exhibit at the N.C. Museum of Art in the fall. A free one-hour film introducing Rembrandt will be shown on Wednesday, Nov. 9, at 5:30 p.m. in 104 Walnut.

A trip to the museum in Raleigh will follow on Nov. 10, with participants leaving the college at 10 a.m. Fee for the docent-led visit will be $15 for senior non-members of the museum and $18 non-seniors. Lunch will cost approximately $20, including tax and gratuity.

Spaces usually fill up quickly, Kannan said, so early registration is advised.

Registration can be done by calling 739-7017 and leaving information about the particular event or class, or online at www.waynecc. edu/foundation.