08/18/13 — WCC Foundation plans trip, lectures and all that jazz

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WCC Foundation plans trip, lectures and all that jazz

By Phyllis Moore
Published in News on August 18, 2013 1:50 AM

The future of Obamacare. The Gettysburg Civil War battlefield. The book of Job. And all that jazz.

These are just a few topics represented on the fall Arts and Humanities schedule at Wayne Community College.

The college's Foundation, which sponsors the events, historically offers an array of trips, classes and entertainment for the public. And this year is no different, says Bill Brettmann, director of the program.

The fall calendar kicks off with a discussion of The Future of Obamacare on Sunday, Sept. 15, at 3 p.m. in Moffatt Auditorium. Admission is free.

Dr. Jonathan Oberlander, UNC professor of social medicine and health policy management, will lead the discussion and answer questions about what has been learned in the three years since the act was passed, how the reform has changed lives in North Carolina and what the future holds for Medicaid, Medicare, private insurance and the uninsured.

Jazz Gumbo, a mixture of jazz experiences, will be offered in the fall in collaboration with the Arts Council of Wayne County and the Downtown Goldsboro Development Corp.

The season begins Sept. 30 at 7 p.m. in Moffatt Auditorium. Dr. Stephen Anderson of UNC's music department will discuss how to listen to jazz and appreciate the variety of styles in the genre.

The following week, Anderson and his trio will perform and "talk jazz" during a free concert in the auditorium Oct. 7 at 7 p.m.

There are also plans for other jazz performances and events throughout October, Brettmann said, including a First Friday Jazz Performance, mid-week blues and jazz jam sessions and jazz talks. Dates and times will be announced.

Brettmann will teach a four-session class on "The Book of Job: Argument vs. Bad Religion," at 5:30 p.m. Oct. 21 and 28 and Nov. 4 and 11, in Room 101 of the Walnut Building.

"Job is rightly called 'the great poem of moral courage,'" he said. "Job is the righteous man who suffers terribly."

The class will explore the text of the biblical book as well as two contemporary retellings of the story. Registration is $20 per person, $35 per couple, with a $14 book that can be purchased through the Foundation office.

The 150th anniversary Civil War battle lecture series continues with several events added to coincide with dates of the actual battles. Each is free and starts at 7 p.m. in Moffatt Auditorium.

Aug. 20 and 22, the movie "Gods and Generals" will be shown, with side notes about the film provided by educator Lynn Bull. On Sept. 17, a discussion on "The Battle of Chickamauga" will be led by Keith Parrish. "The Civil War in Eastern North Carolina" in 1863 will be the topic of the event on Oct. 22, while the "Battle of Chattanooga" will be discussed Nov. 19. Highlights of North Carolinians in Battle will be discussed Dec. 10.

A Gettysburg Battlefield trip is planned for the weekend of Nov. 1-3. Randy Sauls will lead a group through the three-day battle that was a major turning point in the Civil War. Registration is limited. The fee is $100 per person and covers tour fees, transportation and two lunches but does not include lodging and dinners.

A day trip is also in the works for later in the fall, to Nasher Museum.

And the third annual Praxis Film Festival is being organized for the weekend of Jan. 31-Feb. 1. This year, the college will partner with Paramount Theatre, with the first round of films being shown there that Friday evening and the remaining movies featured on Saturday in Moffatt Auditorium.

For more information or to register for events that require sign-ups, call 919-739-7017 or register online at www.waynecc.edu/foundation/artsandhumanities.