Three speakers — Kip Fulbeck, Jane Wong, and Parfait Bassalé — have been announced for the fall segment of Edmonds Community College’s Brown Bag Lecture series, sponsored by the college’s Center for Student Engagement and Leadership.
|Kip Fulbeck | “What are you? The Changing Face of America” | Wednesday, Oct. 8 | 12:30 p.m.|
Kip Fulbeck is a pioneering artist, spoken word performer, and filmmaker. He has been featured on CNN, MTV, the Today Show, and PBS and has performed and exhibited in over 20 countries and throughout the U.S. Fulbeck’s work explores intersections of identity, media, race, sex, and politics.
Fulbeck is the author of several books including: “Mixed: Portraits of Mulitracial Kids,” “Part Asian, 100% Hapa,” and “Permanence: Tattoo Portraits.” He is also the director of a dozen short films including “Banana Split” and “Lilo and Me.”
Fulbeck teaches as a Professor of Art at the University of California, Santa Barbara, where he received the university’s Distinguished Teaching Award and has been named an outstanding faculty member five times. In recognition for his work promoting multiracial awareness, Fulbeck was awarded the inaugural Loving Prize at the 2009 Mix Roots Film and Literary Festival and also named a Cultural Pioneer at Harvard University.
|Jane Wong | “Narrative Through Imagery: A Poetry Reading and Lecture” | Thursday, Oct. 23 | 12:30 p.m.|
Poet Jane Wong holds a Master of Fine Arts degree from the University of Iowa Writers’ Workshop and is the recipient of fellowships from the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, Kundiman, Fine Arts Work Center, and the U.S. Fulbright Program. She lives in Seattle and teaches at the University of Washington and the Hugo House.
The recipient of Meridian’s 2013 Editors’ Prize, her poems have appeared in journals such as “CutBank,” “Hayden’s Ferry Review,” “ZYZZYVA,” “Mid-American Review,” “The Volta,” “Salt Hill,” “The Journal,” and the anthologies “Best New Poets 2012″ by the (The University of Virginia Press) and “The Arcadia Project” (Ahsahta Press). She has two chapbooks, including “Dendrochronology” (dancing girl press) and “Kudzu Does Not Stop” (Organic Weapon Arts). Her poetry reviews also appear regularly in “Warscapes,” a journal providing a lens into current conflicts through literature.
|Parfait Bassalé | Tuesday, Nov. 18|
Parfait Bassalé — Portland singer and songwriter who is Benin-born and Senegal-raised — has used music and storytelling to overcome personal hardships and, more recently, to help students discover their own voice while also learning empathy.
Lecture: “Social Transformation Through Music” | 12:30 p.m.
Bassalé’s musical journey goes back to his teenage years when he started using rhymes and rap music to express his frustration with society. At 13, he migrated from one West African country to another and felt the ostracizing effect of being labeled a foreigner. Music quickly became a tool for protest against man-to-man cruelty. His life story is an inspiration, motivated by a genuine love for music.
Music Composition Workshop: Building Bridges Through Music | 3-4:30 p.m.
Using his research based Story and Song Centered Pedagogy, Bassalé will unpack, model, and teach the mechanics of empathy. By means of personal stories, songs, and reflective inquiry, participants will go on a transformational journey of self reflection and peer awareness. All of which will increase the listeners’ ability to empathize with stories other than their own.
Concert: Inside the Box | 7:30 p.m.
Bassalé shares his personal journey through music. Influenced by an array of musical traditions, he uses words and melodies to reflect on hurt, hope, faith, and social transformation.
All lectures, free and open to the public, will be held at the Black Box Theatre on campus, 20000 68th Ave. W. For more information about the lecture series, visit www.edcc.edu/lectures or call 425.640.1581.