Porterville College

Fall CHAP looks inside the “Life of Books”

Porterville College's Cultural Historical Awareness Program (C.H.A.P.) proudly presents the "Life of Books: Written Language- Past, Present and Future" this fall. CHAP talks will feature an emphasis on written language, past and present.

The fall CHAP season kicks off on Friday, Sept. 11, with "Comics and the Art of Visual Communication," presented by famed author and comics artist, Scott McCloud. Comics are finally coming of age as an artistic and literary form. Now this once-maligned medium of expression is poised for new opportunities, thanks to a changing media environment and a potential revolution in visual education. McCloud ("Understanding Comics," "The Sculptor" and "Making Comics") will shine a light on these and other fascinating trends in a fast-moving visual presentation. A book signing will follow the talk. The presentation will take place from 7-8 p.m.in the PC Theater. The event is open to the public and free to attend. Parking permits will not be required.

On Thursday, Sept.17 enjoy your choice of a special lunch time or evening talk with "MAGNA CARTA: 800 Years of Constitutional History and Myth" presented by PC History Professor, Jay Hargis. An obscure uprising of English nobles against King John in the early 13th century produced a document - the Magna Carta - that over time laid the foundation for some of our key constitutional concepts and protections enshrined in the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution, the Bill of Rights, and many of our laws, both federal and state. While its conception, content and meaning have been overblown a bit and mythologized over the past 800 years, it is still being used as a source of precedent and intent in recent Supreme Court rulings. The lunch time talk will take place from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.in the PC Theater. Please visit the front desk to obtain a parking permit for the event. The evening presentation will take place from 7- 8 p.m. in CA-2. Please visit the front desk to obtain a parking permit for the event. Both events are open to the public and free to attend.

Don't miss "The Lost Libraries of Harappa (and Other Archaeological Fantasies)" presented by PC Anthropology Professor Robert Simpkins, Ph.D. on Wednesday, Oct. 7. Simpkins links his personal journey as an archaeologist over the past two decades to the story of the mysterious and un-deciphered script of the ancient Indus Valley Civilization, revealing how the study of the past is influenced by assumptions, errors and sometimes outright fantasies. The talk will take place from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.in the PC Theater. The event is open to the public and free to attend. Please visit the front desk to obtain a parking permit for the event.

On Wednesday, Oct. 21 join PC for "Opening the Bible in the 21st Century: Why It Matters for All of Us" presented by PC Language Arts Professor, Ann Marie Wagstaff, Ph.D. How did the 20th century study of the Bible as Literature open new pathways to appreciation and interpretation of the Bible? And where might those pathways lead us in the 21st century? The Oct. 21 talk will take place from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.in the PC Theater. Please visit the front desk to obtain a parking permit for the event.  A second presentation will take place from 7- 8 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 23 in the PC Theater. Both events are open to the public and free to attend. Parking permits will not be required Friday evening.

Enjoy one of two talks to commemorate Veterans Day: 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 6 and 11:30 a.m. Monday, Nov. 9. CHAP will feature "A Panel of Local Vietnam Veterans" during both talks. This year marks the 40th anniversary of the official end of the Vietnam War. To commemorate that historic event, a panel of local Vietnam Veterans will discuss some of their personal experiences and recollections regarding their time in the service and how that service affected their lives. Questions from the audience will also be part of the program. The Nov. 6 presentation will take place from 7-8 p.m.in the PC Theater. The event is open to the public and free to attend. Parking permits will not be required. The Nov. 9 talk will take place from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.in the PC Theater. The event is open to the public and free to attend. Please visit the front desk to obtain a parking permit for the event.

On Friday, Nov. 13 don't miss" The Future of Libraries in the Information Age" presented by Anthony Bernier Ph.D., Associate Professor, School of Information, San Jose State University. Methods of gathering and disseminating information have changed dramatically in the past few decades, and those changes have impacted the traditional roles of libraries. Bernier contends that the library is changing focus from institutional goals centered on the book, to more community-based goals centered on the cultural production and experiences of local communities while remaining a key physical space for civic identity. This idea will be explored in his presentation. The presentation will take place from 7-8 p.m.in the PC Theater. The event is open to the public and free to attend. Parking permits will not be required.

The Porterville College Cultural and Historical Awareness Program (CHAP) was organized in 2002 to enhance students' awareness of certain important aspects of our society to which they may previously have had little or no exposure. A theme is chosen by CHAP members each school year, and faculty members across the campus are encouraged to integrate elements of that theme into their coursework. Additionally, a variety of field trips, guest speakers, panel discussions and videos are presented throughout the year and are all open to the public. For more information about C.H.A.P. call Richard Osborne at (559) 791-2298.

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