Porterville College

October C.H.A.P. dives into Indus Valley and the Bible

Porterville College’s Cultural Historical Awareness Program (C.H.A.P.) continues its series of educational talks with the theme, “Life of Books: Written Language- Past, Present and Future” throughout the fall. In October, enjoy two presentations, in the style of infamous TED Talks, looking at historical written works.

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. 

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.

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