The San Joaquin Valley is known for agriculture, oil, and country music, but down through the years, it has also produced a number of major poets. On the evening of February 16, at 7:00 p.m. the Levan Center of Bakersfield College will present a reading of work by eight poets born in the Valley who have achieved a national reputation. Some of these poets are Robert Duncan, Frank Bidart, Gary Soto, Juan Felipe Herrera, and Sherley Ann Williams. Each will be introduced by a local poet or advocate of the arts. The event will be hosted by Don Thompson, the inaugural Poet Laureate of Kern County.
The Struggles and success of Undocumented Latino College Students
Friday, November 4, 2016; 10:30 am - 12:00 pm
Food from Regional Mexico will be served.
Anna will examine the experiences of undocumented Latino/a college students through critical theory, critical race theory, and Latino critical theory to highlight experiences of oppression and discriminatory practices many undocumented students face.
"Death of Virtue: Citizenship, Race, and Manhood in Colonial America"
Friday, Feb. 26, 10:30 am - 12:00 pm
Colonial American food will be served
Erin will discuss how Absalom Jones and Richard Allen obtained their freedom, fought to uplift free blacks by establisht he first black self-help fraternity and African Church, led relief efforts during the Yellow Fever Epidemic of 1793, and defended blacks from attacks upon their character.
She will also explore their subsequent realization that race, not virtue, would define citizenship in the New Republic.
Most importantly, she extols Jones' and Allen's refusal to allow others' definitions of them to define their self-perception and behavior.
Joe Saldivar, Ph.D., is a proud faculty member and current faculty chair of the BC Biology Department. His primary professional goal is to provide students with the tools to think critically and encourage and foster their imagination to find answers to problems facing the future our community and humanity.
Human Survival: The Blue Frontier
Worldwide, humanity is experiencing an increase in life expectancy, food yields, literacy and democratization. Unfortunately, humanity is also experiencing increased concerns regarding climate change, loss of natural resources, overfishing, species extinction as well as several countries facing political unrest.
Homo sapiens are landlocked. With human population estimations at 11-15 Billion people by the year 2100, how will humanity resolve these environmental and political concerns?
When Jerry Ludeke began working in the Bakersfield College Archives in 2002, and going tghrough materials from and on Miss Grace Van Dyke Bird - Bakersfield College's first president - she joined the ranks of those who were in awe of this Renaissance woman. Jerry has consulted numerous sources, including the BC Archives, UC Berkeley's Bancroft Library, and Grace Bird's family. By walking us through Miss Bird's photo album and life, Jerry hopes that we will be amazed at how multi-faceted she was and grateful that Bakersfield College was so fortunate to have been directed and nurtured for 31 years by this awesome woman.
To encourage and support the scholarly and creative work of Bakersfield College faculty the Norman Levan Center for the Humanities has established an annual summer grant program.
The information in the image below is for the Summer 2016 faculty scholarship grant program. If you have any questions about the grant please email Jack Hernandez.
The Norman Levan Center Faculty Scholarship Committee
Each semester the Norman Levan Center for the Humanities awards $1,000 to $2,000 scholarships to eligible students, who major in a humanities or science discipline and who write an outstanding essay on a topic related to the humanities. The essays are between 750 and 1,000 words in length and are judged anonymously by a committee of BC administrators.