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“The 39 Steps,” MCTC’s Spring Play

Posted on: March 26th, 2015 by insidemctc No Comments

MCTC spring playMinneapolis Community and Technical College, in association with Student Life and the Theater Arts department, present the spring play production of The 39 Steps. The play, written by Patrick Barlow, was adapted for the stage from the 1935 Alfred Hitchcock classic movie.

Performances

The play runs April 8-11 at 7 p.m. There will be an additional matinee performance April 11 at 1 p.m.

Cost

Admission is free. Audience members are encouraged to bring a non-perishable food item for donation.

Location

MCTC Whitney Arts Fine Arts Theater, 1424 Yale Place Minneapolis, MN. Parking is available in the MCTC parking ramp. Information is available at 612-659-6122.

About the play

Mix a Hitchcock masterpiece with a juicy spy novel, add a dash of Monty Python and you have “The 39 Steps,” a fast-paced whodunit for anyone who loves the magic of theatre! This 2-time Tony and Drama Desk Award-winning treat is packed with laughs and thrills, over 100 characters, played by a talented cast of 4, an on-stage plane crash, handcuffs, missing fingers, and some good old-fashioned romance!

In The 39 Steps, a man with a boring life meets a woman with a thick accent who says she’s a spy. When he takes her home, she is mysteriously murdered. Soon, a secret, ruthless organization called The 39 Steps is hot on the man’s trail in a nationwide manhunt that climaxes in a death-defying finale! A riotous blend of drama, murder, mystery, suspense thriller, and inventive comic farce,  amounts to an unforgettable evening of pure pleasure!

NASA Scientist to Visit MCTC

Posted on: March 26th, 2015 by insidemctc No Comments
Anne Douglass

Anne Douglass, NASA senior scientist. Photo from NASA.

The MCTC STEM Career Internship Club, in collaboration with Augsburg College, invites all students, faculty and staff MCTC to a great lecture by Dr. Anne Douglass, senior scientist of NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center.

The lecture, Finding My Way Through the Ozone Layer, will take place Tuesday, April 14 from 1:15-2:15 p.m. in S.2400.

For more information about the club or the event, please contact Rekha Ganaganur, Chemistry and Biotechnology instructor and club advisor at Rekha.Ganaganur@minneapolis.edu, or Anton Crane, club president, at nz6413rx@go.minneapolis.edu.

About Anne R. Douglass, Ph.D:

Anne Douglass is a senior scientist with the Atmospheric Chemistry and Dynamics Laboratory at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, MD. She has worked with NASA since 1981, and is presently a project scientist for Aura, the Earth Observing System atmospheric chemistry satellite that was launched in 2004.

Her research uses atmospheric constituent observations along with models to understand and predict the evolution of stratospheric ozone and other species that are important to ozone and climate.

Douglass is a Fellow of the American Meteorological Society (1998) and the American Geophysical Union (2007). She received a NASA Exceptional Scientific Achievement Medal in 2009 and a NASA Outstanding Leadership Medal in 2012.

She spent many years studying physics, obtaining a BA from Trinity University in Washington, D.C. (1971) and a master of science from the University of Minnesota (1975). She began her career in atmospheric science and the use of satellite observations at Iowa State University where she completed her PhD in physics (1980).

About Finding My Way through the Ozone Layer

My 30-plus year career in the atmospheric chemistry and dynamics laboratory at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center began in 1981 following a lengthy graduate school career that featured two universities, experimental work, development of a primitive atmospheric model, and a growing family. On arrival, I began to learn about atmospheric chemistry, especially that related to stratospheric ozone and the connections between chemistry and climate. The maze I call my scientific career is filled with unexpected twists and turns and even a few blind alleys, but most of the time satellite measurements of ozone and other trace gases helped me keep my bearings. Although complexity of Earth system modeling, computational requirements, and computational capabilities have all increased dramatically during my career, the “back-to-the-data” approach has prevailed and is likely to continue to do so for decades to come.

Students Host Climate Empowerment Workshop

Posted on: March 13th, 2015 by insidemctc No Comments
Recycling

The “Bottle Buyology” exhibit, on tour at MCTC in 2012, visualizes the amount of waste that could be recycled in the state of Minnesota.

MCTC students of ecofeminism, environmental ethics and environmental literature will present a climate empowerment workshop to members of the community and members of the Future First Women’s Conference on March 28 from 9–noon in K.3360. You are invited to join these students in working for a sustainable future!

Please RSVP to AManning@futurefirst.us.

Descubriendo Oportunidades en MCTC

Posted on: March 9th, 2015 by insidemctc No Comments

Sheila, MCTC student“MCTC is like a family to me, and it provides an opportunity for change and growth.” —Sheila, vice president of MCTC’s Xicanos Latinos Unidos student club (pictured, right)

Parents, future students and working adults are invited to discover the MCTC campus and community on Saturday, March 21 from 8:15 a.m.–3 p.m!

Register now

On this day, you can:

  • Meet with faculty, staff, students and alumni
  • Learn how to get started and finance your education
  • Tour our beautiful downtown campus
  • Learn about careers and transfer options
  • Apply to the college for FREE—we’re waiving the $20 application fee!
  • Be entered in a drawing to win a $500 scholarship from the MCTC Foundation

We hope you can bring a friend and join us for this great event! Lunch will be provided. Please RSVP by March 19. Click here to register now!

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Third Annual Malcolm X Justice and Peace Lecture Series

Posted on: March 4th, 2015 by insidemctc 1 Comment

On Thursday, April 9, MCTC will host its 3rd annual Malcolm X Justice and Peace Lecture Series. The mission of the lecture series is to promote the intellectual traditions of African-American, African and Islamic authors and activists as they relate to contemporary issues of justice and peace. Over 500 students, staff and faculty participated last year, and we hope for even more this year!

This year’s keynote speaker this year is Prof. Sohail Daulatzai. Events will be offered throughout the day (please see the agenda below) to allow for attendees to meet Prof. Daulatzai.

Most of the events are open to the public. The preliminary agenda is listed below; a more comprehensive agenda will be published closer to the day of the event.

The event’s planning committee and sponsoring clubs and organizations include the MCTC Muslim Student Association, Philosophy Club, Xicanos Latinos Unidos, Phi Theta Kappa, Student African American Sisterhood, Student African American Brotherhood, African Student Continental Club, Office of Diversity, Student Life, Philosophy department and Global Studies department.

Agenda:

  • Malcolm X and Martin Luther King, Jr. on violence, 10–11 a.m.
    • Location: H.1002
    • Introduction: Dr. Matthew Palombo (faculty, Philosophy and Global Studies)
    • Keynote: Dr. Charles Watson (faculty, Philosophy and Global Studies, see bio below)
    • Respondents: Dr. Nadia Mohamed (faculty, Global Studies, see bio below) and Modou Jaw (MCTC student)
    • Q/A from audience
  • Student Leadership Luncheon: A Conversation with Sohail Daulatzai, noon–1:30 p.m.
  • Black Star, Crescent Moon: A Book Discussion with Sohail Daulatzai, 2– 3 p.m.
    • Location: H.1002
  • Film screening: Battle of Algiers (1966), 3:30–5:30 p.m.
    • Location: H.1002
  • Evening Public Lecture
    • T Plaza
    • Arrival and food, 6– 6:30 p.m.
    • Welcome: Dr. Matthew Palombo, 6:30–6:35 p.m.
    • Music/spoken word, 6:35–6:45 p.m.
    • Keynote: Sohail Daulatzai, 6:45–7:30 p.m.
    • Audience Q&A, 7:30–8 p.m.

Dr. DaulatzaiDr. Sohail Daulatzai is Film and Media Studies Professor of African-American Studies at the University of California, Irving.  He was born in Peshawar, Pakistan, at the Af-Pak border. Because of his parents’ involvement against British colonialism and the politics of the Afghan-Pakistan border, they decided to move to the United States. Sohail grew up in Los Angeles, in the Pico Union district, which has since become a heavily Latino area after the U.S. involvement in Central America. He went to high school in San Gabriel Valley and graduated from UCLA, majoring in Psychology. As an undergrad, he took a broad range of classes that led him to pursue a PhD at USC in Critical Studies. Professor Daulatzai has published extensively in the fields of African-American and Islamic Studies (in print and film), including topics such as hip-hop, U.S. Imperialism and Black/Muslim encounters and Malcolm X. He is the author of Black Star, Crescent Moon: The Muslim International and Black Freedom Beyond America (2012) and co-editor of Born To Use Mics: Reading Nas’s Illmatic (with Michael Eric Dyson) (2009).

Dr. Charles H. Watson is an instructor of Philosophy and Global Studies at MCTC. Dr. Watson has a Ph.D. in Philosophy and Humanities from Stanford University. He is the author of The Existential Imperative: On the Material Production of Authenticity and his research interests include 19th century Philosophy and Black Social Thought. Dr. Watson teaches courses at MCTC including African-American Philosophy, Ethics, Introduction to Philosophy as well as the Global Studies course Race and Culture.

Dr. Nadia Mohamed is an instructor of Global Studies and Arab Studies at MCTC. She is Egyptian by birth, Arab by ethnicity, American by residency and Muslim by choice. She holds bachelor’s degrees in business and Islamic Law, a master’s degree in Shariah Law and a Ph.D in Education. Dr. Mohamed has founded two Islamic schools, taught at the Islamic University of Minnesota and served in leadership positions in a variety of educational contexts. She is the faculty advisor for the Muslim Student Association. Professor Mohamed has published in both English and Arabic on various topics including Shariah Law, Secularism and Dialogue. She teaches courses at MCTC including World Religions, Arab History and Cultures and Strategies for College Success.

See details about the first and second lecture series.