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Join MCTC Green Dot for a Unity March Nov. 18

Posted on: November 16th, 2015 by insidemctc No Comments

Green DotFrom Diane Scovill, MCTC Physical Education instructor:

I want to invite you all personally to join MCTC Green Dot for a unity march on Wednesday, Nov 18.

March with us to UNITE!

We too often stay in our academic lanes and only pass each other occasionally. The Green Dot Unity March is a chance to break out of our lanes and march together for something bigger than ourselves—for something hard to define and to achieve, but worth coming together anyway. We march as people who are striving for peace and justice. We march to build bridges. We march to be seen. We march to make our interests known. We are marching to bring people together and make every member of our community safe through our connection and our work.

You could march because you have lost someone to violence. You could march because you have tried to find other people who feel like you do and you don’t know how to find them. You can march because you need the exercise. Please march. There is nothing like being part of Green Dot—growing a movement that supports the creation of environments that are safe for every member of our community.

Marching is one action step. Certainly we have many more steps to take to make a lasting change. First, we have to find each other and we have to give each other hope.

A rally will start at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 18 in the T Skyway. We will be making signs for the march with the Feminists Organizing Change student club. If you want to bring a picture of a loved one to be part of this march please do so. We will hold a brief remembrance at 12:15 p.m. and the march will begin at 12:45 p.m. The route will proceed inside campus buildings, and we will also move outside depending on the weather.

  • Who: Students, staff, neighbors, faculty, businesspeople, police people and everyone else
  • What: Pledge to stand up to violence
  • Where: T Skyway
  • When: Sign making at 11:00 a.m. Remembrance at 12:15 p.m. March at 12:45 p.m.

There is nothing else we do that brings students, faculty, staff and the neighborhood together. Let’s keep the spirit going.


You can connect with the MCTC Green Dot group on their Facebook page.

MCTC Global Studies Department Presents a Discussion Forum on Syria Oct. 29

Posted on: October 26th, 2015 by marketingworkstudy No Comments

The MCTC Global Studies department, in support of the Muslim Student Association student club, is sponsoring a forum on Syria on Thursday, Oct. 29 from noon–1:30 p.m. in L.3100. This forum is a safe place for interested individuals to hear from Syrian students or people who have lived in or have some expertise in the region. The forum will include faculty and student speakers and plenty of time for questions and answers from the audience.

For more information, contact MCTC Philosophy Instructor Matthew Palombo at

Human Rights and Culture Presentations Held in November

Posted on: October 23rd, 2015 by marketingworkstudy No Comments

The MCTC World Languages department, in conjunction with Student Life, is pleased to announce the fall 2015 Human Rights and Culture Presentations that will be held at the MCTC campus during the month of November.

Sponsored by the Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship Program at the University of Minnesota’s Law School, presentations will be given by six distinguished Humphrey fellows who will be spending the 2015-2016 academic year at the University of Minnesota Law School, pursuing studies and professional development work in the areas of human rights, law, human trafficking and law enforcement.

The presentations will be held on successive Thursdays in November, beginning on November 5 and will run successively for three weeks, culminating with the last set of presentations on November 19. The presentations will be held in the Helland Center Multi-purpose Room (H.1002) from 12:15 p.m.–1:30 p.m. Light refreshments and snacks will be provided at all three of the presentations.

The list of the presentations on our MCTC campus is as follows:

November 5, 2015

  • Human Rights and Culture in The Philippines & Haiti
  • 12:15 p.m.–1:30 p.m., H.1002
  • Presenters: Amelia Lourdes Mendoza (The Philippines) & Nidson Augustin (Haiti)

November 12, 2015

  • Human Rights and Culture in Burma (Myanmar) & Yemen
  • 12:15 p.m.–1:30 p.m., H.1002
  • Presenters: Ja Aung Lu (Burma – Myanmar) & Fadia Thabet (Yemen)

November 19, 2015

  • Human Rights and Culture in Nigeria & Egypt
  • 12:15 p.m.–1:30 p.m., H.1002
  • Presenters: Abosede Oyeleye (Nigeria) & Wesam Ibrahim (Egypt)

Everyone is invited to hear these speakers discuss topics of human rights and culture. The speakers have a wide variety of professional experience in the topics that pertain to human rights and culture.

“Crimes of the Heart,” MCTC’s Fall Play

Posted on: October 15th, 2015 by marketingworkstudy No Comments

Small Poster crimes of the heartMinneapolis Community and Technical College, in association with Student Life and the Theater Arts department, present the fall play production of Crimes of the Heart, written by Beth Henley and directed by MCTC Theater Arts Instructor Maxine Klein.


The play runs October 28 – 31 at 7 p.m. There is an additional matinee performance Saturday, October 31 at 1 p.m. Sign language interpretation will be provided at the Thursday, October 29 performance.


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


MCTC Whitney Fine Arts Theater, 1424 Yale Place, Minneapolis, MN. Information available at 612-659-6122.

About the Play

One of the most entertaining and popular of contemporary plays, Beth Henley’s comedy Crimes of the Heart won the Pulitzer Prize for drama, the New York Critics Circle Best American Play and a Tony Award nomination for Best New Play. From loves savored and lost to attempted murder, the play takes its characters on a gothic, zany adventure that promises to challenge actors and delight audiences.

“It has heart, wit, and a surprisingly zany passion…it would certainly be a crime for anyone interested in the theatre not to see this play.”

-The New York Post

“While this play overflows with infectious high spirits, it is also, unmistakably, the tale of a very troubled family. Such is Miss Henley’s prodigious talent that she can serve us pain as though it were a piece of cake.”

-The New York Times

UNITE’s Night of Music and Poetry

Posted on: October 9th, 2015 by marketingworkstudy No Comments

Scatter Their Own, Scotti Clifford and Juliana Brown Eyes

On Tuesday, Nov. 17, the MCTC Native American student club UNITE is hosting its yearly event, Night of Poetry and Music. Join students in the Whitney Fine Arts Theater from 6–8 p.m. to see and listen to poetry and music from a Native perspective.

Performing will be Scatter Their Own, an alternative rock duo from the Oglala Lakota nation in Pine Ridge, South Dakota who write songs about mother earth, social justice and Native American culture. Also performing is Mitch Walking Elk, singer, songwriter recording artist originally from Oklahoma, Austin Owen, hip hop recording artist from Prairie Island Dakota nation, and Anthony Ceballos, writer, poet, MCTC graduate and graduate of Hamline University.