Bristol Community College

Bristol Community College

Spring 2014 Multicultural Events

African American History Month Opening Ceremony
Monday, February 3, 12 p.m., G-Building, BCC Fall River Campus.

A celebratory march around campus will be led by local drummers, followed by the Pan-African flag-raising, along with a gathering featuring authentic African-American fare in the Atrium of the Commonwealth Center. 

25th National African American Read-in
Monday, February 3, 11 a.m. - 12:15 p.m., BCC New Bedford Campus.
Tuesday, February 4, 9:30 - 10:45 a.m., ATT228, BCC Attleboro Center.
Thursday, February 6, 11 a.m. - 12:15 p.m., H210, BCC Fall River Campus.

BCC faculty, students and staff are invited to participate in this national celebration of African American writers by doing a public reading of your favorite literary works by black artists. Bring a reading from your personal collection, or, if you’d rather just listen, feel free to stop by on your own or with your class to take in great works of literature.

African American History Month Keynote speaker: Dr. Emmett Price
Tuesday, February 11, 9:30am & 11 a.m., H209, BCC Fall River Campus.
The Sound of Hope: Black Church and the Hip Hop Generation
Dr. Emmett Price, Professor of African-American History and Music at Northeastern University.

History of Hip-Hop Extravaganza
Wednesday, February 19, 1-3 p.m., G-Building, BCC Fall River Campus

Hip-Hop Extravaganza is an event held every February at Bristol Community College in Fall River in honor of African American History Month.  The show consists of rappers, singers, models, dancers and celebrity tributes.  Prior to the main event, student and community members can show off their skills. 

3rd Eye Unlimited Hip Hop Event – BCC New Bedford
Tuesday, February 25, 11 a.m. - 12:15 p.m., BCC New Bedford Campus
Thursday, February 27, 12:30 - 1:45 p.m., BCC New Bedford Campus

3rd Eye Youth Empowerment, an award-winning hip hop based youth development organization in New Bedford, will perform.  Third Eye is celebrating its 15th year as a community organization, helping at-risk youth hone their artistic skills through the medium of hip hop.  Third Eye is best known for its highly successful, widely attended annual summer festival at Buttonwood Park in New Bedford, the Third Eye Open. 

The new “N” Word
Wednesday, February 26, 11 a.m. - 12:15 p.m., H210, BCC Fall River Campus
Emmanuel Daphnis, Director, Step-up to College

This workshop, conducted in a facilitative style, will focus upon the both the historical roots of the 'N' word as well as the contemporary meanings ascribed today to the word. The interesting change in meaning will also be considered.  Can hateful language truly be socially transformed? The implications of the perpetuation of divisive and derogatory language will also be considered. 

STEM Education: Closing the underrepresented minority gap
Thursday, March 6, 9:30 & 11 a.m., H210, BCC Fall River Campus.

Dr. Yvonne Spicer is a highly sought after speaker and advocate for pre-college Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) education. She has expertise in technology and engineering education standards development, assessment and strategic school leadership.

Martha’s Vineyard Sign Language of the past.
Wednesday, March 26, 3 - 4 p.m. ,  Room H210, BCC Fall River Campus
Guest speaker Joan Nash grew up hearing stories of Martha’s Vineyard Sign Language from her great-grandmother who lived on the island at the time when Martha’s Vineyard Sign Language was used. In the 19th century, due to a recessive gene, one in four born in Chilmark were deaf. More interesting than this biological occurrence, though, was the fact that everyone in the area learned Martha’s Vineyard Sign Language to co-exist. You see, Joan’s great grandmother was hearing.  As an adult, Joan was compelled to research the subject and record (video) examples of Martha’s Vineyard Sign Language.  Come hear her story of what she learned.

Feminist author and poet on growing up as a woman of color
Monday, March 31, 11 a.m. to 12:15 p.m., and 12:30 to 1:45 p.m., H210, BCC Fall River Campus

Bushra Rehman, author of Corona, her debut collection of short stories on love, loss and transcultured identity, will speak about her writing. The novel’s narrator Razia begins life in “Corona, Queens, a neighborhood once referred to by F. Scott Fitzgerald as the “Valley of Ashes.” From there she starts a journey that has her giving historical tours in Salem, M.A….But she lets nothing get in the way of her quest for freedom—even if it means being disowned by her family.” This presentation includes a mini writing workshop lead by the author.

Belly Dance as an Art Form: an educational performance of Middle-eastern dance
Monday, April 7, 12:30 - 1:45 p.m., & 7 - 8:15 p.m., BCC Fall River Campus.
Tuesday, April 15, 12:30 - 1:45 p.m. Auditorium, BCC Attleboro Center

Prepare to be mesmerized by the music samples, dance demonstrations, dance prop and costumes as you learn about the roots of belly dance.  Aurel, who studied music at world renown institutes, and has a national stage presence, is among the many performers who will entertain and educate you about this ancient art form made “exotic” under the influence of Hollywood.

For more information, contact 508.678.2811 ext. 2106.