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News at Brookhaven College

Release Date Oct. 7

At the Brookhaven College Service Agency Fair in September, there were 24 community agencies that partnered with the college to offer service-learning opportunities to students. Approximately 270 students and employees stopped by to speak with agency representatives about volunteering. At the event, Andrew Deibert, Brookhaven College service learning coordinator, spoke with a former Brookhaven College student who is now working for the organization where he completed his service learning. The recent nursing graduate stated he was excited about the many students participating in the fair. Mr. Deibert was the organizer of the event.

On September 22nd, Dennis Simon, Ph.D., associate professor of political science at Southern Methodist University, was the speaker for the U.S. Constitution Day event at Brookhaven College. As one in a series of talks coordinated by the Institute of Political Science (IPS) and the Office of Student Life at Brookhaven College, Dr. Simon gave a presentation titled, “Legacy of Jim Crow on U.S. Higher Education Policy.” Ahad Hayaud-Din, Brookhaven College government professor, sponsors the IPS and coordinates the speakers into his government course. On October 26th, Brookhaven College President Dr. Thom Chesney will cover the “State of the Union – Current Climate at Brookhaven College and Community Colleges Around the Nation” as IPS’s next speaker. State Senator Royce West and DCCCD vice chancellor for public and governmental affairs Justin Lonon are also scheduled to speak this fall.

In August, Edleeca Thompson, Brookhaven College humanities and cultural studies professor, along with Roslyn Walker, Eugene McDermott Curator of African Art at the Dallas Museum of Art (DMA), traveled to Europe to explore major African art collections and exhibitions in France and Belgium. Thompson’s work is part of a Texas Curatorial Fund grant sponsored by the University of Texas at Dallas and the DMA. The grant supports research and travel in preparation for the renovation of the African gallery and reinstallation of the works of art scheduled to begin at the DMA in late 2012. In Paris, Thompson and Walker toured the Porte des Lions, where African art has been presented at the Louvre since 2000, and visited the five-year-old Musée du Quai Branly and the Fondation Cartier art gallery. They then traveled to the Musée d’Aquitaine in Bordeaux, France the Royal Museum of Central Africa in Tervuren, Belgium and the new Museum aan de Stroom in Antwerp, Belgium. Prior to their European excursions, the two also visited the High Museum of Art in Atlanta, GA and the newly renovated African and Native American galleries of the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art in Kansas City, MO. Walker stated that the importance of this research resides in “studying displays of permanent collections of African art in museums in a variety of settings in an effort to ascertain the best ways to present the DMA collection and engage visitors.” Both Thompson and Walker will return to Europe later this fall to view African art collections and exhibits in Zurich, Switzerland, and Cologne and Bonn, Germany.



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