Casper College's Humanities Festival to focus on "Redemption"

*(Casper, Wyo.) -* The 31st Annual Casper College Humanities Festival will be held February 24-26, 2016. This year’s Keynote Demorest Speaker will be Jennifer Teege, author of “My Grandfather Would Have Shot Me, A Black Woman Discovers Her Family’s Nazi Past.” Teege’s presentation will take place on Thursday, Feb. 25 beginning at 12:15 p.m. in the Wheeler Concert Hall. On the opening day of the festival, Wednesday, Feb. 24, daytime events will take place at the Goodstein Foundation Library. Activities include an exhibit honoring human and civil rights activist James Reeb at 11:30 a.m., a look at the Society of Jesus (the Jesuits) and redeeming drama by Dr. William Conte a presentation on archival research for creative writers and artists at 1 p.m. as well as a workshop on the use of archival materials for creative writing from 3-5, both by Dr. Holly M. Wendt. According to Innella-Maiers, the workshop is free, but advance registration is required. The day ends with the opening performance of the spring dance concert “Carmina Burana” at 7:30 p.m. on the McMurry Main Stage in the Gertrude Krampert Center for Theatre and Dance. Thursday events in addition to Teege’s presentation include U.S. Martial Arts Hall of Famer Jermaine Andre at 9 a.m.; Dr. Chad Hanson, who will speak on mustangs and the American West; poet and filmmaker Kai Carlson-Wee, who “will consider how the legacies of the past have come to define and redeem the present,” said Innella-Maiers. Thursday afternoon will feature a book signing by Teege beginning at 1:30 in the Jean D. and H.A. (Dave) True, Jr. Atrium and at 2 p.m. mezzo-soprano Melissa Malde who will speak on “The Redemptive Power of Song.” All of Thursday’s events will take place in the Wheeler Concert Hall with the exception of Teege’s book signing. The festival will wrap up on Friday, Feb. 26 with Dave Zoby at 9 a.m. speaking on his travels to Syria and at 10 a.m. Audrey Petty with the Illinois Humanities discussing the oral history of now-demolished Chicago public housing communities. The morning will end at 11 with Kristen Lenth who will present on “Opera and Redemption.” At noon, Dr. Jennifer Tuder will present “Suicide Punchline: A Performative Map of Survival and Redemption.” At 1 p.m. a panel discussion: “One in Fifty: Wyoming and the Global Refugee Crisis” will take place. The panel discussion will be followed at 2:30 p.m. with the final event for the day, the dance performance of “None but ourselves” by the Dança Nova Dance Company, which will take place on the McMurry Main Stage. All other daytime events on Friday will take place in the Wheeler Concert Hall. Casper College and the Wyoming Humanities Council are partners in presenting the Humanities Festival along with major funding from the Casper College Foundation, the Margaret Demorest Endowment, the University of Wyoming at Casper, and the Casper College School of Fine Arts and Humanities. #news #sponsored #caspercollege #oilcity